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Memorial service for Randy Runyan

A campus memorial service will be held Monday, Sept. 22, for Randy Runyan, a Wake Forest student who died last May as a result of an automobile accident in Kentucky.

The service will be held at 5:30 p.m. in Wait Chapel. Randy’s family will join the University community in the service organized by the Office of the Chaplain to celebrate his life.

Randy was a member of the Class of 2015. He was a double major in psychology and sociology.

WFU Director of Design named President of the American Institute of Graphic Arts

20140121brent2422Brent Piper, director of design in Communications and External Relations (CER), has been elected president of the Triad N.C. chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), the professional association for design. AIGA brings together designers and provide resources for the design community.

AIGA Triad N.C. was founded in December 2012. Piper, who was elected in July, will continue to guide and grow the chapter.

“To have a professional group that is able to engage graphic designers in the Triad has been a long time coming,” Piper said. “A lot of hard work has been put into getting it started.  I want AIGA to become a strong force for graphic designers in the Triad and better our community.”

Among Piper’s first duties as president was moderating the INitiative [INHOUSE] Panel Discussion, which brought together creative directors from Krispy Kreme and Under Armor, as well as Wake Forest executive creative director Hayes Henderson, to examine what it means to work as an in-house designer. Piper hopes to hold similar discussions during his two-year term as president.

Campus Garden weekly volunteer hours

20120725garden5622Come out to the garden this week to help harvest the end of the summer produce including okra, cantaloupes, basil and peppers and start planting for fall.

Students, faculty, staff and family members are welcome. To schedule a volunteer group session in the garden, contact Araceli Morales-Santos and Akua Maat at campusgarden@wfu.edu.

Wake Forest campus parking lot closures Thursday – Saturday

A message from Facilities and Campus Services on parking lot closures 

Here is a link to the campus parking map for reference to parking locations noted below.

Thursday, Sept. 18

  • Parking Lot B will be closed all day.
  • Parking Lot A will be closed at 3 p.m. Vehicles that are already parked in Lot A prior to 3 p.m. will not need to be moved.

Friday, Sept. 19

  • Parking Lot B will be closed all day.
  • Parking Lot N will be closed at 3 p.m. Vehicles that are already parked in Lot N prior to 3 p.m. will not need to be moved.
  • Parking Lot A will be closed at 3 p.m. Vehicles that are already parked in Lot A prior to 3 p.m. will not need to be moved.

Saturday, Sept. 20

  • Lot N will be closed all day.

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Women’s Center explores friendships, work/life balance & more

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Gallup’s State of the American Workplace: Employee Engagement Insights for U.S. Business Leaders report shows having a best friend at work offers social and collaborative opportunities that are integral to workplace engagement and wellbeing.

At noon, on Sept. 18 in the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies lounge and library in the basement of Tribble Hall, the Women’s Center’s “Working Women at Wake Brown Bag Lunch Series” will focus on workplace friendships.

Cynthia Gendrich, theatre professor and director of the Interdisciplinary Performance and the Liberal Arts Center (IPLACe), will lead a discussion on friendships based around the upcoming Mainstage production “These Shining Lives.” The play, which opens Sept. 19, intertwines the stories of four women, their friendships and their long-standing workplace relationships.

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Silman to speak at Tech Briefing

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Biology professor Miles Silman is one of 10 speakers to present at the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce Tech Briefing on Thursday, Sept. 18. The Tech Briefing will be held at the Benton Convention Center from 8 to 10 a.m.

Silman, whose work focuses on plant-climate relationships, will discuss the use of drones to research and model the environmental impact of climate change.

The Tech Briefing is an entertaining, informative and fast-moving event open to the public and appealing to a broad audience. Presenters from a diverse range of local companies and organizations, from new start-up ventures to long-established existing companies, speak for just five minutes about their innovative technologies, designs and products.

The Tech Briefing is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Click here to register.

A glacier in the Hanes Art Gallery?

20140909sculpture0307Artist Spencer Finch has unveiled his latest project, “Sky,” at the Charlotte and Philip Hanes Art Gallery in Scales Fine Arts Center, which is on display until Oct. 27.

Incorporating his usual off-the-cuff style, Finch’s “Sky” is a system for producing a miniature glacier. Eighty gallons of carefully dyed blue water freezes, melts and evaporates as it moves through the machinery of “Sky.” The system releases ice about every 15 minutes and simulates the sound of a glacier calving into water with a loud crack.

“It is poignant, ironic, poetic and funny all at once,” said Paul Bright, director of the Charlotte and Philip Hanes Art Gallery.

Learn more about this exhibition on the Charlotte and Philip Hanes Art Gallery website.

A message from President Nathan Hatch

A message from President Nathan Hatch to the Wake Forest Community.

Last February, Melvin Washington (’14) delivered a senior oration titled, “Who is Wake Forest?” During Melvin’s provocative remarks about the power of diversity he said, “I walk past the same majestic chapel, wait in the same long lines at Subway, take some of the same classes, and in May I’ll cross the same stage, but our Wake Forests are different. Our Wake Forests are different because our experiences are different. Our experiences are different because we’re all different people. However, there is beauty in that difference and its intersections where we all consider ourselves Deacs.”

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Renewing our commitment to an engaged and inclusive community

A message from Vice President of Campus Life Penny Rue to the Wake Forest community.

In my first year at Wake Forest, many people — students, faculty and staff — took time to tell me what was special about Wake Forest, and for that I am grateful. It helped me begin to know this place in a deeply meaningful way. Others took the time to tell me what they think is wrong about Wake Forest, and for that I am even more grateful. Wake has a quest for excellence, and in that quest we must be fearless in our ability to look honestly and constructively at our community.

One of the most searing moments of my first year was a Town Hall meeting, organized by students last spring, to share concerns about bias and mistreatment from university police. Their stories were poignant and painful, and they underscored what I had already learned: that not all Deacs feel the same sense of inclusion. As one African American student had said to me, “Oh, we feel welcome, Wake is a welcoming place. We just don’t feel valued.” This must change.

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Chairs, dance and Parkinson’s Disease

chrisina.soriano.200x200Chairs, dance and Parkinson’s Disease will come together Sunday, Sept. 14, in Dancing with Parkinson’s: Choreography for the Seated Position at Reynolda House Museum of American Art.

Led by Wake Forest dance professor Christiana Soriano, and performed by the participants of her Dancing with Parkinson’s class, the event will explore how improvisational dance in the seated position affects movement in people with Parkinson’s.

“We are looking at how chairs serve us in different and complex ways,” Soriano said. “The chair enables them to take greater risk with movement.”

Soriano began her Parkinson’s research in 2012 when she began a study that looked at the way improvisational dance intervention changed balance and mobility in adults with Parkinson’s. She led patients with Parkinson’s in dance on a weekly basis throughout the study. After the study ended, Soriano continued to hold weekly classes at the request of her participants.

The performance is presented in association with The Art of Seating: Two Hundred Years of American Design, Reynolda House’s current exhibition. Learn more about Dancing with Parkinson’s: Choreography for the Seated Position on Reynolda House Museum of American Art’s website.