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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

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.

Milam to discuss University budget

Hof MilamAt the invitation of the Faculty Senate, Hof Milam will present his annual address to the University on April 23 from 4 to 5 p.m. in Pugh Auditorium, Benson University Center. Milam, senior vice president for administration and finance, will speak on the University’s budget for next year, as well as the financial challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

Staff, faculty and students are invited to the presentation.

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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Campus Connections


Join Provost Rogan Kersh and Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration Hof Milam for Campus Connections, an opportunity for non-faculty staff to learn about, discuss and provide input about issues at Wake Forest University. Campus Connections, is a chance to gain a greater understanding of campus issues and university changes, while interacting with other staff who work in academic and student life. Enjoy a light breakfast while the provost, deans and other administrators discuss current events at the University.

Campus Connections will be held April 4 in Benson 401 from 8:45 – 10 a.m.

  • John Wise, associate vice president, hospitality & auxiliary services, will present on the evolution of the campus dining program.
  • Katie Winokur, marketing intern, Wake Forest Properties, will provide information on the happenings of Reynolda Village.
  • Dave Clawson, head coach, Wake Forest Football, will discuss the future of Deacon football.

Wake Forest reaches out: April fundraising events

1455143_618647784861761_1164898019_nMelissa Clark, a former administrative assistant in the School of Business, passed away Dec. 9, 2013. Clark’s commitment to Wake Forest and the Winston-Salem community is the inspiration behind two fundraising efforts. The Charity Classic Auction on Friday, April 4, and the Charity Classic Golf Tournament on Saturday, April 5, will benefit the Melissa Clark Children’s Fund.

The second annual El Buen Camino 5K on Saturday, April 5, is sponsored by WakeHealth and supports El Buen Pastor Latino Community Services of Winston-Salem. Further details and registration are available on the El Buen Pastor website.

The 5th Annual DODGE Melanoma Dodgeball Tournament on Sunday, April 13, supports the Melanoma Research Foundation. The tournament is held in memory of Maria Whitehead, who was a member of the first Wake field hockey team to win both ACC and NCAA championships.

Symposium focuses on first-generation students

ironwork.200x250“First Experiences: A Symposium on First-Generation College Students” will be held on Tuesday, April 8, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event, which is open to Wake Forest faculty and staff, will provide an opportunity to discuss best practices and opportunities to better serve first-generation students.

The program includes presentations on “Success for First-Generation College Students,” from Jennifer Engle, vice president for policy research at the Institute for Higher Education Policy; and on “Rewarding Strivers” by Richard Kahlenberg, senior fellow at the Century Foundation.

In addition, there will be a panel discussion featuring Cynthia Demetriou, director of retention at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Nathaniel “Nate” French, director of the Magnolia Scholars program at Wake Forest; and Esther Freeman, director for the Watson and Odyssey Scholars program at Elon University.

Registration (to cover lunch and program materials) is $10 for Wake Forest faculty and staff. Registration is available through the PDC website. For additional information, contact Nancy Aguillon at or Nate French at

ZSRx mini-MOOC a success

wall-of-ebooksOver 400 librarians, scholars, publishers, researchers, writers, readers, parents, alumi and friends recently attended a three-week online seminar called, “The Past, Present, and Future Perfect Tense of E-Books,” hosted by the Z. Smith Reynolds Library via their ZSRx platform. The course was intended to serve as a gentle introduction to the topic of e-books. Read more in the Library Gazette.

Focusing on counseling needs for combat veterans, families


David Fenell

The counseling department’s annual continuing education seminar will be held on Friday, April 11. This year’s spring seminar, “The War May be Ending, but the Counseling is Only Beginning: Serving Combat Veterans and their Families,” will feature David Fenell, a professor of counselor education at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs, whose most recent publications and presentations have focused on providing support to military families who have experienced frequent separations in response to the Global War on Terrorism.

The event will be held in DeTamble Auditorium in Tribble Hall. Registration is free to University students, faculty and staff. For additional information or a registration form, contact Louise Schatz at

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Kersh to present annual address to the University

Rogan KershAt the invitation of the Faculty Senate, Provost Rogan Kersh will present his annual address to the University on March 26 from 4 to 5 p.m. in Pugh Auditorium, Benson University Center.

The provost will speak about University priorities, as well as the challenges and opportunities that face the University’s academic mission and programs.

The Faculty Senate invites faculty, staff and students to attend.