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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

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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)

Faculty development award

The Nathan and Julie Hatch Prize for Academic Excellence supports a week of research and writing from June 29 to July 6, 2014, at the Summer Research Institute conducted by Harris Manchester College at Oxford University. Room, board and transportation are covered.

Faculty from the undergraduate college, Z. Smith Reynolds Library, and the business, divinity, law and medical schools are eligible to apply. University Professor Thomas Frank and Associate Professor of Romance Languages Kendall Tarte, the most recent winners, are available to answer questions about the program. 

Please submit a CV and a letter of intent describing your current research project by March 1 to Jennifer Collins, vice provost, Reynolda Hall 204.

For more information, visit the Office of the Provost website.

CS4HS workshop findings to be presented at conference

While most kids have been using computers their whole lives, they generally don’t get the opportunity to learn exactly how they work until college. Wake Forest computer scientists teamed up with Google over the last two summers to develop a comprehensive approach to reversing this trend.

Sam Cho

Sam Cho

Samuel Cho, assistant professor of computer science and physics, led the project. He and computer science professor Paúl Pauca hosted two Google-sponsored CS4HS summer workshops in which Wake Forest computer science students trained middle and high school teachers how to write simple computer and Android based programs. They also worked with the teachers on ways to integrate computational thinking exercises into their curriculum.

Paúl Pauca

Paúl Pauca 

Cho and Paúca sent follow-up surveys to the teachers who participated in the workshops and found the workshops were effective. They helped teachers integrate computational thinking into the classroom and improved teachers’ abilities to mentor young students interested in learning computer skills before attending college.

Cho and Pauca, along with Winston-Salem State University Professor of Education Denise Johnson and Hanes Magnet School Spanish teacher Yu’Vonne James, compiled results from the workshops and surveys. Cho and Pauca will present these findings at the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education’s 25th International Conference, March 17-21, in Jacksonville, Fla.

Gilbert and ‘Hoop Dreams’ recognized at Sundance Film Festival

20110914gilbert0729-1-173x260Peter Gilbert, professor of practice in the communication department and a faculty member in Wake Forest’s Documentary Film Program (DFP), traveled to Park City, Utah, on Jan. 18 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of “Hoop Dreams” at the Sundance Film Festival.

Gilbert was producer and director of photography for this documentary film, which focuses on the lives of Arthur Agee and William Gates as they journey to become basketball stars. The film won numerous awards, including Audience Award for Best Documentary. “Hoop Dreams” was originally intended to be a 30-minute short to be completed in three weeks and aired on PBS. However, it involved five years of filming that resulted in 250 hours of raw footage. The movie turned out to be 2 hours and 55 minutes long.

Gilbert’s emphasis on filmmaking is in telling a compelling story. In addition to teaching graduate courses, he teaches undergraduate courses for students studying in a variety of disciplines. In the classroom, he emphasizes that storytelling skills are essential for students in any major, no matter their career path.

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