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Wake Forest news for faculty and staff


Stay alert to weather reports due to hazardous weather Wednesday

This message was emailed to students, faculty and staff on the afternoon of May 24 by Communications and External Relations:

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to stay alert to weather conditions today due to unstable weather conditions and reports of tornado warnings and watches in this area.  Tornado warnings for Forsyth County and other counties were issued late this afternoon.

Weather information is readily available on TV stations, various news media web sites and elsewhere.

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

Where have all the tulips gone?

A recent offer of free tulip bulbs by the University was met with quick and enthusiastic response from many people at Wake Forest.

No more tulip bulbs are available to be distributed.

Recently, the Landscape Team of Facilities and Campus Services announced that it would be distributing free bulbs this spring once they were pulled from campus flower beds.  That announcement on Inside WFU was apparently read by the University’s tulip lovers who made arrangements to obtain all the tulip bulbs to be distributed once they are available.

Dalton appears in new documentary ‘Teacher of the Year’

Mary Dalton

Professor of Communication Mary Dalton appears in the new documentary “Teacher of the Year,” which will premiere at Wake Forest on March 2 at 7:30 p.m. in Benson University Center’s Pugh Auditorium.

Free and open to the public, the screening is part of the Teachers, Teaching and Media Conference at Wake Forest.

“Teacher of the Year” features social studies teacher Angie Scioli from Leesville Road High School in Raleigh and was created to start conversations about how much is required both professionally and personally from good educators.

More details here.

Lighting of the Quad to be held Dec. 6 on Hearn Plaza

Wake Forest students celebrate the holidays with the Lighting of the Quad ceremony on Hearn Plaza on Tuesday, December 1, 2015. Chaplain Tim Auman talks about the diverse religious celebrations in the month of December.

Students, faculty, staff and off-campus community members are expected to gather on Hearn Plaza on Dec. 6 for the 13th Annual Lighting of the Quad.  The event will begin at 7 p.m. and all are invited.

Organized by the Wake Forest Student Union, the event will feature performances of holiday songs by student a cappella groups, music from Wait Chapel’s carillon, remarks by Chaplain Tim Auman and President Nathan O. Hatch and the official “lighting of the quad.”  Holiday lights on a Christmas tree and other Hearn Plaza trees will be turned on, a menorah will be lit and attendees will form a circle holding candles distributed at the event.

Leading up to the event, the VSC and Student Union are collecting clothing to donate to the Potter’s House in Winston-Salem.  Hats, scarves, gloves, blankets and more are being collected on the second floor of Benson University Center.  Those items can also be brought to the Lighting of the Quad for donation.

In addition to the tree lighting, the University is now hanging dozens of holiday wreaths on buildings across campus.

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.”

New weekly prayer service begins Aug. 31

“Called Together: The Prayers of the People” is a new weekly prayer service at Wake Forest that will begin Aug. 31.

The series of services, which will be held at noon on Wednesdays in Davis Chapel, was organized by the Office the Chaplain and Religious Life.  The services will last minutes.

Each week will be led by a particular faith tradition.  All faith practices are welcomed.  And, all people are welcome to participate in every service.

This is the initial schedule for the prayer service:

–Aug. 31, Protestant Evangelical Tradition
–Sept. 7, Catholic Tradition
–Sept. 14, Black Church Tradition
–Sept. 21, Global Prayers
–Sept. 28, Interfaith Array
–Oct. 5, Muslim Tradition
–Oct. 12, Jewish Tradition

The series of services is an effort to address the crises and traumatic events that happen, but receive varying amounts of attention and response, according to the Associate Chaplain K. Monet Rice-Jalloh.

“Each week, prayers will be lifted for global issues that are brought to our attention that need both prayers and people motivated by prayer to affect change,” she said.

Coach Manning’s women’s basketball clinic to be held Sept. 11

Wake Forest men's basketball takes on Carolina in Joel Coliseum on Wednesday, January 21, 2015. Head coach Danny Manning leads from the bench.

Coach Danny Manning

The third annual Danny Manning Women’s Basketball 101 Clinic will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at the Coliseum.

Coach Manning and his staff will lead the clinic, which is open to all women interested in attending.

According to the Athletics Department, “Whether you are a die-hard basketball fan or someone who just wants to learn more about the fundamentals of the game, the Danny Manning Women’s Basketball 101 Clinic promises to be an event that you won’t want to miss!”

The cost of the camp is $40 per person. (Faculty and staff from Wake Forest and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center are eligible for a discounted rate of $32 per person.) Proceeds from the clinic benefit the Wake Forest Baptist Health Brenner Children’s Hospital and holiday shopping for families in need. The cost of the camp is $40 per person.

More information about the clinic, including how to register is available here.

Wake Forest freshening up outdoor furniture, games

Three years after Wake Forest launched a program to promote more outdoor relaxation and fun on campus, the University is freshening up the program with new furniture, games and more.

When students return to campus this month, they will find the University has replaced all of the outdoor furniture installed in 2013, added more “giant” games, repaired the carts that store countless games, added new games to those carts, and more.

Back then, university administrators said they hoped to interrupt students’ regular routines a bit and get them to add a healthy measure of spontaneity and play to their campus activities.  In planning the program, Wake Forest consulted closely with Biederman Redevelopment Ventures Corp. a group with significant experience turning underused open spaces into areas for passers-by to stop and appreciate.

University staff say the program is a success and they want to keep it going with this fall semester’s improvements.

Part of this updating involves a deliberate effort to link the entire program more closely with Thrive, a comprehensive, campus-wide initiative to promote wellbeing among the entire campus community.  For instance, various carts and equipment will carry the popular Thrive logo.

Here’s what’s new for the fall semester:

–New furniture replaces the original furniture.
–Game carts are newly repaired and stocked with new games and sports equipment.
–Carts and equipment are branded with the Thrive logo.
–The giant chess and giant connect four games will be joined by giant Wake Forest Jenga and Demon Deacon corn hole. Giant games can be checked out by contacting Leigh Myers at
–Students have been hired by Campus Life to play the outdoor piano during “high traffic” times on Hearn Plaza.

Helping Wake Forest with this program are 19 student employees who are part of Campus Life’s Event Resource Management (ERM) staff.  ERM staff are available seven days a week to assist with various activities on campus.

Sign-up now for the employee TLC program

HealthWhat is HELPS TLC? HELPS TLC is a medically directed, professionally supervised program designed to help WFU employees develop a healthy and active lifestyle using exercise and education.

What is the cost? The cost will be covered by Wake Forest.

What will you receive? Individualized assessments, therapies and follow-up; dietary intake is assessed through computer-analyzed food records; supervised exercise sessions at our conveniently located monitored exercise facility and weekly small group sessions will be held on campus in Worrell Professional Center.

Who will be helping you? The HELPS TLC staff consists of an exercise physiologist, registered nutritionist and health psychologist who work together to teach you behavioral strategies for the management of physical activity and eating.

We are currently taking applications for the next group which will start in September. Here are just a few things former participants are saying about their participation in TLC!

“With the help of the TLC staff, I have made great strides in my journey toward a healthier lifestyle!”

“Enjoyed participating in this program, it has given me the tools and motivation to do it on my own!”

“This program is making a big difference; after losing weight and eating healthier, I am now off my blood pressure medication and feeling great!”

For more information or to sign up, please contact Andrea Cox via email at or by phone at 758-5853. Space is limited. Sign up today.

Volunteer opportunities available at the Campus Garden

Harvesting-okra-558x190Love gardening? Want a hands-on service experience? Come volunteer in the Campus Gardens this summer. The Campus Gardens welcome faculty and staff, students and community members.

For more information, or to schedule a service event for your department in the garden, send an email to Click here to find a time that fits your schedule.