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‘Unbroken Circle’ to launch United Way Kickoff, Sept. 30

United Way logoMembers of the Wake Forest community are cordially invited to participate in the WakeUnited Kickoff  on Tuesday, Sept. 30, in the Reynolda Hall Green Room. WakeUnited is the University’s October campus campaign to benefit the United Way of Forsyth County.

The Unbroken Circle – a musical group featuring Wake Forest faculty, staff, students and others – will launch the event at 3:45 p.m.  WakeUnited chair Mary M. Dalton, professor of communication, and President Nathan O. Hatch will have brief remarks about the campaign at 4:15 p.m. Afterward, enjoy ice cream with colleagues until 4:45 p.m.

The United Way brings together local businesses, agencies and individuals to work together for the benefit of all in Forsyth County.

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The Leadership Project with former U.S. Senator George Mitchell

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On Wednesday, the University welcomes former United States Senator and distinguished author, George J. Mitchell to campus for participation in The Leadership Project.

This initiative is designed to celebrate the many ways leadership development is taught and inspired at Wake Forest and to engage members of our community with compelling personal leadership stories from a wide range of experiences and perspectives.

Mitchell will participate in a discussion with 300 student leaders from all areas of the University, including the College and the Schools of Business, Divinity, Law and Medicine. Students for the invitation-only event were nominated by faculty and staff.

The talk will be available via live stream Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. at lead.wfu.edu and will be archived on the site for future access.

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Chinese photo exhibition to debut at Wake Forest

Hope of Thick Rope invitationIn 2011, junior business and enterprise management major Ying’er Jin helped create a project in his home country of China called ”Hope of Thick Rope,” an annual photography display and fundraising effort.

This year’s focus is on the social customs of the people of Gansu Province’s desert region and the efforts of students from Hangzhou to bring attention to the need for greening of the desert. The project has received national renown within China as it seeks to draw attention to rural China and the socio-economic disparity that exists within the country.

The Center for Global Programs and Studies and the  Z. Smith Reynolds Library are hosting an opening reception for faculty, staff and students on Monday, Sept. 29, from 4-5:30 p.m. to welcome the student representatives accompanying the exhibit.

The photographs will be on display in the library atrium through October 10.

Locklair’s ‘Autumn Impromptu’ to be performed at Wake Forest

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Dan Locklair’s Autumn Impromptu will be performed by guitarist John Kossler (’11) on Thursday, Sept. 25 at 7:30 p.m. in Brendle Recital Hall.

The event is free and open to the public.

The performance is part of a series of events honoring Chilean poet, diplomat and politician Pablo Neruda. Wake Forest is the first of eight organizations worldwide hosting events from 2014 through 2016 as part of Seis Miradas por latinoamerica (Six Perspectives on Latin America) — an international multidisciplinary program organized to promote the richness of Latin-American culture through the arts and literature. Other participants include the Inter-American Development Bank, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the Youth Orchestra of the Americas.

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Memorial service for Randy Runyan

A campus memorial service will be held Monday, Sept. 22, for Randy Runyan, a Wake Forest student who died last May as a result of an automobile accident in Kentucky.

The service will be held at 5:30 p.m. in Wait Chapel. Randy’s family will join the University community in the service organized by the Office of the Chaplain to celebrate his life.

Randy was a member of the Class of 2015. He was a double major in psychology and sociology.

Campus Garden weekly volunteer hours

20120725garden5622Come out to the garden this week to help harvest the end of the summer produce including okra, cantaloupes, basil and peppers and start planting for fall.

Students, faculty, staff and family members are welcome. To schedule a volunteer group session in the garden, contact Araceli Morales-Santos and Akua Maat at campusgarden@wfu.edu.

Women’s Center explores friendships, work/life balance & more

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Gallup’s State of the American Workplace: Employee Engagement Insights for U.S. Business Leaders report shows having a best friend at work offers social and collaborative opportunities that are integral to workplace engagement and wellbeing.

At noon, on Sept. 18 in the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies lounge and library in the basement of Tribble Hall, the Women’s Center’s “Working Women at Wake Brown Bag Lunch Series” will focus on workplace friendships.

Cynthia Gendrich, theatre professor and director of the Interdisciplinary Performance and the Liberal Arts Center (IPLACe), will lead a discussion on friendships based around the upcoming Mainstage production “These Shining Lives.” The play, which opens Sept. 19, intertwines the stories of four women, their friendships and their long-standing workplace relationships.

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Silman to speak at Tech Briefing

Miles Silman

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Biology professor Miles Silman is one of 10 speakers to present at the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce Tech Briefing on Thursday, Sept. 18. The Tech Briefing will be held at the Benton Convention Center from 8 to 10 a.m.

Silman, whose work focuses on plant-climate relationships, will discuss the use of drones to research and model the environmental impact of climate change.

The Tech Briefing is an entertaining, informative and fast-moving event open to the public and appealing to a broad audience. Presenters from a diverse range of local companies and organizations, from new start-up ventures to long-established existing companies, speak for just five minutes about their innovative technologies, designs and products.

The Tech Briefing is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Click here to register.

A glacier in the Hanes Art Gallery?

20140909sculpture0307Artist Spencer Finch has unveiled his latest project, “Sky,” at the Charlotte and Philip Hanes Art Gallery in Scales Fine Arts Center, which is on display until Oct. 27.

Incorporating his usual off-the-cuff style, Finch’s “Sky” is a system for producing a miniature glacier. Eighty gallons of carefully dyed blue water freezes, melts and evaporates as it moves through the machinery of “Sky.” The system releases ice about every 15 minutes and simulates the sound of a glacier calving into water with a loud crack.

“It is poignant, ironic, poetic and funny all at once,” said Paul Bright, director of the Charlotte and Philip Hanes Art Gallery.

Learn more about this exhibition on the Charlotte and Philip Hanes Art Gallery website.

Chairs, dance and Parkinson’s Disease

chrisina.soriano.200x200Chairs, dance and Parkinson’s Disease will come together Sunday, Sept. 14, in Dancing with Parkinson’s: Choreography for the Seated Position at Reynolda House Museum of American Art.

Led by Wake Forest dance professor Christiana Soriano, and performed by the participants of her Dancing with Parkinson’s class, the event will explore how improvisational dance in the seated position affects movement in people with Parkinson’s.

“We are looking at how chairs serve us in different and complex ways,” Soriano said. “The chair enables them to take greater risk with movement.”

Soriano began her Parkinson’s research in 2012 when she began a study that looked at the way improvisational dance intervention changed balance and mobility in adults with Parkinson’s. She led patients with Parkinson’s in dance on a weekly basis throughout the study. After the study ended, Soriano continued to hold weekly classes at the request of her participants.

The performance is presented in association with The Art of Seating: Two Hundred Years of American Design, Reynolda House’s current exhibition. Learn more about Dancing with Parkinson’s: Choreography for the Seated Position on Reynolda House Museum of American Art’s website.