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End-of-year reminders from Human Resources

A guest post on end-of-year reminders from Wake Forest Human Resources

Paid Time Off (PTO) Entry DueDecember 14: Enter all PTO into Workday by Friday, December 14 to ensure 2019 PTO balances will be accurate. Your 2019 PTO balance will be viewable in Workday January 1 for exempt staff and January 12 for non-exempt staff.

Final Pay Date – December 21: December 21 is the final 2018 pay date for Reynolda Campus faculty and staff paid both biweekly and monthly.

Winter Break – December 24-31: University closed. Departments may offer administrative leave for early dismissal December 21 at 3:00 p.m. or two hours before the end of the regularly-scheduled shift.

New Year’s Day – January 1: University closed. 2019 Reynolda Campus holidays may be found on the Human Resources website.

Benefit Elections Effective – January 1: Your 2019 benefit elections will be effective January 1. You may view your 2019 benefit elections via Workday by completing the steps below. Note you cannot view your benefit elections at this time using the Workday mobile app.

  • Click the Benefits worklet
  • In the View section, click Benefit Elections as of Date
  • Select January 1, 2019 for your View as of Date
  • Click OK.

Wellbeing Incentive: The University will offer a 2019 wellbeing incentive for faculty and staff medical plan participants who complete the required steps through Wake Forest Baptist Health.

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Apply now for the TLC program offered at Wake Forest

This is a guest post from Wake Forest’s Healthy Exercise & Lifestyle Programs (HELPS):

The TLC program is a three-month medically directed, professionally supervised “Therapeutic Lifestyle Change” program that is free to all faculty and staff of Wake Forest and designed to develop a healthy and active lifestyle utilizing exercise and education programs.

What will I receive?

  • Individualized assessments, therapies and follow-up.  Entry physical activity levels are evaluated with and exercise stress test and physical function measures. This information is used to determine and define the amount of physical activity you need to foster a healthy and active lifestyle.
  • Entry dietary intake is assessed through online food records.  Specific calorie, nutrient and food group changes are identified.
  • Supervised exercise sessions at our conveniently located monitored exercise facility.   Located close to campus next to BB&T Field in the Health & Exercise Science Clinical Research Center.
  • Weekly small group sessions, held on campus in Worrell Professional Center.  These group sessions meet weekly in the Worrell Professional Center, Room 1162, on Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  starting in February 2019 and will last for three months. These sessions will teach behavioral strategies for the management of physical activity and diet.  Cognitive (what and how much?) teaching is combined with psychological approaches to take the participant beyond the limits of “will power.”  Personal journals are used as a basis for program development, strategy monitoring and evaluation.


  • Jeff Katula, PhD, MA, Assistant Professor, Health & Exercise Science, Health Psychologist and Executive Director, Healthy Exercise & Lifestyle Programs (HELPS)
  • Erika Janssen, MS, Program Director, HELPS
  • Christie Hunter, RD, LLC, Registered Dietician
  • Nikolete Hurrinus, Program Coordinator, HELPS

Please contact Nikolete Hurrinus if you are interested in filling out an application. Space is limited and will be given on a first come first serve basis so inquire today!

Phone:  336-758-5019   Fax:  336-758-1996  Email:


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Dean Gillespie announces Erica Still's appointment as associate dean; other transitions

The following announcement is from Dean of the College Michele Gillespie:

I am delighted to announce that Erica Still, Associate Professor of English, has been appointed Associate Dean for Faculty Recruitment, Diversity, and Inclusion, effective January 1, 2019. Please join me in congratulating Erica on her full-time position in the Office of the Dean of the College (ODOC).

In her new administrative role, Erica will oversee faculty recruitment and hiring practices as well as develop and lead programs to increase diversity and support for inclusivity within the College. Her three-year appointment will run through December 30, 2021.

Erica joined the Department of English as an Assistant Professor in 2007. In addition to teaching courses in African-American Literature, she has served as a lower-division advisor and a senior faculty fellow.

Erica has shown a long history of commitment to faculty governance at Wake Forest through her roles as Chair of the Committee on Academic Affairs and Chair of the Curriculum Development Task Force for the President’s Commission on the First-Year Experience. She has also served as a member of the Honors and Ethics Council as well as the Student Code of Conduct Review Committee. She is also a Collegiate Senator.

In additional ODOC news, Anthony Marsh, Professor of Health and Exercise Science, will become Senior Associate Dean for Faculty on January 1, 2019, as he begins his second three-year appointment in ODOC.

Tony’s responsibilities in ODOC have been extensive over the years. He has overseen faculty tenure and promotion processes and managed faculty development awards in his current role as Associate Dean for Research, Scholarship, and Creativity while serving as acting Associate Dean for Faculty since July 1, 2017.

Meanwhile, Laura Giovanelli, Assistant Teaching Professor of Writing, will be appointed Associate Dean for Learning Spaces, effective January 1, 2019. She accepted a half-time position as Assistant Dean for Learning Spaces on July 1, 2018, but we quickly discovered that the scale of her responsibilities and her expertise warranted a full-time appointment.

Laura serves on all space-related university-wide committees and helps coordinate classroom, office, and academic building renovations and allocations.

Tony and Laura have been highly effective advocates for the College, and Erica will be a great addition to a strong team committed to supporting faculty in her new position with ODOC. I look forward to collaborating with each of them on behalf of our wonderful students and teacher-scholars, as I know you will too.

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Staff members recognized for milestones; two named Employees of the Year

This is a guest post from Human Resources:

The campus community celebrated service milestones for more than 250 Wake Forest staff members with approximately 2,800 combined years of service. These individuals were recognized at the annual Staff Rewards & Recognition Luncheon Oct. 9 at the Sutton Center. Faculty and staff joined a campus-wide reception in the Green Room of Reynolda Hall later the same day.

Staff members who have achieved 30 or more years of service are:

  • 30 years: Elizabeth Berry (Facilities and Campus Services), Tim Covey (Information Systems), Robert Fisher (University Police), Chris Hartsell (University Police), Patricia Martin (School of Law), Pattie McGill (Office of the Chaplain), Tim Snyder (University Advancement), Kobak Taylor (Facilities and Campus Services), Lucinda Westmoreland (Financial Services).
  • 35 years: Hugh Brown (Facilities and Campus Services), Thomas Crews (Facilities and Campus Services), Greg Scott (Facilities and Campus Services), Meri Silveri (Mail Services).
  • 40 years: Bob Baker (University Advancement), LeAnn Steele (School of Law).

Philip Honaker, an Employee of the Year, waves. Standing with him are his son, five-year honoree Philip Honaker, and President Hatch

Philip Honaker, Plant Operator in Facilities and Campus Services, and Tom Benza, Associate Director in the Financial Aid Office, also were recognized as Employees of the Year. They were nominated by faculty and staff for their contributions in the areas of innovation, integrity, accountability, inclusion, and Pro Humanitate.

Philip Honaker’s nomination reads: Philip has worked hard over his tenure at Wake Forest and has always given great ideas and suggestions to make communication more clear and concise. He always has a smile on his face and does all he can to make things happen as they should. He is here daily to fulfill his obligation to the University, after many years of service. There is nobody he has met that he could not get along with. His desire and dedication to his job and his fellow employees has made him one of the best employees this University has ever had, and he deserves to be honored.

Tom Benza’s nomination reads: Always looking for new ways to do the same old business, Tom is extremely thoughtful, which permeates through his work with just about everyone here on campus. He goes the extra mile, every single time. Widely trusted, respectful, and honorable would all be words to describe Tom.


Employee of the Year Tom Benza and President Hatch

Dealing with tough issues daily, his moral compass always points north. Showing compassion in tough situations while still remaining professional is an artful gift Tom perfects. He goes above and beyond to protect students’ privacy by making sure his office is a safe place and safe space. Tom is a man of his word. Always willing to go to bat for what is right, Tom takes responsibility for his actions. Tom is an advocate for underrepresented student groups at WFU. He makes students feel welcome and important, which fosters a desire for them to continue towards degree completion. Tom’s kindness and compassion is extended to every student and staff member he encounters. Working on behalf of students and staff, he shines as an advocate.

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Lock appointed assistant dean of Z. Smith Reynolds Library

This is a guest post from Tim Pyatt, Dean of Z. Smith Reynolds Library:

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Mary Beth Lock as Assistant Dean for the Z. Smith Reynolds Library. In this new role, she will coordinate promotions and contract renewals for library faculty, oversee library committees, and serve as part of the library renovations planning team. She will continue to manage access services for the library.

Ms. Lock earned her master’s degree in Library Science from North Carolina Central University and her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Biology at Wayne State University. Having taken a variety of interesting and thought provoking topics over the last two years while engaging deeply with Wake Forest faculty and other graduate students, she will be graduating with her Masters in Liberal Studies in Spring, 2019.

She has participated in the planning for the Conference for Entrepreneurial Librarians since its inception in 2009, serving as co-chair for the 2013 conference. Resulting from her participation in the conference, she was also co-editor for the book, The Entrepreneurial Librarian: Essays on the Infusion of Private-Business Dynamism into Professional Service, published in 2011. She recently participated in the Leading Change Institute, which brings together librarians, information technologists, and others who seek to further develop their skills for the benefit of higher education.

Ms. Lock is committed to excellence in library services and has been part of the planning committees for events such as the Dean’s List Gala, Undergraduate Research Day, and Wake the Library. In her new role, she will help us promote excellence in librarianship and library services – we are delighted to have her accept this new role at ZSR.

Tim Pyatt
Dean, ZSR Library

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