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Parking lot closures today

Message from Facilities and Campus Services:

We wish to share the following parking closure information and provide parking recommendations/options for faculty and staff.

Parking Lot Closures: Thursday, January 29 – Parking Lot B and C will be closed for event parking.

Faculty/Staff Parking Options: Parking Lot A, P and Wake Forest Road in front of Wait Chapel have routine openings on a daily basis.

Parking Lot J, located behind Collins and South Residence Halls, is also available for faculty, staff and general parking. This lot is the least utilized on campus and should provide parking on this day as well.

New annual pass for Reynolda House Museum of American Art

reynolda.house.300x175Reynolda House Museum of American Art is offering a new annual pass that gives free admission to all of the museum’s after-hours events in 2015.

Reynolda After Hours (RAH) is a series of programs held in the evening after the museum’s regular hours of operation end at 4:30 p.m. Events range from the popular summer events “Summertime Social” and “Cinema Under the Stars” to monthly extended gallery hours for major exhibitions.

The RAH pass, available for $55, offers a savings of more than $15 over individual admission to the same events.

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Would you like to be a Faculty Fellow?

faculty.fellows.daltonBegun in 2013, the Faculty Fellows program has made a real difference in the lives of first-year students. The goals of the program are to:

  • Increase faculty-student engagement through informal interactions in the first-year residence halls,
  • Integrate the life of the mind into students’ social experiences, and
  • Enhance the sense of community at Wake Forest.

The first cohort of Fellows will be completing their initial two-year term in May. About half will be returning for another term, so there are opportunities to bring new Faculty Fellows into the program. Current Fellows would be happy to provide more information on what it means to participate in the program. They are listed under each of the six residence halls in “South Forest” here.

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An important message about the flu at Wake Forest

A message from the Wake Forest Student Health Service

The Student Health Service has begun to see large numbers of students (especially undergraduates) with influenza, “the flu”.  Typical symptoms include sudden onset of fever, body aches, headaches, sore throat, cough, and fatigue. Influenza is typically a self limiting illness that last from 5-7 days.  Influenza is a highly contagious illness that is easily spread in a classroom setting.

The purpose of this e-mail is to inform faculty, staff and students of this outbreak and to encourage appropriate public health measures with respect to class attendance and participation in other mandated activities.

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Womack named 2015 MLK ‘Building the Dream’ award winner

womack.300x175Associate librarian Hu Womack  has been named a Wake Forest University 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. “Building the Dream” award winner.

The award is traditionally presented to a student and a professor or administrator from both Wake Forest and Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) who exemplify King’s qualities and promote diversity within the community. This year, one campus leader and two students were recognized at Wake Forest.

In addition to his work as an instructional librarian, Hu Womack is a faculty fellow for South Hall and an academic adviser. He hosts a Thanksgiving lunch for students unable to travel home for the holiday season, works to create programs that are helpful and engaging to first year students and shares his time and energy supporting and mentoring members of Wake Forest’s LGBTQ community. He is beloved by students, faculty and staff alike for his helpfulness and cheerfulness and his commitment to building a community that values everyone. Womack, who earned his undergraduate degree from Wake Forest in 1990 and his MBA in 2000, has been a full-time employee in the Z. Smith Reynolds library for more than 20 years.
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Remembering Life Trustee Pete Kulynych

54bd53e6d84e6.imageToday the Wake Forest community celebrates the life and mourns the passing of parent, Life Trustee, and longtime University benefactor Petro ‘Pete’ Kulynych, who died on Saturday, Jan. 17 at the age of 93 (obituary).

Kulynych’s remarkable service to Wake Forest dates back to the mid-1970s when he served as chairman of the Parents’ Association. He was elected to the Board of Trustees in 1976 and served four terms before being named a Life Trustee in 1995. He also served on the Medical Center board of visitors and received an honorary degree from Wake Forest in 1997.

In 1998, Kulynych and his wife, Roena, were named North Carolina Philanthropists of the Year. His philanthropic legacy to Wake Forest includes several endowed scholarships, the Kulynych Faculty Support Fund, and the Roena Kulynych Center for Memory and Cognition Research at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

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Hatch concludes tenure as chair of NCAA Division I Board of Directors

nathan.hatch.basketballPresident Nathan Hatch concluded his two-year tenure as chair of the NCAA Division I Board of Directors last week and was honored for guiding a transformative restructuring of the top division’s governance system.

The reorganization grants student-athletes voting representation at all levels of decision-making and will ultimately allow schools with the greatest financial resources a greater degree of autonomy from other Division I members in specific policy areas. Changes include allowing the NCAA’s top conferences to offer additional aid to athletes and strengthen the value of scholarships.

“It has been my honor to serve as chair during a period that, from most perspectives, has been a challenging and pivotal time for both college athletics and the NCAA,” said Hatch. “I am proud of what we have accomplished together as we move into this new era of autonomy.”

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IRS announces 403(b) retirement plan limits for 2015

The Internal Revenue Service has announced its 403(b) retirement plan limits for 2015. Individual limits may apply based on age, salary and past contributions. In the spirit of sustainability, this information is exclusively available online.

You may visit the Human Resources website for information regarding the new retirement plan limits. If you have questions about your personal contributions, please contact Human Resources at 336-758-4700 or AskHR@nullwfu.edu.

Harris-Perry to lead Pro Humanitate Institute

harris-perry.300x175Politics professor Melissa Harris-Perry has been appointed executive director of the University’s Pro Humanitate Institute.

Launched this summer, the Pro Humanitate Institute brings under one umbrella many of Wake Forest’s community engagement efforts. Through teaching, research, service and professional development programs, the Institute reflects the University’s commitment to making a difference in communities at the local, state, national and international levels.

From environmental justice projects to research on urban food deserts, Harris-Perry has spent her career connecting academic work and service.

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A welcome back message from President Hatch for 2015

campus.january.300x175Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

Welcome back to Wake Forest. I hope each one of you enjoyed time with family and friends and have returned to campus refreshed and eager for the semester ahead.

At the start of 2015, we stand at the threshold of a new beginning, where together we face opportunities to better our Wake Forest community. Each semester, we are offered an invitation: what will we do with our time on this campus? Many who have come before us have left their compelling answers to that question.

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