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Emily Neese to speak at SAC meeting

emily.neese.100x100Emily Neese, associate vice president for strategy and operations, will update the Staff Advisory Council on the Strategic Resource Initiative at the SAC’s April 22 meeting.

Open to all staff, this important SAC meeting will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in Farrell Hall, Broyhill Auditorium. For more information about the SAC, visit

Call for Staff Advisory Council nominations

SAC-logo-FINALThe Staff Advisory Council (SAC) is soliciting nominations for new members.  The SAC, formed in 2006 by President Hatch, is an advisory body tasked with strengthening communication between the staff and administration at Wake Forest University.

The deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. on March 24.

Nominations will be accepted online at Enter your WFU username and password to access the site.

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EAP’s Lib Edwards to speak at SAC meeting

Lib.Edwards.150x150Lib Edwards, director of the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), will speak at the Feb. 25 meeting of the Staff Advisory Council (SAC). Open to all staff, the meeting is scheduled for 9:30 to 11 a.m. in Benson University Center, Room 401 C/D.

Edwards will discuss how the EAP, with its trained counselors, provides professional assessment, referral and follow up services for personal/emotional concerns on such matters as:

— Family and marital problems
— Emotional distress such as anxiety, grief and depression
— Alcohol and other drugs
— Stress at work or home
— Problems with children and teenagers

For more information about the Staff Advisory Council and to sign up for the SAC newsletter, visit

Wake Forest  is committed to assisting faculty and staff members with their wellness goals. There are several programs offered to benefit eligible faculty and staff members to help save time, reduce stress and stay healthy. Find out more on HR’s Wellbeing and Work-Life website.

Staff Advisory Council e-newsletter and updates

SAC-logo-FINALThe University’s Staff Advisory Council launched its first electronic newsletter in January, with plans for monthly newsletters to be available to staff and others interested in receiving it.

The SAC’s website offers easy directions for registering to receive the monthly newsletter.  All that is required is providing one’s name and e-mail address.

The newsletter features the SAC’s new logo, developed last fall.

The initial newsletter was sent mostly to SAC members with directions on how they could pass it along to a colleague.  The newsletter also explains how one can register to receive it.

The current newsletter announces that Director of Athletics Ron Wellman will speak at the Jan. 28 SAC meeting in Farrell Hall’s Broyhill Auditorium.  All staff members are welcome to attend the meeting that will run from 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Wellman plans to provide an update on what is happening at Lawrence Joel Veterans Coliseum, explain upcoming changes at the ACC and their impact on Wake Forest, and discuss Wake Forest’s unique position in the ACC.

The newsletter also offers information about the previous SAC meeting, including highlights of a presentation by Penny Rue, vice president for campus life.


Staff Advisory Council meeting set for Thursday

The next Staff Advisory Council (SAC) will be Thursday, Nov. 21, from 1:30-3 p.m. in Benson 401 C/D. All WFU staffers are encouraged to attend.

The meeting will feature two guest speakers:

  • Financial and Accounting Services will present on exempt PTO tracking in Novatime.
  • Penny Rue, the vice president for Campus Life, will speak about what’s new in her area and provide insight into the new Director of Wellness position.

Petersen, Wise to speak at Staff Advisory Council meeting

Vice President Mark Petersen and Associate Vice President John Wise will be guest speakers at the Oct. 22 meeting of the Staff Advisory Council.

The SAC will meet from 9:30-11 a.m.  in Farrell Hall’s Broyhill Auditorium. The event is open to all staff members.

Petersen, vice president for university advancement, will speak on the University’s new capital campaign.  Wise, associate vice president of hospitality and auxiliary services, will speak on those services.

For more information on the SAC, visit

Time to nominate for Staff Employee of the Year

Each year, Wake Forest presents two Staff Employee of the Year awards to employees who have gone above and beyond in their dedication to the Wake Forest University community. As a faculty or staff member, we ask you to nominate deserving staff colleagues for this award. All regular staff employees (working at least 1,000 hours annually) with five or more years of continuous service with the University are eligible for nomination and consideration.

Nominations will be reviewed by a selection committee comprised of representatives from the Staff Advisory Council, who will select two award recipients. Please click to submit your nominations by Thursday, Oct. 10.

Award recipients will be recognized at the Staff Rewards & Recognition Luncheon on Tuesday, Nov. 12, with a plaque and cash award of $1,000. In addition to the luncheon, these recipients also will be honored at a campus-wide dessert reception. You are invited to attend this reception on Nov. 12 at 3 p.m. in the Green Room of Reynolda Hall.

Please call Human Resources at 336.758.4700 or e-mail, if you have questions.

SAC meeting will feature SRI discussion

The SAC will hold its final meeting of the school year in Benson 401 from 9-10:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 30. Refreshments will be available, and the first 30 minutes will be an introduction of new members and recognition of outgoing members.

At 9:30 a.m., Provost Rogan Kersh and Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration Hof Milam will share the preliminary results of the University’s Strategic Resource Initiative (SRI) and take questions about these initiatives.

All faculty and staff are encouraged to attend this presentation, which is the last in a series that was offered about this stage of the SRI. The SRI working group encourages feedback and questions.

Strategic Resources Initiative forum will be held Monday

The Strategic Resource Initiative (SRI) working group has received valuable feedback and questions since sharing the initial outcomes of the SRI on April 25. We would like to remind you of additional opportunities to discuss the impact of these SRI changes:

Now:  A summary of the presentation and the PowerPoint slides are available on Inside WFU. Additional feedback and questions may be sent to

May 6, 4-5 p.m., Pugh Auditorium: Faculty Senate Meeting (open to faculty, staff)
May 30, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Benson 401:  Staff Advisory Council Meeting (open to faculty, staff)

Changes to parking, tuition concession and technology purchases and refresh schedules have generated numerous questions. The following addresses those most frequently asked: Continue reading »

SAC announces results of election

The Staff Advisory Council (SAC) is pleased to announce the results of the 2013 election. Please congratulate the seven new SAC representatives from across the university staff: Shana Atkins (Advancement), Shannon Badgett (Budget and Finance Planning), David Carlson (FACS: Warehouse), Matt Clifford (Residence Life and Housing), Susan Edwards (Office of Research and Sponsored Programs), Christy Hill (FACS: Project Management), and Kim Thore (University Stores).

In addition to newly-elected representatives, Karen Frekko (Schools of Business) and Jennifer Killingsworth (Financial & Accounting Services) have been re-elected to serve an additional term. Each SAC representative will serve a term of three years and may be re-elected to serve one additional term.

The SAC received nominations from March 1-22 and held the election from April 8 – April 22.  The SAC received a total of 26 unique nominations across the six staff divisions. The overall staff voting participation rate was 36 percent (566 of 1,560 eligible voters). Two divisions, Athletics and Other, did not have any open SAC positions and therefore did not participate in the 2013 election. Click here for a list of SAC divisions.

The SAC would like to thank the representatives whose terms are ending this year: Cathy Chinlund, Debbie Deheck, Teresa Earl, Tomma Guastaferro, Melvin Lee and Donna Thornton.

For more information about the SAC, please visit: