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Parking Lot H closed June 25-26

Parking Lot H is closed June 25 and 26.  The lot is located along Wingate Road near lots F and J in the southern section of campus. The Parking and Transportation Office recommends using those two lots while H is closed.

The University’s parking map offers information about parking lot locations.

Whenever parking lots are closed, the Parking and Transportation Office recommends alternative modes of transportation such as carpooling, bicycles or mass transit to reduce the demand for parking during these times.

June 2015 faculty and staff milestones

Kriss Dinkins in Information Systems, Margaret Lankford in the School of Law and Frederick Harris in the School of Business are celebrating 25 years at Wake Forest.

See other faculty and staff  celebrating milestones in June 2015.

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OPCD staff share thought leadership with industry peers

Several members of the Office of Personal and Career Development presented at industry conferences, recently, on such topics as marketing strategies to engage students and how to build a college campus around mentoring. In addition to sharing successful ideas that Wake Forest has implemented, staff members received recognition for their work and assumed leadership positions within organizations.


The International Mentoring Conference occurred on April 22-24. The theme of the conference centered on practical strategies around mentoring.

  • Lauren Beam, assistant director of mentoring and alumni personal and professional development, presented “Building Your Toolkit: Engaging Your (Campus) Community around Mentoring.” The presentation focused on ways in which the Wake Forest mentoring department uses National Mentoring Month to engage the campus community with creative marketing materials.
  • Allison McWilliams, director of mentoring and alumni personal and professional development, served as this year’s conference chair.

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Pro Humanitate Institute launches Summer Program

summer programThe Pro Humanitate Institute launched the Summer Non-Profit Immersion Program on May 27 with an intensive three-day Non-Profit Management Seminar attended by the 21 undergraduate interns chosen to work this summer at 17 non-profits throughout the Winston-Salem and Piedmont Triad community. The Non-Profit Management Seminar prepared students to serve in-depth roles in non-profits for the summer through training on legal, financial, organizational and theoretical structures of non-profit work.

Interns also gained insight into the Winston-Salem community through a lecture by the New Winston Museum and a day-long community plunge tour where they visited non-profits and neighborhoods throughout the community.

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Support for Charleston

The Wake Forest University community joins the nation in mourning the victims and searching for answers in light of last week’s shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C.

“In the wake of this terrible tragedy, we search for hope, understanding and healing,” said Wake Forest President Nathan O. Hatch. “We continue to keep the people of Charleston in our thoughts and prayers and offer support to all those in our own community who have been affected by this horrible event.”

On Friday, June 19, a prayer service was held on campus in remembrance of the victims. Members of the Wake Forest community gathered from 2-3 p.m. in Davis Chapel to show solidarity and support.  The service was organized by the Office of the Chaplain and coordinated by Associate Chaplain K. Monet Rice-Jalloh with the help of the LGBTQ Center, the School of Divinity, and others across campus.

“The history of America and the Negro is wrought with incidence of violence in worship spaces,” said Rice-Jalloh. “Yet, we continue to gather and pray not because we are mindless pawns seeking anesthetic for our minds, but because we know that prayer is resistance and power and repair for our souls. The grief of those gathered for our prayer meeting was like an aroma of heaviness. But the audacity to pray beneath a dense theological cloud, lifts the words of scriptural faith in our midst, ‘hither to (to this place) has the Lord kept us.'”

Wake Forest offers counseling services for all students, faculty and staff. The Counseling Center may be reached at 758-5273, and the Office of the Chaplain at 758-5210. Faculty and staff may also contact the Employee Assistance Program at 716-5493.

WakeUnited: Live United Vicki Keslar

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

Vicki Keslar is a new member of the WakeUnited Reynolda Cabinet this year and is already putting her coordination skills to good use. Keslar, who is the Office Operations Manager and Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Personal & Career Development, is coordinating all of the WakeUnited department coordinators for this year’s campus campaign.

“I have been involved with the United Way since I started working at Wake Forest in 2009,” says Keslar.  “I have been the OPCD’s department coordinator since 2010, and I am in my second year as a member of the Women’s Leadership Council.”

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Prize offered for registering bike by June 21

20030110E_bikes061All bicycles must be registered at Wake Forest University, just as motor vehicles are. Bicycles can be registered for free at the Parking & Transportation Office or online. The make, model, and serial number of a bicycle will be needed before beginning the process.

Registration helps in recovery efforts of stolen property and is the only way University staff can contact a bicycle owner to determine whether or not a bicycle has been abandoned.

Register bicycles by midnight on June 21 for a chance to win a $50 Ken’s Bike Shop gift card.

Gunkel elected President of the NC Sociological Association

Wake Forest sociology professor Steve Gunkel, Thursday, August 11, 2011.

Steve Gunkel, associate teaching professor in the sociology department, was elected President of the North Carolina Sociological Association (NCSA) in June. He will assume the duties of President-Elect for 2015-2016 and organize the Annual Meeting of the NCSA to be hosted by Wake Forest University.

Other sociology faculty who have served the NCSA include Ana-Maria Wahl, who is currently serving as a council member, and Ian Taplin, who served as the NCSA president (2012-2013). Catherine Harris has served twice as NCSA president (1984-1985; 1994-1995).

The NCSA promotes the discipline of sociology throughout the state and also publishes Sociation Today.

Tree removed, another removal planned


On June 15, a Poplar tree was removed near Scales Fine Arts Center when new pipe was installed under Wake Forest Road.  Installation of the pipe required removing exposed tree roots, weakening the tree. The tree was also on the bank of a creek, so the root system on the creek side was exposed and undermined by erosion. Both factors made the tree a high risk for blow over.

Damaged-tree-WorrellIn late May, a Red Maple tree was damaged by a contractor delivering a dumpster to the construction site at Worrell Professional Center, adjacent to Lot W. These wounds, at a minimum, will cause a column of decay and weaken the tree. The tree will be removed in the near future. A suitable replacement will be chosen and planted during the landscaping phase of the project.

The Satellite Program – Let’s All be Winners

By Christy Lennon, senior HR Partner

(Christy Lennon recently penned this article for another outlet about “Project Dream,” which started in 1999 and continues to find success, providing work experience for a special group of students.)

When I was first approached about the “Project Dream” program in 1999, I was fascinated by the concept. The idea was to place high school students in the “Occupational Course of Study Programs” in either unpaid or paid positions on a college campus so they could obtain “real world” work experience while also receiving credit hours towards a high school diploma. I thought to myself, “How can I make this work?”

Beth Ritchie, community-based training coordinator, and Sandra Courtner, job coach for the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools system, were not shy in asking me to do just that for a program still in its infancy. At that time I was manager of Human Resources for the Graylyn Conference Center. We were certainly on a tight financial budget, as many businesses were, but I wanted to learn more.

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