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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

Proposals funded: Clark, Chapman, Thonhauser

Congratulations to Sherri Lawson Clark, assistant professor of anthropology, whose proposal has been funded by Family Services Inc.  The proposal is entitled “PROJECT EVALUATOR FOR THE FAMILY SUCCESS COLLABORATIVE And Ethnographic Application of the Poverty of Resources Model.”

Congratulations to Eric Chapman, manager of instructional resources in the Department of Physics, whose proposal entitled “Project SEARCH Academy” has been funded by the Northwest AHEC.

Congratulations to Timo Thonhauser, associate professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Synthesizing New Metal Organic Frameworks with Tailored Physical and Chemical Properties” has been funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and by (subaward/subcontract from) University of Texas at Dallas (WFU funding agency).

Conference dedicated to Prince to feature Jenny Pyke

The world’s first academic conference dedicated solely to musical icon Prince will feature a presentation by Jenny Pyke, assistant teaching professor of English.

Pyke’s presentation is entitled ‘Take Me with You’: Prince and the Musical Space of Female Sexual Desire.” It will be part of the three-day conference May 24-26 at the University of Salford in Manchester, England.

The university’s School of Arts and Media is hosting “Purple Reign: An Interdisciplinary Conference on the Life and Legacy of Prince.” The university’s partner in the event is the Department of Recording Industry at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro.

Sixty academics from around the world are expected to discuss the lasting impact Prince has had on popular culture. Also, Dez Dickerson, who sang backing vocals and played guitar in Prince’s original band, The Revolution, will also speak at the conference.

“This talk will look at the way many music journalists commemorated sexuality itself in remembering Prince after his death, from personal awakenings to cultural reverberations,” according to Pyke.

A selection of the lectures, panel discussions and presentations will be available to watch during the event via the University’s YouTube channel.

For more information on the conference, visit this site.

Deacons chasing spring championships

Wake Forest tennis doubles teamThis weekend promises to be full of excitement as Wake Forest’s spring sports continue the quest for ACC and national championships.

The Demon Deacon baseball team hosts Pittsburgh at David F. Couch Ballpark tonight at 6 p.m. and Saturday at noon.

Thursday night’s 7-4 win improved the Deacons’ ACC record to 18-10, setting a record for the most conference wins in a season. In addition, senior right-hander Parker Dunshee broke the school record with his 313th career strikeout. At 37-16, Wake Forest has assured itself of a top-four seed in next week’s ACC Tournament and could secure the No. 3 seed with one more victory over Pittsburgh.

Thursday, the men’s tennis team continued its quest for a national championship by shutting out 17-time national champion Stanford 4-0 in Athens, Ga.  at the NCAA Tennis Championships. The Deacons, the No. 1 seed, have reached the Elite Eight in men’s tennis for the first time in school history and will face ACC foe North Carolina on Saturday at 4 p.m. for the right to advance to the Final Four. The Deacs beat the Tar Heels in March in a regular-season match.

Jennifer Kupcho, a sophomore, won the NCAA Athens Regional women’s golf individual title and has started play in the NCAA Women’s Golf Championship today at Rich Harvest Farms outside of Chicago. 

Next week, Will Zalatoris will represent Wake Forest in the NCAA Men’s Golf Championship, also at Rich Harvest Farms. Zalatoris has three career individual wins and earned ACC Player of the Year honors this spring. 

Links to follow all Wake Forest teams in championship action can be found on WakeForestSports.com.

Go Deacs!

May 2017 staff milestones

See a list of staff milestones for May 2017:

1 Year

Victoria Bailey; Asst Director, Call Center; Advancement: Wake Forest Fund
Ryan Patrick Bauder; Director of Operations; Athletics: Basketball – Women
Neel Parker Brooks; Assistant Director; WFUSB – MS Analytics
Christopher Thomas Coulter; Recruiting Asst – Fellowship; Athletics: Football
Peter G Duncan; President; Verger
Kyle Jay Huffman; Carpenter; FACS: Construction
Brandon Xavier Kennedy; Laundry Attendant; Graylyn: Rooms
Peter James Nowak; Dir, Creative Comm – Digital; Advancement: Digital Communications
Linda A. Shaytar; Administrative Coordinator; Advancement: University Development
Melissa D. Walker; Medical Office Manager; Student Health Service

5 Years

Forrest Earl Allred; Head Horticulturist; Reynolda Gardens
Christopher Edward Boston; Groundskeeper; FACS: Landscaping Services
Shan Bernard Brodie; Custodian; FACS: Custodial Services
Randy Scott Casstevens; Sr. Associate AD-CFO; Athletics: Administration
Barbara Dean Cochran; Transportation Assistant; Graylyn: Guest Services
James Leon Farrow; Night Audit Clerk; Graylyn: Rooms
Trina Nicole Brown Forrest; Custodian; FACS: Custodial Services
Jennifer Lane Hoover; Head Coach; Athletics: Basketball – Women
Ernold Johnson; Custodian; FACS: Custodial Services
Sam Tony Jordan; Custodian; Reynolda Village
Sandra Marie Kokkonos; Executive Assistant; Provost’s Office
Willie E Lennon; Custodian, Team Lead; FACS: Custodial Services
Brenda Esi McGrail; Executive Assistant; Vice President for Campus Life
Noel Walter Melton; Network Analyst, Senior; IS: Infrastructure
Michael Douglas Terry; Assistant Coach; Athletics: Basketball – Women

10 Years

10; Susan West Parrott; Certification Administrator; Registrar’s Office
10; Joy Truluck Scheidt; Asst Director, Law Development; Advancement: Law School Development

15 Years

15; Travis G. Asbury; Groundskeeper; FACS: Landscaping Services
15; Jenny Elizabeth Bush; Property Administrator; Real Estate

20 Years

20; Sharon Bohannon Melnik; Assistant Director; Conference Services
25; Prentice E. Armstrong; Accountant; Library – ZSR

How to protect against WannaCry and other ransomware

This is a guest post from Mur Muchane, associate vice president for information technology and chief information officer. The message was emailed to faculty, staff and students:

A malicious software program named “WannaCry” has recently made news through large-scale infections in more than 100 different countries. “WannaCry” is a type of malicious software known as ransomware. It is most often downloaded as an attachment as part of a phishing email scam, and then gains access to the computer and locks the system owner out of their files.

Here’s how you can protect yourself:

  • If your computer requests a reboot, please allow the reboot to happen. Microsoft continues to release security patches for affected versions of Windows – Information Systems will continue to push the patches to University owned computers as they become available.
  • Set up Google 2-Step Verification to protect your email, WIN, and other WFU accounts.
  • Ensure that your data is backed up.
  • Be aware of phishing emails that ask you to click on a link or open an attachment, especially when you do not know the sender. Be even more cautious when that link or attachment asks you for your password. If a website does ask for your credentials, feel free to contact the Information Systems Service Desk to determine if the request is valid.
  • Keep all of your personal devices such as iPads, laptops, and smartphones current on software updates.
  • Be aware that some mobile applications may be susceptible to hackers and marketers so be selective when downloading apps.

Specific details on how to implement these security measures can be found here.

If you have questions concerning this message or need assistance, please contact the Information Systems Service Desk at help@nullwfu.edu or 336-758-4357 (HELP).

Shuttle service schedules revised for the summer

The schedules for the University’s shuttle service are revised for the summer, announced the Parking and Transportation Office.

Gray Line

Until Aug. 25, the Gray Line will not be operating on a fixed schedule. During the summer, the Gray Line will be operating Monday – Friday as an OnCall service between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Please use (download) the TransLoc mobile App (http://translocrider.com/) to request a ride during these hours.

Wake Downtown 

Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. with service every 30 minutes

Saturday/Sunday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. with service every 30 minutes

Repaving of Wake Forest Road to begin May 17

Work will begin May 17 to repave a significant portion of Wake Forest Road.  May 26 is the estimated completion date for the project.

The repaving will take place on Wake Forest Road from Poteat Residence Hall to the rear area of Scales Fine Arts Center, near Allen Easley Street.

Wake Forest Road will remain open during repaving, but traffic delays will occur.  Flagmen will be present, directing traffic.

Drivers may want to take alternate routes, when possible.

Specifically, the repaving will be in the area of the following buildings: Poteat Residence Hall, Huffman Residence Hall, Wingate Hall, Efird Residence Hall, Taylor Residence Hall, Davis Residence Hall, Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Olin Physical Laboratory, Salem Hall and Scales Fine Arts Center (front and back).

Comings and goings for April 2017

See a list of employees joining and leaving the University in April 2017:

Comings:

Atkins, Christina Richards; Director of Records; Advancement: Gifts/Records
Barricelli, James R; Executive Director; WFUSB-MA Program Admin
Chen, Chunyan; Adjunct; ITS – Chinese
Craddock, Cory James; Security Officer; University Police
Gellar-Goad, Jake Alexander; Administrative Assistant; Wake Forest Scholars
Hardy, Montel Nicholas; Recruiting Asst – Fellowship; Athletics: Football
Harrell, Stormy Lynne; Collections Manager; Anthropology: Museum
Heffner, Steven Miller; Staff Physician I; Student Health Service
Hough, Ashley; Security Officer; University Police
Inzko, Hannah Ivy; Director Academic Technology; IS: CIO
Jackson, Aldeen Hiawatha; Shuttle Driver; Parking & Transportation
Johnson, Joseph Nathanael; Police Officer; University Police
Jones, Patrick Neal; Game Day Assistant; Athletics: Game Day Operations
Onocha, Immanuela Akpesiri; EHS Specialist; EHS
Owen, Courtney Leigh; Assistant Coach; Athletics: Soccer – Women
Parks, Michael Paul; Service Technician; FACS: Maintenance Team 2
Phillips, Harriet; Law Exam Monitor; Law: Registrar’s Office
Pilcher, Jennifer Marie; Desk Clerk; Graylyn: Rooms
Scales, Jessica LeAnn; Case Manager; Office of Dean of Students
Smith, Mackenzie Shea; Assistant Director, Multimedia; Athletics: Multimedia
Taylor, Cordeshia Sharae; Shuttle Driver; Parking & Transportation
Tedder, Gregory R; Police Officer; University Police
Van Dorsten, Katherine B; Special Projects Coordinator; Strategy and Operations
Wooten, Randi Lauren; Police Officer; University Police

Goings:

Ballard, Brett Lee; Athletics: Basketball – Men
Benford, Carol Ann; Dean of Wake Forest College
Byrd, Kelsey Irene; Graylyn: Rooms
Childress, Heather McBride; WFU Art Collections
Fauser, Nancy Elaine; Biology
Gantt, Donald Reed; FACS: Custodial Services
Hart, Sherman R.; Reynolda House: Facilities
Hart, Wanda K.; Reynolda House: Facilities
Hennessey, Millicent Scotten; President’s Office
Jessee, Megan E.; Athletics: Soccer – Women
Jones, Marc Francis; FACS: Custodial Services
Murphrey, Gracely; Athletics: Sports Marketing
Ridge, Jane Overly; IS: Infrastructure
Stokes, Loyd Wade; Advancement: National Major Gifts
Thore, Katherine Ebert; Law: Elder Clinic
Verheyen, Jason Frederic; IS: Client Services
Waddell, Kaitlin Starr; Reynolda House: Store
Wilson, Daniel M.; IS: Infrastructure
Ziegler, McKenzie Elizabeth; Advancement: National Major Gifts

A message from Board of Trustees Chair Donna Boswell

This message was emailed to faculty and staff on behalf of Board of Trustees Chair Donna Boswell on May 15:

Dear Wake Forest faculty and staff,

Earlier today, a crowd of nearly 13,000 gathered on Hearn Plaza to celebrate the achievements of nearly 2,000 graduates in Wake Forest University’s Class of 2017. If you haven’t already, I invite you to visit wfu.edu to see their smiling faces, read their inspiring stories and remember their many accomplishments.

In the broader context of higher education, today also bears significance as the IRS Form 990 tax filing deadline for colleges and universities across the country. Because these filings include executive compensation information for top administrators, they often attract media attention. We on the Board of Trustees, together with President Hatch, want to be as open and transparent as possible concerning this information.

The tax filing will show that in 2015, Dr. Hatch received a base salary of $839,944 and a performance bonus of $92,000. Dr. Hatch’s total compensation is benchmarked regularly by a third-party consultant reporting to an independent committee of the Board. Due largely to the vesting of a 10-year $2.89 million supplemental executive retirement plan (SERP) and other benefits such as housing and automobile, Dr. Hatch’s total compensation for 2015 was reported as approximately $4.23 million. Excluding the SERP-related amounts, Dr. Hatch’s compensation is comparable to the previous year.

A SERP is a form of deferred compensation commonly used in recruiting and retaining senior executives. In its most recent annual review of presidential salaries, The Chronicle of Higher Education explained the practice of providing competitive retirement benefits such as a SERP:

“Deferred-compensation plans are used commonly in higher education as a retention tool for top administrators. They work like this: A university sets aside money, tax-free, each year in a prescribed fund for the college leader, who may not withdraw any money from that fund until an agreed-upon date. Those earnings are typically forfeited if the employee resigns before the specified date. These arrangements usually complement a standard retirement plan, such as a 401(k).”

The Board of Trustees’ original offer to Dr. Hatch in 2005 included a SERP that would vest upon completion of his 10th year as president in 2015. Each year an average of $255,000 was accrued in the SERP, and the proper amount for each year was reported on that year’s 990 return. Thus, more than $2.3 million of the vested $2.89 million SERP had been reported on the previous nine returns. Nevertheless, the reporting rules require that the entire vested benefit, which includes accruals reported in the previous nine years, plus the final accrual and any investment net earnings be reported in the year of vesting, which was 2015.

The Board is gratified that our investment in Dr. Hatch has paid dividends for our University. He has seen Wake Forest through a transformational period that includes achieving the largest fundraising effort in the University’s history, adding more than $200 million for student scholarships and $100 million for faculty compensation and academic programs. He has orchestrated major realignments in the areas of business and medicine, implemented a test-optional admissions policy, increased the diversity of our student body, set the gold standard for personal and career development, overseen the Reynolda Campus’ most significant renovation and building effort since the 1950s, and ensured an academic and residential environment that educates the whole person.

Not a day goes by that I do not appreciate the Board of Trustees’ vision for Wake Forest and their confidence in Dr. Hatch’s ability to lead us through such a successful period in the life of our beloved University. In addition to the untold number of hours Dr. and Mrs. Hatch commit to Wake Forest, they have been among our most generous philanthropic donors. We believe Dr. Hatch’s compensation over the course of his tenure reflects his exceptional leadership.

Sincerely,

Donna Boswell (’72, MA ’74)
Chair, Board of Trustees