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Create a Richer Sense of Community

The University worked to enhance leadership roles and professional development opportunities for staff members across the campus after the Staff Climate Survey showed the need for increased staff programming across campus. New initiatives include the Gatekeepers Workshops, monthly Campus Connections updates and invitations to Thursdays at the Welcome Center, a month event to highlight faculty excellence. The Staff Advisory Council has been expanded and the staff recognition is a cornerstone of the new Inside WFU webpage.

In 2009, ten tenured faculty and ten staff began an inaugural leadership development program featuring monthly workshops, individual coaching and the opportunity to work in a team format on a project suggested by University leadership. The program ended with four capstone presentations before the University Executive Council.

Our vibrant campus is also sustained through the creation of new buildings and community centers across campus. Starbucks in the ZSR Library, South Hall, a residence hall for first-year students and a state-of-the-art Undergraduate Admissions Building, with a 260-seat auditorium, ensures ample space for the community to meet and share ideas. New basketball courts have been erected, Shorty’s and the Benson Food Court were renovated in the summer of 2009, the Main Stage Theater has new seating and an updated hydraulic life, and the upgraded Green, Autumn, and Magnolia Rooms have been used for hundreds of campus events.

To increase the vibrancy of student social life on campus, the office of Campus Life increased weekend events by over 100% in 2010-11 and the creation of “The Barn,” an on-campus event facility for students allow student organizations to host events on campus. Greek Life is shifting back on campus and fun weeknight activities, such as short-courses, trivia in Shorty’s, coffeehouse programs and outdoor movies have more than doubled. Student traffic to Campus Grounds (the student coffee shop) is rising and students helped create a new model for the January 2011 “Pledge Night.”

Integrating sustainable principles and practices across our community was made possible with the hiring of Dedee Johnston, Director of Sustainability. Dedee helped launched the Zip Car program in 2009, place solar water compactor receptacles throughout campus, established reusable to-go containers  for the Fresh Food Company and the Magnolia Room and the new Residence Hall, South Hall, was built to meet the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver Standards.

Sharing resources and participating in joint initiatives helped sustain a rich collaboration between the Reynolda Campus and the Bowman Gray Campuses. Medical School faculty engaged in the creation of many of the new centers and new collaborative teaching and undergraduate research programs will be launched in 2011-12. The two campuses also host the Institute for Dismantling Racism workshops twice a year and provide scholarship for faculty and staff to attend.