Elide Vargas, administrative coordinator in Politics and International Affairs, is celebrating her 30 year milestone this month. See the complete list of faculty and staff milestones for November 2014.
November 14th, 2014 | Staff News
For the last two years, Mike Draughn, director of maintenance and utilities services, has served as the WakeUnited departmental coordinator for Facilities & Campus Services, but his commitment to United Way goes back a lot farther.
“Since the early ‘80s, my wife and I have made United Way our highest giving priority after our local church,” says Mike. “It’s an honor to work with and help coordinate the folks within Facilities & Campus Services. They are truly some of the most dedicated supporters of United Way and givers of their resources and time of any group I have been affiliated with.”
November 7th, 2014 | Staff News
David Davis, a certified grounds manager at Wake Forest, received the Professional Grounds Management Society’s (PGMS) Special Award of Distinguished Service during ceremonies at the Society’s 2014 School of Grounds Management & GIE+EXPO held in Louisville, Ky., on Oct. 24.
The award recognizes outstanding service from a board or committee member.
Davis was honored for organizing a community service event at the Odd Fellows Cemetery, a landmark in Winston-Salem, N.C., that had fallen into disrepair. More than 200 local residents, PGMS members and students from area colleges donated their time to help clean up much of the 13-acre site.
Read more the cemetery clean up project here.
Founded in 1911, PGMS is an individual membership society of grounds professionals dedicated to advancing the grounds management profession through education and professional development.
November 5th, 2014 | Staff News
Kevin Cox (MA ’81), director of crisis communications and community relations in University Advancement, and Patty Lanier, administrative coordinator for the Department of Communication, were named Employees of the Year at the Staff Rewards & Recognition Luncheon on Nov. 4.
Cox, who has held a number of leadership roles in the Office of Communications and External Relations, joined Wake Forest as a staff member in 1990. He was recognized for his calm and careful communication style, particularly in difficult situations; his ability to build strong and trusting relationships; his dedication to mentoring staff of all experience levels; and his commitment to preserving and improving the Wake Forest community. Cox currently represents Wake Forest and University Advancement on many committees and councils, including the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce Tech Council, Staff Advisory Council and University Area Neighborhood Association.
Lanier has been at Wake Forest since 1998 and was called the “heartbeat” of her department. She was recognized for taking a proactive, solutions-oriented approach to helping students, faculty and staff in the department; exercising consistently good judgment in routine activities and challenging circumstances; anticipating and planning for upcoming needs; and maintaining a smile and sense of tranquility, while keeping others on deadline.
Tanya Jachimiak has been named Wake Forest’s first full-time Title IX coordinator. Jachimiak, who most recently served as executive associate director and Title IX coordinator for the University of Illinois at Chicago, will assume her duties on Nov. 3.
Her primary responsibilities at Wake Forest will be the coordination and implementation of the University’s Title IX compliance efforts, and helping to strengthen a culture that supports a safe and respectful learning, working and living environment.
Jachimiak holds a BS from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a JD from DePaul University. In her early career, she practiced employment law, including class action litigation, for more than 10 years in the private sector. She then spent six years at her undergraduate alma mater as the Title IX coordinator.
October 30th, 2014 | Staff News
When construction began in the basement of the Worrell Professional Center, Swenson saw the opportunity to use one of the walls as a canvas to practice painting a mural. The result is a modern take on a portion of Michaelangelo’s “Creation of Adam.”
Read more about the mural in a Q&A with Swenson written by School of Law Communications student intern, Rachel Wallen (’17)
Visit the law school library’s service desk for help in finding the mural, which will be available for viewing through the fall semester.
Keith M. Wise, superintendent in Facilities & Campus Services, is celebrating 40 years at Wake Forest.
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October 16th, 2014 | Staff News
Andrea 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.
October 9th, 2014 | Staff News
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.