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Deadline for annual benefits enrollment is May 6

This is a guest post by Human Resources:

The Annual Benefits Enrollment deadline is today (Friday, May 6) at 11:59 p.m. ET. If you have not already enrolled, please take a few minutes to do so. You will need to enroll if you are an eligible* faculty or staff member who is:

  • Making a change to your benefit elections,
  • Adding or removing a dependent(s),
  • Covering an eligible spouse on the medical plan, and/or
  • Planning to participate in a Flexible Spending Account (you must actively enroll each year if you intend to continue your participation).

If you are adding a spouse and/or dependent child(ren) to the medical, dental, and/or vision plan(s), and you have not provided dependent verification documentation, you will need to submit a copy to Human Resources by the end of the day.

Contact the Benefits team at benefits@nullwfu.edu or 336.758.6404 with questions.

*Includes individuals eligible for medical coverage through the Affordable Care Act.

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.

Benefits fair to be held May 3 in Benson University Center

This is a guest post from Human Resources:

The Benefits Fair will be held Tuesday, May 3, in Benson 401, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This event offers the opportunity to meet with providers and colleagues representing all of the Wake Forest Wellbeing dimensions. You may enroll for benefits at the fair, gather helpful information, enjoy refreshments, and register to win raffle prizes. Annual Benefits Enrollment ends May 6.

2016-17 Wake Forest Fellows selected

A group photo of the new Wake Forest Fellows for the 2016-17 academic year, in front of Reynolda Hall on Wednesday, April 27, 2016.

Wake Forest Fellows for 2016-17

Twelve seniors will remain in the Wake Forest campus community following graduation in May as Wake Forest Fellows.  They will work in offices across campus, including the President’s Office, the Pro Humanitate Institute, the Z. Smith Reynolds Library and the Office of Personal and Career Development.

Since 2008, the Wake Forest Fellows program has provided exceptional Wake Forest college graduates with the opportunity to work in higher education administration for a year. Each fellow will serve as a full-time Wake Forest employee, starting this summer.  In addition to working with top administrators in a particular department, the fellows will participate in leadership activities and interact with faculty, staff and students to learn about the inner workings of higher education.

“We’re welcoming a class of Fellows that has excelled across the campus in academics, in service, and in leadership,” said Marybeth Wallace, special assistant to President Nathan O. Hatch.  “We can’t wait to feel all of that youthful energy in our offices.”
This group also represents the first time that fellowships have been arranged for Reynolda House Museum of American Art, the Pro Humanitate Institute and Wake Downtown: Biomedical Sciences and Engineering.

The Wake Forest Fellows for 2016-17 are:

  • Olivia Clark: Reynolda House (Ellicott City, Md.), History/minor, Italian
  • Kent Garrett: Information Systems (Noblesville, Ind.), Sociology/minors, Journalism and Entrepreneurship
  • Brian Hart: Dean of the College (Oxford, N.C), Politics and International Affairs
  • Millicent Hennessey: President’s Office (New York, N.Y.), Chinese Language and Culture
  • Sarah Hoyle: Personal and Career Development (Clemmons, N.C.), Politics and International Affairs
  • Kylie Kinder: START Gallery (Oak Park, Calif.), Art History and Psychology
  • Alexa King: Campus Life (Dallas, Texas), Psychology/minor, Health and Human Services
  • Sophia (Sophie) Leveque: Z. Smith Reynolds Library (Newport Beach, Calif.), Communication and English
  • Alexa King: Campus Life (Dallas, Texas), Psychology/minor, Health and Human Services
  • Aishwarya (Ash) Nagar: Wake Downtown/Biomedical Sciences and Engineering (New Delhi, India), Biology/minors, Religion, Neuroscience, Philosophy
  • Chanel Shulman: Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center (Myrtle Beach, S.C.), Psychology and Economics
  • Terry (T.J.) Smith: Provost’s Office (Greensboro, N.C.), Politics and International Studies
  • Camry Wilborn: Pro Humanitate Institute (Winston-Salem, N.C.), Politics and International Studies and Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies/minor, Communication

“My selection as a fellow means that I have been given a tremendous opportunity to continue to learn and grow while simultaneously giving back to the institution I have to come to love,” said T.J. Smith.  “I have the chance to be mentored by a cadre of esteemed leaders in what will be the developmental opportunity of a lifetime.”

As a fellow, Smith said, he expects “to gain a new insight and perspective into how the strategic direction and inner mechanics of the University come together to move our community forward.”

Alumni of the Wake Forest Fellows program have pursued careers in law, medicine, public policy and more. Several have since received prestigious academic awards such as Rhodes and Fulbright scholarships.

10-digit dialing begins April 23

This is a guest post from Information Systems:

Beginning Saturday, April 23, 2016, 10-digit dialing (area code + the seven-digit telephone number) will be necessary for local and expanded local calls to be completed. This requirement is the result of a new area code being introduced for the Piedmont region of North Carolina. Our local 336 area code is not going away. Only new numbers will be assigned a 743 area code. The same dialing procedure will apply to telephone numbers assigned to the new 743 area code.

What you need to know

  • Campus to campus calls using 4 digits will not change

  • Campus callers using a landline must first dial 9 to access an outside line, and then the full 10-digit telephone number when calling other 336 telephone numbers

  • Long distance dialing to other area codes will not change

  • Websites and printed materials should provide the full 10-digit telephone number

  • Telephone speed dial settings using 7 digit dialing for 336 telephone numbers must be updated to use 10-digit telephone numbers

  • Equipment such as fax machines or modems may need to be reprogrammed or updated to use the 10-digit telephone number

  • Some mobile phone service providers already require 10-digit dialing, such as AT&T. Check with your service provider about the use of 10-digit dialing

  • Three-digit numbers that are currently available in our community or from your provider, such as 211, 311, 511, 611, 711 or 811, will not change

Start using 10-digit dialing TODAY! You can begin using the full 10-digit dialing before it becomes necessary on April 23rd.

If you have questions concerning this message or need assistance, please contact us at help@nullwfu.edu or 336-758-4357 (HELP).

Information Systems Service Desk

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.

University dedicates new McCreary Field House

Wake Forest formally opened McCreary Field House, the University’s new indoor practice field for Demon Deacon athletics on Feb. 24.

McCreary Field House, an 80,000-square foot structure, features a 120-yard football field and weightlifting facilities for the Deacon football team.

It is the first phase of a planned $58 million project that will include the Sports Performance Center.  Read more here.

Love My Library event set for Oct. 2

Tim Pyatt, Dean of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library at Wake Forest University, poses for a portrait in the library atrium on Thursday, August 27, 2015.

Tim Pyatt, new dean of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library, will be formally introduced to the Wake Forest community and others at the “Love My Library” event Oct. 2 at 1 p.m. in the library’s atrium.

Remarks will be presented by Pyatt, Provost Rogan Kersh, Provost Emeritus Ed Wilson, former faculty member Jenny Puckett and John Cooper of the library’s Council of Advocates. Refreshments will be served.

Pyatt joined Wake Forest as dean of the library in August. Previously, he served as the Dorothy Foehr Huck Chair and head of the Eberly Family Special Collections Library at Pennsylvania State University.

Two new associate deans and one new director join Dean’s Office

The new academic year has begun with two new associate deans and one new director in the Office of the Dean of Students led by Dean and Associate Vice President Adam Goldstein.

Tim Wilkinson joined the Office as associate dean for student engagement. In his role, Wilkinson will work with community members to strengthen support for student leaders, the events they plan and the risks they manage.

Wilkinson came to Wake Forest after a 10-year stint at Lehigh University where he was senior assistant dean of students/director of fraternity and sorority affairs. Recently, the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors announced Wilkinson as one of its 2015 individual award recipients. Annually, the organization recognizes outstanding contributions by its members. The award will be presented to Wilkinson in December.

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A welcome back message from President Hatch for 2015-2016

A message from President Hatch to students, faculty and staff:

Welcome to the 2015-2016 academic year. I can still remember coming to Wake Forest for the first time ten years ago. The same excitement and optimism that filled me then returns at the start of each new fall semester. From year to year, there are plans and surprises, but what I’ve come to know about this community is that it approaches challenges with great passion and careful consideration. With that in mind, let me offer three thoughts to contemplate as we begin a new year together.

LEARN TOGETHER
I encourage you to follow your curiosity this year. Ask “What if…?” Take a course that you might not have considered at first glance. Consider and challenge the ideas of your peers. Seek out the expertise of our talented faculty. Enjoy the discussions in your classes and take advantage of the moments outside the classroom.

SERVE TOGETHER
Even as we learn together, we serve together, investing our skills and knowledge in each other and in our community. Giving back is an important part of the Wake Forest experience. Perhaps that means you will feed others through Campus Kitchen, or maybe you will fight for a more just world through community engagement opportunities. Your service might take you across campus, across town or across the globe.

LIVE LIFE TOGETHER
Another part of the Wake Forest experience is simply living life together. Spend a Saturday with your roommates at BB&T Field cheering on the Demon Deacons. Celebrate our victories by rolling the Quad. Meet a friend for a conversation over coffee. Exchange your favorite book recommendations. Attend the Lighting of the Quad and Lovefeast. One of the first opportunities to live life together comes today at “Arrive and Thrive” on Manchester Plaza, where we will encourage each other to seek holistic wellbeing.

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