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May 2016 staff milestones

See a list of staff milestones in May 2016:

1 year

Anibal Steve Armas; Assistant Coach; Athletics: Soccer – Men

Samuel Thomas Binkley; Senior Project Manager; FACS: Project Management

Kimberly McRae Couch; Budget and Admin Coord; Sustainability

Elizabeth Joyce Dam-Regier; HR Project & Comm Specialist; Human Resources

Casey Davis; Development Officer; Advancement: National Major Gifts

Kimberley A Gaines; Treasury Analyst; Financial & Accounting Service

Raina Gandhi; Assoc Dir, MA Mkt Read/Employ; WFUSB-MA Program Admin

Dustie Nichole Lanier; Director of Development; Advancement: National Major Gifts

Michael Timothy Maedjaja; Sr Business Systems Analyst; Finance Systems

Logan Patrick Roach; Development Officer; Advancement: National Major Gifts

Thomas Antol Truskowski; Exec Director of Development; Advancement:Business Schools Develp

Rolisa Harris Tutwyler; Liaison for ED & Business Mgr; Pro Humanitate Institute

5 years

Michelle Diana Dalrymple; Financial Aid Officer; WFUSB-Enrollment Management

Brett Thomas Hewitt; Asst Dir, Facilities Systems; FACS: Support Services

Elizabeth McCurry Johnson; Reference Librarian; Law: Professional Ctr Library

Shonda R. Jones; Assoc Dean, Admission & St Svc; Divinity School

William Paul Kane; Digital Publishing Admin; Digital Publishing

Amy Beth Knudson; Assoc Dir, W-S Open/Event Mgmt; Athletics: WS Open

10 years

Carol Thorne Prillaman; Accounting Assistant; Graylyn: Admin & General

Sean C. Seney; Custodian; FACS: Custodial Services

Nan Graham Smith; Project Coordinator; Advancement: VP Office

Carol J. Weaver; Police Officer; University Police

20 years

Amy Lamy; Senior Data Warehouse Analyst; Finance Systems

Grenville Hanington Nichols; Security Guard; Graylyn: Admin & General

John Garren Owen; Director, Building Operations; WFUSB-Information Services

Jonathan Micheal Rollins; Information Security Architect; IS: CIO

25 years

David G. Davis; Associate Director; FACS: Landscaping Services

Commencement: How to see it on the web and cable

Wake Forest University’s commencement ceremony will be streamed live on Monday, May 16.  Links to stream the ceremony and other commencement-related events are available here.  Commencement will begin at 9 a.m.

On campus, it may be viewed, also, on the University’s cable TV system at channel 80.1.  Televisions must be connected to the campus cable system.

Services for Professor Heard set for May 16

This message was emailed to students, faculty and staff on May 13:

Services for Professor of Music Richard Heard will take place Monday, May 16, at 11 a.m. at Hope Community Church on Brownsboro Road.  The University announced earlier this week that Professor Heard died May 8 in Winston-Salem after a long illness.

The family will receive visitors Sunday, May 15, from 5-7 p.m. at Russell Funeral Home on Carl Russell Avenue.

An obituary appeared May 13 in the Winston-Salem Journal.

A campus memorial service is expected to be held next fall semester.

Temporary discoloration of city water possible on, near campus

Temporary discoloration of water may be noticed by people on and near the Wake Forest campus during planned repairs to the City of Winston-Salem water distribution system within the next week.  The City announced May 11 that customers of its Utilities Division in the northwest quadrant of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County may notice temporary discoloration.

The City of Winston-Salem is taking its water tank on campus out of service Friday, May 13, while repairs are made to the City water distribution system.  It is expected to return to service by Friday, May 20. That same repair is prompting the closure of the University Parkway entrance from Tuesday, May 17, until Saturday, May 21.  All other campus entrances will operate as usual during the temporary closing of the University Parkway entrance.

“When the tank is taken out of service and placed back into service, changes in flow patterns in the water distribution system may temporarily result in discolored water that appears red, brown or yellow,” the City announced. “The affected area will be the northwest portion of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, west of U.S. 52 and north of Business 40. Wards potentially affected could include North, Northwest, West and portions of the Southwest.”

The City announced that citizens who experience discolored water should refrain from washing clothes the mornings of the changeovers as any discolored water could stain light-colored clothing. Although the water may appear discolored it remains safe.

To minimize the impact of this maintenance on customers, Utilities Division personnel will flush the water lines during the changeovers. Citizens can assist the Utilities Division by reporting discolored water to CityLink at 311 or 336-727-8000. This will allow Utilities personnel to prioritize their flushing efforts.

President: In honor of faculty, staff retirees

This message was emailed to faculty and staff May 12 from President Hatch:

Dear Faculty and Staff,

As we prepare to celebrate Commencement and the achievements of the Class of 2016, we also pause to recognize and honor the outstanding careers of our retiring faculty and staff members.

Please join me in thanking this distinguished group of leaders, colleagues, mentors and friends and congratulating them on many years of service to Wake Forest:


Umit Akinc, Professor, School of Business
Bern Beatty, Associate Professor, School of Business
Jonathan Christman, Associate Professor, Theatre and Dance
Yomi Durotoye, Associate Teaching Professor, Politics and International Affairs
Clay Hipp, Senior Lecturer, School of Business
Beth Hopkins, Director of Outreach, School of Law
Charles Lewis, Professor, Philosophy
Mary Martin Niepold, Associate Professor of the Practice, English
David Stroupe, Associate Professor of the Practice, Health and Exercise Science
Frank Tupper, Professor, School of Divinity
Byron Wells, Professor, Romance Languages


Donnie Adams, Manager, Facilities and Campus Services
Keith Allred, Assistant Director, Information Systems
Gary Alwine, Business Manager, Biology
Kathy Arfmann, Assistant Director, Finance Systems
Craig Bartholomew, Transportation Assistant, Graylyn
Garry Blankenship, Shuttle Driver, Parking and Transportation
Sandra Boyette, Senior Advisor to the President, President’s Office
Michael Caporaletti, Parking Enforcement Officer, Parking and Transportation
Julie Edelson, Editor, Researcher, Research and Sponsored Programs
Larry Etchison, Service Technician, Facilities and Campus Services
Jim Gardner, Service Technician, Facilities and Campus Services
Betsy Gatewood, Associate Director of CERE, Innovation and Creativity
Bill Giroux, Maintenance Technician, Graylyn
Reba Greene, Mail Service Clerk, Mail Services
John Henderson, Director, Information Systems,
Margaret Kittrell, Nurse, Student Health Service
Nancy Moore, Executive Assistant, President’s Office
Preston Oldham, Police Lieutenant, University Police
Nancy Respess, Assistant to Associate Deans, College Summer Administration
Joanne Ritter, Administrative Coordinator, University Advancement
Rick Rumley, Police Sergeant, University Police
Bruce Sanspree, Special Projects Coordinator, University Police
Debbie Walker, Conference Coordinator, School of Law
Keith Wise, Superintendent, Facilities and Campus Services

To our 2015-2016 retiring faculty and staff, thank you for sharing your gifts and talents with us for so many years. Your countless contributions will have a lasting impact on our campus, and you will forever be a part of our Wake Forest family.


Nathan O. Hatch

88.5 WFDD wins regional Edward R. Murrow Awards

WFDD logo

This is a guest post from 88.5 WFDD:

88.5 WFDD, the public radio station licensed to Wake Forest University, has won two 2016 regional Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA).

88.5 WFDD won Best Hard News Reporting for “Dan River Spill: Long-Term Impact Unknown” by Keri Brown. The story focused on the Dan River one year after a nearby coal ash site dumped more than 39,000 tons of waste into the water. Brown spoke to environmentalists who say the final toll could take years to find out.

The 88.5 WFDD News Team also received the award for Best Newscast:12:04 p.m. July 14, 2015, which included coverage of the “Selma” march in Winston-Salem to protest the state’s voting laws, and redistricting Greensboro’s local government.

RTDNA has been recognizing outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971. It is the world’s largest professional organization devoted exclusively to electronic journalism, and represents local and network journalists in broadcasting, cable, and digital media in more than 30 countries. The Edward R. Murrow Awards are given annually, with entries judged by peers in the industry.

“We’re grateful for this award recognizing the hard work we’ve been doing in our news department,” said Emily McCord, News Director at 88.5 WFDD. “We have been deepening our commitment to bringing more local news to our listeners and we’re delighted our peers have taken notice.”

88.5 WFDD competes in a region that includes large-market radio stations in North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, Tennessee, and Kentucky. Regional winners automatically advance to the national competition, the results of which will be announced in June.

88.5 WFDD, Public Radio for the Piedmont, is a broadcast service of Wake Forest University and is the only public radio station of its kind located in the Piedmont Triad. It broadcasts news, information, and public affairs programming covering the arts, people, and institutions in the area from its Winston-Salem studios. The state’s charter NPR® member, 88.5 WFDD is the longest continuously-broadcasting public radio station in North Carolina.

Temporary closing of University Parkway entrance set for May 17

This message was emailed to students, faculty and staff May 11 by Communications and External Relations:

The University Parkway entrance to Wake Forest will be closed to all traffic starting Tuesday, May 17, and continuing through Saturday, May 21, due to a City of Winston-Salem water main project at that location.

The Reynolda Road and Polo Road campus entrances will operate, as usual.  The Reynolda Road entrance will be open at all times, with the gatehouse staffed from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. every night. The Polo Road entrance will be open, except from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. nightly when the gate there is closed.

The temporary closing of the University Parkway entrance will not affect nearby parking lots.  Parking spaces along Wake Forest Road, in front of Worrell Professional Center, will remain open.

88.WFDD announces WAKE Radio broadcast on HD3 channel

correct WFDD logoThis is a guest post from 88.5 WFDD:

88.5 WFDD, the public radio station licensed to Wake Forest University, recently announced that it will begin broadcasting WAKE Radio on its HD3 channel. WAKE Radio is Wake Forest University’s student-run college radio station. WFDD General Manager Tom Dollenmayer said that bringing WAKE Radio onto the HD3 channel will save money for the university and expose WAKE Radio to a wider audience.

Over the last year, 88.5 WFDD has assisted WAKE Radio with upgrading its systems to provide more consistent programming and provided guidance and broadcast instruction to WAKE Radio student managers. “We’re excited to continue our commitment to student engagement through our work with WAKE Radio,” said Dollenmayer.

Wake Forest University Provost Rogan Kersh said, “It’s big news that WFDD is broadcasting Wake Radio on HD3; as a longtime fan (my brother was a Wake Radio deejay back in the 1990s), I’m thrilled that Wake Radio will expand its reach . . . and that our students have a chance to work even more closely with the brilliant professionals at WFDD.”

WAKE Radio can now be heard 24/7 on WFDD HD3 via online streaming or an HD Radio, and will soon be available on iTunes Radio.

88.5 WFDD, Public Radio for the Piedmont, is a broadcast service of Wake Forest University and is the only public radio station of its kind located in the Piedmont Triad. It broadcasts news, information, and public affairs programming covering the arts, people, and institutions in the area from its Winston-Salem studios. The state’s charter NPR® member, 88.5 WFDD is the longest continuously-broadcasting public radio station in North Carolina.

Parking and traffic information for commencement

This message was emailed to faculty and staff May 10 on behalf of Executive Vice President Hof Milam:

Dear Reynolda Campus Faculty and Staff:

Commencement is the highlight of our academic year.  It is a wonderful time for the campus community to come together and celebrate with graduating students and their families.  This year’s commencement ceremony will be held Monday, May 16, on Hearn Plaza, beginning at 9 a.m.

It is always important for us to be gracious hosts to our visitors and make sure their access to campus is as easy as possible.  To make this the best commencement experience possible for our graduates and guests, please observe the following guidelines:

–Faculty and staff should not attempt to park on campus prior to 1 p.m. on the day of commencement. Passes, which have been issued to graduates and their families, will be required for all cars entering campus

–Faculty and staff who need parking should park at Bridger Field House and ride the shuttle to campus. Enter the stadium parking lot through the Reynolds Boulevard entrance and follow the signs to the parking area and the shuttle pickup point. Shuttles will run continuously throughout the day from 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. A Wake Forest ID will be needed to access the shuttle.

–Faculty and staff may park on campus after 1 p.m.

–Reynolda Campus staff who do not have a direct commencement responsibility need not report for work until 9:30 a.m. on Monday, unless otherwise required by their department.

Please have your Wake Forest I.D. with you at all times on campus during commencement.

In case of rain, the commencement ceremony will be held at Joel Coliseum, beginning at 9:30 a.m.  Parking on campus will not be affected if the ceremony is held at the coliseum.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.


Hof Milam, Executive Vice President

Biology professor and students win national competition

Wake Forest biology professor Gloria Muday, Thursday, June 13, 2013.

Gloria Muday

Biology professor Gloria Muday, and students Bethany Pan and Par Ranjbar, both senior biology majors, recently won an international contest, the Plant Teaching Tools competition, sponsored by the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB).

In Muday’s fall semester course, Pan and Ranjbar developed teaching tools (slides and accompanying text) that can be used in high school and college level biology courses to teach about the effects of climate change, drought, and water deficit on plants. Together this team is editing these tools and combining them with active-learning exercises that highlight how agricultural researchers use traditional plant-breeding and genetic engineering approaches to yield plants with increased drought tolerance.

This teaching tool will be peer reviewed and appear in the ASPB published journal entitled “The Plant Cell.”

“Participating in research and contributing to a research focused journal article is a valuable learning process for students,” Muday said. “Developing tools to be used in teaching is a complementary way for students to learn to be teacher-scholars.”