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Staff, students continue water conservation success


Biology professor Miles Silman makes his conservation pledge.

Out of a field of 125 colleges and universities, Wake Forest students placed in the top five in fresh water savings for the second year in a row during the 2015 Campus Conservation Nationals competition.

Campus Conservation Nationals is a nationwide, three-week effort among institutions of higher learning to conserve electricity and water.

From Feb. 9 to March 1, Wake Forest students competed to achieve the greatest reductions in their residence halls in electricity and water consumption. Due to extremely cold weather conditions, Wake Forest was unable to place in the top 10 in electricity reduction like last year. However, the cold weather did not stop their efforts with water usage. Students saved over 37,000 gallons of water during the competition window.

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Aaron receives American College Health Association award

aaronDarren Oliver Aaron, associate director of Wake Forest University Student Health Service, has been selected as the recipient for the American College Health Association (ACHA) Affiliate New Professionals Award for 2015. The award recognizes ACHA members who have provided service to the field of college health for five years or less and who have made significant contributions to their institution.

The award was presented during the Awards and Fellows Dinner at ACHA’s annual meeting in Orlando on May 28.

This spring, Aaron was presented a Faculty/Staff Service Excellence Award from the Pro Humanitate Institute and was named Advisor of the Year 2015 by the Office of the Dean of Students. Both awards were for his work and engagement as an EMT and advisor for Wake Forest Emergency Medical Services.

Aaron is an alumnus of Virginia Commonwealth University where he was a business management and administration major. He earned his Master of Science in Health Administration from The Medical College of Virginia/VCU.

Floyd selected as primary NCAA site representative

Max Floyd, director of campus recreation, was selected as the primary NCAA Site Representative at the Division One Men’s Baseball National Championship for the Champaign-Urbana, Illinois Regional. After several days of working with the event staff, facility operations, coaches, media, spectators, student athletes, institutional representatives and some tough rain delays, the championship game was held on Monday, June 1.

This is the fifth time that Floyd has been selected to manage a regional and the first time that the University of Illinois hosted the event.

Fulp to discuss cyber security at Tech Council Speaker Series

Errin Fulp


Wake Forest computer science professor Errin Fulp will participate in a panel discussion on “Cyber Security: Not if, but When?” — an introductory conversation on cyber security.

The discussion, part of the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce Tech Council Speaker Series, will be held at Flywheel Co-Work on Thursday, June 11, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. with coffee and networking to follow from 10-10:30 a.m.

On an app or over the phone, in person or online; the Internet allows us to work more efficiently and more accessibly. Previous concerns of email and website security are intensified with new services like cloud storage and online payment processing. This discussion offers a snapshot of cyber security, feedback from area experts, and actionable steps.

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‘Vision 2020’ — ideas for technology and the future of learning

In August 2013, the Information Technology Executive Committee (ITEC) commissioned a Vision 2020 task force to investigate the use of emerging technologies in support of teaching, learning, scholarly and creative work at Wake Forest University. The task force, comprised of faculty, staff, administrators and students, developed a report to be shared with the campus community suggesting ideas for how to use technology effectively and responsibly in carrying out the University’s mission over the next five years.

In May 2014, the task force presented a draft report to ITEC, which was shared with the campus community in October 2014 to solicit feedback. Two campus-wide open forums were held in the fall and a number of groups provided written feedback.

“The Vision 2020 report is a valuable resource for considering the supportive role of technology in the academic life of the University. With observations from experts in the field and thoughtful ideas and perspectives from across our community, we can begin to imagine together what the future of technology might look like at Wake Forest,” says Provost Rogan Kersh.

The revised “Vision 2020: Charting a Course for Academic Computing at Wake Forest (PDF)” report, available online, looks into the near-term future of educational technology and presents opportunities for faculty, staff and students to enhance the teaching, learning, scholarly and creative work at Wake Forest.

Tim Pyatt named Dean of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library

TimPyatt.300x175A message from President Nathan Hatch

Dear Wake Forest University Students, Faculty and Staff,

I am pleased to announce that Tim Pyatt has accepted my invitation to serve as the next Dean of the Wake Forest University Z. Smith Reynolds Library, effective August 3. Provost Rogan Kersh chaired a national search for a leader of impeccable experience and accomplishment to serve as a zealous advocate for the essential role of the library in learning, teaching and research. Throughout the process, Tim distinguished himself as the best choice for Wake Forest.

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Griggs recognized with ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’

khalid.griggs.300x175Imam Khalid Griggs, associate chaplain for Muslim life, was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 40th Annual Islamic Circle of North America National Convention in Baltimore on May 23.

The award was established five years ago to honor annually two individuals who have provided exemplary service to the Muslim community in the U.S. More than 20,000 people attended the conference where Griggs received the award.

“It was a very humbling experience to have my peers from across the nation recognize the consistence of my service to the Muslim community,” Griggs said.

Suzanne Reynolds Named Wake Forest School of Law Dean

suzanne.reynolds.300x175A message from President Nathan Hatch

Dear Wake Forest Faculty, Staff and Students,

I am pleased to announce that Suzanne Reynolds (JD ’77) has accepted my invitation to serve as the next Dean of the Wake Forest University School of Law, effective July 1. Guided by members of the Board of Trustees, Board of Visitors, faculty and staff, Provost Rogan Kersh chaired a national search. After evaluating many excellent candidates, the committee selected Dean Reynolds, currently serving as interim dean, as the best choice for Wake Forest.

Dean Reynolds, who joined the Wake Forest law faculty in 1981, has served as interim dean for the past year. She is the first woman to head the law school.

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What to do in Winston-Salem? Try a Segway tour


A guest post by Bonnie Davis — associate director, Wake Forest News and Communications

Who knew that being a tourist in your own city could be so much fun? Recently, my husband, Mike Pollard, and I embarked on a Segway tour through downtown Winston-Salem.

I didn’t even know these tours existed until a few weeks ago. In fact, there are two companies in town that offer tours – Revolution Gliding Tours and Triad Eco Adventures. They apparently both opened two years ago.

Admittedly, the main draw was cruising on a Segway, but we also got to see our city in a different way and learned a lot. The biggest takeaways? Segways are cool and easy to ride once you get the hang of it, and downtown is booming and bustling, thanks mostly, in my opinion (and the tour guide’s), to the energy and growth spawning from the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter.

From ghosts to interesting architectural features of downtown buildings, to the beautiful new Bailey Park and the Strollway greenway, there was a lot to see and learn. I’ll definitely do this again, and it would be a fun way to entertain out-of-town guests as well.

Campus Recreation survey results

Max Floyd, the director of recreational sports at Wake Forest University, on campus on Monday, September 22, 2014.


Campus Recreation has released the results of their survey on faculty and staff programming. Some of the findings are listed below. Complete survey results are available here.

The survey was conducted in order to discover the recreation and fitness preferences of our faculty and staff. Before Campus Recreation can begin to remove obstacles and open doorways to improve well-being, a real-time picture of the campus offerings along with sentiments was assessed. The following are a few data points discovered during this deep dive into the thoughts and habits of our faculty and staff.

More than 40 percent of survey respondents said they are unaware of exercise opportunities offered at the Miller Center. Campus Recreation is working with human resources to raise awareness of offerings for faculty and staff. Of those who know about fitness center opportunities, more than 30 percent said they do not use the Miller Center due to overcrowding. The Miller Fitness Center is undergoing a renovation project to reduce crowding and Campus Recreation staff are in the process of testing current and new equipment models and updating machines as needed.

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