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Professor Emeritus of History Ed Hendricks dies

20090512.hendricks.495x260We are saddened to report that J. Edwin “Ed” Hendricks, professor emeritus of history, died March 27 in Winston-Salem.

Dr. Hendricks accepted his first and only faculty appointment as an Early American specialist at Wake Forest College in 1961. He retired in 2009.

We grieve Dr. Hendricks’ death and extend our condolences to his family and friends, as well as those at Wake Forest who had the opportunity to know him. A service celebrating his life will be held April 4 at 2 p.m. at College Park Baptist Church, 1701 Polo Road, Winston-Salem, with a reception to follow in Smith Hall at the church. Memorial gifts may be made to the J. Edwin Hendricks Scholarship Fund in care of the Deacon Club, 499 Deacon Blvd., Winston-Salem, NC 27105.

Wake Forest offers support and counseling services for all students, faculty and staff. The Counseling Center may be reached at 758-5273, the Chaplain’s Office at 758-5210. For faculty and staff, there is also the Employee Assistance Program at 716-5493.

Jazz concert Friday to benefit Habitat for Humanity

300x175.20100727.hall1132Wake Forest security officer Patricia Hall loves smooth jazz, and she loves Habitat for Humanity. She has organized and produced a jazz concert, “Jazz at the Bistro With Chip Shearin,” to be held on Friday, March 27 at the Winston-Salem Hotel & Spa. (3050 University Parkway) A portion of the ticket money will go to Habitat. The cost is $10.

“I love Habitat. I have to include Habitat whenever I do something,” Hall, a Habitat homeowner, told writer Lynn Felder in a recent interview for the Winston-Salem Journal.

In 2012, she traveled to El Salvador for nine days with Habitat for Humanity helping build a home for a family living in substandard conditions.

Innovative teaching leads to new Winston-Salem music festival


By Madeline Stone, Wake Forest news office intern

He wanted to put on a rock show. They wanted to learn entrepreneurial skills for the real world. Assistant professor of practice Len Neighbors decided to combine the two and have the students in his Arts Entrepreneurship class build a music festival from the ground up.

Offered as a year-long class that focuses on both communication and entrepreneurship, Len’s students have been meeting once a week since August to plan a music festival that both Wake Forest and Winston-Salem can enjoy. Under Neighbors’ guidance, students have done everything from branding the festival to promoting it to booking acts and venues.

In this Q&A, Neighbors talks about the birth of DashPop and how he made the idea fit with his academic goals.

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A message from Wake Forest’s new Dean of the College

michele.gillespie.300x175A message to faculty and staff from Wake Forest’s new Dean of the College Michele Gillespie

Dear Colleagues,

By now, the news has been shared that I will be taking on a new role at Wake Forest. It is a privilege to be selected as the next dean of the College.

I am eager to support the faculty in our pursuit of the teacher-scholar ideal and to support the staff in their commitment to our community.

I think we all embrace what is timeless and true about our liberal arts tradition—the quest for knowledge, the open exchange of ideas, independent thought, appreciation for diversity and difference, and commitment to the collective good. Such an education nurtures exploration, imagination and creativity—indispensable qualities in our increasingly complex 21st century world.

Wake Forest is a special place. We are a community of passionate educators, gifted researchers and talented staff. We pursue academic excellence. We cherish our community. We embrace Pro Humanitate.

I am grateful for this new opportunity, and I look forward to working together with those faculty and staff who have been with Wake Forest for many years and those who are newer to our community in pursuit of academic excellence and the education of the whole person.

Michele Gillespie named Dean of the College

A message from Provost Rogan Kersh

michele.gillespie.275x275President Hatch and I are delighted to report that, after an extensive national search, Wake Forest’s Presidential Endowed Professor of Southern History Michele Gillespie has been named the new Dean of the College. She will officially assume leadership of the College on July 1. I am immensely grateful to my search-committee colleagues who provided valuable insights throughout this process.

Dr. Gillespie joined the Wake Forest faculty in 1999. She was named Kahle Family Professor of History in 2003 and served as associate provost for academic initiatives from 2007-2010. In 2013, she was the first Wake Forest faculty member to be honored with an endowed Presidential Chair, which recognizes and supports faculty who excel in both academic leadership and outstanding scholarship. She also currently serves as the faculty representative to the Advancement Committee of our Board of Trustees and is a member of the University Senate.

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Leo Ellison, professor emeritus of health & exercise science, dies

5510d3da8e97c.imageWe are saddened to report that Leo Ellison, associate professor emeritus of health and exercise science, died March 21 in Winston-Salem.

Professor Ellison joined the Wake Forest faculty in 1957 and retired in 1999.

We grieve Professor Ellison’s death and extend our condolences to his family and friends, as well as those at Wake Forest who had the opportunity to know him.

A service celebrating his life will be held March 28 at 2 p.m. at Wait Chapel. Additional details are available in an obituary in the Winston-Salem Journal.

Wake Forest offers support and counseling services for all students, faculty and staff.  The Counseling Center may be reached at 758-5273, the Chaplain’s Office at 758-5210. For faculty and staff, there is also the Employee Assistance Program at 716-5493.

Wake ‘N Shake’s 10th Anniversary, faculty & staff needed!

wakenshake.300x175Wake ‘N Shake, Wake Forest’s 12-hour dance marathon benefiting the Brian Piccolo Cancer Research Fund, brings the campus community together to support those affected by cancer. The tenth annual Wake ‘N Shake will be held on March 21 from noon-midnight in Reynolds Gym.

This year Wake ‘N Shake is bringing the cause back to its roots by celebrating its last decade of success, and more than 1,100 students have registered.

The event is open to the entire campus community — faculty, staff and students. It’s an occasion to fight a disease that has touched each of us in some way. Please consider the following options to join and make a difference in the fight against cancer:

  • Register to participate on March 21 (more details available here)
  • Support a student participant by donating to him/her
  • Donate to the cause in general though the regular donation portal
  • Download the App for updates on the day’s progression (more details available here)

If you have any questions about faculty and staff involvement at Wake ‘N Shake, please email for information. Be sure to visit the Wake ‘N Shake website, like Wake ‘N Shake on Facebook and follow Wake ‘N Shake on Twitter and Instagram @wfuWakeNShake

Free babysitting night for children of faculty & staff

beetles.300x175Wake Forest PanHellenic is hosting a faculty and staff babysitting night in Benson University Center, Room 401 on Friday, March 20, from 5-9 p.m.for children ages 4-12. Children will be grouped by age for a fun night of games, movies and activities.

The Panhellenic Council is a board consisting of representatives from nine sororities on campus. Women from all sororities on the council will be coming together to provide a fun “night out” for children 4-12 years old. This event is to show our appreciation for faculty and staff.

There is no charge for the evening. Children must be toilet trained.

Register at:

Contact Arianne McArdle, vice president of civic engagement, with any questions at

History of Wake Forest in three, short, lunchtime sessions

www.kizoa_.com_collage_2015-02-23_16-40-08-240x180Whether you just joined Wake Forest in the new year or you’re a seasoned Demon Deacon, it’s a great time to get more familiar with the history of Wake Forest.

From Harold Tribble’s Great Removal Program to the creation of the Scales Fine Arts Center to the rise to a top-30 national University, Wake Forest’s Professional Development Center is offering three, one-hour classes on the history of our University.

Register for all three or just one.

Classes are taught by Jenny Puckett (’71), Ed Wilson (’43) and Sam Gladding (’67, MAED ’71).

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‘Wake the Ebooks Festival’ to be held in April

wakethebooksDigital Publishing @ Wake will be hosting its inaugural Wake the Ebooks Festival on April 23-24, 2015.

The event will be held at the Z. Smith Reynolds Library.

The Festival’s mission is to serve as a too-rare confluence of authors, readers, librarians and publishers, all coming together to demonstrate the art of content creation, and the too-secret science of content curation.

The Festival’s first half-day will feature the so-called Bookfeast, where a new digital imprint, the Library Partners Press, will be officially “launched.” Throughout the Bookfeast, newly published independent authors will be reading from their selected works. Any and all interested book-lovers are invited to attend the Bookfeast, to learn about the LP Press, to hear some unique voices, and to discover (and maybe feast upon) some newly published books. Continue reading »