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Join WFU’s new WellSpaces program to support office wellbeing

Employees spend more than half of their waking hours in the workplace. Are you interested in promoting wellbeing among the staff in your office? Join the Office of Wellbeing and Environmental Health and Safety in the University’s new WellSpaces program.

WellSpaces supports offices in creating and sustaining a culture that promotes personal and collective wellbeing. Program participants create meaningful policies and practices that improve morale, camaraderie, productivity, and achieve individual and staff team goals.

Enrollment for the WellSpaces program is open through August 25. Click here to complete the WellSpaces Application to participate.

As a WellSpace, each office…

  • Designates an office Wellbeing Ambassador;
  • Participates in manager training on wellbeing and workplace performance;
  • Participates in at least one wellbeing activity as an office each month; and
  • Adopts three office-level policies or practices that promote team wellbeing such taking walking meetings, forming an office book club or hosting a group lunch. (Other examples are available on the WellSpace website.)

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Meiburg appointed to NC Environmental Management Commission

Stan Meiburg

This is a guest post from Wake Forest’s Office of Sustainability:

On July 7, Gov. Roy Cooper appointed Stan Meiburg, Director of the Sustainability Graduate Programs, to serve on the North Carolina Environmental Management Commission. Meiburg fills the seat requiring special training in hydrology, water pollution control, and the effects of water pollution.

“I am honored to have been appointed by Governor Cooper to the Environmental Management Commission and to serve with other North Carolinians who care deeply about our future. Working together, I believe we can sustain and improve this place that we all love,” Meiburg said in regard to his appointment which begins on Thursday, July 13.

The 15-member Commission is responsible for adopting rules for the protection, preservation,and enhancement of the state’s air and water resources. The Commission, according to the its website, oversees and adopts rules for several divisions of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, including the Divisions of Air Quality, Land Resources, Water Quality, and Water Resources.

Mike Ford’s Retirement Message

Mike Ford

At a reception in his honor on June 28, Mike Ford delivered a farewell message to a crowd gathered in Benson University Center.  Ford retired from Wake Forest in June after 36 years as student life administrator and campus leader.

Several of his colleagues, past and present, spoke at the reception before Ford addressed the crowd, reflecting on his Wake Forest college days (1968-72), his work in the Wake Forest community, his family and his faith.  Several family members were present for the reception, including his wife, Gayle, and two of their three daughters with their families. He also made a brief reference to “exciting presidential political campaigning” in the 1970s when his father, Gerald R. Ford, served as the 38th president of the United States.

His remarks are available on the Wake Forest Magazine website.

Announcement regarding deaths of two staff members

This announcement was emailed July 5 to faculty and staff by Communications and External Relations:

We are saddened to announce that two Wake Forest staff members died last weekend.

Karen Logan, an administrative assistant in the Department of Physics, died July 1.

Hubert Samuels, a mail clerk in Mail Services, died July 2.

Ms. Logan joined the Wake Forest staff in 2011.  She worked in University Advancement before working in the Department of Physics.

Mr. Samuels joined the Wake Forest staff in 1987.

We grieve the death of Ms. Logan and Mr. Samuels and extend our condolences to their families and friends, as well as those at Wake Forest who had the opportunity to know them.

A funeral service for Mr. Samuels will be held at 3 p.m. July 8 at Hooper Funeral Home in Winston-Salem.  Visitation will occur at 2:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

Information about a service for Ms. Logan will be posted on the Inside WFU website later this week when arrangements have been finalized.

Wake Forest offers support and counseling services for all students, faculty and staff.  The Counseling Center may be reached at 336-758-5273, the Chaplain’s Office at 336-758-5210.  For faculty and staff, there is also the Employee Assistance Program at 336-716-5493.

Batten named assistant dean at School of Divinity

C. Mark Batten

This is a guest post of the School of Divinity:

C. Mark Batten has been named assistant dean of admissions and strategic communications at the School of Divinity.

“This appointment acknowledges Mark’s creative leadership at the school,” said Shonda R. Jones, associate dean of admissions and student services at the School of Divinity. “He has helped us in every way possible to expand the prominence of our programs and collaborate with faculty, staff, and students so that all aspects of our communications and marketing, across departments, tells a genuine story about our innovative and evolving theological education environment.”

Since 2011, Batten has led the communications and positioning strategy for the School of Divinity, leveraging social, print, and digital technologies to connect a variety of populations to the school in creative, new, and compelling ways. He has also streamlined the school’s admissions processes to enhance how prospective students move through the school’s recruitment funnel while also strengthening the application and admissions technology the office uses.

“Having the opportunity to enhance the reputation, promotion, and visibility of the School of Divinity has been one of the highlights of my career in higher education,” Batten said. “Not many have the privilege to be a part of a professional community that is as forward-thinking and responsive to the needs of people today, or one that intentionally creates an educational structure that supports the many ways the next generation of leaders desire to make an impact in our communities.”

Batten’s involvement at Wake Forest extends to other areas of the university. He was a member of the latest cohort of the Leadership Development Program, sponsored by the Professional Development Center (PDC) supporting senior leaders and faculty members through personal coaching and group dialogue on critical leadership and management topics. He is also active with Information Systems, aiding the implementation of Workday as a Change Management Partner and is participating in conversations about the evolving nature of student technology and digital experiences at the university. Batten works closely with members of the university news team to broaden the school’s reach by tapping into specific media channels and resources. He also works with the digital and print creative services teams to ensure the School of Divinity remains brand consistent with the larger University initiatives.

Prior to Wake Forest, Batten served as the admissions analyst and manager of admissions programming at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology. Before his work in theological education, he served in congregational ministry in North Carolina and Georgia, as a prison chaplain, and with human resources and finance for NSTAR Global Services, a semiconductor service company. He also teaches introductory religion courses at Campbell University and regularly preaches at congregations across North Carolina.

Batten earned a bachelor’s degree in religion from Campbell University and a master’s of divinity degree from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology.

Comings and goings for May 2017

See a list of employees joining and leaving the University in May 2007:

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June 2017 staff milestones

See a list of staff milestones for June 2017:

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SAC survey asks about staff experience at annual picnic

2017 Staff Appreciation Picnic

The Staff Advisory Council is encouraging staff to take a survey that provides an opportunity to comment on the Staff Appreciation Picnic held June 6.

The survey asks for comments about various aspects of the event, including the food, shuttles, location, music and more.  The survey is brief and quick to take online.

Hundreds of staff turned out for the “Tailgate at McCreary Tower” event held at BB&T Field.

In recent years, the Staff Advisory Council has held picnics for staff at campus area locations, including Reynolda House, a field next to Reynolda Village, and BB&T Field.  The stadium has been the location the past two years.

Teaching and Learning Collaborative’s Ross accepts position at Columbia

Catherine Ross, executive director of the Teaching and Learning Collaborative, has accepted a position as executive director of Columbia University Center for Teaching and Learning starting July 1.

Ross was Wake Forest’s first full-time director of the Teaching and Learning Center, joining the University in 2010.

“Catherine has transformed the former Teaching and Learning Center and has contributed greatly to the teaching excellence for which Wake Forest is known,” Vice Provost Lynn Sutton said. “This is a wonderful opportunity for her and her family and we wish her well!”

At Columbia, Ross will lead the Center’s efforts to provide professional development and support services for faculty and teaching assistants, and will partner with faculty, departments and schools to improve and advance teaching performance.

“My time at Wake Forest has been filled with amazing people and incredible opportunities to learn, collaborate, share, imagine, and create with those colleagues,” Ross said. “It has been a privilege to work with Wake faculty and deeply gratifying to see how they are transforming the classroom experiences of their students.”

Kristi Verbeke, director of educational development at the Teaching and Learning Collaborative, will serve as interim executive director. Associate Provost Kami Chavis will lead a national search later this summer to name a successor.

McCauley named assistant director for STEM initiatives

This is a guest post from Teaching and Learning Collaborative.

Anita McCauley has been named Assistant Director for STEM Initiatives with the Teaching and Learning Collaborative.

McCauley graduated from Wake Forest with a degree in neurobiology. She started her career as the director of microscopy, a position she held for 10 years and has been teaching both graduate and undergraduate courses on the Reynolda and Medical Center campuses since 1998.

McCauley will work with faculty across the campus to enhance teaching and learning in STEM classes.