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Staff Advisory Council

Shenette to speak at SAC meeting Wednesday, Jan. 14

unnamedA Staff Advisory Council meeting is scheduled for Wed., Jan. 14 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in Benson 401.

The featured guest will be John Shenette, AVP for Facilities. As a member of WFU’s senior staff, Shenette oversees areas such as construction management and planning; facilities renovations; grounds maintenance; and utilities. He will speak to and answer questions about facilities’ current projects.

Mark your calendar for upcoming SAC meetings scheduled for Feb. 11 and March 11 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in Benson 401.

Manning to present at Oct. 8 SAC meeting

manning.300x175Wake Forest head men’s basketball coach Danny Manning will present at the next SAC meeting, on Wednesday, Oct. 8 at 9:30 am, in Benson 401.  Coach Manning will give a short presentation, and though there will be not be a free-throw shooting contest, there could well be a basketball-related raffle.

Coach Manning may have time for some questions from  attendees. You can submit a question for Coach Manning in advance of the meeting using this form.

The schedule for SAC meetings through June and minutes for past meetings are available here.

Nominations for ‘Employee of the Year’ open through Oct. 1

Each year, Wake Forest presents two staff ‘Employee of the Year’ awards to individuals who have gone above and beyond in their dedication to the University community. Faculty and staff members are invited to submit nominations by Wednesday, Oct. 1.

All staff employees who work at least 1,000 hours annually with five or more years of continuous University service are eligible for nomination.

Staff Advisory Council representatives will review the nominations and select the award winners. Recipients will be recognized with a plaque and $1,000 at the Staff Rewards & Recognition Luncheon on Tuesday, Nov. 4.  

A dessert reception will also be held on Nov. 4 at 4 p.m. in the Green Room of Reynolda Hall to honor these recipients. All are invited to attend.

Call 336.758.4700 or email with any questions.

Staff appreciation picnic at Reynolda House June 12 special invitation from Wake Forest’s Staff Advisory Council.

The Staff Advisory Council cordially invites all staff members to the 2014 Wake Forest Staff Appreciation Event on June 12. Drop by any time between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to enjoy lunch, games, music and fun on the lawn of Reynolda House Museum of American Art. During the event, the museum will also be open for staff to enjoy.

The event will feature:

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Seven new representatives elected to the Staff Advisory Council

SAC-logo-FINALThe Staff Advisory Council (SAC) is pleased to announce the results of the 2014 election. The seven new SAC representatives are: Jennifer Abbinett (Human Resources), Amy Ciaccia (Financial & Accounting Service), Blake Edmunds (Athletics), Sharon Fortner (University Police), Nancy Metcalf (Center for Global Programs and Studies), Tracy Pinto (Registrar’s Office), Amber Wall (Residence Life & Housing), Rachel Weaver (Information Systems) and Craig Zakrzewski (Athletics).

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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.