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Voicemail and computer maintenance announcement

Voicemail upgrade: On Tuesday, July 22, 2014, between 6 p.m. and midnight, Information Systems staff will perform an upgrade on the campus voicemail system. Voicemail will be unavailable during this time. No voicemail may be left or retrieved for campus phone extensions. Voicemail will NOT queue for later delivery. No existing voicemail messages will be lost.

Computer network maintenance: On Sat., July 26 and Sat., August 2, Information Systems computer network maintenance will take place. While the maintenance work is taking place, the computing network will be unavailable. Additionally, most computing services, such as Google Mail, WIN, Sakai, Banner, and Web pages will be unavailable.

The network maintenance will take place during the following times:

  • Sat., July 26: 4:30 p.m. until 2 a.m. on Sunday, July 27
  • Sat., August 2: 7 a.m. through 5 p.m.

Questions? Contact Wake Forest Information Systems at help@wfu.edu or 336-758-4357.

Follow @WFUIS for news and information.

Chinese Pistache trees to be thinned

A message from Facilities and Campus Services

In an effort to create a more sustainable and pleasurable campus environment, Facilities and Campus Services, with the support of and in accordance with the bylaws of the Campus Tree Advisory Committee, will be thinning the existing row of Chinese Pistache trees along the north side of Lot E between the Library and Salem Hall.

The removal of every other tree will allow the light needed to establish grass on the bare eroding slope — preventing erosion of soil into the Lot E and the storm drains leading to Lake Katherine and Silas Creek. The remaining trees will also have more room to reach their full potential.

This work will occur during the week of July 21. If you have any questions,  contact David Davis at (336) 758-4622.

Wagstaff, ‘father of the economics department,’ dies

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Photo by Lee Reunion

J. Van Wagstaff amassed a number of noteworthy accomplishments during his 28 years on the faculty, but his most rewarding achievement, he once said, was teaching more than 6,000 students.

Leave it to an economist to tally the number of students who took his classes on public finance and micro and macro principles of economics from 1964 to 1992. Wagstaff, who helped establish the economics department in the late 1960s, died on July 13. He was 84.

He is survived by his wife, Marge; three children, Victoria Howell (’79), Terry Williams (’81) and Joseph Wagstaff Jr. (’80); and eight grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Augsburg Lutheran Church in Winston-Salem; the family will receive friends following the service.

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Sakai has new functionality, an updated look and feel

A message from Wake Forest University Information Systems

On July 5, 2014, Information Systems performed an upgrade to Sakai, Wake Forest University’s learning management system. Sakai has new functionality as well as an updated look and feel. Upgrades include improved features to the Resources, Gradebook, and Section Info tools as well as major additions and improvements to Lessons (which is now turned on by default), Test and Quizzes, Profile 2, Forums and Messages. Visit What’s New in Sakai 2.9 for more information.

A number of resources are available to help you navigate the new Sakai. Check out the Professional Development Center (PDC) for a list of Sakai related classes, find tips and how to’s on the Sakai page in help.wfu.edu, or contact your Instructional Technologist or technology support staff member.

Provost Kersh on Wake Will: $400 million milestone interwoven with faculty, staff accomplishments

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The recent announcement that Wake Will: The Campaign for Wake Forest has surpassed the $400 million mark is a vital milestone along our path towards raising the $600 million that will support our University in many essential ways.

These funds are predominantly directed to strengthening and renewing our ability to carry out our core academic mission. If you haven’t already, I encourage you to read about the impact of the campaign on the Wake Will website. The most recent stories focus on our URECA Center for faculty-mentored undergraduate research, the cross-University approach to wellbeing, and a piece featuring eight generations of faculty members over two centuries, from Samuel Wait to Mary Dalton, who successively taught one another.

Since the launch of the Wake Will campaign last fall, we have regularly showcased ways in which the campaign relates to the vital work that faculty and staff do every day. Below I address some frequently asked questions about Wake Will from our faculty, staff, students, and alumni, further exploring how the funds raised support WFU’s commitment to academic excellence and our teacher-scholar ideal.

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Wake Will Campaign passes $400 million mark

400M_social.175x175A message from President Nathan Hatch

Dear Wake Forest Students, Faculty and Staff,

Thanks to the largest fundraising year in Wake Forest University’s 180-year history, Wake Will: The Campaign for Wake Forest has raised more than $402 million of the $600 million Reynolda Campus goal through just its fourth year.

The University received a record $98.5 million in gifts and commitments between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014, following our public launch of the campaign last October.

Wake Will has had a wide-ranging impact on our campus, including more scholarships and increased financial aid; additional funding for faculty, academic and campus programs; and a number of new, planned and renovated facilities. You can read more about this tremendous milestone in a related WFU news story, in a Q&A with Provost Rogan Kersh on Inside WFU, and on the campaign website.

Unprecedented philanthropic support for Wake Forest – for everything from world-class faculty and undergraduate research, to financial aid and facilities enhancements – helps fulfill our commitment to create opportunity, educate the whole person and inspire excellence.

I would like to thank the entire campus community for your innovative spirit and compelling ideas that have inspired alumni, parents, corporations and foundations to invest in Wake Forest and be part of something special. They give because they believe in you, they believe in us, and they believe in our promise to prepare students to lead lives that matter.

Campus Kitchen needs summer volunteers

Image_1466_nkb5xamhSupport Campus Kitchen by volunteering for shifts during the summer. Volunteers are needed throughout each step of the process: cooking, produce redistribution and meal delivery.

All skill levels and ages are encouraged to participate. To view and sign up for shifts, visit the WFU Campus Kitchen website.

Wake Forest faculty, staff parking registration deadline is July 31

The following message is sent on behalf of the Parking and Transportation Office.

As a reminder, faculty and staff must have their vehicles registered with Parking and Transportation by August 1 to avoid receiving a citation. Registration can be done conveniently by clicking this link Vehicle Registration, visiting https://wfuparking.t2hosted.com or from WIN under the Personal tab.

As an alternative mode of transportation, carpooling is available for faculty and staff. If you wish to register for carpool, click here for the Carpool Application. Complete the application and return it to Parking and Transportation via email (parking@wfu.edu), fax (ext. 6150) or campus mail. Carpooling provides complimentary on-campus parking for groups of two or more and the group receives a reserved parking space on campus. More information on carpooling can be found by clicking this link Carpool Procedures and Policy

Faculty/staff and carpool parking hangtags will be delivered to departments via campus mail for employee distribution mid-July.

Non-WFU temporary employees must visit the Parking and Transportation office in Alumni Hall to register vehicles, as vehicle registration for non-WFU temporary employees is not available on-line.

Please contact Wake Forest Parking and Transportation with questions.

Parking lot and road closure information for July 7 – 13

A message from Facilities and Campus Services:

We wish to share the following parking and road closure information and provide parking recommendations/options for faculty and staff for Wed., July 9 through Sunday morning, July 13. These closures are being planned at a time that should cause the least disruption to faculty and staff parking choices.

Whenever parking lots are closed, we recommend alternative modes of transportation such as carpooling, bicycles or mass transit to reduce the demand for parking during these times.

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Summer computer camps for faculty and staff

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A message from Wake Forest Information Systems

The Information Systems Learning Team has been busy preparing a summer camp just for you! The week of July 21st is jam-packed with classes to pique your interest, increase your IT knowledge and spark that excitement about learning new things…just like a kid!

Classes are scheduled on campus. Check out the opportunities below and sign up now for one, two or all!

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