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Renewing our commitment to an engaged and inclusive community

A message from Vice President of Campus Life Penny Rue to the Wake Forest community.

In my first year at Wake Forest, many people — students, faculty and staff — took time to tell me what was special about Wake Forest, and for that I am grateful. It helped me begin to know this place in a deeply meaningful way. Others took the time to tell me what they think is wrong about Wake Forest, and for that I am even more grateful. Wake has a quest for excellence, and in that quest we must be fearless in our ability to look honestly and constructively at our community.

One of the most searing moments of my first year was a Town Hall meeting, organized by students last spring, to share concerns about bias and mistreatment from university police. Their stories were poignant and painful, and they underscored what I had already learned: that not all Deacs feel the same sense of inclusion. As one African American student had said to me, “Oh, we feel welcome, Wake is a welcoming place. We just don’t feel valued.” This must change.

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Important message to campus from Vice President Rue and Assistant Provost Oakes

ironwork.200x250A message from Vice President for Campus Life Penny Rue and Assistant Provost for Diversity and Inclusion Barbee Oakes

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

The Office of Campus Life and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion are excited to begin the 2014-2015 academic year at Wake Forest. As students, faculty, and staff prepare for the fall semester, each of us must unconditionally renew our commitment to creating an inclusive environment for every member of our community.

This pledge is critically important as Wake Forest continues to build a diverse and global campus. Consider that:

  • Diversity in the undergraduate population has increased by 32 percent since 2008.
  • Twenty four percent of the class of 2013 came from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds.
  • Ten percent of our incoming 2014 undergraduate class are international students representing 28 countries.
  • Our student body is now more diverse than ever; racially, ethnically, culturally, religiously, socio-economically and more.

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August 2014 staff milestones

See a list of staff milestones for August 2014.

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June 2014 comings and goings

See a list of employees joining and leaving the University in June 2014.

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July 2014 staff milestones

See a list of staff milestones for July 2014.

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Dean of students and associate vice president for campus life named

DSC_0219A message from Vice President for Campus Life Penny Rue

I am pleased to announce that Adam Goldstein has been named Wake Forest’s new dean of students and associate vice president for campus life. Adam, who currently serves as associate dean of students at Florida State University, will assume his duties on July 1.

Adam will oversee judicial affairs, student engagement and leadership, diversity education, student union and Benson University Center. He will serve on campus life’s senior leadership team and play a key role in crisis management and response.

At FSU, Adam has provided administrative leadership, support and supervision in the areas of student life, Greek life, victim advocacy, disability resources, and new student and family programs. He is nationally recognized for his expertise in hazing prevention, reducing the likelihood of hazing incidents in high-risk populations and increasing accountability within the Greek conduct process.

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WFU presents at student affairs conference

Award winners at the conferenceBrad Shugoll, Campus Life fellow, Matt Clifford, the director of Residence Life, and Larry Correll-Hughes, assistant director of assignments, recently attended the Southern Association of College Student Affairs annual conference in Norfolk, Va.

Correll-Hughes presented “Managers?: Thinking about what we do and what we think about management.” Shugoll presented a poster session titled “Uniting the Arts, Humanities, and Service through Civic Reflection.” Clifford served as the program chair for the conference and was honored with the association’s mid-level professional award for 2013.

WFU will launch EMS for scheduling campus space

The following message is from Provost Rogan Kersh and Senior Vice President Hof Milam:

We are pleased to announce that the university plans to implement a centralized, campus-wide license for Event Management System (EMS) for scheduling of non-classroom space on campus. This software will allow us to manage space far more effectively, provide a user-friendly process for reserving conference rooms and other space, and collect/utilize accurate usage data.

As a result of Strategic Resource Initiative (SRI) work this past year, we realized that more than 30 individual space managers across campus were utilizing various practices for scheduling space. After assessing our current processes and costs, EMS was identified as the best solution for efficiency and ease of use. In addition, by consolidating existing EMS licenses and maintenance fees currently held by several groups on campus, we are saving the university thousands of dollars.

A cross-campus implementation team will spend the next 6-8 months working with space managers across campus to implement the software. Our grateful thanks to this team, whose members are:

  • Mike Ayuso, IS
  • Sean Brittain, Facilities & Campus Services
  • James Buckley, Campus Life
  • Alisa Elmore, Admissions
  • Kettie Fickter, Athletics
  • Max Floyd, Campus Life
  • Karen Frekko, School of Business
  • Beth Hoagland, Provost’s Office
  • Trevor Hughes, School of Law
  • Mary Beth Lock, ZSR Library
  • Sharon Melnik, Conference Services
  • Harold Pace, University Registrar
  • Randy Rogan, College
  • John Wise, Hospitality and Auxiliary Services

We are looking forward to reaping the benefits of this approach to space management.

Campus Connections is Friday

Please join Provost Rogan Kersh and senior vice president for Finance and Administration Hof Milam for Campus Connections, an opportunity for non-faculty staff to learn about, discuss and provide input about issues at Wake Forest. The event will be Friday, Nov. 22, from 8:45-10 a.m. in Benson 401.

Campus Connections is a chance to gain a greater understanding of campus issues and university changes, while interacting with other staff who work in academic and student life. Enjoy a light breakfast while the Provost, Deans and other administrators discuss current events at the university.

This month’s Campus Connections will feature:

  • Mark Petersen, vice president of advancement, who will present on the next steps of Wake Will: The Campaign for Wake Forest;
  • Penny Rue, vice president of campus life, who will present her vision of campus life for Wake Forest.

Staff Advisory Council meeting set for Thursday

The next Staff Advisory Council (SAC) will be Thursday, Nov. 21, from 1:30-3 p.m. in Benson 401 C/D. All WFU staffers are encouraged to attend.

The meeting will feature two guest speakers:

  • Financial and Accounting Services will present on exempt PTO tracking in Novatime.
  • Penny Rue, the vice president for Campus Life, will speak about what’s new in her area and provide insight into the new Director of Wellness position.