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Champlin and Ellis present on ‘Career Planning’ series

John and AndreaAndrea Ellis, director of recruitment and organizational development, and John Champlin, manager of recruitment and organizational development, presented “An Unusual Cross-Utilization of HR Resources” at the 2014 College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) National Conference in San Antonio, Texas, in September.

The session outlined the “Career Planning” series that was launched in the fall of 2012 and the collaboration between the recruiting function and the professional development function within the Wake Forest Human Resources Office. The series has been extremely successful and has grown to include five different career-oriented classes and a number of small-group career coaching events.

Additionally, Ellis and Champlin detailed the “Facilitator-Expert Model” and the roles of each contributor. The approximately 35 attendees were engaged in the discussion and remarked how applicable this model could be at their institutions.

This marks the third year in a row that a member of the Wake Forest Professional Development Center has presented at the National CUPA-HR Conference.

WakeUnited: Live United John Champlin

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John Champlin, manager of recruitment and organizational development for human resources, volunteers for organizations including the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina, a partner agency of United Way of Forsyth County.

“There are so many individuals who go hungry in our community, and it is a privilege to work with institutions that help to provide food to those most in need,” says Champlin. “Most recently, I enjoyed serving on the WFU Pro Humanitate Day with alumni from the area at the food bank.”

Champlin is entering his second year on the WakeUnited Campaign Cabinet, and he co-chairs the Wake Forest Young Leaders United (YLU) group with Brooke Brown, an Alumni Giving Fellow in University advancement.

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Faculty, staff “Hit the Bricks” for cancer

Rachel Weaver walks at Hit the Bricks in support of Chip Patterson.

Rachel Weaver (’93), associate director of donor experience, “Hits the Bricks” to support Patterson.

Faculty and staff helped the Wake Forest community “Hit the Bricks” by joining students and community partners to complete more than 24,500 laps around Hearn Plaza, and to raise at least $30,000 for the Brian Piccolo Cancer Research Fund.

Three teams from Alumni Hall ran in support of Chip Patterson’s fight against glioblastoma. Patterson (’72, MALS ’02) is the vice president of gift planning with University Advancement.

A bake sale is also taking place in Alumni Hall’s lobby today. All proceeds will be donated to the Brian Piccolo Cancer Research Fund.

Overall, 24 faculty and staff teams participated this year. Click to view a photo gallery »

The top five teams in the faculty / staff division were:

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Manning to present at Oct. 8 SAC meeting

manning.300x175Wake Forest head men’s basketball coach Danny Manning will present at the next SAC meeting, on Wednesday, Oct. 8 at 9:30 am, in Benson 401.  Coach Manning will give a short presentation, and though there will be not be a free-throw shooting contest, there could well be a basketball-related raffle.

Coach Manning may have time for some questions from  attendees. You can submit a question for Coach Manning in advance of the meeting using this form.

The schedule for SAC meetings through June and minutes for past meetings are available here.

September 2014 staff miletsones

See a list of staff milestones for September 2014:

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August 2014 comings and goings

See a list of employees joining and leaving the University in August 2014:

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Two Wake Foresters named ‘Winston Under 40′ award winners

The Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce has named Katie Neal, executive director of news and communication in The Office of Communications and External Relations and Shelley Sizemore, assistant director of Wake Forest’s recently launched Pro Humanitate Institute,Winston Under 40” Leadership Award winners.

The inaugural class of 20 young business professionals are actively influencing the growth, prosperity and quality of life in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County.

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Nominations for ‘Employee of the Year’ open through Oct. 1

Each year, Wake Forest presents two staff ‘Employee of the Year’ awards to individuals who have gone above and beyond in their dedication to the University community. Faculty and staff members are invited to submit nominations by Wednesday, Oct. 1.

All staff employees who work at least 1,000 hours annually with five or more years of continuous University service are eligible for nomination.

Staff Advisory Council representatives will review the nominations and select the award winners. Recipients will be recognized with a plaque and $1,000 at the Staff Rewards & Recognition Luncheon on Tuesday, Nov. 4.  

A dessert reception will also be held on Nov. 4 at 4 p.m. in the Green Room of Reynolda Hall to honor these recipients. All are invited to attend.

Call 336.758.4700 or email AskHR@wfu.edu with any questions.

Q&A with WFU staffer Rebecca Jones, author of ‘Moon Flowers’

moonflower.bookcoverIt’s no secret that life can be difficult. But for Rebecca Jones, an IT project coordinator at Wake Forest, challenging times lead to valuable lessons. Inspired by requests to share her stories with churches and civic organizations, Jones wrote “Moon Flowers, a collection of essays about lessons learned along life’s journey.

Q.   When did you decide to write “Moon Flowers?”
A. I love to tell stories about things that have happened to me. Everything that happens, good or bad, has a purpose and a lesson that teaches us how to be better people or how to help others who are experiencing something similar. At one particular event someone told me how much a story I had shared helped her. She asked me if I had considered compiling my short stories and essays for a book. I had been journaling for a while and had a collection, so I sat down this summer and put them together.

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WFU Director of Design named President of the American Institute of Graphic Arts

20140121brent2422Brent Piper, director of design in Communications and External Relations (CER), has been elected president of the Triad N.C. chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), the professional association for design. AIGA brings together designers and provide resources for the design community.

AIGA Triad N.C. was founded in December 2012. Piper, who was elected in July, will continue to guide and grow the chapter.

“To have a professional group that is able to engage graphic designers in the Triad has been a long time coming,” Piper said. “A lot of hard work has been put into getting it started.  I want AIGA to become a strong force for graphic designers in the Triad and better our community.”

Among Piper’s first duties as president was moderating the INitiative [INHOUSE] Panel Discussion, which brought together creative directors from Krispy Kreme and Under Armor, as well as Wake Forest executive creative director Hayes Henderson, to examine what it means to work as an in-house designer. Piper hopes to hold similar discussions during his two-year term as president.