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Herndon-Edmunds, Williams appointed to new roles at University

Shayla Herndon-Edmunds, Diversity Education Program Manager, Wake Forest University Human Resources, Tuesday, December 3, 2013.

Shayla Herndon-Edmunds

In the University’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Shayla Herndon-Edmunds has been appointed director of diversity education and J. Matthew Williams has been appointed director of communication.

Barbee Oakes, chief diversity officer and assistant provost for diversity and inclusion, described the appointments as supporting Wake Forest’s ongoing commitment to improve the campus climate and build an inclusive community.

Herndon-Edmunds joined Wake Forest’s staff in 2006.  Most recently, she was manager of diversity of education.

In her expanded role, Herndon-Edmunds will develop strategies to strengthen the cultural competence and intercultural skills of faculty, staff and students, giving special attention to the first-year experience for college students and new faculty development.

She will also oversee a cadre of volunteers trained to deliver the Gatekeepers Workshop Initiative, Wake Forest’s signature diversity education program. Since its inception, more than 1,900 faculty, staff and students have participated in the four-part series.

Additionally, her role includes strategic partnership with University Police, Academic Advising, Residence Life and Housing, the Pro Humanitate Institute, graduate and professional schools and other areas of the University.

Herndon-Edmunds received a Bachelor of Arts in English and Business Administration from George Mason University.  A licensed professional life coach, she is certified in emotional intelligence, unconscious bias and intercultural development.

Matt Williams, the new Associate Director, Marketing and Communications, in the WaKe Forest Office of Personal and Career Development, in the OPCD offices in Reynolda Hall on Thursday, August 29, 2013.

Matt Williams

Williams joined Wake Forest’s staff in 2011.  Most recently, he was associate director of marketing and communication in the University’s Office of Personal and Career Development.

In his new role, Williams will oversee communication for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, as well as provide consultative support to the Intercultural Center, Women’s Center, LGBTQ Center and Diversity Education.  His position also includes strategic partnership with University Advancement (and its Communications and External Relations staff) and the Office of the President, where he will work with their leadership teams to elevate the University’s commitment to and promotion of diversity and inclusion to all University constituents.

Williams received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication at Wake Forest and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in communication at the University.  His research centers on the intersections of digital media, identity and social justice.

For more information about Diversity and Inclusion, visit diversity.wfu.edu.

 

Application period open for Move More program

Move more Move OftenSpring semester applications are being accepted through Feb. 12 for the wellbeing project called Move More. Move Often.

The project, which is a research program (IRB# IRB00022164), is open to students, faculty and staff.

To apply, visit move.thrive.wfu.edu.

It is designed as an eight-week step challenge to encourage individuals to increase their daily physical activity. Using Fitbit activity trackers, participants can monitor their daily steps and activity. Throughout the eight-week challenge, participants can access performance incentives, receive supplemental resources and materials, as well as discounts.

Participants will be required to attend a one-hour orientation session. A Fitbit will be provided to participants. Participants may also use their own Fitbit, instead.

At the conclusion of the challenge, prizes will be awarded on an individual basis for significant improvement in the number of average daily steps. Following each challenge, participants will have the opportunity to re-enroll for additional challenges to keep improving their daily physical activity and potentially win more prizes.

The website offers additional information about Move More. Move Often. The site includes a list of resources and an FAQ section, for instance.

This project is co-sponsored by Office of Wellbeing, Campus Life, Health and Exercise Science, Environmental Health and Safety, Hospitality & Auxiliary Services, Residence Life and Housing, Information Technology, PDC Run, Forest, Run (Walk Forest), Therapeutic Lifestyle Change, Aramark, Campus Recreation.

New wellbeing project launched

A new wellbeing project is open to students, faculty and staff.  It is called Move More. Move Often.  This is a research program (IRB# IRB00022164)

To apply, visit move.thrive.wfu.edu.  Application period will continue through Oct. 6.

It is designed as an eight-week step challenge to encourage individuals to increase their daily physical activity.  Using Fitbit activity trackers, participants can monitor their daily steps and activity.  Throughout the eight-week challenge, participants can access performance incentives, receive supplemental resources and materials, as well as discounts.

Participants will be required to attend a one-hour orientation session.   A Fitbit will be provided to participants.  Participants may also use their own Fitbit, instead.

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First-Year student move-in begins morning of Aug. 21

Guest post by Residence Life and Housing:

Wake Forest will welcome a new first-year student class on Friday, Aug. 21, when new student move-in begins at 8 a.m.  For faculty and staff scheduled to be on campus that busy morning, the University has recommendations for where to enter campus and park.

On Aug. 21, the University asks that faculty and staff enter campus through the Polo Road entrance. New students and their families will be encouraged to enter campus via the University Parkway and Reynolda Road entrances.

Traffic is expected throughout the day and will begin around 7 a.m. as families arrive for move-in. Due to the increased traffic, faculty and staff seeking to park on campus are encouraged to arrive on campus early. The Hearn Plaza lots will be available for faculty and staff parking. However, the University asks that faculty and staff avoid parking on South Campus (Lots E, F, G and J) and in Lots Q and W1/W2 to allow parking for our new students and their families.

Faculty and staff may park in the lots on either side of Long Drive, near Winston-Salem First Church and Polo Road.  A shuttle bus will provide transportation to and from those lots and campus from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

The University will continue to run the Gray Line shuttle that normally operates between University Corporate Center and campus on Aug. 21.

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Byrd a ‘Certified Educational Facilities Professional’

james.byrd.300x175James Byrd, manager of the Deacon OneCard Office, has earned the Certified Educational Facilities Professional (CEFP) credential from APPA.

Certification as a Certified Educational Facilities Professional validates the unique knowledge and competency required of an accomplished professional in the educational facilities field. Byrd is the first person to receive this credential at Wake Forest.

“By obtaining the CEFP, it assures the individual and their institution that they have established a thorough and applied understanding of the best management practices related to educational facilities,” said J. Thomas Becker, chair of APPA’s Board of Educational Facilities Professionals Certification.

“The CEFP credential is an exciting new standard for educational stewardship. It represents core knowledge, talent and skill, underscoring accountability and commitment to growth and mastery,” said Lander Medlin, APPA executive vice president. “By earning the CEFP designation, James shows his superior mastery and commitment to his work, his institution and his colleagues.”

Clifford receives SACSA’s Mid-Level Professional Award

matt.clifford.300x175On November 4, Matt Clifford, director of residence life, received the inaugural Mid-Level Professional Award at the 64th Annual Conference of the Southern Association for College Student Affairs (SACSA) in Baltimore, Md.

The Mid-Level Professional Award recognizes a mid-level professional who has provided exemplary service to SACSA and on a college or university campus. The criteria include a minimum of six years of full-time professional experience in a higher education setting and demonstrated service to SACSA. The award-winner must also possess outstanding character and serve as a role model for other new and mid-level professionals.

Clifford’s leadership positions with SACSA include:  2006-07, Member of the Local Arrangements Committee Team; 2011-12 Resource Room & Involvement Chair; 2012-13 Talent Development Chair, 2013 Annual Conference Committee Program Chair, and 2014 Annual Conference Committee Chair.

WFU presents at student affairs conference

Award winners at the conferenceBrad Shugoll, Campus Life fellow, Matt Clifford, the director of Residence Life, and Larry Correll-Hughes, assistant director of assignments, recently attended the Southern Association of College Student Affairs annual conference in Norfolk, Va.

Correll-Hughes presented “Managers?: Thinking about what we do and what we think about management.” Shugoll presented a poster session titled “Uniting the Arts, Humanities, and Service through Civic Reflection.” Clifford served as the program chair for the conference and was honored with the association’s mid-level professional award for 2013.

November 2013 staff milestones

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Clifford contributes article to NASPA publication

Matt CliffordMatt Clifford, director of Residence Life, co-wrote an article entitled “Advancing Professional Development and Knowledge Community Resources for NASPA Members: A Member-Driven Assessment” in the fall 2013 National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Knowledge Communities publication.

July 2013 comings and goings

See a list of employees joining and leaving the University in July 2013: Continue reading »