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Wake United: Live United Amy Bull

Before joining Wake Forest as assistant director, employer experience, Amy Bull gained first-hand knowledge of the important work that the United Way of Forsyth County does each day as a Loaned Executive to the United Way’s Capital Campaign in 2012. Working with United Way staff and representatives of partner agencies including the Bethesda Women’s Shelter, the Goodwill Prosperity Center, and Triad Community Kitchen, among others, Bull learned both the passion that local employers have for the United Way and the commitment of the agencies “to provide needed services to our community.”

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Now that she is at Wake Forest in the Officer of Personal and Career Development, Bull sees many connections between the work of the United Way and the work of students, faculty, and staff. Our students, she says, “have had the support and resources to have a great education at this university. This opens the doors to tremendous opportunities for them in the workforce and to contribute to the betterment of the community where they live.”

Similarly, the United Way of Forsyth County and its partner agencies are committed to positively impact the lives of students across our community by increasing the high school graduation to 90 percent, increasing at-grade-level reading and math outcomes by the end of third and eighth grades, and focusing on soft skill development for post-secondary opportunities. And, Bull notes, through the University’s Pro Humanitate spirit, “I see the same commitment by WFU to serving our community as the United Way fosters with their work and agency partnerships.”

The United Way of Forsyth County “is not stagnant. They look for ways to continually improve or adjust their programs and objectives as the needs of our community change.” And, perhaps most importantly, “We have all been touched by the services of the United Way. It may be through the Boy and Girl Scouts Programs, a friend or family member who needs the support of Cancer Services, an elderly neighbor or parent who is aided by Senior Services, or a co-worker who is in a domestic abuse situation and finds support from Family Services  –  the ways we are touched are endless. A contribution, no matter what the amount, makes a difference in your life and the lives of others. It allows the Pro Humanitate spirit of Wake Forest University to extend into the community where we live.”

Wake Forest Lovefeast to be held Dec. 6

Wake Forest University hosts its 50th annual Lovefeast service in Wait Chapel on Sunday, December 7, 2014.

The 51 st Annual Lovefeast at Wake Forest will be held Dec. 6 at 8 p.m. in Wait Chapel.

The service is free and open to the public.  Seating is first come, first served.  Traditionally, all seats are occupied for the Wake Forest Lovefeast.

Video of the Wake Forest Lovefeast will be streamed live and will begin promptly at 8 pm.  To watch, visit

A lovefeast is an opportunity for all ages to come together for fellowship.  The University’s first lovefeast was was organized by a Moravian student.  A half century later, the Wake Forest Lovefeast is the largest Moravian-style lovefeast in North America and a popular Wake Forest and community tradition.

November 2015 faculty and staff milestones

See a list of faculty and staff milestones in November 2015:

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11th Annual WFU Artisans’ Fair to be held Dec. 4

This is a guest post from the organizers of the Artisans’ Fair:artisansfair

It’s time for the 11th Annual WFU Artisans’ Fair to be held on Friday, Dec. 4, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. in Benson Center, Room 401. More 30 vendors will show and sell their handcrafted products which include jewelry, woodworking, stitchery, pottery, baked goods, stained glass and more.

Looking for a special gift? Then check out these vendors!

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Faculty, staff: Free tickets available for soccer game

Faculty and staff can claim free tickets to watch No. 1 Wake Forest take on No. 16 Indiana in a third-round game of the NCAA Tournament. The matchup will be at 1 p.m. on Sunday at Spry Stadium, with a free festival for kids on the practice fields from 11 a.m.-noon, including a bounce house, pickup soccer games and an appearance by the Deacon.

Faculty and staff can pick up tickets at the Benson information desk from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. today and 9 a.m.-noon Wednesday with a valid WFU ID. A maximum of six tickets can be claimed per ID. Tickets are only good for Alumni Hill. Additional tickets can be purchased for the hill or bleachers on or by calling 336.758.3322.

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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WGS service-learning class helps secure grant for El Buen Pastor

Wake Forest faculty headshots, Wednesday, August 28, 2013. Angela Kocze, Sociology.

Thanks in part to professor Angéla Kóczé’s service learning course, “Women Entrepreneurship: Innovation, Sustainability, and Social Responsibility,” El Buen Pastor Latino Community Services was recently awarded a grant for $24,500 from The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem.

As part of the course, Kóczé’s students generate social change through entrepreneurship. Under her leadership, she and her students developed a grant proposal to help women in the El Buen Pastor community start their own businesses. The funds awarded by The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem will provide support for training, workshops, networking, seed funding and hands-on experiences to an initial group of 10 women entrepreneurs.

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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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