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Comings and Goings for February 2017

See a list of employees joining and leaving the University in February 2017:

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March 2017 staff and faculty milestones

See a list of staff and faculty milestones:

1 Year

Melanie Nicole Bullock; Associate Director; Student Engagement
Mary Boyd Chenery; Assistant Director; Advncmt:Comm. & External Relations
Perry W Coggins; Maintenance Technician; Graylyn: Maintenance
Luis Eduardo Fernandez; Research Professor; Biology
Christopher Michael Howell; Security Officer; University Police
David Ethan Hunt; Graphic Design Manager; WFUSB-Marketing
Abriana Lesha Kimbrough; Administrative Assistant; Advancement: Alumni Services
Julie G Rice; Medical Office Assistant; Student Health Service
Dorothy Kathryn Shields; Librarian, Reseach & Instruct; Library-ZSR
Stephen Anthony Vance; Synthetic Research Assistant; Chemistry

5 Years

Alvester Fredrick Barren; Shuttle Driver; Parking & Transportation
Edward Lee Goode; Custodian; FACS: Custodial Services
Bryan Keith McKinney; Analyst/Programmer, Sr; IS: Applications Development
Matthew T. Murray; Floor Care Supervisor; FACS: Custodial Services
Rodney Lee Tucker; Custodian, Team Lead; FACS: Custodial Services
Mary Ellen Walter; Operations Manager; Divinity: Admissions

15 Years

Jeffrey Lee Davis; Groundskeeper; FACS: Landscaping Services
Ederma Pelaez De Herrera; Custodian; FACS: Custodial Services
Lawrence Groce Thach; Coordinator, Events & Travel; Law: External Affairs
John Kubel Wise; Assoc VP, Hospitality/Aux Svcs; Graylyn: Admin & General

25 Years

Steven James Folmar; Associate Professor; Anthropology

Pinder receives Most Promising New Textbook award

The Textbook & Academic Authors Association (TAA) has recognized Associate Professor of Management Jon Pinder with the Most Promising New Textbook award.

The book is entitled “Introduction to Business Analytics Using Simulation Models.”

The award recognizes excellence in first edition textbooks and learning materials. One judge described Pinder’s work as, “an impressive textbook that uniquely uses simulation methods to introduce business students to decision-making under uncertainty, and from beginning to end, wonderfully detailed, illustrative examples make this complex topic accessible to undergraduates.”

The textbook provides a foundation for managerial decision-making and business analytics. The award will be presented during the TAA annual conference on June 9.

Staff Advisory Council meeting to feature presentation on CARE Team

The Staff Advisory Council meeting on March 9 will feature a presentation on the University’s Campus Assessment, Response, and Evaluation Team (CARE).

Presenters will be Team members August Vernon, the University’s emergency manager, and Sarah Tooley, case manager for the CARE Team.

Staff are invited to the meeting, which will be held at 9 a.m. in Benson University Center, Room 401 B/D.

Proposals funded: Rejeski, Williams

Congratulations to Jack Rejeski, professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Patient-Centered Home Exercise Intervention to Improve Outcomes in PAD” has been funded by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and by (subaward/subcontract from) Northwestern University (WFU funding agency).

Congratulations to Richard T. Williams, professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Improvement of Scintillators mainly Experimental WFU subcontract from Lawrence Berkeley National Lab” has been funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and by (subaward/subcontract from) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (WFU funding agency).

TechXploration to showcase academic uses of technology in April

This message was emailed to faculty on Feb. 8 by Mur Muchane, associate vice president for information technology and chief information officer:

This spring we are hosting our much anticipated annual TechXploration event that showcases academic uses of technology. Have you discovered a use of technology that helps with teaching, learning, or scholarship that you would like to share with your colleagues? Do you have a student working with a particular technology that you would like to see at TechXploration?

The purpose of this event is to allow faculty, staff and students to see how technologies are being leveraged in teaching, learning, research, engagement, and creative activity at Wake Forest University. Each year, participants and attendees increase as TechXploration brings together faculty and faculty-recommended students to share their experiences with current technology.

TechXploration will be held on Tuesday, April 18th, in room 401 of the Benson University Center. Each presenter will have a space set up in room 401 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to display a poster board, presentation materials, and their technology. Attendees are invited to walk around and learn more about the exciting use of technology on the Wake Forest campus any time between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. The event will be catered by Aramark. If you cannot be present for the entire event, we would still appreciate you participating for as much time as you can.

Please contact Pat Idol or Ginny Mikkola at techxploration@nullwfu.edu by Tuesday, March 21st, to inform us of your plans to participate in TechXploration.

Comings and goings for January 2017

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It’s time to nominate Champions of Change

This is a guest post of the Office of Sustainability:

Do you know an individual who has made an impact on campus sustainability during their time at Wake Forest? Nominate him or her for a 2017 Champions of Change Award.

This year’s winners will be recognized at the fourth annual Campus Sustainability Awards ceremony on March 22. Staff, faculty, and students are all eligible for this awards program, and nominations can be made in the following categories: resource conservation, academics and engagement, service and social action, leadership, and bright ideas.

Nominate yourself or someone else as a Champion of Change for campus sustainability by Friday, March 3. The Champions of Change will be recognized at a ceremony on March 22 in the Reynolda Hall Green Room at 4:00 p.m.

We look forward to celebrating the work of sustainable change agents across campus. For more information, visit the Office of Sustainability website.

Neal receives Excellence in Teaching Award from AAR

Lynn Neal

Lynn Neal, associate professor of the study of religions, recently received the Award for Excellence in Teaching from the American Academy of Religion (AAR). The award recognizes the importance of teaching and honors outstanding teaching in the field.

An interview with her will be featured in an upcoming edition of Religious Studies News.  She will also be the featured speaker at a forum at the 2017 AAR annual meeting in Boston.

Neal joined the Wake Forest faculty in 2006. She earned her doctorate in religious studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Neal teaches courses in American religious history, religion and popular culture, and religious intolerance.  Her current research examines the intersection of religion and fashion.  Her writings include “Romancing God: Evangelical Women and Inspirational Fiction” and “Evangelical Love Stories: The Triumphs and Temptations of Romantic Fiction.”  She is the co-editor of “Religious Intolerance in America: A Documentary History” and has published other works on that topic.

Dr. John (Jack) Ernest Parker Jr.

This announcement was emailed to faculty and staff on Feb. 20:

We are saddened to announce that John (Jack) Ernest Parker Jr., Professor Emeritus of Education and Romance Languages, died Feb. 18.

A Winston-Salem Journal obituary announced on Feb. 20 that a funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Feb. 21 at Centenary United Methodist Church.  Additional information is available here.

Dr. Parker joined Wake Forest’s faculty in 1950.  He retired in 1987.  During his Wake Forest career he taught French.  At one time, he chaired the Department of Education.  He was a graduate of Wake Forest, also.

We grieve Dr. Parker’s death and extend our condolences to his family and friends, as well as those at Wake Forest who had the opportunity to know him.

Wake Forest offers support and counseling services for all students, faculty and staff. The Counseling Center may be reached at 336-758-5273, the Chaplain’s Office at 336-758-5210.  For faculty and staff, there is also the Employee Assistance Program at 336-716-5493.

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