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Tech savvy faculty and staff needed for TechXploration

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ZSR Library has students experimenting with Google Glass.

TechXploration brings together faculty and staff to showcase how technologies are being leveraged in teaching, learning, research, engagement and creative endeavors at Wake Forest. Would you be willing to share your experience at TechXploration 2015?

The event will be held Tuesday, April 7 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Benson University Center room 401.

Presenters are invited to participate for all or part of the event. Contact Kiersten Bowman, collaborative technology associate, at bowmkm0@nullwfu.edu to confirm participation by Tuesday, March 17. Information Systems will work with presenters to meet specific display needs.

Ebola symposium sheds light, shares faculty expertise

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The symposium, Ebola: At Home and Abroad, held Feb. 12-13 demonstrated the importance of a liberal arts education. Even though Ebola is a virus, attendees learned that to effectively respond to the outbreak requires knowledge of history, economics, law, bioethics, as well as biology, medicine and other disciplines. Prior to the symposium, associate teaching professor Pat Lord’s virology students studied the Ebola virus to prepare background knowledge and a quiz made available online.

On the first night of the symposium, with more than 125 undergraduate, graduate, and medical students, professors, staff, and community members present, Assistant Professor of History Nate Plageman began by challenging everyone to stop thinking of Africa as “one-dimensional.” He highlighted assumptions about race that permeated Ebola news coverage.

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Founders’ Day Convocation

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Each year, the Wake Forest family gathers for the Founders’ Day Convocation to observe the University’s founding in February of 1834. Wake Forest will hold Founders’ Day Convocation on Thursday, Feb. 19, at 4 p.m. in Wait Chapel.

The Medallion of Merit, the highest honor bestowed by the University, will be awarded at the event. Faculty awards in the areas of advising, teaching and service will also be presented. Three seniors will read their winning orations, and a senior video honoring the Class of 2015 will be screened.

The Office of the Provost will be hosting a reception following the Convocation in Scales Fine Arts Center, Lower Lobby.

DoSomething.org’s Nancy Lublin on change & innovation

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Imagine your employer has just announced a new office workspace program. Every six months there will be a ‘reaping.’ Names will go into a jar, and in the order that each is pulled, that person has 15 seconds to choose any workspace he or she likes within the organization.

The ‘Director of Fun’ at DoSomething.org came up with this idea to support her young staff; millennials who CEO Nancy Lublin says embrace mobility, transparency and choice. As the organization’s self-named “Chief Old Person,” Lublin said the desk switching also gives everyone a chance to get to know one another.

Her name is collected with all the rest. “One time my name was drawn near the end of the reaping, and my desk was by the door where the UPS deliveries come in.”

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‘Unbroken Circle’ concert to benefit Shalom Project

unbroken-circle.300x300Mark your calendars for The Shalom Project Benefit Concert featuring Unbroken Circle, Wake Forest’s multi-generational string band. The event will be held Saturday, Feb. 7. at 7 p.m. in Kulynych Auditorium in Byrum Welcome Center.

Band members include:
Bailey Allman: Fiddle
Ella Allman: Guitar, mandolin, vocals
Joe Allman: Bass
Martha Allman: Autoharp
Linda Bridges: Accordion, vocals
Kate Brooks: Guitar
Billy Hamilton: Banjo, vocals
Jodi Hildebran: Guitar
Will Huesman: Guitar, vocals
Graylyn Sage Kersh: Muse, musical apprentice
Jordan Lee: Guitar, vocals
Linda Luvaas: Mandolin, vocals
Sara Pesek: Banjo
Lando Pieroni: Banjo, vocals
Ed Wilson: Poetry

All proceeds go to support the work of The Shalom Project.

‘Teach-In on Race and Human Community’ opens discussions

Humanities-Institute-PMS7500-300x300More than 225 students participated in the “Teach-In on Race and Human Community” held on Jan. 26, an event hosted by Wake Forest’s Humanities Institute and made possible with assistance from 14 faculty members in seven academic departments and both the law and divinity schools.

As colleges and universities nationwide address racial bias and other serious concerns impacting campuses, scholarly writing and critical reflection help communities understand where they are, how they got there and how to take steps toward real change.

The evening event was organized around faculty-led teaching sessions running simultaneously on campus. Each session focused on a topic and included a short reading that the faculty member selected for students to read prior to the discussion

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Collective Actions: Celebrating our Legacy, Dr. Maya Angelou

maya.angelou.300x175The Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Wake Forest’s Pro Humanitate Institute, IPLACe and the Humanities Institute in collaboration with the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) are organizing an event to preserve and celebrate the legacy of Dr. Maya Angelou.

The celebration will be held on Feb. 17 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the new Loft Area at SECCA.

As part of Visiting Assistant Professor Angéla Kóczé’s course on researching feminism, social justice and public engagement, students are preparing for the event by exploring Angelou’s presence, teaching and activism at Wake Forest and beyond. Their collective portfolio, which includes oral histories, stories, photographs and images, will be donated to the Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections.

Serenus Churn Sr., senior pastor of Mount Zion Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, will open the event.

Wake Forest faculty and students as well as members of the Winston-Salem community will read poems. A selection of Angelou’s poems will be performed in song by Lynn Book, associate director of the Program for Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship and a professor in the department of theatre and dance.

The event is free and open to the public. A light reception will follow the celebration.

Pro Humanitate Institute holds ‘Dress for Success’ clothing drive

seal.300x150Wake Forest’s Pro Humanitate Institute and the Office of Personal and Career Development are co-sponsoring a clothing drive for Dress for Success in honor of Nancy Lublin’s visit to campus for the Leadership Project. At age 23, Lublin founded Dress for Success using a $5,000 inheritance.

Dress for Success is a nonprofit that provides interview suits and career development training to women in Winston-Salem and in more than 125 cities in 15 countries. The organization promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. In 2014, the Winston-Salem affiliate assisted 149 women.

In addition to professional women’s clothing of all sizes (size 16 and above are a special need), the Pro Humanitate Institute is collecting:

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Wells Fargo Regional CIO John Lynch to speak at WFU

JohnLynchEmailWake Forest University School of Business will welcome John Lynch, SVP and Regional CIO of Wells Fargo Bank to campus to share his economic insights and outlook on Tuesday, Jan. 27 at 5:30 p.m. in Broyhill Auditorium in Farrell Hall.

His presentation titled “Focus 2015: Market Transformations and Risk” will be the latest in the Broyhill Executive Lecture Series “Leading Out Loud.” The event is free and open to the public. Wake Forest students and alumni will have priority seating.

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25 Years Later: President Hatch’s Book on American Christianity

Christianity-Democratization-headerA quarter century after it was published, scholars are still talking about the award-winning book, “The Democratization of American Christianity,” written by Wake Forest University President Nathan O. Hatch.

To mark the book’s 25th anniversary, Wake Forest will host a half-day symposium Feb. 6 featuring seven of the country’s most distinguished scholars of early American religion reflecting on the influence of the book.

The event will run from noon to 4:30 p.m. in Farrell Hall’s Broyhill Auditorium and is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. A detailed schedule is posted on the symposium website.

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