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Kim McGrath

WFU statement on recent N.C. legislation

Today Wake Forest University issued the following statement regarding House Bill 2, legislation recently enacted by the North Carolina legislature:

“Wake Forest University’s commitment to diversity and inclusion remains unwavering and our non-discrimination statement includes protection for gender identity and sexual orientation. The new law does not apply to private institutions and will not impact Wake Forest’s employment practices, educational programs or campus activities in any way. Wake Forest underscores its commitment to creating an inclusive environment for all members of the University community as well as visitors to our campus.”

New Unbroken Circle CD brings holiday cheer & supports local nonprofits

61xM+cRK+hL._SS280The Unbroken Circle, Wake Forest University’s multi-generational string band has released its debut bluegrass and old-time music album, “Songs from the Hearth.” The CD is available for $10 through Piano vs. Poverty, and the music is also available on iTunes.

Songs include bluegrass favorites like “Ridin’ That Midnight Train,” familiar folk tunes like “Shady Grove” and “The Erie Canal,” and gospel standards like “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” and “Will the Circle Be Unbroken.” Also featured on the album is a recitation of W.B. Yeats’ poem, “The Fiddler of Dooney,” by Wake Forest legend Ed Wilson.

Piano vs. Poverty will distribute one hundred percent of the proceeds it receives from the sale of the CD to charitable agencies working to alleviate the effects of poverty.

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‘Project Pumpkin’ to be held in Reynolds Gymnasium

Due to rain in the forecast, Project Pumpkin will be held in Reynolds Gym on Wed., Oct. 28., from 3 to 6 p.m.

More than 800 Winston-Salem area children are expected to attend Wake Forest’s annual Halloween festival. This year’s festival will have an “Under the Sea” theme based on popular movies and television shows such as The Little Mermaid, Finding Nemo and Spongebob Squarepants.

In 1989, Wake Forest students started a Halloween festival on campus for local children. Twenty-seven years later, Project Pumpkin has become a Wake Forest tradition that participating schools and agencies look forward to each year. This year, more than 550 Wake Forest volunteers are welcoming the children for games, crafts and trick-or-treating.

Children of faculty and staff are welcome to attend.

Shasta Bryant, professor emeritus of Romance Languages, dies

201506125703bryantshastaA message from Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

We are saddened to report that Shasta Monroe Bryant, professor emeritus of Romance Languages, died June 10 in Winston-Salem. Dr. Bryant joined the Wake Forest faculty in 1966 and retired as chairman of the Romance Languages department in 1987.

We grieve Dr. Bryant’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 memorial service will be held June 20 at 1 p.m. at Parkway United Church of Christ. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home at 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103. Additional details are available in an obituary from Moody Funeral Services.

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.

Physics grad student named Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow

Physics graduate student Jeremy W. Ward, who successfully defended his thesis in April, has been selected as the 2015-2016 MRS/TMS Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow.

Ward’s thesis, “Enhancing the Electrical Performance of Organic Field-Effect Transistors Through Interface Engineering,” was completed under the direction of assistant professor of physics Oana Jurchescu.

“This is a wonderful accomplishment for Jeremy and very well deserved. Jeremy was an excellent graduate student and I owe him much of the success of my newly established research program,” Jurchescu said. “In addition, for the last three years of his graduate studies he was supported by a National Science Foundation fellowship, a highly selective honor given to less than 10 percent of the applicants.”

Ward was selected to serve a one-year term working as a special legislative assistant on the staff of a member of Congress or congressional committee by The Materials Research Society (MRS) and The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS).

He will begin his fellowship in early September in Washington, D.C.

“Science, to me, is more than the culmination of facts and equations,” said Ward. “It is the combination of those, with the ability to view a problem from a variety of perspectives and then use those perspectives to generate creative solutions.”

The purpose of the Congressional Fellowships program is to bring technical and scientific backgrounds and external perspectives to the decision-making process in Congress.

Fulp to discuss cyber security at Tech Council Speaker Series

Errin Fulp


Wake Forest computer science professor Errin Fulp will participate in a panel discussion on “Cyber Security: Not if, but When?” — an introductory conversation on cyber security.

The discussion, part of the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce Tech Council Speaker Series, will be held at Flywheel Co-Work on Thursday, June 11, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. with coffee and networking to follow from 10-10:30 a.m.

On an app or over the phone, in person or online; the Internet allows us to work more efficiently and more accessibly. Previous concerns of email and website security are intensified with new services like cloud storage and online payment processing. This discussion offers a snapshot of cyber security, feedback from area experts, and actionable steps.

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‘Vision 2020’ — ideas for technology and the future of learning

In August 2013, the Information Technology Executive Committee (ITEC) commissioned a Vision 2020 task force to investigate the use of emerging technologies in support of teaching, learning, scholarly and creative work at Wake Forest University. The task force, comprised of faculty, staff, administrators and students, developed a report to be shared with the campus community suggesting ideas for how to use technology effectively and responsibly in carrying out the University’s mission over the next five years.

In May 2014, the task force presented a draft report to ITEC, which was shared with the campus community in October 2014 to solicit feedback. Two campus-wide open forums were held in the fall and a number of groups provided written feedback.

“The Vision 2020 report is a valuable resource for considering the supportive role of technology in the academic life of the University. With observations from experts in the field and thoughtful ideas and perspectives from across our community, we can begin to imagine together what the future of technology might look like at Wake Forest,” says Provost Rogan Kersh.

The revised “Vision 2020: Charting a Course for Academic Computing at Wake Forest (PDF)” report, available online, looks into the near-term future of educational technology and presents opportunities for faculty, staff and students to enhance the teaching, learning, scholarly and creative work at Wake Forest.

Tim Pyatt named Dean of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library

TimPyatt.300x175A message from President Nathan Hatch

Dear Wake Forest University Students, Faculty and Staff,

I am pleased to announce that Tim Pyatt has accepted my invitation to serve as the next Dean of the Wake Forest University Z. Smith Reynolds Library, effective August 3. Provost Rogan Kersh chaired a national search for a leader of impeccable experience and accomplishment to serve as a zealous advocate for the essential role of the library in learning, teaching and research. Throughout the process, Tim distinguished himself as the best choice for Wake Forest.

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Griggs recognized with ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’

khalid.griggs.300x175Imam Khalid Griggs, associate chaplain for Muslim life, was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 40th Annual Islamic Circle of North America National Convention in Baltimore on May 23.

The award was established five years ago to honor annually two individuals who have provided exemplary service to the Muslim community in the U.S. More than 20,000 people attended the conference where Griggs received the award.

“It was a very humbling experience to have my peers from across the nation recognize the consistence of my service to the Muslim community,” Griggs said.

Suzanne Reynolds Named Wake Forest School of Law Dean

suzanne.reynolds.300x175A message from President Nathan Hatch

Dear Wake Forest Faculty, Staff and Students,

I am pleased to announce that Suzanne Reynolds (JD ’77) has accepted my invitation to serve as the next Dean of the Wake Forest University School of Law, effective July 1. Guided by members of the Board of Trustees, Board of Visitors, faculty and staff, Provost Rogan Kersh chaired a national search. After evaluating many excellent candidates, the committee selected Dean Reynolds, currently serving as interim dean, as the best choice for Wake Forest.

Dean Reynolds, who joined the Wake Forest law faculty in 1981, has served as interim dean for the past year. She is the first woman to head the law school.

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