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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.

University to test Wake Alert’s emergency text message system

Thousands of students, faculty and staff are scheduled to receive a test text message on Tuesday, May 3, from Wake Forest’s emergency notification system.

The text will be sent as a test by the University Police Department at 5 p.m. to all who have registered online to receive emergency text messages.  Anyone who has not registered may be do so by visiting the University’s Wake Ready web site athttp://wakeready.wfu.edu/alert-methods/text-alerts.  Registration by undergraduates is required. Directions are provided for arranging to receive the messages, including the test message set for May 3.

The content of the text message will be, “This is a test of the WFU Emergency Mobile Phone Alert System.  It is not necessary to reply to this message.”

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Harris-Perry advances justice for women and girls of color

Wake Forest students and staff members in the Wake the Vote class pose for headshots on Tuesday, January 26, 2016. Professor Melissa Harris-Perry.

Melissa Harris-Perry, Maya Angelou Presidential Chair, spoke before the Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls April 28. The session allowed members of the Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls to explore the condition of black women in the United States through the testimony of black female academic, activists, celebrities and business women. Here is a link to the testimony she presented.

On April 29 and 30, Wake Forest’s Anna Julia Cooper Center – led by Harris-Perry – is hosting “Know Her Truths: Advancing Justice for Women & Girls of Color,” a national gathering focused on advancing justice for women and girls of color.

The conference is a key part of an ongoing, collaborative initiative to develop a meaningful research agenda addressing women and girls of color. The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Benson University Center 401. Nearly 100 speakers and panelists representing more than 60 organizations and institutions will participate. The full agenda and list of speakers are available on the “Know Her Truths” website.

Watch the livestream of the conference here.

Harris-Perry has also been named a winner of the 2016 Hillman Prize for Broadcast Journalism. Since 1950, the Sidney Hillman Foundation has honored journalists who pursue investigative reporting and deep storytelling in service of the common good. Winners exemplify resourcefulness and courage in reporting, skilled storytelling, social impact and relevance to the ideals of Sidney Hillman.

She was recently named editor-at-large for Elle magazine.

Champions of Change honored at Sustainability Awards event

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Sustainability awards are announced at event on campus

This is a guest post from the Office of Sustainability:

Champions of Change Honored at Campus Sustainability Awards

The Wake Forest Campus Sustainability Awards presentation was held on Earth Day, April 22, in the Green Room of Reynolda Hall. A combination of students, faculty, and staff who have demonstrated or initiated successful sustainable practices on campus were recognized as Champions of Change.

Wake Forest University Provost Rogan Kersh and Executive Vice President Hof Milam recognized the following award recipients in four categories: Teaching, Research and Engagement; Resource Conservation; Service and Social Action; and Bright Ideas. Continue reading »