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Learning Assistance Center, Disability Services director named

Michael Shuman, associate director of the Wake Forest Learning Assistance Center, poses in the Z. Smith Reynolds Library on Thursday, August 18, 2011.

Michael Shuman

Michael Shuman has been promoted to director of Wake Forest’s Learning Assistance Center and Disability Services (LAC-DS).

As director, Shuman is responsible for providing leadership and vision in the areas of academic support and disability services for the University community. He manages the clinical and administrative operations of the LAC-DS, implements accommodations for students with disabilities and coordinates a comprehensive academic coaching and peer tutoring program for students.

Shuman had served since last July as interim director of the LAC-DS. Since joining the office’s staff in 1997, he had held several positions, including associate director, assistant director, and academic counselor and coordinator of special services.

“Having worked for over 18 years at Wake Forest, I have a deep understanding of our campus culture–both its challenges and accolades–and have come to love and value the Wake Forest community,” Shuman said.

“I am passionate about providing the support and resources that college students need to become successful, resilient and engaged learners, and I am both thrilled and grateful to be named director of the Learning Assistance Center and Disability Services,” he added. “I am so proud of what we do for our students and the greater Wake Forest community in the LAC-DS, and I am excited to continue to lead the office in our commitment to our mission of providing opportunities for all students to achieve academic success.”

The LAC-DS is part of the University’s Division of Campus Life.

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Update from Campus Climate Implementation Team

This message was e-mailed to students, staff and faculty May 5 on behalf of Chief Diversity Officer Barbee Oakes and Vice Provost Lynn Sutton:

Dear Campus Community,

With the end of the semester officially coming to a close with the conclusion of final exams, it seems fitting to update students, faculty and staff about Wake Forest’s ongoing efforts to strengthen our community and commitment to inclusion.

Over the past two years, several groups comprised of students, faculty, and staff met to provide recommendations on how to do so.

Through the work of our Campus Climate Implementation Team, a collaborative network of University leaders, faculty, staff and students commissioned by Provost Rogan Kersh, we have several notable updates to share:

  • Under the direction of Vice President for Campus Life Penny Rue and the Police Accountability Task Force, the University Police hired new staff and modified policies to ensure better relationships with community members. Significant changes include ongoing unconscious bias training, a new student patrol program, and continued dialogue between students and officers.

These improvements and many more are available at community.wfu.edu, our redesigned “Community-in-Progress” website that features updates about campus climate and sources feedback from members of the community to share with faculty, staff, and students driving change around diversity and inclusion.

We welcome any questions or comments and plan to provide details about forthcoming changes with community engagement opportunities this fall.

Thank you for your role in our collective and sustained efforts. We move forward only when we all remain committed to the promising work of making Wake Forest a place that truly feels like home to all university members.

Sincerely,

Barbee Oakes, Chief Diversity Officer and Lynn Sutton, Vice Provost

Co-Chairs, Campus Climate Implementation Team

 

Meet Wake Forest’s bike-riding parking enforcement officer

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This is a guest post from the Office of Sustainability:

Wake Forest’s new parking enforcement officer, Kathy Kullman, is much like others in the Parking and Transportation Office.  She strives to be friendly and approachable throughout the day to those she meets on the job. But, there is something different about her.

What sets her apart is not hard to notice.  Her favorite means of getting around campus is human-powered. Kullman is often on a bicycle when she is on the job.

Kullman has committed to biking throughout a significant portion of her workday. After previously working as a bicycle patrol officer for a school in California, it was a “no-brainer” when Alex Crist, director of Parking and Transportation, asked about her preference on biking.

“Having a parking enforcement officer on a bike is great for our campus,” says Crist. “We are saving money on fuel, reducing our carbon footprint, and providing an invaluable resource of increased accessibility to our campus community.”

Parking enforcement officers can, unfortunately, generate negative perceptions at times. Enabling officers to patrol on a bike can help break down these barriers and increase engagement with community members. Kullman, who has been on her bike for approximately one month, recalls countless positive interactions with students, faculty and staff while biking. One such interaction involved a faculty member applauding her for her efforts.

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Wake Forest News site gets a dynamic makeover

news-homepage.435This week, Wake Forest introduced a new and improved online newsroom (news.wfu.edu) to deliver newsworthy content in a visually-compelling, mobile-responsive and easy-to-navigate design.

“The primary goal of redesigning our online newsroom has been to help journalists covering Wake Forest to do their jobs quicker, easier and better,” said Katie Neal, executive director, news and communications. “Now news.wfu.edu is the digital extension of our team’s guiding philosophy: make telling Wake Forest stories a positive experience for news media by providing them as much content, access and support as possible.”

The online newsroom is the first phase of a multi-year effort by the Office of Communications and External Relations to focus on content marketing and responsive design in order to enhance the University’s storytelling efforts across all platforms. While journalists are the primary audience for the online newsroom, many of the stories told at news.wfu.edu will be of interest to a wide range of audiences interested in Wake Forest and may provide informative content for prospective students, parents, colleagues, alumni and donors visiting departmental or administrative websites.

Key features and benefits of the enhanced online newsroom include:

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Staff Advisory Council elects members

Wake Forest’s Staff Advisory Council (SAC) elected 10 new members and re-elected three members in April.

Newly-elected members from the University’s staff include: Steve Allen, Marc Jones, Denise Kelly, Sheila Lockhart, Wendy Logan, Barbara Meredith, Jennifer Rogers, Sarah Smith, Cynthia Tucker and Valerie Waddell..

Re-elected staff members include: Mark Cook, Kevin Cox and Susan Edwards.

Members completing their SAC service include: Shannon Badgett, Matt Clifford, Karen Frekko, Kim Hampton, Jennifer Killingsworth and Teresa Watson.

Established with the support of the President’s Office, the SAC has a number of key responsibilities, including serving as a forum of exchange  about policies and issues affecting Wake Forest employees; listening to, examining and responding to ideas, concerns and suggestions of the staff; and conveying those ideas, concerns and suggestions to the University administration.

Its meetings, held monthly during the academic year, are open to staff.  More information about the SAC is available here.

Benefits fair to be held May 3 in Benson University Center

This is a guest post from Human Resources:

The Benefits Fair will be held Tuesday, May 3, in Benson 401, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This event offers the opportunity to meet with providers and colleagues representing all of the Wake Forest Wellbeing dimensions. You may enroll for benefits at the fair, gather helpful information, enjoy refreshments, and register to win raffle prizes. Annual Benefits Enrollment ends May 6.

Provost Office grants announced

This is a guest post from the Office of the Provost:

The Provost’s Office is pleased to announce the following grants for Spring 2016

Nathan and Julie Hatch Research Grant for Academic Excellence

Stephanie Koscak, Royal Subjects: Mass Media and the Reinvention of Reverence in England, 1649-1760, Week at the Summer Research Institute , Harris Manchester College, Oxford University

Provost’s Fund for Academic Innovation

Melissa Harris-Perry, Marianne Magjuka, Dani Parker, Fahim Gulamali, Pro Humanitate Institute, Wake the Vote, Part II

Amanda Gengler, Sociology, Food & Inequality in Global Context

Steve Virgil, Law; John Senior, Divinity, Public Leadership and Professional Identity

Provost’s Fund for Academic Excellence

Mike Green, Law, World Tort Law Society: Comparative Study of Liability Law for Road Traffic Accidents

Tanya Zanish-Belcher, Z. Smith Reynolds Library, University Archives Research Internship

Morna O’Neill, Art, Lost Art: Photography and Display

Provost’s Fund for a Vibrant Campus

Katie Wolf, Hanes Art Gallery, Alexander T. Oleksyn: The Confined Line

Provost’s Grant for Academic Excellence

Jeff Eller, Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Saving Born Digital ebooks in Libraries

Olga Valbuena, English, Southeastern Renaissance Conference – Shakespeare Quadricentennial 

Lucas Johnston, Religion, Placing Pedagogy: Teaching Religion and Nature in the South

It’s time to focus on annual benefits enrollment

This is a guest post from Human Resources:

Nearly 500 colleagues have completed Annual Benefits Enrollment. If you have not already done so, please join them by May 6. 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 participate 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 6.

Contact the Benefits team at benefits@nullwfu.edu or 336.758.6404 with questions.

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

2016-17 Wake Forest Fellows selected

A group photo of the new Wake Forest Fellows for the 2016-17 academic year, in front of Reynolda Hall on Wednesday, April 27, 2016.

Wake Forest Fellows for 2016-17

Twelve seniors will remain in the Wake Forest campus community following graduation in May as Wake Forest Fellows.  They will work in offices across campus, including the President’s Office, the Pro Humanitate Institute, the Z. Smith Reynolds Library and the Office of Personal and Career Development.

Since 2008, the Wake Forest Fellows program has provided exceptional Wake Forest college graduates with the opportunity to work in higher education administration for a year. Each fellow will serve as a full-time Wake Forest employee, starting this summer.  In addition to working with top administrators in a particular department, the fellows will participate in leadership activities and interact with faculty, staff and students to learn about the inner workings of higher education.

“We’re welcoming a class of Fellows that has excelled across the campus in academics, in service, and in leadership,” said Marybeth Wallace, special assistant to President Nathan O. Hatch.  “We can’t wait to feel all of that youthful energy in our offices.”
This group also represents the first time that fellowships have been arranged for Reynolda House Museum of American Art, the Pro Humanitate Institute and Wake Downtown: Biomedical Sciences and Engineering.

The Wake Forest Fellows for 2016-17 are:

  • Olivia Clark: Reynolda House (Ellicott City, Md.), History/minor, Italian
  • Kent Garrett: Information Systems (Noblesville, Ind.), Sociology/minors, Journalism and Entrepreneurship
  • Brian Hart: Dean of the College (Oxford, N.C), Politics and International Affairs
  • Millicent Hennessey: President’s Office (New York, N.Y.), Chinese Language and Culture
  • Sarah Hoyle: Personal and Career Development (Clemmons, N.C.), Politics and International Affairs
  • Kylie Kinder: START Gallery (Oak Park, Calif.), Art History and Psychology
  • Alexa King: Campus Life (Dallas, Texas), Psychology/minor, Health and Human Services
  • Sophia (Sophie) Leveque: Z. Smith Reynolds Library (Newport Beach, Calif.), Communication and English
  • Alexa King: Campus Life (Dallas, Texas), Psychology/minor, Health and Human Services
  • Aishwarya (Ash) Nagar: Wake Downtown/Biomedical Sciences and Engineering (New Delhi, India), Biology/minors, Religion, Neuroscience, Philosophy
  • Chanel Shulman: Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center (Myrtle Beach, S.C.), Psychology and Economics
  • Terry (T.J.) Smith: Provost’s Office (Greensboro, N.C.), Politics and International Studies
  • Camry Wilborn: Pro Humanitate Institute (Winston-Salem, N.C.), Politics and International Studies and Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies/minor, Communication

“My selection as a fellow means that I have been given a tremendous opportunity to continue to learn and grow while simultaneously giving back to the institution I have to come to love,” said T.J. Smith.  “I have the chance to be mentored by a cadre of esteemed leaders in what will be the developmental opportunity of a lifetime.”

As a fellow, Smith said, he expects “to gain a new insight and perspective into how the strategic direction and inner mechanics of the University come together to move our community forward.”

Alumni of the Wake Forest Fellows program have pursued careers in law, medicine, public policy and more. Several have since received prestigious academic awards such as Rhodes and Fulbright scholarships.

Harriger named director for Wake Washington program

Wake Forest political science professor Katy Harriger poses in her office in Tribble Hall on Friday, November 4, 2011.

Katy Harriger

Katy Harriger, professor and chair of politics and international affairs, has been named faculty director of Wake Forest’s new Wake Washington program, which will combine academic and internship experiences in the nation’s capital.

Scheduled to launch in fall 2017, the program will provide students with “outstanding opportunities to explore what it means to be a citizen, a policy maker, and a leader,” said Michele Gillespie, dean of the College.

As faculty director, Harriger will oversee the program and serve as the on-site faculty member for the first semester of the program.

“Katy Harriger is one of our very best teacher-scholars and the perfect person for this new role,” Gillespie said. “Her commitment to students, unwavering expectation of rigorous learning in and out of the classroom, important scholarship on American politics, and leadership abilities are all exceptional.”

Each year, Wake Forest will offer a fall and spring semester program. Modeled after Wake Forest’s study abroad centers in Venice, Vienna and London, the new program will offer close faculty-student engagement and high academic standards. A faculty member will take 16 undergraduate students with them to Washington and teach courses in their area of expertise capitalizing on learning experiences available there.

The first set of classes will include “U.S. Policymaking in the 21st Century” and “American Constitutional Law: Separation of Powers and Federalism,” taught by Harriger. They will include visits to Capitol Hill, the Supreme Court and the White House. Future semesters could focus on art, communication, science or other fields of study.  Go here for the full story.