"John Champlin" Archive

Cross-country Tour De Frank raises thousands for Chaplain's Emergency Fund

Left to right, John Champlin, his mother Betty Champlin, his aunt Sally Wassom. John holds a cutout of friend and alumnus Roddey Player.

John Champlin, assistant director of the Professional Development Center, raised more than $5,000 for the Chaplain’s Emergency Fund on a nationwide hot dog tour.

Fueled by his love for the simple frankfurter and a desire to support community members in need, Champlin drove from Virginia Beach, Va., to Marina Del Ray, Calif., on a Tour De Frank” from May 24 to June 2.  He concluded his adventure in Las Vegas.

Tour stops ranged from restaurants participating in the hot dog renaissance to classic hot dog joints, including Hillbilly Hot Dogs in Huntington, W. Va., which was featured on the Food Network show “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.”

“When selecting where to stop, I really wanted a mix of old school and new school; places that only have a few traditional toppings and some with more unusual options like mac and cheese, alfredo pasta, and even kimchi,” said Champlin.

The hot dog tasting tour connected Champlin’s food passion with the University’s motto, Pro Humanitate (For Humanity).  One hundred percent of donations to the Tour De Frank #HotDogHumanitate support the Chaplain’s Emergency Fund at Wake Forest.

“The fund is important because it provides limited financial assistance to Wake Forest community members in times of disaster or personal emergency,” said University Chaplain Tim Auman. “Every dollar we receive makes a difference.”

Champlain launched “tourdefrank” on Instagram in 2014, where he has been sharing pictures of the hot dogs he samples. Details of the trip can be read at tourdefrankhotdog.blogspot.com.

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July 2016 staff milestones

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11th Annual WFU Artisans’ Fair to be held Dec. 4

This is a guest post from the organizers of the Artisans’ Fair:artisansfair

It’s time for the 11th Annual WFU Artisans’ Fair to be held on Friday, Dec. 4, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. in Benson Center, Room 401. More 30 vendors will show and sell their handcrafted products which include jewelry, woodworking, stitchery, pottery, baked goods, stained glass and more.

Looking for a special gift? Then check out these vendors!

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Wake Forest hosts professional development conference

champlin.conference.300x175Wake Forest’s Professional Development Center welcomed attendees for the 5th Annual Professional and Organizational Development Conference held March 8-10. The event was an opportunity for colleagues to network, share best practices, and collaborate on various professional and organizational topics.

What began as a small gathering of colleagues in 2011 has grown to a nationally-recognized conference, drawing learning and organizational development professionals from 28 higher education institutions from the U.S. and Canada.

The event began with “The PDC Story,” an opportunity for attendees to learn more about WFU’s Professional Development Center and its programs. The group then moved to Zick’s for a welcome reception on one of the first beautiful spring evenings of the year. After dining and conversing on the patio overlooking Hearn Plaza, the conference case study was introduced, and participants were given time to discuss the case with their diverse groups.

Click here to learn more about the conference and here to view conference photos.

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Champlin and Ellis present on 'Career Planning' series

John and AndreaAndrea Ellis, director of recruitment and organizational development, and John Champlin, manager of recruitment and organizational development, presented “An Unusual Cross-Utilization of HR Resources” at the 2014 College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) National Conference in San Antonio, Texas, in September.

The session outlined the “Career Planning” series that was launched in the fall of 2012 and the collaboration between the recruiting function and the professional development function within the Wake Forest Human Resources Office. The series has been extremely successful and has grown to include five different career-oriented classes and a number of small-group career coaching events.

Additionally, Ellis and Champlin detailed the “Facilitator-Expert Model” and the roles of each contributor. The approximately 35 attendees were engaged in the discussion and remarked how applicable this model could be at their institutions.

This marks the third year in a row that a member of the Wake Forest Professional Development Center has presented at the National CUPA-HR Conference.

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