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Wake Forest news for faculty and staff

Join WFU’s new WellSpaces program to support office wellbeing

Employees spend more than half of their waking hours in the workplace. Are you interested in promoting wellbeing among the staff in your office? Join the Office of Wellbeing and Environmental Health and Safety in the University’s new WellSpaces program.

WellSpaces supports offices in creating and sustaining a culture that promotes personal and collective wellbeing. Program participants create meaningful policies and practices that improve morale, camaraderie, productivity, and achieve individual and staff team goals.

Enrollment for the WellSpaces program is open through August 25. Click here to complete the WellSpaces Application to participate.

As a WellSpace, each office…

  • Designates an office Wellbeing Ambassador;
  • Participates in manager training on wellbeing and workplace performance;
  • Participates in at least one wellbeing activity as an office each month; and
  • Adopts three office-level policies or practices that promote team wellbeing such taking walking meetings, forming an office book club or hosting a group lunch. (Other examples are available on the WellSpace website.)

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Funeral service to be held for Dean Emeritus John (Don) Scarlett

A funeral service for Dean Emeritus and retired Professor of Law John (Don) Scarlett will be held July 17 at 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Winston-Salem.  The family will receive friends following the service in the fellowship hall.

Additional information is available in an obituary published July 14 in the Winston-Salem Journal.

Dean Scarlett died July 10.

Year in Review: Information Systems

This message was e-mailed to faculty and staff on July 12 by Mur Muchane, associate vice president for information technology and chief information officer:

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of my Information Systems (IS) colleagues, I am pleased to share the 2016-2017 Technology at Wake Forest University Year in Review. I invite you to take a few moments to read about some of the many ways IS collaborated with the campus community this past academic year.

Please also visit the IS website,, for additional information on our partnership with the campus community to drive digital transformation and innovation.

President Hatch: Wake Will Lead Passes $700 Million Mark

President Hatch emailed this announcement to students, faculty and staff on July 13:

Dear Wake Forest Students, Faculty and Staff,

Wake Forest University is moving steadily toward its $1 billion Wake Will Lead campaign goal, having raised more than $700 million to invest in students, faculty and capital projects.

 The University received more than $112 million in gifts and commitments this year.

I invite you to learn more about how the campaign is creating opportunity for students and faculty and transforming campus spaces.

Everyone on this campus and everyone who will be on this campus for generations to come will benefit from those who have stepped forward this year to generously support Wake Forest. A culture of philanthropic leadership will support Wake Forest’s signature strengths as the means to prepare today’s students to become tomorrow’s leaders.


Nathan O. Hatch

New Presidential Chairs named in College, School of Law

Wake Forest University has named its two newest Presidential Chairs: Alan Palmiter as the William T. Wilson, III, Presidential Chair for Business Law and Koleman Strumpf as the Burchfield Presidential Chair of Political Economy.

Alan Palmiter

Palmiter has an international reputation as a teacher and scholar in business law, including corporate law, securities regulation, mergers and acquisitions, sustainable corporations, energy law and legal valuation. Since joining the School of Law faculty in 1986, he has held dozens of leadership roles on campus, such as Associate Dean of Graduate Programs, Howard L. Oleck Professor of Business Law; Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (CEES) advisory board member; and Wake Forest Law Review faculty advisor. Frequently cited in national media, Palmiter recently has been in the midst of the scholarly debate of the corporation from private entity to government substitute, with a current focus on the moral obligations of the shift in roles.

“How delighted we all are to recognize Alan’s singular contributions as participant in the debates on business and society, as devoted community, university and law school servant, and as teacher par excellence,” said Dean of Law Suzanne Reynolds.

Koleman Strumpf

Strumpf joined the Department of Economics earlier this month, having come to Wake Forest most recently from the University of Kansas School of Business. Strumpf’s most recent work focuses on file sharing (the economic impact on the entertainment industries), prediction markets (election futures, corporate applications), and industrial organization (formal evidence of first degree price discrimination in the real world). His research has received extensive media coverage in major news outlets such as CNN, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Financial Times and The Atlantic.

“I am pleased to welcome Koleman to Wake Forest because he embodies the teacher-scholar ideal we value so much. His outstanding scholarship in applied microeconomics is a terrific complement to the excellent body of work already underway in our Department of Economics,” said Dean of the College Michele Gillespie.

So far, the Wake Will Lead campaign has raised more than $70 million to recruit and retain best-in-class faculty, including the creation of 10 Presidential chairs for faculty who are exceptional researchers in their field as well as dedicated teachers.

Palmiter and Strumpf’s respective appointments to the Wilson and Burchfield Presidential Chairs mean six of the 10 have been named, including:

  • The Rubin Presidential Chair of Jewish History – established by Mike (MALS ’13) and Debbie (MAEd ’83, MALS ’05) Rubin of Winston-Salem. Debbie, a University Trustee, has worked as a counselor in the University Counseling Center for several years; held by Professor Barry Trachtenberg, Department of History.
  • The Andrew Sabin Family Foundation Presidential Chair in Conservation Biology – established through the family foundation of Wake Forest parent Andrew Sabin (P ‘17) to support environmental programs around the world; held by Professor Miles Silman, Department of Biology.
  • The Thomas W. Smith Foundation Presidential Chair in Business Ethics – supports a faculty member committed to the exploration of the relationship between business, government and society; held by Jim Otteson, Department of Economics.
  • The Inmar Presidential Chair of Analytics at the School of Business – established by the Winston-Salem-based company that is known for operating intelligent commerce networks; held by Jeffrey Camm, School of Business.

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Dean Emeritus John “Don” Scarlett

This announcement was e-mailed to faculty and staff on July 12 by Communications and External Relations:

We are saddened to announce that Dean Emeritus and retired Professor of Law John “Don” Scarlett died July 10.  He served as dean of the School of Law from 1979 to 1989.

We grieve Dean Scarlett’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.

Information about a service for Dean Scarlett will be posted on Inside WFU when arrangements are finalized.

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.

Additional information about Dean Scarlett and his career is available on the School of Law website.

Memorial service to be held July 12 for Karen Logan

A memorial service for Karen Logan will be held July 12 at 3 p.m. in Wait Chapel.

Ms. Logan died July 1.

She was an administrative assistant in the Department of Physics. She worked in University Advancement, previously.

Meiburg appointed to NC Environmental Management Commission

Stan Meiburg

This is a guest post from Wake Forest’s Office of Sustainability:

On July 7, Gov. Roy Cooper appointed Stan Meiburg, Director of the Sustainability Graduate Programs, to serve on the North Carolina Environmental Management Commission. Meiburg fills the seat requiring special training in hydrology, water pollution control, and the effects of water pollution.

“I am honored to have been appointed by Governor Cooper to the Environmental Management Commission and to serve with other North Carolinians who care deeply about our future. Working together, I believe we can sustain and improve this place that we all love,” Meiburg said in regard to his appointment which begins on Thursday, July 13.

The 15-member Commission is responsible for adopting rules for the protection, preservation,and enhancement of the state’s air and water resources. The Commission, according to the its website, oversees and adopts rules for several divisions of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, including the Divisions of Air Quality, Land Resources, Water Quality, and Water Resources.

Mike Ford’s Retirement Message

Mike Ford

At a reception in his honor on June 28, Mike Ford delivered a farewell message to a crowd gathered in Benson University Center.  Ford retired from Wake Forest in June after 36 years as student life administrator and campus leader.

Several of his colleagues, past and present, spoke at the reception before Ford addressed the crowd, reflecting on his Wake Forest college days (1968-72), his work in the Wake Forest community, his family and his faith.  Several family members were present for the reception, including his wife, Gayle, and two of their three daughters with their families. He also made a brief reference to “exciting presidential political campaigning” in the 1970s when his father, Gerald R. Ford, served as the 38th president of the United States.

His remarks are available on the Wake Forest Magazine website.

Proposals funded: Mason, Comstock-Ferguson, Anderson

Congratulations to T. Michael Anderson, associate professor of biology, whose proposal entitled “Fire, Fear and Foraging: Understanding Multi-trophic Interactions in a Savanna Foodweb” has been funded by the National Geographic Society.

Congratulations to Lindsay Comstock-Ferguson, associate professor of chemistry, whose proposal entitled “RNA Modification and Antibiotic Resistance” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and by (subaward/subcontract from) Emory University.

Congratulations to Jed Macosko, associate professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Cellular Interactions of VSV Nucleocapsids” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and by (subaward/subcontract from) Wake Forest University Health Sciences.

Congratulations to Sarah Mason, associate professor of mathematics and statistics, whose proposal entitled “Conference in Formal Power Series and Agebraic Combinatorics” has been funded by the National Science Foundation.

Congratulations to Freddie Salsbury, associate professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Computational Biosciences Support” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and by (subaward/subcontract from) Wake Forest University Health Sciences.

Congratulations to Peter M. Siavelis, professor of politics and international affairs, whose proposal entitled “Leadership, Social Justice, and Citizenship in the United States” has been funded by the U.S. Department of State and by (subaward/subcontract from) Universidad Diego Portales.