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‘Myths about Female Leadership’

charlotte.centerWake Forest’s Charlotte Center and The Charlotte Observer recently sponsored a discussion on “Myths about Female Leadership” featuring some of Charlotte’s top business leaders.

Panelists included Susan DeVore from Premier, a health solutions company headquartered in Ballantyne; Duke Energy CEO Lynn Good; Rodgers Builders CEO Pat Rodgers; and Andrea Smith, global head of human resources at Bank of America. Observer publisher Ann Caulkins was the moderator.

Participants answered questions on topics such as asking for a raise, mentoring, dispelling stereotypes and taking chances.

Read The Charlotte Observer’s “Charlotte female CEOs offer leadership insights” for an overview of the discussion.

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President’s Holiday Open House

President and Mrs. Hatch invite you to join them for a Holiday Open House

Tuesday, December 9
1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. (drop-in)

The President’s Home
1000 Kearns Avenue
Winston-Salem 27106
(parking & shuttle information below)

Hope to see you there! Happy Holidays!

Parking at the President’s Home is extremely limited, so we ask that you take the provided campus shuttle or carpool.

Reynolda Campus shuttles will run from Parking Lot A (behind Wait Chapel) at the bottom of the stairs leading from Hearn Plaza to the President’s Home beginning at 12:45 p.m. until the last shuttle departs the President’s Home at 5 p.m.

Shuttles will run from the front door of the University Corporate Center (UCC) to the President’s Home beginning at 12:45 p.m. until the last shuttle departs the President’s Home at 5 p.m.

Athletics staff members with offices off-campus can utilize the shuttles running from the University Corporate Center (UCC) to the President’s Home beginning at 12:45 p.m. until the last shuttle departs the President’s Home at 5 p.m.

Reynolda House and Human Resources staff (in off-campus HR building) will be allowed to park on-campus the afternoon of 12/9 and utilize the shuttle running from Parking Lot A (behind Wait Chapel) beginning at 12:45 p.m. until the last shuttle departs the President’s Home at 5 p.m.

All shuttles will run approximately every 15 minutes throughout the afternoon.

Non-exempt staff attending this Holiday Open House will be provided a maximum of one hour of paid release time.

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Holiday concerts to include compositions by Locklair

Professor and Wake Forest’s Composer-in-Residence Dan Locklair’s “Canzona for the Music Makers” for 15 players will be performed by the University Orchestra with David Hagy conducting tonight, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m.

Locklair’s “O Magnum Mysterium” (from his Three Christmas Motets), will be performed by the University Concert Choir, led by Brian Gorelick, on Thursday, Dec. 4, at 7:30 p.m.

“Canzona for the Music Makers” was commissioned by the Charlotte Symphony as part of the orchestra’s educational partnership with the school. More about the music and the project is available here.

Three Christmas Motets, which were recorded and broadcast (BBC Radio 3) by the BBC Singers last December, is one of Locklair’s most popular choral works. The piece was originally composed for and has been dedicated to the Wake Forest Concert Choir and Brian Gorelick.

Both performances will be held in Brendle Recital Hall and the events are free and open to the public.

Celebrate the 10th year of the Artisan’s Fair

artisansfairThe 2014 Artisans’ Fair will be held on Friday, Dec. 5, in Benson 301 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year is the 10th anniversary of the event.

Dana Hutchens, employer experience manager in the Office of Personal and Career Development, helped launch the first Artisan’s Fair in 2004 to build community among Wake Foresters. Each year approximately 30 vendors participate in the Artisan’s Fair to showcase their crafts. Vendors must be Wake Forest affiliated: staff, faculty, student, retiree, or a spouse of a staff member, and the products must be handmade or personally produced.

“In my 23 years at the University, I have become acquainted with many Wake Foresters and learned about their artistic talents, not normally seen in the typical workday,” said Hutchens who has helped plan the event each year, though never participated as a vendor. “Even after the hustle and bustle of their nine-to-five jobs, it is amazing to see how many Wake Foresters go home and put on their creative hats! Some turn into wood workers, some painters, some potters, and some jewelry makers. They become artisans in many different forms, and this event is a showcase of that talent.”

Gale Newport, operations manager for the Benson Center and Gloria Stickney, the physics department’s business manager have entered the Artisan’s Fair every year since the first year. Retiree Betty Hauser and the medical center’s Paul Ross have also displayed their crafts since the fair’s beginning.

The Artisans’ Fair participants wish to thank the Benson University Center, which has graciously opened its doors to host the event in a centralized location on campus every year.

Participating vendors and their crafts include…

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Reynolda Campus holiday party to be held Dec. 11

tree.cookie.300x175Staff, faculty, and their families are invited to attend the Reynolda Campus Holiday Party from
3 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 11, in The Barn.

The festive atmosphere will include crafts, food, and a visit from Santa Claus. The event should be especially fun for young children.

Shuttles will continuously run from the Benson University Center Traffic Circle, Lot P by the entrance to Wingate Hall, and by the Wake Forest Road entrance to Lot W1.

Optional donations of the following items to benefit Samaritan Ministries will be collected at the door:

  • New men’s and women’s socks
  • New men’s and women’s undershirts and thermals
  • Travel sized hygiene items (shampoo, toothpaste, lotion, etc.)
  • Packaged and transportable snacks (crackers, canned fruit with a pop top, peanut butter, etc.)

Please contact John Allen Riggins in the Office of the President at (336) 758-4061 or if you have any questions.

Attracting and keeping young talent in Winston-Salem

winston-salem.skyline.300x175Attracting young talent to Winston-Salem businesses and retaining that talent will be addressed in a panel discussion Nov. 18 presented by the Technology Council of the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce.

Moderated by Maria Henson, associate vice president and editor-at-large of Wake Forest Magazine, the event will be held from 8-9:30 a.m. at Milton Rhodes Center, Reynolds Place, 251 Spruce Street. Paid parking is available at the center or on the street.

Registration is requested.

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WFU to host conference for diversity & inclusion professionals

On Nov. 21, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion will serve as host to the North Carolina Diversity and Inclusion Partners (NCDIP) Annual Fall Conference. Convened by Assistant Provost Barbee Oakes, this year’s conference will explore the meanings and manifestations of implicit bias in everyday professional life.

NCDIP is a consortium of diversity and inclusion, equity, human resources and multicultural affairs professionals from public and private institutions of higher education across the state. Member institutions include Duke, UNC Chapel Hill, North Carolina State, East Carolina, UNC Charlotte, UNC Wilmington and Craven Community College.

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Mary Robinson to speak at spring ‘Voices of Our Time’ event

mary.robinson.300x175Mary Robinson, President of the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice will speak at Wake Forest University at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 26 in Wait Chapel as part of the University’s Voices of Our Time speaker series, which recently featured acclaimed civil rights lawyer, advocate and legal scholar Michelle Alexander.

Robinson’s address is being presented in conjunction with a two-day interdisciplinary symposium, “The Human Face of Environmental Inequality,” jointly sponsored by the Wake Forest University Humanities Institute, the University’s Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability, and the Human Rights and Global Justice research group, an affiliate of the Humanities Institute. The symposium will be held at Wake Forest on March 26 and 27.

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Celebrate fall

Provost Kersh invites you to a faculty and staff happy hour in the Green Room of Reynolda Hall on Thursday, Nov. 13, 4-5:30 p.m.

Please plan to join colleagues from across campus to enjoy fall at Wake Forest!