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Sara Cromwell gets curious with latest MOA exhibit

Sara Cromwell, right, the assistant director of the Wake Forest Museum of Anthropology, works on the exhibit Cabinet of Curiosities, with sophomore Lindsay Gilliland ('18), one of the students who curated the exhibit, in the museum on Monday, June 15, 2015.

Sara Cromwell, interim assistant director of the Museum of Anthropology, spearheaded an effort to give her student employees a chance to run an exhibit on their own while also giving the Museum a display unlike any it has had before. What resulted is the newest exhibit for the summer: MOA’s Cabinet of Curiosities.

The exhibit features nearly 80 exotic items hand-picked by the four student employees (and a Salem College student) and Cromwell. Other than that, Cromwell’s work with the project was deliberately limited, letting the students take control. “We looked at Cabinet of Curiosities as a way to reward the invaluable work of our student employees while simultaneously allowing them to improve upon their curatorial skills,” Cromwell explains. Her role was to answer any questions the students might have and help initially with the research of the objects. She also had help from museum educator Tina Smith throughout the process.

Cromwell came up with the theme of a cabinet of curiosities to create a space for objects from the Museum’s vast collection that haven’t been displayed before. Cabinets of curiosities, or wunderkammem (wonder rooms), originated as private collections of exotic and extraordinary objects in mid-sixteenth century Europe. Looking for a way to verify their wealth, individuals displayed as many foreign objects as they could in a jam-packed room of their home. The items represent a diverse group of disciplines such as fine art, natural history and anthropology. These displays served as precursors to modern museums.

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Memorial service for Grant Madison Backerman

A campus memorial service honoring the life of Grant Madison Backerman, will take place on Saturday, May 16 at 11 a.m. in the auditorium of the Porter Byrum Welcome Center.

A Wake Forest senior, Grant passed away unexpectedly at his off-campus residence on May 2.

For those grieving at Wake Forest, the University offers assistance to all.  The Counseling Center may be reached at 758-5273. The Chaplain’s Office may be reached at 758-5210. For faculty and staff, there is also the Employee Assistance Program at 716-5493.  Please do not hesitate to seek support.

Curious about campus events? Questions about the University?

campus.connection.4.30.2015Join Provost Rogan Kersh and Executive Vice President Hof Milam for Campus Connections, an opportunity for staff and faculty 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 colleagues. A light breakfast  will be provided.

The event will take place Thursday, April 30 in Benson 401 from 8:45 to 10 a.m.

Wake Forest to host 5K Walk/Run for Sexual Assault Awareness

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Wake Forest is hosting a charity 5K Walk/Run for Sexual Assault Awareness on Sunday, April 26, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Proceeds from the $15 fee will benefit Family Services Inc. Register on Davis Field. The event is sponsored by Wake Forest’s Title IX Office, Army ROTC, the Safe Office and the Women’s Center.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness month.

Campus benefit information and enrollment sessions

Campus Information and Enrollment Sessions provide opportunities to enroll for benefits at several convenient locations. Today’s April 23 event will be held at the University Corporate Center, Room 1009, from noon to 1 p.m. Upcoming sessions are scheduled at the Benson University Center, Z. Smith Reynolds Library and Farrell Hall, as well as for Reynolda House and Graylyn staff.

If you are unable to attend a face-to-face presentation, you may view an on-demand session and enroll anywhere with Internet access between now and Friday, May 1.

Faculty, staff and students invited to paint on Davis Field

unnamedWake Forest seniors Jordyn Albritton and Ariel Hawley will be laying down tarps on Davis Field and providing a variety of canvases, acrylic paints and brushes for students, faculty and staff to use to make artwork as part of “Campus Canvas.” The event will be held Thursday, April 23, from noon to 4 p.m. on Davis Field

“Campus Canvas” will provide space for members of the Wake Forest community to take a break during the school and work week for relaxation and community building.

“Jordyn and I both enjoy painting as a hobby but we lacked the time or place to engage in this type of artistic activity,” said Hawley. “We hope this event will provide a fun, creative outlet for Wake Foresters, regardless of ability.”

Campus Canvas is sponsored by Wake Forest’s ‘Thrive’ program — a campus-wide, comprehensive approach to wellbeing featuring eight branches including emotional, environmental, financial, intellectual, occupational, physical, social and spiritual. This month, Wake Forest is focusing on emotional wellbeing on campus.

Senior Showcase to highlight student work on April 21

senior-showcase-announcement-2015The 6th Annual Senior Showcase, a program that honors up to five undergraduates in their final year at Wake Forest for exemplary honors theses or projects, will be held on April 21 at 3 p.m. in the ZSR Library Auditorium.

The Showcase was founded in 2010 upon the suggestion of a former Wake Forest undergrad who was impressed by his fellow students’ research and disappointed that there was no platform for sharing their work broadly with the campus community.

Faculty advisors nominate students for the Showcase, and the nominees are reviewed by a panel of five library faculty judges. Up to five students are selected, one per division of the College. Since the program began, the library has had 53 faculty from 20 departments nominate students.

A list of the 2015 student presenters and their projects can be found here.

More information, including the criteria, links to articles about past Showcases, and a video can be found here.

Free babysitting night for children of faculty & staff

beetles.300x175Wake Forest PanHellenic is hosting a faculty and staff babysitting night in Benson University Center, Room 401 on Friday, March 20, from 5-9 p.m.for children ages 4-12. Children will be grouped by age for a fun night of games, movies and activities.

The Panhellenic Council is a board consisting of representatives from nine sororities on campus. Women from all sororities on the council will be coming together to provide a fun “night out” for children 4-12 years old. This event is to show our appreciation for faculty and staff.

There is no charge for the evening. Children must be toilet trained.

Register at: http://goo.gl/forms/9Uc6DbDnCn

Contact Arianne McArdle, vice president of civic engagement, with any questions at mcarae12@nullwfu.edu.

History of Wake Forest in three, short, lunchtime sessions

www.kizoa_.com_collage_2015-02-23_16-40-08-240x180Whether you just joined Wake Forest in the new year or you’re a seasoned Demon Deacon, it’s a great time to get more familiar with the history of Wake Forest.

From Harold Tribble’s Great Removal Program to the creation of the Scales Fine Arts Center to the rise to a top-30 national University, Wake Forest’s Professional Development Center is offering three, one-hour classes on the history of our University.

Register for all three or just one.

Classes are taught by Jenny Puckett (’71), Ed Wilson (’43) and Sam Gladding (’67, MAED ’71).

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‘Wake the Ebooks Festival’ to be held in April

wakethebooksDigital Publishing @ Wake will be hosting its inaugural Wake the Ebooks Festival on April 23-24, 2015.

The event will be held at the Z. Smith Reynolds Library.

The Festival’s mission is to serve as a too-rare confluence of authors, readers, librarians and publishers, all coming together to demonstrate the art of content creation, and the too-secret science of content curation.

The Festival’s first half-day will feature the so-called Bookfeast, where a new digital imprint, the Library Partners Press, will be officially “launched.” Throughout the Bookfeast, newly published independent authors will be reading from their selected works. Any and all interested book-lovers are invited to attend the Bookfeast, to learn about the LP Press, to hear some unique voices, and to discover (and maybe feast upon) some newly published books. Continue reading »