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December 2015 comings and goings

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Grand Opening Jan. 27 for Reynolds Gymnasium Transformation

This message is sent on behalf of the Office of Wellbeing and Campus Recreation:

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

On Wednesday, Jan. 27, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m., the Office of Wellbeing and Campus Recreation will be hosting the Grand Opening of Phase I of the Reynolds Gymnasium Transformation and Expansion.

Both new gymnasiums, connector spaces and the new Outdoor Pursuits Suite will be dressed in a welcoming decor, open for the campus community to experience.  There will be light food and refreshments served throughout the event as well as special appearances by several campus organizations.

President Nathan Hatch and Vice President Penny Rue will be speaking at 4:45 p.m., followed by a video, a gallery walk, demonstrations from four different dance groups, four club sports teams and some special contests by Outdoor Pursuits and Intramural Sports.

The very first basket will be celebrated, as well as several other firsts to be enjoyed by all.  Vendors and various information tables will be on site showcasing current services and opportunities, including free massages, aromatherapy experiences, and nutritional consults.  Giveaways, contests, demonstrations, food, fellowship and fun are promised.

Come be a part of a very special time in the life of our campus.  It is a once in a lifetime scene. Come see the first phase of the three-phase program which will bring exciting wellbeing, recreation and student health opportunities to every student, faculty member and staff member. Come Thrive with us!


Malika Roman Isler

Director, Office of Wellbeing

Max Floyd

Director, Campus Recreation

Faculty publications: December 2015 Updates

These works have been recently published or reported by Reynolda campus faculty:

Anderson, David R., Dennis J. Sweeney, Thomas A. Williams, Jeffery D. Camm, & James J. Cochran. (Business). An Introduction to Management Science: Quantitative Approaches to Decision Making, 14th ed. South-Western College Publishing. January 2015.

Anderson, David R., Dennis J. Sweeney, Thomas A. Williams, Jeffery D. Camm, & James J. Cochran. (Business). Quantitative Methods for Business, 13th ed. South-Western College Publishing. February 2015.

Esch, Gerald. (Biology). Ecological Parasitology: Reflections on 50 Years of Research in Aquatic Ecosystems. Wiley-Blackwell. December 2015.

Formisano, Luciano, Roberta Morosini, & Gale Sigal, Eds. (Romance Languages & English). Boccaccio Veneto: Settecento anni di incroci mediterranei a Venezia. Aracne editrice. October 2015.

Gandolfo, Elizabeth O’Donnell. (Divinity). The Power and Vulnerability of Love: A Theological Anthropology. Fortress Press. February 2015.

Meredith, Jack R., & Scott M. Shafer. (Business). Operations and Supply Chain Management for MBAs, 6th ed. Wiley. December 2015.

Rocklin, Joan M., Robert B. Rocklin, Christine Coughlin, & Sandy Patrick. (Law). An Advocate Persuades. Carolina Academic Press. December 2015.

Wilkinson, Betina Cutaia. (Politics & International Affairs) Partners or Rivals?: Power and Latino, Black, and White Relations in the Twenty-First Century. University of Virginia Press. November 2015.

WakeUnited Campaign raises $350,000 to benefit United Way

The Wake Forest community successfully concluded the 2015 WakeUnited Campaign in December, raising $350,000 to benefit the United Way of Forsyth County. WakeUnited is the University’s annual campus campaign, which runs during the month of October each year.

The United Way brings together local organizations, agencies, and individuals to work together for the benefit of all in Forsyth County. Donations to the annual campaign support the United Way’s community-wide efforts to:

  • Raise the local high school graduation rate
  • Decrease chronic homelessness
  • Increase financial stability
  • Increase access to health care and quality of life

Individuals can also give to the non-profit, human service agency of their choice through United Way of Forsyth County. As well, this year the United Way unveiled its new “Place Matters” initiative, a resident-led initiative to target investments where they are most needed in our community.

This year’s WakeUnited Campaign featured a collaboration with the Pro Humanitate Institute and the Office of Wellbeing; together these offices helped to sponsor the 2016 Champion Challenge to encourage participation in the campaign. “Team Taylor,” comprised of staff from Facilities and Campus Services, blew the competition out of the water with over 90 percent participation in the campaign. Additionally, this year’s campaign featured weekly drawings for raffle prizes through the “16 in ’16” challenge; prizes were awarded to Emily Neese, Jessica Sheedy, Tim Pyatt, and the grand prize went to Patrick Sullivan. Congrats to all!

Allison McWilliams, director of mentoring and alumni personal and career development, and the chair of this year’s campaign, notes that the investment that Wake Forest staff and faculty make each year in the WakeUnited campaign extends beyond the actual dollars raised: “By supporting the United Way’s work in Forsyth County, we are acknowledging that Wake Forest does not just exist in this community, we are part of it. Its successes and challenges are ours, as well. I could not be more humbled by and grateful for the generosity of our colleagues at Wake Forest.”

The 2016 WakeUnited Campaign chair is Roger Beahm, professor of the practice in marketing and WestRock Executive Director, Center for Retail Innovation. For more information about the WakeUnited campaign, visit

Secrest Series presents WindSync, wind quintet


This is a guest post from the Secrest Artists Series:

The Secrest Artists Series at Wake Forest University welcomes wind quintet WindSync for a 7:30 p.m. performance on Thursday, Jan. 21, in Brendle Recital Hall.

Hailed by the Houston Chronicle as “revolutionary chamber musicians,” WindSync is a fresh and energetic wind quintet internationally recognized for dramatic and engaging interpretations of classical music.  A winner of the 2012 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh International Competition, this dynamic ensemble focuses on building a connection with audiences through adventurous programming and charismatic stage presence.

Critics and audiences alike rave about programs that expand the wind quintet repertoire with newly commissioned works written for WindSync, as well as, a wide array of original arrangements of classical masterworks. These five virtuoso players perform exclusively from memory and specialize in creative concerts that inspire and entertain audiences of all ages. The concert at at Brendle Recital Hall will feature pieces by Mozart, Stravinsky, Ravel, Berstein and even Radiohead.

Enrich your concert experience by joining our pre-concert talk at 6:40 p.m. The talk will be led by Wake Forest University Music Department Assistant Professor, Kathryn Levy and feature demonstrations by the WFU student wind quintet.

Wake Forest faculty, staff and retirees receive free admission for themselves and one guest. Students receive free admission for themselves. Simply show your Wake Forest ID at the door.

Tickets are $5-$18 for members of the community. Tickets and more information at or call 758-5757.

Join the IS Learning Team for some fun classes in 2016

This is a guest post from Information Systems:

It’s a new year, with new learning opportunities just for you! Plan to join the IS Learning Team for one or more classes covering current hot topics in the technology world. A number of classes are available at the University Corporate Center and on the Reynolda campus to accommodate you.

If you are interested in a specific technology, but have a busy calendar, webinars are for you. Webinars make learning easy and convenient, without traveling to a classroom. Just take 15 minutes, sit back, and learn in your own setting.

Register to attend any or all of these!

Remember, the IS Learning Team constantly adds and updates their class offerings, covering new and exciting topics. To stay on top of all that the IS Learning Team has to offer, bookmark the IS Learning Calendar for an at-a-glance look or visit the Professional Development Center. If you have a question about this message or learning opportunities, please contact us at

Senior Services honors WFU with Work-Life Balance Award

Bethany Fay for Inside

Annamae Giles of Elder Care, left, and Bethany Fay of Wake Forest

Elder Care Choices, a division of Senior Services, has named Wake Forest University one of the first recipients of its Work-Life Balance Award. The award recognizes the commitment made by the University to help its faculty and staff who face the challenges of being working caregivers.

Wake Forest University has offered Elder Care Choices as a part of its benefit package for 20 years, making it possible for faculty and staff who are also caregivers to get the assistance they need in identifying and locating resources for aging loved ones anywhere in the United States. There is no cost to faculty or staff.

“Wake Forest is honored to be recognized for our ongoing commitment to providing resources and services to faculty and staff who are increasingly caring for aging parents and other loved ones,” said Bethany Fay, Director of Compensation and Benefits, Human Resources.

“We commend Wake Forest for being so far ahead of the curve when it comes to recognizing the significance and impact of caregiving issues in the workplace,” said Richard Gottlieb, president and CEO of Senior Services.

Over the past two decades, the number of area businesses contracting for Elder Care Choices benefits has grown from the three charter organizations to 20 member companies, covering more than 20,000 individuals, including those at Wake Forest. In addition to a professional online presence and regularly scheduled webinars, Elder Care Choices continues to provide hands-on personal attention for each and every one who also serves as a caregiver.

Senior Services is a private, nonprofit agency that has been operating in Winston-Salem for more than 50 years. Its mission is to help older adults in Forsyth County live with dignity and remain in their own home for as long as possible.

Faculty and staff seeking more information about Elder Care Choices should visit its website or call 336-748-2171 or 800-648-2171.

WISE workshop set for February

WISE_header1This is a guest post from the Center for Global Programs & Studies:

Wake Forest University’s Center for Global Programs & Studies recently received the Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award for Campus Internationalization from NAFSA for the development of WISE: Workshop on Intercultural Skills Enhancement. Initiated as a small workshop in 2009 for Wake Forest professors and staff, this annual event has developed into a comprehensive conference hosting more than 250 attendees from our community and across the U.S.

The eighth annual WISE event will be held Feb. 4 and 5 at the Winston-Salem Marriott hotel downtown. Registration is free for Wake Forest faculty and staff (register now through Eventbrite for one or two days).

The WISE Conference features a keynote address on the important role faculty play in students’ development of intercultural communication skills and competencies. Thirty concurrent sessions will be presented by experienced faculty and administrators in the field of international education. Session topics include comparison of models for study abroad programs, practices to develop intercultural competencies, role of language in cross-cultural engagement, pre-departure planning, assessment methods for students’ intercultural competencies, and much more.

Faculty new to study abroad programs will hear the basics, while there are new and advanced topics for veteran faculty. Associate Professor of Anthropology Steve Folmar, who has been taking students to Nepal since 2001, remarked, “Getting involved in these ongoing conversations and hearing other people’s approaches makes you pay more attention to what you’re doing. You put a much more discriminating eye on what you’re doing yourself.”

Pre-conference workshops are offered on Wednesday, Feb. 3. Explore opportunities to delve deeper into important topics on the WISE website: Standard rates apply for pre-conference; WISE has a limited number of scholarships available for Wake Forest faculty/staff to participate in a pre-conference workshop. Contact Nancy Metcalf at 758-5994 with questions.

Visit the WISE website at for session descriptions and how to register. Registration for the main conference, Feb. 4-5 is free for Wake Forest personnel.

Greiner playing active role at conferences for event professionals

Wake Forest director of events Geni Greiner, Thursday, February 12, 2015.

Geni Greiner, Wake Forest’s executive director of university events, is playing a prominent role in two major conferences for event professionals.

On Jan. 10, she delivered a keynote presentation at the 10th Annual Academic Event Professional (AEP) Conference in Orlando.  Her presentation was entitled, “Planning to Win: How to Build a Champion Event Team.”

Also in Orlando this week, Greiner is participating in a panel discussion at the Special Event Conference.  The discussion is entitled, “Excellence Through Collaboration: An Event Industry Perspective on Academic Events.”

The related conferences draw thousands of of event professionals, exhibitors and others.

Greiner joined Wake Forest’s Office of University Advancement in early 2015.

Allison McWilliams: Preparing for Life After College

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 her first for the spring semester, following several published in the fall.  In each, she shares observations and suggestions with faculty and staff drawn from her professional experience with students.

20111010mcwilliams4344Higher education puts a lot of focus on the transition from high school to college. We have formal orientation programs, social and well-being programs, resident advisors, student advisors, faculty advisors, faculty fellows, first-year seminars, student activity fairs, and many, many other resources and supports to make sure that our students effectively find their places, both academically and socially. This is important work, of course, but in all of our efforts to make sure that our students are doing well here, we must not lose sight of the end goal: we want them to do well out there, too.

Mentors play important roles in preparing students for the sometimes jarring transition from college to life after college. Effective mentoring relationships develop the practices and habits of mind that encourage personal and professional goal-setting, seeking out feedback on choices and decisions, and reflective thinking. And this is not a process that has to or should wait until senior year. Maturation is a cumulative process. By learning to solve small problems, students start to acquire the tools and strategies to help them to solve the larger problems. Effective mentors don’t say, “Let me fix that for you.” Effective mentors ask, “What have you tried so far?”; “Why do you think that worked or did not work?”; and, “What would you like to do differently in the future?”

Each year we celebrate National Mentoring Month here at Wake Forest during the month of January. Our theme for this year is “Mentoring for Life After College.” On our website you will find tools and resources including a mentor’s guide, videos with alumni reflecting on what they have learned, and the launch of Five for Your First Five, which is our take on what young alumni should be doing during their first five years out of college. In the coming months we will be adding tools and resources to support these five areas, for mentors, students, and alumni.

Mentoring is one important strategy to aid in the transition from college to life after college, and it starts on the first day that students step foot on this campus. Every experience, every interaction, every decision, is forming the people they will become. Mentors are facilitators of that growth and development, role models and champions.