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TLC program for staff, faculty to start in August

This is a guest post from the Health and Exercise Science Department:

Do you need a little TLC?

The Wake Forest University Healthy Exercise & Lifestyle Programs can help! Starting in August we will start our next Therapeutic Lifestyle Change (TLC) program for University employees. This program is designed to develop a healthy and active lifestyle utilizing exercise and education programs. The program teaches behavioral strategies for the management of physical activity and eating. Cognitive teaching is combined with psychological approaches to take the participant beyond the limits of “will power.” Personal journals are used as a basis for program development, strategy monitoring and evaluation.

The program includes individual initial and follow-up assessments, dietary and physical activity intake analysis, supervised exercise sessions and weekly small group sessions. Weekly meetings are held in the Worrell Professional Center in Room 1162 on Thursdays from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. starting on Thursday, Aug. 24.

The cost of the program is covered by Wake Forest University. Space is limited and applications are now being accepted!

If you are interested in participating or have questions, please contact Andrea Cox at or 336-758-5853 for more information.

Simon receives award from American Sociological Association

Robin Simon

An article written by Professor of Sociology Robin Simon and two other researchers has been selected for the 2017 Award for Best Article, Family Section of the American Sociological Association. The award will be presented to them in August at the 2017 annual meetings of the American Sociological Association in Montreal.

The title of the article is “Parenthood and Happiness: Effects of Work-Family Reconciliation Policies in 22 OECD Countries.” It was published in the American Journal of Sociology.  Her fellow researchers included lead author Jennifer Glass of the University of Texas at Austin and Matthew Andersson of Baylor University.  The collaborative project received a National Science Foundation grant.

Last year, the Communications and External Relations Office published a story about the project.  CER staff member Cheryl Walker wrote that the researchers looked at adults with and without children in the United States and other countries to better understand why American parents report lower levels of happiness than non-parents.

“The researchers found that the ‘happiness penalty’ for parents varies substantially from country to country and is not found in places with parent-friendly policies,” Walker wrote.

In a briefing summarizing the findings last year, Simon and her colleagues wrote that “The negative effects of parenthood on happiness were entirely explained by the presence or absence of social policies allowing parents to better combine paid work with family obligations.”

The research attracted substantial attention from national news media last year, including the Washington Post, the Boston Globe and the Huffington Post.  North Carolina coverage included a story by UNC-TV.  It is also included in research snapshots on the newly designed homepage.

SAC survey asks about staff experience at annual picnic

2017 Staff Appreciation Picnic

The Staff Advisory Council is encouraging staff to take a survey that provides an opportunity to comment on the Staff Appreciation Picnic held June 6.

The survey asks for comments about various aspects of the event, including the food, shuttles, location, music and more.  The survey is brief and quick to take online.

Hundreds of staff turned out for the “Tailgate at McCreary Tower” event held at BB&T Field.

In recent years, the Staff Advisory Council has held picnics for staff at campus area locations, including Reynolda House, a field next to Reynolda Village, and BB&T Field.  The stadium has been the location the past two years.

Gladding named president of marriage/family counselors group

Professor of Counseling Sam Gladding has been elected president of the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors (IAMFC). The presidency is a two-year term beginning July 1, 2018. Gladding becomes president elect July 1, 2017.

The International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors (IAMFC) is a division of the American Counseling Association (ACA)

IAMFC promotes excellence in the practice of couples and family counseling by:

  • Creating and disseminating first-class publications and media products, e.g., an international journal in family counseling, The Family Journal;
  • Providing a forum for exploration of family-related issues –including an annual workshop in England
  •  Offering a national/international family counseling & therapy certification through the National Credentialing Academy (NCA);  and
  • Providing a professional set of ethical standards for working with couples and families.

Gladding is a past president of the American Counseling Association and a past chair of the American Counseling Association Foundation. He received bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Wake Forest, in addition to receiving a master’s degree at Yale University and a doctorate at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  He joined Wake Forest’s faculty in 1990 and has also served in administrative positions, including associate provost and assistant to the president for special projects.

Repaving at Reynolda House Museum

Starting Sunday, June 18, the driveway and parking lots surrounding Reynolda House Museum of American Art will be repaved, restriped and enhanced for improved vehicular, pedestrian and bicycle traffic.

The project is expected to be complete by June 23. The museum will remain open with regular hours during this work.

Visitors on foot, bicycle, or in vehicles should use caution accessing the main driveway off of Reynolda Road during this time. At times, the main entrance to Reynolda House will be used as entrance and exit; on other days the exit near Reynolda Village will be used for exit and entrance. Access to the Perimeter Trail may be blocked near the main entrance at times. Work crews and officers from the Winston-Salem Police Department will direct traffic around the paving.

The work is one of the final projects the museum is completing in preparation for Reynolda’s centennial year, which kicks off this summer. The museum is also painting the entire exterior of the 1917 house and 2005 Babcock Wing, a project expected to be complete by late July.

Updates on the work will be posted on the museum’s social media, including the Reynolda House Facebook page and Twitter @CurateReynolda.

Griffin Bennetti

Dear Wake Forest Students, Faculty and Staff,

I am saddened to inform you that Griffin Bennetti, a junior from Moorpark, California, died unexpectedly on Saturday, June 10, at his home in California. Griffin was a physics major and a history minor.

We extend our condolences to Rich and Maureen Bennetti (his parents), family, and fellow students, as well as faculty and staff who knew him. His passing is a loss for the entire Wake Forest community. May Griffin’s family and friends find comfort and support as they grieve his loss and remember his life.

The funeral service is scheduled for Saturday, June 24, at 11 a.m. at The Village Church, 24802 Alderbrook Drive, Santa Clarita, California. A campus memorial service is expected to be held in the fall.

Each of us is affected by loss in different ways, and there is no right way to grieve. I encourage you to take care of yourselves and your fellow Deacs during this difficult time.

Wake Forest offers support and counseling services for all students, faculty and staff. The University Counseling Center may be reached at 336-758-5273 and the Office of the Chaplain may be contacted at 336-758-5210. For faculty and staff, there is also the Employee Assistance Program at 336-716-5493. Please do not hesitate to seek support. The resources above are available for the entire WFU community, including current and recently graduated students, and those who are not currently in Winston-Salem. If you are in need, please call for assistance in providing support in your local area.


Nathan O. Hatch

Wake Forest updates homepage

The new University homepage has been updated to feature more in-depth stories designed to capture the Wake Forest experience. The stories will be updated throughout the year. While the user-experience has been revised, most of the information from the previous iteration will be remain intact.

View the new site here.

Teaching and Learning Collaborative’s Ross accepts position at Columbia

Catherine Ross, executive director of the Teaching and Learning Collaborative, has accepted a position as executive director of Columbia University Center for Teaching and Learning starting July 1.

Ross was Wake Forest’s first full-time director of the Teaching and Learning Center, joining the University in 2010.

“Catherine has transformed the former Teaching and Learning Center and has contributed greatly to the teaching excellence for which Wake Forest is known,” Vice Provost Lynn Sutton said. “This is a wonderful opportunity for her and her family and we wish her well!”

At Columbia, Ross will lead the Center’s efforts to provide professional development and support services for faculty and teaching assistants, and will partner with faculty, departments and schools to improve and advance teaching performance.

“My time at Wake Forest has been filled with amazing people and incredible opportunities to learn, collaborate, share, imagine, and create with those colleagues,” Ross said. “It has been a privilege to work with Wake faculty and deeply gratifying to see how they are transforming the classroom experiences of their students.”

Kristi Verbeke, director of educational development at the Teaching and Learning Collaborative, will serve as interim executive director. Associate Provost Kami Chavis will lead a national search later this summer to name a successor.

McCauley named assistant director for STEM initiatives

This is a guest post from Teaching and Learning Collaborative.

Anita McCauley has been named Assistant Director for STEM Initiatives with the Teaching and Learning Collaborative.

McCauley graduated from Wake Forest with a degree in neurobiology. She started her career as the director of microscopy, a position she held for 10 years and has been teaching both graduate and undergraduate courses on the Reynolda and Medical Center campuses since 1998.

McCauley will work with faculty across the campus to enhance teaching and learning in STEM classes.

Decaying Willow Oak removed from Lot P

This is a guest post from the Office of Sustainability and Landscape Services:

On June 8, Wake Forest’s Landscape Services team began removing a Willow Oak in Parking Lot P, across from Farrell Hall. According to University Arborist Jim Mussetter, this Willow Oak has extensive root decay and has been in decline for many years. Previous efforts to aid the survival of the Willow Oak resulted in a 50 percent reduction of the tree’s canopy.

A new tree will not be replanted at this site. Instead, Landscape Services is considering a redesign to better accommodate foot traffic between Farrell Hall, Lot P, and Hearn Plaza.

A second declining Willow Oak in Lot P will also be removed in the month of June. Another Willow Oak will be planted in its place.

For up-to-date news on campus tree removals, interested individuals can view a list of all tree removals and justifications on the Office of Sustainability’s website.