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Benefit enrollment period ends today

The annual benefits enrollment period for 2014-15 ends today, April 25. This is also the last day to complete the Campus Census using the personalized link e-mailed to you at the start of the enrollment period.

Please see the Annual Benefits Enrollment website for details about the enrollment process. Contact the benefits team at benefits@wfu.edu or call 336.758.6404 if you have any questions.

Here is a link to the online enrollment form.

Crowdtilt for ‘Harold Tedford Main Stage’

harold.tedfordDuring his 33 years at Wake Forest, Harold Tedford made a tremendous impact on the theatre department and continues to be a friend and mentor to current students.

Today, a public campaign was launched on Crowdtilt to raise $250,000. The campaign will recognize Harold Tedford by naming the Mainstage Theatre “The Harold Tedford Main Stage” and endowing future programs and productions.

Crowdtilt, founded by alumnus James Beshara, is a website that raises funds online in a social way. Individuals pool their pledges until the cumulative pledge total reaches the goal. Only after the pledge goal is met are the pledges charged to each person’s account.

Visit the Harold Tedford Main Stage Project on Crowdtilt for more information.

Watch a video celebrating Harold Tedford here.

Hatch elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

nathan.hatch.300x175The American Academy of Arts and Sciences has elected Nathan Hatch, president of Wake Forest University, among its newest members.

One of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies, the Academy is also a leading center for independent policy research. Members contribute to Academy publications and studies of science and technology policy, energy and global security, social policy and American institutions, and the humanities, arts and education.

“It is a privilege to honor these men and women for their extraordinary individual accomplishments,” said Don Randel, chair of the Academy’s board of directors. “The knowledge and expertise of our members give the Academy a unique capacity – and responsibility – to provide practical policy solutions to the pressing challenges of the day. We look forward to engaging our new members in this work.”

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Strategic Resources Initiative report, spring 2014

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

Wake Forest’s Strategic Resources Initiative was launched in fall 2012 to identify sources of new revenue and cost savings that could be applied to student financial aid, faculty and staff compensation, and other strategic University priorities, including academic programs and facilities.  As our work began, the financial outlook for higher education across the U.S. remained worrisome, even as internal financial pressures continued to mount.  The target SRI goal of $5-10 million in recurring operating funds is the equivalent of receiving a new endowment of $100-200 million.  The Initiative is a vital part of our strategy to establish Wake Forest on more solid financial ground.

In April 2013 after the initial year of work, the SRI Steering Committee (membership at Appendix A of the full report) issued a ‘discussion draft’ with $6.2 million in cost reductions and revenue increases over time.  Several WFU-wide presentations followed, along with many informal group and individual conversations; ultimately, faculty and staff provided valuable feedback resulting in changes to several SRI recommendations.

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Internet vulnerability ‘Heartbleed:’ What you need to know

laptop.300x175A message from Wake Forest University Information Systems

You may have heard of a recently discovered security issue called Heartbleed. The Heartbleed vulnerability has been a major topic in the news and many questions are being asked.

What is Heartbleed?
Heartbleed is a worldwide Internet issue. This vulnerability affects OpenSSL, a technology that Internet websites use to secure information.

How has Wake Forest addressed this issue?
Since April 8, 2014, Wake Forest University Information Systems has assessed the University network to determine what computing services may be impacted by Heartbleed. Patches have been applied as needed. The Information Systems teams continue to monitor for any additional information that may be provided from experts and are continuing to monitor our websites.

How does this impact me?
The potential impact of this vulnerability is widespread. If you have concerns regarding your personal website account passwords, we recommend that you look for information on the individual organization’s website or contact their customer service directly.

More information is available on Mashable, “The Heartbleed Hit List: The Passwords You Need to Change Right Now.”

What will I have to do?
Wake Forest University Information Systems will contact you if any further actions are required to safeguard your Wake Forest user account.

2014 Benefit Fair today

The Annual Benefits Fair will be held today, April 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Benson 401.

The fair offers a time for fun, education and screenings. A pharmacist will be on-site to answer questions. A free wellness biometric screening is available to all faculty and staff members, and benefit providers will be on hand to discuss the programs they offer.

As a reminder, the enrollment period is from April 14 through April 25. Please see the Annual Benefits Enrollment website for details about the enrollment process and schedule of events. During the enrollment period, please contact the benefits team at benefits@wfu.edu or 336.758.6404 for any questions.

Two benefit informations sessions are still available:

The online enrollment form must be completed by April 25, 2014. 

Fetrow named provost at University of Richmond

Jacque FetrowDean of the College and Reynolds Professor of Computational Biophysics Jacque Fetrow has been appointed Provost at the University of Richmond.

As Dean since 2009, Fetrow’s tenure has been marked by a strong reaffirmation of the College’s signature tradition of close student-faculty engagement, with support for the URECA Center, development of the Office of Academic Advising, and fundraising to support initiatives led by the Associate Dean for Student-Faculty Academic Initiatives. Her support for Wake Forest’s teacher-scholar model has been integral in U.S. News & World Report’s 11th place ranking for “Best Undergraduate Teaching” this year, as well as the school’s highest-ever ranking among national universities at 23rd.

“Jacque has been a much-valued steady hand at the helm during turbulent times for a liberal arts education nationally,” said President Nathan Hatch. “I have prized her leadership and integrity, as well as her good counsel on all matters affecting the College as well as Wake Forest as a whole.”

Fetrow has been a central figure in Wake Will: the Campaign for Wake Forest, helping to secure over $180 million in gifts and pledges for student scholarships and financial aid, faculty and departmental support including facilities improvements, and strategic initiatives. She also made great strides in aligning the College’s financial and budgeting processes with evolving University systems, and extensively reorganized the structure and management of the Dean’s Office and College more broadly.

“Jacque has been a key partner in virtually every significant issue and initiative arising at Wake Forest since I arrived in 2012,” said Provost Rogan Kersh. “I will greatly miss her creative imagination, her knack for envisioning positive solutions to problems within our budget constraints, and valued friendship.”

Throughout her deanship, Fetrow has sustained an active research program, closely involving both graduate and undergraduate students – including Wake Forest’s 2012 Rhodes Scholar – in her landmark work on protein structures and functions in the drug discovery process. She and colleagues in computer science developed a course that won the Wake Forest Teaching and Learning Center Innovative Teaching Award in 2006.

She currently serves as Secretary-Treasurer of the Protein Society, and is on the Board of Directors of QuantumBio, an early-stage biotechnology software company. Prior to coming to Wake Forest in 2003, Fetrow served as chief scientific officer and director of GeneFormatics, a biotechnology software company. She also served on the faculties of the Scripps Research Institute and the University at Albany in New York. She earned her Ph.D. in biological chemistry from Pennsylvania State University and her B.S. at Albright College.

At the University of Richmond, she will also hold an appointment as Professor of Chemistry. She will begin her term on July 1.

Senior Associate Deans Rebecca Thomas and Randy Rogan, along with Associate Deans Anne Boyle, Christy Buchanan, David Levy, and José Villalba, will continue to work with Dean Fetrow in leading the College’s regular operations. A search advisory committee will soon be named to begin the process of choosing a successor as Dean of the College.

Emily Neese to speak at SAC meeting

emily.neese.100x100Emily Neese, associate vice president for strategy and operations, will update the Staff Advisory Council on the Strategic Resource Initiative at the SAC’s April 22 meeting.

Open to all staff, this important SAC meeting will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in Farrell Hall, Broyhill Auditorium. For more information about the SAC, visit sac.wfu.edu.

Provost invites faculty and staff to gather at Zick’s

Zick's logo with pizzaFaculty and staff are invited to another “get-together/happy hour” in the Provost’s series of informal gatherings.

The event will be held at Zick’s on Monday, April 21, from 4-5:30 p.m., in the old Post Office location on Hearn Plaza.

Look forward to seeing everyone there!

5th Annual Senior Showcase honorees announced

senior-showcase-2014-announcementThe Z. Smith Reynolds Library is pleased to announce selections for the 5th annual Senior Showcase program recognizing exemplary senior research theses and projects completed by Wake Forest undergraduates in their final year. Four students have been selected to present their research on Tuesday, April 22, at 3 p.m. in the ZSR Library Auditorium, Room 404.

The honorees are:

  • David Inczauskis, “A Theoretical Analysis of the Historical Dialectic between Latin American Liberation Theology and Catholic Social Teaching”
  • Rachel Cumbest, “Constructing Identity: Homer’s Articulation of Three Questions Which Become a Literary Trope for Later Authors in ‘Knowing Thyself’”
  • Ryan Whittington, “Arnold Schoenberg: ‘An Intelligent Man and a Terribly Curious Man’”
  • Christopher Earle, “Mission Impossible? An Economic Analysis of Guilford County’s Distinctive Pay-for-Performance Plan”

Event details and registration are available here.