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Kim McGrath

Gladding named president of marriage/family counselors group

Professor of Counseling Sam Gladding has been elected president of the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors (IAMFC). The presidency is a two-year term beginning July 1, 2018. Gladding becomes president elect July 1, 2017.

The International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors (IAMFC) is a division of the American Counseling Association (ACA)

IAMFC promotes excellence in the practice of couples and family counseling by:

  • Creating and disseminating first-class publications and media products, e.g., an international journal in family counseling, The Family Journal;
  • Providing a forum for exploration of family-related issues –including an annual workshop in England
  •  Offering a national/international family counseling & therapy certification through the National Credentialing Academy (NCA);  and
  • Providing a professional set of ethical standards for working with couples and families.

Gladding is a past president of the American Counseling Association and a past chair of the American Counseling Association Foundation. He received bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Wake Forest, in addition to receiving a master’s degree at Yale University and a doctorate at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  He joined Wake Forest’s faculty in 1990 and has also served in administrative positions, including associate provost and assistant to the president for special projects.

Repaving at Reynolda House Museum

Starting Sunday, June 18, the driveway and parking lots surrounding Reynolda House Museum of American Art will be repaved, restriped and enhanced for improved vehicular, pedestrian and bicycle traffic.

The project is expected to be complete by June 23. The museum will remain open with regular hours during this work.

Visitors on foot, bicycle, or in vehicles should use caution accessing the main driveway off of Reynolda Road during this time. At times, the main entrance to Reynolda House will be used as entrance and exit; on other days the exit near Reynolda Village will be used for exit and entrance. Access to the Perimeter Trail may be blocked near the main entrance at times. Work crews and officers from the Winston-Salem Police Department will direct traffic around the paving.

The work is one of the final projects the museum is completing in preparation for Reynolda’s centennial year, which kicks off this summer. The museum is also painting the entire exterior of the 1917 house and 2005 Babcock Wing, a project expected to be complete by late July.

Updates on the work will be posted on the museum’s social media, including the Reynolda House Facebook page and Twitter @CurateReynolda.

Griffin Bennetti

Dear Wake Forest Students, Faculty and Staff,

I am saddened to inform you that Griffin Bennetti, a junior from Moorpark, California, died unexpectedly on Saturday, June 10, at his home in California. Griffin was a physics major and a history minor.

We extend our condolences to Rich and Maureen Bennetti (his parents), family, and fellow students, as well as faculty and staff who knew him. His passing is a loss for the entire Wake Forest community. May Griffin’s family and friends find comfort and support as they grieve his loss and remember his life.

The funeral service is scheduled for Saturday, June 24, at 11 a.m. at The Village Church, 24802 Alderbrook Drive, Santa Clarita, California. A campus memorial service is expected to be held in the fall.

Each of us is affected by loss in different ways, and there is no right way to grieve. I encourage you to take care of yourselves and your fellow Deacs during this difficult time.

Wake Forest offers support and counseling services for all students, faculty and staff. The University Counseling Center may be reached at 336-758-5273 and the Office of the Chaplain may be contacted at 336-758-5210. For faculty and staff, there is also the Employee Assistance Program at 336-716-5493. Please do not hesitate to seek support. The resources above are available for the entire WFU community, including current and recently graduated students, and those who are not currently in Winston-Salem. If you are in need, please call for assistance in providing support in your local area.


Nathan O. Hatch

Wake Forest updates homepage

The new University homepage has been updated to feature more in-depth stories designed to capture the Wake Forest experience. The stories will be updated throughout the year. While the user-experience has been revised, most of the information from the previous iteration will be remain intact.

View the new site here.

Teaching and Learning Collaborative’s Ross accepts position at Columbia

Catherine Ross, executive director of the Teaching and Learning Collaborative, has accepted a position as executive director of Columbia University Center for Teaching and Learning starting July 1.

Ross was Wake Forest’s first full-time director of the Teaching and Learning Center, joining the University in 2010.

“Catherine has transformed the former Teaching and Learning Center and has contributed greatly to the teaching excellence for which Wake Forest is known,” Vice Provost Lynn Sutton said. “This is a wonderful opportunity for her and her family and we wish her well!”

At Columbia, Ross will lead the Center’s efforts to provide professional development and support services for faculty and teaching assistants, and will partner with faculty, departments and schools to improve and advance teaching performance.

“My time at Wake Forest has been filled with amazing people and incredible opportunities to learn, collaborate, share, imagine, and create with those colleagues,” Ross said. “It has been a privilege to work with Wake faculty and deeply gratifying to see how they are transforming the classroom experiences of their students.”

Kristi Verbeke, director of educational development at the Teaching and Learning Collaborative, will serve as interim executive director. Associate Provost Kami Chavis will lead a national search later this summer to name a successor.

McCauley named assistant director for STEM initiatives

This is a guest post from Teaching and Learning Collaborative.

Anita McCauley has been named Assistant Director for STEM Initiatives with the Teaching and Learning Collaborative.

McCauley graduated from Wake Forest with a degree in neurobiology. She started her career as the director of microscopy, a position she held for 10 years and has been teaching both graduate and undergraduate courses on the Reynolda and Medical Center campuses since 1998.

McCauley will work with faculty across the campus to enhance teaching and learning in STEM classes.

Decaying Willow Oak removed from Lot P

This is a guest post from the Office of Sustainability and Landscape Services:

On June 8, Wake Forest’s Landscape Services team began removing a Willow Oak in Parking Lot P, across from Farrell Hall. According to University Arborist Jim Mussetter, this Willow Oak has extensive root decay and has been in decline for many years. Previous efforts to aid the survival of the Willow Oak resulted in a 50 percent reduction of the tree’s canopy.

A new tree will not be replanted at this site. Instead, Landscape Services is considering a redesign to better accommodate foot traffic between Farrell Hall, Lot P, and Hearn Plaza.

A second declining Willow Oak in Lot P will also be removed in the month of June. Another Willow Oak will be planted in its place.

For up-to-date news on campus tree removals, interested individuals can view a list of all tree removals and justifications on the Office of Sustainability’s website.

Update on Wake Forest student diagnosed with meningitis

This message is sent on behalf of Joanne Clinch, Clinical Director of Student Health Service, and Adam Goldstein, Dean of Students:

Dear Wake Forest students, faculty and staff,

Wake Forest University Student Health Service has received updated information about the student who was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis on March 16. The student is in stable condition and expected to make a full recovery. The infection has been confirmed to be Neisseria meningitidis (bacterial meningitis), but results of testing to identify which strain (A, C, W or B) of this bacteria will not be available for a few days.

Student Health Service will continue to work with the Forsyth County Health Department and infectious disease experts at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center to receive information and guidance as it becomes available. All future updates will be provided on the Student Health Service website. If you have any additional questions about the University’s ongoing response, you may call x7500 (336-758-7500) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today.

Working with local and state health officials, Wake Forest Campus Life staff have successfully identified and contacted all known individuals at risk of exposure and provided antibiotics to prevent transmission of this infection. Individuals who have not been contacted by Student Health Service are not at risk and do not need to take any precautions. While all strains of Neisseria meningitidis can be occasionally transmitted from person to person during prolonged close contact, the risk of transmission is quite low. Less than one percent of close contacts may develop infection and this risk can be decreased to zero with an appropriate dose of antibiotics by mouth.

Local and state health officials and the Section on Infectious Diseases at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have advised us that all necessary precautions to reduce the risk of infection to our community have been successfully implemented. They also have provided the following information about immunizations to prevent meningitis:

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Anthony Atala named 2016 Innovator of the Year

atala-350x175Dr. Anthony Atala, leader of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM), has been named 2016 Innovator of the Year by R&D Magazine. He also recently received a Smithsonian Magazine American Ingenuity Award in life sciences for his efforts to construct living organs using 3-D printing technology.

In the Richard H. Dean Biomedical Research Building on the southern end of Wake Forest Innovation Quarter in Winston-Salem, N.C., Atala and his team of researchers are creating living human tissues and organs.

Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, home to Wake Forest University’s new academic programs in the biomedical sciences will literally and figuratively bring medical and liberal arts education together. Known as Wake Downtown, the new satellite campus opens next month in one of the nation’s fastest growing innovation parks.

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Crime update: Third arrest made in off-campus robbery

Today the Winston-Salem Police Department (WSPD) arrested a third and final suspect in connection with an armed robbery of Wake Forest students at their residence on Long Drive. Jimmy Farley Jr. now faces charges of robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Following his arrest, the WSPD said no other suspects are being sought in this matter.

The University announced to students, faculty and staff on Sept. 9 that students living in an off-campus house were robbed. Authorities ask that anyone with information regarding this incident contact the WSPD at 336-773-7700 or CrimeStoppers at 336-727-2800.

Wake Forest has taken several steps to respond to the incident, including directly offering assistance and resources to the affected students. Police have increased security and patrols on campus and in the surrounding area, including campus entrances, nearby neighborhoods, parking lots and areas of frequent student foot traffic. Students can request extra patrols for off-campus locations from WSPD at 336-773-7700.