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Wake Forest news for faculty and staff

How to protect against WannaCry and other ransomware

This is a guest post from Mur Muchane, associate vice president for information technology and chief information officer. The message was emailed to faculty, staff and students:

A malicious software program named “WannaCry” has recently made news through large-scale infections in more than 100 different countries. “WannaCry” is a type of malicious software known as ransomware. It is most often downloaded as an attachment as part of a phishing email scam, and then gains access to the computer and locks the system owner out of their files.

Here’s how you can protect yourself:

  • If your computer requests a reboot, please allow the reboot to happen. Microsoft continues to release security patches for affected versions of Windows – Information Systems will continue to push the patches to University owned computers as they become available.
  • Set up Google 2-Step Verification to protect your email, WIN, and other WFU accounts.
  • Ensure that your data is backed up.
  • Be aware of phishing emails that ask you to click on a link or open an attachment, especially when you do not know the sender. Be even more cautious when that link or attachment asks you for your password. If a website does ask for your credentials, feel free to contact the Information Systems Service Desk to determine if the request is valid.
  • Keep all of your personal devices such as iPads, laptops, and smartphones current on software updates.
  • Be aware that some mobile applications may be susceptible to hackers and marketers so be selective when downloading apps.

Specific details on how to implement these security measures can be found here.

If you have questions concerning this message or need assistance, please contact the Information Systems Service Desk at help@nullwfu.edu or 336-758-4357 (HELP).

Shuttle service schedules revised for the summer

The schedules for the University’s shuttle service are revised for the summer, announced the Parking and Transportation Office.

Gray Line

Until Aug. 25, the Gray Line will not be operating on a fixed schedule. During the summer, the Gray Line will be operating Monday – Friday as an OnCall service between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Please use (download) the TransLoc mobile App (http://translocrider.com/) to request a ride during these hours.

Wake Downtown 

Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. with service every 30 minutes

Saturday/Sunday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. with service every 30 minutes

Repaving of Wake Forest Road to begin May 17

Work will begin May 17 to repave a significant portion of Wake Forest Road.  May 26 is the estimated completion date for the project.

The repaving will take place on Wake Forest Road from Poteat Residence Hall to the rear area of Scales Fine Arts Center, near Allen Easley Street.

Wake Forest Road will remain open during repaving, but traffic delays will occur.  Flagmen will be present, directing traffic.

Drivers may want to take alternate routes, when possible.

Specifically, the repaving will be in the area of the following buildings: Poteat Residence Hall, Huffman Residence Hall, Wingate Hall, Efird Residence Hall, Taylor Residence Hall, Davis Residence Hall, Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Olin Physical Laboratory, Salem Hall and Scales Fine Arts Center (front and back).

Comings and goings for April 2017

See a list of employees joining and leaving the University in April 2017:

Comings:

Atkins, Christina Richards; Director of Records; Advancement: Gifts/Records
Barricelli, James R; Executive Director; WFUSB-MA Program Admin
Chen, Chunyan; Adjunct; ITS – Chinese
Craddock, Cory James; Security Officer; University Police
Gellar-Goad, Jake Alexander; Administrative Assistant; Wake Forest Scholars
Hardy, Montel Nicholas; Recruiting Asst – Fellowship; Athletics: Football
Harrell, Stormy Lynne; Collections Manager; Anthropology: Museum
Heffner, Steven Miller; Staff Physician I; Student Health Service
Hough, Ashley; Security Officer; University Police
Inzko, Hannah Ivy; Director Academic Technology; IS: CIO
Jackson, Aldeen Hiawatha; Shuttle Driver; Parking & Transportation
Johnson, Joseph Nathanael; Police Officer; University Police
Jones, Patrick Neal; Game Day Assistant; Athletics: Game Day Operations
Onocha, Immanuela Akpesiri; EHS Specialist; EHS
Owen, Courtney Leigh; Assistant Coach; Athletics: Soccer – Women
Parks, Michael Paul; Service Technician; FACS: Maintenance Team 2
Phillips, Harriet; Law Exam Monitor; Law: Registrar’s Office
Pilcher, Jennifer Marie; Desk Clerk; Graylyn: Rooms
Scales, Jessica LeAnn; Case Manager; Office of Dean of Students
Smith, Mackenzie Shea; Assistant Director, Multimedia; Athletics: Multimedia
Taylor, Cordeshia Sharae; Shuttle Driver; Parking & Transportation
Tedder, Gregory R; Police Officer; University Police
Van Dorsten, Katherine B; Special Projects Coordinator; Strategy and Operations
Wooten, Randi Lauren; Police Officer; University Police

Goings:

Ballard, Brett Lee; Athletics: Basketball – Men
Benford, Carol Ann; Dean of Wake Forest College
Byrd, Kelsey Irene; Graylyn: Rooms
Childress, Heather McBride; WFU Art Collections
Fauser, Nancy Elaine; Biology
Gantt, Donald Reed; FACS: Custodial Services
Hart, Sherman R.; Reynolda House: Facilities
Hart, Wanda K.; Reynolda House: Facilities
Hennessey, Millicent Scotten; President’s Office
Jessee, Megan E.; Athletics: Soccer – Women
Jones, Marc Francis; FACS: Custodial Services
Murphrey, Gracely; Athletics: Sports Marketing
Ridge, Jane Overly; IS: Infrastructure
Stokes, Loyd Wade; Advancement: National Major Gifts
Thore, Katherine Ebert; Law: Elder Clinic
Verheyen, Jason Frederic; IS: Client Services
Waddell, Kaitlin Starr; Reynolda House: Store
Wilson, Daniel M.; IS: Infrastructure
Ziegler, McKenzie Elizabeth; Advancement: National Major Gifts

A message from Board of Trustees Chair Donna Boswell

This message was emailed to faculty and staff on behalf of Board of Trustees Chair Donna Boswell on May 15:

Dear Wake Forest faculty and staff,

Earlier today, a crowd of nearly 13,000 gathered on Hearn Plaza to celebrate the achievements of nearly 2,000 graduates in Wake Forest University’s Class of 2017. If you haven’t already, I invite you to visit wfu.edu to see their smiling faces, read their inspiring stories and remember their many accomplishments.

In the broader context of higher education, today also bears significance as the IRS Form 990 tax filing deadline for colleges and universities across the country. Because these filings include executive compensation information for top administrators, they often attract media attention. We on the Board of Trustees, together with President Hatch, want to be as open and transparent as possible concerning this information.

The tax filing will show that in 2015, Dr. Hatch received a base salary of $839,944 and a performance bonus of $92,000. Dr. Hatch’s total compensation is benchmarked regularly by a third-party consultant reporting to an independent committee of the Board. Due largely to the vesting of a 10-year $2.89 million supplemental executive retirement plan (SERP) and other benefits such as housing and automobile, Dr. Hatch’s total compensation for 2015 was reported as approximately $4.23 million. Excluding the SERP-related amounts, Dr. Hatch’s compensation is comparable to the previous year.

A SERP is a form of deferred compensation commonly used in recruiting and retaining senior executives. In its most recent annual review of presidential salaries, The Chronicle of Higher Education explained the practice of providing competitive retirement benefits such as a SERP:

“Deferred-compensation plans are used commonly in higher education as a retention tool for top administrators. They work like this: A university sets aside money, tax-free, each year in a prescribed fund for the college leader, who may not withdraw any money from that fund until an agreed-upon date. Those earnings are typically forfeited if the employee resigns before the specified date. These arrangements usually complement a standard retirement plan, such as a 401(k).”

The Board of Trustees’ original offer to Dr. Hatch in 2005 included a SERP that would vest upon completion of his 10th year as president in 2015. Each year an average of $255,000 was accrued in the SERP, and the proper amount for each year was reported on that year’s 990 return. Thus, more than $2.3 million of the vested $2.89 million SERP had been reported on the previous nine returns. Nevertheless, the reporting rules require that the entire vested benefit, which includes accruals reported in the previous nine years, plus the final accrual and any investment net earnings be reported in the year of vesting, which was 2015.

The Board is gratified that our investment in Dr. Hatch has paid dividends for our University. He has seen Wake Forest through a transformational period that includes achieving the largest fundraising effort in the University’s history, adding more than $200 million for student scholarships and $100 million for faculty compensation and academic programs. He has orchestrated major realignments in the areas of business and medicine, implemented a test-optional admissions policy, increased the diversity of our student body, set the gold standard for personal and career development, overseen the Reynolda Campus’ most significant renovation and building effort since the 1950s, and ensured an academic and residential environment that educates the whole person.

Not a day goes by that I do not appreciate the Board of Trustees’ vision for Wake Forest and their confidence in Dr. Hatch’s ability to lead us through such a successful period in the life of our beloved University. In addition to the untold number of hours Dr. and Mrs. Hatch commit to Wake Forest, they have been among our most generous philanthropic donors. We believe Dr. Hatch’s compensation over the course of his tenure reflects his exceptional leadership.

Sincerely,

Donna Boswell (’72, MA ’74)
Chair, Board of Trustees

Wondering about the weather? Check campus weather stations

If you are wondering what kind of weather to expect during commencement weekend and commencement day, you can get your answer in detail thanks to WeatherSTEM stations on top of the Miller Center and the scoreboard at BB&T Field.

The WeatherSTEM stations 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 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.

The stations also offer information through Facebook and Twitter accounts, which are updated through automation.  On Facebook, the accounts are identified as Wake Forest Weatherstem and Wake Forest Football Weatherstem.  On Twitter, the stations can be followed @WakeForestWxSTEM and @WFUFootballWxSTEM.

WeatherSTEM also offers apps for ios and Android.

Repaving of portion of Wake Forest Road to begin May 17

Starting May 17, work will begin to repave a long stretch of Wake Forest Road.  The estimated completion date for the project is May 26.

The repaving will take place on Wake Forest Road from Poteat Residence Hall to the rear area of Scales Fine Arts Center, near Allen Easley Street.

Roads will remain open during repaving, but traffic delays will occur.  Flagmen will be present, directing traffic.

Drivers may want to take alternate routes, when possible.

Specifically, the repaving will be in the area of the following buildings: Poteat Residence Hall, Huffman Residence Hall, Wingate Hall, Efird Residence Hall, Taylor Residence Hall, Davis Residence Hall, Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Olin Physical Laboratory, Salem Hall and Scales Fine Arts Center (front and back).

 

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.

Faculty

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

Staff

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.

Sincerely,

Nathan O. Hatch
President

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).