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5th Annual Senior Showcase honorees announced

senior-showcase-2014-announcementThe Z. Smith Reynolds Library is pleased to announce selections for the 5th annual Senior Showcase program recognizing exemplary senior research theses and projects completed by Wake Forest undergraduates in their final year. Four students have been selected to present their research on Tuesday, April 22, at 3 p.m. in the ZSR Library Auditorium, Room 404.

The honorees are:

  • David Inczauskis, “A Theoretical Analysis of the Historical Dialectic between Latin American Liberation Theology and Catholic Social Teaching”
  • Rachel Cumbest, “Constructing Identity: Homer’s Articulation of Three Questions Which Become a Literary Trope for Later Authors in ‘Knowing Thyself’”
  • Ryan Whittington, “Arnold Schoenberg: ‘An Intelligent Man and a Terribly Curious Man’”
  • Christopher Earle, “Mission Impossible? An Economic Analysis of Guilford County’s Distinctive Pay-for-Performance Plan”

Event details and registration are available here

Wahl elected NCSA council member

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Ana-Maria Wahl, associate professor of sociology, was elected a council member of the North Carolina Sociological Association (NCSA) at the joint annual meeting of the NCSA and Southern Sociological Society held in Charlotte on April 2-5. Wahl will serve a three-year term.

As a council member, she will provide policy guidance for the organization as well as serve on the planning committee for the annual meeting.

Other sociology faculty who have served the NCSA include Steven Gunkel, who served as a council member, and Ian Taplin, who served as the NCSA president. Catherine Harris has served twice as NCSA president.

The NCSA promotes the discipline of sociology throughout the state and also publishes Sociation Today.

LGBTQ Center hosts inaugural ‘Lavender Graduation’

lav grad inviteThe LGBTQ Center will hold Wake Forest University’s first Lavender Graduation Celebration on April 30 at 6 p.m. in the Z. Smith Reynolds Auditorium. The ceremony will celebrate LGBTQ students and allies who have contributed to the rich diversity of our campus community.

J. Robby Gregg Jr. (’83) will be the keynote speaker. Gregg is a nationally recognized diversity expert with more than 20 years experience in designing and executing multi-platform diversity strategies in the areas of organizational management, human resources, communication and marketing, and corporate responsibility. His expertise includes developing workplace inclusion initiatives that increase opportunities for professionals from all segments of society, especially those with disabilities.

Students need to register to be honored.

Faculty publications: March updates

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Blee, Lisa. (History). Framing Chief Leschi: Narratives and the Politics of Historical Justice. The University of North Carolina Press. March 2014.

Duke, Steven T. (Center for Global Programs and Studies). Forwards by Steven S. Reinemund (School of Business) & Ken Bouyer. Preparing to Study Abroad: Learning to Cross Cultures. Stylus Publishing. February 2014.

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Escott, Paul D. (History). Uncommonly Savage: Civil War and Remembrance in Spain and the United States. University Press of Florida. March 2014.

Garrison, Ray H., Eric W. Noreen, & Peter C. Brewer. (School of Business). Managerial Accounting, 15th ed. McGraw-Hill. January 2014.

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Johnston, Lucas F., & Whitney Bauman, Eds. (Religion). Science and Religion: One Planet, Many Possibilities. Routledge. February 2014.

Miller, Christian B. (Philosophy). Character and Moral Psychology. Oxford University Press. March 2014.

Newsome, Deborah W., & Samuel T. Gladding (Counseling). Clinical Mental Health Counseling in Community and Agency Settings, 4th ed. Pearson. July 2013.

Yamane, David. (Sociology). Becoming Catholic: Finding Rome in the American Religious Landscape. Oxford University Press. February 2014.

The Grille at Deacon Tower now open

deacon.tower.300x175The Grille at Deacon Tower is now open for lunch. Currently, the hours of operation are Monday – Friday from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Faculty and staff receive a 10% discount by presenting their Wake Forest ID.

Reservations are welcome and can be made by phone at 336.671.6545 or through Open Table.

Grille at Deacon Tower Menu

Computing services unavailable on April 12

On Saturday, April 12, during regularly scheduled maintenance between 7 a.m. and noon, many computer-based services including, but not limited to, Sakai, Banner, WIN, Cognos, and NOVAtime will be unavailable. Information Systems staff will perform required maintenance during this time. If you have any questions regarding this announcement, contact the Information Systems Service Desk at help.wfu.edu or 336-758-4357.

Masters in Liberal Studies program accepting applications

ironarchWake Forest graduate school is accepting applications for the Masters in Liberal Studies (MALS) program. The program offers a broad, interdisciplinary course of study without requiring a GRE for admittance or a thesis paper for completion.

The MALS program offers students an opportunity to explore a full range of interactive liberal arts classes. Adults who enroll in the MALS program gain new information, new perspectives and new insights.

Students who would like to begin the Liberal Studies program this summer, must apply before May 16. The $75 application fee will be waived for anyone referred by a MALS alumnus between now and August 15. Applications are available online here.

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Wake Forest Law Review hosts ‘Law as Violence’

lawschoolThe Wake Forest Law Review will host its Spring 2014 Colloquium, “Law as Violence: An Interdisciplinary Conversation,” on April 10-11.

The colloquium will kickoff at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 10, with a poetry reading by M. NourbeSe Philip from “Zong!,” in the Byrum Welcome Center Auditorium.

Roundtable discussions will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, April 11, in Wait Chapel’s Lower Wingate Auditorium.

The keynote speaker, Professor Jonathan Simon of the University of California at Berkeley School of Law, will give his presentation at 1 p.m.

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Rowell named Institute for Research Design in Librarianship scholar

KEN22852Chelcie Rowell, digital initiatives librarian at the Z. Smith Reynolds Library, has been selected as a scholar to the Institute for Research Design in Librarianship (IRDL). The IRDL is an intensive nine-day residential program designed to provide training and support to a diverse group of academic and research librarians who are motivated to conduct research. The Institute will take place at Loyola Marymount University in June.

Sociology department winter highlights

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Saylor Breckenridge is completing his two-year rotation as the director of the National Science Foundation’s sociology program, where he manages the program’s approximately $10 million annual budget. He recently presented on “big data” research at the “The Big (Data) Bang: Prospects and Challenges for the Future” session as part of The Dupont Summit, in Washington D.C.

In March, Hana Brown and her co-researcher from the University of Notre Dame, Jennifer Jones, were awarded $22,954 by the Russell Sage Foundation to research the determinants of state immigration policy in new immigration destinations.

Throughout March, Joseph Soares participated in the discussions of both the first national study of test-optional colleges and the upcoming reforms to the SAT in outlets such as Inside Higher Ed, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News and The New York Times Magazine.

In January, Ian Taplin gave the annual Global Futures Lecture at The Winchester Centre for Global Futures in Art, Design & Media, University of Southampton, England. In February, he was one of the keynote speakers at the N.C. Wine Growers annual meeting in Winston-Salem.

In February David Yamane published, “Becoming Catholic: Finding Rome in the American Religious Landscape” (Oxford University Press) — the first book-length study of Roman Catholic converts in contemporary America.