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May 2015 comings and goings

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The Satellite Program – Let’s All be Winners

By Christy Lennon, senior HR Partner

(Christy Lennon recently penned this article for another outlet about “Project Dream,” which started in 1999 and continues to find success, providing work experience for a special group of students.)

When I was first approached about the “Project Dream” program in 1999, I was fascinated by the concept. The idea was to place high school students in the “Occupational Course of Study Programs” in either unpaid or paid positions on a college campus so they could obtain “real world” work experience while also receiving credit hours towards a high school diploma. I thought to myself, “How can I make this work?”

Beth Ritchie, community-based training coordinator, and Sandra Courtner, job coach for the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools system, were not shy in asking me to do just that for a program still in its infancy. At that time I was manager of Human Resources for the Graylyn Conference Center. We were certainly on a tight financial budget, as many businesses were, but I wanted to learn more.

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President Hatch receives Chief Executive HR Champion Award

nathan.hatch.300x175President Nathan Hatch has received the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) 2015 Chief Executive HR Champion Award. Recognizing that what makes an institution great are its people, this award honors a president or chancellor of a higher education institution or system who has demonstrated significant support for the institution’s human resources function.

CUPA-HR selected Hatch as the recipient because of Wake Forest’s strategic investments in the areas of employee wellbeing, leadership development, diversity and inclusion and employee engagement. CUPA-HR recognized that, in his 10 years at the helm of Wake Forest, Hatch has prioritized the resources and support necessary for the University’s human resources team to put plans into action.

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April 2015 comings and goings

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Staff Advisory Council announces 2015 election results

SAC-logo-FINALThe Staff Advisory Council (SAC) is pleased to announce the results of the 2015 spring election. Thirteen new SAC representatives from across the University staff have been elected. New council members are: Landon Burrow (FACS: Maintenance Team 4), James Coffey (FACS: Custodial Services), Lou Gusbar (School of Business- Student Academic Services), Lauren Largen (Graylyn: Ads & Promotions), Sherry Long (Athletics: Student Athletes Services), Ellie Shannon (Athletics: Administration), Shelley Sizemore (Campus Life), Darlene Starnes (Multicultural Affairs), Barbara Stephens-Macri (Human Resources), Amanda Tingle (Dean of Wake Forest College), Amalia Wagner (Office of the Provost), Sandra Whicker (Admissions: Undergraduate), and Sarah Wojcik-Gross (Information Systems).

In addition to newly elected representatives, Artanzia Yates (Information Systems) and Scott Spernoga (Athletics: Sports Medicine) have been re-elected to serve an additional term. Each SAC representative will serve a term of three years and may be re-elected to serve one additional term.

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Benefits enrollment ends today

Today is the final day to enroll for benefits or elect a Flexible Spending Account for the next plan year. If you have not already enrolled, please take a few minutes to do so. You will need to enroll if you are:

  • Planning to participate in a Flexible Spending Account (you must actively enroll each year if you intend to continue your participation),
  • Making a change to your benefit elections,
  • Adding or removing a dependent(s), and/or
  • Covering an eligible spouse or same-sex domestic partner on the Medical plan.

Contact the Benefits team at benefits@nullwfu.edu or 336.758.6404 with questions.

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The enrollment deadline is Friday, May 1 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

March 2015 faculty and staff comings and goings

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Annual benefits enrollment begins, ‘Benefits Fair’ is April 21

The Annual Benefits Enrollment period for benefits-eligible Reynolda Campus faculty and staff will take place April 20 through May 1You will need to enroll if you are changing benefit elections, adding or removing a dependent(s), covering an eligible spouse or same-sex domestic partner on the Medical plan, and/or planning to participate in a Flexible Spending Account.

Human Resources will host the Benefits Fair on Tuesday, April 21, in Benson 401, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Additionally, the department will hold Campus Information and Enrollment Sessions at convenient locations throughout the enrollment period.

Please visit the Annual Benefits Enrollment web page for details about the enrollment process and schedule of events. During the enrollment period, you may contact the Benefits team at benefits@nullwfu.edu or 336.758.6404. Please continue to contactAskHR@nullwfu.edu or 336.758.4700 for all other HR questions.

March 2015 staff milestones

Congratulations to James Reid Morgan, senior vice president and general counsel, for 35 years of service to Wake Forest! Below is a complete list of March 2015 staff milestones.

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IRS announces 403(b) retirement plan limits for 2015

The Internal Revenue Service has announced its 403(b) retirement plan limits for 2015. Individual limits may apply based on age, salary and past contributions. In the spirit of sustainability, this information is exclusively available online.

You may visit the Human Resources website for information regarding the new retirement plan limits. If you have questions about your personal contributions, please contact Human Resources at 336-758-4700 or AskHR@nullwfu.edu.