"Wake United" Archive

SAC updates: January 2021

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The Staff Advisory Council (SAC) shared news about upcoming Wake Forest University events and workshops for faculty and staff, including:

  • The 2020 WakeUnited Campaign
  • D.E.A.C. (Developing Empowering, Affirming Communities) Allies workshops, offered by the LGBTQ+ Center
  • R.I.D.E. (Realizing Inclusion, Equity and Diversity) workshops, presented by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion
  • Wellness and movement programs, offered by the Office of Wellbeing
  • The WFU Healthy Weight for You program, offered by HELPS

View highlights below, and visit the SAC website to read the full newsletter.

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A message of thanks from the United Way Campaign

Sent on behalf of President Hatch and Brad Shugoll (Campaign Chair)

Today, we want to extend a heartfelt thank you to our campus community. Collectively through your efforts, we raised $256,334 for our 2020 United Way campaign. This total speaks to your generosity even amidst hardship. Thank you for rising to this moment and answering the call. We know that these donations are just a part of what you have contributed to our community over the past several months. Thank you for all you have done as volunteers, donors and civic leaders. 

We know that you will continue to support our community in myriad ways, both personally and professionally. We hope you will consider staying connected with the United Way year-round. If you, your team or your department are interested in being more involved by volunteering or better understanding the impact of your donations, don’t hesitate to reach out to Leigh Schumacher (leigh.schumacher@nulluwforsyth.org), director of donor relations for United Way of Forsyth County. 

With gratitude, 

Nathan O. Hatch

Brad Shugoll
Wake United Campaign Chair 

2020 Wake United Campaign Cabinet

Erica Still, Associate Dean for Faculty Recruitment, Diversity and Inclusion, & Associate Professor of English
Mary Pugel, Chief of Staff, Office of the President, President’s Office Liaison
John Shenette, Vice President, Facilities and Campus Services
Denise Griggs, Assistant to the Dean of the College
Leigh Stanfield, Executive Director for Global Engagement & Administration
Kathleen O’Rourke, Recruiter, Recruitment & Strategic Communications
John Turner, Director of Development, University of Advancement
Richella Allen, Service Desk Specialist, School of Business
Ashley Wechter, Assistant Athletic Director, Student-Athlete Development
Dexter Sharp, Associate Director, Leadership Initiatives, Office of Student Engagement

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A message from President Hatch announcing United Way 2020 Campaign launch

A message from President Hatch to faculty and staff:

Dear Wake Forest Colleagues,

I hope this message finds you healthy and coping as well as possible with the many emotions and stress that we live with these days. I remain grateful for the response all Wake Foresters have demonstrated over past months as we have navigated our current challenges. I am humbled by and proud of the ways our Wake Forest community continues to support the mission of this place, whether in the classroom, in administrative support offices, in our dining locations, among our groundskeeping and facilities operations, campus security and so many other functions. Thank you most sincerely.

I write you today regarding our annual United Way campaign. This year, perhaps more than ever, our community is experiencing new levels of hardship. COVID-19 has exposed much need throughout our local community while many chronic inequities continue to exist for far too many. The issues and the need – whether for housing, food, health care, employment, mental health services, childcare – are real for many of our friends and neighbors. The work of United Way in coordinating efficient and effective response to community need remains a model that works. Our local United Way has been remarkably successful in addressing need and actually moving the needle toward response and solutions.

I ask you to take a few minutes to view my short video message for more information about United Way and our Wake Forest campaign. And then, I hope you will consider making your own gift to support the campaign, using the e-pledge link. If you prefer to use a paper form, please contact either our Brad Shugoll (shulgolbd@nullwfu.edu) or Mary Pugel (mpugel@nullwfu.edu) for assistance.

You can learn more about our local United Way here and our Wake Forest effort at unitedway.wfu.edu.

I remain deeply grateful for the generous support that Wake Forest has always shown to this effort. Thank you for your consideration.


Nathan O. Hatch

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Wake United: Live United Amy Bull

Before joining Wake Forest as assistant director, employer experience, Amy Bull gained first-hand knowledge of the important work that the United Way of Forsyth County does each day as a Loaned Executive to the United Way’s Capital Campaign in 2012. Working with United Way staff and representatives of partner agencies including the Bethesda Women’s Shelter, the Goodwill Prosperity Center, and Triad Community Kitchen, among others, Bull learned both the passion that local employers have for the United Way and the commitment of the agencies “to provide needed services to our community.”

WFU Business School undergrad students. 8.26.13

Now that she is at Wake Forest in the Officer of Personal and Career Development, Bull sees many connections between the work of the United Way and the work of students, faculty, and staff. Our students, she says, “have had the support and resources to have a great education at this university. This opens the doors to tremendous opportunities for them in the workforce and to contribute to the betterment of the community where they live.”

Similarly, the United Way of Forsyth County and its partner agencies are committed to positively impact the lives of students across our community by increasing the high school graduation to 90 percent, increasing at-grade-level reading and math outcomes by the end of third and eighth grades, and focusing on soft skill development for post-secondary opportunities. And, Bull notes, through the University’s Pro Humanitate spirit, “I see the same commitment by WFU to serving our community as the United Way fosters with their work and agency partnerships.”

The United Way of Forsyth County “is not stagnant. They look for ways to continually improve or adjust their programs and objectives as the needs of our community change.” And, perhaps most importantly, “We have all been touched by the services of the United Way. It may be through the Boy and Girl Scouts Programs, a friend or family member who needs the support of Cancer Services, an elderly neighbor or parent who is aided by Senior Services, or a co-worker who is in a domestic abuse situation and finds support from Family Services  –  the ways we are touched are endless. A contribution, no matter what the amount, makes a difference in your life and the lives of others. It allows the Pro Humanitate spirit of Wake Forest University to extend into the community where we live.”

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