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Reynolda Village invites all faculty, staff to Wake the Village

WTV LogoReynolda 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

Book signing by historian Anthony Parent

20110214mesda2254History 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.

http://www.oldsalem.org/heritage-fest.html

Amazon Gold wins in Paris

Wake Forest biology professor Miles Silman

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.”

Celebrate Chopin’s Birthday at BioTech Place

chopin.150x150Pamela 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.

January 2014 comings and goings

See a list of employees joining and leaving the University in January 2014:

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Faculty publications: December updates

esch.100x100Goater, Timothy M., Cameron P. Goater, & Gerald W. Esch. (Biology). Parasitism: The Diversity and Ecology of Animal Parasites, 2nd ed. Cambridge University Press. December 2013.

Morosini, Roberta, & [Charmaine] Lee, Eds. (Romance Languages). Sindbad mediterraneo. Per una topografia della memoria da Oriente a Occidente. Pensa Multimedia. September 2013.

pinter.100x100Pinder, Jonathan P. (Business). Introduction to Business Analytics: Data Driven Decision Making. Café Press [self-published]. January 2014.

Pinder, Jonathan P. (Business). Introduction to Business Analytics for MBAs: Data Driven Decision Making. Café Press [self-published]. August 2013.

west.100x100West, G. Page. (Business). Strategic Management: Value Creation, Sustainability, and Performance, 2nd ed. Riderwood Publishing/Amazon Digital Services [self-published]. November 2013.


Gladding receives UNC-G Distinguished Alumni Award

Sam Gladding

The School of Health and Human Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro recently announced that Sam Gladding (PhD ’77), chair and professor in Wake Forest’s Department of Counseling, has been selected as the recipient of its highest honor, the Distinguished Alumni Award.

“Recognition is always nice but it is humbling as well as gratifying. This honor surprised and pleased me. It is not something I ever expected. I like to think I do what I do because it is helpful to others, betters their lives, and in the process brings me joy.”

The award recognizes persons who have attained national and international stature through their achievements in teaching, scholarship and service.

Gladding is also the author of a new book, “Counseling Theories for Human Services Practitioners.” (Pearson, 2014).

February 2014 milestones

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Religion professor profiled by American Academy of Religion

nelly.vandornharder.300x175Nelly Van Doorn-Harder, professor of Islamic studies, was featured in the American Academy of Religion (AAR)’s “Religious Studies News.”

Van Doorn-Harder served as the chair of the organization’s program committee for the past three years.  The interview outlines the various new policies and initiatives that were put in place during her tenure.

Van Doorn-Harder is the author of several works on Coptic Christianity and Indonesian Islam, including “The Emergence of the Modern Coptic Papacy: The Egyptian Church and Its Leadership from the Ottoman Period to the Present” (AUC Press, 2011)

The AAR is a learned society and professional association of teachers and research scholars with about 9,000 members who teach in some 900 colleges, universities, seminaries and schools in North America and abroad.

Van Doorn-Harder has served in the leadership of a number of program units in the AAR. She served as chair of the Study of Islam Section from 2004–2008. She founded and has chaired the Middle Eastern Christianity Group since 2009, and she served on the AAR’s Governance Task Force, which revamped the AAR’s entire governance structure, from 2008–2010.

American Ski Resort: Architecture, Style, Experience

ski.bookjacketThe Z. Smith Reynolds Library is hosting a lecture and book signing for Margaret Supplee Smith, professor emerita of art, on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 4 p.m. in the library’s auditorium (Room 404). Smith will discuss her book “American Ski Resort: Architecture, Style, Experience” (2013, University of Oklahoma Press).

Skiing is all about freedom. Yet, paradoxically, the experience of skiing for most Americans is inextricably linked to architecture, for our journey down the mountain begins at the ski resort. The evolution from wilderness outpost to the massive, theme-oriented, multipurpose enclave today will be explored. Following the lecture, copies of Smith’s book will be available for purchase.

Read more: “Peggy Smith: The golden age of ski resorts” (Wake Forest Magazine)