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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.

February 2014 comings and goings

See a list of employees joining and leaving the University in February 2014:

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CARE Team, a vital campus resource

CARE Team Logo (1)The following is a message from President Nathan Hatch:

Dear Wake Forest Faculty and Staff,

At Wake Forest University our Campus Assessment, Response and Evaluation (CARE) Team is a vital resource, available to all of us.  The CARE Team is here to help when you are worried about a student, colleague or anyone who is connected with our campus.  Knowing more about the role of this important resource is an good way to help support the wellbeing of all members of our campus community.

Our CARE Team assesses, responds to and provides ongoing evaluation of disruptive, troubling or threatening behaviors brought to the attention of the team.  Another of the team’s roles is to connect people in need of help with support services.  As a result of these connections, individuals are more likely to find themselves feeling better about their work and relationships, and more aware of the resources available to them.

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Call for tech savvy faculty and staff to present at TechXploration

TechXploration.300x175TechXploration is designed to showcase faculty use of technology and bring together faculty and staff who want to share their experiences with current technology efforts. Faculty, staff and students will be able to see how technologies are being leveraged in teaching, learning, research, engagement, and creative endeavors at Wake Forest.

Would you be willing to present what you are doing? Please send a note to Rick Matthews ( and/or Kory Riemensperger ( by Friday, March 21.

TechXploration will be held Tuesday, April 8, in room 401 of the Benson University Center. Each presenter will have an area set up in room 401 from noon to 3 p.m. to display a poster board, presentation materials and/or their technology. Attendees will visit displays to learn more about how technology is being used on the Wake Forest campus. Presenters are invited to participate for all or part of the event.

For more information about TechXploration, please contact Kory Riemensperger at

2014 Wake ‘N Shake

wakenshakeWake ‘N Shake, WFU’s 12-hour dance marathon benefiting the Brian Piccolo Cancer Research Fund, brings the campus community together to support those affected by cancer. The ninth annual Wake ‘N Shake will be held on March 22 from noon-midnight in Reynolds Gym.

This year’s theme is “Superheroes” and more than 1,075 students have registered.

The event is open to the entire campus community — faculty, staff and students. It’s an occasion to fight a disease that has touched each of us in some way. Please consider the following options to join and make a difference in the fight against cancer:

  • Register to participate on March 22 (more details available here)
  • Support a student participant by donating to him/her
  • Donate to the cause in general though the regular donation portal
  • Write a note of encouragement to a specific student participant, all of the student participants from your department, or the entire student body

If you have any questions about faculty and staff involvement at Wake ‘N Shake 2014, please email for information

Visit the Wake ‘N Shake website. Like Wake ‘N Shake on Facebook. Follow Wake ‘N Shake on Twitter @wfuWakeNShake

March 2014 faculty and staff milestones

See a list of faculty and staff milestones in March 2014:

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‘The Big Disruption: The Coming Transformation of Higher Education’

The world of higher education is being disrupted by many forces, which include rising costs and tuition rates, the advent of MOOCs and a decline in the number of college-age young people. On March 20 from 3 to 5 p.m. in Pugh Auditorium, Lynn Sutton, Dean of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library, will lead a panel of higher education experts in a discussion on the challenges and future of higher education.



• Michael Riley, CEO and editor-in-chief of The Chronicle of Higher Education
• Andy Chan, vice president for career development
• Rogan Kersh, provost

This event is free for Wake Forest University students, faculty and staff. Registration is encouraged and available online.

More information:
• A selected reading list on the future of higher education
• Join the conversation: #bigdisrupt