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Chinese Lunar New Year to be celebrated on campus Feb. 13

36bfceadf40c74aeac04b8039b4b83cd5c790fb4The Chinese Lunar New Year Festival will be held at The Barn from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 13.  The event is free and open to the public.

Organizers extended an invitation with the following message:

Come and celebrate Chinese New Year’s here at Wake Forest.  Have a taste of traditional home-cooked food that represents the holiday, witness and be entertained by a variety of live performances provided by our (Wake Forest) students and the community as well as have fun with all the activities and games.

ASIA (Asian Student Interest Group) has organized the event with support from several University departments, including East Asian Languages and Cultures, as well as Multicultural Affairs.

Provost Kersh: Invitation to Founders’ Day Convocation

The following message was sent to students, faculty and staff, recently, by Provost Rogan Kersh:

Each year, the Wake Forest family gathers for the Founders’ Day Convocation to observe the University’s founding in February of 1834. Wake Forest will hold Founders’ Day Convocation on Thursday, February 18, at 4 p.m. in Wait Chapel.

We will award the Medallion of Merit, the highest honor bestowed by the University, to Jenny Robinson Puckett (’71, P ’00) and James T. Williams, Jr. (’62, JD ’66, P ’89, P ’92, P ’96), and faculty awards will be presented in the areas of advising, teaching and service. As is Wake Forest tradition, we will also have the opportunity to hear outstanding seniors read this year’s winning Senior Orations and the Class of 2016 will be honored with a reflective “senior video” featuring student testimonials.

Information for faculty, including processing information and regalia inquiries, can be found at

The Office of the Provost will be hosting a reception immediately following the convocation in the Scales Lower Lobby. We look forward to seeing you there!


North Carolina Cognition Conference to be held at WFU

The annual North Carolina Cognition Conference will be held at Wake Forest on Feb. 13 in Benson University Center. The keynote speaker will be Gordon Logan, Centennial Professor of Psychology at Vanderbilt University.

Additional information is available here.

‘Truth, Lies, and Politics’ panel discussion to be held Feb. 16


A panel discussion called “Truth, Lies, and Politics” will be  held at 7 p.m. Feb. 16 in Wait Chapel.

The panel’s moderator will be Melissa Harris-Perry, Presidential Endowed Professor in Politics and International Affairs.

Panelists will include:

  • Naomi Oreskes – Professor of the History of Science and Affiliated Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University
  • Anthony Appiah – Professor of Philosophy and Law at New York University
  • Dan Kahan – Professor of Law and Psychology at Yale Law School

The panel discussion will focus on various topics, including the impact of media in our democracy and citizens’ obligations to be informed about issues such as the human impact on climate change or the causes of economic inequality.

This event is free and open to the public and is co-sponsored by the Office of Sustainability; the Center for Energy, Environment & Sustainability; Department of Philosophy and the Thomas Jack Lynch Philosophy Fund; Department of Psychology; School of Law; Department of Politics and International Affairs; Department of Communication; Wake the Vote; College Democrats; The Arch Society; and The Euzelian Society.

For more detailed information, please visit the event page.

Wake Forest’s TEDx event planned for Feb. 20

Eight speakers are scheduled to participate in Wake Forest’s 5th annual TEDxWakeForestU event on Feb. 20 from 12 to 4 p.m. in Wait Chapel.


Mark Hurd

Topics will include cyber security,human trafficking, food safety and more.  Among the speakers will be Mark Hurd, chief executive officer of Oracle Corporation. The theme for the event is Haven: Fearlessness Reimagined.

Tickets are free for Wake Forest University students, faculty and staff. General public tickets are $15. All attendees must have a ticket to attend.

More details about the event are available here.

Staff Advisory Council to meet Feb. 10 in Benson Center

Two guest speakers will be featured Feb. 10 at a meeting of the Staff Advisory Council (SAC) .  Held in Benson University Center’s Room 401, the meeting will run from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.  All staff are invited to SAC meetings.

The meeting also offers staff the opportunity to participate in a raffle.  The SAC announced: Come to the February SAC meeting to enter to win four tickets to the February 21 Wake Forest vs. Boston College basketball game!  Only non-SAC members are eligible.  Must be present at time of drawing to win!

The speakers include Erika Griffith, program director for HELPS (Healthy Exercise & Lifestyle ProgramS), and J. Kline Harrison, associate provost for global affairs.  Griffith will tell staff about the program and how they can participate in it.  Harrison will give staff an update on the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) process that Wake Forest is undertaking.

Wake Forest to host N.C. Sociological Association

This is a guest post from the Department of Sociology:

Wake Forest sociology professor Steve Gunkel, Thursday, August 11, 2011.

Steve Gunkel

The annual meeting of the North Carolina Sociological Association (NCSA) will be hosted by the University’s Sociology Department on Feb. 12 at Wake Forest Biotech Place in Innovation Quarter.  NCSA President-Elect Steve Gunkel, associate teaching professor of sociology at Wake Forest, has organized the statewide conference on behalf of the NCSA with this year’s theme “Doing Justice: Community, Social, or Criminal?”

Several panels address issues related to justice such as mass incarceration and prisoner re-entry, politics, policing, health disparities, and wrongful conviction and the plight of exonerees.  Several Wake Forest University students are serving as goodwill “ambassadors” to facilitate the conference.

Many Wake students are presenting their research in sociology including: the impact of residential segregation; internet depictions of pro-/anti-vaccine sentiments; cross-national approaches to intimate partner violence; post-graduation aspirations of first-generation college students; service-based learning experiences; state-corporate crime and human trafficking; and deviant activities within religious cults.

Support for the conference has been provided by the Office of the Provost, the Dean of the College and the American Ethnic Studies Program.

Series presents performance of complete Beethoven Trios

Trio2013_by DanielAshworthThe University’s Secrest Artist Series will host musicians David Finckel, Philip Setzer and Wu Han in a performance of the complete Beethoven Trios in a two-night special event on February 17 and 18 in Brendle Recital Hall.

Cellist David Finckel, violinist Philip Setzer and pianist Wu Han are renowned as one of the world’s finest piano trios. Finckel spent more than 30 years with the famed Emerson String Quartet, Setzer is a founding member of the Emerson, and Han has an outstanding career as an orchestral soloist and chamber player.

The Secrest Signature Pre-Concert talk will begin at 6:40 p.m. before each performance, focusing on the music of that night. Both Pre-Concert talks will be given by Associate Dean and Professor of Music David Levy. His recent research has focused on the “late” Beethoven quartets and he is working on a book on the symphonies of Beethoven.

Wake Forest faculty, staff and retirees receive free admission for themselves and one guest. Students receive free admission for themselves. Simply show your WFU I.D. at the door.

Tickets for one or both performances are $5-$30 for members of the community. Tickets and more information at or call 758-5757.

Campus Connections to be held Feb. 8

Guest post from the Office of the Provost:

We look forward to seeing you Monday, Feb. 8, at 8:45 a.m. for our first Campus Connections of the new year.

If you are unable to be with us in Benson Center, Room 401, we hope that you will join us over WebEx.

In order to do so, please:

Campus Connections

Week of Sleep workshops begin Feb. 8


This is a guest post from the Office of Wellbeing:

In collaboration with various offices and student groups, the Office of Wellbeing would like to present the Week of Sleep, a series of daily workshops Feb. 8-12  at 4 p.m. in Benson University Center to raise awareness of the importance of sleep related to our physical and emotional wellbeing leading up to the Sleep Challenge! Faculty, staff, and students who come get a free sleep gear prize (while supplies last, first come first serve).

-Join the Learning Assistance Center on Monday Feb. 8 from 4-5 p.m. in Benson Center, Room 401C to learn about sleep and its effects on your cognition, focus, and concentration!

-Join Wake Forest Neurology Feb. 9 from 4-5 p.m. in Benson Center, Room 409 to learn about sleep disorders!

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