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Facilities and Campus Services introduces staff recognition program

This is a guest post from Facilities and Campus Services:

Facilities and Campus Services is excited to introduce a staff recognition program in January 2017. “F&CS-elect” will recognize staff for demonstrating one or more of five values integral to the operations of the department.

The nomination process begins with a WFU colleague submitting a narrative about a Facilities & Campus Services staff member who has demonstrated an outstanding service or project, etc. He/she can be nominated for; efficiency, leadership, ethical behavior, customer focus and/or teamwork/workforce. The nominee will be awarded points based on their efforts, and the summation of points will determine the level of award received. The value of the award ranges from $25.00-150.00.

The Facilities & Campus Services staff work diligently across the campus community to create, maintain, and service the campus for our faculty, staff, and students. Often their work is accomplished behind the scenes, with very little impact to anyone’s day. This program encourages an on-going culture of recognition so that the critical work that our staff performs can be commended and rewarded, on a continual basis.

Nominations can be submitted at any time on the F&CS website or via e-mail to F&

Tobacco cessation classes to be offered in 2017

This is a guest post from Human Resources:

tobacco-cessation-program-next-week-at-wake-graphicJanuary 10 through February 21, Wake Forest University will sponsor tobacco cessation classes in partnership with the Forsyth County Department of Health and American Lung Association. This free program will provide education, resources, and support for full-time, part-time, and temporary faculty and staff. Faculty and staff should register for the seven-week program, which will be held in Reynolda Hall, Room 301, on Tuesdays from Noon to 1 p.m.

Participants should consult their physicians prior to beginning the classes, and they may choose to combine the program with tobacco cessation medications. Wake Forest University medical plan participants have access to FDA-approved prescription tobacco cessation drugs and over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapy drugs (with a prescription). Generic drugs are covered without a copayment for two 90-day supplies.

If you are not currently enrolled in a medical plan, you may receive a tobacco cessation product benefit up to $150, based on submitted receipts.

Contact Human Resources at or (336) 758-4700 for more information.

Training offered this week on responding to work place violence

The University will offer a class titled “Active Shooter Response (Run, Hide, Fight)” on Dec. 8 to students, faculty and staff.  The class is intended to instruct people on how to respond to an active shooter incident or other types of work place violence.  The class stresses awareness, preparation and rehearsal, which are considered by experts to be key to safety in such situations.

The class will take place from 1-2:15 p.m. in Reynolda Hall, Room 301.

It will be taught by Wake Forest Emergency Manager August Vernon ( and University Police Sgt. Lesia Finney (

Registration is encouraged.  To register, visit the Professional Development Center website.

Levy participates in Beethoven conference in Jerusalem

Wake Forest University holds its annual Founders' Day Convocation in Wait Chapel on Thursday, February 18, 2016. Professor of Music and Associate Dean for Faculty Governance David Levy receives the Donald O. Schoonmaker Faculty Award for Community Service.

Recently, Professor of Music and Beethoven scholar David Levy joined international scholars and musicians in Jerusalem, Israel, for a three-day conference.  Titled “Beethoven’s Creative Vision: Journeys and Worlds,” the conference focused on Ludwig van Beethoven’s major instrumental works.

Levy, author of “Beethoven: The Ninth Symphony,” taught a string-quartet seminar at the conference. He has been engaged in Beethoven scholarship throughout his academic career.

The conference was held at the Israel Institute for Advanced Studies on Hebrew University’s Givat Ram campus.

The Jerusalem Post published a story about the conference and quoted Levy substantially.

“No other composer speaks to my intellect and soul in equal measure as Beethoven does with his music,” Levy is quoted as saying in The Jerusalem Post.

In the piece, Levy is reported as lamenting the lack of awareness of Beethoven by students in the United States’ school systems.

WakeUnited: Keslar strives to help others succeed

This is the fifth of a series of pieces written about Wake Forest community members who are committed to WakeUnited, the United Way campaign at Wake Forest.

Vicki Keslar, Executive Assistant in the Wake Forest University Office of Personal and Career Development, Thursday, May 19, 2011.

Vicki Keslar’s drive to help others succeed is clear, not just through her work at the Office of Personal & Career Development (OPCD), but also through her involvement in WakeUnited.

As operations manager for OPCD at Wake Forest, she helps students find meaningful careers that reflect their values and allow them to become involved members of the community.

Through her investment in WakeUnited, Keslar works to support the success of all who live in Forsyth County.

“It all goes back to community and the responsibility of each of us to do what we can to continue improving it, not only for ourselves but for our neighbors as well,” Keslar says.

She feels fortunate to live and work in a community that understands how the United Way supports local agencies that help people in need.

“The United Way provides hope for the people in our community who, often, do not feel like there is any left,” she says. “They provide opportunities that have seemed unlikely or impossible.”

Keslar has been involved with the United Way since she started working at Wake Forest University in 2009; this is her third year as a member of the Women’s Leadership Council. She sees the university’s support of the United Way as a “natural overlap” with its vision of shaping ethically informed leaders to serve humanity.

It is an opportunity to take our university’s spirit of Pro Humanitate and broaden it beyond our campus,” she explains. “It is the support from our fellow Wake Forest friends that make such important investments in our community possible.”

The 2016 WakeUnited campaign encourages faculty and staff to pledge support for United Way and its critical mission in the community. A personalized pledge link has been sent to your email, or you can make your pledge at

University’s holiday party to be held Dec. 13

Faculty and staff, along with their children and other family members, are invited to attend the University’s annual holiday party on Dec. 13.  The free event will take place from 3-6 p.m. at The Barn.

Refreshments–food and beverages–will be served.

A shuttle service from the University Corporate Center and Benson University Center will be available. Pickup at both locations will begin at approximately 2:45 p.m.

President Nathan O. Hatch e-mailed an invitation to faculty and staff on Nov. 30.

A message from President Hatch

This message was emailed from President Hatch to students, faculty and staff on Dec. 1:

Dear Wake Forest Community,

After the presidential election I emailed you with a personal reflection on one of the most divisive periods in recent American history. I wrote that day, and continue to believe, that our Wake Forest community profoundly values intellectual discourse, diverse viewpoints, and, most importantly, one another. I concluded those reflections by recognizing that the one choice we have every day is how we treat one another.

Those same beliefs underscore my desire to communicate with you now. I recently received petitions signed by members of the Wake Forest community urging me to declare Wake Forest as a sanctuary for students, staff and their family members who believe that they may face potential deportation. I have also been given a petition urging me to follow federal immigration law and cooperate with federal law enforcement. I do not believe adopting the position of either petition will strengthen our community. While I will not sign either statement, I will do everything within my power as the president of Wake Forest University to support every member of our community in their pursuit of an education.

I am prepared to use the resources at my disposal to uphold the values to which I have committed myself as the leader of Wake Forest. To that end, I joined hundreds of other university leaders in signing the petition asking the president-elect to uphold, continue and expand the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy implemented in 2012. Wake Forest is also a member of the “Every Campus a Refuge” program, providing housing and other forms of support for newly-arrived political refugees from around the globe. Our campus is richer for our diverse population and we will continue to provide financial aid, support services, and connection to legal resources for undocumented students.

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Allison McWilliams: (Re)Setting Expectations

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 the fourth and final for the fall semester.  In each, she shares observations and suggestions with faculty and staff drawn from her professional experience with students.

Allison McWilliams, the Director of Career Education in the Wake Forest Office of Personal and Career Development on Monday, October 10, 2011.

Each year about this time a particular sense of stress combined with excitement combined with worry moves across our campus. There are only so many days left in the semester. There are finals to take and final papers to submit. There are travel plans to coordinate. There is either excitement or dread about going home for an extended period of time, or about not having a home to go to. There is the relief of a semester finally (almost) behind us, and perhaps some excitement about what next semester may bring. That transition piece, in particular, is something that I love about the academic year: at the end of each semester we get the chance for a re-set, to start anew with new expectations and goals. Nothing else in life is really like that (which is one of the reasons that the transition from college to career can be so jarring for our students), and it is a perk of which we all should take full advantage.

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Lighting of the Quad to be held Dec. 6 on Hearn Plaza

Wake Forest students celebrate the holidays with the Lighting of the Quad ceremony on Hearn Plaza on Tuesday, December 1, 2015. Chaplain Tim Auman talks about the diverse religious celebrations in the month of December.

Students, faculty, staff and off-campus community members are expected to gather on Hearn Plaza on Dec. 6 for the 13th Annual Lighting of the Quad.  The event will begin at 7 p.m. and all are invited.

Organized by the Wake Forest Student Union, the event will feature performances of holiday songs by student a cappella groups, music from Wait Chapel’s carillon, remarks by Chaplain Tim Auman and President Nathan O. Hatch and the official “lighting of the quad.”  Holiday lights on a Christmas tree and other Hearn Plaza trees will be turned on, a menorah will be lit and attendees will form a circle holding candles distributed at the event.

Leading up to the event, the VSC and Student Union are collecting clothing to donate to the Potter’s House in Winston-Salem.  Hats, scarves, gloves, blankets and more are being collected on the second floor of Benson University Center.  Those items can also be brought to the Lighting of the Quad for donation.

In addition to the tree lighting, the University is now hanging dozens of holiday wreaths on buildings across campus.

Gentry Lectures to be presented Nov. 30 and Dec. 1

Mark Newman of the University of Michigan will present the Gentry Lectures on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.

The lectures are free and open to the public.

The first lecture will be presented at 4 p.m. Nov. 30 in Pugh Auditorium, Benson University Center.  The lecture’s title is “Epidemics, Erdos Numbers, and the Internet: The New Science of Networks.”  A reception will be held at 3 p.m. in Manchester Hall, Room 336.

The second will be presented at 11 a.m. Dec. 1 in Kirby Hall, Room B02.  The lecture’s title is “Structure, Phase Transitions, and Belief Propagation in Networks.”

At Michigan, Newman is the Anatol Rapoport Distinguished University Professor of Physics and a professor in the university’s Center for the Study of Complex Systems.  Among other honors, he is a 2016 John S. Guggenheim Fellow in Applied Mathematics and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  He also was the recipient of the 2014 Lagrange Prize.