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Registration fee waived for children of faculty and staff accepted to the WFU Pre-College Program

The Wake Forest University Pre-College Program is now accepting applications for summer 2021 sessions. Wake Forest faculty and staff are eligible to have the registration fee waived for their middle- and high-school-age children. Late afternoon light in front of a Wake Forest residence hall

Middle school students are invited to apply to join the Summer Exploration Program, a hands-on learning experience for current sixth through eighth-graders that allows students to ignite their passion for STEM and choose their own adventure while receiving mentorship from Wake Forest staff and current undergraduate students. This summer, the Pre-College Program will offer five online adventures for middle schoolers.

High school students are invited to apply for the Summer Immersion Program, an immersive, 4-day, online experience for rising sophomores, juniors, seniors and incoming first-year college students designed to provide an introduction to college life and the opportunity to explore a potential career pathway or field of study. The program will offer twenty-one online institutes for high school students.

What you need to know: 

  • To be eligible for the registration fee waiver, students must submit a free online application and receive acceptance to the program.
  • Upon acceptance, employees should call 980.224.9297 to complete the registration process and request the fee waiver.

For questions about the Summer Exploration Program, call 980.224.9281 or email middleschool@nullwfu.edu.

For questions about the Summer Immersion Program, call 980.224.9298 or email summerimmersion@nullwfu.edu.

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Updates from HR: COVID-19, "Remember with Us," Artisans' Fair, Reynolda events

COVID-19 Update

Colleagues are invited to attend an upcoming Faculty and Staff COVID Update at 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 20, for updates on summer operations and fall planning. Zoom webinar details will be emailed to faculty and staff in the coming week. Wait Chapel is visible through an ironwork WF logo, on the campus of Wake Forest University

NC COVID-19 restrictions: Last week, Gov. Cooper announced a new executive order relaxing the outdoor mask mandate and easing mass gathering limits. Executive Order No. 209 went into effect April 30 and is set to expire June 1, at which point the state anticipates lifting more restrictions.

Under this executive order, masks are still required indoors. Although the order no longer requires use of masks outdoors, it does encourage face masks in crowded, dense outdoor settings, which is often the case on our campus. The CDC has also created a visual guide for mask wearing.

Mass gathering limits are also permitted to increase under the executive order from 50 to 100 indoors and from 100 to 200 outdoors. The University will continue to follow the guidance of our public health experts and will communicate any changes to on-campus gathering restrictions as protocols are confirmed.

Weekly Wellbeing Tip: Unplugging

Taking a break from tech can help you fully restore between busy times in your personal and professional life. Consider a phone free hour each day, picking up a screen-free hobby or even committing to a full weekend away from screens.

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Proposals funded: Fernandez, Gross

Congratulations to Luis Fernandez, research associate professor of biology and executive director of the Center for Amazonian Scientific Innovation (CINCIA), whose proposal entitled “PRO-Agua Project 2 – Enhancing the Use of Freshwater Ecosystem Services in Regional Land Use Planning in the Madre de Dios Basin” has been funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and by (subaward/subcontract from) Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University.

Congratulations to Michael Gross, associate professor of engineering and faculty director for the Center for Entrepreneurship, whose proposal entitled “CAREER: Processing High Surface Area, Nanostructured Ceramic Scaffolds at High Temperatures via In-Situ Carbon Templating of Hybrid Materials” has been funded by the National Science Foundation.

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Proposals funded: Ballard, Bonin, Curtis

Congratulations to Grey Ballard, assistant professor of computer science, whose proposal entitled “Communication-Avoiding Tensor Decomposition Algorithms” has been funded by the National Science Foundation.

Congratulations to Keith Bonin, professor of physics and associate provost, whose proposal entitled “Chromatin mobility in response to DNA damage” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and by (subaward/subcontract from) WFU Health Sciences.

Congratulations to Mark Curtis, associate professor of economics, whose proposal entitled “How Does Capital Investment Affect Workers?” has been funded by the Washington Center for Equitable Growth and by (subaward/subcontract) from Duke University.

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Updates from HR: COVID-19 updates, wellbeing, employee events

COVID-19 Update

As announced, beginning May 1 University gate access will return to normal operations. Those who requested an exemption from the SneezSafe daily wellness screening will have their Deacon OneCard access automatically reinstated May 1. Faculty and staff should continue to monitor their health daily and utilize SneezSafe when they need help determining whether they should proceed to campus. Rows of pink, white, and yellow tulips blooming in Reynolda Gardens

Campus Redensification

As we near the end of the semester and plan for in-person classes this fall, colleagues who are still working remotely may have questions about their return to on-site work. Colleagues should expect the summer to be a transitional period during which leaders will engage teams and individuals in conversations about staffing plans that prioritize student- and employee-facing interactions. To aid in this process, we have developed these Campus Redensification Guidelines to help managers initiate these conversations.

With commencement less than three weeks away, now is a time to celebrate the numerous accomplishments of our campus community. Colleagues can anticipate receiving an update the week following commencement with additional redensification guidance, 2021-2022 Paid Time Off (PTO) carryover plans, and revised COVID-19 policies. We appreciate your patience as we continue to refine the University’s plans for the fall.

Weekly Wellbeing Tip: Email Timing

Intentional work correspondence can have a big impact on employee morale. Teams can strengthen and respect work-life balance by discussing what email best practices their teams should adhere to. Consider scheduling emails to send during work hours only and turning off notifications during non-working hours.

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