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20090413library8537Staff and faculty of Z. Smith Reynolds Library were recently elected to professional organization offices for terms starting July 2015:

Christian Burris, serials acquisition coordinator, was elected to the executive board of NASIG as a member-at-large for a two-year term.

Carolyn McCallum, non-print resources cataloging librarian, was elected as secretary of the anthropology and sociology Section (ANSS) of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) for a two-year term.

Susan Sharpless Smith, associate dean, was elected to the Board of LITA (The Library and Information Technology Association is a division of American Library Association) as a director-at-large for a three-year term.

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Davis named Wake Forest Law’s academic dean

davisThe School of Law has named Timothy Davis as executive associate dean for academic affairs.  Davis is John W. and Ruth H. Turnage Professor of Law.

“Soon after Tim arrived in 1998, the whole community knew to rely on his good judgment and sound advice,” Dean Suzanne Reynolds says. “His students love him in and outside of class. His strength of character and his steady demeanor will serve him well in this new role.”

For more information, visit the School of Law website.

Board of Trustees announces new officers and members

The members of the Board of Trustees of Wake Forest University are pleased to announce its next class of Trustees and Officers, for the term beginning July 1, 2015.

Wake Forest University Trustee Donna Boswell, June 21, 2013.


Dr. Donna A. Boswell (’72, MA ’74) will serve as the Chair of the Board, a historic event for the University, as her election marks the first female to serve in this role. Bobby R. Burchfield and Gerald Roach have been elected Vice Chairs of the Board, and Hof Milam has been elected Treasurer. J. Reid Morgan and Anita M. Conrad will remain Secretary of the Board and Assistant Secretary of the Board, respectively. Each of these officers will serve for the 2015-2016 term.

“Wake Forest has been fortunate to have strong visionaries at the helm of the Board of Trustees. Our new chair, Donna Boswell, is just such a leader,” said Wake Forest University President Nathan O. Hatch. “I am pleased to welcome Donna to the role of chair, for I am confident that her proven integrity, passion for higher education and unparalleled commitment to Wake Forest will continue to serve the Board and our University well.”

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88.5 WFDD receives national award for Triad Arts Weekend

For the second year in a row, 88.5 WFDD, the public radio station licensed to Wake Forest University, has won a Gabriel Award, a national award for excellence in broadcasting presented and created by The Catholic Academy of Communication Professionals. The award was created in 1965 “to recognize outstanding artistic achievement in a television or radio program or series which entertains and enriches with a true vision or humanity and a true vision of life.” It is an annual competition.

88.5 WFDD received the Gabriel Award in the category of Arts – National or Local Release for a Triad Arts Weekend episode that covered these stories: an appearance of the Afro-Semitic Experience, a unique New York-based jazz fusion ensemble, in Winston-Salem; FaithAction International House, a Greensboro nonprofit organization that serves and advocates for new immigrants in our region; Diana Greene, who creates multimedia stories that explore identity, place, and memory; and The Healing Blues Project, which works to pair songwriters with people from disenfranchised populations to help those people share their stories through song. The episode aired on December 12, 2014.

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May 2015 comings and goings

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

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Parking Lot H closed June 25-26

Parking Lot H is closed June 25 and 26.  The lot is located along Wingate Road near lots F and J in the southern section of campus. The Parking and Transportation Office recommends using those two lots while H is closed.

The University’s parking map offers information about parking lot locations.

Whenever parking lots are closed, the Parking and Transportation Office recommends alternative modes of transportation such as carpooling, bicycles or mass transit to reduce the demand for parking during these times.

June 2015 faculty and staff milestones

Kriss Dinkins in Information Systems, Margaret Lankford in the School of Law and Frederick Harris in the School of Business are celebrating 25 years at Wake Forest.

See other faculty and staff  celebrating milestones in June 2015.

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OPCD staff share thought leadership with industry peers

Several members of the Office of Personal and Career Development presented at industry conferences, recently, on such topics as marketing strategies to engage students and how to build a college campus around mentoring. In addition to sharing successful ideas that Wake Forest has implemented, staff members received recognition for their work and assumed leadership positions within organizations.


The International Mentoring Conference occurred on April 22-24. The theme of the conference centered on practical strategies around mentoring.

  • Lauren Beam, assistant director of mentoring and alumni personal and professional development, presented “Building Your Toolkit: Engaging Your (Campus) Community around Mentoring.” The presentation focused on ways in which the Wake Forest mentoring department uses National Mentoring Month to engage the campus community with creative marketing materials.
  • Allison McWilliams, director of mentoring and alumni personal and professional development, served as this year’s conference chair.

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Pro Humanitate Institute launches Summer Program

summer programThe Pro Humanitate Institute launched the Summer Non-Profit Immersion Program on May 27 with an intensive three-day Non-Profit Management Seminar attended by the 21 undergraduate interns chosen to work this summer at 17 non-profits throughout the Winston-Salem and Piedmont Triad community. The Non-Profit Management Seminar prepared students to serve in-depth roles in non-profits for the summer through training on legal, financial, organizational and theoretical structures of non-profit work.

Interns also gained insight into the Winston-Salem community through a lecture by the New Winston Museum and a day-long community plunge tour where they visited non-profits and neighborhoods throughout the community.

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WakeUnited: Live United Vicki Keslar

Vicki Keslar, Executive Assistant in the Wake Forest University Office of Personal and Career Development, Thursday, May 19, 2011.

Vicki Keslar is a new member of the WakeUnited Reynolda Cabinet this year and is already putting her coordination skills to good use. Keslar, who is the Office Operations Manager and Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Personal & Career Development, is coordinating all of the WakeUnited department coordinators for this year’s campus campaign.

“I have been involved with the United Way since I started working at Wake Forest in 2009,” says Keslar.  “I have been the OPCD’s department coordinator since 2010, and I am in my second year as a member of the Women’s Leadership Council.”

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