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March 2017 staff and faculty milestones

See a list of staff and faculty milestones:

1 Year

Melanie Nicole Bullock; Associate Director; Student Engagement
Mary Boyd Chenery; Assistant Director; Advncmt:Comm. & External Relations
Perry W Coggins; Maintenance Technician; Graylyn: Maintenance
Luis Eduardo Fernandez; Research Professor; Biology
Christopher Michael Howell; Security Officer; University Police
David Ethan Hunt; Graphic Design Manager; WFUSB-Marketing
Abriana Lesha Kimbrough; Administrative Assistant; Advancement: Alumni Services
Julie G Rice; Medical Office Assistant; Student Health Service
Dorothy Kathryn Shields; Librarian, Reseach & Instruct; Library-ZSR
Stephen Anthony Vance; Synthetic Research Assistant; Chemistry

5 Years

Alvester Fredrick Barren; Shuttle Driver; Parking & Transportation
Edward Lee Goode; Custodian; FACS: Custodial Services
Bryan Keith McKinney; Analyst/Programmer, Sr; IS: Applications Development
Matthew T. Murray; Floor Care Supervisor; FACS: Custodial Services
Rodney Lee Tucker; Custodian, Team Lead; FACS: Custodial Services
Mary Ellen Walter; Operations Manager; Divinity: Admissions

15 Years

Jeffrey Lee Davis; Groundskeeper; FACS: Landscaping Services
Ederma Pelaez De Herrera; Custodian; FACS: Custodial Services
Lawrence Groce Thach; Coordinator, Events & Travel; Law: External Affairs
John Kubel Wise; Assoc VP, Hospitality/Aux Svcs; Graylyn: Admin & General

25 Years

Steven James Folmar; Associate Professor; Anthropology

Outdoor wireless coverage available on Hearn, Manchester plazas

This announcement was emailed to students, faculty and staff on March 15  from Mur Muchane, associate vice president for information technology and chief information officer:

Information Systems is pleased to announce the launch of outdoor wireless computing coverage on Hearn and Manchester Plazas. The new outdoor connectivity is accessible to all students, faculty, staff and campus guests!

The new outdoor coverage:

  • Supports Wi-Fi enabled devices like computers, smartphones and tablets
  • Provides seamless Wi-Fi connectivity between campus buildings and the Plazas
  • Allows secure access by peer-institution guests through eduroam

​As Spring and the end of the semester approaches, you can now use outdoor wireless on Hearn and Manchester Plazas to:

  • Conduct classes ​and club meetings ​​​outside
  • Study with friends on the law​n
  • Enjoy collaborating with others in the fresh air
  • ​Relax, listen to music, browse the internet using wireless access, not your cellular data​

To access, just select WFUwireless in your list of available networks under Wi-Fi Settings.

 

TechXploration to showcase academic uses of technology in April

This message was emailed to faculty on Feb. 8 by Mur Muchane, associate vice president for information technology and chief information officer:

This spring we are hosting our much anticipated annual TechXploration event that showcases academic uses of technology. Have you discovered a use of technology that helps with teaching, learning, or scholarship that you would like to share with your colleagues? Do you have a student working with a particular technology that you would like to see at TechXploration?

The purpose of this event is to allow faculty, staff and students to see how technologies are being leveraged in teaching, learning, research, engagement, and creative activity at Wake Forest University. Each year, participants and attendees increase as TechXploration brings together faculty and faculty-recommended students to share their experiences with current technology.

TechXploration will be held on Tuesday, April 18th, in room 401 of the Benson University Center. Each presenter will have a space set up in room 401 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to display a poster board, presentation materials, and their technology. Attendees are invited to walk around and learn more about the exciting use of technology on the Wake Forest campus any time between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. The event will be catered by Aramark. If you cannot be present for the entire event, we would still appreciate you participating for as much time as you can.

Please contact Pat Idol or Ginny Mikkola at techxploration@nullwfu.edu by Tuesday, March 21st, to inform us of your plans to participate in TechXploration.

IS offering support for Google 2-Step Verification

This is a guest post from Information Systems:

Stop by the Information Systems tent in the 3rd floor lobby of Benson on Wednesday, February 15th between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. and an IS support representative will assist you with setting up Google 2-Step Verification on your mobile device.

Here’s why!

  • Protects your privacy and data against hackers

  • Secures your Gmail and other Google login enabled apps

  • Takes less than 5 minutes of your time with an expert available to assist and answer questions

  • It’s free but the value is priceless

Comings and goings for December 2016

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Information Systems announces new services

This is a guest post from Mur Muchane, associate vice president for information technology and chief information officer. It was also emailed by Information Systems to students, faculty and staff on Jan. 23:

Information Systems is pleased to announce several significant service improvements that make getting answers to your technology questions easier, faster and more efficient than ever before.

is.wfu.edu

The Information Systems website is now your one stop shop for everything IT. Access Live Chat, search using our responsive search bar, explore Services, read recent help articles, announcements and alerts. Visit our new site to explore all it has to offer and while you are there, join our social media network to stay connected.

Live Chat

Service Desk representatives are available MondayFriday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to answer your questions and concerns. We are now just a click away.

Service Desk

Our new onsite tech shop provides the ability to repair computers onsite, thus decreasing the amount of time you have to wait. The redesign of the work space allows for a more collaborative work environment, ensuring that staff are visible and readily available to serve our walk-in customers.

Wake Downtown Support

Immediate technical assistance is available through “Dexter,” a video portal that can connect you to a representative at the Service Desk, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

If you have questions concerning this message or need assistance, please contact the Information Systems Service Desk at help@nullwfu.edu or 336-758-4357 (HELP).

January 2017 staff milestones

See a list of staff milestones in January 2017:

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T-CART grant applications due from faculty Feb. 20

This is a guest post from the Office of the Provost:

The Office of the Provost is pleased to announce the T-CART grant programs, formerly known as the STEP grants, partnering with three separate campus offices to provide faculty with funding to advance their teaching, learning, scholarly, and creative work. All applications are due February 20, 2017. Recipients will be notified by March 3, 2017.

Summer Course (Re) Design

The Office of the Provost and the Teaching and Learning Collaborative (TLC) are pleased to announce a joint program to assist faculty wishing to develop new courses (or redesign already existing courses) that pursue creative and evidence-based approaches to teaching and learning at Wake Forest.

Whether through digital tools, or “hybrid” approaches that re-imagine class as a space for active and collaborative learning (e.g. flipping), pedagogical innovations provide many opportunities for creative change. These novel modes of education allow for the thoughtful exploration of new teaching methods and technologies, course designs, and strategies for promoting participatory learning. They can also result in a comprehensive change in the way the course is taught, and/or how students are given feedback or assessed (for example, using e-Portfolios for learning assessment throughout a course).

For more information about this grant, visit the Call for Proposals for Summer Course (Re) Design.

Blended Online Learning Development (BOLD)

This joint grant, sponsored by the Provost’s Office and the Office of Online Education, is intended to encourage faculty interested in developing high quality online or blended courses in support of the undergraduate mission.

Whether you are looking to create a completely online course, defined as those where greater than 50% of the face-to-face time is replaced by online activities, or a blended course, where 25% to 50% of face-to-face time is replaced with online activities, this grant offers compensation for the time necessary to design and develop a high quality course and ensures the assistance of an instructional designer and technical assistance.

For more information about this grant, visit the Call for Proposals for 2017 Blended and Online Learning Development (BOLD) Grants.

Summer Technology Exploration Program (STEP)

The Office of the Provost and Information Systems are excited to announce the 7th annual STEP grants. This joint grant program provides funding for faculty summer projects to explore new and existing technologies with the potential to enhance teaching, scholarly, and creative work.

This is the opportunity for faculty to explore a range of technologies, devices, and software and to integrate them into their work.  For more information on the grant including examples of technologies to explore visit the Call for Proposals for Summer Technology Exploration Program (STEP).

All applications are due February 20, 2017. Recipients will be notified by March 3, 2017

Updated DeaconSpace available now

This is a guest post from Information Systems:

On Jan. 7, DeaconSpace, the online space scheduling software, was updated with a more intuitive interface. The new DeaconSpace is built specifically to meet the needs of everyday users – students, faculty and staff who simply want to book a meeting or reserve a space to meet, work, practice, or study with minimal effort. The new interface allows you to accomplish these tasks with the fewest possible clicks, in the least amount of time possible, without any training or help (although we’ll provide some of that too).

The new DeaconSpace delivers a faster and easier way to check availability and schedule meetings, rooms and workspaces. It also includes a single view of meetings so that users can visualize all of their bookings on a single screen. Additionally, it is better optimized for mobile devices which enables users to schedule on-the-go.

Additional changes include the consolidation of many request forms to make it easier for users to find the spaces you want to request. For more information and documentation, please visit: https://rooms.wfu.edu/help.

Comings and goings for October 2016

See a list of employees joining and leaving the University in October 2016:

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