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Francis and Sauerbry selected as members of task force

Jessica Francis, associate director of the Center for Global Programs and Studies (GPS) at Wake Forest, and Kristy Sauerbry, senior study abroad advisor, have been selected as members of Diversity Abroad Task Force.  Diversity Abroad Task Force members provide critical guidance and support to Diversity Network initiatives, and contribute to the development of new and valuable resources for Network members.

Francis will serve as chair of the First Generation College Students Task Force for the second year in a row.  Sauerbry will be serving on the Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) Disciplines Task Force for the first time.

The Diversity Abroad Network (“Diversity Network”) is the leading professional consortium of education institutions, government agencies, for-profit and non-profit organizations dedicated to advancing diversity and inclusive good practices that increase access, achieve greater diversity and foster inclusive excellence in international education. Details of their awards can be found here.

WakeUnited: Live Malika Roman Isler

Malika Roman Isler joined Wake Forest in 2015 as the director of wellbeing, a role that she notes has several connections to the work of the United Way.

“At the foundation, both the United Way and the WFU Thrive Initiative approach community wellbeing holistically,” Roman Isler said.  “Both programs are inclusive of comprehensive strategies to not necessarily be directive about how people live, but to improve the conditions, opportunities, and tools we all have to help us thrive.”

Malika Roman Isler, Wake Forest Director of Well-Being, poses in the Benson University Center on Tuesday, January 7, 2015.

Indeed, Roman Isler points out that to support wellbeing in any community, programs must align with local priorities and support local capacity and infrastructure. Through the Thrive initiative, the Office of Wellbeing focuses on many areas of interest and need as defined by Wake Forest students, faculty, and staff: offering skills-building workshops and engaging programs to reduce stress, promote positive health behaviors and culture and build the sense of community.

In line with Thrive’s approach with the on-campus community, she says she appreciates the way that the United Way of Forsyth County does not employ a “band-aid” approach to community improvement.

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October 2015 faculty and staff milestones

See a list of staff and faculty milestones for October 2015:

1 year

Erin G Angel; Coordinator of Assignments; Residence Life & Housing

Thomas Blain Brown; Director, Account Mgmt. & Plan; Advncmt:Comm. & External Relations

Erika Lynn Carrubba; Asst Dir, Athletic Communicati; Athletics: Media Relations

Adina Dabu; Research Assistant Professor; WFUSB-Instruction

Chelsea Ivana Hosch; Business Mgr, Comm & Ext Rel; Advncmt:Comm. & External Relations

Taeg hyun Kang; Visiting Assistant Professor; Computer Science

Amelia Mabel Knight; User Tech Support Coord, Assoc; IS: Knowledge & Service Support

Matthew McKay Nelkin; Sr. Developer/Asst. Dir of IT; Law: Computing Support

Malika Dawn Roman Isler; Director of Well-Being; Wellbeing

Sarah J Tooley; Asst Dean of Students,Case Mgr; Office of Dean of Students

5 years

Ann Boardman Bell; Operations Manager; Graduate School: Documentary Film

Christopher Lee Holt; Police Officer; University Police

George Anderson Roland; Asst Coach, Women’s Tennis; Athletics: Tennis – Women

10 years

Christopher Todd Hairston; Assoc Athl Director Compliance; Athletics: Compliance Office

15 years

Ann Setien Gibbs; Assoc Dean, Admin&Student Svcs; Law: School Adm Expense

William Norman Giroux; Maintenance Technician; Graylyn: Maintenance

20 years

Ellen Anna Daugman; Librarian, Research & Instruct; Library – ZSR

Kimberly K. Flowers; Exec Asst to AVP, Advancement; Advancement: VP Office

25 years

Antonio A. Broome; Custodian; 3rd Shift; Facilities & Campus Services

30 years

Lynne G. Heflin; Administrative Assistant; Athletics: Basketball – Men

David Taylor receives prestigious award

AC awards Mary and David Taylor

David Taylor, Director of Global Abroad Programs and Mary Dwyer, President & CEO of IES Abroad

The Institute for the International Education of Students presented the IES Abroad Professional Development Award, recently, to David Taylor, director of global abroad programs at Wake Forest.  He is a staff member in the Center for Global Programs and Studies.

Every year, IES Abroad presents three prestigious leadership awards at their annual conference to recognize study abroad professionals’ substantial contributions and achievements to the field. IES Abroad is a non-profit study abroad organization that administers study abroad programs for U.S. college-aged students.

Taylor implemented a study abroad outreach plan for underrepresented populations that resulted in a 25 percent increase in first-generation and minority Wake Forest students studying abroad. This initiative helped the University receive the 2013 Institute of International Education (IIE) Andrew Heiskell Award for Innovation in Study Abroad. Taylor has served on IES Abroad’s Annual Conference Planning Committee and is an active member of NAFSA: Association of International Educators and the North Carolina Association of International Educators (NCAIE).

He has also presented at the WISE Conference, IES Abroad Annual Conference, and the Forum on Education Abroad Conference.

Staff Advisory Council to meet Oct. 21

Jim Strodel, senior vice president and financial advisor at CAPTRUST Financial Advisors, will speak at the University’s Staff Advisory Council meeting on Oct. 21.  The meeting is set for 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Broyhill Auditorium in Farrell Hall.  University staff are invited.

Strodel will provide a summary of upcoming changes to the University retirement plan.  In addition, he will share a timeline for the changes and the communications that staff can expect to receive about the changes.  He will also discuss educational sessions will be held.

University’s news team launches broadcast television studio

 on a television broadcast in the new studio in ZSR.

Faculty experts and campus newsmakers who work with the University’s News and Communications office have a new resource available to them when it comes to media interviews.

The news office now operates a fully equipped, professional television studio that is capable of transmitting broadcast-quality HD video to broadcast news media organizations around the world. Now when media seek commentary on timely news topics, faculty and other experts can share their expertise for live and pre-recorded interviews in high-definition with the latest technology right here on campus.

“We are excited to have this resource as part of our media relations arsenal, especially for breaking news,” said Katie Neal, Executive Director, News and Communications. “The studio now makes it possible for us to broadly promote Wake Forest’s range of expertise while quickly and easily meeting the needs of 24-hour news networks and broadcast media outlets.”

The television studio is conveniently located in the heart of campus in Z. Smith Reynolds Library, behind The Bridge.

While the news staff members serve as the main point of contact for media outlets, reporters and producers often reach out directly to individuals. If this happens, the news office asks that those individuals please promptly direct them to a member of the news team to facilitate the request in a timely manner. The entire team can be reached at or (336) 758-5237.

The studio was made possible as part of a generous donation from the Clark Family Foundation, as part of Wake Will: The Campaign for Wake Forest.

An open house for faculty and staff will be held in the studio from 3 – 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 21.

Additional information about the studio is available here.

May selected to attend Leadership Institute meeting

Phil May, a senior project manager in Information Systems, has been recognized for leadership by the Project Management Institute (PMI) Piedmont Triad Chapter. He has been selected  to attend the PMI Leadership Institute Meeting 2015-North America on Oct. 8-10 in Orlando.

While there, May will attend meetings with PMI chapter leaders from all over the world to hear remarkable keynote speakers and benefit from more than 60 educational sessions, learn about tools and resources to assist with managing the local chapter, and network with more than 1,100 like-minded volunteer leaders.

May was selected because of his accomplishments as the chapter’s vice president of education, a role to which he was elected last January. Those accomplishments include leading a team in the development of a new course PM 101, A Day in the Life, organizing local Project Management Professional (PMP) prep classes, which includes offering these classes to Wake Forest MBA students through an on-going partnership with the University’s School of Business, and teaching PMP prep classes.

WakeUnited: Live United Stephen Edwards

Stephen Edwards, assistant director for alumni engagement, knew that he wanted to make a positive impact on his community from the time that he started at Wake Forest as an undergraduate.

Wake Forest alumni programs coordinator Stephen Edwards, Thursday, October 3, 2013.

During his four years as a student he volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters, one of the partner agencies of the United Way of Forsyth County. Now, almost a decade later, he continues to be matched with the same young man, a senior at Mount Tabor High School.

“Being given the opportunity as a freshman in college to have this impact on a ‘little brother’ in the community,” said Edwards, was empowering for the both of them.

Now an employee of the University, Edwards serves on the Wake United Way campaign cabinet leading efforts for Young Leaders United (YLU), the young professionals giving group of the United Way. YLU not only provides an opportunity to give back to the community financially, it also encourages deep connection through volunteering and leadership development.

“YLU has given me the opportunity to meet fascinating people at other employers in Winston-Salem, learn from phenomenal speakers at monthly lunches, serve alongside peers in the community, and give back to the great work of the United Way in the community, through the support of my employer,” Edwards said.

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September 2015 staff milestones

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WakeUnited: Live United Andrea Ellis and Leigh Stanfield

Andrea Ellis, assistant vice president for innovation, and Leigh Stanfield, director of global campus programs, are Women’s Leadership Council coordinators for the 2015 WakeUnited Campaign. The campaign, which takes place during the month of October, is the Reynolda Campus initiative to support United Way of Forsyth County.

Wake Forest human resources director Andrea Ellis, Tuesday, November 29, 2011.


“The Women’s Leadership Council gives women opportunities to grow as leaders through opportunities to volunteer, network, and support education,” says Stanfield. “Right now our work is most closely aligned with the United Way’s efforts to raise the high school graduation rate in Forsyth County. Our goal is 90 percent by 2018, which is a big improvement from 71 percent when we started the program.”

Many members of the Wake Forest community have personal experience with United Way and then are inspired to do more.

“I wanted to do something for the community that was service related but wanted it to be something that I believe in and that is meaningful to me,” says Ellis.  “Initially, United Way touched my family through its Hospice organization.  Since that time, however, I have learned of countless other ways UW has an impact on the entire Winston-Salem community.”



“If we want to thrive as a community, we must engage with the community where we live,” says Ellis.  “Giving to WakeUnited helps make Winston-Salem a better place to live and, in a fundamental way, WakeUnited is Pro Humanitate.”

Want to get involved? Stanfield and Ellis are happy to talk with you individually, and they also suggest two opportunities to connect with WLC in September.

Join the WLC team (or cheer members on!) at the Moonlight Madness 5K & Fun Run to benefit United Way of Forsyth County at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 18, in Bailey Park, which is located at 575 N. Patterson Avenue in Innovation Quarter.

Wake Forest will host a WLC gathering on Monday, Sept. 28, from 4:30-6 p.m. on the patio at Fratelli’s restaurant on Reynolda Road. This is a great opportunity for members to get updates about the work of WLC, for newcomers to learn more about the group, and for everyone to enjoy food and good conversation.