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Byrd a ‘Certified Educational Facilities Professional’

james.byrd.300x175James Byrd, manager of the Deacon OneCard Office, has earned the Certified Educational Facilities Professional (CEFP) credential from APPA.

Certification as a Certified Educational Facilities Professional validates the unique knowledge and competency required of an accomplished professional in the educational facilities field. Byrd is the first person to receive this credential at Wake Forest.

“By obtaining the CEFP, it assures the individual and their institution that they have established a thorough and applied understanding of the best management practices related to educational facilities,” said J. Thomas Becker, chair of APPA’s Board of Educational Facilities Professionals Certification.

“The CEFP credential is an exciting new standard for educational stewardship. It represents core knowledge, talent and skill, underscoring accountability and commitment to growth and mastery,” said Lander Medlin, APPA executive vice president. “By earning the CEFP designation, James shows his superior mastery and commitment to his work, his institution and his colleagues.”

A message from President Nathan Hatch

A message from President Nathan Hatch to the Wake Forest Community.

Yesterday, after the announcement that Jeff Bzdelik had resigned as Wake Forest’s head basketball coach, some members of our community took it upon themselves to roll the Quad. Rolling the Quad, as every Wake Forester knows, is a tradition celebrating competitive success.

Aaron Rountree III, a Wake Forest sophomore on the basketball team tweeted, “Rolling The Quad should be reserved for glorifying the success of Wake Forest University, not for the disrespect of another human being.” I could not say it better.

Civility is a hallmark of our community, and I am disappointed that yesterday’s misplaced passion did not accurately portray our values to the country. Dozens of people came out this afternoon to clean the Quad and for that I am grateful.


Nathan O. Hatch

Kersh to present annual address to the University

Rogan KershAt the invitation of the Faculty Senate, Provost Rogan Kersh will present his annual address to the University on March 26 from 4 to 5 p.m. in Pugh Auditorium, Benson University Center.

The provost will speak about University priorities, as well as the challenges and opportunities that face the University’s academic mission and programs.

The Faculty Senate invites faculty, staff and students to attend.

Denlinger an ‘Emerging Leader’ and ‘Mover & Shaker’

IMG_6444Congratulations to Z. Smith Reynolds’ eLearning librarian Kyle Denlinger on being named a Class of 2014 American Library Association Emerging Leader and a 2014 Library Journal Mover & Shaker (People Shaping the Future of Libraries). Kyle is ZSR’s fourth Emerging Leader and second Mover & Shaker.

In his first job out of library school, Denlinger helped build WFU’s information literacy MOOC, “ZSRx: The Cure for the Common Web,” designed to provide easy answers to common questions about online research.

He describes himself as “a teacher first and a technology guy second,” who knows “just enough HTML to be dangerous.”

Read more in the Library Journal.

2014-15 Wake Forest Fellows named

2014fellows.300x175Ten seniors will remain at Wake Forest following graduation as Wake Forest Fellows, working in the President’s Office, Information Systems, University Advancement and in other offices.

Each fellow will be a full-time University employee for a year. In addition to working in a particular department, the fellows will participate in leadership activities and interact with top administrators and faculty to learn about higher-education administration.

The Wake Forest Fellows for 2014-15 are:

  • Joseph Belangia: Information Systems
  • Le’Ron Byrd: Z. Smith Reynolds Library
  • Zach Garbiso: Office of Personal & Career Development
  • Rebecca Gleichenhaus: START Gallery
  • Blake Harrison: Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
  • Logan Healy-Tuke: Advancement
  • Paige Horton: Campus Life
  • John Allen Riggins: President’s Office
  • Kimberly Quick: Provost’s Office
  • Muhammed Siddiqui: Dean of the College

Established by the President’s Office in 2008, the fellows program grew out of the University’s Strategic Plan as a way to provide highly capable graduates a chance to work in higher-education administration for a year.

Faculty Publications: February updates













Catanzano, Amy. (English). “Starlight in Two Million: A Neo-Scientific Novella.” Noemi Press. January 2014.

Gillespie, Michele, & Sally G. McMillen, Eds. (History). “North Carolina Women: Their Lives and Times.” (Southern Women: Their Lives and Times, Book 1). University of Georgia Press. February 2014.

Gladding, Samuel T. (Counseling). “Counseling Theories for Human Services Practitioners: Essential Concepts and Applications.” (Standards for Excellence series). Pearson. January 2014.

Shapiro, Sidney A., & Joseph P. Tomain. (School of Law). “Achieving Democracy: The Future of Progressive Regulation.” Oxford University Press. February 2014.

Nominate a ‘Champion of Change’

unnamedHave you or are you preparing to facilitate a change to a sustainable practice on campus? Have you implemented a new sustainability initiative in your area? If so, you might be a winner!

Categories include: Resource Conservation; Academics and Engagement; Service and Social Action and Bright Ideas

On April 22, Wake Forest will host our inaugural Champions of Change award ceremony. Nominate yourself or someone else by March 21. Learn more about the Champions of Change awards here and submit your nomination online.

To keep up with Wake Forest’s Office of Sustainability follow @SustainableWFU.

News from the Department of Politics and International Affairs

IMG_6607Sara Dahill-Brown, assistant professor, has been named an Emerging Education Policy Scholar by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute.  The program brings up-and-coming scholars to Washington, D.C., to meet with education-policy experts and to share and brainstorm exciting new directions for K-12 education research. The program focuses on three over-arching goals:

  1. To foster an opportunity for talented, promising scholars to connect with other scholars in their field, as well as to introduce them to key players in the education-policy arena;
  2. To expand the pool of talent and ideas from which the education-policy arena currently draws; and
  3. To increase understanding of how the worlds of policy and practice intersect with scholarly research in education and related fields.

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Parking announcement for March 19

Due to a campus event, approximately 30 parking spaces on the outer perimeter of Parking Lot A will be closed on Wed., March 19.

Faculty/Staff Parking Options: Parking Lot Q and Wake Forest Rd. in front of the Chapel have routine openings on a daily basis. Parking Lot J, located behind Collins and South Residence Halls, is available for faculty, staff and general parking. This lot is the least utilized on campus and should provide parking throughout this day.

Questions? Contact Alex Crist at 336-758-2558.

When parking lots are closed for event parking, carpooling is a smart option to consider as it saves gas and time looking for a parking space.

Deadline approaching for SAC nominations

SAC-logo-FINALThe Staff Advisory Council (SAC) is soliciting nominations for new members.  The SAC, formed in 2006 by President Hatch, is an advisory body tasked with strengthening communication between the staff and administration at Wake Forest University.

The deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. on March 24.

Nominations will be accepted online at Enter your WFU username and password to access the site.

  • Candidates may be nominated by another staff member or they may self-nominate.
  • Any staff member nominating another employee should inform their nominee of this intent and determine if that employee is interested in serving on the council.
  • Nominees must be full-time employees with one year of service and in good standing.

For more information on the SAC elections and for detailed nomination and election rules read the SAC By-Laws or contact a member of the Elections Committee: David Carlson at ext. 4161, Marc Jones at ext. 4255, Doug Patterson at ext. 2534 or Ted Johnson at ext. 4374.

For more information on the role of the SAC, visit the SAC website.

Sign up for the SAC newsletter for information on SAC meetings, announcements and news.