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Mike Ford's Retirement Message

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At a reception in his honor on June 28, Mike Ford delivered a farewell message to a crowd gathered in Benson University Center.  Ford retired from Wake Forest in June after 36 years as student life administrator and campus leader.

Several of his colleagues, past and present, spoke at the reception before Ford addressed the crowd, reflecting on his Wake Forest college days (1968-72), his work in the Wake Forest community, his family and his faith.  Several family members were present for the reception, including his wife, Gayle, and two of their three daughters with their families. He also made a brief reference to “exciting presidential political campaigning” in the 1970s when his father, Gerald R. Ford, served as the 38th president of the United States.

His remarks are available on the Wake Forest Magazine website.

Staff recognized for milestones, Employees of the Year announced

This is a guest post from Human Resources:

Members of the campus community honored service milestones of more than 250 Wake Forest staff members who were celebrating approximately 2,800 combined years of service. These individuals were recognized at the 16th annual Staff Rewards & Recognition on Tuesday, October 11 at Bridger Field House. Later in the day, a campus-wide reception was open to all faculty and staff in the Green Room of Reynolda Hall.

Staff members celebrating 30 or more years of service included:

  • 30 years: Cathy Chinlund (Advancement), Sherman Hart (Reynolda House), Gale Newport (Benson University Center), Beth Tedford (Z. Smith Reynolds Library)
  • 35 years: Janet Cromer (School of Law), Cindy Davis (Biology), Mike Ford (Campus Life), Dallas Nifong (Facilities & Campus Services)
  • 40 years: Michael Bottoms (University Police), Carrnell Covington (Facilities & Campus Services), Ann Knox (Parking & Transportation)
Wake Forest President Nathan O. Hatch presents staff member Betsy Chapman with the Employee of the Year plaque on Tuesday, October 11, 2016.

President Hatch presents staff member Betsy Chapman with the Employee of the Year plaque

Betsy Chapman, Director of Parent Giving, and Patty Kennedy, Administrative Assistant in the Department of Health and Exercise Science, were also recognized as Employees of the Year. They were nominated by faculty and staff for their contributions in the areas of innovation, integrity, accountability, inclusion, and Pro Humanitate.

Chapman was honored for mentoring students and helping parents feel part of the Wake Forest experience. The Daily Deac blog she authors was cited throughout her award nomination as a highly effective way to connect parents with the campus community. As the nomination reads, “Betsy is a valuable asset to Wake Forest, and her professionalism and genuine love for the university and its students should be commended!”

Wake Forest President Nathan O. Hatch presents staff member Patty Kennedy with the Employee of the Year plaque on Tuesday, October 11, 2016.

President Hatch presents staff member Patty Kennedy with the Employee of the Year plaque

Kennedy was recognized for embracing new ideas and serving as a positive role model for new staff members. The award nomination states, “Patty is always thinking of creative ways to deal with problems, with the goal of making positive changes for everyone. She is well aware of the need to serve both the department and the community.” Kennedy has demonstrated this community service through her work with the United Way and Arts Council.

Greek Alumni Advisory Board established

In August 2015, the Office of Alumni Engagement and the Division of Campus Life brought together a diverse group of alumni representing various fraternity and sorority organizations to hear about what is happening in Greek life at Wake Forest and across the nation, and to talk about ways that the student experience here can be strengthened. Among the solutions proposed at that gathering was the creation of an advisory board relating to the fraternity and sorority experience at Wake Forest.

Now, the newly established Greek Alumni Advisory Board (GAAB) aims to serve as a bridge between alumni and the University in order to educate alumni about fraternity and sorority life today and to positively influence the student experience. The board also wants to support and strengthen the role of chapter advisors, as the University recognizes chapters with strong advisers tend to make better decisions.

The mission of the GAAB is: “Connecting yesterday’s and today’s Greeks to strengthen the spirit of Pro Humanitate.” Members include:

  • Alfred Adams (’68, JD ’73, P ’01), Winston-Salem, N.C., Sigma Chi
  • Lucy Anderson (’94, MBA ’99), Charlotte, N.C., Alpha Delta Pi
  • Martin Baker (’99), Winston-Salem, N.C., Kappa Alpha
  • Adrienne Myer Bohannon (’02), Seattle, Wash., Delta Delta Delta
  • Mike Ford (’72), Winston-Salem, N.C., Sigma Chi
  • Camille Wilkerson French* (’93), Lewisville, N.C., Delta Sigma Theta
  • Nate French (’93), Lewisville, N.C., Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Jane Claire Jacobi (’05), Charlotte, N.C., Delta Zeta
  • James Ivory (’85, P ’17), Seven Devils, N.C., Theta Chi
  • Gordon Kammire (’79, MD ’83, P ’18), Lexington, N.C., Kappa Sigma
  • Leslie Danese Kammire (’82, MD ’86, P ’18), Lexington, N.C., SOPH
  • Alicia Lee (’02), Houston, Tex., Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Molly Welles Lineberger* (’82, MA ’15, P ’15), Winston-Salem, N.C., Fideles
  • Shannon Bozoian Mihalko* (’92), Winston-Salem, N.C., Strings and Pi Beta Phi
  • Reid Nickle (’15), Washington, D.C., Kappa Alpha
  • Mike Queen (’68, P ’94), Wilmington, N.C., Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Jeff Richardson (’87), Newport, Ky., Delta Kappa Epsilon
  • Kim Boatwright Shirley (’85, P ’13, P ’13, P ’17), Raleigh, N.C., SOPH
  • Lisa Snodgrass (’95), Atlanta, Ga., Thymes and Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Andrew Snorton III (’93), Snellville, Ga., Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Rob Wall* (’98), Winston-Salem, N.C., Kappa Alpha
  • David M. Warren (’81, JD ’84, P ’13), Raleigh, N.C., Kappa Alpha
  • Bill Wells (’74), Winston-Salem, N.C., Sigma Chi
  • Tycely Williams* (’97), Alexandria, Va., Delta Delta Delta

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University clothing drive supports overflow shelter project

Wake Forest’s Pro Humanitate Institute is sponsoring a University clothing drive in support of overflow shelters for the homeless in Winston-Salem.

The drive seeks to collect new or used winter clothing, such as winter coats, wool hats/caps, gloves and socks.  Items may be taken to the Pro Humanitate Institute office in Benson University Center, Room 506, or to the institute’s office building at Polo and Reynolda roads.

City with Dwellings, an umbrella social service group working with several local churches, has set up overflow night shelters in Winston-Salem.  The clothing will be distributed through the shelters.

For more information, contact Mike Ford at fordmg@nullwfu.edu, Fahim Gulamali at gulamafa@nullwfu.edu or Kelly Larrimore at larrimkj@nullwfu.edu

THRIVE Dimension Champions awards

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As a part of the Thrive Initiative, the Office of Wellbeing was excited to launch its “Thrive Dimension Champions” Awards for faculty and staff this spring semester.

Each day, many members of our Wake Forest community demonstrate their commitment to individual and community wellbeing across the eight dimensions: emotional, environmental, financial, intellectual, occupational, physical, social, and spiritual.

“The Office of Wellbeing has the privilege of leading Thrive, Wake Forest University’s comprehensive approach to wellbeing, but the foundation for this initiative is deeply rooted in the scholarship and actions of faculty and staff across this campus. They are the living examples of meaningful, purposeful lives that make the Wake Forest experience,” says Malika Roman Isler, director of wellbeing.

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