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WakeUnited: Live United Ann Gibbs

Ann Gibbs, associate dean in the School of Law, served as the School of Law liaison for the WakeUnited Campaign last year.  Gibbs has been involved with United Way for a number of years as part of the Leadership Circle and the Women’s Leadership Council.   She decided to get involved with United Way initially because of her passion for strengthening public education.

Wake Forest Law School professor Ann Gibbs.

“I have volunteered in our local public schools for years, and strongly believe in the United Way’s mission to increase our public high school graduation rates.  With the support of United Way, we have seen remarkably positive results in this area,” says Gibbs.  “In addition to strengthening our community’s educational mission, I also like the United Way’s focus on financial stability and health.  With this three-pronged focus on education, financial stability, and health, the United Way continues to assist in making our community more vibrant and healthy for everyone.”

Her enthusiasm for the WakeUnited campaign is contagious. “We are privileged to work on a beautiful campus with the many benefits associated with interacting with fascinating and energetic students, faculty and staff,” says Gibbs.  “As part of the Wake Forest family, I consider it my duty to contribute to WakeUnited in order to have an impact on the larger community beyond the Wake Forest gates.”

Wake Forest Magazine wins two top awards

unnamedWake Forest Magazine won two top awards in the 2015 Circle of Excellence global competition sponsored by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

The publication received a Gold Award in Periodical Staff Writing for a collection of five stories: “Out of This Art World” and “An Artful Friendship” by Editor Maria Henson (’82); “Oh, Those Lilting Banshees: Where Are They (Funny) Now?” and “Ted Gellar-Goad and the Secret of the Sphinx” by Managing Editor Cherin C. Poovey (P ’08); and “The Thing He Carried” by Senior Editor Kerry M. King (’85).

“Wake Forest submitted a diverse and thoroughly entertaining set of stories. From painting buddies in Winston-Salem to art on the Texas prairie, each entry delivered a strong, unique voice and command of the material,” wrote the judges. “Writing was crisp and informative. Even more importantly, the committee could delineate a direct connection between the subject matter and the mission of Wake Forest.”

The magazine staff, including Deputy Editor Janet Williamson (P ’00, ’03), also received a Bronze Award for General Interest Magazines over 75,000 circulation.

July 2015 staff milestones

See a list of staff milestones for July 2015. (The wrong list was posted earlier, briefly.)

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Department Chairs and administrative assistants for 2015-16

Please find below a list of academic department chairs and their administrative assistants for 2015-2016, as of July 1, 2015:

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June 2015 comings and goings

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

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Mark Woodard receives certification

Mark Woodard, Wake Forest University Department of Health and Exercise Science.

Mark Woodard, business manager in the health and exercise science department, recently passed the certified research administrator exam. He is the first person outside of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs to do so, reports the health and exercise science department.

More information about the certification is on the Research Administrators Certification Council website.

Library offers ZSR 101

ZSR LibraryRecently, the Professional Development Center asked the Z. Smith Reynolds Library to lead a “ZSR 101″ workshop for staff as part of the CORE program.

Here is the blog post about the class, provided by library staff member Hu Womack.

Sara Cromwell gets curious with latest MOA exhibit

Sara Cromwell, right, the assistant director of the Wake Forest Museum of Anthropology, works on the exhibit Cabinet of Curiosities, with sophomore Lindsay Gilliland ('18), one of the students who curated the exhibit, in the museum on Monday, June 15, 2015.

Sara Cromwell, interim assistant director of the Museum of Anthropology, spearheaded an effort to give her student employees a chance to run an exhibit on their own while also giving the Museum a display unlike any it has had before. What resulted is the newest exhibit for the summer: MOA’s Cabinet of Curiosities.

The exhibit features nearly 80 exotic items hand-picked by the four student employees (and a Salem College student) and Cromwell. Other than that, Cromwell’s work with the project was deliberately limited, letting the students take control. “We looked at Cabinet of Curiosities as a way to reward the invaluable work of our student employees while simultaneously allowing them to improve upon their curatorial skills,” Cromwell explains. Her role was to answer any questions the students might have and help initially with the research of the objects. She also had help from museum educator Tina Smith throughout the process.

Cromwell came up with the theme of a cabinet of curiosities to create a space for objects from the Museum’s vast collection that haven’t been displayed before. Cabinets of curiosities, or wunderkammem (wonder rooms), originated as private collections of exotic and extraordinary objects in mid-sixteenth century Europe. Looking for a way to verify their wealth, individuals displayed as many foreign objects as they could in a jam-packed room of their home. The items represent a diverse group of disciplines such as fine art, natural history and anthropology. These displays served as precursors to modern museums.

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ZSR’s Bennett selected to attend workshop

Stephanie Bennett, collections archivist in Z. Smith Reynolds Library’s special collections and archives department, has been selected to attend an Image Permanence Institute (IPI) workshop on preservation of digitally printed materials in libraries, archives and museums. Bennett was one of 15 participants selected from a pool of more than 50 applicants.

The workshop, for which tuition is waived due to  support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will be held Oct. 20-22 at IPI’s facilities at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY. IPI is a nonprofit, university-based laboratory and recognized world leader in the development and deployment of sustainable practices for the preservation of images and cultural property.

ZSR faculty and staff news

20090413library8537Staff and faculty of Z. Smith Reynolds Library were recently elected to professional organization offices for terms starting July 2015:

Christian Burris, serials acquisition coordinator, was elected to the executive board of NASIG as a member-at-large for a two-year term.

Carolyn McCallum, non-print resources cataloging librarian, was elected as secretary of the anthropology and sociology Section (ANSS) of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) for a two-year term.

Susan Sharpless Smith, associate dean, was elected to the Board of LITA (The Library and Information Technology Association is a division of American Library Association) as a director-at-large for a three-year term.

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