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Founders' Day Convocation to be held Feb. 15

Mike Ford

Founders’ Day Convocation will be held Feb. 15 at 4 p.m. in Wait Chapel.  All are invited.

At convocation, the Medallion of Merit will be presented to Michael G. (Mike) Ford, who served on Wake Forest’s staff in several roles throughout a career that spanned from 1981 to his retirement in the summer of 2017. The Medallion of Merit is the highest honor presented by the University.

A 1972 Wake Forest graduate, Ford is well known as a Campus Life leader who rallied students around an extensive array of volunteer and philanthropic efforts, mentored and advised generations of students,  dedicated himself to coaching students to become future leaders, and shared his faith with students in various settings.

At a retirement reception in his honor last summer, Ford told a crowd of colleagues, friends and family: “As I reflect back over my 36 years at Wake Forest, my student-facing work has taken many twists and turns and in the process found many forms and expressions … But one thing has always been a constant for me. I have always felt that my time at Wake Forest has been a calling … God’s calling on my life.”

Also at convocation:

–Faculty awards will be presented in the areas of advising, teaching and service.
–Student’s will present their winning senior orations.
–The Class of 2018 will be honored with a reflective video featuring student testimonials.

A reception hosted by the Office of the Provost will follow in Reynolda Hall’s Green Room immediately after convocation.

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Black History Month activities begin Feb. 1

This is a guest post of Wake Forest’s Intercultural Center:

Wake Forest’s Intercultural Center and the Black History Month Committee has announced a month of Black History Month events and activities on the center’s website.

Kicking off the month will be a Feb. 1 event in The Pit featuring notable University black alumni displays and cuisine from the African Diaspora.  The event will start at 6 p.m.

Other events and activities planned for February include the Black Professionals Forum with alumni; a keynote from Margot Lee Shetterly, author of “Hidden Figures”; a trip to the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts & Culture in Charlotte; a Students of Color Study Abroad panel; as well as a several Wellbeing Wednesdays events; and much more.

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Memorial service for Griffin Bennetti to be held Feb. 2

This announcement was emailed to faculty, staff and students on Jan. 24 by Wake Forest Communications and External Relations:

A memorial service for Griffin Bennetti will be held Friday, Feb. 2, at 5 p.m. in Farrell Hall’s Broyhill Auditorium.

A junior, Griffin Bennetti died last June at his home in Moorpark, California. He was a physics major and a history minor.

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Wake Forest community invited to WISE Conference 2018

This is a guest post from the Center for Global Programs and Studies:

The Center for Global Programs and Studies encourages members of the Wake Forest community to attend the 2018 Workshop on Intercultural Skills Enhancement, or WISE Conference, celebrating its 10th anniversary, Feb. 8-9. Wake Forest faculty, staff and students may attend at no cost, although registration is required.

WISE is the pioneering conference for faculty leaders, program coordinators, and administrators to develop the knowledge and skills needed to help students advance their intercultural skills and awareness during abroad experiences.

Farzana Nayani, a nationally-recognized Diversity & Inclusion Specialist and Intercultural Trainer, will present the keynote address on Thursday morning. Nayani, who has extensive experience working with academic institutions, Fortune 500 companies and non-profit organizations, will speak on Being Inclusive: Creating an Environment Where Authentic Selves Thrive.

The conference features a number of Wake Forest faculty, staff, and student presenters, including the following sessions:

  • Bridging the Communication Gap: Script-Based Language and Culture for Non-Language Programs with Rebecca Thomas
  • Inclusive Excellence: Including the On-site Team with Jessica Francis and Shayla Herndon-Edmonds
  • International Student Adjustment to U.S. Universities: The Role of Intercultural Skills with Nelson Brunsting, and student presenters Megan Mischinski, Frank Fang, and Wenjin Wu

The full schedule and session descriptions are available on the WISE website.

Registration is open through Jan. 27. WISE 2018 will be held at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Winston-Salem, located at 425 North Cherry Street.

WISE 2018 also features pre-conference workshops on February 7. Topics include Mindfulness & Intercultural Teaching and Learning, and Global Service-Learning Pedagogy and Partnerships. Paid registration is required.

Please contact or 336-758-5938 with any questions.

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C-SPAN motor coach to visit Wake Forest on Jan. 18

C-SPAN’s 45-foot customized motor coach will visit Wake Forest on Jan. 18.  It will be parked along Wingate Road directly in front of Manchester Athletic Center from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

This visit is part of C-SPAN’s “50 Capitals Tour,” which includes stops in Raleigh and cities/towns across North Carolina.

The high-tech, interactive C-SPAN Bus includes these resources:

  • Access to an exclusive interactive experience available on 11 large-screen tablets featuring C-SPAN programming and myriad of political and educational resources
  • A smart TV and classroom area for conversations with students and teachers
  • A high-definition TV production studio for taped and live programming
  • A 360-degree video station featuring C-SPAN’s unfiltered coverage of high-profile events and insightful, behind-the-scenes tours of U.S. landmarks
  • A D.C.-themed selfie station where visitors can share their Bus experience through social media

Students, faculty and staff are invited aboard the bus to learn about C-SPAN Classroom, a free online educational resource, and C-SPAN’s extensive online Video Library.  With more than 235,000 hours of public affairs content, the C-SPAN Video Library serves a great educational source and research tool, according to a C-SPAN news release.  A C-SPAN contact for faculty is Joel Bacon at

“Charter is thrilled that the C-SPAN Bus is visiting Winston-Salem, bringing their political and educational resources to the community. We’re proud to partner with C-SPAN and look forward to residents, teachers and students stepping aboard to experience all that C-SPAN has to offer,” said Adam Falk, SVP of State Government Affairs for Charter Communications.


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