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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.

‘Move More! Move Often’ Spring program enrollment underway

This a guest post from the Office of Wellbeing:

Break in the New Year with the Move More! Move Often! Spring Program. Applications for the Spring Program are being accepted now. The enrollment period runs from January 1 through January 22. The program will officially begin on February 1 and will run through March 27.

The Move More! Move Often! is an 8-week step challenge to encourage individuals to increase their daily physical activity. Using Fitbit activity trackers, participants can monitor daily steps. Throughout the challenge, participants can access performance incentives, receive supplemental resources and materials and discounts to help them reach their physical activity goals.

This program is open to current Wake Forest University students, faculty and staff. You can apply here.

Participants will be required to attend a one-hour orientation the week of January 25. New enrollees will be provided a Fitbit if they do not already own one to begin the program. Applications are also open to participants who own their personal Fitbit.

2015 fall participants are welcome to re-enroll. You will have access to all program benefits but will not receive a new Fitbit. 2015 fall participants that re-enroll will be expected to attend a 30-minute orientation the week of January 25.

Proposals funded: Beavers, Jayawickreme, Katula



Congratulations to Kristen Beavers, assistant professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Effect of Exercise Modality During Weight Loss on Bone Health in Older Adults” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under award number 1K01AG047921-01A1.



Eranda Jayawickreme


Congratulations to Eranda Jayawickreme, assistant professor of psychology, whose proposal entitled “Does Adversity Make Us Wiser Than Before? Beginning to Address a Foundational Question Through Deep Intergration” has been funded by the Templeton Foundation.



Jeff Katula


Congratulations to Jeffrey Katula, associate professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “HELP PD II” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and by [subaward/subcontract from] Wake Forest University Health Sciences (WFU funding agency).

Triad City Beat honors Gail Bretan, Justin Catanoso

Gail Bretan, the Director of Jewish Student Life, Wake Forest University, Monday, January 13, 2014.

Gail Bretan

Two members of the Wake Forest University community, Gail Bretan and Justin Catanoso, were among a group of 15 Triad residents recognized this week as 2016’s Citizens of the Triad.

Annually, Triad City Beat, a news organization in the area, recognizes people in the Winston-Salem/Greensboro/High Point area who “make culture and commerce, build relationships and play, and generally create a singular thread in this region we call the Triad.”

Wake Forest journalism professor Justin Catanoso talks about his work as the new director of the journalism program in Tribble Hall on Monday, October 3, 2011. Catanoso is a former newspaper editor.

Justin Catanoso

Bretan is recognized as director of Jewish Life at Wake Forest and as an active participant in several interfaith groups in Winston-Salem. She is a staff member in the Office of the Chaplain. Catanoso is recognized as a faculty member and director of the journalism program at Wake Forest, while maintaining an active career as a journalist (including often-traveling foreign correspondent).  Just recently, he travelled for the UN Climate Summits in Paris and Lima.

How you can learn about weather-related closings, delays

In the event of severe weather that prompts a delay or closing, Wake Forest will use several methods to alert students, faculty and staff to schedule changes.

On occasion, because of snowy or icy weather conditions, Wake Forest officials have announced a decision to close the campus for the day or delay the start of classes and the opening of offices. In such cases, the University will use the following communication channels:

  • The Wake Alert website at
  • A headline across the top of the University home page at It will link to the Wake Alert website.  The same banner will appear across the top of many other University web pages.
  • An email message to faculty, staff and students.
  • A voice mail message to faculty and staff.
  • A message on the University’s weather/emergency phone line (336-758-5935).
  • Announcements on radio stations WFDD (88.5 FM) and WSJS (600 AM).
  • Announcements on TV stations WXII, WGHP, WFMY and News 14 Carolina.
  • Social media, including the @WakeAlert Twitter account.

Sakai workshops offered in January

The Sakai Learning Management System Team will be hosting Spring semester workshops in January. The Sakai Workshops are listed here. Registration is through the Professional Development Center.

The LMS Team welcomes instructors preparing spring course sites to the Sakai Workshop. Instructors new to Sakai and seasoned users are encouraged to attend.