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May 2015 faculty and staff milestones

Congratulations to Kathy J. Hines for 30 years of service to the University. Hines is assistant to the dean at Wake Forest University School of Law. Find out who else is celebrating a milestone anniversary.

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Wake Forest in ‘Class of 2016’ for reaffirmation of accreditation

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The University is evaluated on nearly 100 standards, including the areas above.

Wake Forest is in the process of completing a reaffirmation of the University’s accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) — the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states.

Phil Handwerk, director of institutional research describes the process as an opportunity for self-examination that touches the entire University.

“The reaffirmation process allows us to look at how well we are doing at sustaining and supporting our institution and to determine what things we would like to improve to help us better meet our educational objectives and support the University’s mission,” says Handwerk.

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April 2015 comings and goings

See a list of employees joining and leaving the University in April 2015:

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CER raises the bar for Commencement 2015

Screen Shot 2015-05-20 at 7.05.21 AMFor Wake Forest Communications and External Relations (CER), commencement planning begins early. All of CER — events, creative, digital, news and photography — begin laying the groundwork for graduation months in advance.

This year, University events, in addition to handling the distribution of 13,788 commencement tickets and managing a production schedule around campus renovation work, the team was responsible for overseeing a new commencement experience for graduates and their guests. Geni Greiner, who joined Wake Forest in February 2015, managed Commencement with her new team for the first time this year.

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Provost’s office spring grants

The Provost’s Office awarded the following grants for spring 2015:

Provost’s Fund for a Vibrant Campus:

  • Amanda Gengler and David Yamane, Health Inequalities: Social Foundations and Social Consequences, $3,360.00
  • Ulrike Wiethaus, Margaret Bender, Ross Griffith, A Cherokee Celebration and Commemoration: President James Ralph Scales and the Cherokee Heritage of Wake Forest University, $5,000.

Provost’s Fund for Academic Excellence:

  • Angela Mazaris, Wake Forest LGBTQ Alumni Conference, $10,000.

Provost’s Fund for Academic Innovation:

  • John Pickel, Art Department Trip to Washington, DC, $6,403.
  • Neil Walls, Muslim-Christian Dialogues: An Egyptian Pilgrimage, $12,000.
  • Kyle Denlinger, ZSRx WakeHistory: A Massive Online Learning Event for Connecting with and Contributing to our Institution’s Story, $20,000.

For more information, please visit http://provost.wfu.edu/current-faculty/faculty-resources/grants-and-funding/

THRIVE Dimension Champions awards

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As a part of the Thrive Initiative, the Office of Wellbeing was excited to launch its “Thrive Dimension Champions” Awards for faculty and staff this spring semester.

Each day, many members of our Wake Forest community demonstrate their commitment to individual and community wellbeing across the eight dimensions: emotional, environmental, financial, intellectual, occupational, physical, social, and spiritual.

“The Office of Wellbeing has the privilege of leading Thrive, Wake Forest University’s comprehensive approach to wellbeing, but the foundation for this initiative is deeply rooted in the scholarship and actions of faculty and staff across this campus. They are the living examples of meaningful, purposeful lives that make the Wake Forest experience,” says Malika Roman Isler, director of wellbeing.

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WFU Police Department focuses on community engagement

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a Presidential Proclamation declaring May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which it falls as National Police Week.

More than 50 years later, as law enforcement officials across the country find their profession under a national spotlight, the Wake Forest University Police Department (WFUPD) has worked to strengthen its commitment to community engagement and building trust.

“Community engagement is our highest priority. We recognize that building – and in some cases regaining – the trust of the campus will be a journey and established simple but critical goals,” said WFUPD Chief Regina Lawson. “We are committed to regaining our community trust one conversation at a time, significantly improving our relationship with all facets of our campus community, and modeling new initiatives for other campus departments.”

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WakeUnited: Live United Brooke Brown

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Brooke Brown, alumni giving fellow in the Office of University Advancement, served as the co-chair of Young Leaders United recruitment for the WakeUnited campaign last year. She remains an active YLU member, volunteers frequently and helps generate support for the work that United Way does in Forsyth County.

“My connection to the United Way began when I was younger. I grew up in Atlanta, Ga., and was first introduced to the United Way as a teenager,” says Brown. “They created a summer jobs program that I participated in for three years prior to college. I never forgot how the United Way granted me the opportunity to earn money, become more self-sufficient, acquire new professional skills and learn important lessons in financial literacy.”

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Retiring faculty and staff members

A message from President Nathan Hatch

As we prepare to celebrate Commencement and the achievements of the Class of 2015, we also pause to recognize and honor the outstanding careers of our retiring faculty and staff members.

Please join me in thanking this distinguished group of leaders, colleagues, mentors and friends and congratulating them on more than 500 years of combined service to Wake Forest University:

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Staff Advisory Council announces 2015 election results

SAC-logo-FINALThe Staff Advisory Council (SAC) is pleased to announce the results of the 2015 spring election. Thirteen new SAC representatives from across the University staff have been elected. New council members are: Landon Burrow (FACS: Maintenance Team 4), James Coffey (FACS: Custodial Services), Lou Gusbar (School of Business- Student Academic Services), Lauren Largen (Graylyn: Ads & Promotions), Sherry Long (Athletics: Student Athletes Services), Ellie Shannon (Athletics: Administration), Shelley Sizemore (Campus Life), Darlene Starnes (Multicultural Affairs), Barbara Stephens-Macri (Human Resources), Amanda Tingle (Dean of Wake Forest College), Amalia Wagner (Office of the Provost), Sandra Whicker (Admissions: Undergraduate), and Sarah Wojcik-Gross (Information Systems).

In addition to newly elected representatives, Artanzia Yates (Information Systems) and Scott Spernoga (Athletics: Sports Medicine) have been re-elected to serve an additional term. Each SAC representative will serve a term of three years and may be re-elected to serve one additional term.

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