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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.

Women’s ‘Basketball 101 Clinic’ set for Sept. 14

20140408manning0488Wake Forest head basketball coach Danny Manning and his staff cordially invite women from all over the Triad and surrounding areas to join them for the inaugural “Danny Manning Women’s Basketball 101 Clinic” on Sunday, Sept. 14, beginning at 5 p.m. at the LJVM Coliseum.

The cost of the clinic is $40 per person. Faculty & staff from Wake Forest University and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center are eligible for a discounted rate of $30 per person. Proceeds benefit the Wake Forest Baptist Health Brenner Children’s Hospital and Christmas shopping for families in need.

The deadline to register for the event is Friday, Sept. 12. Reservations are limited to the first 250 women, so sign up today!

Register online or call Sarah Davis in the Wake Forest Sports Marketing office at (336) 758-3878 to register by phone.

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Secrest Artists Series begins Thursday

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A message from Professor of English Scott Klein

As the artistic director of the Secrest Artists Series, I’d like to welcome you to the 2014-15 season. The Series is committed to presenting nationally and internationally known performing artists to our University and to our larger community.

Admission for faculty, staff, and students is free: this makes the Secrest Series unique among U.S. University arts series.

There is no need to request season tickets in advance. Faculty, staff and retirees, along with one guest, will be admitted to performances upon presentation of a valid Wake Forest ID. Additional tickets for events are available at community prices, which are posted on our website.

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Special shuttle for University Corporate Center for ‘Thrive’ event

A special shuttle has been arranged today to bring staff from the University Corporate Center to Manchester Plaza so that they may participate in activities associated with the kick-off of Thrive, the University’s comprehensive approach to wellbeing.

The shuttle will operate continuously from UCC to Manchester Plaza from 2:45-6:15 p.m. In addition, the Gray Line will operate as usual, providing transportation between UCC and campus (but on its usual schedule).  The Thrive activities will run from 3-6 p.m. on Manchester Plaza.

Invitation to ‘Thrive’ and win prizes with Instagram contest

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During the #WFUThrive event, there will be an Instagram contest. Up for grabs are eight nice prizes representing the eight elements of wellbeing as defined by WFU. Every 15 minutes, a picture will be posted of a prize hidden among the Thrive festivities on Manchester Plaza. This picture will be posted to Instagram and announced on Twitter with some detail about its location. Once a person finds the prize, we request they take a selfie with it and post it to Instagram tagged with #WFUThrive.

All students, faculty and staff are eligible to win.

Follow instagram.com/wfuniversity and @WakeForest1834

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Seven smart reasons to use the University Calendar

screen568x568With the new academic year underway, departments and organizations are lining up events for the fall and spring semesters. Here are seven smart reasons to make sure your event is on the University Calendar.

1. The calendar is mobile: With the new WFU Events App, available through iTunes, users can search, sort and filter events by date, audience or event type and add events to their calendars.

2. Social sharing: The calendar has social media features. Make a Facebook events page and link it to your calendar listing.

3. Less confusion: Has the time or location changed for your event or has it been cancelled due to weather? When you submit an event, you can make changes as needed. Those who “Add an event” to their personal calendar will automatically receive notification when details change.

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Get social with the LGBTQ Center this fall

logo-300x300-1Throughout the semester, the LGBTQ Center hosts events and classes for the WFU community. The LGBTQ Center is located in Benson University Center, Room 218. All are welcome.

Welcome Back Pizza Party
At 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 4, join the LGBTQ Center for a Welcome Back Pizza Party. Reconnect with friends, meet new people, check-in with LGBTQ Center staff, and enjoy pizza.

Safe Zone
Four Safe Zone Trainings are scheduled for fall 2014. Safe Zone Training helps faculty, staff and students learn how to serve as allies to the LGBTQ community. The trainings are three and a half hours. Participants consider key ways to create a more inclusive campus. Click here to register for Safe Zone Training.

Coffee Hour
Each Thursday throughout the fall semester at 3 p.m. the LGBTQ Center hosts Coffee Hour. Coffee Hour is a casual time to enjoy conversation and meet new people. The host for Coffee Hour varies weekly. Departments, student groups, or individuals who would like to host a Coffee Hour may fill out this form, and the LGBTQ Center program coordinator will help secure a date.

Hallberg to teach drawing class at SECCA

The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) presents “Ways of Looking: Summer Drawing Retreat” on Thursday, Aug. 14. The event will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. at SECCA. Registration is required.

Wake Forest University professor and artist Leigh Ann Hallberg will lead the workshop on observational drawing. “The retreat will focus not only on the artist’s relationship with subject matter,” say Hallberg, “but also on the subject matter’s relationship with materials and methodologies.” Chiaroscuro, careful observation, blind drawing, visual communication and line quality are a few of the topics that will be discussed throughout the evening.

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