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Parking lot closures Aug. 11-13

A message from Facilities and Campus Services

We wish to share the following parking closure information and provide parking recommendations/options for faculty and staff for Monday, Aug. 11 through Wednesday, Aug. 13. These closures are being planned at a time that should cause the least disruption to faculty and staff parking choices.

Parking Lot Closures:
Monday, Aug. 11 through Wednesday, Aug. 13 - Parking Lots U and U-2 will be closed for maintenance. This will also include the Visitor, WFDD and reserved faculty/staff spaces that run parallel to the basketball courts. The road will remain open. If weather or additional time is needed for maintenance, the closure of Lots U and U-2 may extend into Thursday, Aug. 14.

Faculty/Staff Parking Options:
We recommend parking in lot W-1 during this closure as spaces are frequently available during this window of time. Whenever parking lots are closed, we also recommend alternative modes of transportation such as carpooling, bicycles or mass transit to reduce the demand for parking during these times.

If you have any questions, contact Alex Crist at 336-758-2558.

Free online personal finance tools for faculty and staff

tom.benza.300x175A guest post by WFU’s Associate Director of
Student Financial Aid Tom Benza

Wake Forest Student Financial Aid believes that everyone can benefit from additional financial literacy and one of our goals is to help people make informed financial decisions. Our office exists to assist and counsel students on the intricacies of financial aid, but we also offer one-on-one financial counseling sessions with a financial aid counselor, financial workshop presentations to student groups, campus-wide educational programing, and a comprehensive online tool called CashCourse  that provides  a wealth of financial education resources.

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Proposals awarded: Fogel and Messier

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Stephen Messier

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Congratulations to Daniel Fogel, executive professor of strategy and director of the Masters of Sustainability program, whose proposal entitled “Food-Energy-Water Nexus Casebook for the Virtual Conservation College: A Project with the World Wildlife Fund” has been funded by the World Wildlife Fund.

Congratulations to Stephen Messier, professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Pain Management in Osteoarthritis: Clinical Benefits and Cost Effectiveness” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under award number 5R01AR064320-02 and by [subaward/subcontract from] Brigham and Women’s Hospital (WFU funding agency).

Phillips named associate dean for working professional programs

matthew.phillips.150x150Wake Forest University School of Business is pleased to announce Matthew T. Phillips has been named associate dean for working professional programs.

“Matthew brings a deep understanding of our working professional programs, as well as passion for these programs,” said Gordon McCray, vice dean of programs. “Given his multifaceted background and familiarity with our working professional offerings, I look forward to the diverse perspectives and creativity he will bring to his new position.”

U.S. News & World Report has ranked the Working Professional MBA programs #1 in North Carolina and #20 in the nation and Bloomberg Businessweek has ranked the program #27 in the nation. The part-time MBA program, designed for working professionals, is offered at Wake Forest’s main campus in Winston-Salem in the evening, and evenings and Saturdays at the Wake Forest University Charlotte Center in Uptown.

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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 perrotsm@wfu.edu or (336) 758-3224.

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Proposals funded: Denlinger, Mitra, Thonhauser

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Ananda Mitra

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Timo Thonhauser

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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 wakealert.wfu.edu, 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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