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University Announcement

Benefit enrollment period begins today

blossoms.300x174The annual benefits enrollment period will take place from April 14 to 25. For an overview of WFU’s benefit program for the upcoming year, effective July 1, Human Resources is offering information sessions around campus. Register at the PDC to attend one of the sessions.

Benefit informations sessions will be held at:

The annual Benefits Fair will be held on Tuesday, April 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Benson 401. Benefit providers will be available to assist with any questions.

The online enrollment form must be completed by April 25, 2014. 

The Grille at Deacon Tower now open

deacon.tower.300x175The Grille at Deacon Tower is now open for lunch. Currently, the hours of operation are Monday – Friday from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Faculty and staff receive a 10% discount by presenting their Wake Forest ID.

Reservations are welcome and can be made by phone at 336.671.6545 or through Open Table.

Grille at Deacon Tower Menu

Computing services unavailable on April 12

On Saturday, April 12, during regularly scheduled maintenance between 7 a.m. and noon, many computer-based services including, but not limited to, Sakai, Banner, WIN, Cognos, and NOVAtime will be unavailable. Information Systems staff will perform required maintenance during this time. If you have any questions regarding this announcement, contact the Information Systems Service Desk at or 336-758-4357.

Masters in Liberal Studies program accepting applications

ironarchWake Forest graduate school is accepting applications for the Masters in Liberal Studies (MALS) program. The program offers a broad, interdisciplinary course of study without requiring a GRE for admittance or a thesis paper for completion.

The MALS program offers students an opportunity to explore a full range of interactive liberal arts classes. Adults who enroll in the MALS program gain new information, new perspectives and new insights.

Students who would like to begin the Liberal Studies program this summer, must apply before May 16. The $75 application fee will be waived for anyone referred by a MALS alumnus between now and August 15. Applications are available online here.

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Winter Institute for Intercultural Communication a success

WIICThe Winter Institute for Intercultural Communication (WIIC), a four-day professional development conference, was held at the Wake Forest University Charlotte Center on March 12-15. WIIC is a shortened version of the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication (SIIC), hosted by the Intercultural Communication Institute (ICI) in Portland, Oregon, for the past 25 years. In addition to sponsoring SIIC and WIIC, ICI fosters awareness and appreciation of cultural difference by maintaining an extensive research library for intercultural scholars and practitioners, partnering with local universities to offer a graduate degree program and certificate program and providing professional counsel on intercultural matters.

The goal of WIIC is to provide a broad range of educational opportunities regarding intercultural communication to individuals working in various sectors, including education, business and consulting in both domestic and international contexts. Attendees at the inaugural WIIC were able to choose from several one- and three-day workshops.

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TechXploration Tuesday

laptopA message from Associate Provost for Technology and Information Systems Rick Matthews.

Please join us for TechXploration on Tuesday, April 8, between noon and 3 p.m. in Benson 401 to learn what your colleagues are doing with technology.

Presentations will be in poster session format, so join us for any portion of the event.

Presentations will include:

  • e-Books Made Easy – Digital Publishing
  • Client 2014 – Next Year’s Laptop Program

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Professional and Organizational Development Conference

The Professional Development Center hosted representatives from higher education from across North America for the 4th Annual Professional and Organizational Development Conference. The event, held Feb. 16 – 18, was attended by 20 different universities. Participants attended sessions, networked and shared best practices related to staff and faculty development in higher education.

Session topics included:
· Successful Succession Planning
· Leadership Development Programs: Staying Fresh
· Online Education: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
· Partnering for Success
· Oh No. . . Not Another Boring New Employee Orientation!

Institutions in Attendance included: Bucknell, Case Western Reserve, Colorado College, Colorado State, Elon, Forsyth Technical Community College, Guilford Technical Community College, N.C. State, South Piedmont Community College, Texas A&M, University of Arkansas, University of Guelph, UNC (Chapel Hill), University of North Dakota, University of Richmond, University of South Carolina, University of Virginia, Wake Technical Community College, Wilfred Laurier University, Wor-Wic Community College

Annual benefits sessions and Benefits Fair

The annual benefits enrollment period will take place from April 14 to April 25. For an overview of WFU’s benefit program for the upcoming year, effective July 1, HR is offering information sessions around campus. Register at the PDC to attend one of the sessions.

Benefit informations sessions will be held at:

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Severe weather guidelines for Wake Forest

Wake Forest University is committed to the safety of its students, faculty, staff and visitors. In the event of inclement weather events, such as a severe thunderstorm, tornado watch or warning, it is important that all occupants of campus adhere to the warnings and information provided in the severe weather alerts from the National Weather Service. The information and tips below will be helpful in the event of a weather emergency.

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Upcoming tech training opportunities

laptopIn April and May, Wake Forest’s information systems learning team will be hosting technology training classes on campus and at the University Corporate Center. Classes on campus include instruction on Google webpage design, teaching remotely with WebEx, photo editing basics, and an introduction to Google drive. The University Corporate Center is a short ride away via the Gold Line Shuttle.

The schedule of classes and locations is noted below:

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