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October 2016 faculty and staff milestones

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Staff recognized for milestones, Employees of the Year announced

This is a guest post from Human Resources:

Members of the campus community honored service milestones of more than 250 Wake Forest staff members who were celebrating approximately 2,800 combined years of service. These individuals were recognized at the 16th annual Staff Rewards & Recognition on Tuesday, October 11 at Bridger Field House. Later in the day, a campus-wide reception was open to all faculty and staff in the Green Room of Reynolda Hall.

Staff members celebrating 30 or more years of service included:

  • 30 years: Cathy Chinlund (Advancement), Sherman Hart (Reynolda House), Gale Newport (Benson University Center), Beth Tedford (Z. Smith Reynolds Library)
  • 35 years: Janet Cromer (School of Law), Cindy Davis (Biology), Mike Ford (Campus Life), Dallas Nifong (Facilities & Campus Services)
  • 40 years: Michael Bottoms (University Police), Carrnell Covington (Facilities & Campus Services), Ann Knox (Parking & Transportation)
Wake Forest President Nathan O. Hatch presents staff member Betsy Chapman with the Employee of the Year plaque on Tuesday, October 11, 2016.

President Hatch presents staff member Betsy Chapman with the Employee of the Year plaque

Betsy Chapman, Director of Parent Giving, and Patty Kennedy, Administrative Assistant in the Department of Health and Exercise Science, were also recognized as Employees of the Year. They were nominated by faculty and staff for their contributions in the areas of innovation, integrity, accountability, inclusion, and Pro Humanitate.

Chapman was honored for mentoring students and helping parents feel part of the Wake Forest experience. The Daily Deac blog she authors was cited throughout her award nomination as a highly effective way to connect parents with the campus community. As the nomination reads, “Betsy is a valuable asset to Wake Forest, and her professionalism and genuine love for the university and its students should be commended!”

Wake Forest President Nathan O. Hatch presents staff member Patty Kennedy with the Employee of the Year plaque on Tuesday, October 11, 2016.

President Hatch presents staff member Patty Kennedy with the Employee of the Year plaque

Kennedy was recognized for embracing new ideas and serving as a positive role model for new staff members. The award nomination states, “Patty is always thinking of creative ways to deal with problems, with the goal of making positive changes for everyone. She is well aware of the need to serve both the department and the community.” Kennedy has demonstrated this community service through her work with the United Way and Arts Council.

Piscetelli, Williams received Winston Under 40 Leadership Awards

The Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce has named Michael Piscetelli, associate athletic director of development, and Matthew Williams, director of communication in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Winston Under 40 Leadership Award winners.

They were among 20 who were presented the award this month at a Winston-Salem event.

According to the Chamber, the winners are “actively influencing the growth, prosperity, and quality of life in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County.”

Winston Under 40, started three years ago, is the Chamber group “that’s committed to attracting and retaining young professionals in our community.”

Mary Gerardy to speak at Staff Advisory Council meeting

Mary Gerardy, associate vice president for campus life, will speak on the history of Wake Forest student activism at the Staff Advisory Council meeting Oct. 13 at 9 a.m. in the Z. Smith Reynolds Library Auditorium.

All staff are invited to attend the meeting, which will conclude by 10:30 a.m.

In addition, Angela Culler, assistant vice president for human resources, will speak on a benefits-related topic.

Staff are encouraged to follow the SAC on social media:

–@WFUSAC on Twitter
– on Facebook
–wfusac on Instagram.

Wake Forest Magazine’s Maria Henson speaks at Pulitzer event

Wake Forest University opens the Words Awake! conference, in which alumni writers return to campus to talk about their craft, with a reception at the Byrum Welcome Center on Friday, March 23, 2012. Magazine editor Maria Henson.

Wake Forest Magazine editor-at-large, journalism lecturer and associate vice president Maria Henson (’82) recently spoke at the Pulitzer Centennial Celebration at Harvard University (video).

Henson is Wake Forest’s only Pulitzer Prize winner. She won in 1992 for a series of investigative editorials on domestic violence while at the Lexington Herald-Leader (Ky.). In 2005, she edited a series on Yosemite National Park in The Sacramento Bee (Ca.) that won for editorial writing. In 1993-94, Henson was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard.

In a powerful 11-minute speech before more than 1,000 people, she recalled the impact of “To Have and to Harm,” a yearlong series of 30 editorials that made recommendations for improved response and protections for battered women in Kentucky. In 1992, the Kentucky state legislature passed every aspect of domestic violence reform the Lexington Herald-Leader editorial board recommended and the courts changed their practices as well.

“All these years later, at a time of such discouragement and disenchantment over our public life, I look back and remember the power of the press and ordinary citizens to effect change – both of them out of a love of community and a passion for fairness. And all these years later, I have not given up on what is possible,” Henson said.

Henson was inducted into the Wake Forest University Writers Hall of Fame this year, in conjunction with Words Awake 2! Read an Inside WFU interview with her commemorating that occasion.

Staff Advisory Council to meet Sept. 8, encourages staff to attend

Sophia Bredice and Mike Greco of Information Systems will speak on two new University initiatives–WakeWare and Software@WFU–at the Sept. 8 meeting of the Staff Advisory Council.

All staff are invited to the meeting, which will be held from 9-10:30 a.m. in the fourth floor auditorium of Z. Smith Reynolds Library. The 2016-2017 SAC meetings will be held the second Thursday of every month from 9-10:30 a.m.

August 2016 staff milestones

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McGalliard elected president-elect of of housing officers group

C48F5644Donna McGalliard has been elected president-elect of the Southeastern Association of Housing Officers (SEAHO), a regional affiliate of the Association of College and University Housing Officers – International (ACUHO-I). McGalliard is associate vice president for campus life and dean of Residence Life and Housing.

The association represents the dedicated professionals of higher education student housing within the 10-state region. McGalliard will begin her term as president in February 2017 and continue to serve the organization as past president beginning in February 2018.

SEAHO’s mission advances excellence in housing programs and staff by promoting best practices, networking, professional development and involvement opportunities.

McGalliard joined the Wake Forest staff in 2000. She earned a bachelor of arts in communications from North Carolina State University, a master of education in higher education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a doctorate in higher education administration from Florida State University.

Matt Clifford elected as National President of Omicron Delta Kappa

Residence Life and Housing staff headshots, Tuesday, September 21, 2010. Matt Clifford.

Matt Clifford, director of residence life in Residence Life and Housing, was elected national president of Omicron Delta Kappa at the organization’s national convention in Grand Rapids, Mich., July 16-18. The national president is the chair of the Society Board of Directors. Clifford will serve as national president from 2016-2018.

Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society for college students, recognizes and encourages superior scholarship, leadership, and exemplary character.

Clifford joined the Wake Forest staff in 2010. He earned his bachelor of arts in English from Davidson College, a master of education in higher education and student affairs from the University of South Carolina, and a doctorate in higher education from the University of North Florida.

Organization recognizes Lesia Finney for community policing

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Police Sgt. Lesia Finney (right) receives community policing award

Police Sgt. Lesia Finney, who leads community policing at Wake Forest, was presented the Award for Innovations in Community-Oriented Policing at a recent national meeting of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) in Phoenix.

Finney, who joined the University Police Department in 1999, has served as coordinator of community-oriented policing since 2011.  In that role, her many responsibilities include, in part, collaborating with neighborhood associations, the Winston-Salem Police Department and Wake Forest students to initiate partnerships that enhance community living; leading orientation activities for all who join the University community; and serving in a public information officer role.

Finney also serves a project manager who has helped, among other things, reengineer the department’s recruitment, selection, hiring and promotional practices; be a leader on the University’s Police Advisory Board; and develop new policies.