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Staff Advisory Council to meet Feb. 10 in Benson Center

Two guest speakers will be featured Feb. 10 at a meeting of the Staff Advisory Council (SAC) .  Held in Benson University Center’s Room 401, the meeting will run from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.  All staff are invited to SAC meetings.

The meeting also offers staff the opportunity to participate in a raffle.  The SAC announced: Come to the February SAC meeting to enter to win four tickets to the February 21 Wake Forest vs. Boston College basketball game!  Only non-SAC members are eligible.  Must be present at time of drawing to win!

The speakers include Erika Griffith, program director for HELPS (Healthy Exercise & Lifestyle ProgramS), and J. Kline Harrison, associate provost for global affairs.  Griffith will tell staff about the program and how they can participate in it.  Harrison will give staff an update on the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) process that Wake Forest is undertaking.

Greiner playing active role at conferences for event professionals

Wake Forest director of events Geni Greiner, Thursday, February 12, 2015.

Geni Greiner, Wake Forest’s executive director of university events, is playing a prominent role in two major conferences for event professionals.

On Jan. 10, she delivered a keynote presentation at the 10th Annual Academic Event Professional (AEP) Conference in Orlando.  Her presentation was entitled, “Planning to Win: How to Build a Champion Event Team.”

Also in Orlando this week, Greiner is participating in a panel discussion at the Special Event Conference.  The discussion is entitled, “Excellence Through Collaboration: An Event Industry Perspective on Academic Events.”

The related conferences draw thousands of of event professionals, exhibitors and others.

Greiner joined Wake Forest’s Office of University Advancement in early 2015.

Triad City Beat honors Gail Bretan, Justin Catanoso

Gail Bretan, the Director of Jewish Student Life, Wake Forest University, Monday, January 13, 2014.

Gail Bretan

Two members of the Wake Forest University community, Gail Bretan and Justin Catanoso, were among a group of 15 Triad residents recognized this week as 2016’s Citizens of the Triad.

Annually, Triad City Beat, a news organization in the area, recognizes people in the Winston-Salem/Greensboro/High Point area who “make culture and commerce, build relationships and play, and generally create a singular thread in this region we call the Triad.”

Wake Forest journalism professor Justin Catanoso talks about his work as the new director of the journalism program in Tribble Hall on Monday, October 3, 2011. Catanoso is a former newspaper editor.

Justin Catanoso

Bretan is recognized as director of Jewish Life at Wake Forest and as an active participant in several interfaith groups in Winston-Salem. She is a staff member in the Office of the Chaplain. Catanoso is recognized as a faculty member and director of the journalism program at Wake Forest, while maintaining an active career as a journalist (including often-traveling foreign correspondent).  Just recently, he travelled for the UN Climate Summits in Paris and Lima.

New Unbroken Circle CD brings holiday cheer & supports local nonprofits

61xM+cRK+hL._SS280The Unbroken Circle, Wake Forest University’s multi-generational string band has released its debut bluegrass and old-time music album, “Songs from the Hearth.” The CD is available for $10 through Piano vs. Poverty, and the music is also available on iTunes.

Songs include bluegrass favorites like “Ridin’ That Midnight Train,” familiar folk tunes like “Shady Grove” and “The Erie Canal,” and gospel standards like “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” and “Will the Circle Be Unbroken.” Also featured on the album is a recitation of W.B. Yeats’ poem, “The Fiddler of Dooney,” by Wake Forest legend Ed Wilson.

Piano vs. Poverty will distribute one hundred percent of the proceeds it receives from the sale of the CD to charitable agencies working to alleviate the effects of poverty.

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Wake United: Live United Amy Bull

Before joining Wake Forest as assistant director, employer experience, Amy Bull gained first-hand knowledge of the important work that the United Way of Forsyth County does each day as a Loaned Executive to the United Way’s Capital Campaign in 2012. Working with United Way staff and representatives of partner agencies including the Bethesda Women’s Shelter, the Goodwill Prosperity Center, and Triad Community Kitchen, among others, Bull learned both the passion that local employers have for the United Way and the commitment of the agencies “to provide needed services to our community.”

WFU Business School undergrad students. 8.26.13

Now that she is at Wake Forest in the Officer of Personal and Career Development, Bull sees many connections between the work of the United Way and the work of students, faculty, and staff. Our students, she says, “have had the support and resources to have a great education at this university. This opens the doors to tremendous opportunities for them in the workforce and to contribute to the betterment of the community where they live.”

Similarly, the United Way of Forsyth County and its partner agencies are committed to positively impact the lives of students across our community by increasing the high school graduation to 90 percent, increasing at-grade-level reading and math outcomes by the end of third and eighth grades, and focusing on soft skill development for post-secondary opportunities. And, Bull notes, through the University’s Pro Humanitate spirit, “I see the same commitment by WFU to serving our community as the United Way fosters with their work and agency partnerships.”

The United Way of Forsyth County “is not stagnant. They look for ways to continually improve or adjust their programs and objectives as the needs of our community change.” And, perhaps most importantly, “We have all been touched by the services of the United Way. It may be through the Boy and Girl Scouts Programs, a friend or family member who needs the support of Cancer Services, an elderly neighbor or parent who is aided by Senior Services, or a co-worker who is in a domestic abuse situation and finds support from Family Services  –  the ways we are touched are endless. A contribution, no matter what the amount, makes a difference in your life and the lives of others. It allows the Pro Humanitate spirit of Wake Forest University to extend into the community where we live.”

Francis and Sauerbry selected as members of task force

Jessica Francis, associate director of the Center for Global Programs and Studies (GPS) at Wake Forest, and Kristy Sauerbry, senior study abroad advisor, have been selected as members of Diversity Abroad Task Force.  Diversity Abroad Task Force members provide critical guidance and support to Diversity Network initiatives, and contribute to the development of new and valuable resources for Network members.

Francis will serve as chair of the First Generation College Students Task Force for the second year in a row.  Sauerbry will be serving on the Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) Disciplines Task Force for the first time.

The Diversity Abroad Network (“Diversity Network”) is the leading professional consortium of education institutions, government agencies, for-profit and non-profit organizations dedicated to advancing diversity and inclusive good practices that increase access, achieve greater diversity and foster inclusive excellence in international education. Details of their awards can be found here.

WakeUnited: Live Malika Roman Isler

Malika Roman Isler joined Wake Forest in 2015 as the director of wellbeing, a role that she notes has several connections to the work of the United Way.

“At the foundation, both the United Way and the WFU Thrive Initiative approach community wellbeing holistically,” Roman Isler said.  “Both programs are inclusive of comprehensive strategies to not necessarily be directive about how people live, but to improve the conditions, opportunities, and tools we all have to help us thrive.”

Malika Roman Isler, Wake Forest Director of Well-Being, poses in the Benson University Center on Tuesday, January 7, 2015.

Indeed, Roman Isler points out that to support wellbeing in any community, programs must align with local priorities and support local capacity and infrastructure. Through the Thrive initiative, the Office of Wellbeing focuses on many areas of interest and need as defined by Wake Forest students, faculty, and staff: offering skills-building workshops and engaging programs to reduce stress, promote positive health behaviors and culture and build the sense of community.

In line with Thrive’s approach with the on-campus community, she says she appreciates the way that the United Way of Forsyth County does not employ a “band-aid” approach to community improvement.

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October 2015 faculty and staff milestones

See a list of staff and faculty milestones for October 2015:

1 year

Erin G Angel; Coordinator of Assignments; Residence Life & Housing

Thomas Blain Brown; Director, Account Mgmt. & Plan; Advncmt:Comm. & External Relations

Erika Lynn Carrubba; Asst Dir, Athletic Communicati; Athletics: Media Relations

Adina Dabu; Research Assistant Professor; WFUSB-Instruction

Chelsea Ivana Hosch; Business Mgr, Comm & Ext Rel; Advncmt:Comm. & External Relations

Taeg hyun Kang; Visiting Assistant Professor; Computer Science

Amelia Mabel Knight; User Tech Support Coord, Assoc; IS: Knowledge & Service Support

Matthew McKay Nelkin; Sr. Developer/Asst. Dir of IT; Law: Computing Support

Malika Dawn Roman Isler; Director of Well-Being; Wellbeing

Sarah J Tooley; Asst Dean of Students,Case Mgr; Office of Dean of Students

5 years

Ann Boardman Bell; Operations Manager; Graduate School: Documentary Film

Christopher Lee Holt; Police Officer; University Police

George Anderson Roland; Asst Coach, Women’s Tennis; Athletics: Tennis – Women

10 years

Christopher Todd Hairston; Assoc Athl Director Compliance; Athletics: Compliance Office

15 years

Ann Setien Gibbs; Assoc Dean, Admin&Student Svcs; Law: School Adm Expense

William Norman Giroux; Maintenance Technician; Graylyn: Maintenance

20 years

Ellen Anna Daugman; Librarian, Research & Instruct; Library – ZSR

Kimberly K. Flowers; Exec Asst to AVP, Advancement; Advancement: VP Office

25 years

Antonio A. Broome; Custodian; 3rd Shift; Facilities & Campus Services

30 years

Lynne G. Heflin; Administrative Assistant; Athletics: Basketball – Men

David Taylor receives prestigious award

AC awards Mary and David Taylor

David Taylor, Director of Global Abroad Programs and Mary Dwyer, President & CEO of IES Abroad

The Institute for the International Education of Students presented the IES Abroad Professional Development Award, recently, to David Taylor, director of global abroad programs at Wake Forest.  He is a staff member in the Center for Global Programs and Studies.

Every year, IES Abroad presents three prestigious leadership awards at their annual conference to recognize study abroad professionals’ substantial contributions and achievements to the field. IES Abroad is a non-profit study abroad organization that administers study abroad programs for U.S. college-aged students.

Taylor implemented a study abroad outreach plan for underrepresented populations that resulted in a 25 percent increase in first-generation and minority Wake Forest students studying abroad. This initiative helped the University receive the 2013 Institute of International Education (IIE) Andrew Heiskell Award for Innovation in Study Abroad. Taylor has served on IES Abroad’s Annual Conference Planning Committee and is an active member of NAFSA: Association of International Educators and the North Carolina Association of International Educators (NCAIE).

He has also presented at the WISE Conference, IES Abroad Annual Conference, and the Forum on Education Abroad Conference.

Staff Advisory Council to meet Oct. 21

Jim Strodel, senior vice president and financial advisor at CAPTRUST Financial Advisors, will speak at the University’s Staff Advisory Council meeting on Oct. 21.  The meeting is set for 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Broyhill Auditorium in Farrell Hall.  University staff are invited.

Strodel will provide a summary of upcoming changes to the University retirement plan.  In addition, he will share a timeline for the changes and the communications that staff can expect to receive about the changes.  He will also discuss educational sessions will be held.