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The University’s COVID-19 website was updated with significant changes on March 24 and will continue to be updated regularly as we adapt our policies and procedures to quickly changing circumstances locally and nationally.
The website includes a section with information specifically for faculty and staff on distance working.
We know this is a time of heightened anxiety. The FAQ, is not meant to substitute for direct conversations with deans, department chairs, supervisors and students; however, it can provide helpful information on campus operations, tech support, and community wellbeing.
In his State of the University speech on Nov. 7, Wake Forest President Nathan Hatch shared plans for a new academic building on campus: “The College Academic Commons will be filled with learning spaces that are interactive and flexible – ready to accommodate the dynamic delivery of education in the 21st century. This proposed space will set a new standard for highly effective teaching and learning.”
What are Wake Forest’s plans for a new academic building?
Wake Forest is in the midst of planning for a new College Academic Commons to provide needed academic space for the College — including classrooms, faculty offices and common areas. The focus is on creating a building that will strengthen the experience of first and second-year students and underscore the importance of the humanities and the liberal arts.
What is the timeline?
Planning is in the early conceptual phases, but the goal is to begin construction during the 2020-2021 academic year. Fundraising is currently underway. As plans develop and milestones are reached, there will be updates on the project.
Where would the building be located?
The proposed placement for the facility is on the upper part of Davis Field across from the ZSR Library. This location is consistent with the original Larson master plan for the Reynolda Campus and is in close proximity to many of the other college academic buildings.
How will the new space be used?
Plans for the College Academic Commons include classrooms, offices and common areas. The focus is on providing flexible and interactive learning spaces designed to facilitate thoughtful conversation and study. The space will also nurture the University’s deep commitment to relational teaching and learning. The building is envisioned as a new home for many of Wake Forest’s humanities departments and programs, including the Leadership and Character program. It will likely also house academic advising and scholarship programs.
Who has been involved in the planning?
A planning group made up of faculty, students and staff is exploring various aspects of logistics and planning. Working groups are looking at instructional spaces and office spaces, as well as areas for faculty-student engagement, academic advising and scholarship programs.
The Wake Forest Wellbeing Center and Campus Recreation announced, recently, a summer dependent membership special.
This announcement was emailed to students, faculty and staff on June 3 by Wake Forest Communications and External Relations:
Starting June 5, crews will begin an extensive project on the center lawn of Hearn Plaza.
Crews will be busy removing all of the center lawn’s grass and taking numerous steps to improve drainage on the lawn. By July 19, new grass will have been put down and all work will be complete, according to current plans.
The work is intended, in part, to eliminate rainwater buildup at numerous Hearn Plaza locations, including on sidewalks.
Throughout the work, access to Hearn Plaza’s buildings will continue. And, sidewalks will remain open for use by students, faculty, staff and others.
The following is a guest post from the International Student and Scholar Services office (ISSS):
The International Student and Scholar Services office will present three information sessions in February to faculty and staff.
The first session is a lunch and learn titled “Hiring International Faculty and Staff” and will provide information about hiring international faculty and staff, concentrating mostly on the H-1B visa. This session will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 6, from 12 to 1:30 p.m., in the Reynolds Gym A330 Seminar Room. This session is for faculty and staff to learn more about the visa processing involved in hiring an international employee, the responsibilities of the hiring department when employing an international employee, and the services ISSS provides. We will be providing lunch for this session. Registration is required. More information about this session is available here: https://pdc.wfu.edu/event/12721/
The second session is titled “ISSS Programming 101” and will provide a general overview on all services provided by ISSS, concentrating mostly on the variety of support and cultural programs the ISSS offers. This session will take place on Monday, Feb. 11, from 2 to 3 p.m. Services discussed will range from various pre-arrival communications to our incoming international students and scholars to help them get settled on campus and in the U.S. to programming that ensures they have the tools and resources necessary throughout the duration of their academic and professional programs to be successful. We will be providing light refreshments for this session. Registration is required. More information about this session is available here: https://pdc.wfu.edu/event/12804/
The third session is titled “International Students and Work Authorizations” and will provide information about the different types of employment authorizations that are available to our international students. We will specifically cover information for departments that hire international students to work on campus, information regarding opportunities for off campus employment such as internships, and the services that ISSS provides to international students. This session will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 20 in Benson 410 from 9 to 10:30 am. We will be providing a light breakfast for this session. Registration is required. More information is available here: https://pdc.wfu.edu/event/12722/