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Week of Sleep workshops begin Feb. 8


This is a guest post from the Office of Wellbeing:

In collaboration with various offices and student groups, the Office of Wellbeing would like to present the Week of Sleep, a series of daily workshops Feb. 8-12  at 4 p.m. in Benson University Center to raise awareness of the importance of sleep related to our physical and emotional wellbeing leading up to the Sleep Challenge! Faculty, staff, and students who come get a free sleep gear prize (while supplies last, first come first serve).

-Join the Learning Assistance Center on Monday Feb. 8 from 4-5 p.m. in Benson Center, Room 401C to learn about sleep and its effects on your cognition, focus, and concentration!

-Join Wake Forest Neurology Feb. 9 from 4-5 p.m. in Benson Center, Room 409 to learn about sleep disorders!

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Hopkins receives ‘Dare to Make a Difference’ award

Beth Hopkins, the Director of Outreach at the Wake Forest University School of Law, in the Worrell Professional on Friday, July 23, 2010.Beth Hopkins, director of outreach and professor of practice in the School of Law, was honored with the Martin Luther King Jr. “Dare to Make a Difference” Award in recognition of her efforts for human and civil rights on Jan. 18 at the Benton Convention Center.

Since 1981, an observance has been held annually at noon to commemorate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., according to event founder Mütter D. Evans, former owner and general manager of WAAA Radio, who continues to organize it.

This year’s event featured Congresswoman Alma Adams of North Carolina’s 12th District as the keynote speaker.

Three individuals — Hopkins, Nigel D. Alston and Rodney Sumler (posthumously) — were honored with the MLK “Dare to Make a Difference” Award in recognition of their efforts for human and civil rights.

University Police offers lunch/learn series to campus community

The University Police Department in February will begin offering to the campus community the Citizen Police Academy Lunch & Learn series.  The department has designed the 10-part series to offer students, faculty and staff a close-up view of the department and its officers.

Registration is available through the Professional Development Center.

Each session will be held in Reynolda Hall’s Heritage Room from 12 noon to 1 p.m.  The series begins on Wednesday, Feb. 10, and will be held on a succession of Wednesdays (except for the week of Spring Break).

Several different members of the police department will participate and make presentations during the series, including Chief Regina Lawson and two new senior leaders in the department–Major Derri Stormer and Capt. Joe Dixon.

“The overall goal of the academy is to improve police and community interaction,” according to Sgt. Lesia Finney, the series’ coordinator. “Graduates will be able to share knowledge gained with others in the community, thereby helping others become more familiar with University Police.”

Topics to be presented include executive staff responsibilities, records and technology, administration/financial budget, rape aggression defense (RAD), community oriented policing, events/security, detectives division, communications 911 center/emergency manager, and patrol division.

Those who attend six of the 10 sessions will receive a graduation certificate.

While snacks will be served, attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunch.

January 2016 faculty and staff milestones

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December 2015 comings and goings

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

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Faculty publications: December 2015 Updates

These works have been recently published or reported by Reynolda campus faculty:

Anderson, David R., Dennis J. Sweeney, Thomas A. Williams, Jeffery D. Camm, & James J. Cochran. (Business). An Introduction to Management Science: Quantitative Approaches to Decision Making, 14th ed. South-Western College Publishing. January 2015.

Anderson, David R., Dennis J. Sweeney, Thomas A. Williams, Jeffery D. Camm, & James J. Cochran. (Business). Quantitative Methods for Business, 13th ed. South-Western College Publishing. February 2015.

Esch, Gerald. (Biology). Ecological Parasitology: Reflections on 50 Years of Research in Aquatic Ecosystems. Wiley-Blackwell. December 2015.

Formisano, Luciano, Roberta Morosini, & Gale Sigal, Eds. (Romance Languages & English). Boccaccio Veneto: Settecento anni di incroci mediterranei a Venezia. Aracne editrice. October 2015.

Gandolfo, Elizabeth O’Donnell. (Divinity). The Power and Vulnerability of Love: A Theological Anthropology. Fortress Press. February 2015.

Meredith, Jack R., & Scott M. Shafer. (Business). Operations and Supply Chain Management for MBAs, 6th ed. Wiley. December 2015.

Rocklin, Joan M., Robert B. Rocklin, Christine Coughlin, & Sandy Patrick. (Law). An Advocate Persuades. Carolina Academic Press. December 2015.

Wilkinson, Betina Cutaia. (Politics & International Affairs) Partners or Rivals?: Power and Latino, Black, and White Relations in the Twenty-First Century. University of Virginia Press. November 2015.

Secrest Series presents WindSync, wind quintet


This is a guest post from the Secrest Artists Series:

The Secrest Artists Series at Wake Forest University welcomes wind quintet WindSync for a 7:30 p.m. performance on Thursday, Jan. 21, in Brendle Recital Hall.

Hailed by the Houston Chronicle as “revolutionary chamber musicians,” WindSync is a fresh and energetic wind quintet internationally recognized for dramatic and engaging interpretations of classical music.  A winner of the 2012 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh International Competition, this dynamic ensemble focuses on building a connection with audiences through adventurous programming and charismatic stage presence.

Critics and audiences alike rave about programs that expand the wind quintet repertoire with newly commissioned works written for WindSync, as well as, a wide array of original arrangements of classical masterworks. These five virtuoso players perform exclusively from memory and specialize in creative concerts that inspire and entertain audiences of all ages. The concert at at Brendle Recital Hall will feature pieces by Mozart, Stravinsky, Ravel, Berstein and even Radiohead.

Enrich your concert experience by joining our pre-concert talk at 6:40 p.m. The talk will be led by Wake Forest University Music Department Assistant Professor, Kathryn Levy and feature demonstrations by the WFU student wind quintet.

Wake Forest faculty, staff and retirees receive free admission for themselves and one guest. Students receive free admission for themselves. Simply show your Wake Forest ID at the door.

Tickets are $5-$18 for members of the community. Tickets and more information at or call 758-5757.

Join the IS Learning Team for some fun classes in 2016

This is a guest post from Information Systems:

It’s a new year, with new learning opportunities just for you! Plan to join the IS Learning Team for one or more classes covering current hot topics in the technology world. A number of classes are available at the University Corporate Center and on the Reynolda campus to accommodate you.

If you are interested in a specific technology, but have a busy calendar, webinars are for you. Webinars make learning easy and convenient, without traveling to a classroom. Just take 15 minutes, sit back, and learn in your own setting.

Register to attend any or all of these!

Remember, the IS Learning Team constantly adds and updates their class offerings, covering new and exciting topics. To stay on top of all that the IS Learning Team has to offer, bookmark the IS Learning Calendar for an at-a-glance look or visit the Professional Development Center. If you have a question about this message or learning opportunities, please contact us at

Senior Services honors WFU with Work-Life Balance Award

Bethany Fay for Inside

Annamae Giles of Elder Care, left, and Bethany Fay of Wake Forest

Elder Care Choices, a division of Senior Services, has named Wake Forest University one of the first recipients of its Work-Life Balance Award. The award recognizes the commitment made by the University to help its faculty and staff who face the challenges of being working caregivers.

Wake Forest University has offered Elder Care Choices as a part of its benefit package for 20 years, making it possible for faculty and staff who are also caregivers to get the assistance they need in identifying and locating resources for aging loved ones anywhere in the United States. There is no cost to faculty or staff.

“Wake Forest is honored to be recognized for our ongoing commitment to providing resources and services to faculty and staff who are increasingly caring for aging parents and other loved ones,” said Bethany Fay, Director of Compensation and Benefits, Human Resources.

“We commend Wake Forest for being so far ahead of the curve when it comes to recognizing the significance and impact of caregiving issues in the workplace,” said Richard Gottlieb, president and CEO of Senior Services.

Over the past two decades, the number of area businesses contracting for Elder Care Choices benefits has grown from the three charter organizations to 20 member companies, covering more than 20,000 individuals, including those at Wake Forest. In addition to a professional online presence and regularly scheduled webinars, Elder Care Choices continues to provide hands-on personal attention for each and every one who also serves as a caregiver.

Senior Services is a private, nonprofit agency that has been operating in Winston-Salem for more than 50 years. Its mission is to help older adults in Forsyth County live with dignity and remain in their own home for as long as possible.

Faculty and staff seeking more information about Elder Care Choices should visit its website or call 336-748-2171 or 800-648-2171.

WISE workshop set for February

WISE_header1This is a guest post from the Center for Global Programs & Studies:

Wake Forest University’s Center for Global Programs & Studies recently received the Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award for Campus Internationalization from NAFSA for the development of WISE: Workshop on Intercultural Skills Enhancement. Initiated as a small workshop in 2009 for Wake Forest professors and staff, this annual event has developed into a comprehensive conference hosting more than 250 attendees from our community and across the U.S.

The eighth annual WISE event will be held Feb. 4 and 5 at the Winston-Salem Marriott hotel downtown. Registration is free for Wake Forest faculty and staff (register now through Eventbrite for one or two days).

The WISE Conference features a keynote address on the important role faculty play in students’ development of intercultural communication skills and competencies. Thirty concurrent sessions will be presented by experienced faculty and administrators in the field of international education. Session topics include comparison of models for study abroad programs, practices to develop intercultural competencies, role of language in cross-cultural engagement, pre-departure planning, assessment methods for students’ intercultural competencies, and much more.

Faculty new to study abroad programs will hear the basics, while there are new and advanced topics for veteran faculty. Associate Professor of Anthropology Steve Folmar, who has been taking students to Nepal since 2001, remarked, “Getting involved in these ongoing conversations and hearing other people’s approaches makes you pay more attention to what you’re doing. You put a much more discriminating eye on what you’re doing yourself.”

Pre-conference workshops are offered on Wednesday, Feb. 3. Explore opportunities to delve deeper into important topics on the WISE website: Standard rates apply for pre-conference; WISE has a limited number of scholarships available for Wake Forest faculty/staff to participate in a pre-conference workshop. Contact Nancy Metcalf at 758-5994 with questions.

Visit the WISE website at for session descriptions and how to register. Registration for the main conference, Feb. 4-5 is free for Wake Forest personnel.