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Sports performance center FAQ $7.5 million gift in support of the Wake Forest Football program from alumnus Bob McCreary (’61) adds momentum to Wake Forest Athletics’ plans to move forward with a 95,000-square-foot sports performance center.

Wake Forest University President Nathan O. Hatch and Director of Athletics Ron Wellman made the announcement when publicly celebrating McCreary’s longtime philanthropy, which includes more than $15 million in lifetime commitments, at last night’s men’s basketball game.

Q: What do plans for the sports performance center entail?
A: Designed to meet the training needs of more than 350 student-athletes who compete in 18 sports, the four-story sports performance center will be located behind Miller Athletic Center on the Reynolda Campus. The new building will serve as the home for the football program, while featuring a robust strength and conditioning facility that enables multiple athletes in different sports to work out simultaneously, improving upon the current Bob McCreary Strength Complex in Manchester Athletic Center. Additionally, the facility will include space for football coaches’ offices, team meeting rooms and other areas designed to enhance recruiting efforts. There will also be space dedicated to enhancing the nutrition program for all Wake Forest student-athletes with convenient access to nutritional resources and grab-and-go food options.

Wellman said, “Our plans will provide a state-of-the-art space for our sports performance staff to improve every aspect of student-athlete recruitment, competitiveness and overall wellbeing.”

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Hogan wins award from Society for Utopian Studies

Sarah HoganOn  Nov. 16, Sarah Hogan, a new assistant professor in English, received the Arthur O. Lewis Award at the annual meeting of the Society for Utopian Studies.

The Lewis award, given annually by the organization, recognizes the best paper by a younger scholar (generally defined as untenured) presented at the previous conference. Hogan received the award for “What More Means Now: Utopia, Occupy, and the Commons,” her essay on the continued legacy and contemporary relevance of Thomas More’s “Utopia.”

The essay was published this fall in “Upstart: A Journal of English Renaissance Studies,” and will be reprinted in the forthcoming anthology, “The Next Generation: Emerging Voices in Utopian Studies.”

Thomas named CSAB Fellow

Stan Thomas, professor of computer science, has been awarded the CSAB Fellow designation.

The award is given in recognition of individuals who have given sustained, quality service to the computing profession and to computing education through the activities of CSAB. Thomas was recognized for his long service to the Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of ABET. Thomas is currently the vice chair of operations for the CAC.

ABET is the organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation for its leadership and quality assurance in applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology education.  ABET’s membership is composed of 33 professional societies including AIChE (Chemical Engineering), ASCE (Civil Engineering), ASEE (Engineering Education), IEEE (Electrical/Electronics Engineering), SPE (Petroleum Engineering), and CSAB.  CSAB represents the interests of the computing profession with respect to ABET accreditation of programs in computer science, information systems, information technology, and software engineering.

“Visiting and reviewing academic computing programs with respect to accreditation standards has been a highlight of my professional career over the past 17 years,” Thomas said. “The commitment of the numerous volunteers with whom I have served has been outstanding. My respect for these peers makes recognition as a CSAB Fellow extremely rewarding. I am truly honored by this recognition for service to computing education.”

Thomas has been part of the Wake Forest faculty since 1983. He served as department chair from 2004-2011.

Hyde named Distinguished Scholar by NCA

Michael HydeMichael Hyde, Distinguished Professor of Communication Ethics, has been selected as a 2013 Distinguished Scholar by the National Communication Association (NCA). Hyde will be receive his award during the NCA’s 99th annual convention on Nov. 21-24 in Washington, D.C.

The NCA Distinguished Scholar Award was created in 1991 to recognize and reward NCA members for a lifetime of scholarly achievement in the study of human communication.

“I am grateful for the award and especially proud that I received it while serving Wake Forest University and its Department of Communication,” Hyde said.

Collins named vice provost

Jennifer Collins

Wake Forest is delighted to announce the appointment as vice provost of Jennifer Collins, who currently serves as associate provost for academic and strategic initiatives.  Collins is also a professor of law, joining the law school faculty in 2003, where her areas of focus are criminal law and family law.  She continues to teach courses on gender and the law (to both law students and undergraduates) and legal professionalism; her acclaimed classroom gifts have earned her both of the School’s top teaching awards.

Since taking up the associate-provost role in 2010, Collins has led the successful efforts to establish both the LGBTQ Center and Women’s Center at Wake Forest, organized a visionary year-long series of conversations on campus culture, and this past year spearheaded the university’s new well-being initiative. Last year, she also chaired a campus-wide group discussing expanded use of the WFU Center in Charlotte.

“Jennifer’s remarkable strategic intuition, collaborative gifts, and wide-ranging knowledge of our campus, built on her experience working closely with faculty, students, and staff, makes her an ideal choice as vice provost,” said provost Rogan Kersh. “I’ve been so grateful for her incisive counsel and creative ideas, on everything from online education to our capital campaign, as well as her vision for and profound dedication to enhancing the Wake Forest community.”

In addition to her extensive responsibilities in the provost’s office and law school, Collins serves as a lower-division adviser in the college and was integral to creating the new Faculty Fellows program. She is a valued contributor to Winston-Salem life as well, serving on the board of the Arts Council.

Before arriving at Wake Forest, Collins was a homicide prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, worked in private practice, and clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals’s Ninth Circuit. Collins earned her JD at Harvard and BA at Yale. She is married to fellow-lawyer Adam Charnes; they have three children, Jake, Lily, and Sam.

Herbert named Morrell Fellow

Thomas Herbert


Thomas Herbert, a second-year MBA student, has been named the 2013-2014 Louis R. Morrell Fellow.

Herbert received his degree in business administration with a double major in finance and economics from James Madison in 2006.  After graduating, Thomas began a career in Baltimore where he worked as an associate with Morgan Stanley. In addition to his classes, Thomas volunteers with the Wake Forest Graduate Finance & Consulting clubs and is a Sports Club Council Representative for James Madison men’s club lacrosse.

Lou Morrell


The Morrell Fellowship was established in 2009 by WFU vice president and chief investment officer James Dunn and his wife, Lauren. It honors Lou Morrell, who served as WFU’s vice president and treasurer from 1995 to 2007. Morrell passed away in April of 2013.

In Morrell’s last year as vice president, he was responsible for management and oversight of the University’s $1.1 billion endowment fund and approximately $340 million in other investments. After stepping down as vice president, he continued managing select investments and overseeing the University’s trust program in a new role, while remaining as treasurer until 2009.

The Morrell Fellowship is open to any Wake Forest graduate student. The position enables students to strengthen their financial acumen through the direct application of their classroom education. It also provides the opportunity to network with some of the industry leaders in asset management, while also working closely with Wake Forest’s CIO and the staff of the Office of Investments.

Jim Dunn


“Getting a job in investment management, a highly competitive process, generally depends on getting an internship and doing well,” Dunn said.  “This fellowship gives a Wake Forest student an intense experience, face-to-face exposure to some of the world’s top investors and investment management firms and finally, hands-on experience in asset management, portfolio construction and risk management.

“We’ve seen over the past several years what a huge help this program has become to our Morrell Fellows, and we thank all of the investment managers, staff and alumni who have helped support the program.”

Gengler receives award for graduate paper

Amanda GenglerAmanda Gengler, an assistant professor of sociology, received the 2013 Herbert Blumer Award from the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction.

This award is presented annually to the author of the best graduate student paper in the tradition of symbolic interaction. Gengler’s paper was entitled, “‘Keep Your Hope, Keep Your Faith’: Hope work and emotional threat management among families of seriously ill children.”

Gengler will be teaching a sociology seminar on health and illness in the spring 2014 semester.

WFU named a lead consulting institution for civic engagement

Wake Forest has been selected as one of nine lead consulting institutions (LCIs) for a national initiative on civic learning and democratic engagement by NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Eduction), the leading voice for the student affairs profession.

Last year, Wake Forest served as a lead institution for the initiative, lead by a committee of: Marianne Magjuka, Katy Harriger, Alessandra Beasley Von Burg, Shelley Sizemore, Norma-May Isakow, Harold Holmes and students Brad Shugoll, Kelly Chervin and J’Taime Lyons. Shugoll, as the fellow in student life, will continue to be involved this year. In 2012-13, Wake Forest’s major initiatives included: Wake the Vote, the inaugural ACC Lobbying trip to Washington, D.C., deliberative dialogues, and social action programs.

“The CLDE Initiative served as a catalyst for more intentional conversations about civic learning and democratic engagement,” Magjuka said. “I am excited to continue with this work at Wake, and to offer advice and feedback to other campuses as they work to increase civic engagement opportunities for their students.”

LCIs will act as mentors and resources for other lead institutions, and they will be called upon for their expertise and will serve as leaders in helping NASPA staff create and execute strategy, programming, and content for the initiative. For their work, Wake Foresters will receive tailored professional development experiences, publication and writing opportunities, and the chance to influence the ways in which student affairs contributes to the civic learning and democratic engagement field.

To learn more about NASPA’s Lead Initiative and view a complete listing of participating institutions, visit the NASPA website at:

IS Technical Services team receives award

The Information Systems Technical Services team is at the pinnacle of customer care.

Lenovo, the world’s third-largest maker of personal computers with U.S. headquarters in Morrisville, N.C., awarded the Technical Services team its Premier Service Partner status for the fiscal year ending 2012.

Lenovo, best known for its ThinkPad brand of personal computers, cited the Technical Services team for its diligence to “delight every customer while delivering superior warranty services to customers.”

“The Information Systems Team is driven to exceed customer expectations in all areas of work,” said Kriss Dinkins, director of Knowledge and Service Support and Information Systems.

This is the third consecutive year that the Technical Services team has won this award from Lenovo. A plaque recognizing the team was presented to the Technical Services last week.

Art professor Lubin named William C. Seitz Senior Fellow

David LubinThe National Gallery of Art has appointed Charlotte C. Weber Professor of Art David Lubin the William C. Seitz Senior Fellow for 2013-14.

The fellowship, offered by the Center for Advanced Studies in the Visual Arts, is one of the most competitive and prestigious in the broad field of art history. It primarily supports research on modern and contemporary art.

During his sabbatical, Lubin will have access to world-class art at one of the nation’s premier art galleries and the Library of Congress — resources that will be vital as he continues working on his upcoming book examining World War I and how American artists responded to the upheaval in painting, drawing, photography, and film.

At CASVA, a leading center for art history activity, Lubin will be working with 20 international scholars and predoctoral graduate students, each focusing on a different research project.

“This is a great opportunity for me to work in a sustained way with the best and brightest,” Lubin said. “Part of the benefit of the senior fellowship is the opportunity to mentor and learn from the most promising younger scholars in the field.  And when I need a break, I can walk to another area of the gallery and spend time with Raphael, Rembrandt or Titian.”

Founded in 1979, CASVA is located in the National Gallery’s famed East Building, designed by I.M. Pei. The Center fosters study of the production, use and cultural meaning of art, artifacts, architecture, urbanism, photography and film worldwide from prehistoric times to the present.

As a senior fellow, Lubin will reside in Washington from September 2013 through May 2014.

Read more about Lubin’s work: Researching the iconic images of war