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CARE Team presentation to be made on April 4

A presentation about the University’s CARE Team will be made April 4 at Reynolda Hall, Room 301.   Faculty, staff, students and others are invited to the presentation, which will run from 2 to 3 p.m.

Registration is available through the Professional Development Center.

The overview about the team will be presented by August Vernon, the University’s emergency manager, and Sarah Tooley, case manager for the team.

Formally known as the Campus Assessment, Response, and Evaluation (CARE) Team, it “serves the University community by evaluating and responding to disruptive, troubling, or threatening behaviors brought to the attention of team,” according to its website.

Discussion session on internationalization of WFU to be held March 16

Faculty and staff are invited to participate in a discussion focused on the internationalization of Wake Forest.  The event offered through the Professional Development Center is called “The Internationalization of the Wake Forest Community: Transcending Campus Spaces by Transforming the Institution.”

It will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. March 16 at Wingate Hall’s Lower Auditorium.  Afterward, a reception will be held until 6 p.m.

The following is a guest post about the discussion session from the sponsors–the Office of the Dean of the College and the International Students and Scholars Division of Global Programs and Studies:

Join colleagues from around the Reynolda Campus as we discuss and expand on the Internationalization of Wake Forest University, particularly our student body.

The past decade has seen rapid growth and change in our campus community, leading to transformative and sometimes challenging experiences in the classroom and throughout campus spaces. As the student body has become more international in scope, so have efforts throughout campus to support our international students and scholars. This session, as part of the College’s MIMA (Maximizing Inclusivity + Minimizing Apathy) series, will present information and knowledge on the experiences of international students and scholars as they seek to become active members of our community and campus climate.

Furthermore, specific classroom and student services best practices will be shared. The session is designed to allow for ample questions and discussion throughout the three-hour workshop, and a reception will immediately follow. As with other MIMA workshops, attendees are welcome to come when they can and stay as long as they can.

Finally, this particular session will be co-sponsored by the International Students and Scholars Division of Global Programs and Studies and the Office of the Dean of the College.

Anyone with questions about the program may contact Karen McCormick at mccormk@nullwfu.edu or 336-758-5835.

Training offered this week on responding to work place violence

The University will offer a class titled “Active Shooter Response (Run, Hide, Fight)” on Dec. 8 to students, faculty and staff.  The class is intended to instruct people on how to respond to an active shooter incident or other types of work place violence.  The class stresses awareness, preparation and rehearsal, which are considered by experts to be key to safety in such situations.

The class will take place from 1-2:15 p.m. in Reynolda Hall, Room 301.

It will be taught by Wake Forest Emergency Manager August Vernon (verona@nullwfu.edu) and University Police Sgt. Lesia Finney (finneylg@nullwfu.edu).

Registration is encouraged.  To register, visit the Professional Development Center website.

Free flu shots being offered now to faculty, staff, retirees

Wake Forest is sponsoring free flu shots for faculty, staff and retirees much of October. Registration through the Professional Development Center (PDC) is encouraged.

Spouses, partners and dependent children (at least four years old) who are enrolled in the University’s Blue Cross Blue Shield medical plan are welcome to participate.   They are not required to register.

All receiving the shot are asked to bring their Blue Cross Blue Shield card to verify coverage.

The shots are being offered through October 20 at various University locations. Location details are available on the registration site.

Seasonal flu shots to begin October 3

Flu Shots 2016 Event Calendar GraphicWake Forest University is sponsoring free flu shots for all faculty, staff and retirees. Spouses, partners and dependent children (at least 4 years old), who are enrolled in the University’s BlueCross BlueShield medical plan also are welcome, but not required to register.

Visit the Professional Development Center to register for your choice of dates, times and locations. Please bring your BlueCross BlueShield card to verify coverage, and talk to your primary care physician to see if the flu shot is right for you.

University offering class on responding to active shooter

In October, Wake Forest will offer an “Active Shooter Response (Run, Hide, Fight)” class. There are three opportunities to enroll.

The class, taught by Wake Forest Emergency Manager August Vernon and University Police Sergeant Lesia Finney, is offered through the Professional Development Center (PDC) Registration is through the PDC.

Times and locations available:

Thursday, Oct. 6, 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location: ZSR Library Auditorium 404

Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016 • 2 p.m.- 3:30 p.m.
Location: ZSR Library Auditorium 404

Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016 • 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location: ZSR Library Auditorium 404

The class stresses awareness, preparation and rehearsal, which are the keys to safety, according to the training.

Tobacco cessation classes offered starting Sept. 15

Tobacco Cessation Program

This is a guest post from Human Resources:

Sept. 15 through Nov. 3, Wake Forest will sponsor tobacco cessation classes in partnership with the Forsyth County Department of Health and the American Lung Association. This free program will provide education, resources, and support for full- and part-time faculty and staff, as well as temporary employees. Faculty and staff may register for the hour-long classes, which will be held in Benson University Center 344 on Thursdays at 8 a.m.

Participants should consult their physicians prior to beginning the classes, and they may choose to combine the program with tobacco cessation medications. Wake Forest medical plan participants have access to FDA-approved prescription tobacco cessation drugs and over-the-counter Nicotine Replacement Therapy drugs (with a prescription). Generic drugs are covered without a copayment for two 90-day supplies.

Contact Human Resources at AskHR@nullwfu.edu or (336) 758-4700 for more information.

VeriCite pilot continues for 2016-17

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This is a guest post from the Learning Management System Team:

The Information Technology Executive Committee  has approved an extended pilot of VeriCite for the 2016-2017 academic year. VeriCite is a cloud-based service that helps to verify the originality of student work. It also can help to facilitate proper citation techniques and paraphrasing skills when used as a tool to enhance instruction through student reflection.

The Sakai Learning Management System Team has received multiple requests from faculty for this type of service. We have decided to pilot VeriCite because it was designed to easily integrate into Sakai. If faculty choose to participate in this pilot, students submit their paper through the assignment tool within their Sakai course. VeriCite automatically generates an “originality report” to the student and faculty.

How to Participate in the VeriCite pilot: The pilot is open to any Wake Forest faculty teaching a course in the Sakai learning management system utilizing the assignment tool during the Fall 2016 or Spring 2017 semester. Please go to the following URL (http://pdc.wfu.edu/events/2541/) to register for the workshop Building a Student Culture of Academic Integrity: The Role of Anti-Plagiarism Software.

Workshops are scheduled for Aug. 24 and 25. To learn more about the pilot visit go.wfu.edu/vericite. If you have any questions regarding this pilot please email LMSTeam@nullwfu.edu.

Sakai workshops available to faculty

This is a guest post from the Learning Management System Team:

Wake Forest’s Learning Management System Team will be hosting a variety of Sakai related workshops to kick off the 2016-2017 academic year. This includes a general introduction to Sakai for faculty who are new to the system or would like a refresher.

A new offering,”Technology Confidence Camp: Sakai,” is a low-enrollment workshop and is suitable for those faculty who would like to build their technology confidence.

Sakai’s Lesson Builder, popular among faculty transitioning to a flipped classroom, is used to create structured units of learning containing multiple pages and subpages for arrangement and delivery of content organized by lesson. Additional tools within Lessons: polls, student-generated content with rubric grading and peer review, gradable comments, and embedded videos.

Please register for Sakai workshops on the PDC website (http://pdc.wfu.edu/?q=sakai).

Tobacco cessation classes to be offered

This is a guest post from Human Resources:Tobacco Cessation Program

From July 19 through Sept. 6, Wake Forest will sponsor tobacco cessation classes in partnership with the Forsyth County Department of Health and American Lung Association. This free program will provide education, resources, and support for full- and part-time faculty and staff, as well as temporary employees. Faculty and staff may register for the hour-long classes, which will be held in Reynolda Hall, Room 301 on Tuesdays at 8 a.m. and Noon.

Participants should consult their physician prior to beginning the classes, and they may choose to combine the program with tobacco cessation medications. Wake Forest medical plan participants have access to FDA-approved prescription tobacco cessation drugs and over-the-counter Nicotine Replacement Therapy drugs (with a prescription). Generic drugs are covered without a copayment for two 90-day supplies.

Contact Human Resources at AskHR@nullwfu.edu or (336) 758-4700 for more information.