"Mary Gerardy" Archive

President Hatch: Congratulations to retiring faculty and staff

This message was sent by President Hatch to faculty and staff on May 10.  Retirees recognized at the 2017 Retiree Luncheon had informed Human Resources by March 24 of their retirement.

Dear Faculty and Staff,

As commencement approaches and we prepare to celebrate the achievements of the Class of 2017, we also pause to recognize and honor the careers of our retiring faculty and staff members.

Please join me in thanking this distinguished group of leaders, colleagues, mentors and friends and congratulating them on many years of dedicated service to Wake Forest.  On May 9, these retirees were honored at the 2017 Retiree Luncheon at Bridger Field House.


Gerald W. Esch, Professor, Biology
Charles R. Kennedy, Associate Professor, School of Business
Bruce R. Lewis, Associate Professor, School of Business
Jack R. Meredith, Professor, School of Business
Joel S. Newman, Professor, School of Law
Cecilia Solano, Associate Professor, Psychology
Richard T. Williams, Professor, Physics
Kenneth Zick, Professor, School of Law


Carol Benford, Administrative Assistant, Office of the Dean of the College
Vickie Cutting, Office Manager, Romance Languages
Bill Faircloth, Assistant Athletic Director, Athletics
Phil Gallimore, Assistant Director, Market Readiness, School of Business
Mary Gerardy, Associate Vice President for Campus Life, Campus Life
Edward Goode, Custodian, Facilities and Campus Services
Alice Goodman, Administrative Assistant, Classical Languages
Ron Harrell, Custodian/Team Lead, Facilities and Campus Services
Debbie Hellmann, Grant Accounting Manager, Financial and Accounting Services
Anne Hodges, Director, University Advancement
Tommy Johnson, Superintendent, Real Estate
Marc Jones, Manager, Facilities and Campus Services
Barry Murray, Service Technician, Facilities and Campus Services
Gail Newport, Operations Manager, Benson University Center
Dallas Nifong, Service Technician, Facilities and Campus Services
Kathy Odom, Financial Assistant, School of Law
Larry O’Neal, Service Technician, Real Estate
Priscilla Parker, Administrative Assistant, University Advancement
Carolyn Potts, Office Manager, Student Health Service
Jay Riedel, Foreman, Facilities and Campus Services
Jim Rae, Sergeant, University Police
Willie Singletary, Custodian, Facilities and Campus Services
Pat Starkey, Administrative Assistant, School of Law

To our retiring faculty and staff, thank you for sharing your gifts and talents with us for so many years.  Your countless contributions will have a lasting impact on our campus, and you will forever be a part of our Wake Forest family.


Nathan O. Hatch

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Categories: Guest Post

Mary Gerardy to speak at Staff Advisory Council meeting

Mary Gerardy, associate vice president for campus life, will speak on the history of Wake Forest student activism at the Staff Advisory Council meeting Oct. 13 at 9 a.m. in the Z. Smith Reynolds Library Auditorium.

All staff are invited to attend the meeting, which will conclude by 10:30 a.m.

In addition, Angela Culler, assistant vice president for human resources, will speak on a benefits-related topic.

Staff are encouraged to follow the SAC on social media:

–@WFUSAC on Twitter
–facebook.com/wfusac on Facebook
–wfusac on Instagram.

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Categories: Staff News

Call for nominations: Faculty director, Pro Humanitate Institute

seal.300x150The following is a message from Provost Rogan Kersh:

I’m pleased to issue this call for nominations of our faculty director for the new Pro Humanitate Institute.

As described previously on Inside WFU, the Institute consolidates Wake Forest’s various community engagement efforts, including the former Institute for Public Engagement, which sponsored engaged teaching and research along with local community outreach, as well as the former Office of Service and Social Action, which facilitated opportunities for students to connect with the community, serve others and explore social-justice issues.

A terrific staff team, helmed by co-directors Norma-May Isakow and Mary Gerardy, will work closely with the faculty director in advancing various Pro Humanitate programs, initiatives and research/creative collaboration across campus and beyond.

Nominations (of oneself or another Reynolda Campus faculty member) may be submitted to Kimberly Quick, Fellow in the Office of the Provost, at quickr0@nullwfu.edu. They should include a current CV, and be received by October 24.

Questions may be addressed to Lynn Sutton, Vice Provost, at suttonls@nullwfu.edu.

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Categories: Faculty News

Meet in the middle at Zick’s

The interior of Zick'sOpening on Thursday, Aug. 22, Zick’s is the newest social space and dining destination on Hearn Plaza. Located on the first floor and basement levels of Poteat Residence Hall, it is likely to become a favorite hangout for students, faculty and staff. The menu includes pizzas, wings, salads, sodas, wine and beer.

With casual fare, comfortable chairs, several large television screens, pool and foosball tables, Zick’s is a place to unwind. Few power outlets were installed to intentionally create a place to unplug.

Over the past year, 18 focus groups were conducted, numerous local downtown spots were toured and several universities in the region were visited, to see how Zick’s could and should be designed. The two-level space has 4,286-square feet.

Zick's logo with pizzaZick’s is named for Ken Zick, Wake Forest’s longtime vice president for student life who retired from that role in June.

“Since Zick’s is in the middle of campus, it will be a central spot for students, faculty and staff to build community and campus vibrancy, but also a space for downtime and relaxation,” says Mary Gerardy, associate vice president and dean of campus life.


  • Sunday – Thursday: 11 a.m.-12 a.m. (kitchen closes at 11 p.m.)
  • Friday – Saturday: 11 a.m.- 2 a.m. (kitchen closes at 11 p.m.)

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WFU is Silver recipient in NASPA Excellence Awards

Lena Nelson ('15) and Amber Burton ('15) help build a Habitat for Humanity house as part of the SPARC pre-orientation volunteer service group.

Lena Nelson (’15) and Amber Burton (’15) help build a Habitat for Humanity house as part of the SPARC pre-orientation volunteer service group.

NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education) selected Wake Forest as the Silver recipient in the NASPA Excellence Awards program for transforming higher education through outstanding programs, innovative services, and effective administration in the Enrollment Management, Financial Aid, Orientation, Parents, First-Year, Other-Year and Related Category.

The recipients will be honored in March at the 2013 NASPA Annual Conference in Orlando, Fla.

“We are proud to promote the innovative work taking place on Wake Forest University’s campus, and encourage institutions to follow suit and join the movement,” said Kevin Kruger, the president of NASPA.

NASPA announcement said:

Wake Forest’s “Connecting with the Community: SPARC Extended Orientation” program submission demonstrates excellence in designing a comprehensive program that supports the social, academic, and personal development of first-year students by engaging them in community service projects. The program also fosters peer to peer/peer to upper classmen relationships, and promotes civic understanding.

“On a scale of 1 – 4, with 4 being completely true, students participating in SPARC 2012 rated the statement ‘SPARC has made me more likely to be involved in service at Wake Forest’ at 3.93. There were similar high marks for involvement at Wake Forest in general, for involvement in the community, for making me more comfortable with my transition to college, and for the development and continuation of mentoring with their student leaders,” said Mary Gerardy, associate vice president and dean of campus life. “Students also note that they believe the friendships they made in SPARC will be enduring.”


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