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Founders’ Day Convocation recognizes student leaders, faculty

Student leaders and faculty were honored Feb. 16 during Founders’ Day Convocation in Wait Chapel.

The University’s highest honor, the Medallion of Merit, was awarded to James Barefield and Herman Eure.  Other faculty received awards, too.

Students Richard Caban-Cubero, Ashley Laughlin and Cameron Silverglate—who won the 2017 Senior Orations Competition–made presentations during the event.

Additional information here.

Livestreaming planned for Black History Month events

Livestreaming is planned this week for two major events associated with Black History Month.

On Feb. 16, the keynote event for Black History Month will be a panel discussion featuring the national co-chairs of the recent Women’s March in Washington, D.C. Tamika Mallory, Linda Sarsour and Carmen Perez will participate in a moderated discussion in Wait Chapel at 7 p.m.

Livestreaming for the keynote event will be available here.  The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required.  Tickets can be reserved here.

A ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony for Maya Angelou Hall will be livestreamed on Feb. 17. It will be livestreamed here. The event begins at 3 p.m.

The residence hall, which opened this semester, is named in honor of world-renowned writer, professor and civil rights activist Maya Angelou, who was Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest until her death in 2014.

TEDxWakeForestU to be held Feb. 18

Wake Forest University will host TEDxWakeForestU, an independently organized event licensed by TED, on Saturday, Feb. 18 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Wait Chapel. The student-organized event will feature speakers who actively seek out new challenges and experiences that broaden their perspectives and change their lives.

The event is free for Wake Forest students, faculty and staff. General admission is $15. Register here.

Full announcement available here.

Secrest Artist Series presents Orchestre National de Lyon

This is a guest post from the Secrest Artists Series:

Gil Shaham

One of the oldest and most respected orchestras in France, Orchestre National de Lyon comes to Wake Forest Feb. 23 for a performance featuring internationally-renowned conductor Leonard Slatkin and violin virtuoso Gil Shaham. The program will feature works by Ravel, Berlioz’s “Symphony Fantastique,” and Shaham’s signature work, the richly romantic violin concerto by American composer Samuel Barber.

The performance, presented by the Secrest Artists Series, will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Wait Chapel.

Due to the popularity of this performance, the Secrest Artist Series encourages you to arrive early for the best seating selection. Seating is first-come-first served. Doors open at 7 p.m.

A pre-performance talk at 6:40 p.m. will be led by Professor of Music David Levy, author of “Beethoven: The Ninth Symphony.”

Wake Forest faculty, staff and retirees–all Wake Forest campuses–receive free admission for themselves and one guest to each Secrest Artists Series performance. Wake Forest students–all undergraduate, graduate and professional schools–receive free admission for themselves. Simply show your WFU ID at the door.

Tickets for members of the community range in price from $5-$24. Tickets and more information at or (336)758-5757.

IS offering support for Google 2-Step Verification

This is a guest post from Information Systems:

Stop by the Information Systems tent in the 3rd floor lobby of Benson on Wednesday, February 15th between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. and an IS support representative will assist you with setting up Google 2-Step Verification on your mobile device.

Here’s why!

  • Protects your privacy and data against hackers

  • Secures your Gmail and other Google login enabled apps

  • Takes less than 5 minutes of your time with an expert available to assist and answer questions

  • It’s free but the value is priceless

Livestreaming planned for Maya Angelou Hall ceremony

A ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony for Maya Angelou Hall will be available for anyone to view through livestreaming on Feb. 17. It will be livestreamed at

The residence hall, which opened this semester, is named in honor of world-renowned writer, professor and civil rights activist Maya Angelou, who was Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest until her death in 2014.

The 3 p.m. ceremony will include remarks by Angelou’s grandson, Elliott Jones.  Legendary singer and songwriter Valerie Ashford Simpson will perform a musical tribute.

Wake Forest leaders–including President Nathan Hatch, Vice President for Campus Life Penny Rue, Maya Angelou Presidential Chair Melissa Harris-Perry, Dean of Residence Life and Housing Donna McGalliard and Chief Diversity Officer Barbee Oakes–will also speak at the event open to the Wake Forest community.

Full announcement available here.

Panel discussion planned Feb. 3 on refugee, immigration policy

A moderated panel discussion on “The New Administration’s Refugee and Immigration Policy” will be held at Benson University Center’s Pugh Auditorium on Feb. 3 at 3 p.m.  Three Wake Forest faculty members and a Winston-Salem attorney will participate.

Panelists will be Hana Brown, associate professor of sociology; Hank Kennedy, professor of politics and international affairs; Margaret Taylor, professor of law; and Winston-Salem immigration attorney Helen Parsonage.  The moderator will be Phoebe Zerwick, associate professor of the practice in the Department of English.

The event is sponsored by the programs in Middle East and South Asia Studies and American Ethnic Studies.

Black History Month events begin Feb. 1; new website offers details

bhmstickerWake Forest’s Intercultural Center and the Black History Month Committee have 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 student performers, notable University black alumni displays and cuisine from the African Diaspora.  The event will start at 6 p.m.

The month’s keynote event will feature the national co-chairs of the recent Women’s March in Washington, D.C.  The event will take place at 7 p.m. Feb. 16 in Wait Chapel.  Participating in a moderated discussion will be Tamika Mallory, Linda Sarsour and Carmen Perez.

Other events and activities planned for February include a Black Professionals Forum; an opportunity to have a conversation with Dr. Greg Ellison, author of “Cut Dead But Still Alive: Caring for African American Young Men,” a book; an address by Payton Head, who was the student government president at the University of Missouri during the 2015 campus protests; a dedication ceremony at Maya Angelou Residence Hall; and much more.

For details, visit

Wake Forest, WSSU host celebration in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

mlk-350x175Each year, Wake Forest and Winston-Salem State University collaborate to host a major celebration to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The theme of this year’s program is “On Common Ground: A Dream Deferred.”

On Monday, Jan. 16, comedian, political commentator, radio show host and actor, D.L. Hughley will present the 17th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day keynote speech at 7 p.m. in K.R. Williams Auditorium at Winston-Salem State University. The event is free and open to the public.

Earlier in the evening, Wake Forest will host an invitation-only banquet where students and faculty/staff from both Winston-Salem State and Wake Forest will receive the “Building the Dream” award in recognition of their efforts toward improving social justice and building community.

For more information on the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. joint celebration, contact the Wake Forest Intercultural Center at 336-758-5864, or Winston-Salem State University Student Activities and Engagement at 336-750-3351.

Additional MLK Weekend Events

On Saturday, Jan. 14, Wake Forest University will host the seventh annual MLK Day Read-In in the Benson University Center, Room 401 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The event is being organized by Girl Talk Triad Chapter, HandsOn Northwest North Carolina, Salem College, UNC School of the Arts, Wake Forest, and Winston-Salem State University. The Read-In promotes King’s legacy of service, literacy and community empowerment to children ages 4-10. Parents and guardians are requested to fill out the following online or paper-based forms. For additional information, please contact Kyle Gassaway at 336-724-2866 or

On Sunday, Jan. 15, Wake Forest will host the 12th Annual GospelFest at 3 p.m. in Brendle Recital Hall, Scales Fine Arts Center. This year the Intercultural Center will host Gospel recording artist Kierra “KiKi” Sheard and the Wake Forest University Gospel Choir.

Tickets are available at For more information on GospelFest, contact the Wake Forest Intercultural Center at 336-758-5864.

Unbroken Circle to perform at Byrum Center for Shalom Project

Wake Forest hosts the annual Festival on the Quad as part of Homecoming 2016, on Saturday, October 29, 2016. The Unbroken Circle performs.

Members of The Unbroken Circle performing at Wake Forest’s 2016 Homecoming.

Bluegrass string band The Unbroken Circle will perform two shows at Wake Forest in February in support of The Shalom Project.

“The benefit for The Shalom Project is an event we look forward to the entire year,” said Martha Allman, band member and Wake Forest’s dean of admissions.  “We love sharing our music with such enthusiastic crowds and for such a great cause.”

The shows will be open to the public.  Donations offered during the shows by the local band will support the programs and initiatives of The Shalom Project, based in Winston-Salem.

Each show will start at 7 p.m. on Feb. 3 and 4 in the Kulynych Auditorium of the Byrum Welcome Center at Wake Forest.

“We are looking forward to another fabulous show from this talented group of caring musicians who are so willing to share their time and talents to raise funds and awareness for the work of The Shalom Project,” said Lynn Brown, executive director of The Shalom Project.

For more information, contact The Shalom Project.