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Saving for retirement: What are your numbers?

Bethany.Fay.150x200A guest post by WFU’s Director of Compensation and Benefits Bethany Fay

Everyone knows that saving for retirement is important but not everyone knows how to start saving and how much to save. While people’s confidence in their retirement savings plan has increased over the past few years, many do not know how much they need to save for their golden years.

About 36% of people have less than $1,000 in savings and investments that could be used for retirement, not counting their primary residence or defined benefits plans, and 60% of people have less than $25,000 according to Employee Benefit Research Institute.

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Secrest: World-class performances free to faculty and staff

PicMonkey-Collage2The Secrest Artists Series presents world-class performances free of charge to students, faculty and staff at Wake Forest University.

The Series has a long and distinguished history of presenting performing artists of national and international reputation. Considered as education and entertainment of the highest quality, such celebrated performers as Itzhak Perlman, Christopher Parkening, Ravi Shankar, Doc Severinsen and his Big Band, Denyce Graves, and the National Symphony with Leonard Slatkin, have appeared on the Secrest Series. Each event is usually accompanied by a pre-concert talk and/or a residency activity by the artist.

Wake Forest faculty and staff receive free admission for themselves and one guest to all performances in the 2014-15 season. No tickets are needed for admittance, just present your WFU ID at the door with your guest. Contact Samantha Perrotta with any questions at or (336) 758-3224.

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Proposals funded: Denlinger, Mitra, Thonhauser



Ananda Mitra


Timo Thonhauser


Congratulations to Kyle Denlinger, assistant librarian, whose proposal entitled “RootsMOOC: A Massive Open Online Course for Genealogy Research” has been funded by the State Library of North Carolina.

Congratulations to Ananda Mitra, professor of communications, whose proposal entitled “Hospice needs Assessment” has been funded by the Hospice of the Piedmont.

Congratulations to Timo Thonhauser, associate professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Kinetics and Reactivity in Metal Organic Framework Materials” has been funded by the US Department of Energy and the University of Texas-Dallas (WFU funding agency).

Computing network maintenance Aug. 2

As previously announced by Information Systems, computing network maintenance will take place at Wake Forest on Saturday, Aug. 2.  During the maintenance, the University’s Wake Alert emergency notification system will remain operating. Some temporary changes will be in place with the Wake Alert system during the maintenance set for 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

If an emergency were to occur at Wake Forest, the University Police Department would be able to send text messages to all registered to receive them, activate the outdoor alert system and the cable TV alert system.

Communications and External Relations (CER) would be able to provide critically important updates on the Wake Alert website at, post a notice at the top of the University’s website, send voice mail messages to faculty and staff, use the Wake Alert Twitter account and other University social media, and place messages on the Weather and Emergency Phone Line (758-5935). Email will not be used for emergency messaging during the maintenance.

The University’s computing network cannot be used to access the University website or Wake Alert website during the maintenance. Faculty, staff, students and others on campus would have to use off-campus networks to do so. For example, a person on campus could use a mobile device to access the Wake Alert website, using a service provider such as AT&T or Verizon.

Temporary parking lot closings and traffic delays

Temporary closings of some Wake Forest parking lots will begin occurring this weekend in preparation for the University serving Monday, Aug. 4, as a location for filming of a an adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ novel, “The Longest Ride.” Part of the movie is set at Wake Forest and includes a character portraying a Wake Forest student.

Exterior and interior scenes will be filmed throughout the day and into the evening Aug. 4. The filming will bring crew members, actors and extras to campus, along with numerous large trucks and other vehicles.

Starting at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, the following parking lots will be closed entirely or in part through Monday, Aug. 4:

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Room scheduling software to launch July 31

A message from Provost Rogan Kersh and Senior Vice President Hof Milam

We are pleased to announce that, after 12 months of herculean labors by a dedicated team from across campus, our ‘EMS’ space-management tool is going live this week. The benefits for space management and space reservation on campus will be considerable.

As we announced last October, Beth Hoagland and John Wise were charged with leading the effort to develop a room-scheduling solution that is user friendly, provides accurate usage data, and generally enhances our university-wide use of this increasingly-precious resource, space on campus.

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Proposals funded: Beavers, Carroll, Soriano



Congratulations to Kristen Beavers, assistant professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Intentional Weight Reduction and Physical and Cognitive Function” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the WFU Health Sciences (WFU funding agency).

David Carroll


Congratulations to David Carroll, professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Partnership for Innovation: Accelerating Innovation Research – Technology Translation Graphenated-Carbon Nanotube (g-CNT) Composites for a Miniature, Fiber-Integrated Spectroscopy Light Source” has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Duke University (WFU funding agency).



Congratulations to Christina Soriano, associate professor of theatre and dance, whose proposal entitled “Improvisational Dance Workshop for People with Parkinson’s Disease” has been funded by the National Parkinson Foundation.


Give yourself permission to play

paints.300x175A guest post by James Raper, interim director, University Counseling Center

In many cultures playing or being childlike gets a bad rap. Sure it’s cute and sweet when my four year-old (with his dimples) is doing it, but for an adult, it can simply feel silly and a waste of time to intentionally engage in play.

Yet as many of my clients in the University Counseling Center know, I’m a big fan of play (to which the crayons and Play-Doh within arm’s reach of my couch attest). As I learned early on both in my own counseling and graduate training, it can be helpful to think of the “kid” part of us as being the part that holds our most authentic feelings. Thus as we allow ourselves to play, a door to self-awareness is opened. And similar to intellectual awareness, the more emotionally aware we learn to become, the more empowered we are to make choices that are best for our wellbeing.

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Wake Forest announces new Pro Humanitate Institute

seal.300x150A message from Provost Rogan Kersh

“Pro Humanitate” has long served as a guiding principle in all aspects of life at Wake Forest, reflecting our deep commitment to the betterment of humankind.  In that spirit I am pleased to announce the creation of a new Pro Humanitate Institute whose mission will be to enable students, faculty and staff to live out the many dimensions of the University’s motto.

Pro Humanitate at Wake Forest is a dynamic concept that grows and changes with the University to meet each new generation’s needs. The launch of the Pro Humanitate Institute is a signature next step in affirming our motto.

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Lawrence named ‘Trainer of the Year’ at (OS1) symposium

matthew.lawrence.150x200Matthew Lawrence, custodial services training manager, was named Trainer Of The Year at the annual (OS1) Users Symposium in San Antonio, Texas.

(OS1) is a brand of team cleaning that differs from traditional, or zone cleaning. In zone cleaning, a worker is assigned to an area and carries out all the tasks necessary to clean a zone. In team cleaning, each cleaning worker is a specialist and carries out a specific task throughout the building.

Wake Forest began its implementation of team cleaning in September 2009 with a pilot team of four people on 3rd shift with Lawrence as manager. Team cleaning has now been implemented in all academic buildings.

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