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Panhellenic Council offers babysitting on Oct. 9

In appreciation of Wake Forest faculty and staff, the University’s Panhellenic Council is hosting a babysitting night for their children.  It will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 9 in Benson University Center, Room 401.

Children ages four to 12 are eligible for participation.  The Panhellenic Council has scheduled a night of games, movies and more for the children.

Click here to register for the babysitting night out.

Tedford explains how library supports student research


Rosalind (Roz) Tedford, director of research and instruction at Z. Smith Reynolds Library, was interviewed, recently, by SAGE Connection about how the library supports the student research process.

The piece is titled, “Connecting with the Community: Roz Tedford on Librarians’ support of the Research Process.”

MOA welcomes new academic director

Wake Forest new faculty headshots, Thursday, August 13, 2015. Andrew Gurstelle.

Guest post from the Museum of Anthropology:

With the beginning of the fall semester at Wake Forest University, the Museum of Anthropology is very excited to welcome Dr. Andrew Gurstelle as academic director. Andrew is an anthropologist interested in the history and archaeology of West Africa. This interest intersects with museums and heritage in the Atlantic African diaspora, and how African peoples and objects are represented in museums throughout the world. In particular, his research explores how partnerships between international and community museums might be the key to safeguarding African cultural landscapes.

Since 2011, Andrew has been the Director of the Savè Hills Archaeological Research Project—an archaeology and oral-history project investigating the Shabe Yoruba kingdom in the Republic of Benin. Over the course of the project, interest in the research’s findings grew into a collaborative effort between archaeologists, local historians, and school teachers. The project culminated in an exhibition of archaeological findings as part of the 2015 Shabe Cultural Festival. Andrew has also conducted archaeological research in Ghana, Togo, and the Midwest United States.

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August 2015 comings and goings

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

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September 2015 staff milestones

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September 2015 faculty milestones

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Fleeson awarded the Carol and Ed Diener Award

Will FleesonThe Society for Personality and Social Psychology has awarded Professor of Psychology Will Fleeson with the Carol and Ed Diener Award in Personality Psychology. The Carol and Ed Diener Award in Social Psychology is designed to recognize a mid-career scholar whose work has added substantially to the body of knowledge to the social psychology field and/or brings together personality psychology and social psychology.

Fleeson will be honored at the annual convention in San Diego on January 28, 2016.

Wilkinson receives Early Career Award

Wake Forest new faculty orientation photos, Thursday, August 12, 2010. Betina Wilkinson, Political Science.

Betina Cutaia Wilkinson, assistant professor of politics and international affairs, recently received the inaugural Early Career Award given by the Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) Latino/a Caucus. She received the award at the MPSA Conference in Chicago.

Wilkinson, who was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and immigrated to the U.S. at the age of six, received her doctoral degree from Louisiana State University in 2010. Her research and teaching interests include race and ethnicity, Latino/a politics, race and media, public opinion and immigration policy.

Besides receiving an Early Career Award, Wilkinson is an American Political Science Association Minority Fellow and a Southern Regional Education Board Doctoral Scholar. She is also the author of several journal articles and book chapters. Her forthcoming book, “Partners or Rivals? Power and Latino, Black and White Relations in the 21st Century,” will be published by University of Virginia Press.

Flu shots scheduled for October

Wake Forest is sponsoring free flu shots for all faculty, staff and retirees. Spouses, same-sex domestic partners and dependent children enrolled in the University’s Blue Cross Blue Shield medical plan are also welcome, but not required to register.  All are asked to bring their Blue Cross Blue Shield card to verify coverage.  It is also suggested that people check with their primary care physician to see if the flu shot is right for them.

To register for a free flu shot, visit the Professional Development Center website. Shots are offered at various times from Oct. 5-14.

Employee of the Year nominations sought

Guest post by Human Resources:

Each year, we present two staff Employee of the Year awards to individuals who have gone above and beyond in their dedication to the University community.  As a faculty or staff member, you are invited to submit your nominations by Wednesday, October 7.  All staff employees who work at least 1,000 hours annually with five or more years of continuous University service are eligible for nomination.

Staff Advisory Council representatives will review the nominations and select the two recipients.  These recipients will be recognized with a plaque and $1,000 award at the Staff Rewards & Recognition Luncheon on Nov. 10.  A campus-wide dessert reception also will honor these recipients, and we hope you will join the celebration on Nov. 10 at 4 p.m. in the Green Room of Reynolda Hall.

Please contact HR at 336.758.4700 or with any questions.