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‘Friendship families’ needed for international students

globe.300.175This fall, Wake Forest will welcome 124 new international undergraduate students with 99 of them being from China or of Chinese heritage. Many of these students have spent some time in the U.S., either by way of vacations or boarding school, but very few of them have visited Winston-Salem.

The Center for Global Programs and Studies offers a Friendship Family program for international students. Families who sign up are interested in inviting international students to join family activities such as hiking at Hanging Rock or visiting their home for dinner. Some families bring snacks and support to their students during midterms or finals, and some open their homes to students over the Thanksgiving, winter or spring breaks.

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Free tickets to the Winston-Salem Open qualifying session

The Winston-Salem Open is offering Wake Forest faculty and staff free tickets to the Aug. 16 qualifying session. Show your ID at the Box Office and receive two free tickets or help fight hunger and enjoy Winston-Salem Open tennis by participating in Fill the Food Bank, presented by Lowes Foods. Bring three canned food items with you to donate and receive free admission to the qualifying session. Donations benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina.

Wake Forest faculty and staff can use the code WFU14 and receive 20% off on all reserved seats until August 15, 2014.

For more information on the tournament visit www.winstonsalemopen.com.

Break out of your rut, try something new

Fitness4A guest post by Director of Campus Recreation Max Floyd

Being born and raised in Alaska, our family used to have to travel a long way to visit relatives. Every other summer we would drive the Alaska Canadian highway, the AlCan, to see friends and family in Oregon and even Mississippi. At the start of the AlCan, when it used to be all gravel, there used to be a sign we would read before setting off. It said something like this, “Choose your ruts, for you are going to be in one for the next 2,000 miles.”

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Hallberg to teach drawing class at SECCA

The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) presents “Ways of Looking: Summer Drawing Retreat” on Thursday, Aug. 14. The event will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. at SECCA. Registration is required.

Wake Forest University professor and artist Leigh Ann Hallberg will lead the workshop on observational drawing. “The retreat will focus not only on the artist’s relationship with subject matter,” say Hallberg, “but also on the subject matter’s relationship with materials and methodologies.” Chiaroscuro, careful observation, blind drawing, visual communication and line quality are a few of the topics that will be discussed throughout the evening.

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Free program supports healthy lifestyle changes

walkingFall, is a great time to make healthy lifestyle changes that will carry you through into next year. By making changes now, you will create good habits for the holiday season and the upcoming winter months. With the changing of the seasons and the start of the school year comes a renewed mindset. Maybe your goal is to eat a healthier diet, stop smoking, lose weight or walk three miles a day. Whatever your goal, the Therapeutic Lifestyle Change (TLC) program can help you reach it.

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Parking lot closures Aug. 11-13

A message from Facilities and Campus Services

We wish to share the following parking closure information and provide parking recommendations/options for faculty and staff for Monday, Aug. 11 through Wednesday, Aug. 13. These closures are being planned at a time that should cause the least disruption to faculty and staff parking choices.

Parking Lot Closures:
Monday, Aug. 11 through Wednesday, Aug. 13 - Parking Lots U and U-2 will be closed for maintenance. This will also include the Visitor, WFDD and reserved faculty/staff spaces that run parallel to the basketball courts. The road will remain open. If weather or additional time is needed for maintenance, the closure of Lots U and U-2 may extend into Thursday, Aug. 14.

Faculty/Staff Parking Options:
We recommend parking in lot W-1 during this closure as spaces are frequently available during this window of time. Whenever parking lots are closed, we also recommend alternative modes of transportation such as carpooling, bicycles or mass transit to reduce the demand for parking during these times.

If you have any questions, contact Alex Crist at 336-758-2558.

Free online personal finance tools for faculty and staff

tom.benza.300x175A guest post by WFU’s Associate Director of
Student Financial Aid Tom Benza

Wake Forest Student Financial Aid believes that everyone can benefit from additional financial literacy and one of our goals is to help people make informed financial decisions. Our office exists to assist and counsel students on the intricacies of financial aid, but we also offer one-on-one financial counseling sessions with a financial aid counselor, financial workshop presentations to student groups, campus-wide educational programing, and a comprehensive online tool called CashCourse  that provides  a wealth of financial education resources.

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Proposals awarded: Fogel and Messier

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Congratulations to Daniel Fogel, executive professor of strategy and director of the Masters of Sustainability program, whose proposal entitled “Food-Energy-Water Nexus Casebook for the Virtual Conservation College: A Project with the World Wildlife Fund” has been funded by the World Wildlife Fund.

Congratulations to Stephen Messier, professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Pain Management in Osteoarthritis: Clinical Benefits and Cost Effectiveness” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under award number 5R01AR064320-02 and by [subaward/subcontract from] Brigham and Women’s Hospital (WFU funding agency).

Phillips named associate dean for working professional programs

matthew.phillips.150x150Wake Forest University School of Business is pleased to announce Matthew T. Phillips has been named associate dean for working professional programs.

“Matthew brings a deep understanding of our working professional programs, as well as passion for these programs,” said Gordon McCray, vice dean of programs. “Given his multifaceted background and familiarity with our working professional offerings, I look forward to the diverse perspectives and creativity he will bring to his new position.”

U.S. News & World Report has ranked the Working Professional MBA programs #1 in North Carolina and #20 in the nation and Bloomberg Businessweek has ranked the program #27 in the nation. The part-time MBA program, designed for working professionals, is offered at Wake Forest’s main campus in Winston-Salem in the evening, and evenings and Saturdays at the Wake Forest University Charlotte Center in Uptown.

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Saving for retirement: What are your numbers?

Bethany.Fay.150x200A guest post by WFU’s Director of Compensation and Benefits Bethany Fay

Everyone knows that saving for retirement is important but not everyone knows how to start saving and how much to save. While people’s confidence in their retirement savings plan has increased over the past few years, many do not know how much they need to save for their golden years.

About 36% of people have less than $1,000 in savings and investments that could be used for retirement, not counting their primary residence or defined benefits plans, and 60% of people have less than $25,000 according to Employee Benefit Research Institute.

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