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Teaching and Learning Collaborative’s Ross accepts position at Columbia

Catherine Ross, executive director of the Teaching and Learning Collaborative, has accepted a position as executive director of Columbia University Center for Teaching and Learning starting July 1.

Ross was Wake Forest’s first full-time director of the Teaching and Learning Center, joining the University in 2010.

“Catherine has transformed the former Teaching and Learning Center and has contributed greatly to the teaching excellence for which Wake Forest is known,” Vice Provost Lynn Sutton said. “This is a wonderful opportunity for her and her family and we wish her well!”

At Columbia, Ross will lead the Center’s efforts to provide professional development and support services for faculty and teaching assistants, and will partner with faculty, departments and schools to improve and advance teaching performance.

“My time at Wake Forest has been filled with amazing people and incredible opportunities to learn, collaborate, share, imagine, and create with those colleagues,” Ross said. “It has been a privilege to work with Wake faculty and deeply gratifying to see how they are transforming the classroom experiences of their students.”

Kristi Verbeke, director of educational development at the Teaching and Learning Collaborative, will serve as interim executive director. Associate Provost Kami Chavis will lead a national search later this summer to name a successor.

McCauley named assistant director for STEM initiatives

This is a guest post from Teaching and Learning Collaborative.

Anita McCauley has been named Assistant Director for STEM Initiatives with the Teaching and Learning Collaborative.

McCauley graduated from Wake Forest with a degree in neurobiology. She started her career as the director of microscopy, a position she held for 10 years and has been teaching both graduate and undergraduate courses on the Reynolda and Medical Center campuses since 1998.

McCauley will work with faculty across the campus to enhance teaching and learning in STEM classes.

Decaying Willow Oak removed from Lot P

This is a guest post from the Office of Sustainability and Landscape Services:

On June 8, Wake Forest’s Landscape Services team began removing a Willow Oak in Parking Lot P, across from Farrell Hall. According to University Arborist Jim Mussetter, this Willow Oak has extensive root decay and has been in decline for many years. Previous efforts to aid the survival of the Willow Oak resulted in a 50 percent reduction of the tree’s canopy.

A new tree will not be replanted at this site. Instead, Landscape Services is considering a redesign to better accommodate foot traffic between Farrell Hall, Lot P, and Hearn Plaza.

A second declining Willow Oak in Lot P will also be removed in the month of June. Another Willow Oak will be planted in its place.

For up-to-date news on campus tree removals, interested individuals can view a list of all tree removals and justifications on the Office of Sustainability’s website.

Staff Appreciation Picnic starts at 11 a.m. June 6 at BB&T Field

The Staff Advisory Council and the Office of Wellbeing invite all staff members to attend the 2017 Staff Appreciation Picnic June 6 at BB&T Field.

Called “Tailgate at McCreary Tower,” the event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

On the menu will be: burgers, hot dogs, wings, pulled pork, veggie burgers, salads, desserts and more.

A number of games, including lawn games, are planned.

In the spirit of Pro Humanitate, the Staff Advisory Council is also sponsoring a book drive on behalf of Mineral Springs Elementary School.  New or gently used children’s books are requested.

Shuttles will run from Reynolda Campus, Graylyn and the University Corporate Center to BB&T Field for those wanting to catch a ride.  Shuttle stops include the following:

–In front of Benson University Center
–Bus shelter at Lot W1 (at corner of Wake Forest Road and Carroll Weathers Drive)
–Behind Graylyn Center
–In front of University Corporate Center.

Parking will be available in the Gold Lot at BB&T Field.

O’Keeffe exhibit opens Aug. 18; faculty, staff may reserve two free tickets

This is a guest post from Reynolda House Museum of American Art:

Tickets for Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern, coming later this summer to Reynolda House Museum of American Art, went on sale to the public May 30. The exhibition will be presented Aug. 18 through Nov. 19 at the museum, which is the exhibition’s sole venue in the South.

Faculty and staff of Wake Forest University and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center may reserve up to two free tickets (one for the employee and one guest) for any one day. University employees may purchase additional tickets for the same day. You will be asked to show your Wake Forest University identification card when you arrive.

Check WeatherStem for forecasts about showers and storms

As spring advances closer to summer, it is the time of year when weather forecasters tell us to be prepared for showers, thunderstorms and, occasionally, storms that threaten to cause significant damage.

If you are wondering what kind of weather to expect, you can get your answer in detail thanks to WeatherSTEM stations on top of the Miller Center and the scoreboard at BB&T Field.

The WeatherSTEM stations use a combination of weather instruments and sensors to take environmental measurements and offer frequently updated details on temperature, humidity, the heat index, barometric pressure and more.

Each station includes a sky camera, with one directed toward Kentner Stadium, Farrell Hall and Wait Chapel, while the other camera is directed across BB&T Field.

The stations also offer information through Facebook and Twitter accounts, which are updated through automation.  On Facebook, the accounts are identified as Wake Forest Weatherstem and Wake Forest Football Weatherstem.  On Twitter, the stations can be followed @WakeForestWxSTEM and @WFUFootballWxSTEM.

WeatherSTEM also offers apps for ios and Android.

Staff Appreciation Picnic to be held June 6 at BB&T Field

The 2017 Staff Appreciation Picnic will be held June 6 at BB&T Field.  Called “Tailgate at McCreary Tower,” the event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Staff Appreciation Picnic 2016

The Staff Advisory Council and the Office of Wellbeing invite all staff members to attend.

On the menu will be: burgers, hot dogs, wings, pulled pork, veggie burgers, salads, desserts and more.

A number of games, including lawn games, are planned.

In the spirit of Pro Humanitate, the Staff Advisory Council is also sponsoring a book drive on behalf of Mineral Springs Elementary School.  New or gently used children’s books are requested.

Shuttles will run from Reynolda Campus, Graylyn and the University Corporate Center to BB&T Field for those wanting to catch a ride.  Shuttle stops include the following:

–In front of Benson University Center
–Bus shelter at Lot W1 (at corner of Wake Forest Road and Carroll Weathers Drive)
–Behind Graylyn Center
–In front of University Corporate Center.

Parking will be available in the Gold Lot at BB&T Field.

Wake Alert update: tornado warning removed for Forsyth County

This Wake Alert update was posted on the Wake Alert page shortly after 6 p.m. on May 24:

The tornado warning for Forsyth County has been changed to a watch until midnight.  Watch local news for future updates.

Wake Alert announcement: Hazardous Weather Update

This message was emailed to students, faculty and staff on May 24 by Communications and External Relations:

Wake Alert. Tornado warning issued. A tornado has touched down in East Bend, N.C. northwest of Winston-Salem. The tornado is moving northeast at 25 MPH. Monitor local weather reports on radio or TV for further information and Wake Alert web site for potential updates.

Stay alert to weather reports due to hazardous weather Wednesday

This message was emailed to students, faculty and staff on the afternoon of May 24 by Communications and External Relations:

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to stay alert to weather conditions today due to unstable weather conditions and reports of tornado warnings and watches in this area.  Tornado warnings for Forsyth County and other counties were issued late this afternoon.

Weather information is readily available on TV stations, various news media web sites and elsewhere.

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations