Campus comment invited during police accreditation assessment

A team of assessors from the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) will arrive on April 21 to examine all aspects of the Wake Forest University Police Department’s policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services, Chief Regina Lawson announced.

“Verification by the team that the Wake Forest University Police Department meets IACLEA’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation — a highly prized recognition of campus public safety professional excellence,” she said.

The Wake Forest University Police Department was first accredited in 2008.

University community members, agency employees and the public are invited to offer comments on Monday, April 23, by either attending an open forum in the Little Magnolia Room, Room 215B, Reynolda Hall from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. or by calling 336-758-5739 between 1 to 3 p.m. Comments will be taken by the assessment team.

Telephone comments must address the department’s ability to comply with IACLEA’s standards. A copy of the standards is available at the University Police Communications Center at Alumni Hall. Please contact Officer John Pratt at 336-758-4723 to view the standards.

Anyone wishing to submit written comments about the Wake Forest University Police Department’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation may send them to IACLEA Accreditation, 1110 Bonifant Street, Suite 220, Silver Spring, Md. 20910.

“The Wake Forest University Police Department has to comply with 215 standards in order to achieve accredited status,” said Lawson. “Wake Forest University benefits from having an accredited public safety department as the process forces you to stay in a continuous improvement mode.  As part of the process, you are constantly reviewing standards and policies.  Accreditation requires you to improve and stay abreast of best practices.”

The accreditation manager for Wake Forest University Police is Officer John Pratt.  He said the assessment team is composed of experienced campus law enforcement professionals from out-of-state. The assessors will review written materials, interview individuals, and inspect facilities where compliance can be witnessed.

The assessors are:

Chief Peter Agnesi, associate vice president, Department of Safety, Security & Emergency Preparedness, Broward College – Retired

Sonya Johnson, police planning & research manager, Albany, Ga., Police Department

“Once the assessors complete their review of the department, they will report back to IACLEA, which will then decide if the department is to be re-accredited,” Pratt said.

Accreditation is for four years, during which the department must submit annual reports attesting to continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.

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Johnson named emerging leader of counseling association

David Johnson, assistant professor of counseling, was named an emerging leader of the Association for Humanistic Counseling for the 2018-19 academic year. His year-long term will begin in July 2018.

During that year, he will collaborate with the association leadership, participate in an annual conference and assist the association in various ways.

The Association for Humanistic Counseling is on of the four divisions of the American Counseling Association.

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Wake Forest Historical Museum recognized for efforts to protect cemetery

“Old Cemetery” of Friendship Chapel Missionary Baptist Church

The North Carolina Museums Council has presented an Award of Excellence to the Wake Forest Historical Museum for a 2017 survey of a historic cemetery in the Town of Wake Forest associated with a church formed by former slaves soon after the Civil War.

The survey was conducted with many purposes, including protection of the cemetery and education of the community about its importance in the history of the area.  The cemetery is known as the “Old Cemetery” of Friendship Chapel Missionary Baptist Church.  It was the congregation’s first cemetery and was used for about 70 years starting in the 19th Century and continuing into the 20th Century.

Funded by the Jandy Ammons Foundation, the survey was administered by the Wake Forest Historical Association, which had proposed the project to the foundation.  The historical association is an offshoot of the Wake Forest College Birthplace Society, the non-profit organization responsible for the museum.

An archaeologist operates survey equipment while accompanied by leaders of Friendship Chapel Missionary Baptist Church

The survey was conducted by New South Associates, which specializes in such work. Employing ground penetrating radar, a non-invasive technology, New South located and documented nearly 600 burials and one mass grave.  Many of the burials were no longer marked in the cemetery.  A substantial number of the burials had been marked originally with rocks or wood from nearby fields.

The Award of Excellence is intended to honor exhibits, publications and programs that exemplify excellence in the museum field. It was presented to the museum on March 18 in Greensboro at an annual conference of the North Carolina Museums Council.

The survey project has won other awards, previously, including the 2017 Anthemion Award from Capital Area Preservation, a non-profit organization dedicated to historic preservation.  Recently, the Town of Wake Forest designated the “Old Cemetery” a local historic site.

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TechXploration held today in Benson University Center

This is a guest post from Information Systems and the organizers of TechXploration 2018:

Please join us March 21 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in Benson University Center, Room 401, to learn how your colleagues are using technology across campus. Presentations will be in poster session format, so join us for any portion of the event.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to come by TechXploration to view and experience the look and feel of the different computing options for 2018!

Register to win a GoPro Hero6. Refreshments provided.

Additionally, join us at 2 p.m. in Benson University Center, Room 410, as we welcome guests from the Learning Technology Consortium, a national collaborative with common interests and challenges in learning and teaching with technology. There will be a panel and open discussion on “Learning Space Design: From Process to Pedagogy”. Leading experts from across the country will be looking at how their institutions are assessing room selection, learning outcomes, and everything in between.

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Comings and goings for February 2018

See a list of employees joining and leaving the University in February 2018:

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