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Staff recognized for service milestones; Employees of the Year named

This is a guest post from Human Resources:


Employees of the Year Darlene Starnes and Ken Bennett

Members of the Reynolda Cabinet honored service milestones of 213 Wake Forest staff members who were celebrating more than 2,780 years of combined service. These individuals were recognized at a luncheon on Nov. 10 at Bridger Field House.

Those recognized with 30 or more years of service included:

  • 30 years: Anita Hughes, Jay Lawson, Karen Bennett, Lynn Ebert, Scott Adair, Carol Anderson, Kathy Hines, Sandy Boyles, Mary Gerardy, Jim Carlin, and Lynne Heflin.
  • 35 years: Preston Stockton and Reid Morgan
  • 40 years: Doug Bland
  • 45 years: Carolyn Potts

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Human Resources message: Holiday schedule and pay reminder

This is a guest post from Human Resources:

Best wishes for a safe and enjoyable holiday season! Please note the following regarding Reynolda Campus holidays, Paid Time Off and pay schedule ​through the end of the calendar year:


Wednesday, November 25:  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, November 26 – Friday, November 27:  Thanksgiving Holiday – University Closed.

Monday, December 21 – Wednesday, December 23:  University open, with early release at 3 p.m. or two hours before the end of the regularly-scheduled shift on December 23. Staff employees may count two hours on December 23 as administrative leave. In cases where the entire department has agreed to close for these three days, each individual in the department will count the three days as PTO. December 23 is the last day to use PTO in 2015.

Thursday, December 24 – Thursday, December 31:  Winter Break – University Closed.

Friday, January 1, 2016:  New Year’s Holiday – University Closed.


2015 final pay date for all Wake Forest Reynolda Campus employees will be Wednesday, December 23, 2015​.

Best wishes for a safe and enjoyable holiday season!

Rallings chairs foreign language conference

Yasuko Takata Rallings, Wright Family Faculty Fellow and associate professor of the practice in Japanese in the Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures, chaired the 49th Annual Fall Conference of the Foreign Language Association of North Carolina in late October in Durham.

Approximately 700 world language educators from across the state were in attendance. Among the presenters were Wake Forest faculty members Mary Lynn Redmond, professor and chair of education; Mary Pendergraft, professor of classical languages; T.H.M. Gellar-Goad, assistant professor of classical languages; Alyssa Howards, associate professor of German & Russian; and Claudia Vestal, visiting assistant professor of Romance Langues. (Romance Languages).

Veterans Day ceremony to be held on campus Nov. 11

A Veterans Day ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Nov. 11 at the flagpole in Parking Lot B between Davis Residence Hall and Benson University Center.  There will be a wreath laying ceremony in honor of veterans and all those currently serving in the military.  Limited seating will be available.

The event is sponsored by Army ROTC.

Faculty members take leadership roles in language education

A number of Wake Forest professors are taking leadership roles in the field of language education.

Mary Pendergraft, professor of classical languages, is chair of the National Committee for Latin and Greek; Claudia Vestal, visiting assistant professor of Romance languages, is the incoming president of the North Carolina Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese; and Yasuko Rallings, associate professor of the practice in East Asian Languages & Cultures, is the president of the Foreign Language Association of North Carolina.

Mary Lynn Redmond, chair and professor of education, is past president of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.

Bard Center’s Goodstein to speak about Clean Power Plan

This is a guest post from the Office of Sustainability:

Eban Goodstein, director of the Bard Center for Environmental Policy, will speak at 7 p.m. Nov. 10 in the Z. Smith Reynolds Library auditorium.

Goodstein will be at Wake Forest to introduce the Power Dialog, an effort to mobilize 10,000 students to engage in face-to-face dialogue with state-level regulators about implementing the Clean Power Plan. Goodstein will meet with staff and faculty to talk about the ways they can support students in developing a voice in critical decisions that will determine their future, and the future of the earth.

Information about this event and the ways to get involved is available here. It is sponsored by the Office of Sustainability and the Center for Energy, Environment, and Sustainability.

Volunteers sought to host international students for Thanksgiving meals

This is a guest post from the Center for Global Programs and Studies:

The Center for Global Programs and Studies is currently seeking volunteers to host Wake Forest international students to join in their Thanksgiving meals.

Many of our students are not able to be with family during this short break and are eager to experience this uniquely U.S. holiday. This year, we have a record number of 20 international students hoping to share a Thanksgiving meal.

Please contact Le’Ron Byrd at ( by 5 p.m. Nov. 20, if you are interested in hosting one student or a group of students.

Campus invited to come together tonight after passing of Jordan Bayer

Vice President for Campus Life Penny Rue e-mailed this message today to students, faculty and staff:

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

In response to the heartbreaking news of the recent passing of WFU Junior Jordan Bayer, grieving members of the community are invited to come together at 7 pm Tonight, Saturday November 7, in Davis Chapel.  Staff from the Office of the Chaplain, University Counseling Center, and Campus Life will be present to provide support.

Additionally, counselors from the University Counseling Center will be available in Farrell Hall Room 157,Sunday November 8, between 2 pm-5 pm for any community member who would like to talk.

Grief affects each of us differently, and there is no “right way” to grieve.  Please visit this page on UCC website for additional guidance about grief.  Let us work to support one another as we begin to heal from this loss.


Penny Rue

Vice President for Campus Life

Message from President Hatch regarding Jordan Thomas Bayer

This is a message e-mailed by President Hatch today to students, faculty and staff:

Dear Wake Forest Students, Faculty and Staff,

I am saddened to inform you that Jordan Thomas Bayer, a junior from Brookline, Massachusetts, died Friday evening at a Charlotte hospital following a car accident in Charlotte.

We extend our condolences to his family and fellow students, as well as faculty and staff who knew him. His passing is a loss for the entire Wake Forest community. May Jordan’s family and friends find comfort and support as they grieve his loss and remember his life.

Jordan was a mathematical business major. He was also a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity.

The University will share information on services for Jordan when that information is available. A campus memorial service is expected to be held in the future.

Each of us is affected by loss in different ways, and there is no right way to grieve. I encourage you to take care of yourselves and your fellow Deacs during this difficult time.

Wake Forest offers support and counseling services for all students, faculty and staff. The University Counseling Center may be reached at 758-5273 and the Office of the Chaplain may be contacted at 758-5210. For faculty and staff, there is also the Employee Assistance Program at 716-5493. Please do not hesitate to seek support.


Nathan O. Hatch


Chemistry research team members to receive award

This is a guest post from the Department of Chemistry:

Chemistry department research team members supported by the Center for Energy, Environment & Sustainability at Wake Forest have been selected to receive the SERMACS Industrial Innovation Award.

They are Abdou Lachgar, professor of chemistry; Marcus Wright, NMR laboratory manager; Chinmay Deshmane (a former post-doctoral fellow in Lachgar’s group); and Brian Hanson, a Virginia Tech faculty member who was part of the research team.

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