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A message from President Hatch

This message from President Hatch was e-mailed to students, faculty and staff on April 25:

Dear Wake Forest students, faculty and staff,

The conclusion of spring semester offers an opportunity for reflection. Recently, I’ve been thinking about the nature of our campus – a dynamic learning community that embraces individuals. Together, through face-to-face conversation, we increasingly appreciate differences and engage each other with respect and understanding. Each day, we continue to create a better culture and an institution that is greater than the sum of our parts.

Saturday marked one month since HB2 became state law. This controversial measure limits civil rights protections for members of the LGBTQ community in North Carolina.

The operations of private institutions, like Wake Forest, are not directly affected by this legislation. Our non-discrimination statement provides protection for gender identity and sexual orientation. However, there is no doubting HB2’s negative impact on members of our university community and the greater Winston-Salem and North Carolina community; on our institution, as we seek to recruit, retain and welcome students, faculty, staff and visitors; and on our society, as it works to appreciate differences in an increasingly polarized culture.

A university is a place where academic freedom and freedom of expression are fundamental. It’s a place where community members can voice their beliefs – whether progressive or conservative, radical or traditional. It’s a place where we prize diversity, equity and a culture that encourages success and fulfillment for all. It’s a place where we strive to enhance students’ capability to disagree, in a spirit of courtesy and friendship, with those whose opinions they do not understand or appreciate. And it’s a place where we stand up for one another in the face of discrimination.

It has been well documented that HB2 was passed hastily. Even as lawmakers reconvene today, the pressing question for me – as a citizen and as a university president – is how we seek solutions that affirm the diversity among us. In North Carolina, a state that has long mediated conservative and progressive traditions, it is unfortunate that our leaders have not found common ground in ways that recognize the equality of all of our citizens.

The divisive nature of HB2 is in sharp contrast with the inclusive values of Wake Forest. For this, among other reasons, I wish to make clear my opposition to it. If you haven’t already, I encourage you to read the story on our website about the efforts of our administrators, faculty, staff and students in support of the LGBTQ community on our campus and indeed everywhere. I am grateful for the leadership of Angela Mazaris, who, along with many allies and advocates, works to advance equality and fairness every day. I have great appreciation for her support of our LGBTQ community and her efforts to help educate our entire campus about issues of gender identity and sexual orientation.

Together, we have worked to make Wake Forest more diverse and welcoming, and a place where students learn the art of conversation, practice thoughtful deliberation and engage in meaningful dialogue with one another. As the semester comes to a close, let us continue to do so in the spirit of Pro Humanitate.

Sincerely,

Nathan O. Hatch

President

Annual benefits enrollment begins April 25

This is a guest post from Human Resources:

Annual Benefits Enrollment begins today and runs through May 6. Visit the Annual Benefits Enrollment webpage to review the guidebook and 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).

Next Week at Wake – ABE GraphicIf 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.

During the enrollment period, contact the Benefits team at benefits@nullwfu.edu or 336.758.6404 with questions. Additionally, details will be provided at the following events:

  • Information sessions: April 26, 11:00 a.m. – Noon (Benson, Pugh Auditorium) and May 2, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. (Farrell Hall, Room A17)
  • Benefits Fair: May 3, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Benson 401)

Your new elections will be viewable in WIN ​June 13 and effective July 1.
*Includes individuals eligible for medical coverage through the Affordable Care Act.

March 2016 faculty and staff milestones

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March 2016 comings and goings

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Executive Vice President Milam to present annual update

This message was sent by email to students, staff and faculty today on behalf of the Faculty Senate:

At the invitation of the Faculty Senate, Hof Milam, executive vice president, will give his annual financial update to the University on Tuesday, April 26, at 4 p.m. in Pugh Auditorium (Benson University Center).

Mr. Milam will review the Wake Forest University budget for the next year, as well as provide information on the financial challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. The Senate enthusiastically invites all Wake Forest University students, staff and faculty to attend.

Communication faculty participating in Great Strides

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This is a guest post from the Department of Communication:

Department of Communication faculty are helping add tomorrows for the thousands of Americans living with cystic fibrosis by joining the department team to walk in the Great Strides Walk on campus Saturday, April 23, at 10 a.m. on Davis Field.

Last year, the team raised $2,500. Department Chairman Allan Louden with his dog, Glacier, as well as Ron Von Burg, Alessandra Von Burg, Ananda Mitra, and other faculty and students will participate in the walk.

The faculty and students are involved to support graduate student Michael White, according to Alessandra Von Burg.

“We are walking for Michael to give even more tomorrows for the moms, dads, sisters, brothers, daughters, sons, friends and co-workers who struggle every day just to breathe,” said Alessandra Von Burg. “Michael is a CF parent who is committed to showing his son that all lives matter and that there are countless people willing to support him and the thousands of others living with cystic fibrosis.”

1. Register to walk with the team at http://fightcf.cff.org/goto/WakeCommunication.

2. Donate to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in a team member’s name athttp://fightcf.cff.org/goto/WakeCommunication or through a team member’s personal page (i.e.http://fightcf.cff.org/goto/WFUMichaelWhite). Donations are tax-deductible.

To learn more about CF and the CF Foundation, visit www.cff.org.

“This is a great opportunity for us to show support and solidarity with our campus and the broader Winston-Salem community. Please join us in our efforts to fight this devastating genetic disease!”

Benefits Fair to be held May 3 in Benson University Center

The 2016 annual benefits fair for faculty and staff will be held May 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Benson University Center, Room 401.

More than 40 benefit providers will be present with representatives available to speak with attendees.

In addition to booths for vendors such as Blue Cross Blue Shield, the fair will also have a booth for the THRIVE program associated with the Office of Wellbeing. HELPS (Healthy Exercise and Lifestyle Programs) will be present, too.

Refreshments will be served. Raffle prizes will be offered.

Human Resources, which is organizing the event, will also be reminding benefits-eligible faculty and staff to take note of the benefits enrollment period that runs from April 25-May 6.

For more information, visit hr.wfu.edu or call 336-758-6404.

Sustainability Office offers Magnolias Curriculum Project

This is a guest post from the Office of Sustainability:

Wake Forest faculty are invited to enhance teaching and engagement with sustainability issues by participating in the Magnolias Curriculum Project. No prior experience with sustainability-related issues in the classroom or in research is necessary, and faculty at all ranks and career stages are welcome!

This innovative approach to curricular change, modeled on the nationally renowned Piedmont Project (Emory University) and Ponderosa Project (Northern Arizona University), provides faculty with an intellectually stimulating and collegial experience to pool their expertise. Faculty who would like to develop a new course module or an entirely new course that engages issues of sustainability and the environment are encouraged to apply.

The workshop will explore how we can meaningfully integrate sustainability—broadly defined—into our classrooms. Although we start by taking a close look at Wake Forest University and the larger Piedmont region, we invite participants to engage in local to global comparisons.

The Magnolia Project kicks off with a two-day workshop in May that offers opportunities to extend research and teaching horizons across disciplines and create new networks with fellow colleagues. Following the workshop, faculty participants prepare discipline-specific course materials on their own over the summer. They reconvene in early August to discuss their insights and experiences. Participants receive a stipend of $500 ($250 upon completion of the workshop; $250 upon completion of a new or revised syllabus).

Applications for the May 2016 workshop will be accepted through April 22, 2016. Click here to apply for the 2016 Magnolias Project: http://sustainability.wfu.edu/academic-research/magnolias-curriculum-project/magnolias-project-apply-to-participate/

10-digit dialing begins April 23

This is a guest post from Information Systems:

Beginning Saturday, April 23, 2016, 10-digit dialing (area code + the seven-digit telephone number) will be necessary for local and expanded local calls to be completed. This requirement is the result of a new area code being introduced for the Piedmont region of North Carolina. Our local 336 area code is not going away. Only new numbers will be assigned a 743 area code. The same dialing procedure will apply to telephone numbers assigned to the new 743 area code.

What you need to know

  • Campus to campus calls using 4 digits will not change

  • Campus callers using a landline must first dial 9 to access an outside line, and then the full 10-digit telephone number when calling other 336 telephone numbers

  • Long distance dialing to other area codes will not change

  • Websites and printed materials should provide the full 10-digit telephone number

  • Telephone speed dial settings using 7 digit dialing for 336 telephone numbers must be updated to use 10-digit telephone numbers

  • Equipment such as fax machines or modems may need to be reprogrammed or updated to use the 10-digit telephone number

  • Some mobile phone service providers already require 10-digit dialing, such as AT&T. Check with your service provider about the use of 10-digit dialing

  • Three-digit numbers that are currently available in our community or from your provider, such as 211, 311, 511, 611, 711 or 811, will not change

Start using 10-digit dialing TODAY! You can begin using the full 10-digit dialing before it becomes necessary on April 23rd.

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

Information Systems Service Desk

Panel discussion on HB 2 to be held April 18 in Farrell Hall

A panel discussion on HB 2 and its impact on Wake Forest and North Carolina will be held April 18 in Farrell Hall’s Broyhill Auditorium.  “Beyond Bathrooms: HB and its Impacts” will begin at 5 p.m.

The event is sponsored by the LGBTQ Center, the Division of Campus Life and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.  All are welcome to attend.

Panelists from Wake Forest will include:  Dani Benitez, student activist; Richard Caban-Cubero, student activist; Katy Harriger, professor of politics and international affairs; Derek Hicks, assistant professor in the School of Divinity; Tanya Jachimiak, Title IX coordinator; Marianne Magjuka, director of democratic engagement and justice programs in the Pro Humanitate Institute; Angela Mazaris, director of the LGBTQ Center; and Penny Rue, vice president for campus life.