This is a guest post from Wake Forest University Police.
Major Ken Overholt
Wake Forest University Police would like to recognize and thank Major Ken Overholt for his 26 years of dedicated and committed service to the campus community and University Police.
In addition to supporting normal University Police operations, Overholt has made significant and lasting contributions to our community. He led, researched and implemented our gate access and emergency notification systems, body-worn cameras and the Wake Downtown security plan.
His grant writing secured more than $500,000 for dispatch and records management systems, and additional community policing officers.
Overholt also secured the first Campus Violence Against Women Prevention Grant ever awarded in North Carolina. He is one of the few national professionals certified as a Clery Compliance Officer.
We are fortunate to have had Major Overholt on staff for more than two decades and grateful for his dedication to our Wake Forest community.
Officer Mike Bottoms
Wake Forest University also thanks Officer Mike Bottoms for his 45 years of dedicated and committed service to the campus community and University Police.
Bottoms has served and protected the University since 1976. He staffed two Presidential Debates along with countless other special events in Wake Forest history.
During his near half-century at Wake Forest, Officer Bottoms’ commitment to his work often meant that his supervisors had to “make” him take days off. We appreciate his unwavering dedication and courage during his years of service to the Reynolda campus.
This is a guest post from Human Resources:
Members of the campus community honored service milestones of more than 250 Wake Forest staff members who were celebrating approximately 2,800 combined years of service. These individuals were recognized at the 16th annual Staff Rewards & Recognition on Tuesday, October 11 at Bridger Field House. Later in the day, a campus-wide reception was open to all faculty and staff in the Green Room of Reynolda Hall.
Staff members celebrating 30 or more years of service included:
- 30 years: Cathy Chinlund (Advancement), Sherman Hart (Reynolda House), Gale Newport (Benson University Center), Beth Tedford (Z. Smith Reynolds Library)
- 35 years: Janet Cromer (School of Law), Cindy Davis (Biology), Mike Ford (Campus Life), Dallas Nifong (Facilities & Campus Services)
- 40 years: Michael Bottoms (University Police), Carrnell Covington (Facilities & Campus Services), Ann Knox (Parking & Transportation)
Betsy Chapman, Director of Parent Giving, and Patty Kennedy, Administrative Assistant in the Department of Health and Exercise Science, were also 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.
Chapman was honored for mentoring students and helping parents feel part of the Wake Forest experience. The Daily Deac blog she authors was cited throughout her award nomination as a highly effective way to connect parents with the campus community. As the nomination reads, “Betsy is a valuable asset to Wake Forest, and her professionalism and genuine love for the university and its students should be commended!”
Kennedy was recognized for embracing new ideas and serving as a positive role model for new staff members. The award nomination states, “Patty is always thinking of creative ways to deal with problems, with the goal of making positive changes for everyone. She is well aware of the need to serve both the department and the community.” Kennedy has demonstrated this community service through her work with the United Way and Arts Council.