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Support needed for the Chaplain’s Emergency Fund

unnamedDid you know, the Chaplain’s Emergency Fund (CEF) regularly assists members of the Wake Forest community (faculty, staff and students) who find themselves in urgent need for food, shelter or public services.

Individuals receive limited financial assistance for essential expenses due to temporary hardship or an emergency situation. Those needing additional resources are then connected to community partners.

Recently, the CEF has experienced a decrease in available funds. Donations will allow the fund to continue to assist our community, and further the spirit of Pro Humanitate to those in need right on our campus.

For those looking for a holiday gift to recognize a colleague, student, friend or loved one, donations may be made in any amount. The honoree will receive a note indicating the gift-giver’s name and contact information.

Holiday donations can be made online at WakeWill: The Campaign for Wake Forest.

Celebrate the 10th year of the Artisan’s Fair

artisansfairThe 2014 Artisans’ Fair will be held on Friday, Dec. 5, in Benson 301 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year is the 10th anniversary of the event.

Dana Hutchens, employer experience manager in the Office of Personal and Career Development, helped launch the first Artisan’s Fair in 2004 to build community among Wake Foresters. Each year approximately 30 vendors participate in the Artisan’s Fair to showcase their crafts. Vendors must be Wake Forest affiliated: staff, faculty, student, retiree, or a spouse of a staff member, and the products must be handmade or personally produced.

“In my 23 years at the University, I have become acquainted with many Wake Foresters and learned about their artistic talents, not normally seen in the typical workday,” said Hutchens who has helped plan the event each year, though never participated as a vendor. “Even after the hustle and bustle of their nine-to-five jobs, it is amazing to see how many Wake Foresters go home and put on their creative hats! Some turn into wood workers, some painters, some potters, and some jewelry makers. They become artisans in many different forms, and this event is a showcase of that talent.”

Gale Newport, operations manager for the Benson Center and Gloria Stickney, the physics department’s business manager have entered the Artisan’s Fair every year since the first year. Retiree Betty Hauser and the medical center’s Paul Ross have also displayed their crafts since the fair’s beginning.

The Artisans’ Fair participants wish to thank the Benson University Center, which has graciously opened its doors to host the event in a centralized location on campus every year.

Participating vendors and their crafts include…

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Information on campus power outage

UPDATE, 2:25 p.m.: Power has been restored to Wake Forest’s campus this afternoon.  All campus buildings affected by an earlier outage today have power now. Operations on campus have returned to normal. With the power back on, the card reader system in buildings has returned to normal operation.

Wake Forest’s Reynolda Campus has experienced a major power outage today and more than half of the campus buildings in the central and north sections of campus are affected.

Crews are working on site to identify the cause of the problem and restore power as quickly as possible.  There is not currently an estimated time when power will be restored.

The card reader system in residence halls is also affected by this power outage, which means students, faculty and staff will not be able to access these buildings using their Wake Forest ID cards.

Those who need access to the following residence halls should contact University Police at 336-758-5591 (the non-emergency number): Davis, Dogwood, Efird, Huffman, Kitchin, Magnolia, Martin, North Campus Apartment Buildings 1-10, Polo, Poteat, Student Apartments A & B,  Taylor, and 1210 Polo Road.

The power outage occurred around noon today. The University will provide an update when more information is available.

Holiday schedule and pay reminder

A message from Wake Forest University Human Resources:

Best wishes for a safe and enjoyable holiday season! Please note the following regarding the Reynolda campus holiday, PTO and pay schedule through the end of the calendar year:

Holidays/PTO:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 26:  Departments who choose to offer early dismissal at 3 p.m. or two hours before the end of the regularly-scheduled shift may count this time as administrative leave.
  • Thursday, Nov. 27 – Friday, Nov. 28:  Thanksgiving Holiday – University Closed.
  • Monday, Dec. 22 – Tuesday, Dec. 23:  University open, with early release at 3 p.m. on Dec. 23. Staff employees may count two hours on Dec. 23 as administrative leave. In cases where the entire department has agreed to close for these two days, each individual in the department will count the two days as PTO.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 24 – Wednesday, Dec. 31:  Winter Break – University Closed.
  • Thursday, Jan. 1:  New Year’s Holiday – University Closed.

Pay:

  • Tuesday, Dec. 23: Final pay date for all WFU Reynolda Campus faculty and staff.

A message from President Hatch to faculty, staff & students

My wife, Julie, and I stood on Hearn Plaza at 12:45 this morning with heavy hearts. Following the announcement from the grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri, a small group of people entered the Quad and threw toilet paper into our trees. While we do not know the identity of these individuals or their intentions, we are saddened that this unacceptable behavior caused harm to our community.

Wake Forest has always been a place where we set our passions to work toward a common good. This community – like so many – is imperfect, but we have demonstrated a studied resolve to find common ground, to look at ourselves honestly, and to work to make the Wake Forest of today better than it was yesterday. We are undeterred in our efforts to make this a place that embraces all who call it home.

At this moment, it is important that we continue our thoughtful campus-wide conversations and forums, that we continue our commitment to diversity and inclusion, and that we continue to strive for respectful discourse in an era of polarized, fragmented polemics.

As we part ways for the Thanksgiving holiday, may we – as a community – pause to recommit to build a stronger campus based on face-to-face dialogue and a charitable spirit worthy of our motto, Pro Humanitate. Let me offer my deepest appreciation to so many who work diligently to uphold the best of Wake Forest. May you all cherish the time with family and friends this holiday.

With gratitude,

Nathan O. Hatch, President

Interruption to shuttle service during Thanksgiving

20100426shuttle3796Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, there will be no service from the Reynolda Campus to the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center campus beginning Thursday, Nov. 27 through Friday, Nov. 28.

Shuttle service will resume on Monday, Dec. 1, at 8:15 a.m.

October 2014 comings and goings

See a list of employees joining and leaving the University in October 2014.

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Giving thanks every day, not just on Thanksgiving

richwine.175x275A guest post by Jennifer Richwine, University Advancement’s executive director of the Washington, D.C., office.

Thank you notes were non-negotiable in my house growing up. My mother was a stickler on writing thank you notes when we received gifts for birthdays or holidays, and often we weren’t even allowed to enjoy the gift until the thank you note was written, stamped and in the mail. Like most children, I balked at the idea and hated trying to come up with the right thing to say.

As an adult I moved into my first job, my first apartment, my first time truly on my own and became more disconnected from the people who had always been so prevalent in my life. I realized how much I missed these friends and family and wondered if they understood just how important they were to me.

With Gratitude

  • Jennifer Richwine’s “With Gratitude: The Power of the Thank You Note” is available on Amazon, which recently named it the number one new release in business etiquette. It was published through CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform with help from Wake Forest’s digital publishing expert Bill Kane. The book is also available as e-book through Wake Forest Digital Publishing.

So one Thanksgiving, I decided to make a list of the people who had been important influences in my life over the past year, and I proceeded to write thank you notes to every single person on that list, thanking them for a kindness, a friendship, a piece of well-timed advice. And as I wrote, I began to feel like I was bursting with joy for all of these people I had in my life. I never realized just how fortunate I was until I actually put onto paper and into words why I was thankful for them.

As the notes began arriving in mailboxes, my phone started ringing. Friends and colleagues and family were delighted, surprised, thankful themselves, to receive my notes of thanksgiving. Common phrases were “I didn’t know it meant so much to you,” or “I can’t believe you took the time to write that,” or “I’ve never been thanked for just being me before.” It quickly became clear that something special was happening.

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5 Wake Foresters named to list of Triad’s most influential people

hatch.mostinfluential.300x175President Nathan Hatch and four other Wake Forest leaders have been recognized among the “Triad’s Most Influential People.” The Triad Business Journal’s special publication, now in its 10th edition, is devoted to recognizing the importance of the region’s pivotal leaders.

The following have been named to the list:

  • Anthony Atala, Director of Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine; and Chairman, Department of Urology, Wake Forest School of Medicine
  • David Carroll, Director of Wake Forest’s Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials and Professor of Physics
  • Nathan Hatch, President, Wake Forest University
  • John McConnell, CEO, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
  • Eric Tomlinson, Chief Innovation Officer, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and President, Wake Forest Innovation Quarter

The Triad Business Journal chooses individuals who have made leadership — in their organization and in their community — a priority. Leaders on this list have given sacrificially of their time, talents and resources to make a difference in this region.

Reynolda Campus holiday party to be held Dec. 11

tree.cookie.300x175Staff, faculty, and their families are invited to attend the Reynolda Campus Holiday Party from
3 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 11, in The Barn.

The festive atmosphere will include crafts, food, and a visit from Santa Claus. The event should be especially fun for young children.

Shuttles will continuously run from the Benson University Center Traffic Circle, Lot P by the entrance to Wingate Hall, and by the Wake Forest Road entrance to Lot W1.

Optional donations of the following items to benefit Samaritan Ministries will be collected at the door:

  • New men’s and women’s socks
  • New men’s and women’s undershirts and thermals
  • Travel sized hygiene items (shampoo, toothpaste, lotion, etc.)
  • Packaged and transportable snacks (crackers, canned fruit with a pop top, peanut butter, etc.)

Please contact John Allen Riggins in the Office of the President at (336) 758-4061 or riggja0@nullwfu.edu if you have any questions.