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Conference on intercultural learning, free to WFU community

The WISE_header1WISE Conference, Wake Forest’s premier conference focusing on intercultural learning will be held on Feb. 5-6 at the Marriott Hotel Winston-Salem in downtown Winston-Salem. The conference is free for Wake Forest faculty and staff; however, registration is required through Eventbrite.

Hosted by the Center for Global Programs and Studies, WISE helps faculty and staff leaders, program coordinators and student advisors develop the knowledge and skills they need to help study abroad students — including international students who “study abroad” in the U.S. or another country — develop intercultural skills and awareness.

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An important message about the flu at Wake Forest

A message from the Wake Forest Student Health Service

The Student Health Service has begun to see large numbers of students (especially undergraduates) with influenza, “the flu”.  Typical symptoms include sudden onset of fever, body aches, headaches, sore throat, cough, and fatigue. Influenza is typically a self limiting illness that last from 5-7 days.  Influenza is a highly contagious illness that is easily spread in a classroom setting.

The purpose of this e-mail is to inform faculty, staff and students of this outbreak and to encourage appropriate public health measures with respect to class attendance and participation in other mandated activities.

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Womack named 2015 MLK ‘Building the Dream’ award winner

womack.300x175Associate librarian Hu Womack  has been named a Wake Forest University 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. “Building the Dream” award winner.

The award is traditionally presented to a student and a professor or administrator from both Wake Forest and Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) who exemplify King’s qualities and promote diversity within the community. This year, one campus leader and two students were recognized at Wake Forest.

In addition to his work as an instructional librarian, Hu Womack is a faculty fellow for South Hall and an academic adviser. He hosts a Thanksgiving lunch for students unable to travel home for the holiday season, works to create programs that are helpful and engaging to first year students and shares his time and energy supporting and mentoring members of Wake Forest’s LGBTQ community. He is beloved by students, faculty and staff alike for his helpfulness and cheerfulness and his commitment to building a community that values everyone. Womack, who earned his undergraduate degree from Wake Forest in 1990 and his MBA in 2000, has been a full-time employee in the Z. Smith Reynolds library for more than 20 years.
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January 2015 staff milestones

Lacy R. Watson, a maintenance technician at Graylyn, has been a part of the Wake Forest community for 25 years. Below is a list of other staff members celebrating milestones this month.

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January 2015 faculty milestones

Richard WilliamsRichard Williams is celebrating 30 years as a physics professor at Wake Forest. Below is a list of other faculty milestones in January 2015.

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Jeffrey Eller; Head of Acquistions & Descript; Z. Smith Reynolds Library
Jayashree Gokhale; Professor of Practice, Law; Law: School Adm Expense
Kathleen Lotterhos; Assistant Professor; Biology
Mark Scholl; Associate Prof. of Counseling; Counseling
Claudia Vestal; Visiting Assistant Professor; Romance Languages

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Remembering Life Trustee Pete Kulynych

54bd53e6d84e6.imageToday the Wake Forest community celebrates the life and mourns the passing of parent, Life Trustee, and longtime University benefactor Petro ‘Pete’ Kulynych, who died on Saturday, Jan. 17 at the age of 93 (obituary).

Kulynych’s remarkable service to Wake Forest dates back to the mid-1970s when he served as chairman of the Parents’ Association. He was elected to the Board of Trustees in 1976 and served four terms before being named a Life Trustee in 1995. He also served on the Medical Center board of visitors and received an honorary degree from Wake Forest in 1997.

In 1998, Kulynych and his wife, Roena, were named North Carolina Philanthropists of the Year. His philanthropic legacy to Wake Forest includes several endowed scholarships, the Kulynych Faculty Support Fund, and the Roena Kulynych Center for Memory and Cognition Research at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

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Green recognized by Association of American Law Schools

michael greenLaw Professor Michael Green was recognized by the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Torts and Compensation Systems Section on Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015. The section presented Green with the annual William L. Prosser Award for outstanding contribution in scholarship, teaching and service related to tort law.

In attendance were Interim Dean Suzanne Reynolds (’77), Executive Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Ron Wright and Associate Dean for Research and Development Jonathan Cardi, who was one of Green’s former law students. Also in attendance were a number of other Wake Forest Law faculty members and staff as well as Green’s three children, his wife, Carol, and his brother and sister.

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Hatch concludes tenure as chair of NCAA Division I Board of Directors

nathan.hatch.basketballPresident Nathan Hatch concluded his two-year tenure as chair of the NCAA Division I Board of Directors last week and was honored for guiding a transformative restructuring of the top division’s governance system.

The reorganization grants student-athletes voting representation at all levels of decision-making and will ultimately allow schools with the greatest financial resources a greater degree of autonomy from other Division I members in specific policy areas. Changes include allowing the NCAA’s top conferences to offer additional aid to athletes and strengthen the value of scholarships.

“It has been my honor to serve as chair during a period that, from most perspectives, has been a challenging and pivotal time for both college athletics and the NCAA,” said Hatch. “I am proud of what we have accomplished together as we move into this new era of autonomy.”

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A conversation with ‘Mr. Wake Forest': Livestream available

Ed WilsonThe Z. Smith Reynolds Library Lecture Series Committee is proud to kick-off the spring 2015 events by giving Wake Forest students the opportunity to spend an hour with Ed Wilson. This “Oprah-style” hour will be an informal opportunity for students to ask questions and hear reflections from “Mr. Wake Forest” himself.

Wilson is a legendary figure on campus — graduating from Wake Forest in 1943, returning to teach English in 1951, becoming Wake Forest’s first provost in 1967, and receiving numerous accolades along the way. The Wilson Wing of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library is named in his honor.

The event will be held on  Thursday, Jan. 22, at 4 p.m. in the ZSR Library Auditorium. Doors open to the first 100 students at 3:30; open to the general public at 3:55. An overflow room will be set up in Room 204. Though the event is geared for students, faculty and staff are welcome, and livestream viewing is available here.

IRS announces 403(b) retirement plan limits for 2015

The Internal Revenue Service has announced its 403(b) retirement plan limits for 2015. Individual limits may apply based on age, salary and past contributions. In the spirit of sustainability, this information is exclusively available online.

You may visit the Human Resources website for information regarding the new retirement plan limits. If you have questions about your personal contributions, please contact Human Resources at 336-758-4700 or AskHR@nullwfu.edu.