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Moot Court team wins Region IV Tournament, best brief and best oralist awards

law pic for InsideThe Wake Forest National Moot Court Team of Robert “Woody” Angle (JD ’16), Lauren Emery (JD ’16) and Kaitlin Price (JD ’16) won the Region IV Tournament on Saturday, Nov. 21, in Richmond, Virginia, going 5-0 against five different law schools and finishing first out of 21 teams from 12 law schools. The team also won the Best Brief Award after its brief received the highest score of the 21 briefs.

Price won the award for the best oralist, thereby earning the team every possible award given at the tournament, said team adviser Professor John Korzen (BA ’81, JD ’91), who accompanied the team to Richmond along with Professor Charley Rose, the team’s other adviser.

For more details about the Region IV Tournament, please visit the School of Law’s website.

88.5 WFDD receives nine awards for excellence in journalism

correct WFDD logo88.5 WFDD, the public radio station licensed to Wake Forest, was recently honored by the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas (RTDNAC) with nine awards for excellence in journalism.

The RTDNAC 2015 Awards Competition recognized the best of TV, radio, website, and collegiate work from July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2015. 88.5 WFDD received seven first place awards in the news categories of Consumer/Economic, Education, General News, Hard News Feature, Investigative, Light Feature, and Spot News; a second place award in the category of Spot News; and WFDD’s Keri Brown won first place for Radio Reporter of the Year.

Stories that received first place awards included Tobacco Farmers Lose Longtime Safety Net, by Emily McCord; As Education Spending Grabs Spotlight, Deteriorating Schools Get Little Aid, by Keri Brown; Dan River Coal Ash Spill: Long-Term Impact Unknown, by Keri Brown; Neighbors Lobby For More Regulation On Chicken Farms, by Keri Brown; McCrory Pushes Tax Credits At Opening For Company That Hasn’t Used Them, by Paul Garber; A Band Of Their Own, by David Ford; and Winter Storm Closes Schools, Downs Power Lines, by Emily McCord. The second place Spot News award was given for As Same Sex Marriage Becomes legal, Opinions In NC Are Mixed, by Emily McCord.

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Campus memorial service for Jordan Bayer to be held Dec. 3

This announcement was sent by e-mail to students, faculty and staff:

A campus memorial service for Jordan Bayer will be held December 3 at 5:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Porter Byrum Welcome Center.

Jordan was a student from Massachusetts who died November 6 following a car-accident in Charlotte. He was a mathematical business major and a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity.

WFU students in Chile present research to Provost Kersh

honorsprogram.300x175Wake Forest students studying in Chile this semester were given the opportunity this week to present the results of their independent research projects to Provost Rogan Kersh, their Chilean professors and others.  Kersh flew to Santiago, Chile, to attend a research symposium where the presentations were made and to be provided an overview of Wake Forest’s many activities in Chile.

The students are participating in Wake Forest’s newest study abroad program in Latin America, “Wake Forest University Chile: Honors Semester.”  In a seminar and tutorial setting with intensive individual instruction and class work, students are able to achieve the honors in Latin American and Latino Studies designation in one semester.

The program also includes travel and excursions, including a trip to Cuzco, Peru, and the archaeological site at Machu Picchu.

Launched this fall, the honors program in Chile will be there every fall.  It will be open to a select number of students considered by faculty to be prepared for the arduous academic program.

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University Stores Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day Dec. 1

 This is a guest post from University Stores:

The Deacon Shop on the Quad, on the campus of Wake Forest University, Thursday, June 9, 2011.

Faculty and staff are invited to join University Stores (Campus Bookstore and Deacon Shop) for Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day on Tuesday, Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Come shop and enjoy a 30 percent discount on your total order for one day only!

Light refreshments will also be served.  Happy shopping!

Applications being accepted for TLC program

Walking-picThis is a guest post by the Therapeutic Lifestyle Change program:

It’s not too early to start thinking about those New Year’s Resolution of a healthy and active lifestyle. Make plans now to make 2016 a new year! Whether your goal is to eat a healthier diet, stop smoking, lose weight or walk three miles a day, the Therapeutic Lifestyle Change (TLC) program can help!

What is HELPS TLC? HELPS TLC is a medically directed, professionally supervised program designed to help WFU employees develop a healthy and active lifestyle using exercise and education.

What is the cost? The cost will be covered by Wake Forest.

What will you receive? Individualized assessments, therapies and follow-up; dietary intake is assessed through computer-analyzed food records; supervised exercise sessions at our conveniently located monitored exercise facility; weekly small group sessions will be held on campus in Worrell Professional Center, Room 1162.

Who will be helping you? The HELPS TLC staff consists of an exercise physiologist, registered nutritionist and health psychologist who work together to teach you behavioral strategies for the management of physical activity and eating.

We are currently taking applications for the next group which will start in January.

For more information or to sign up, please contact Andrea Cox via email or by phone at 758-5853. Space is limited. Sign up today!

Memorial service scheduled for Chip Patterson

A memorial service for Chip Patterson will be held Dec. 4 at 2 p.m. at Knollwood Baptist Church in Winston-Salem.

The University previously announced that he died on Nov. 17.  A Wake Forest alumnus, he joined the Wake Forest staff in 1987 and retired this year as assistant vice president of gift planning in the Office of University Advancement.

Death of Chip Patterson announced

This message was sent by e-mail to faculty and staff by Communications and External Relations:

We are saddened to announce that Chip Patterson, who retired this year in the Office of University Advancement, died today.

A Wake Forest alumnus, Mr. Patterson joined the Wake Forest staff in 1987 and retired as assistant vice president of gift planning.

We grieve Mr. Patterson’s death and extend our condolences to his family and friends, as well as those at Wake Forest who had the opportunity to know him.

Once his family has made arrangements for a service, information will be posted on the Inside WFU web site.

Wake Forest offers support and counseling services for all students, faculty and staff.  The University Counseling Center may be reached at 758-5273, the Chaplain’s Office at 758-5210.  For staff and faculty, there is also the Employee Assistance Center at 716-5493.

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

Proposals funded: Lachgar, Rejeski, Williams

Wake Forest chemistry professor Abdou Lachgar.


Congratulations to Abdessadek Lachgar, professor of chemistry, whose proposal entitled “Empowering Pakistani Women through Scientific Research, Technology Development, and Entrepreneurship: Waste-to-Energy Technology Development” has been funded by the USAID and by [subaward/subcontract from] National Academy of Sciences (WFU funding agency).



Jack Rejeski


Congratulations to Jack Rejeski, professor of health & exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Pepper Center Clinical Research Core” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and by [subaward/subcontract from] Wake Forest University Health Sciences (WFU funding agency).





Congratulations to Richard Williams, Reynolds Professor of Physics, whose proposal entitled “Collaborative Research:ARI-MA: Realizing High Performance Inorganic Scintillators at Low Cost” has been funded by the US Department of Homeland Security.

‘Steps Toward Peace: A Living Vigil’ set for Nov. 16

This message was sent by e-mail on behalf of the Office of the Chaplain to students, faculty and staff:

The horrific events in Paris and Beirut have awakened many to the pervasive acts of terror that have plagued communities around the world for months. In response to the widespread pain and violence, the Office of the Chaplain welcomes the Wake Forest community to “Steps Toward Peace: A Living Vigil.”

Vigils are periods of purposeful wakefulness maintained for the sake of others.  While there is great power in grieving together, our vigil cannot end there. Our work is to turn grief into growth. We must not sleep on our individual and collective tendencies toward self-centeredness and complicity.  We must stay awake to the role we each play in harming the vulnerable in our world. If we only grieve but do not grow, we have grieved in vain.

We invite Wake Forest to join in “Steps Toward Peace: A Living Vigil” on Monday, November 16th, on Hearn Plaza, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. We invite you to walk, to contemplate, to pray and to keep vigil both now and as we continue to live our lives.  We will not let the lives lost to terror be only a memory, but a catalyst towards individual and collective growth.

Periodically throughout the day Wait Chapel will be open for facilitated prayer gatherings. We welcome those who practice prayer to gather at scheduled times to pray for the victims, the families of the victims, the enactors of terror, and their families. We gather in Pro Humanitate.

Prayer Gatherings in Wait Chapel:

11:00 am – Led by Catholic Community/Liz Orr

Noon – Led by Chaplain Tim Auman

1:00 pm – Led by Episcopal Student Fellowship/James Franklin

2:00 pm – Led by Jewish Community/Gail Bretan

4:00 pm – Led by K. Monet Rice-Jalloh in the Black Church Tradition

Let there be Peace on Earth and let it begin with me.

The Office of the Chaplain