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Miller and Jayawickreme address the topic “Why be Good? for

Christian Miller


For a project sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation to address big life questions, professor of philosophy Christian Miller and assistant professor of psychology Eranda Jayawickreme were among eight professors from around the world invited to write essays addressing the topic, “Why be Good?” for a special feature on

In his essay, “Answering ‘Why be Good?’ for a Three-Year-Old,” Miller recounts a conversation with his three-year old son that leads to this question, “Why should I be a good boy?”  Miller explores several possible answers including: God wants us to be good people, having a good character typically makes the world a much better place, having a good character can be personally rewarding, and having a good character is its own reward.

Eranda Jayawickreme


In his essay on “Can Adversity Be Good?” Jayawickreme explores current research and says “we should be open to the possibility that significant adversity can potentially build our character.”

Miller led the Character Project to foster new advances in the study of character and Jayawickreme currently leads the Growth Initiative, which seeks to understand how adverse life events can lead to positive behavioral and cognitive changes.

March 2015 faculty publications





Aull, Laura. (English). First-Year University Writing: A Corpus-Based Study with Implications for Pedagogy. Palgrave Macmillan. March 2015.

Judy, Tiffany, & Silvia Perpiñán, Eds. (Romanace Languages). The Acquisition of Spanish in Understudied Language Pairings. John Benjamins Publishing. March 2015.

Blackmon selected to attend Southeastern Association of Housing Officers Institute

20130711blackmon3919Zachary Blackmon, residence life coordinator for the Quad area residence halls, is one of 32 participants selected to attend the Southeastern Association of Housing Officers (SEAHO) 12th annual Regional Entry Level Institute from June 3-6 in Atlanta, Ga. More than 100 people applied to attend.

Blackmon supervises the staffs in Davis, Efird, Huffman, Kitchin, Palmer, Piccolo, Poteat and Taylor residence halls.

He is an alumni of Queens University of Charlotte where he was a business and corporate communication double major. He earned his Masters of Business Administration from Wingate University. Blackmon also holds a Masters of Education from Clemson University.

March 2015 faculty and staff comings and goings

See a list of employees joining and leaving the University in March 2015:

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Hof Milam to give annual financial update on April 30

Hof Milam


At the invitation of the Faculty Senate, Executive Vice President Hof Milam will give his annual financial update to the University on Thursday, April 30, at 4 p.m. in Pugh Auditorium of Benson University Center.

Milam will review the Wake Forest budget for next year, as well as provide information on the financial challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. The Senate enthusiastically invites all Wake Forest students, faculty and staff to attend.

Interdisciplinary Faculty Seminar Symposium

unnamed-1The annual Humanities Institute Interdisciplinary Faculty Seminar Symposium will take place on Thursday, April 30, in Tribble Hall.

The program will begin at 1:30 p.m. in DeTamble Auditorium with a round table discussion featuring representatives from each of this year’s interdisciplinary faculty seminars. Following a Q&A with the participants, invited guest speaker, Christopher Long will speak on “Performing Collaborative Scholarship.” Long is professor of philosophy and classics, and associate dean for graduate and undergraduate education at Penn State. The symposium will conclude with a reception in the Tribble Hall Atrium at 3 p.m.

Click here to read more about current and past Interdisciplinary Faculty Seminars.

April 2015 faculty and staff milestones

Jeffrey Adair, manager at ZSR Library, and Anita Hughes, executive assistant to Provost Rogan Kersh, are celebrating 30 years of service to Wake Forest. Find out who else is celebrating a milestone anniversary this month.

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Friederic awarded Campbell Fellowship



Karin Friederic, assistant professor of anthropology, has been awarded the Campbell Fellowship for Transformative Research on Women in the Developing World — a 6-month residential fellowship for the 2015-16 year to be carried out at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, N.M.

A cultural anthropologist, Friederic specializes in global health, human rights, development, gender, sexuality and violence.

The fellowship recognizes a female scholar whose research both documents the circumstances of women in the developing world and offers paths to concrete, practical strategies for improving their health, prosperity and general well-being.

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Emergency text alert system to be tested April 29

Thousands of students, faculty and staff are scheduled to receive a test text message on Wednesday, April 29, from Wake Forest University’s emergency notification system.

The text will be sent as a test by the University Police Department at 5 p.m. to all who have registered online to receive emergency text messages. Anyone who has not registered may do so by visiting the University’s Wake Ready website

Registration by undergraduates is required. Directions are provided for arranging to receive the messages, including the test message set for the April 29.

The content of the text message will be, “This is a test of the WFU Emergency Mobile Phone Alert System. It is not necessary to reply to this message.”

Wake Forest has several methods for communicating with faculty, staff and students in the event of an emergency.  Those used will depend, largely, on the situation. Wake Alert, the University’s emergency notification system, provides alerts and updates through the Wake Alert web site at, text messaging, an outdoor warning system, cable TV, e-mail, voice mail, the Wake Alert Twitter account and a recorded message on the Wake Forest weather and emergency phone line at 336-758-5935. Other means may be used, too.

Also, all faculty and staff will receive a voice message on their office phone during the test.

New ‘Little Free Library’ on campus

LFLatWFUThere is a new outdoor Little Free Library on campus in front of Tribble Hall off Gulley Drive at the benches, with the Department of Education Library as the steward.

This Little Free Library was recycled from an old newspaper stand from WFU Surplus.

Little Libraries are community resources that connect students, faculty, staff and neighbors who wish to share a favorite book of any kind — books that teach, intrigue and engage. Little Libraries belong to everyone, and anyone many use them.

Take a Book: If you see something you would like to read, take it. Check inside to see if there is note from whoever gave it. You can take more than one.

Share a Book: Return it to any Little Library or pass it on to a friend. If you can’t bear to part with it, keep it and bring back a different book to share.

Return a Book: Do your part and keep Little Libraries stocked with high-quality books. Share your favorite titles. Be a friend of libraries big and small. Pay if Forward!