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Moot Court team wins Region IV Tournament, best brief and best oralist awards

law pic for InsideThe Wake Forest National Moot Court Team of Robert “Woody” Angle (JD ’16), Lauren Emery (JD ’16) and Kaitlin Price (JD ’16) won the Region IV Tournament on Saturday, Nov. 21, in Richmond, Virginia, going 5-0 against five different law schools and finishing first out of 21 teams from 12 law schools. The team also won the Best Brief Award after its brief received the highest score of the 21 briefs.

Price won the award for the best oralist, thereby earning the team every possible award given at the tournament, said team adviser Professor John Korzen (BA ’81, JD ’91), who accompanied the team to Richmond along with Professor Charley Rose, the team’s other adviser.

For more details about the Region IV Tournament, please visit the School of Law’s website.

88.5 WFDD receives nine awards for excellence in journalism

correct WFDD logo88.5 WFDD, the public radio station licensed to Wake Forest, was recently honored by the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas (RTDNAC) with nine awards for excellence in journalism.

The RTDNAC 2015 Awards Competition recognized the best of TV, radio, website, and collegiate work from July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2015. 88.5 WFDD received seven first place awards in the news categories of Consumer/Economic, Education, General News, Hard News Feature, Investigative, Light Feature, and Spot News; a second place award in the category of Spot News; and WFDD’s Keri Brown won first place for Radio Reporter of the Year.

Stories that received first place awards included Tobacco Farmers Lose Longtime Safety Net, by Emily McCord; As Education Spending Grabs Spotlight, Deteriorating Schools Get Little Aid, by Keri Brown; Dan River Coal Ash Spill: Long-Term Impact Unknown, by Keri Brown; Neighbors Lobby For More Regulation On Chicken Farms, by Keri Brown; McCrory Pushes Tax Credits At Opening For Company That Hasn’t Used Them, by Paul Garber; A Band Of Their Own, by David Ford; and Winter Storm Closes Schools, Downs Power Lines, by Emily McCord. The second place Spot News award was given for As Same Sex Marriage Becomes legal, Opinions In NC Are Mixed, by Emily McCord.

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WGS service-learning class helps secure grant for El Buen Pastor

Wake Forest faculty headshots, Wednesday, August 28, 2013. Angela Kocze, Sociology.

Thanks in part to professor Angéla Kóczé’s service learning course, “Women Entrepreneurship: Innovation, Sustainability, and Social Responsibility,” El Buen Pastor Latino Community Services was recently awarded a grant for $24,500 from The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem.

As part of the course, Kóczé’s students generate social change through entrepreneurship. Under her leadership, she and her students developed a grant proposal to help women in the El Buen Pastor community start their own businesses. The funds awarded by The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem will provide support for training, workshops, networking, seed funding and hands-on experiences to an initial group of 10 women entrepreneurs.

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University Stores Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day Dec. 1

 This is a guest post from University Stores:

The Deacon Shop on the Quad, on the campus of Wake Forest University, Thursday, June 9, 2011.

Faculty and staff are invited to join University Stores (Campus Bookstore and Deacon Shop) for Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day on Tuesday, Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Come shop and enjoy a 30 percent discount on your total order for one day only!

Light refreshments will also be served.  Happy shopping!

Applications being accepted for TLC program

Walking-picThis is a guest post by the Therapeutic Lifestyle Change program:

It’s not too early to start thinking about those New Year’s Resolution of a healthy and active lifestyle. Make plans now to make 2016 a new year! Whether your goal is to eat a healthier diet, stop smoking, lose weight or walk three miles a day, the Therapeutic Lifestyle Change (TLC) program can help!

What is HELPS TLC? HELPS TLC is a medically directed, professionally supervised program designed to help WFU employees develop a healthy and active lifestyle using exercise and education.

What is the cost? The cost will be covered by Wake Forest.

What will you receive? Individualized assessments, therapies and follow-up; dietary intake is assessed through computer-analyzed food records; supervised exercise sessions at our conveniently located monitored exercise facility; weekly small group sessions will be held on campus in Worrell Professional Center, Room 1162.

Who will be helping you? The HELPS TLC staff consists of an exercise physiologist, registered nutritionist and health psychologist who work together to teach you behavioral strategies for the management of physical activity and eating.

We are currently taking applications for the next group which will start in January.

For more information or to sign up, please contact Andrea Cox via email or by phone at 758-5853. Space is limited. Sign up today!

Knox to discuss upcoming international climate talks in Paris

road map to parisThis is a guest post from the University’s Office of Sustainability:

The world will be watching the international climate talks in Paris Nov. 30-Dec. 11. Join Wake Forest faculty expert John Knox on Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. in Farrell Hall’s Broyhill Auditorium for a guided tour of the likely trajectory of these talks.

Knox is Henry C. Lauerman Professor of International Law in the School of Law. He participated in the Conference of Parties (COP) last year in Lima, Peru, and will attend this year’s talks (COP21) in Paris.

Knox, who also serves as UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights and the Environment, will discuss what form the agreements are taking, the likelihood that countries will meet their commitments, and whether the fairly massive promises of financial assistance to poorer countries are actually going to be carried out.

After the event, Ben & Jerry’s Save our Swirled Scoop Tour will provide free ice cream from a retrofitted Tesla! More information is available here.

This event is sponsored by the Office of Sustainability and the Center for Energy, Environment, and Sustainability.

Proposals funded: Lachgar, Rejeski, Williams

Wake Forest chemistry professor Abdou Lachgar.


Congratulations to Abdessadek Lachgar, professor of chemistry, whose proposal entitled “Empowering Pakistani Women through Scientific Research, Technology Development, and Entrepreneurship: Waste-to-Energy Technology Development” has been funded by the USAID and by [subaward/subcontract from] National Academy of Sciences (WFU funding agency).



Jack Rejeski


Congratulations to Jack Rejeski, professor of health & exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Pepper Center Clinical Research Core” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and by [subaward/subcontract from] Wake Forest University Health Sciences (WFU funding agency).





Congratulations to Richard Williams, Reynolds Professor of Physics, whose proposal entitled “Collaborative Research:ARI-MA: Realizing High Performance Inorganic Scintillators at Low Cost” has been funded by the US Department of Homeland Security.

Proposals funded: Griffith, Jayawickreme, Jurchescu, Rice-Jalloh

Wake Forest economics professor Amanda Griffith, Thursday, August 9, 2012.


Congratulations to Amanda Griffith, associate professor of economics, whose proposal entitled “An Engineer Like Me: How perceived Similarity and Peer Effects Influence Major Choice” has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and by [subaward/subcontract from] Purdue University (WFU funding agency).


Eranda Jayawickreme


Congratulations to Eranda Jayawickreme, assistant professor of psychology, whose proposal entitled “Promoting Intellectual Humility Among Middle-School Students: Developing and Educational Film & Preliminary Intervention Strategy” has been funded by the Templeton Foundation.




Congratulations to Oana Jurchescu, associate professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Organic/Inorganic Hybrid Perovskite FETs for Electronically-Injected Laser Action” has been funded by the Office of Naval Research (ONR).



K. Monet Rice


Congratulations to Kellee Rice-Jalloh, associate university chaplain, whose proposal entitled “Recruitment for Ministry” has been funded by the Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE).


Provost Office awards grants

The Provost’s Office awarded the following grants for fall 2015:

Provost’s Fund for a Vibrant Campus

Tom Phillips, Words Awake2! A Literary Festival and Celebration of Wake Forest Writers and Writing, $5,000

Kevin Bowen, Wind Ensemble Commission and Guest Artist Residency for WFU Emerging Wind Band Composer Series, $ 4,000.

Melissa Harris-Perry and Marianne Magjuka, Ari Berman Address to Campus Student Leaders on Voting -Rights Issues, $3,868

Jeff Holdridge and Ryan Shirey, Campus Visit and Public Reading by Ciaran Carson, $2,992

Elizabeth Clendinning and Brandon Robinson, Perspectives on Integration: Music at Little Rock Central High and Beyond, $2,000

Provost’s Fund for Academic Excellence

Christina Soriano, Dani Kim-Shapiro, Stephen Krichevsky, Kate Mewhinney, Aging Re-imagined: Art Science and Policy, $10,000

Mary Dalton, Teachers, Teaching, and the Movies Conference, $10,000

Sandeep Mazunder, Liberal Arts Macroeconomic Workshop, $5,574.34

Jessie Laurita-Spanglet, Cross-Disciplinary Collaborative Project with Performance Outcomes, $4,750

Provost’s Fund for Academic Innovation

Sunggu Yang and Veronice Miles, Festival Week of Prophetic Ministry, $5,000

Hu Womack, Writers Camp @ZSR, $1,496

Human Resources message: Holiday schedule and pay reminder

This is a guest post from Human Resources:

Best wishes for a safe and enjoyable holiday season! Please note the following regarding Reynolda Campus holidays, Paid Time Off and pay schedule ​through the end of the calendar year:


Wednesday, November 25:  Departments who choose to offer early dismissal at 3 p.m. or two hours before the end of the regularly-scheduled shift may count this time as administrative leave.

Thursday, November 26 – Friday, November 27:  Thanksgiving Holiday – University Closed.

Monday, December 21 – Wednesday, December 23:  University open, with early release at 3 p.m. or two hours before the end of the regularly-scheduled shift on December 23. Staff employees may count two hours on December 23 as administrative leave. In cases where the entire department has agreed to close for these three days, each individual in the department will count the three days as PTO. December 23 is the last day to use PTO in 2015.

Thursday, December 24 – Thursday, December 31:  Winter Break – University Closed.

Friday, January 1, 2016:  New Year’s Holiday – University Closed.


2015 final pay date for all Wake Forest Reynolda Campus employees will be Wednesday, December 23, 2015​.

Best wishes for a safe and enjoyable holiday season!