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Wake Forest news for faculty and staff

Human Resources’ Shannon Araya to speak at SAC meeting

Shannon Araya of Human Resources will make a presentation on University benefits at the Staff Advisory Council (SAC) meeting on April 13.

The SAC will meet from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in Benson University Center, Room 401 B/D.

Staff are invited to the meeting.

Faculty invited to participate in the Magnolias Curriculum Project

This is a guest post from the Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability and the Office of Sustainability:

Wake Forest faculty are invited to enhance their teaching and engagement with sustainability issues by participating in the 2017 Magnolias Curriculum Project. No prior experience with sustainability-related issues in the classroom or in research is necessary, and faculty at all ranks and career stages are welcome.

This workshop will explore how we can meaningfully integrate sustainability—broadly defined—into our classrooms. Although we start by taking a close look at Wake Forest University and the larger Piedmont region, we invite participants to engage in local to global comparisons.

The Magnolias Project kicks off with a two-day workshop (May 10-11) that will offer opportunities to extend research and teaching horizons across disciplines and create new networks with fellow colleagues. Following the workshop, faculty participants prepare discipline-specific course materials on their own over the summer. They will reconvene in the fall to discuss their insights and experiences. Participants receive a stipend of $500 ($250 upon completion of the workshop; $250 upon completion of a new or revised syllabus).

Applications for the May 2017 workshop will be accepted until April 17, 2016. Click here to apply for the 2017 Magnolias Project.

Murton elected president of national association

The National Association of Educational Procurement (NAEP), the nationwide organization focused exclusively on procurement in higher education, has announced the election of Rosey Murton, director of procurement services at Wake Forest, to the office of president, effective immediately. Installation of officers occurred at a ceremony held during the association’s 96th Annual Meeting in Reno, Nevada, March 26-29.

Prior to joining Wake Forest, Murton was executive director of the Illinois Public Higher Education Cooperative, housed at the University of Illinois, where she served as director of university sourcing and assistant director of strategic procurement. She has also worked as a contract portfolio manager for the State of Illinois and in the private sector.

In addition to serving on the NAEP Board of Directors for the past three years, Ms. Murton served on the association’s Professional Development Committee and presented programs at both its national and Great Lakes Region meetings.

Murton graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a B.A. and MBA and has earned the professional certifications CPPO and CPPB.

Festival of Colors set for April 8 on Manchester Plaza

This is a guest post of the South Asian Student Association:

All faculty, staff, and students are invited to Wake Forest University’s annual Holi Celebration, organized by the South Asian Student Association (SASA).

Holi, the festival of colors (of Hindu, Sikh & Jain roots), celebrates community and the beginning of spring. The event will take place on Manchester Plaza on April 8, from 1-3 p.m.

There will be dance performances, free South Asian food, and tons of color! Come wearing clothes you do not mind getting dirty. Feel free to bring friends and family – all are welcome!

HELPS offers weight management program

This is a guest post of the Healthy Exercise & Lifestyle ProgramS (HELPS):

Do you want to lose weight, but aren’t sure where to start? We can help! Our six-month weight management program is offered to full-time Wake Forest University employees. This program will go beyond healthy lifestyle modification, with a laser focus on weight loss. The program will offer a combination of weight loss strategies and techniques to help individuals reach their goals.

Applications are now being accepted for participation in our next group starting in June. Weekly group sessions will be held here on campus in Worrell Professional Center.

Here are few highlights of the weight management program:

–Six months of weekly group sessions
–Geared specifically for weight loss
–Initial & six-month assessments
–Initial & six-month DEXA total body composition scans
–Formal assessment and follow-up with a dietitian
–Weekly food diary evaluations and feedback
–Physical activity tracking & exercise guidance
–Specific quality nutrient guidelines
–Behavior modification & mindfulness

This program is designed for participants who meet the following criteria:

–Individuals with weight loss needs (BMI >26)
–Able to attend weekly sessions held on Mondays at 12:30 pm
–Able to commit to personal dietary and exercise changes
–Full-time, permanent Wake Forest University Employee

If you are interested in participating or have questions, please contact Andrea Cox at or at336-758-5853 for more information. Space is limited.

Hannah Inzko named director of academic technology

This is a guest post from Information Systems and the Teaching and Learning Collaborative:

Information Systems and the Teaching and Learning Collaborative are pleased to announce that Ms. Hannah Inzko has accepted the position of Director of Academic Technology at Wake Forest University.

Graduating from The Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelors of Arts in Film and Video Production, Hannah started her career at The Pennsylvania State University where she served as the Media Commons Manager, overseeing the budget and operations of 28 physical locations spread out over 24 commonwealth campuses. In 2014, Hannah accepted a position as the Director of Learning Innovation and Faculty Engagement at the University of Miami reporting directly to the Assistant Vice President of Academic Technologies, where she oversaw a team of Senior Instructional Designers and IT Specialists. Additionally, during her tenure at the University of Miami, she continued her education, earning a Master of Science in Education in Community and Social Change.

Hannah’s experience in higher education instructional design and multimedia aligns with the institutional need for a passionate leader in academic technology to enrich academic technologies and support services. During the interview process, Hannah stood out as a positive and enthusiastic individual, demonstrating the skill set needed to forge relationships with schools, departments, and faculty members throughout the Wake Forest campus community.

In addition to working closely with Information Systems, Hannah will work in collaboration with the Teaching and Learning Collaborative, The Office of Online Learning, ZSR Library staff, and the Instructional Technology Group (ITG) to enrich educational technologies and the support services that enhance teaching, learning and research across our campus community.

President Hatch elected chair of NCICU

Wake Forest University President Nathan Hatch was elected chair of North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU) during the organization’s annual meeting held March 28 and 29 in Pinehurst. Hatch will serve a two-year term leading the executive committee of the board. NCICU is the sector of higher education in North Carolina that represents the 36 private, non-profit institutions in the state.

“We are deeply appreciative that President Hatch has accepted this key role for independent higher education,” said NCICU President A. Hope Williams.

Elected to the Executive Committee were Queens University of Charlotte President Pamela Davies, vice chair, Livingstone College President Jimmy Jenkins, secretary, and Meredith College President Jo Allen, treasurer.

The NCICU annual meeting was attended by college and university presidents and trustees, and corporate partners who serve on the Independent College Fund of North Carolina (ICFNC). Governor Roy Cooper was among the speakers, acknowledging the value of and support for private higher education in North Carolina as a complement to the public higher education system. Also on the agenda were State School Superintendent Mark Johnson, Senator David Curtis, Representative Craig Horn and Representative John Fraley.

Faculty, staff may register for mobile mammography unit

Wake Forest faculty and staff may register through the Professional Development Center for an appointment with the Novant Health Breast Center Mobile Mammography Unit, which will be on campus April 11.  It will set up near Scales Fine Arts Center and provide services between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

To register, visit the PDC website.

Limited scholarships are available to assist employees with no medical insurance.

The Novant Health Breast Center Mobile Mammography Unit is a 38-foot-long multi-functional coach that offers cutting-edge screening mammography services out in the community. The purpose of the program is to greatly increase access to mammography screening for women throughout the community.

Features include:

• Digital mammography technology
• All-female technologists
• Check-in and registration area
• Private changing room with separate clinical exam room
• Privacy and comfort of a traditional screening center with the convenience of a fully functioning mobile unit

Step out onto Manchester Plaza for National Walking Day April 5

This is a guest post from the Office of Wellbeing:

The Office of Wellbeing will be celebrating National Walking Day April 5 on Manchester Plaza from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bring your walking shoes and join us in making laps around Manchester Plaza.

Come learn about how walking benefits you and why it’s important to Move More and Move Often!  Thrive t-shirts or water bottles to the first 50 people.  We hope to see you there.

All participants will be entered to win one of four Nike gift cards.

Allison McWilliams: Facilitating Reflection

Allison McWilliams, director of mentoring and alumni personal and career development in the Office of Personal and Career Development, writes occasional articles for Inside WFU. This is the fourth for the spring semester. In each, she shares observations and suggestions with faculty and staff from her professional experiences with students.

Effective mentoring relationships incorporate intentional reflection throughout, encouraging mentees to think deeply about their experiences. Facilitating reflective thinking is one of our four Mentor Learning Outcomes and encourages mentors to routinely ask thought-provoking questions that seek deeper meaning and help the mentee to become more self-aware of strengths and growth opportunities. Effective mentoring conversations and relationships are based on the experiential learning model: learning through reflection on action. It is not enough to just have an experience; to learn from it, we must take the time to process the what, so what, and now what questions:

  • What? What just happened?
  • So what? How do I feel about what just happened? What did I learn from it?
  • Now what? What do I do with that new knowledge in the future?

As we approach the end of the academic year, look for opportunities to engage your mentees in reflective conversations about your relationship, about the semester and the year, and about what comes next.

Just as it is important to be intentional about the beginning of any mentoring relationship, it is equally important to be intentional about how you bring it to closure. Don’t just let a mentoring relationship fizzle out. Take some time to reflect on what you have accomplished together, what you each have learned from the relationship, what you each are grateful for, and how you will use the knowledge gained in this relationship in the future. Celebrate what you have done together! And, take the time to acknowledge that your relationship is now shifting to something new.

The end of the academic year, like any ending, can be a source of excitement, relief, anticipation, and worry. This is a great time to talk to students about how they are feeling about this transition, what they have learned over the course of this semester and year, and how they are feeling about what comes next. Some possible questions:

  • What was the best part of this semester/year? What was most challenging and why?
  • What did you learn about yourself this semester/year? How will you use that new knowledge in the future?
  • When you think about what comes next, how are you feeling? Why do you think that is?

Great mentors help us to think deeply about our experiences. Perhaps more importantly, they help us to make connections between past experiences, present learning, and future application.