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March 2017 staff and faculty milestones

See a list of staff and faculty milestones:

1 Year

Melanie Nicole Bullock; Associate Director; Student Engagement
Mary Boyd Chenery; Assistant Director; Advncmt:Comm. & External Relations
Perry W Coggins; Maintenance Technician; Graylyn: Maintenance
Luis Eduardo Fernandez; Research Professor; Biology
Christopher Michael Howell; Security Officer; University Police
David Ethan Hunt; Graphic Design Manager; WFUSB-Marketing
Abriana Lesha Kimbrough; Administrative Assistant; Advancement: Alumni Services
Julie G Rice; Medical Office Assistant; Student Health Service
Dorothy Kathryn Shields; Librarian, Reseach & Instruct; Library-ZSR
Stephen Anthony Vance; Synthetic Research Assistant; Chemistry

5 Years

Alvester Fredrick Barren; Shuttle Driver; Parking & Transportation
Edward Lee Goode; Custodian; FACS: Custodial Services
Bryan Keith McKinney; Analyst/Programmer, Sr; IS: Applications Development
Matthew T. Murray; Floor Care Supervisor; FACS: Custodial Services
Rodney Lee Tucker; Custodian, Team Lead; FACS: Custodial Services
Mary Ellen Walter; Operations Manager; Divinity: Admissions

15 Years

Jeffrey Lee Davis; Groundskeeper; FACS: Landscaping Services
Ederma Pelaez De Herrera; Custodian; FACS: Custodial Services
Lawrence Groce Thach; Coordinator, Events & Travel; Law: External Affairs
John Kubel Wise; Assoc VP, Hospitality/Aux Svcs; Graylyn: Admin & General

25 Years

Steven James Folmar; Associate Professor; Anthropology

Where have all the tulips gone?

A recent offer of free tulip bulbs by the University was met with quick and enthusiastic response from many people at Wake Forest.

No more tulip bulbs are available to be distributed.

Recently, the Landscape Team of Facilities and Campus Services announced that it would be distributing free bulbs this spring once they were pulled from campus flower beds.  That announcement on Inside WFU was apparently read by the University’s tulip lovers who made arrangements to obtain all the tulip bulbs to be distributed once they are available.

Update on Wake Forest student diagnosed with meningitis

This message is sent on behalf of Joanne Clinch, Clinical Director of Student Health Service, and Adam Goldstein, Dean of Students:

Dear Wake Forest students, faculty and staff,

Wake Forest University Student Health Service has received updated information about the student who was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis on March 16. The student is in stable condition and expected to make a full recovery. The infection has been confirmed to be Neisseria meningitidis (bacterial meningitis), but results of testing to identify which strain (A, C, W or B) of this bacteria will not be available for a few days.

Student Health Service will continue to work with the Forsyth County Health Department and infectious disease experts at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center to receive information and guidance as it becomes available. All future updates will be provided on the Student Health Service website. If you have any additional questions about the University’s ongoing response, you may call x7500 (336-758-7500) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today.

Working with local and state health officials, Wake Forest Campus Life staff have successfully identified and contacted all known individuals at risk of exposure and provided antibiotics to prevent transmission of this infection. Individuals who have not been contacted by Student Health Service are not at risk and do not need to take any precautions. While all strains of Neisseria meningitidis can be occasionally transmitted from person to person during prolonged close contact, the risk of transmission is quite low. Less than one percent of close contacts may develop infection and this risk can be decreased to zero with an appropriate dose of antibiotics by mouth.

Local and state health officials and the Section on Infectious Diseases at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have advised us that all necessary precautions to reduce the risk of infection to our community have been successfully implemented. They also have provided the following information about immunizations to prevent meningitis:

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Chat with the Chief opportunities set for April and May

Police Chief Regina Lawson at open house for the University Police Department’s new offices in Alumni Hall

Two opportunities are scheduled this spring to visit over lunch with University Police Chief Regina Lawson and discuss issues related to campus safety, security and more.

Registration for the April and May events is available through the Professional Development Center. Registration is  encouraged.

The first event will be from noon to 1 p.m. April 5 at Shorty’s in Benson University Center. The second will be from noon to 1 p.m. May 3 at Zick’s (Underground level).

Lunch will be provided.

The “lunch and learn” chats are arranged by the University Police Department to provide students, faculty and staff with informal opportunities to meet with Lawson.

Wake Forest student tested positive for meningitis

This message was emailed to students, faculty and staff on the morning of March 16 on behalf of Joanne Clinch, Clinical Director of the Student Health Service, and Adam Goldstein, Dean of Students:

Dear Wake Forest students, faculty and staff:

Wake Forest University Student Health Service has been informed that an undergraduate student tested positive for bacterial meningitis this morning. The student is currently being treated for this condition at a local hospital. No other recent cases of meningitis have been reported at Wake Forest.

Wake Forest is following the direction of the Forsyth County Health Department and infectious disease experts at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center to minimize the risk of infection to our community. For privacy reasons, the University is not releasing the student’s name, though a team of Campus Life professionals is identifying and notifying individuals who may have had close contact with the student. At the advice of local and state health officials, preventive antibiotics will be promptly provided to the individuals who have been identified.

General information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) about meningitis, how it is spread, and how to protect yourself from infection includes:

  • Meningitis is a medical condition that is caused by inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. It often affects children and young adults, although persons of any age can become infected. A small number of people with this infection will have a serious illness. This disease is most commonly seen in late winter and early spring.
  • Meningitis is NOT a highly communicable disease. It requires direct and extended contact with the saliva, nasal and throat secretions of infected persons. After exposure, symptoms may be seen within 2-10 days.
  • Symptoms may include the following: sudden onset of fever, severe headache, rash, stiff neck, stomach pain, nausea or vomiting. Preventive antibiotic treatment is only recommended for individuals who might have had close contact with the infected student.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, please contact Student Health Service at x5882 (336-758-5882) or your primary care physician right away. If you have general questions about the University’s ongoing response, please call x7500 (336-758-7500). If updates or additional information for the campus community is needed, the Student Health Service website (http://shs.wfu.edu) will have the latest information.

Sincerely,

Joanne Clinch, Clinical Director, Student Health Service
Adam Goldstein, Dean of Students

Outdoor wireless coverage available on Hearn, Manchester plazas

This announcement was emailed to students, faculty and staff on March 15  from Mur Muchane, associate vice president for information technology and chief information officer:

Information Systems is pleased to announce the launch of outdoor wireless computing coverage on Hearn and Manchester Plazas. The new outdoor connectivity is accessible to all students, faculty, staff and campus guests!

The new outdoor coverage:

  • Supports Wi-Fi enabled devices like computers, smartphones and tablets
  • Provides seamless Wi-Fi connectivity between campus buildings and the Plazas
  • Allows secure access by peer-institution guests through eduroam

​As Spring and the end of the semester approaches, you can now use outdoor wireless on Hearn and Manchester Plazas to:

  • Conduct classes ​and club meetings ​​​outside
  • Study with friends on the law​n
  • Enjoy collaborating with others in the fresh air
  • ​Relax, listen to music, browse the internet using wireless access, not your cellular data​

To access, just select WFUwireless in your list of available networks under Wi-Fi Settings.

 

Provost Kersh to present annual address to the University

This announcement was emailed to staff and faculty on behalf of the Faculty Senate on March 15:

At the invitation of the Faculty Senate, Provost Rogan Kersh will give his annual address to the University on March 27 at 4 p.m. in Pugh Auditorium in Benson University Center.

Provost Kersh will speak about University priorities, along with the challenges and opportunities that face our academic mission and programs.

The Faculty Senate invites all Wake Forest students, faculty and staff to attend the presentation.

Pinder receives Most Promising New Textbook award

The Textbook & Academic Authors Association (TAA) has recognized Associate Professor of Management Jon Pinder with the Most Promising New Textbook award.

The book is entitled “Introduction to Business Analytics Using Simulation Models.”

The award recognizes excellence in first edition textbooks and learning materials. One judge described Pinder’s work as, “an impressive textbook that uniquely uses simulation methods to introduce business students to decision-making under uncertainty, and from beginning to end, wonderfully detailed, illustrative examples make this complex topic accessible to undergraduates.”

The textbook provides a foundation for managerial decision-making and business analytics. The award will be presented during the TAA annual conference on June 9.

Tulip bulbs to be offered to campus community this spring

Tulips bloom outside Alumni Hall on the campus of Wake Forest University las year.

This is a guest post from the Landscape Team in Facilities and Campus Services:

Spring has almost arrived and we will enjoy many colorful beds of tulips planted by the F&CS Landscape Team.

Once the tulips have finished their colorful display they will be pulled from the beds to make way for the summer annual beds.

The Landscape Team would like to share these bulbs with the campus community.  You can take them home and the Landscape Team will give you instructions on how to repurpose your bulbs.  Timing will depend on “spring,” but they will have bulbs for several weeks in late March and April.  If you are interested please send an e-mail to Jim Coffey at coffeyjb@nullwfu.edu.

Marian F. Parker

This announcement was emailed to faculty and staff on March 13 by Communications and External Relations:

We are saddened to announce that Marian F. Parker died March 9.  She retired as associate dean for information services, director of the Professional Center Library and professor of law.

A graveside memorial service will be at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Greensboro at 11 a.m. March 17.  Additional information is available here.

We grieve Professor Parker’s death and extend our condolences to her family and friends, as well as those at Wake Forest who had the opportunity to know her.

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.