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Staff Appreciation Picnic to be held June 6

The 2017 Staff Appreciation Picnic will be held June 6 at BB&T Field.  Called “Tailgate at McCreary Tower,” the event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The Staff Advisory Council and the Office of Wellbeing invite all staff members to attend.

On the menu will be: burgers, hot dogs, wings, pulled pork, veggie burgers, salads, desserts and more.

A number of games, including lawn games, are planned.

In the spirit of Pro Humanitate, the Staff Advisory Council is also sponsoring a book drive on behalf of Mineral Springs Elementary School.  New or gently used children’s books are requested.

President Hatch: Congratulations to retiring faculty and staff

This message was sent by President Hatch to faculty and staff on May 10.  Retirees recognized at the 2017 Retiree Luncheon had informed Human Resources by March 24 of their retirement.

Dear Faculty and Staff,

As commencement approaches and we prepare to celebrate the achievements of the Class of 2017, we also pause to recognize and honor the careers of our retiring faculty and staff members.

Please join me in thanking this distinguished group of leaders, colleagues, mentors and friends and congratulating them on many years of dedicated service to Wake Forest.  On May 9, these retirees were honored at the 2017 Retiree Luncheon at Bridger Field House.


Gerald W. Esch, Professor, Biology
Charles R. Kennedy, Associate Professor, School of Business
Bruce R. Lewis, Associate Professor, School of Business
Jack R. Meredith, Professor, School of Business
Joel S. Newman, Professor, School of Law
Cecilia Solano, Associate Professor, Psychology
Richard T. Williams, Professor, Physics
Kenneth Zick, Professor, School of Law


Carol Benford, Administrative Assistant, Office of the Dean of the College
Vickie Cutting, Office Manager, Romance Languages
Bill Faircloth, Assistant Athletic Director, Athletics
Phil Gallimore, Assistant Director, Market Readiness, School of Business
Mary Gerardy, Associate Vice President for Campus Life, Campus Life
Edward Goode, Custodian, Facilities and Campus Services
Alice Goodman, Administrative Assistant, Classical Languages
Ron Harrell, Custodian/Team Lead, Facilities and Campus Services
Debbie Hellmann, Grant Accounting Manager, Financial and Accounting Services
Anne Hodges, Director, University Advancement
Tommy Johnson, Superintendent, Real Estate
Marc Jones, Manager, Facilities and Campus Services
Barry Murray, Service Technician, Facilities and Campus Services
Gail Newport, Operations Manager, Benson University Center
Dallas Nifong, Service Technician, Facilities and Campus Services
Kathy Odom, Financial Assistant, School of Law
Larry O’Neal, Service Technician, Real Estate
Priscilla Parker, Administrative Assistant, University Advancement
Carolyn Potts, Office Manager, Student Health Service
Jay Riedel, Foreman, Facilities and Campus Services
Jim Rae, Sergeant, University Police
Willie Singletary, Custodian, Facilities and Campus Services
Pat Starkey, Administrative Assistant, School of Law

To our retiring faculty and staff, thank you for sharing your gifts and talents with us for so many years.  Your countless contributions will have a lasting impact on our campus, and you will forever be a part of our Wake Forest family.


Nathan O. Hatch

Proposals funded: Gross, Marsh, Rejeski

Congratulations to Michael Gross, assistant professor of chemistry, whose proposal entitled “CAREER: Processing High Surface Area, Nanostructured Scaffolds at High Temperatures vis In-Situ Carbon Templating of Hybrid Materials” has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Congratulations to Jack Rejeski, professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Pepper Center Clinical Research Core” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and by (subaward/subcontract from) Wake Forest University Health Sciences (WFU funding agency).

Congratulations to Anthony P. Marsh, professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Pepper Center Clinical Research Core” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and by (subawar/subcontract from) Wake Forest University Health Sciences (WFU funding agency).

Message regarding parking/transportation on commencement day

This message was emailed to staff and faculty on behalf of Executive Vice President Hof Milam on May 9:

Commencement is the highlight of our academic year.  It is a wonderful time for the campus community to come together and celebrate with graduating students and their families.  This year’s commencement ceremony will be held Monday, May 15, on Hearn Plaza, beginning at 9 a.m.

It is always important for us to be gracious hosts to our visitors and make sure their access to campus is as easy as possible.  To make this the best commencement experience possible for our graduates and guests, please observe the following guidelines:

–Faculty and staff should not attempt to park on campus prior to 1 p.m. on the day of commencement. Passes, which have been issued to graduates and their families, will be required for all cars entering campus

–Faculty and staff who need parking should park at Bridger Field House and ride the shuttle to campus. Enter the stadium parking lot through the Reynolds Boulevard entrance and follow the signs to the parking area and the shuttle pickup point. Shuttles will run continuously throughout the day from 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

–Faculty and staff may park on campus after 1 p.m.

–Reynolda Campus staff who do not have a direct commencement responsibility need not report for work until 9:30 a.m. on Monday, unless otherwise required by their department.

Please have your Wake Forest I.D. with you at all times on campus during commencement.

In case of rain, the commencement ceremony will be held at Joel Coliseum, beginning at 9:30 a.m.  Parking on campus will not be affected if the ceremony is held at the coliseum.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Annual Benefits Enrollment is continuing; enroll by May 10

This is a guest post from Human Resources:

More than 600 colleagues have completed Annual Benefits Enrollment. If you have not already done so, please enroll by May 10. You will need to enroll if you are an eligible* faculty or staff member who is:

  • Changing benefit elections,
  • Adding or removing a dependent(s),
  • Covering an eligible spouse on the medical plan, and/or
  • Planning to enroll or re-enroll in a Flexible Spending Account (you must actively enroll each year if you intend to continue your participation).

If you are adding a spouse and/or dependent child(ren) to the medical, dental, and/or vision plan(s), and you have not provided dependent verification documentation, you will need to submit a copy to Human Resources by May 10.

If you have benefits questions and/or need assistance completing the benefits enrollment form, email or call 336.758.4700.

Your new elections will be viewable in WIN ​June 14 and effective July 1.

*Includes individuals eligible for medical coverage through the Affordable Care Act.

Faculty books: April 2017 report

Note: These books were not published in April, but their publication become known to Z. Smith Reynolds Library in April.

Newman, Joel S. (Law). A Short & Happy Guide to Federal Income Taxation. West Academic. February 2017.

Von Burg, Ron, Ed. (Communication). Dialogues in Argumentation (Windsor Studies in Argumentation, Vol. 3). Windsor Studies in Argumentation, University of Windsor. November 2016.

Memorial service June 3 for Dudley Shapere

This announcement was emailed to faculty and staff on May 8:

A memorial service will be held June 3 for Dudley Shapere, Reynolds Professor Emeritus of the Philosophy and History of Science, who died last December.

The service will be held at 11 a.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Winston-Salem located at 4055 Robinhood Road.


Workday presentation set for Staff Advisory Council meeting

The Staff Advisory Council will hear a presentation at its May 11 meeting from members of the the Workday Steering Committee.

The meeting, open to staff and others, will be held at 9 a.m. in the Z. Smith Reynolds Library Auditorium.

At the SAC meeting, there will be a presentation by Eric Proctor of Human Resources and Beth Hoagland of the Office of the Provost on the University’s implementation of Workday and its progress since the project began last fall.  Workday is the enterprise resource planning software that will replace Banner’s human resources, finance and payroll management functions.

Hatch honored by Wheaton College Alumni Association

The Wheaton College Alumni Association presented Wake Forest University President Nathan O. Hatch with its 2017 Alumnus of the Year Award for Distinguished Service to Society at a ceremony on May 4.

Wheaton recognized Hatch for his influential work as a scholar of American religious history and for providing innovative servant leadership in the world of higher education.

See details.

Faculty promotions 2017

Congratulations to Wake Forest faculty who have received promotions, effective July 1.

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