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Guest passes to Reynolds Gym, Sutton Center will benefit Chaplain's Emergency Fund

Proceeds from all guest passes purchased for Reynolds Gym and the Sutton Center from Dec. 18 through Jan. 16 will benefit the Chaplain’s Emergency Fund at Wake Forest.  The fund is set up to assist faculty, staff and students in times of financial hardship.

A guest pass is $5 for those accompanied by a Wake Forest faculty member, staff member or student who is a member of the wellbeing center. The pass is $10 for others, such as a Graylyn Conference Center guest or a conference attendee.

Guests must be 16 years old or older.

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Dr. Price: Tips to prevent common respiratory, gastrointestinal illnesses

This is a guest post from Dr. Cecil Price, director of the Student Health Service:

Dr. Cecil Price

During the winter months we often are concerned about illnesses such as the “flu” and “stomach bugs” that might keep us out of work or that we might possibly bring home to our families from work.  One of the challenges of working on a college campus, especially for those of us who work closely with our students, is exposure to contagious illnesses.  College students, because of their close living environments as well as their busy, active lifestyles, are at risk of common contagious illnesses such as influenza and gastrointestinal viruses.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend several steps to prevent common respiratory and gastrointestinal illnesses.

Handwashing

  • Reduces the number of people who get sick with diarrhea by 31 percent
  • Reduces respiratory illnesses, like colds, in the general population by 16-21 percent

Steps for effective handwashing:

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under nails.
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds (hum the “Happy Birthday song from beginning to end twice).
  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
  6. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  7. Soap and water is better than hand sanitizer for gastrointestinal illnesses.

Cover your cough

  1. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Put the used tissue in a waste basket.
  2. If you do not have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hand.
  3. Consider covering you nose and mouth with a face mask to protect others if you are actively coughing.
  4. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds. If soap and water aren’t available, use an alcohol-based hand rub (“hand sanitizer”)

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Title IX Office: Wake Forest's commitment to addressing sexual harassment, misconduct

This is a guest post from Tanya Jachimiak, Director of the University’s Title IX Office and Title IX Coordinator.  In the post, Tanya Jachimiak offers information on the comprehensive effort at Wake Forest to create and implement a strategic plan for preventing sexual harassment and other forms of sexual misconduct at Wake Forest. For more information about the Title IX Office, visit here.

Culture of Respect Prevention Framework

As part of Wake Forest’s ongoing commitment to addressing sexual harassment and misconduct on campus (including workplace harassment) — through the Division of Campus Life — Wake Forest is a member of the NASPA Culture of Respect Collective (CORE). The CORE initiative is a strategic planning process grounded in a comprehensive, evidenced based, ongoing self-assessment. The initiative is co-led by the Title IX Office and the Safe Office.

A key component to the CORE’s success is its emphasis on cross-campus collaboration. Building off of the work initiated by the Sexual Misconduct Prevention, Policy, and Resource Team, the CORE Campus Leadership Team (CLT) — comprised of Wake Forest faculty, staff, and students — spearheads Wake Forest’s participation in this initiative. Currently, there are over 50 members on the CLT who actively contribute to creating and implementing a strategic plan for preventing sexual harassment and other forms of sexual misconduct on the Wake Forest campus.

Title IX Office’s Sexual Misconduct Prevention Programs

 The following is an overview of the Title IX Office’s ongoing prevention programming concerning issues of gender discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, stalking, dating violence and domestic violence.

New Hire Employee Training

Intersections: Preventing Harassment & Sexual Violence: All new employees, including temporary, part-time employees, are required to complete the online program Intersections: Preventing Harassment & Sexual Violence within 60 days of their respective hire dates. The course takes about one hour to complete, and is divided into the following main sections: avoiding unlawful sexual harassment, avoiding abusive behavior, protecting students, crimes and conduct violations, and employee roles and responsibilities. There is an advanced section of this course for supervisors.

Ongoing Employee Training

Bridges, Taking Action: This online course builds upon the knowledge gained through Intersections and includes a more in-depth review of inappropriate workplace behavior through the use of examples as applied under University policies. As with Intersections, there is a supervisor version of this course.

 How We Can Prevent Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: How We Can Prevent Sexual Harassment in the Workplace is an in-person, interactive workshop conducted by the Title IX Office. Employees learn what behaviors constitute sexual misconduct and create a hostile environment; gain an understanding of how to become an effective bystander; and become familiar with the avenues available to report sexual harassment as well as to receive support. As with the Title IX Office online trainings, quizzes as well as pre-and post-assessments are utilized to monitor effectiveness. This workshop is available by request and is also offered annually through the PDC.

 Stop, Drop and Roll: A Framework for Responding to Disclosures: Stop, Drop and Roll is an in-person, interactive workshop conducted by the Title IX Office in collaboration with the Safe Office. The workshop provides faculty, staff and student employees with information and skills to effectively respond to disclosures of sexual harassment and other forms of sexual misconduct with care and confidence while also fulfilling mandated reporting requirements. Attendees engage in role play and active listening activities. This workshop is available by request and is also offered annually through the PDC.

 Sexual Assault Prevention for Athletic Staff: Under the NCAA rules, all Athletic Department staff are required to complete sexual misconduct prevention training. To meet this requirement (and in addition to the in-person training), the Title IX Office administers an online program entitled Sexual Assault Prevention for Athletic Staff. This online course covers issues related to sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, sexual harassment, hazing, and bullying. The course reinforces staff members’ commitment to combatting sexual misconduct and utilizes sports-related case studies.

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Muuss, Neese, Pauca, Isler to speak at Campus Connections

Bobby Muuss, coach of the men’s soccer team, will be among the speakers at Campus Connections on Dec. 15.  The event will begin at 8:45 a.m. with a light breakfast in Benson University Center, Room 401.

Other speakers will include Emily Neese and Paúl Pauca, who will present on Makerspace at the University.  Neese is associate vice president for strategy and operations and Pauca is Lelia and David Farr Faculty Chair of Innovation, Creativity & Entrepeneurship, as well as professor of computer science.

Malika Roman Isler, director of the Office of Wellbeing, will present on the office’s Wellspace’s initiative.

For those unable to attend, the event will be available through WebEx.

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Check WeatherSTEM 24/7 for current weather at Wake Forest

As fall advances closer to winter, Winston-Salem area residents know that the weeks and months ahead can bring weather forecasts of everything from sunny days in the 70s to snowy days below freezing.  That’s winter in the South.

For those wondering what kind of weather to expect every day at Wake Forest, detailed information is always available thanks to WeatherSTEM stations on top of the Miller Center and the scoreboard at BB&T Field.

The WeatherSTEM stations use a combination of weather instruments and sensors to take environmental measurements and offer frequently updated details on temperature, humidity, the heat index, barometric pressure and more.  Forecasts for several days ahead is available, too.

Each station includes a sky camera, with one directed toward Kentner Stadium, Reynolds Gym, Farrell Hall and Wait Chapel, while the other camera is directed across BB&T Field.

The stations also offer information through Facebook and Twitter accounts, which are updated through automation.  On Facebook, the accounts are identified as Wake Forest Weatherstem and Wake Forest Football Weatherstem.  On Twitter, the stations can be followed @WakeForestWxSTEM and @WFUFootballWxSTEM.

WeatherSTEM also offers apps for ios and Android.

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