March 3rd, 2014 | Faculty News, Staff News
On Feb. 22, Wake Forest volunteers and other members of the community worked together to clean Odd Fellows Cemetery at an event organized by David Davis, manager of landscaping services.
Odd Fellows was created in 1911 and served as the only burial site for black residents for years. Since the 1950s, the cemetery has fallen into disrepair.
Davis organized the service project through the North Carolina Branch of the Professional Grounds Management Society. He was inspired by the story of Deltra Bonner, whose aunt’s gravesite was recently rediscovered.
“I felt led to do something,” Davis said.
Volunteers sowed grass, planted 2,500 flower bulbs and cleared away litter. They also worked to remove a tree that fell last June.
James Clyburn, president of the Friends of Odd Fellows Inc., appreciated the volunteers’ efforts. “It’s very exciting to see people to come out and help clean up a cemetery that’s been in disarray for over 30 to 40 years,” he said.
Derrick Boone, associate dean for the Masters of the Arts in Management program at the University, brought his son to the event to teach him the value of service and history. Dedee Johnston, director of the Wake Forest Office of Sustainability, organized students to volunteer at the event. “This is a culturally significant site,” she said. “This is a great opportunity to bring some dignity back to the space.”
Read the full story in the Winston-Salem Journal.
February 26th, 2014 | Faculty News
John H. Litcher (P ’83, ’85), who taught a generation of education students how to become great teachers, died Feb. 22 after a lengthy illness. He was 75.
Litcher was also regarded for his community service and was a support team member and a past president of the Lewisville (NC) Fire Department.
A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. on March 8 at Lewisville Fire Department Station 13, 9420 Shallowford Road, Lewisville, N.C.
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February 26th, 2014 | Events, Faculty News
Spring 2014 marked the launch of Wake Forest’s first Semester Online course, “Introduction to Bioethics.” Biology professor Carole Browne, the instructor for the online class offered to qualified college students from anywhere in the world, will walk alumni, faculty, students and staff through her lesson plan and share her experiences teaching in this environment on Monday, March 3 from 12-1 p.m.
“Introduction to Bioethics” explores contemporary issues in bioethics, including responsible conduct in research, implications of technological advances in biology, environmental issues and controversies in health care and medical practices. Browne is currently running two sections of the course, one fully online for Semester Online students and one blended for Wake Forest students.
The event will take place in Reynolda 301. Faculty may bring a lunch and refreshments will also be provided. Those interested in attending should RSVP via this link http://pdc.wfu.edu/event/p7586VB4V6n/.
Wake Forest joined the Semester Online Consortium in September 2013. The first-of-its-kind program offers for-credit undergraduate courses through a consortium of top-tier universities.
Semester Online’s roster of nationally renowned colleges and universities includes Boston College, Brandeis University, Emory University, Northwestern University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Notre Dame, and Washington University in St. Louis in addition to Wake Forest.
The full news release announcing the new initiative is posted on the Wake Forest news site.
February 25th, 2014 | Events, Faculty News
On Feb. 20, the Wake Forest community gathered together in Wait Chapel to commemorate the 180th anniversary of the founding of the University at Founders’ Day Convocation. The annual event recognizes student leaders and honors faculty for teaching, research and service.
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February 25th, 2014 | Faculty News, Staff News
Would you like to participate in an upcoming GateKeepers workshop? The GateKeepers Workshop Series was developed to equip each member of our community with the intercultural skills that are necessary for working in a diverse and inclusive environment. To date, more than 1,200 faculty, staff and students have participated in the program. Click here to learn about some of their experiences.
Registration for GateKeepers 1, 2 and 3 is now available, and we welcome you to sign up today. If you have already completed the workshop series, please share this email with others and/or register for a refresher.
GateKeepers 1: Enhancing Our Community Through Inclusion
(Lunch & Learn)
March 27 | Reynolda Hall 301, 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Register at https://pdc.wfu.edu/event/7590/
GateKeepers 2: Cross-Cultural Conflict & Dialogue
February 27 | Benson University Center 401, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
April 11 | Benson University Center 401, 1:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Register at http://pdc.wfu.edu/events/769/
GateKeepers 3: Contact Theory & Dialogue
(Lunch & Learn)
April 21 | Reynolda Hall 301, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Register at http://pdc.wfu.edu/event/7591/
February 24th, 2014 | Faculty News, Staff News
Reynolda Village invites all faculty and staff to Wake the Village on Saturday, March 1. Shop, dine, and explore while enjoying exclusive discounts upon showing a Deacon Onecard:
- 15% Off at Village Tavern (excluding alcoholic beverages)
- 15% Off Dinner at Silo (excluding alcoholic beverages)
- 10% Off Breakfast & Lunch/15% Off Dinner at Pane e Vino
- 15% Off & FREE Truffle with Purchase at Black Mountain Chocolate
- 10% Off at Gourmet Olive Branch
- 10% Off Selected Artwork & Accessories at Village Smith Galleries
- $25 Off a Purchase of $100 or more at J.McLaughlin
- 20% Off at Monkee’s of the Village
- 10% Off at The Little General
- 50% Off Any One Service at European Touch Day Spa (Coupon to be used anytime)
- 20% Off at K-9 Doggie Bakery & Boutique (excluding Dog & Cat Food)
- 20% Off a Painting or Pottery Session at Uncorked Masterpiece
- 20% Off Any Full Price Item at McCall’s
- 15% Off at M. Christopher
February 21st, 2014 | Events, Faculty News
History professor Anthony Parent will sign copies of his book, Foul Means; The Formation of a Slave Society in Virginia, 1660-1740 on Saturday, Feb. 22 at the Old Salem Visitor Center.
The book signing will be part of Heritage Festival, a day of storytelling, historic tours, crafts, music and more in Old Salem to celebrate Black History month. Officially started at Kent State University in February 1970, Black History month highlights the history, art and culture of African Americans.
Parent’s book, originally published in 2003 and now available in an e-book format for the Kindle, is an account of Virginia’s small but powerful planter class that intentionally brought racial slavery to the colony during the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries.
Parent will be signing copies starting at 11 a.m.
For information on all the Heritage Festival activities at Old Salem open the link below.
February 20th, 2014 | Faculty News, Uncategorized
Wake Forest biology professor Miles Silman
Amazon Gold, a nationally acclaimed documentary made with the help of Wake Forest faculty and students, is the recipient of the International Environmental Film Festival’s first annual Green Film Network Award.
Sarah DuPont (P ’05), the film’s producer and a member of the College Board of Visitors, and director Reuben Aaronson received the award and a prize of 5,000 euros on Feb. 4 at the opening ceremony of the festival in Paris, France.
Narrated by Academy Award winners Sissy Spacek and Herbie Hancock, Amazon Gold depicts the devastating effects of illegal gold mining in the Amazon forests of South America. Wake Forest faculty and students affiliated with the Sustainability Clinic at the Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (CEES) consulted on the film for scientific content and performed on the ground scouting of locations in Peru.
The film was nominated for the award at the Environmental Film Festival in Washington, D.C. It was one of 11 films nominated by major environmental film festivals around the world to represent the best of environmental documentary filmmaking from each country. An international jury of film professionals selected Amazon Gold as the winner.
Professor of biology and CEES Director Miles Silman, who has spent his career conducting research in the Peruvian rainforest and was a scientific advisor and promoter for the film, said stopping the effects of illegal gold mining in the Amazon is an integral part of slowing the potentially devastating effects of climate change.
“The film has catalyzed a huge change in the politics of gold mining in Peru and internationally,” Silman said. “It is both interesting and hard to overstate its impact.”
February 17th, 2014 | Faculty News
Pamela Howland, part-time instructor in music, will perform “Night Music, Part Two” on Feb. 28 to kick off the Chopin Birthday Festival: From Warsaw to Winston-Salem, which begins March 1.
The festival will be held in BioTech Place from 11 a.m.- 7 p.m.
Musicians from schools in the Winston-Salem area will perform Chopin’s piano music. There will also be dancing, a film screening and a birthday toast in honor of Chopin.
“My goal for the Chopin Festival is to present a unique, colorful, fun and engaging celebration for Winston-Salem,” said Howland.
For more information about Chopin’s Birthday Festival, read the Winston-Salem Monthly.
February 17th, 2014 | Faculty News, Staff News
See a list of employees joining and leaving the University in January 2014:
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