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Updates from HR: Vaccines, Faculty & Staff Clinic, Reynolda House and Zoom workshop

COVID-19 vaccine update: Group 3

Beginning Feb. 24, those who work in child care and PreK-12 are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Other Group 3 essential workers – including those in higher education – are expected to be eligible beginning March 10. Here is what you can do to prepare: Photo of Reynolda Hall as seen from Hearn Plaza with the sun peeking through the trees

  • If you haven’t already, complete the employee survey. If your work circumstances have changed or you have already been vaccinated, you can let us know by submitting the survey again.
  • If you are unsure of what group you are eligible for, use the NCDHHS Find My Vaccine Group tool.

The University has applied to be a vaccine provider and has plans to implement our own vaccination clinic when approved. The estimated timing of this approval is still unknown. In the interim, we are working with Wake Forest Baptist Health (WFBH) to identify opportunities for University faculty, staff and affiliate colleagues to get vaccinated.

Colleagues should take advantage of any opportunity to get vaccinated through their health care provider and may search for a vaccine provider once eligible.

If you have questions related to COVID-19 vaccine distribution and planning, please review these Frequently Asked Questions or submit your question(s) to Human Resources using this form.

Policy update: Administrative leave and release time

This policy has been updated to grant employees release time to receive immunizations offered on campus and/or those that are recommended or required for all employees whether they are offered on or off campus.

View the policy update on the HR website.

Faculty & Staff Clinic

The Faculty & Staff Clinic, operated by WFBH, is available to support those with COVID-19-related questions or concerns. The clinic nurse is available to:

  • Help determine if you should go to work, based on your symptoms
  • Help connect you to care when needed
  • Answer your COVID-19 questions
  • Help you if you aren’t feeling well while at work

Visit Our Way Forward to learn more about the clinic and how to get it touch. Read more

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Move More! More Often! starts next week

The Office of Wellbeing and Campus Recreation are partnering to bring back “Move More! Move Often!” Enrollment is now open for Wake Forest University faculty, staff and students. Curly teal text on white background that says "Move More, Move Often"

Move More! Move Often! is an 8-week program engaging and encouraging individuals to increase their daily physical activity. Participants monitor active minutes either by using their own activity tracker or manually logging active time, no device required. Throughout the 8-week challenge, participants can access performance incentives, receive supplemental resources and materials, and join the campus community for opportunities to get more active.

The program caters to all activity levels and activity types, and it runs from March 1 through April 30.

Move More! Move Often! supports participants seeking to increase activity toward the CDC’s recommended 150 active minutes per week or maintain current activity levels.

Learn more and register here for the session beginning next week.

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Provost Kersh to present annual address to the University this afternoon

At the invitation of the Faculty Senate, Provost Rogan Kersh will give his annual address to the University this afternoon (Wednesday, Feb. 24) at 4 p.m. via Zoom.

Provost Kersh will speak about sustaining our academic mission amid the pandemic, along with the challenges and opportunities arising during this time of extraordinary change across Wake Forest and higher education.

The Faculty Senate invites faculty, staff and students to attend the presentation.

Joining information was shared by email this morning.

Simone Caron
President, Faculty Senate

Rogan Kersh
Provost

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Lifestyle Change program recruiting participants for April 2021 session

Wake Forest’s Healthy Exercise and Lifestyle ProgramS (HELPS) is now accepting applications for the “Therapeutic Lifestyle Change” (TLC) program, which begins April 8.

TLC is a free, 12-week program offered to full-time, permanent Wake Forest University employees. Photo of a pile of fruits, vegetables, and herbs (oranges, cucumbers, carrots, peppers, mint)TLC focuses on lifestyle modification, offering a combination of nutrition, exercise and health behavior information and techniques to help individuals reach their goals. Space is limited, so interested faculty and staff are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Weekly group sessions will be held via Zoom on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. The first meeting will be held on Thursday, April 8, 2021.

TLC program highlights:

  • Physical activity tracking and an exercise prescription
  • Specific quality nutrient guidelines
  • Behavior modification and mindfulness
  • Three months of weekly group sessions geared specifically for lifestyle changes
  • Initial and end-of-program physical function assessments and DXA total body composition scans
  • Formal assessment and follow-up with a dietitian

This program is designed for participants who meet the following criteria:

  • Able to attend weekly 1-hour sessions
  • Interested in and able to achieve lifestyle changes
  • Full-time, permanent Wake Forest University employee

Faculty and staff interested in participating or needing more information should contact Kristy Lievense at lievk20@nullwfu.edu or 336.758.3486 as soon as possible.

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WFU Hackathon to explore blockchain’s potential in tracking art objects

In 2005, hundreds of earthenware pots and other pre-Columbian artifacts from ancient West Mexico became part of the collections of Wake Forest University’s Museum of Anthropology. Close-up photograph of keys on a laptop keyboardThe pieces included 162 complete ceramic vessels, ceramic figurines, greenstone beads and necklaces, an obsidian spear and arrow points, knives and grinding stones.

An effigy bowl from this Western Mexican Collection is one of three cultural objects inspiring a Blockchain challenge in the upcoming Wake Forest Hackathon March 6 and 7. Others include a Fijian oil bowl discovered by the 18th Century British explorer Captain James Cook, and antiquities from sites in Southwest Niger.

In its fourth year, the WFU Hackathon is organized and hosted by Wake Forest computer science students. Undergraduate and graduate students nationwide are invited to participate in this year’s remote event to explore ways that blockchain technology can aid in the historical tracking and restitution of cultural property. Blockchain is a system of recording information in a way that makes it difficult – if not impossible – to change, hack or cheat the system.

What the students discover may help museums and art collectors worldwide.

Faculty and staff are invited to join in. More details are available on the Wake Forest University news site and at https://wakehacks.cs.wfu.edu/.

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