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July 2016 staff milestones

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News about Reynolds Gym’s transformation

The following message is sent on behalf of Joe Cassidy, executive director for campus fitness and recreation:

Construction continues on phase two of the Reynolds Gym renovation on the campus of Wake Forest University on Tuesday, July 12, 2016.

Reynolds Gym, July 2016

A fully transformed Reynolds Gym is closer than we originally expected, thanks to a recent change in the construction project’s schedule. The entire project is now expected to be finished by March 2018, approximately six months early.  That means all of the facility will be available for students, faculty and staff earlier than we once expected.  And, the University will realize significant cost savings with the new schedule.

The project is broken into three phases.  Phase I was completed with the opening of the Sutton Center.  Phase II is under construction and will be completed in August 2017, as originally planned.  The phase will bring significant space for fitness and weight training, new locker rooms and new offices for the Office of Wellbeing.

Phase III will bring even more, including an expanded indoor pool, new pool area locker rooms, new group exercise areas, new varsity volleyball locker and training spaces, an improved Varsity Gym, new offices for Campus Recreation (including intramurals), and some classrooms.

Work on Phase III will begin August 1, bringing about immediate changes for gym users.  The pool will be closing down on Wednesday, July 27 at 1 p.m.  All remaining areas of the gym will close on July 31, with the exception of Sports Medicine and the varsity soccer locker rooms, which will close next January 2017.

The Phase III-related closings will affect all remaining Campus Recreation office and club areas, classrooms, the Varsity Gym, the pool, faculty/staff locker rooms and the faculty/staff fitness room. Campus Recreation staff have moved to the lower level of the Sutton Center.  Parking Lot L (between the Manchester Athletic Center and Reynolds Gym) will also close, but a sidewalk will be maintained between Manchester and Reynolds Gym to permit access to the Miller Center

The Sutton Center will continue current operations and hours. The current fitness area on the first floor of the Miller Center will continue to be available to students, faculty and staff.  Also open will be the Miller Center’s group fitness studio on the fourth floor.

While construction is underway, limited locker and shower facilities will be available in the restrooms on the 4th floor of the Miller Center and lower level of the Benson Center.

Campus Recreation recognizes that the construction of this wonderful facility will bring about temporary inconveniences for our campus community.  In the long run, we will all have a facility that will serve students, faculty and staff for many years to come with amenities on a level we have never experienced in past years.

Office of Communications and External Relations

Organization recognizes Lesia Finney for community policing

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Police Sgt. Lesia Finney (right) receives community policing award

Police Sgt. Lesia Finney, who leads community policing at Wake Forest, was presented the Award for Innovations in Community-Oriented Policing at a recent national meeting of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) in Phoenix.

Finney, who joined the University Police Department in 1999, has served as coordinator of community-oriented policing since 2011.  In that role, her many responsibilities include, in part, collaborating with neighborhood associations, the Winston-Salem Police Department and Wake Forest students to initiate partnerships that enhance community living; leading orientation activities for all who join the University community; and serving in a public information officer role.

Finney also serves a project manager who has helped, among other things, reengineer the department’s recruitment, selection, hiring and promotional practices; be a leader on the University’s Police Advisory Board; and develop new policies.

LiveSafe presents Community Connections Award to WFU Police

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Wake Forest Police Chief Regina Lawson (third from left)

On behalf of the Wake Forest University Police Department, Police Chief Regina Lawson received the Community Connections Award from LiveSafe, which produces an app for mobile devices intended to help colleges and universities, school systems and corporations bolster security efforts.  Wake Forest began using the LiveSafe app last fall and has encouraged students, faculty and staff to download it as part of the University’s comprehensive safety and security measures.

The award was presented, recently, during the national convention of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) in Phoenix.  The University Police Department was recognized, in part, for its longstanding success in establishing strong connections with the Winston-Salem community, including local organizations.

Lawson, who joined the University Police Department in 1989, has served as police chief since 1993.

July 2016 faculty milestones

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Information Systems update: major overhaul of software@wfu

Information Systems distributed this message to students, faculty and staff on July 11:

Information Systems is pleased to announce a major overhaul of software @ WFU to improve the availability and usability of software to the WFU community. In addition to a new look and feel, the updated site offers on-demand, self-service access to available Information Systems-managed campus software for use in the classroom or office. We are also excited about the expanded software offerings, including the addition of Adobe Creative Cloud for faculty, staff and students.

If you have questions concerning this message or need assistance with software @ WFU, please contact us at help@nullwfu.edu or 336-758-4357 (HELP).

Information Systems Service Desk

Proposals funded: Beavers, Comstock-Ferguson, Thonhauser

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Beavers

Congratulations to Kristen Beavers, assistant professor of health & 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 5K01AG047921-02.

 

Lindsay Rae Comstock-Ferguson

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Congratulations to Lindsay Comstock-Ferguson, associate professor of chemistry, whose proposal entitled “RNA modification and antibiotic resistance” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and by [subaward/subcontract from] Emory University (WFU funding agency).

 

Timo Thonhauser

Thonhauser

Congratulations to Timo Thonhauser, associate professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “van der Waals interactions in DFT: Theory and Applications [Cayuse 16-0015]” has been funded by the Simons Foundation.

University holding gathering July 8 in Davis Chapel

Wake Forest is holding a gathering at 2 p.m. today, July 8, in Davis Chapel (Wingate Hall) to engage in dialogue regarding the violence and resulting grief that continues to impact both our community and many others.  All Wake Forest students, faculty and staff are invited to attend.

If you’re wondering how hot it is, just check WF weather stations

WeatherStemInsideWFUNow is the time of the year when many at Wake Forest are asking, “How hot is it?” Two new weather stations installed on campus will answer that question and many others about the weather around the clock.

The WeatherSTEM stations were installed, recently, on top of the Miller Center and the scoreboard at BB&T Field.  They use a combination of weather instruments and sensors to take environmental measurements and offer frequently updated details on temperature, humidity, the heat index, barometric pressure and much more.

Each station includes a sky camera, with one directed toward Kentner Stadium, Farrell Hall and Wait Chapel, while the other camera is directed across BB&T Field.

While the weather stations are useful for anyone interested in weather at and around the University, they offer valuable information to a number of University departments and groups, including the Wake Forest Police Department and the University’s Crisis Management Team.

Anyone with access to the internet can visit the web sites for the weather stations located at the Miller Center and BB&T Field.  Each web site–forsyth.weatherstem.com/wfu and forsyth.weatherstem.com/wfufootball–has a link to the other. The links are labeled “WEATHERSTEM UNITS” and can be found at the top right side of the sites. Continue reading »

Faculty Fellowships awarded for new year

Congratulations to Wake Forest University faculty who are newly-selected recipients of Wake Forest Faculty Fellowships, effective July 2016.  The Wake Forest Faculty Fellowship program is a program of financial support designed to honor the University’s best teacher-scholars.

New recipients are:

–Uli Bierbach, professor of chemistry, Levison Faculty Fellowship
–Rob Erhardt, assistant professor of mathematics & statistics, Sterge Faculty Fellowship
–Tiffany Judy, assistant professor of Romance Languages, Baker Family Fund Faculty Fellowship
–Claudia Kairoff, professor of English, MacDonough Family Faculty Fellowship
–Frank Moore, assistant professor of mathematics & statistics, Sterge Faculty Fellowship
–Raisur Rahman, associate professor of history, Henry S. Stroupe History Faculty Fund Fellowship