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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’

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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.

 

Staff Advisory meeting April 13

Three speakers are scheduled for the April 13 meeting of the Staff Advisory Council.

Speakers will include Andrea Ellis, assistant vice president for innovation; Ellen Murphy, assistant dean of instructional technologies and design; and a representative of Human Resources.

All staff are invited to the meeting, which will run from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Benson University Center, Room 401 B/D.

Sullivan to moderate Tech Council panel on internships

Patrick Sullivan will moderate an off-campus panel discussion April 15 on “Creating and Nurturing Internship Programs to Help Your Business Grow.”  Sullivan is an associate director in the University’s Office of Personal and Career Development.

Free and open to the public, the event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at SciWorks at 400 W. Hanes Mill Road in Winston-Salem.  Registration is requested.

The panel discussion is part of the Tech Council’s speaker series, which presents a series of speakers or panel discussions throughout each year.  The Tech Council is associated with the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce.

Panelists will include Sharon Joyner-Payne of Inmar Inc, Bruce Sherman of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County schools, Patricia Shugart of Carolina Liquid Chemistries Corp. and LaMonica Sloan of Winston-Salem State University.

Panelists will offer practical advice on how to start or develop internships at businesses.

March 2016 staff milestones

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Magjuka named assistant dean, director

Wake Forest University head shots, Tuesday, October 7, 2014. Marianne Magjuka.

Marianne Magjuka has been named an assistant dean of students and director of democratic engagement and justice programs.

“This appointment acknowledges Marianne’s strong contributions to the community and organizationally strengthens the partnership between the Pro Humanitate Institute (PHI) and Division of Campus Life,” according to an  announcement by PHI and Campus Life. “Both areas share a commitment to providing meaningful social justice, civic engagement, and inclusion programs and initiatives for the university community.”

Magjuka will have a dual report to the executive director of PHI and the dean of students/associate vice president for Campus Life and will serve on the leadership teams of both areas.

In her current role as PHI’s director of democratic engagement and justice programs, Magjuka has directed social justice programs and overseen civic and democratic engagement initiatives. She has also directed sustained dialogue for students and staff for the Division of Campus Life and coordinated deliberative dialogue training and planning. Magjuka has also contributed to a number of university initiatives, including serving as co-chair for the Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Task Force.

As an assistant dean of students and director, Marianne’s new responsibilities will include:
–providing leadership for Campus Life staff development initiatives designed to develop staff capacity to provide meaningful social justice and diversity and inclusion programs throughout the organization
–providing leadership for programs that offer incoming students the opportunity to engage in meaningful dialogue across differences
–providing services for students and their families experiencing personal, medical or mental health-related crises with focus on community education and response for campus climate and bias-related incidents

Magjuka first joined Wake Forest in January 2011 as the director of Campus Life. Previously, she served as the assistant director of community service and service-learning at Baylor University, and coordinated an AmeriCorps*VISTA program based at Florida State University. Magjuka received her B.A. and M.Ed. from the University of Notre Dame.

Pro Humanitate Institute promotes Sizemore

Shelley Graves Sizemore, Assistant Director of Campus Life, Wake Forest University, Thursday, September 6, 2012.

Shelley Sizemore has been promoted to director of academic programs and community engaged research in the University’s Pro Humanitate Institute (PHI).

Sizemore, who joined the Wake Forest staff in 1999, previously was the institute’s associate director of advocacy programs and civic education.

In her new role, “Sizemore will design and manage PHI’s innovative new efforts to engage faculty, community, and student researchers to effect meaningful and measurable change throughout our community,” the institute announced.

Her new responsibilities include overseeing the Summer Nonprofit Immersion Program, the PHI Fellows programs and all aspects of academic community engagement.

“She has a long and recognized record of social justice engagement on this campus and in this community,” the institute announced.

When Sizemore first joined the University’s staff, she was coordinator of Campus Kitchen.

She received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in communication at Wake Forest.  She is pursuing a doctorate in education and cultural studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.