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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.

Rue establishes Police Accountability Task Force

To support and advance Wake Forest’s commitment to creating a safe and inclusive environment for every member of the campus community, Vice President for Campus Life Penny Rue has established the Police Accountability Task Force.

The Task Force, which includes faculty, student and alumni representatives, is charged with overseeing the implementation of recommendations related to University Police made in a report by independent consultants following a review in Spring 2014 of concerns regarding racial bias.

In addition, the Task Force will work to identify other initiatives related to University Police that could contribute to a safe and inclusive environment.

“In our ongoing work to build community, the formation of this group is an important step,” said Rue.

Professor of Law Kami Simmons has been named chair of the Task Force.

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November 2014 comings and goings

See a list of employees joining and leaving the University in November 2014:

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Holiday schedule and pay reminder

A message from Wake Forest University Human Resources:

Best wishes for a safe and enjoyable holiday season! Please note the following regarding the Reynolda campus holiday, PTO and pay schedule through the end of the calendar year:

Holidays/PTO:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 26:  Departments who choose to offer early dismissal at 3 p.m. or two hours before the end of the regularly-scheduled shift may count this time as administrative leave.
  • Thursday, Nov. 27 – Friday, Nov. 28:  Thanksgiving Holiday – University Closed.
  • Monday, Dec. 22 – Tuesday, Dec. 23:  University open, with early release at 3 p.m. on Dec. 23. Staff employees may count two hours on Dec. 23 as administrative leave. In cases where the entire department has agreed to close for these two days, each individual in the department will count the two days as PTO.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 24 – Wednesday, Dec. 31:  Winter Break – University Closed.
  • Thursday, Jan. 1:  New Year’s Holiday – University Closed.

Pay:

  • Tuesday, Dec. 23: Final pay date for all WFU Reynolda Campus faculty and staff.

November 2014 staff milestones

Elide Vargas, administrative coordinator in Politics and International Affairs, is celebrating her 30 year milestone this month. See the complete list of faculty and staff milestones for November 2014.

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Cox and Lanier named employees of the year

DSC_0368Kevin Cox (MA ’81), director of crisis communications and community relations in University Advancement, and Patty Lanier, administrative coordinator for the Department of Communication, were named Employees of the Year at the Staff Rewards & Recognition Luncheon on Nov. 4.

Cox, who has held a number of leadership roles in the Office of Communications and External Relations, joined Wake Forest as a staff member in 1990. He was recognized for his calm and careful communication style, particularly in difficult situations; his ability to build strong and trusting relationships; his dedication to mentoring staff of all experience levels; and his commitment to preserving and improving the Wake Forest community. Cox currently represents Wake Forest and University Advancement on many committees and councils, including the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce Tech Council, Staff Advisory Council and University Area Neighborhood Association.

Lanier has been at Wake Forest since 1998 and was called the “heartbeat” of her department. She was recognized for taking a proactive, solutions-oriented approach to helping students, faculty and staff in the department; exercising consistently good judgment in routine activities and challenging circumstances; anticipating and planning for upcoming needs; and maintaining a smile and sense of tranquility, while keeping others on deadline.

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October 2014 faculty and staff milestones

Keith M. Wise, superintendent in Facilities & Campus Services, is celebrating 40 years at Wake Forest.

See the complete list of faculty and staff milestones for October 2014:

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Flu shots rescheduled

Due to Hit the Bricks and other conflicts, the seasonal flu shots for faculty, staff and retirees have been rescheduled as follows:

  • Oct. 14, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Benson Center, Room 401
  • Oct. 15, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Benson Center, Room 401
  • Oct. 16, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Farrell Hall, Colloquium (FH352)
  • Oct. 20, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., University Corporate Center, Room 1018
  • Oct. 23, 1 – 4 p.m., Graylyn, Management House, Room #3

For more information, visit the Professional Development Center website.

Nominations for ‘Employee of the Year’ open through Oct. 1

Each year, Wake Forest presents two staff ‘Employee of the Year’ awards to individuals who have gone above and beyond in their dedication to the University community. Faculty and staff members are invited to submit nominations by Wednesday, Oct. 1.

All staff employees who work at least 1,000 hours annually with five or more years of continuous University service are eligible for nomination.

Staff Advisory Council representatives will review the nominations and select the award winners. Recipients will be recognized with a plaque and $1,000 at the Staff Rewards & Recognition Luncheon on Tuesday, Nov. 4.  

A dessert reception will also be held on Nov. 4 at 4 p.m. in the Green Room of Reynolda Hall to honor these recipients. All are invited to attend.

Call 336.758.4700 or email AskHR@nullwfu.edu with any questions.

August 2014 staff milestones

See a list of staff milestones for August 2014.

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