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Information on campus power outage

UPDATE, 2:25 p.m.: Power has been restored to Wake Forest’s campus this afternoon.  All campus buildings affected by an earlier outage today have power now. Operations on campus have returned to normal. With the power back on, the card reader system in buildings has returned to normal operation.

Wake Forest’s Reynolda Campus has experienced a major power outage today and more than half of the campus buildings in the central and north sections of campus are affected.

Crews are working on site to identify the cause of the problem and restore power as quickly as possible.  There is not currently an estimated time when power will be restored.

The card reader system in residence halls is also affected by this power outage, which means students, faculty and staff will not be able to access these buildings using their Wake Forest ID cards.

Those who need access to the following residence halls should contact University Police at 336-758-5591 (the non-emergency number): Davis, Dogwood, Efird, Huffman, Kitchin, Magnolia, Martin, North Campus Apartment Buildings 1-10, Polo, Poteat, Student Apartments A & B,  Taylor, and 1210 Polo Road.

The power outage occurred around noon today. The University will provide an update when more information is available.

Holiday schedule and pay reminder

A message from Wake Forest University Human Resources:

Best wishes for a safe and enjoyable holiday season! Please note the following regarding the Reynolda campus holiday, PTO and pay schedule through the end of the calendar year:

Holidays/PTO:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 26:  Departments who choose to offer early dismissal at 3 p.m. or two hours before the end of the regularly-scheduled shift may count this time as administrative leave.
  • Thursday, Nov. 27 – Friday, Nov. 28:  Thanksgiving Holiday - University Closed.
  • Monday, Dec. 22 – Tuesday, Dec. 23:  University open, with early release at 3 p.m. on Dec. 23. Staff employees may count two hours on Dec. 23 as administrative leave. In cases where the entire department has agreed to close for these two days, each individual in the department will count the two days as PTO.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 24 - Wednesday, Dec. 31:  Winter Break – University Closed.
  • Thursday, Jan. 1:  New Year’s Holiday - University Closed.

Pay:

  • Tuesday, Dec. 23: Final pay date for all WFU Reynolda Campus faculty and staff.

A message from President Hatch to faculty, staff & students

My wife, Julie, and I stood on Hearn Plaza at 12:45 this morning with heavy hearts. Following the announcement from the grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri, a small group of people entered the Quad and threw toilet paper into our trees. While we do not know the identity of these individuals or their intentions, we are saddened that this unacceptable behavior caused harm to our community.

Wake Forest has always been a place where we set our passions to work toward a common good. This community – like so many – is imperfect, but we have demonstrated a studied resolve to find common ground, to look at ourselves honestly, and to work to make the Wake Forest of today better than it was yesterday. We are undeterred in our efforts to make this a place that embraces all who call it home.

At this moment, it is important that we continue our thoughtful campus-wide conversations and forums, that we continue our commitment to diversity and inclusion, and that we continue to strive for respectful discourse in an era of polarized, fragmented polemics.

As we part ways for the Thanksgiving holiday, may we – as a community – pause to recommit to build a stronger campus based on face-to-face dialogue and a charitable spirit worthy of our motto, Pro Humanitate. Let me offer my deepest appreciation to so many who work diligently to uphold the best of Wake Forest. May you all cherish the time with family and friends this holiday.

With gratitude,

Nathan O. Hatch, President

Interruption to shuttle service during Thanksgiving

20100426shuttle3796Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, there will be no service from the Reynolda Campus to the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center campus beginning Thursday, Nov. 27 through Friday, Nov. 28.

Shuttle service will resume on Monday, Dec. 1, at 8:15 a.m.

October 2014 comings and goings

See a list of employees joining and leaving the University in October 2014.

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Wake the eBooks: Audio Books, Ad Hoc

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ZSR’s digital publishing administrator Bill Kane is offering “Wake the eBooks: Audio Books, Ad Hoc” through the the PDC on Tuesday, Dec. 2, from 2-4 p.m.

The course will cover how Digital Publishing @ Wake can turn digital documents into highly accessible, highly consumable, and highly mobile-friendly “listen-able” texts — enhancing teaching, learning, and reading across the classroom, campus and community.

Audio samples are available online: “Talking Text: A Readspeaker + Tizra Test Document Collection.”

For more information, contact Bill Kane at kanewp@wfu.edu or 336-758-6181.

Search for Z. Smith Reynolds Library Dean is underway

ZSR libraryA message from Provost Rogan Kersh

I write to you with an update on the start of the ZSR dean search. A search of this magnitude requires a prompt start to the committee’s work.  The Committee members are listed below; I know you all join me in thanking this group of colleagues for their dedicated labors. Our engagement is now getting underway.

We will soon announce a time for an open forum for University-wide discussion of opportunities and challenges facing the next Dean of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library, as well as of the qualities we seek in that person. As with all other senior academic leadership (and faculty) searches at Wake Forest in recent years, we are conducting a national search for this vital position.

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Open access: What is it? Why do we need it?

molly.keener.300x175By Sara Hendricks, Wake Forest News Office intern

Access to scholarship has traditionally been reserved for those who subscribe to academic journals or those who attend or work at an institution with subscriptions. A personal subscription can cost upwards of $1,000 per year. Library subscriptions run much higher, with ZSR’s most expensive journals costing tens of thousands of dollars.

But what if academic research could become more accessible, more immediate and less impenetrable? This is the goal of the open access movement, which aims to provide “free, immediate, online availability of research articles, coupled with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment,” according to the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition.

Learn more about open access

In 2010, the Z. Smith Reynolds Library Librarians’ Assembly adopted an open access policy. However, it applies only to library faculty scholarship, not all faculty scholarship, so there’s room to grow.

Misperceptions that publishing in an open access journal is less prestigious than publishing in a traditional journal abound, but Scholarly Communication Librarian Molly Keener says some of the most respected journals are published open access.

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New year, new You! Join Therapeutic Lifestyle Change (TLC)

walkingMake plans now to support your New Year’s Resolution of a healthy and active lifestyle. Whether your goal is to eat a healthier diet, stop smoking, lose weight or walk three miles a day, the Therapeutic Lifestyle Change (TLC) program can help!

What 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.

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Our ongoing commitment to building community

A message from Vice President for Campus Life Penny Rue, Dean of Students and Associate Vice President for Campus Life Adam Goldstein and Assistant Provost for Diversity and Inclusion Barbee Oakes to the Wake Forest community.

Are you interested in working toward a positive, inclusive campus climate? Here are several ways your efforts can make a difference:

  • Deac Tank: We are pleased to introduce Deac Tank, a campus-wide competition to find and fund new student-centered ideas to help Wake Forest live up to our ideal of a diverse and inclusive learning environment. Students with the best submissions will receive funding in the spring semester to implement their ideas to improve our community. Students must express initial interest by Dec. 5 and submit proposals by Jan. 23.
  • Deliberative Dialogue Action Teams: Last week, hundreds of Wake Foresters participated in a campus-wide Deliberative Dialogue to address the fundamental question of “what does it mean to live in community?” By the end of next week, the Pro Humanitate Institute will announce the opportunity to participate in action teams to transform the aspirational into the practical as we work toward ensuring our campus is a place where all feel welcome and a sense of belonging.
  • Celebrate Civility: This past summer, first-year students read P.M. Forni’s Choosing Civility for Project Wake. In a continuation of related campus events and experiences, the Student Advising Leadership Council and the Pro Humanitate Institute have organized a campus-wide banner-decorating event celebrating civility on Wednesday, Nov. 12 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Manchester Plaza.
  • Town Hall about Campus Climate: A group of dedicated student leaders has organized a second Town Hall for Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 6:30 p.m. in Pugh Auditorium to address race relations, curriculum requirements, policing practices and more.

A comprehensive calendar of related events is available on the Provost’s website.

Thank you to the diverse groups of student, faculty and staff who have taken numerous actions and engaged in countless conversations relating to campus climate issues such as bias, event planning and management, gender identity, race, religion, sexual orientation and socioeconomic status. While there is room for progress, Wake Forest is becoming a better place each day because of your efforts to foster a more equitable and inclusive campus community.