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Floyd named NCAA Division I Baseball Championship site rep

Max Floyd, the director of recreational sports at Wake Forest University, on campus on Monday, September 22, 2014.

Max Floyd, director of campus recreation, was selected to work the Ole Miss Men’s Baseball Regional in Oxford, Miss., from June 3 – 6. It is the sixth consecutive time that Floyd has been chosen for this opportunity.

Site representatives are selected by the NCAA Championships & Alliances Office and are charged with several tasks. Floyd’s responsibilities included assisting in overall management of the regional site; enforcing NCAA operational guidelines; conducting pre-conference meetings with coaches, umpires, grounds crew and operations staff; overseeing drug testing, concussion management and ruling on timing, inclement weather or any other on-field related decisions.

Floyd also worked with ESPN on commercial breakaways and mid-game coach interviews.

Staff Appreciation Picnic to be held June 9

The Staff Advisory Council and Thrive invite Wake Forest staff to attend the June 9 Staff Appreciation Picnic at BB&T Field.

The picnic is free and open to all Reynolda Campus staff.  It will be held from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Staff members are encouraged to register for the picnic. To reserve a spot at the picnic, click here.

The theme of this year’s picnic is “Olympics at the Stadium.”  Food intended to be representative of several countries will be represented:  the U.S., Mexico, Italy and China.

Several games and activities are planned for the entertainment of staff.

Shuttles will bring staff to the event, although parking is available at the stadium in the Gold Lot.

Shuttles will run from Reynolda Campus, Graylyn Conference Center and the Unversity Corporate Center.  Shuttle stops will be: in front of Benson University Center, the bus shelter in Lot W1 beside Worrell Professional Center, behind Graylyn Conference Center and in front of the University Corporate Center.

Between now and the event, the SAC and the Office of Wellbeing staff are asking Reynolda Campus staff to bring canned food donations to stock the Wake Forest food board located in the Benson University Center (third floor rotunda).  The food will benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank.

More details about the event are on the registration web page.

Mepham named assistant director of Humanities Institute

Wake Forest Humanities Institute staff member Aimee Mepham, Wednesday, May 18, 2016.

Aimee Mepham has been promoted to assistant director of Wake Forest’s Humanities Institute.

Mepham, who first joined the Wake Forest staff in 2008, was previously the institute’s program coordinator.

As assistant director, Mepham’s new responsibilities will include overseeing the Humanities Institute’s Story, Health and Healing Initiative, which is one of several recipients of the Engaged Humanities grant that the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded Wake Forest in December 2015.

Since 2014, Mepham has been participating in basic and advanced narrative medicine training workshops at the Program in Narrative Medicine at the Columbia University Medical Center, and offering writing workshops in narrative medicine in Winston-Salem.

Previously, Mepham has taught creative writing workshops and undergraduate writing courses at Indiana University, Washington University in St. Louis, Wake Forest and Salem College, where she was visiting assistant professor of creative writing and interim director of the Center for Women Writers.

“She is a gifted writer who brings to her work at the Humanities Institute key skills and experience that have helped shape the institute’s current programs and are generating exciting new trajectories for future programming,” said the institute’s announcement.

Mepham earned her bachelor’s degree at Albion College and an MFA in Creative Writing from Washington University in St. Louis. Her work has appeared in a number of publications, including River Styx, Opium Magazine, Pinball Magazine and Meridian. Her work has also been performed by Liars’ League NYC, a live literary journal featuring professionally trained actors reading original short stories by writers.

Having served in a number of roles at Wake Forest, Mepham was the first administrative coordinator for the Humanities Institute and the Institute for Public Engagement. Before that, she was administrative assistant for the psychology department.

May 2016 staff milestones

See a list of staff milestones in May 2016:

1 year

Anibal Steve Armas; Assistant Coach; Athletics: Soccer – Men

Samuel Thomas Binkley; Senior Project Manager; FACS: Project Management

Kimberly McRae Couch; Budget and Admin Coord; Sustainability

Elizabeth Joyce Dam-Regier; HR Project & Comm Specialist; Human Resources

Casey Davis; Development Officer; Advancement: National Major Gifts

Kimberley A Gaines; Treasury Analyst; Financial & Accounting Service

Raina Gandhi; Assoc Dir, MA Mkt Read/Employ; WFUSB-MA Program Admin

Dustie Nichole Lanier; Director of Development; Advancement: National Major Gifts

Michael Timothy Maedjaja; Sr Business Systems Analyst; Finance Systems

Logan Patrick Roach; Development Officer; Advancement: National Major Gifts

Thomas Antol Truskowski; Exec Director of Development; Advancement:Business Schools Develp

Rolisa Harris Tutwyler; Liaison for ED & Business Mgr; Pro Humanitate Institute

5 years

Michelle Diana Dalrymple; Financial Aid Officer; WFUSB-Enrollment Management

Brett Thomas Hewitt; Asst Dir, Facilities Systems; FACS: Support Services

Elizabeth McCurry Johnson; Reference Librarian; Law: Professional Ctr Library

Shonda R. Jones; Assoc Dean, Admission & St Svc; Divinity School

William Paul Kane; Digital Publishing Admin; Digital Publishing

Amy Beth Knudson; Assoc Dir, W-S Open/Event Mgmt; Athletics: WS Open

10 years

Carol Thorne Prillaman; Accounting Assistant; Graylyn: Admin & General

Sean C. Seney; Custodian; FACS: Custodial Services

Nan Graham Smith; Project Coordinator; Advancement: VP Office

Carol J. Weaver; Police Officer; University Police

20 years

Amy Lamy; Senior Data Warehouse Analyst; Finance Systems

Grenville Hanington Nichols; Security Guard; Graylyn: Admin & General

John Garren Owen; Director, Building Operations; WFUSB-Information Services

Jonathan Micheal Rollins; Information Security Architect; IS: CIO

25 years

David G. Davis; Associate Director; FACS: Landscaping Services

President: In honor of faculty, staff retirees

This message was emailed to faculty and staff May 12 from President Hatch:

Dear Faculty and Staff,

As we prepare to celebrate Commencement and the achievements of the Class of 2016, 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 many years of service to Wake Forest:

Faculty

Umit Akinc, Professor, School of Business
Bern Beatty, Associate Professor, School of Business
Jonathan Christman, Associate Professor, Theatre and Dance
Yomi Durotoye, Associate Teaching Professor, Politics and International Affairs
Clay Hipp, Senior Lecturer, School of Business
Beth Hopkins, Director of Outreach, School of Law
Charles Lewis, Professor, Philosophy
Mary Martin Niepold, Associate Professor of the Practice, English
David Stroupe, Associate Professor of the Practice, Health and Exercise Science
Frank Tupper, Professor, School of Divinity
Byron Wells, Professor, Romance Languages

Staff

Donnie Adams, Manager, Facilities and Campus Services
Keith Allred, Assistant Director, Information Systems
Gary Alwine, Business Manager, Biology
Kathy Arfmann, Assistant Director, Finance Systems
Craig Bartholomew, Transportation Assistant, Graylyn
Garry Blankenship, Shuttle Driver, Parking and Transportation
Sandra Boyette, Senior Advisor to the President, President’s Office
Michael Caporaletti, Parking Enforcement Officer, Parking and Transportation
Julie Edelson, Editor, Researcher, Research and Sponsored Programs
Larry Etchison, Service Technician, Facilities and Campus Services
Jim Gardner, Service Technician, Facilities and Campus Services
Betsy Gatewood, Associate Director of CERE, Innovation and Creativity
Bill Giroux, Maintenance Technician, Graylyn
Reba Greene, Mail Service Clerk, Mail Services
John Henderson, Director, Information Systems,
Margaret Kittrell, Nurse, Student Health Service
Nancy Moore, Executive Assistant, President’s Office
Preston Oldham, Police Lieutenant, University Police
Nancy Respess, Assistant to Associate Deans, College Summer Administration
Joanne Ritter, Administrative Coordinator, University Advancement
Rick Rumley, Police Sergeant, University Police
Bruce Sanspree, Special Projects Coordinator, University Police
Debbie Walker, Conference Coordinator, School of Law
Keith Wise, Superintendent, Facilities and Campus Services

To our 2015-2016 retiring faculty and staff, thank you for sharing your gifts and talents with us for so many years. Your countless contributions will have a lasting impact on our campus, and you will forever be a part of our Wake Forest family.

Sincerely,

Nathan O. Hatch
President

Learning Assistance Center, Disability Services director named

Michael Shuman, associate director of the Wake Forest Learning Assistance Center, poses in the Z. Smith Reynolds Library on Thursday, August 18, 2011.

Michael Shuman

Michael Shuman has been promoted to director of Wake Forest’s Learning Assistance Center and Disability Services (LAC-DS).

As director, Shuman is responsible for providing leadership and vision in the areas of academic support and disability services for the University community. He manages the clinical and administrative operations of the LAC-DS, implements accommodations for students with disabilities and coordinates a comprehensive academic coaching and peer tutoring program for students.

Shuman had served since last July as interim director of the LAC-DS. Since joining the office’s staff in 1997, he had held several positions, including associate director, assistant director, and academic counselor and coordinator of special services.

“Having worked for over 18 years at Wake Forest, I have a deep understanding of our campus culture–both its challenges and accolades–and have come to love and value the Wake Forest community,” Shuman said.

“I am passionate about providing the support and resources that college students need to become successful, resilient and engaged learners, and I am both thrilled and grateful to be named director of the Learning Assistance Center and Disability Services,” he added. “I am so proud of what we do for our students and the greater Wake Forest community in the LAC-DS, and I am excited to continue to lead the office in our commitment to our mission of providing opportunities for all students to achieve academic success.”

The LAC-DS is part of the University’s Division of Campus Life.

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Meet Wake Forest’s bike-riding parking enforcement officer

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This is a guest post from the Office of Sustainability:

Wake Forest’s new parking enforcement officer, Kathy Kullman, is much like others in the Parking and Transportation Office.  She strives to be friendly and approachable throughout the day to those she meets on the job. But, there is something different about her.

What sets her apart is not hard to notice.  Her favorite means of getting around campus is human-powered. Kullman is often on a bicycle when she is on the job.

Kullman has committed to biking throughout a significant portion of her workday. After previously working as a bicycle patrol officer for a school in California, it was a “no-brainer” when Alex Crist, director of Parking and Transportation, asked about her preference on biking.

“Having a parking enforcement officer on a bike is great for our campus,” says Crist. “We are saving money on fuel, reducing our carbon footprint, and providing an invaluable resource of increased accessibility to our campus community.”

Parking enforcement officers can, unfortunately, generate negative perceptions at times. Enabling officers to patrol on a bike can help break down these barriers and increase engagement with community members. Kullman, who has been on her bike for approximately one month, recalls countless positive interactions with students, faculty and staff while biking. One such interaction involved a faculty member applauding her for her efforts.

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Staff Advisory Council elects members

Wake Forest’s Staff Advisory Council (SAC) elected 10 new members and re-elected three members in April.

Newly-elected members from the University’s staff include: Steve Allen, Marc Jones, Denise Kelly, Sheila Lockhart, Wendy Logan, Barbara Meredith, Jennifer Rogers, Sarah Smith, Cynthia Tucker and Valerie Waddell..

Re-elected staff members include: Mark Cook, Kevin Cox and Susan Edwards.

Members completing their SAC service include: Shannon Badgett, Matt Clifford, Karen Frekko, Kim Hampton, Jennifer Killingsworth and Teresa Watson.

Established with the support of the President’s Office, the SAC has a number of key responsibilities, including serving as a forum of exchange  about policies and issues affecting Wake Forest employees; listening to, examining and responding to ideas, concerns and suggestions of the staff; and conveying those ideas, concerns and suggestions to the University administration.

Its meetings, held monthly during the academic year, are open to staff.  More information about the SAC is available here.

Update: New details announced for Staff Appreciation Picnic

Staff may now register for the Staff Appreciation Picnic planned for June 9.  While registration is not required, it helps the Staff Advisory Council and the Office of Wellbeing in preparing for the big event. Hundreds of staff members are expected for the picnic planned for BB&T Field from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on that day.

To reserve a spot at the picnic, click here.

The picnic is free and open to all Reynolda Campus staff.

The theme of this year’s third annual picnic is “Olympics at the Stadium.”  Food intended to be representative of several countries will be represented:  the U.S., Mexico, Italy and China.

Several games and activities are planned for the entertainment of staff.

Shuttles will bring staff to the event, although parking is available at the stadium in the Gold Lot.

Shuttles will run from Reynolda Campus, Graylyn Conference Center and the Unversity Corporate Center.  Shuttle stops will be: in front of Benson University Center, the bus shelter in Lot W1 beside Worrell Professional Center, behind Graylyn Conference Center and in front of the University Corporate Center.

More details about the event are on the registration web page.

Chan to discuss college to career transition on ‘Diane Rehm’

Andy Chan

Andy Chan, vice president of personal and career development, will participate in a live discussion on “The Diane Rehm Show” on navigating the transition from school to the workplace. The show will air Thursday, April 14, from 11 a.m. to noon. Listeners can join the live program on “The Diane Rehm Show” website. The discussion will also be archived and available to listeners after the program.

Local and regional listeners can tune in to the program on 88.5 WFDD, the Public Radio Station for the Piedmont, located on the Wake Forest University campus, at 11 a.m. WFDD is providing studio space and technical support for the interview.

With graduation season just around the corner, students throughout the country are preparing to transition into the workplace. Chan will join a panel of experts who will be looking at the challenges new grads face and how to address them.

Other guests include:

  • Jeffrey Selingo, regular contributor on higher education, the Washington Post; author, “There is Life After College: What Parents And Students Should Know About Navigating School To Prepare For The Jobs Of Tomorrow”
  • Anthony Carnevale, director and research professor, Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University
  • Kristen Hamilton, CEO and co-founder, Koru — a company offering immersive training programs to get college graduates job ready

As a national leader in rethinking the college to career experience, Wake Forest has been at the forefront of transforming the traditional, outdated concept of “career services” into a holistic, four-year approach to personal and career development. Ever since Wake Forest convened Rethinking Success, a 2012 conference that highlighted the value of a liberal arts education for 21st Century careers, the University – as well as its career and mentoring experts – have been featured in The New York Times Magazine, Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Today, Money, Business Insider, Fast Company, Forbes, CNN and USA Today as well as higher education publications such as The Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed.

“The Diane Rehm Show” is a National Public Radio call-in-show based in the United States. In October 2007, “The Diane Rehm Show” was named to the Audience Research Analysis list of the top ten most powerful national programs in public radio, the only talk show on the list. The show, produced by WAMU, and hosted by Diane Rehm, is estimated to have more than 2 million listeners.

“Navigating the Transition from School to the Workplace” is archive online on “The Diane Rehm Show” website.