"Penny Rue" Archive

Staff and faculty forums: July 24 and 27

Staff forum:

The University will host a staff forum Friday, July 24 at 8:30 a.m. The Information Systems team has worked to ensure a safe and secure experience via Zoom Webinar. For staff, please join by visiting the link in your July 16 email from Executive Vice President Hof Milam and Provost Rogan Kersh. Staff can submit questions through our designated Human Resources form. We will continue to answer them directly through email updates, centralized FAQs and the Friday forum.

Faculty forum:

Vice President for Campus Life Penny Rue and Clinical Director of Student Health Service Joanne Clinch will appear as panelists for the faculty forum Monday, July 27, 5 – 6 p.m. An email with details for accessing the meeting will be sent to faculty later this week.

Faculty may submit questions for Penny and Joanne via this form before 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 22.

A subsequent forum on University finances is planned for the first week of August.

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WFU receives 'Silver Seal for Excellence in Student Voter Engagement'

News from the Office of Civic and Community Engagement

Wake Forest University received a “Silver Seal for Excellence in Student Voter Engagement” at the 2019 ALL IN Challenge Awards Ceremony held to recognize colleges and universities committed to increasing college student voting rates.

“Wake Forest is thrilled to receive this recognition, and our students get the credit for taking the actions that spurred these increases,” said Penny Rue, vice president for campus life. “ A Wake Forest education in the spirit of Pro Humanitate is designed to foster civic engagement, and our students are better prepared to be active citizens through the engaged liberal arts.”

Student participation in elections increased from the 2014 midterm election to the recent 2018 midterm election. According to the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement, an initiative of Tufts University’s Institute for Democracy & Higher Education, voter turnout at the more than 1,000 institutions participating in the study increased by 21 points from 19% to 40%

Read more on the Office of Civic and Community Engagement website.

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Response to malicious emails

The following message was emailed to students, faculty and staff on September 19, 2019

Last week, an unknown individual or individuals with malicious intent sought to spread a message of bigotry, division and fear among members of our campus community through emails sent to seven members of our faculty and staff and five offices on campus. Our faculty and staff have worked to protect everyone on our campus while striving to preserve the integrity of the investigation.

We hear the questions posed by some of our students: can you see us, can you hear us, do you understand our lived experiences? Yes, we see you. Yes, we hear you. And, no, we cannot fully understand what some of you are enduring.

The emails, steeped in the vitriol of white supremacy and nationalism, were sent to individual and office inboxes associated with the Department of Sociology, the Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the LGBTQ+ Center, and the Intercultural Center. These emails have hurt, scared, threatened, angered, and confused many on our campus in different ways. This cuts at the core of who we are at Wake Forest and impacts us all.

While none of the emails contained actionable threats or detailed a specific attack on our campus, they still managed to elicit the fear the sender intended. Wake Forest consulted with law enforcement and national threat assessment experts — including the FBI’s leading experts on domestic terrorism, white nationalism, and hate crimes — before deciding to continue classes and normal University operations. The increased police presence on campus and enhanced security measures will continue while the investigation proceeds.

Our decision to continue classes does not diminish the real emotions and concern some in our community still feel. We pledge to stand by all our students, staff and faculty when they experience hate and discrimination of any kind. We will revise protocols where necessary and improve on the processes that we know are effective. We must remember who we are as a caring and supportive community and move forward in the spirit of those values.

There are many sources of support for those of you who are affected by these hateful emails. The University Counseling Center (336-758-5273), the Chaplain’s Office (336-758-5210) and the Employee Assistance Program (336-716-5493) are invaluable resources, as are our friendships and circles of personal support. Please continue to look out for each other.

Sincerely,

Nathan Hatch, President
Rogan Kersh, Provost
Jane Aiken, Dean of the School of Law
Michele Gillespie, Dean of the College
Charles Iacovou, Dean of the School of Business
Penny Rue, Vice President for Campus Life
José Villalba, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion
Jonathan Walton, Dean of the School of Divinity

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Clifford named assistant vice president, dean

Matthew Clifford

This is a guest post from the Division of Campus Life:

Matthew Clifford has been named assistant vice president for campus life and dean of residence life and housing following a national search. Clifford previously served as associate dean of students for student conduct before an appointment to interim dean of of residence life and housing in March. The appointment is a homecoming for Clifford, who previously served as director of residence life.

“The search for our assistant vice president brought strong candidates with national leadership roles from other peer universities.  During that very competitive process, we realized we had a national leader right here at home, one who was eager to bring his experience and knowledge to this critical role. We are thrilled to welcome Matt to this campus leadership position,” stated Vice President for Campus Life Penny Rue.

As assistant vice president and dean, Clifford will oversee the programs and operations of the following departmental units: residence life, housing and operations, and physical security technology and Deacon OneCard. In this role, Clifford will  provide direction to 30 full-time professional staff and more than 130 paraprofessional student staff. As a member of the vice president for campus life’s executive leadership team, he will assist in the evaluation and planning for division and University-wide facilities.

“I am happy to welcome Matt back to the team,” said Frank Shelton, director of housing. “His leadership will be integral as we continue to work towards the goal of building a better residential program.”

“I have had the great privilege of working with Wake Forest faculty, staff, and students to develop and shape community since I started here in 2010. In my experience, contributing to initiatives like the Faculty House Calls and Faculty Fellows programs, I have found partners eager to collaborate in efforts to enhance the residential experience. In this role, I envision deepening and broadening those partnerships to create robust residential learning communities that complement Wake Forest’s strong commitment to the engaged liberal arts,” Clifford said.

Outside of his roles at Wake Forest, Clifford serves as the national president and foundation trustee of Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society. Within the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), he is currently serving as the knowledge communities director and has previously served as co-chair of the student leadership programs knowledge community. Additionally, Clifford has served as the vice president for marketing and communication for the Southern Association of College Student Affairs (SACSA). Having presented at numerous national and regional conferences, Clifford has also served on the editorial boards of the Journal of College and University Student Housing and the College Student Affairs Journal. Clifford is also very involved in the Winston-Salem community, having been selected to receive a Winston<40 Leadership Award, recognizing 20 leaders under 40 years old in the Winston-Salem community.

Clifford received a doctorate in education from the University of North Florida, a master of education degree from the University of South Carolina and a bachelor of arts degree at Davidson College. He and his wife, Joanne, have four children – Peyton, Sam, Adah, and Luke.

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A message from Vice President Rue and Police Chief Lawson

This message was e-mailed to students, faculty and staff Aug. 28 on behalf of Vice President for Campus Life Penny Rue and Chief of Police Regina Lawson:

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

As Wake Forest begins the 2018-19 academic year, it is a good time to share information about University resources related to safety and security that are available to students, faculty and staff. Much of this information may be familiar to returning students, as well as faculty and staff who have been here a while.  Students new to the University may have learned about some of it, already, but it is valuable information that is worth repeating.

Wake Alert

  • Wake Alert is the University’s mass notification system for communicating about emergencies and less threatening but significant situations involving safety and security. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to become familiar with it. Visit the Wake Alert website, where messages would be posted in an emergency, and another website, Wake Ready, which offers considerable information about emergency preparedness, key University contacts in emergencies and more.
  • For the first time, Wake Forest is using a new mass notification software that will enable Wake Alert messages to be delivered rapidly through several communication methods, simultaneously. In an emergency, a Wake Alert message can be sent using the Wake Alert website, a banner at the top of the University home page, text messaging, e-mail, voice mail, Twitter and Facebook.  The University can use additional methods for announcing emergencies, including outdoor and indoor alert systems.
  • As in the past, the University community will also see Wake Alert being used, occasionally, for a non-emergency crime alert, as well as announcing extraordinarily unstable weather or a campus closing due to snowy and icy conditions.

LiveSafe

  • Download the LiveSafe mobile app. The app is free and makes it easy 24/7 to engage in a two-way conversation with the Wake Forest University Police Department. As the department’s web site announces, “With LiveSafe, you can use your cell phone as a personal security device that allows direct access to police, 911 emergency services, emergency location sharing, information sharing with quick tips, and a peer-to-peer SafeWalk tool.  The app can be useful to students, faculty and staff.

University Shuttles

  • Transportation and Parking Services offers a system of complimentary shuttles available to the University community. Throughout the night, the OnCall demand shuttle can be especially helpful.  It is available daily during the academic year from 6 p.m.-7 a.m.  Check this website for shuttle schedules and more details.
  • The Transloc Rider app can be used to catch a ride and track University shuttles through GPS technology.

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