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Labor Day will be a staff holiday

Labor Day, which will be observed on Monday, Sept. 5, will be a staff holiday at Wake Forest.  Meanwhile, classes are scheduled to be in session in most academic units of the University.

According to Human Resources, no campus-wide early closing will take place on Friday, Sept. 2.

Marcellus Waddill: memorial services to be held Aug. 27

This announcement was emailed to faculty and staff earlier this week:

We are saddened to announce that Marcellus Waddill, professor emeritus of mathematics, died on August 24 in Winston-Salem.

Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. August 27 at College Park Baptist Church in Winston-Salem.  Family will greet guests following the service in Smith Hall at the church. Additional information is available in a Winston-Salem Journal obituary published today.

Dr. Waddill joined Wake Forest’s faculty in 1962 and retired in 1997.  He was the recipient of many honors at Wake Forest during his 35-year career at the University.

We grieve Dr. Waddill’s death and extend our condolences to his family and friends, as well as those at Wake Forest who had the opportunity to know him.

Wake Forest offers support and counseling services for all students, faculty and staff.  The Counseling Center may be reached at 336-758-5273, the Chaplain’s Office at 336-758-5210.  For faculty and staff, there is also the Employee Assistance Program at 336-716-5493.

August 2016 faculty milestones

See a list of faculty milestones for August 2016: Continue reading »

Content guidelines announced for Inside WFU

The following is a newly-prepared explanation of the content guidelines for Inside WFU used by Communications and External Relations:

Inside WFU puts faculty and staff first.  That is the goal every day.  Content consistently is about faculty and staff for faculty and staff.  Others may find the content interesting and relevant, but CER’s efforts in recent years have succeeded in establishing Inside WFU as a valuable information resource for those employed at Wake Forest.

Faculty and staff want to be recognized on Inside WFU.  They want their new book, new award, new promotion, new academic achievement mentioned on Inside WFU.  The same goes for those new initiatives or activities that faculty and staff are leading.

Students, alumni, parents and others may be part of the items that appear on Inside WFU, but each item should center around faculty and staff.  For instance, an item on Inside WFU might report that students participated in an event with a U.S. Supreme Court justice, but the piece should be written around how a Wake Forest professor arranged for his students to participate in the event.

Content will include “both words and pictures” whenever possible.  If Inside WFU features a faculty member, then that faculty member’s photo should appear, whenever possible.  If more than one faculty member is mentioned, then it would be appropriate to include photos of all, if possible and deemed appropriate by the editor.  As always, Inside WFU’s editor will be responsible for making such decisions, as subjective as they may often be.

There are numerous appropriate sources for content:  Inside WFU editor, CER staff, guest posts by communications staff associated with Wake Forest schools/offices, and guest posts by other Wake Forest staff as well as faculty.  Additional sources may provide content from time to time.  It will be up to the editor’s judgment to determine acceptability of content.  All contributed content is subject to revision by the Inside WFU editor.  Generally, another staff member in CER will regularly assist the Inside WFU editor in receiving some content, posting content for review/editing, and communicating with those making submissions.

An important responsibility of the Inside WFU editor is to determine the appropriateness of all content for the website.  The editor’s role is to seek out content, review solicited and unsolicited content, edit any submitted content. Of course, the editor also produces content.  The Inside WFU editor should not accept content that is a clumsy fit for the website.  Is this about faculty and staff? Will faculty and staff want to read it?  Does it support faculty and staff in some manner?  If the answers are “no,” most likely it does not need to be on Inside WFU.  Somewhere else, maybe, but not on Inside WFU.

Sample list of items (specific and general) appropriate for Inside WFU

 –Messages emailed by CER to faculty/staff or all on campus
–Safety/security announcements (generally, emergency announcements will be on Wake Alert, instead)
–Staff hires, promotions.  Director level and above.
–Faculty promotions
–Faculty/staff comings and goings
–Faculty/staff milestones
–Faculty books
–Faculty proposals funded
–New University initiatives/priorities/goals/programs
–Major University events/activities
–Significant faculty/staff achievements
–Major awards for faculty/staff
–Construction, renovation, expansion of University facilities
–New locations for University departments
–New or revised or expanded services for faculty/staff
–Meetings of the Staff Advisory Council
–New departments (academic or administrative)
–Substantial disruptions to the usual operations of the University

In closing, CER staff are grateful for the many faculty and staff who read Inside WFU and propose content for the website.  And, CER staff are grateful for all who participate in some manner in gathering and preparing its content.  Our goals is that Inside WFU will regularly contribute to furthering the sense of community that faculty, staff, students and others feel at Wake Forest.

President’s Office sponsors Visiting Executive Program

Wake Forest’s Office of the President is sponsoring a new Visiting Executive (VX) Program in partnership with the College, School of Business, and Office of Personal and Career Development. The purpose of the program is to connect industry leaders with students across the university. The first VX will be alumnus David Friedersdorf (’87), an entrepreneur in health care transformation. Friedersdorf will be collaborating with history professor Robert Hellyer and his Modern Japanese History class.

David N. Farr (’77, P’07), chairman and CEO at Emerson Electric, will visit the School of Business this fall, and Craig Donaldson (P’14, P’16), a founding partner of HG Capital, will collaborate with finance professor Bill Marcum.

“The VX Program offers opportunities to hear from accomplished leaders and experts whose wisdom gained through experiences of striving, perseverance, success and failure in the real world can help our students prepare for life after graduation,” said President Nathan O. Hatch.

For more information, contact Molly Lineberger at or (336) 758-5297.

Wake Forest Magazine: discarded bed frames gain second life

Wake Forest Magazine tells the story of how discarded bed frames in Palmer and Piccolo residence halls “will have a second life on campus as benches, rocking chairs and tables.”

The frames were pulled out of the residence halls, recently, and campus employees have plans now for building new objects from the frames that will carry some Wake Forest history.

The piece is written by the magazine’s senior editor, Kerry King (’85).

Office of Parent Programs now called Family Engagement

Wake Forest’s Office of Parent Programs announced, recently, that it has adopted a new name.  Starting now, it is called the Office of Family Engagement.

According to the office, the change was made to reflect the broad scope of its “work in engaging families in life at Wake Forest—through communications, programs such as our summer New Student Receptions, serving as a resource for the parent and family constituency, fundraising, and more.”

On Aug. 26, the office will have a revamped and redesigned Parents and Families website at

The Office of Family Engagement also has Facebook (Wake Forest Parents and Families) and Twitter accounts (@WFUParents).

The office is led by Minta McNally, associate vice president and executive director.  Other staff include Betsy Chapman, director of family communications and volunteer management; Brad McIlwain, director of family giving; and Jen Bucher, administrative coordinator.

Move-in day – share the excitement on social with #WFU20

The Wake Forest homepage,, will have a special look to celebrate the excitement of move-in! Use the class of 2020’s hashtag, #WFU20, to join in the fun and share your Wake Forest pride with new students, current students, parents, faculty and staff. All are welcome to participate.

Freshman move-in occurs Aug. 26.

VeriCite pilot continues for 2016-17


This is a guest post from the Learning Management System Team:

The Information Technology Executive Committee  has approved an extended pilot of VeriCite for the 2016-2017 academic year. VeriCite is a cloud-based service that helps to verify the originality of student work. It also can help to facilitate proper citation techniques and paraphrasing skills when used as a tool to enhance instruction through student reflection.

The Sakai Learning Management System Team has received multiple requests from faculty for this type of service. We have decided to pilot VeriCite because it was designed to easily integrate into Sakai. If faculty choose to participate in this pilot, students submit their paper through the assignment tool within their Sakai course. VeriCite automatically generates an “originality report” to the student and faculty.

How to Participate in the VeriCite pilot: The pilot is open to any Wake Forest faculty teaching a course in the Sakai learning management system utilizing the assignment tool during the Fall 2016 or Spring 2017 semester. Please go to the following URL ( to register for the workshop Building a Student Culture of Academic Integrity: The Role of Anti-Plagiarism Software.

Workshops are scheduled for Aug. 24 and 25. To learn more about the pilot visit If you have any questions regarding this pilot please email

Sakai workshops available to faculty

This is a guest post from the Learning Management System Team:

Wake Forest’s Learning Management System Team will be hosting a variety of Sakai related workshops to kick off the 2016-2017 academic year. This includes a general introduction to Sakai for faculty who are new to the system or would like a refresher.

A new offering,”Technology Confidence Camp: Sakai,” is a low-enrollment workshop and is suitable for those faculty who would like to build their technology confidence.

Sakai’s Lesson Builder, popular among faculty transitioning to a flipped classroom, is used to create structured units of learning containing multiple pages and subpages for arrangement and delivery of content organized by lesson. Additional tools within Lessons: polls, student-generated content with rubric grading and peer review, gradable comments, and embedded videos.

Please register for Sakai workshops on the PDC website (