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Bright to showcase work in Italy and Scotland

imageOutside of his duties as director of Hanes Gallery, Paul Bright is a practicing artist. He has shown his work in Switzerland, Germany, England, Italy, Canada and the U.S. This summer, he is presenting two exhibitions. Skin in the Game, which features Bright’s de/collages, along with the digital prints of David Houston, will be shown at the Galleria del Carbone, Ferrara, Italy, from July 11 to August 2. Incantations, a sound collage, will be presented at the chapel at Innerpeffray, Scotland, July 29 – Aug. 2.

The exhibition Skin in the Game will feature about 18 of Bright’s de/collages – collages formed from torn-away sections of posters and re-collaged with other images – paired with printed digital photos of advertising billboards by David Houston — a longtime associate of Bright’s and director of the Bo Bartlett Center at Columbus State University.

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May 2015 comings and goings

See a list of employees joining and leaving the University in May 2015:

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Faircloth recognized as ‘Fundraiser of the Year’

Wake Forest University hosts an event to honor Bob McCreary ('61), on his $7.5 million commitment to the Strength and Conditioning program, at Deacon Tower on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.

Barry Faircloth, associate athletic director for development, was formally recognized June 16 as the 2015 National Association of Athletic Development Directors (NAADD) Fundraiser of the Year.

Faircloth was presented the award at the National Athletic Administrator Convention in Orlando. It had been announced last February that he was the recipient for 2015.

A 1993 Wake Forest graduate, Faircloth is credited by University leaders with transforming fundraising efforts in the Athletics Department, with a focus on major gift fundraising, strict accountability with development staff and the creation of volunteer committees to involve and assist in the development process.

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Luau by the Falls draws hundreds of staff members

hula classApproximately 800 staff members walked, shuttled and drove to the Luau by the Falls staff appreciation event held June 24 at Waterfall Field next to Reynolda Village.

Organized by the Staff Advisory Council (SAC) and Thrive, the luau offered staff an opportunity to enjoy lunch, lawn games, a performance by hula dancers, Hawaiian music, free massages, balloon sculptures and much more.

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June 2015 faculty and staff milestones

Kriss Dinkins in Information Systems, Margaret Lankford in the School of Law and Frederick Harris in the School of Business are celebrating 25 years at Wake Forest.

See other faculty and staff  celebrating milestones in June 2015.

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OPCD staff share thought leadership with industry peers

Several members of the Office of Personal and Career Development presented at industry conferences, recently, on such topics as marketing strategies to engage students and how to build a college campus around mentoring. In addition to sharing successful ideas that Wake Forest has implemented, staff members received recognition for their work and assumed leadership positions within organizations.

Presentations:

The International Mentoring Conference occurred on April 22-24. The theme of the conference centered on practical strategies around mentoring.

  • Lauren Beam, assistant director of mentoring and alumni personal and professional development, presented “Building Your Toolkit: Engaging Your (Campus) Community around Mentoring.” The presentation focused on ways in which the Wake Forest mentoring department uses National Mentoring Month to engage the campus community with creative marketing materials.
  • Allison McWilliams, director of mentoring and alumni personal and professional development, served as this year’s conference chair.

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Support for Charleston

The Wake Forest University community joins the nation in mourning the victims and searching for answers in light of last week’s shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C.

“In the wake of this terrible tragedy, we search for hope, understanding and healing,” said Wake Forest President Nathan O. Hatch. “We continue to keep the people of Charleston in our thoughts and prayers and offer support to all those in our own community who have been affected by this horrible event.”

On Friday, June 19, a prayer service was held on campus in remembrance of the victims. Members of the Wake Forest community gathered from 2-3 p.m. in Davis Chapel to show solidarity and support.  The service was organized by the Office of the Chaplain and coordinated by Associate Chaplain K. Monet Rice-Jalloh with the help of the LGBTQ Center, the School of Divinity, and others across campus.

“The history of America and the Negro is wrought with incidence of violence in worship spaces,” said Rice-Jalloh. “Yet, we continue to gather and pray not because we are mindless pawns seeking anesthetic for our minds, but because we know that prayer is resistance and power and repair for our souls. The grief of those gathered for our prayer meeting was like an aroma of heaviness. But the audacity to pray beneath a dense theological cloud, lifts the words of scriptural faith in our midst, ‘hither to (to this place) has the Lord kept us.'”

Wake Forest offers counseling services for all students, faculty and staff. The Counseling Center may be reached at 758-5273, and the Office of the Chaplain at 758-5210. Faculty and staff may also contact the Employee Assistance Program at 716-5493.

WakeUnited: Live United Vicki Keslar

Vicki Keslar, Executive Assistant in the Wake Forest University Office of Personal and Career Development, Thursday, May 19, 2011.

Vicki Keslar is a new member of the WakeUnited Reynolda Cabinet this year and is already putting her coordination skills to good use. Keslar, who is the Office Operations Manager and Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Personal & Career Development, is coordinating all of the WakeUnited department coordinators for this year’s campus campaign.

“I have been involved with the United Way since I started working at Wake Forest in 2009,” says Keslar.  “I have been the OPCD’s department coordinator since 2010, and I am in my second year as a member of the Women’s Leadership Council.”

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Wojcik-Gross teaches technology tips and tricks

Wake Forest information systems staff member Sarah Wojcik-Gross, Tuesday, May 12, 2015.

Have you taken a technology class through Information Systems or the Professional Development Center? If you have, chances are you know Sarah Wojcik-Gross. Sarah earned a Bachelor of Arts in French from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania, and an Master of Science in Education in Adult and General Education from Elmira College in upstate New York.

She began her career in Wake Forest’s Information Systems department in June of 2007, starting at the Service Desk, and in 2008, she joined the newly-formed Learning Team. In January of 2010, she became the Manager of the Learning Team and has developed and taught dozens of technology workshops through the University’s Professional Development Center and internally for the I.S. department.

Her workshops vary in topics from introductions to applications such as Microsoft Office to WebEx, Show and Share, Google Mail and Calendar, to more detailed training sessions on services like Google Drive.  She also conducts 15-Minute Wednesday Webinars for folks who have very limited time, but would like to learn new information and gain additional skills.

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Staff, students continue water conservation success

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Biology professor Miles Silman makes his conservation pledge.

Out of a field of 125 colleges and universities, Wake Forest students placed in the top five in fresh water savings for the second year in a row during the 2015 Campus Conservation Nationals competition.

Campus Conservation Nationals is a nationwide, three-week effort among institutions of higher learning to conserve electricity and water.

From Feb. 9 to March 1, Wake Forest students competed to achieve the greatest reductions in their residence halls in electricity and water consumption. Due to extremely cold weather conditions, Wake Forest was unable to place in the top 10 in electricity reduction like last year. However, the cold weather did not stop their efforts with water usage. Students saved over 37,000 gallons of water during the competition window.

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