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Foskett to deliver 2015 Hubert McNeill Poteat Lecture

Mary FoskettMary Foskett, Wake Forest Kahle Professor of Religion, will lecture on “Biblical Studies and the Humanities: Reflections on Past Practices and New Directions” on Tuesday, April 21 at 4 p.m. at the Kulynych Auditorium at the Porter Byrum Welcome Center.

Foskett joined Wake Forest in 1997. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in biblical studies and is the director of Wake Forest University’s Humanities Institute. Her publications include,  A Virgin Conceived: Mary and Classical Representations of Virginity, Ways of Being, Ways of Reading: Asian American Biblical Interpretation, and a forthcoming essay in The Oxford Handbook of Gender and Sexuality in the New Testament.

Foskett serves on the International Advisory Board of the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes and as Chair of Council for the Society of Biblical Literature.

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Two ‘Campus Day’ events will bring visitors to campus

unnamedWake Forest’s Office of Admissions has scheduled two “Campus Day” events. The first will be held Friday, April 17, and the second on Friday, April 24.

During these two days, admitted students and their families will be visiting Wake Forest. Although no parking lots or roads will be closed, pedestrian and vehicular traffic on these days will be heavy. Parking for visitors will be on Davis Field and in the admissions office parking lot.

As visitors are finding their way around campus, they always appreciate the warm Wake Forest welcome that comes along with directions around campus.

Integrated care — is it for you?


Christine Borst, PhD, LMFT, Associate Director, Center of Excellence for Integrated Care in Cary, NC.

The counseling department’s annual continuing education seminar will be held on Friday, April 17, from 1-4:30 p.m. This year’s spring seminar, “Integrated Care—Is It For You?,” will feature Dr. Christine Borst, associate director of the Center for Excellence in Integrated Care in Cary, N.C.

The event will be held in Carswell Hall, Room 208. Registration is free to University students, faculty and staff. For additional information or to register for the seminar, contact Louise Schatz at

Borst holds a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from Purdue and a Ph.D. in medical family therapy from East Carolina. Prior to joining the Center of Excellence team, she spent nearly two years working in a rural community health center to set up and implement an integrated care model. Her research interests include brief behavioral interventions for use in medical settings, and identification of the needs of children and their families in rural integrated care.

The seminar schedule is as follows:

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Mass casualty drill, outdoor alert test on Saturday, April 11

Wake Forest Emergency Medical Services will soon be conducting a mass casualty drill to test campus resources in case of a serious accident.

Those on campus during the morning of April 11 will likely see a simulated incident and student EMTs responding to the incident. The incident will include patients with varying degrees of simulated injuries. Emergency vehicles will be on campus and some traffic may occur.  The drill will run from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

On the same day, Wake Forest University will be testing its outdoor alert equipment that is part of the University’s Wake Alert emergency notification system. Anyone outside on campus will likely hear chimes followed by test messages announcing an active shooter, an armed intruder, a tornado or other threatening weather. This test will occur between 10 and 11 a.m.

No action is required by anyone who hears these test messages. If an actual emergency were to occur, the numerous test messages would not be used.

Anyone with questions about the mass casualty drill or testing may call emergency manager August Vernon at 336-758-3377.

Wake Forest football spring game

football.300x175Come out this Saturday, April 11, to BB&T Field to watch the Demon Deacon football team participate in the annual spring game. Gates open at 1:30 p.m. with face painters, games for kids and free posters and schedule cards. Admission and parking are free.

Enter through Gate 5 and participate in our first ever cornhole board tournament. The Top Hat Tavern will also open at 1:30 p.m. Ticket sales representatives will be at the game for those who wish to purchase season tickets.

Following the game fans are invited onto BB&T Field to get autographs and pictures with the players.

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Silman, Otteson named to new endowed Presidential Chairs

Five new Presidential Chairs to recruit, retain and reward outstanding faculty who embody the teacher-scholar ideal have been announced by Wake Forest University and two faculty members have been named.



The Andrew Sabin Family Foundation Presidential Chair in Conservation Biology has been awarded to professor Miles Silman, a conservation biologist who has been a leader in the sustainability movement since beginning his doctoral research more than 20 years ago.

His work centers on understanding species distributions, biodiversity, and the response of forest ecosystems to climate and land use changes over time. Silman, who joined the Wake Forest faculty in 1998, is co-founder of the Andes Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research Group and is also founding director of the Wake Forest Center for Energy, Environment, and Sustainability (CEES).



James Otteson has been named The Thomas W. Smith Foundation Presidential Chair in Business Ethics. Otteson joined the faculty in 2013 as executive director of the BB&T Center for the Study of Capitalism and Teaching Professor of Political Economy.

His scholarship focuses on political economy, political philosophy, history and philosophy of economics, and eighteenth-century moral and political thought. He is an expert on Adam Smith, on eighteenth-century political and moral philosophy, on the moral foundations of capitalism, and on the comparative evaluation of competing systems of political economy.

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Magnolias Project: Applications due April 15

top_image1The Office of Sustainability and the Center for Energy, Environment, and Sustainability (CEES) invite you to enhance your teaching and engagement with sustainability issues by participating in the Magnolias Project May 12-13 on the Wake Forest campus. No prior experience with sustainability-related issues in the classroom or in research is necessary, and faculty at all ranks and career stages are welcome.

This innovative approach to curricular change, modeled on the nationally renowned Piedmont Project (Emory University) and Ponderosa Project (Northern Arizona University), provides faculty with an intellectually stimulating and collegial experience to pool their expertise. Faculty who would like to develop a new course module or an entirely new course that engages issues of sustainability and the environment are encouraged to apply.

Detailed information is available on the project’s webpage. Applications are due April 15. Participants will earn a $500 stipend.

Chief of police one of 25 to meet with Congress on campus safety

Regina Lawson, Wake Forest University, Chief of Police and Vickie Weaver, Immediate Past President of IACLEA enroute to meet with U. S. Senator Richard Burr.

WFU Chief of Police Regina Lawson and Vickie Weaver, immediate past president of IACLEA, head out to meet with U. S. Senator Richard Burr.

The International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) 8th annual Capitol Hill Day was held on March 26, Washington, DC. Each year, IACLEA has selected a delegation of representatives to participate in the event. This year, Wake Forest Chief of University Police Regina Lawson was selected.

Twenty-five IACLEA members and colleagues from the Association of Student Conduct Administrators (ASCA) from 16 states and the District of Columbia participated in about 70 meetings with members of Congress or their staffers to discuss current trends and challenges in campus law enforcement. Topics of discussion included:

  • Regulatory Reform – The Clery Act was passed almost 25 years ago to provide crime statistics on college and university campuses so that prospective and current students would know about safety on campus. The Act grew to include requirements for emergency drills and other related issues. The law is less than 10 pages yet the regulations implementing the law and the associated handbook require more than 600 pages.
  • Gender Violence on Campus - Gender violence and harassment are unacceptable crimes. Estimates are that four of five incidents go unreported and that means campus public safety has no way to investigate and, when warranted, proceed to bring the alleged perpetrator to court or an administrative body for justice.
  • National Center for Campus Public Safety – As a resource for college and university first responders, this new center will conduct research, create an information clearinghouse and provide training to support campus law enforcement.
  • The Sean Collier Bill – If passed, the law would provide equity in death benefits to the families of sworn officers who are employed at private institutions. Sean Collier was the MIT campus police officer killed in the line of duty during the search for the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings. IACLEA President David Perry presented the 2015 Congressional Champion Award to U.S. Rep. Peter King of New York in recognition for his strong support for campus public safety and, in particular, the Sean Collier Bill.

“It was an honor to be selected as a delegate to attend the IACLEA conference and to discuss with lawmakers important issues that affect campus safety both nationally and locally at Wake Forest University,” said Lawson.

Iconic buildings in Winston-Salem to shine light on autism

350px-LightItUpBlue-logoABC of NC Child Development Center in partnership with Autism Speaks, and local corporate and civic partners will “Light It Up Blue” during the month of April in commemoration of Autism Awareness Month and World Autism Awareness Day on April 2.

Throughout the month of April, many of Winston-Salem’s most iconic buildings (and iconic buildings around the globe) will — literally and figuratively — shine a light on autism by illuminating their facades in blue tones.

April 1 and April 2 Wake Forest University will participate by lighting up Wait Chapel with blue lights.

Follow #LIUB to look for photos of landmarks as they “Light It Up Blue” for Autism Awareness Month.

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Historian Ed Hendricks was part of Wake Forest history

20090512.hendricks.495x260By Kerry King, Wake Forest Magazine

Much of J. Edwin Hendricks’ life story can be gleaned from the last four digits of his home telephone number: 1834.

It seems fitting that those four numbers – the year of Wake Forest’s founding – belonged to a historian who loved Wake Forest’s history and who was one of the longest serving professors in the University’s history.

Hendricks, who retired in 2009, died March 27 in Winston-Salem. He was 79.

“He was one of the most gentle, intelligent, considerate people I have ever known,” said Chris Hendricks, one of his three children. “He loved his students and Wake Forest.”

Hendricks’ 48 years on the faculty was second only to psychology professor Bob Beck, who retired the same year. “Over the years, I was frequently asked what I teach at Wake Forest,” Hendricks said in an interview when he retired. “I regret that I resisted the temptation to respond, ‘Why, I teach Wake Forest students.’ They were always what the process was all about.”

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