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December 2016 staff milestones

See a list of staff milestones in December 2016:

1 Year

Janice Meredith Tucker Lindel; Admissions Assistant; Admissions: Undergraduate

5 Years

Carolyn Ann Disney; Tennis Center Assistant; Athletics: Indoor Tennis Ctr

Mark Allen Seaver; Asst Coord, Sports Performance; Athletics: Weight Room

10 Years

Loretta Michelle Ridgill; Custodian; FACS: Custodial Services

15 Years

Richard Edwin King; Instructional Tech Consultant; Psychology

Nancy F. Pierce; Administrative Assistant; Advancement: National Major Gifts

Michael Anthony Taylor; Lead Set Up Attendant; Graylyn: Conference Services

 20 Years

Peggy P. Beckman; Administrative Coordinator; Chaplain’s Office

Lisa A. Myers; Assistant Director; Financial Aid Office

25 Years

Tammy Spicer Wiles; Executive Director; Advancement: Data & Reporting Svcs

Comings and goings for November 2016

See a list of employees joining and leaving the University in November 2016:


Beale, Seth William; Tutor; Athletics: Student Athletes Svcs
Black, Kathy C; Protection Officer; Reynolda House: Security
Fleet, Gary Norman; Truck Driver; Athletics: Football
Jordan, Christopher Derrick; Director; Reynolda House: Public Programs
Madenyika, Tanyaradzwa Beverley; Coordinator; Law: LL.M. Program
McNear, Marla Lenise; Procurement Specialist II; Procurement Services
Merrill, Kimberly Himan; Director; WFUSB-Charlotte Program Admin
Ramsey, Mary Anne; Protection Officer; Reynolda House: Security
Rice, Diahann Carol; Administrative Assistant; Advancement: Divinity Sch Develop
Siverson, Dawn Michelle; Operations Manager; Real Estate
Watson, Golden Alan; Service Technician II; FACS: Maintenance & Utilities Oper.
Wicker, Preston B; Communications Officer; University Police
Womack, Katherine Lee; Assistant Director; Reynolda House: Collections Mgt
Wray, Leigh Anne; Administrative Assistant; College: Academic Support


Connelly, Belinda F.; FACS: Custodial Services
Espenschied, Thomas M.; Reynolda House: Event/Program Mgmt
Gibson, Felicia Ann; Graylyn: Food Services
Gomersall, Daryl ; Graylyn: Admin & General
Quinn, Laura J; History
Shah, Lopa Bansi; WFDD – Development
Sheff, Catherine E.; President’s Home



Residence Life, Deacon OneCard begin moving Dec. 12

This announcement was emailed to students, faculty and staff by Communications and External Relations:

Construction continues on the new residence hall on the south campus of Wake Forest University on Wednesday, November 16, 2016.

The Residence Life and Housing Office and the Deacon OneCard Office will begin Monday, Dec. 12, moving to a new location on campus.

Currently located in Alumni Hall, both offices will move to the ground floor of Maya Angelou Residence Hall, which is scheduled to open for residential students in January 2017.

The entrance for the offices will be at the rear of Maya Angelou Residence Hall.  The building is located at the corner of Wingate Road and Jasper Memory Lane.

Due to on-going construction at the new location for the remainder of this year, the offices’ services will be limited until Jan. 2.

If you have questions or need services pertaining to your campus ID Card, Card Access Systems, Physical Security Technology, Residence Life and Housing operations (exam care package pickup, moving out/checking out of the residence halls, etc.), please call 336.758.5185 or email

Faculty, staff invited to bring children to campus party Dec. 13

Faculty and staff are encouraged to bring their families, including their children, to the University’s annual holiday party on Dec. 13.  The free event will take place from 3-6 p.m. at The Barn.

Refreshments–food and beverages–will be served.

Shuttles will bring guests to the party from the circle in front of Benson University Center and from University Corporate Center.

Some highlights of the holiday include:

–Three children’s activity stations will be set up:  cookie decorating, arts and crafts, games.
–Santa Claus will attend and be available for photos taken with children.
–In the spirit of Pro Humanitate, guests are encouraged to bring nonperishable food for a food drive supporting The Big Four Million Meals Challenge.

Guns N’Roses tickets offered to students, faculty and staff Dec. 9

gnr-digi-board-858x242-1Wake Forest University students, faculty and staff will have the chance to take advantage of a special PRE-SALE ticket opportunity on Friday, Dec. 9,  for the “GUNS N’ ROSES: Not In This Lifetime Tour ” event being held at BB&T Field on Friday, Aug. 11, 2017.

Beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, those interested in purchasing tickets can go to and use the code: TURNTABLE to access the pre-sale opportunity.  Pre-Sale will end at 10 p.m. Dec. 9.  Remaining tickets will go on sale to the general public on Saturday, Dec. 10 beginning at 10 a.m.  PRE-SALE TICKETS CAN ONLY BE PURCHASED ONLINE.

BB&T Field is one of only nine U.S. venues that will host the tour in 2017 and the only in the Mid-Atlantic region.  It is the first large concert event to be held at BB&T Field since the early 1990s and is expected to sell out.The event is being managed by the Wake Forest Department of Athletics.

Facilities and Campus Services introduces staff recognition program

This is a guest post from Facilities and Campus Services:

Facilities and Campus Services is excited to introduce a staff recognition program in January 2017. “F&CS-elect” will recognize staff for demonstrating one or more of five values integral to the operations of the department.

The nomination process begins with a WFU colleague submitting a narrative about a Facilities & Campus Services staff member who has demonstrated an outstanding service or project, etc. He/she can be nominated for; efficiency, leadership, ethical behavior, customer focus and/or teamwork/workforce. The nominee will be awarded points based on their efforts, and the summation of points will determine the level of award received. The value of the award ranges from $25.00-150.00.

The Facilities & Campus Services staff work diligently across the campus community to create, maintain, and service the campus for our faculty, staff, and students. Often their work is accomplished behind the scenes, with very little impact to anyone’s day. This program encourages an on-going culture of recognition so that the critical work that our staff performs can be commended and rewarded, on a continual basis.

Nominations can be submitted at any time on the F&CS website or via e-mail to F&

Tobacco cessation classes to be offered in 2017

This is a guest post from Human Resources:

tobacco-cessation-program-next-week-at-wake-graphicJanuary 10 through February 21, Wake Forest University will sponsor tobacco cessation classes in partnership with the Forsyth County Department of Health and American Lung Association. This free program will provide education, resources, and support for full-time, part-time, and temporary faculty and staff. Faculty and staff should register for the seven-week program, which will be held in Reynolda Hall, Room 301, on Tuesdays from Noon to 1 p.m.

Participants should consult their physicians prior to beginning the classes, and they may choose to combine the program with tobacco cessation medications. Wake Forest University medical plan participants have access to FDA-approved prescription tobacco cessation drugs and over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapy drugs (with a prescription). Generic drugs are covered without a copayment for two 90-day supplies.

If you are not currently enrolled in a medical plan, you may receive a tobacco cessation product benefit up to $150, based on submitted receipts.

Contact Human Resources at or (336) 758-4700 for more information.

Training offered this week on responding to work place violence

The University will offer a class titled “Active Shooter Response (Run, Hide, Fight)” on Dec. 8 to students, faculty and staff.  The class is intended to instruct people on how to respond to an active shooter incident or other types of work place violence.  The class stresses awareness, preparation and rehearsal, which are considered by experts to be key to safety in such situations.

The class will take place from 1-2:15 p.m. in Reynolda Hall, Room 301.

It will be taught by Wake Forest Emergency Manager August Vernon ( and University Police Sgt. Lesia Finney (

Registration is encouraged.  To register, visit the Professional Development Center website.

Levy participates in Beethoven conference in Jerusalem

Wake Forest University holds its annual Founders' Day Convocation in Wait Chapel on Thursday, February 18, 2016. Professor of Music and Associate Dean for Faculty Governance David Levy receives the Donald O. Schoonmaker Faculty Award for Community Service.

Recently, Professor of Music and Beethoven scholar David Levy joined international scholars and musicians in Jerusalem, Israel, for a three-day conference.  Titled “Beethoven’s Creative Vision: Journeys and Worlds,” the conference focused on Ludwig van Beethoven’s major instrumental works.

Levy, author of “Beethoven: The Ninth Symphony,” taught a string-quartet seminar at the conference. He has been engaged in Beethoven scholarship throughout his academic career.

The conference was held at the Israel Institute for Advanced Studies on Hebrew University’s Givat Ram campus.

The Jerusalem Post published a story about the conference and quoted Levy substantially.

“No other composer speaks to my intellect and soul in equal measure as Beethoven does with his music,” Levy is quoted as saying in The Jerusalem Post.

In the piece, Levy is reported as lamenting the lack of awareness of Beethoven by students in the United States’ school systems.

WakeUnited: Keslar strives to help others succeed

This is the fifth of a series of pieces written about Wake Forest community members who are committed to WakeUnited, the United Way campaign at Wake Forest.

Vicki Keslar, Executive Assistant in the Wake Forest University Office of Personal and Career Development, Thursday, May 19, 2011.

Vicki Keslar’s drive to help others succeed is clear, not just through her work at the Office of Personal & Career Development (OPCD), but also through her involvement in WakeUnited.

As operations manager for OPCD at Wake Forest, she helps students find meaningful careers that reflect their values and allow them to become involved members of the community.

Through her investment in WakeUnited, Keslar works to support the success of all who live in Forsyth County.

“It all goes back to community and the responsibility of each of us to do what we can to continue improving it, not only for ourselves but for our neighbors as well,” Keslar says.

She feels fortunate to live and work in a community that understands how the United Way supports local agencies that help people in need.

“The United Way provides hope for the people in our community who, often, do not feel like there is any left,” she says. “They provide opportunities that have seemed unlikely or impossible.”

Keslar has been involved with the United Way since she started working at Wake Forest University in 2009; this is her third year as a member of the Women’s Leadership Council. She sees the university’s support of the United Way as a “natural overlap” with its vision of shaping ethically informed leaders to serve humanity.

It is an opportunity to take our university’s spirit of Pro Humanitate and broaden it beyond our campus,” she explains. “It is the support from our fellow Wake Forest friends that make such important investments in our community possible.”

The 2016 WakeUnited campaign encourages faculty and staff to pledge support for United Way and its critical mission in the community. A personalized pledge link has been sent to your email, or you can make your pledge at