The North Star LGBTQ Center in Winston-Salem presented the In Good Company Award to Angela Mazaris on Nov. 9 at the organization’s annual event that honors LGBTQ-friendly organizations, their employees, local volunteers and activists. Mazaris is the founding director of Wake Forest’s LGBTQ Center.
Intended to recognize leaders in creating inclusive and welcoming spaces, the award honored Mazaris for her leadership of the University’s LGBTQ Center. She was among other honorees at the annual event that featured a keynote address by undocumented activist Moises Serrano, who is described as committed to uniting the immigration and LGBTQ movements.
Mazaris is also a member of the faculty in the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies.
The Society for Classical Studies has selected Mary Pendergraft, professor of classical languages, as a recipient of one of its 2017 awards for Excellence in Teaching at the Collegiate Level.
Pendergraft, chair of the classical languages department, “has tirelessly and masterfully taught, advised and mentored countless students,” according to the award citation.
She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising presented to her by Wake Forest in 2016. Three years earlier, she received the Excellence in College Teaching Award from the Classical Association of the Middle West and South. That same association in 2013 presented her with the Ovatio, the association’s highest award for service to it and the classical languages profession.
At Wake Forest, she has been advisor for the University’s Eta Sigma Phi chapter for more than two decades and has encouraged many students who have attended and presented at the organization’s annual national conference.
“She has in a sense been mentoring the very field of Classics itself by directly inspiring so many students to remain engaged with the ancient world as teachers and as avid lifelong learners,” the citation states.
Congratulations to Daniel Kim-Shapiro, professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Storage Lesion in Banked Blood Due to Disruption of Nitric Oxide Homeostasis” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and by (subaward/subcontract from) University of Pittsburgh (WFU funding agency).
Congratulations to Tanya Zanish-Belcher, director of special collections & archives at Z. Smith Reynolds Library, whose proposal entitled “Documenting the Evangelical Movement in the United States: Digitizing Baptist State Convention of North Carolina Open-Reel Audiotapes, 1957-1980” has been funded by the Council on Library Information Resources.
Kevin Frazier, an assistant professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance, recently received a Suzi Bass Award in the “Outstanding Lighting Design-Musical” category at the 13th Annual Suzi Bass Awards in Atlanta.
BroadwayWorld Atlanta announced the award winners from the Nov. 6 awards ceremony at Oglethorpe University. Atlanta professional theatre artists, producers and patrons gathered to celebrate the 2016-17 season of plays and musicals at the awards ceremony.
Frazier’s award was for his contributions to a production of “The Bridges of Madison County” at Aurora Theatre.
“On behalf of the Department of Theatre and Dance, we are very proud that Kevin is the recipient of the Suzi Bass Award for Lighting Design,” said Professor Nina Lucas, department chair. “His accomplishments and recognition comes as no surprise to us. In Kevin’s short time at Wake Forest, he has proven to be a major asset to our department as supportive and active colleague.”
Lucas and Rob Eastman Mullins, associate professor and associate chair of the department, praised Frazier for his extraordinary contributions to students’ experiences in the department.
“His positive attitude is contagious and his energetic and exciting teaching style pulls the students in,” Lucas said.
Mullins added that Frazier “has thrown himself headlong into developing students’ professional futures, utilizing his numerous contacts from his outside creative work.”
Frazier joined the Wake Forest faculty in 2016. He is a freelance lighting, sound and projections designer who works across the East Coast. He has worked on more than 100 professional shows. Previously, he was nominated for several Suzi Bass Awards.
School of Law Dean Emeritus and Professor Bob Walsh received the 2017 A. Sherman Christensen Award, given by the American Inns of Court in recognition of outstanding service and exceptional leadership on Oct. 21.
The national award was presented at the American Inns of Court Celebration of Excellence Dinner hosted by the Honorable Justice Elena Kagan in Washington, D.C.
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