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Lawrence named ‘Trainer of the Year’ at (OS1) symposium

matthew.lawrence.150x200Matthew Lawrence, custodial services training manager, was named Trainer Of The Year at the annual (OS1) Users Symposium in San Antonio, Texas.

(OS1) is a brand of team cleaning that differs from traditional, or zone cleaning. In zone cleaning, a worker is assigned to an area and carries out all the tasks necessary to clean a zone. In team cleaning, each cleaning worker is a specialist and carries out a specific task throughout the building.

Wake Forest began its implementation of team cleaning in September 2009 with a pilot team of four people on 3rd shift with Lawrence as manager. Team cleaning has now been implemented in all academic buildings.

Wake Forest University Custodial Services was also nominated for awards in Rookie Of The Year (Farrell Hall), Best (OS1) Audit, Best Cleaning Quality Improvement, Innovation, Workloading, Communications, Safety and Health, Training Program and Best Cleaning Program.

Facilities and Campus Services would like to thank all of Wake Forest’s dedicated and hard working custodians, and recognize the teams in Farrell Hall and Reynolda Hall for scoring 89 percent and 87 percent respectively on their annual audits.

June 2014 comings and goings

See a list of employees joining and leaving the University in June 2014.

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July 2014 staff milestones

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Boehme named Reynolda Campus Interim CIO

boehme.200x275John Boehme, Wake Forest Baptist Health’s associate vice president for academic and administrative systems, has been named Reynolda Campus Interim CIO. Prior to assuming his current position, Boehme was the associate dean for academic computing for WFUHS and also served for two decades as a senior leader in WFU’s Department of Radiology, where he did groundbreaking research in medical imaging management systems.

Along with his leadership of the Medical Center’s computing and information systems team, Boehme has been a key member of the Reynolda Campus Information Technology Executive Council (ITEC).  He has also been a leader in seeking to bring high performance computing to the Triad, beginning with his work to help create the WinstonNet system and serving for years as its president. Boehme also represents Wake Forest University as Chair of the Microelectronics Center of North Carolina Advisory Committee that operates the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NC REN).

Boehme assumed his role July 1.

88.5 WFDD receives national awards, hires news director

WFDD.logo.forinside88.5 WFDD, the public radio station licensed to Wake Forest University, has won three national awards for excellence in radio broadcasting.

The station received two awards from Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI), an organization committed to the highest standards of journalistic ethics and excellence, which recognizes the best of local public radio news in a wide array of categories, and one Gabriel Award from The Catholic Academy of Communication Professionals, which created the award in 1965 “to recognize outstanding artistic achievement in a television or radio program or series which entertains and enriches with a true vision or humanity and a true vision of life.”

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Long-time staff member publishes book on gluten-free cooking

gluten.free.bookNancy J. Metcalf, administrative assistant for Global Programs and Studies, has been working at Wake Forest for nearly 25 years. She and her daughter, Amy, are both 2003 Wake Forest graduates.

Diagnosed with celiac disease in 2007, Metcalf has published a gluten-free cookbook, “Gluten Free and Budget Friendly,” which she recently promoted at Whole Foods in Winston-Salem.

Q: What inspired you to write a cookbook?

A: When I was first diagnosed I found it challenging to figure out what I could and couldn’t eat. I started experimenting with recipes to make it easier on myself and my family and discovered many gluten-free foods everyone could eat and not feel deprived. Many folks are choosing to eat gluten free, so I thought this book might be helpful to them as well.

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June 2014 faculty and staff milestones

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OPCD staffers present at NCACE, take on leadership roles

Several Wake Forest staff members have recently taken on leadership roles and made presentations at the North Carolina Association of Colleges and Employers (NCACE) annual conference held in Atlantic Beach from April 30-May 2.

Hutchens

Hutchens

In addition to being selected as president elect of the NCACE for 2014-15, Dana Hutchens, employer experience manager, presented “Hire U: Providing Students the Employer Perspective,” a workshop that turns the tables on students, putting them in the role of recruiters having to review resumes and make interview selections. As the 2013 Furney K. James Outstanding Service Award winner, she served on the 2014 awards committee and completed her executive board two-year position as treasurer, where she also acted as the conference budget manager. Hutchens will assume the president role for the 2015-16 year.

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Wake Forest wins national CASE awards

Wake Forest is raising the bar of creative excellence for colleges and universities around the world.

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), one of the largest international associations of education institutions with more than 3,600 member colleges and universities, awarded Wake Forest’s Creative Communications team three gold medal awards during its 2014 Circle of Excellence awards program. Additionally, Wake Forest Magazine received a silver award for general interest magazines with a circulation of 75,000 or greater.

The international Circle of Excellence awards program recognizes outstanding work in advancement services, alumni relations, communications, fundraising and marketing as judged by peer professionals at schools, colleges and universities as well as by professionals from outside education.

This year, 629 institutions submitted more than 3,000 entries in 100 different categories.

Wake Forest’s Admissions Viewbook and Forestry 101, a mini-textbook containing everything incoming freshmen and their families need to know about orientation and life at Wake Forest, both received gold medal awards for the multi-page publication category.  The only other school to receive gold in the category was Marlboro College in Vermont. There were a total of 105 entries.

“From the beginning of both Forestry 101 and the Admissions viewbook, we tried to rethink what had been created traditionally both here and at other schools,” said Hayes Henderson, executive director of Wake Forest’s Creative Communications team.

Ken Bennett

Wake Forest University photographer Ken Bennett

Wake Forest University photographer Ken Bennett was named the 2014 Photographer of the Year. The award recognizes the work of a single staff or freelance photographer based on a portfolio of 10 to 15 representative photographs. Bennett was selected from a national pool of 35 applicants.

“Ken has the unique ability to skillfully capture the emotion of a moment, the personality of a subject, a moment in time, or a unique view of our campus environment– all with the vision and creativity of a category specialist,” Henderson said. “As a teammate, he brings fresh ideas to the table, is a dedicated thinking partner on our communications materials, a great collaborator, and just fun to work with.”

Morant named GWU law dean

dean.morant.300x175President Nathan Hatch sent the following message to faculty, staff and students:

After seven years of exemplary service to Wake Forest University as Dean of the School of Law, Blake D. Morant will become Dean of George Washington University Law School on Sept. 1, 2014.

Under Dean Morant’s leadership, the Wake Forest School of Law has thrived despite the turbulent times legal education and the industry have faced nationally. As Dean since 2007, his tenure has seen a 13-point rise in U.S. News & World Report’s rankings to 31st, the law school’s highest-ever ranking. That rise also represents the highest jump by any law school ranked in the Top 50 in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

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