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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.

19th Annual Women’s Football Camp set for July 28

womens football camp

Whether you are a die-hard football fan or someone who just wants to learn more about the fundamentals of the game, the 19th annual Wake Forest Women’s Football Camp promises to be an event that you won’t want to miss.

Head coach Dave Clawson and his staff cordially invite women to join in the fun on Thursday, July 28 at 6 p.m. (registration begins at 5 p.m.)

For more details, visit

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 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.