Staff News Archive

Comings and goings for October 2017:

See a list of employees joining and leaving the University in October 2017:

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Staff and faculty milestones November 2017

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Mazaris receives In Good Company Award from North Star LGBTQ Center

Angela Mazaris

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.

Proposals funded: Kim-Shapiro, Zanish-Belcher

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.

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Focus groups scheduled for discussion of learning management systems

This is a guest post from the Teaching & Learning Collaborative:

Information Systems, the Learning Management System (LMS) Initiative Team, and the Teaching and Learning Collaborative are working together, starting this Fall, to review state of the LMSs on the market and how well our current LMS (Sakai) is meeting our needs. The process involves more than a mere technical evaluation or tools comparison. Other considerations will include faculty needs, cost, infrastructure, and value delivered or added. This investigation does not reflect any dissatisfaction with Sakai, nor should it be considered a sign that Wake Forest intends to stop using, supporting, or expanding the platform. Rather, it is standard business practice to periodically review vendor partnerships, to consider other options or opportunities, or to reinvest in our existing system.

As a first step in that process, we are holding Focus Groups of LMS users and stakeholders. There will be participation opportunities for faculty, staff, and students in the second and third weeks of November. If you are interested in participating, please sign up on this page: We will be taking the first ten (10) volunteers for each group, as well as two (2) alternates. Each participant will receive a $5 Starbucks gift card and have their name entered in a drawing for a $100 Amazon gift certificate. Refreshments will be provided.

College Faculty
Tuesday, 11/710 – 11:30AM
Thursday, 11/16, 3:30 – 5PM

Professional and Graduate School Faculty
Monday, 11/131 – 2:30PM
Friday, 11/173 – 4:30PM

Tuesday, 11/14, 9:30 – 11AM
Wednesday, 11/152 – 3:30PM

Tuesday, 11/75 – 6:30PM
Friday, 11/17, 11AM – 12:30PM