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Wake Forest’s weight management program offered in January

This is a guest post from the Health and Exercise Science Department:

weight-management-imageUnlike the Therapeutic Lifestyle Change (TLC) program, also being offered in January, our six-month weight management program will go beyond healthy lifestyle modification, with a laser focus on weight loss. This 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 group starting in January. Initial assessments and testing will began in December and will be performed prior to the start of our first weekly session. Weekly group sessions will be held here on campus in Worrell Professional Center, Room 1162 on Thursdays from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. starting on Thursday, Jan. 26.

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 >25)
–Able to attend weekly sessions held on Thursdays at 11:30 am
–Able to commit to personal dietary and exercise changes
–Full-time, permanent WFU Employee

If you are interested in participating or have questions, please contact Andrea Cox at or at 336-758-5853 for more information. Space is limited.

Wake Forest’s TLC program offered in January

This is a guest post from the Health and Exercise Science Department:

therapeutic-lifestyle-imageAre you looking to live a more healthy and active lifestyle? If so, TLC is for you!

Unlike our Weight Management Program (also being offered in January), TLC is not a weight loss program. TLC is designed to develop a healthy and active lifestyle utilizing exercise and education programs. Weekly meetings are held to develop behavioral strategies for the management of physical activity and healthy eating. TLC is a three-month program that will meet on Mondays from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. here on campus in Worrell Professional Center, Room 1162.

Here are few highlights of the Therapeutic Lifestyle Change program:

–Three months of weekly group sessions
–Geared toward healthy lifestyle modifications (not weight loss)
–Initial & three-month assessments
–Formal assessment and follow-up with a dietitian
–Weekly food diary evaluations and feedback
–Physical activity tracking & exercise guidance
–Behavior modification & mindfulness

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

–Anyone wanting to live a healthy more active lifestyle
–Able to attend weekly sessions held on Mondays at 11:30 a.m.
–Able to commit to personal dietary and exercise changes as needed
–Permanent WFU Employee

If you would like to participate in the Therapeutic Lifestyle Change program, please contact Andrea Cox at or 336-758-5853 for more information or to sign-up. Space is limited.

HES dedicates lab to mentor Henry Miller

The Health and Exercise Science Department recently dedicated the Henry S. Miller Cardiovascular Function Laboratory in its new academic building. More than 60 former students, faculty/staff and close colleagues from around the country joined in the celebration of their mentor, colleague and friend, Henry S. Miller, M.D., professor emeritus, Wake Forest School of Medicine.

Miller, a distinguished cardiologist and past president of the American College of Sports Medicine, provided the medical leadership vital for the development of the cardiac rehabilitation program at the School of Medicine, the first such program in North Carolina and one of the first in the nation. He served as medical director of the program which served as the model, from the mid-70s till the mid-90s, for nearly 100 new cardiac rehabilitation programs across the state and country.

Miller, a graduate of Wake Forest (’51) and the Wake Forest School of Medicine (’54), spent most of his professional life as a medical educator, teaching in the areas of internal medicine, cardiology and cardiac rehabilitation.

For more information, read a tribute written by HES professor Pete Brubaker for the ACSM newsletter.

Proposals funded: Kugler, Nixon, O’Day, Plemmons

Congratulations to Sara Kugler, director of external partnerships & initiatives at the Anna Julia Cooper Center, whose proposal entitled “Collaborative Research: AGEP Transformation Alliance: Bridging the PhD to Postdoc to Faculty Transitions for Women of Color in STEM” has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Congratulations to Pat Nixon, professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Pre-natal Events, Post-natal Consequences II (Competitive Renewal)” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and by [subaward/subcontract from] Wake Forest University Health Sciences (WFU funding agency).

Congratulations to Gail O’Day, dean and professor of the School of Divinity, whose proposal entitled “Financial Well-Being for Pastoral Leaders” has been funded by the Lilly Endowment.

Congratulations to Bob Plemmons, professor of mathematics and statistics, whose proposal entitled “Innovations in Statistical Image Analysis and Applications to 3D Imaging for Improved SSA” has been funded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) and by [subaward/subcontract from] University of New Mexico (WFU funding agency).

Reynolda Road entrance closed until about 9 a.m.

This message was emailed to students, faculty and staff on Nov. 10:

The Reynolda Road entrance to campus is closed temporarily this morning due to a truck fire outside the Porter Byrum Welcome Center.  Wake Forest Road in that area is expected to reopen at approximately 9 a.m.

A Wake Forest truck used in leaf collection caught fire earlier this morning at the entrance to the Welcome Center.  Winston-Salem firefighters and other first responders  have responded and are extinguishing the truck fire. Their vehicles are blocking Wake Forest Road there.

No injuries occurred.  No other damage occurred.

Motorists and others are advised to stay away from that immediate area on the west side of campus and use other roads to enter campus.


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Gilliland promoted to vice president for finance

Brandon Gilliland, Vice President for Finance, Wake Forest University, Wednesday, November 9, 2016.

Brandon Gilliland has been promoted to vice president for finance at Wake Forest.

Gilliland has served as the University’s controller since he joined the University’s staff in 2007, with primary responsibilities over accounting and financial reporting, internal controls and financial operations.

His promotion to vice president is in recognition for increased responsibilities he has taken, including leadership over procurement, finance systems, investments and debt management, campus financial services, risk management and staffing multiple Board of Trustees committees such as the Finance, Investment, and Audit & Compliance committees.

“I am grateful for my time at Wake Forest, for the opportunities to increase my contribution toward the University’s mission, for working with so many Wake Foresters committed to the University’s values and future, and for leading a talented Financial Services team,” Gilliland said.  “I am also grateful for the guidance and support (Executive Vice President) Hof Milam has provided to me over the years. He has provided me with many opportunities and has been a great mentor.”

Gilliland added that in Financial Services, the department strives “to deliver highly valued financial and business services benefiting the University’s mission, financial objectives and our community.”

“In my new role, innovative and efficient business solutions will continue to be a high priority with an intense focus to further improve our services,” Gilliland said.

Gilliland formerly was controller at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and worked in various positions at Indian River Community College, Ernst and Young, Oklahoma State University at Tulsa and the City of Tulsa.

He received a Master of Business Administration degree at the University of Tulsa and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree at Northeastern University.

Message from Nathan Hatch to students, faculty, staff

This message was emailed to students, faculty and staff on Nov. 9:

Dear Wake Forest students, faculty and staff,

What we have experienced in the last several months has been one of the most divisive periods in recent American history. It has brought out some of the least admirable traits of leaders and citizens alike.

But today we have as much of a decision as we had yesterday. Whether you were greeted with joy or despair this morning, we have a choice in how we treat one another. We are a community that profoundly values intellectual discourse and diverse viewpoints. Even more important, we are people who profoundly value one another.

Today and in the weeks and months ahead, we must live up to our ideals as a community. We are a community in which everyone needs to feel safe and welcome. Our words and behavior affect those around us. We can use them to encourage and lift up others, or we can use them to harm and tear down. Our Wake Forest community is built on the foundation of mutual respect, kindness and honor. Essential to further building that foundation is mutual exchanges: curiosity, weighing ideas, talking out opinions, and listening to a variety of perspectives are all a vital part of education. So we will all join in asking questions and having conversations, and as we do so, we carry the spirit of Pro Humanitate in our hearts.


Nathan Hatch

Emergency manager to speak at SAC meeting Nov. 10

August Vernon, Wake Forest’s emergency manager, will speak on disaster and crisis prevention at the Staff Advisory Council meeting on Nov. 10.

The meeting will run from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in Z. Smith Reynolds Library’s auditorium on the fourth floor.

All staff members are invited to attend the SAC’s monthly meetings.

Wake Forest experts weigh in on Election Day with news media

During this election cycle, several Wake Forest faculty and staff have shared their expertise and insights with a variety of broadcast, print and online media outlets from the local level to international.

Today, on Election Day, you can catch political science professor John Dinan live on Fox News’ Happening Now show at 1 p.m. Dinan has been a frequent resource for reporters to explain why North Carolina has been such a battleground state, especially for the senate and gubernatorial races. And tonight, Dinan will join WXII in the studio for the evening newscasts at 5 p.m., 6 p.m., 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. to talk about election returns.

Communication professor Allan Louden joins WSJS radio at 7:36 p.m. to talk about political campaigns.

LGBTQ Center Director Angela Mazaris will be interviewed on WFDD radio at 9:35 p.m. about House Bill 2 and its impact on the governor’s race.

To see other election experts, check out this expert site at Wake Forest News.

Wake Forest University named Employer of the Year

This is a guest post from Human Resources:

The Winston-Salem Mayor’s Council for Persons of Disabilities has named Wake Forest University the Employer of the Year for the second time. Wake Forest received this award in 2012 and is honored once again for improving employment opportunities for persons with disabilities.

“We need more partners like Wake Forest,” wrote Debbie Doub, who nominated the University. Doub works as a Job Coach for the Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools Occupational Course of Study. She partners with Wake Forest and Graylyn through the WFU Satellite Program, helping students gain real-world experience in paid positions.

Doub states that the Wake Forest faculty and staff are “compassionate and dedicated to [ensuring] that these young adults have a successful experience while working under their supervision.” Additionally, she cited the Satellite Program’s high graduation and employment rates.

The Winston-Salem Mayor’s Council for Persons of Disabilities also honored Marc Jones, Manager of Custodial Services, with the “Helping Hands” award. Doub wrote the following about Jones in the nomination: “It constantly amazes me to witness the care and true compassion Mr. Jones shares with his staff. If one person has made a difference in the lives of these young adults, it is Marc Jones.”

October was Disability Employment Awareness Month, which emphasizes the value of an inclusive workforce. Continue to celebrate the contributions of workers with disabilities using #InclusionWorks across social media.