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Journeys to Success Speaker Series to feature Dolores Huerta

Labor leader and civil rights activist Dolores Huerta will be the featured speaker Oct. 29 in Carswell Hall for the Journeys to Success Speaker Series hosted by the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

The event is free and open to the public.  It will be held at 6 p.m. in the Annenberg Forum.

Every semester, the Office of Multicultural Affairs hosts the Journeys to Success Speaker Series signature event. The Office seeks established international, national and local professionals of color to share their experiences traversing their respective fields. It brings speakers who will inspire students through sharing the story of their success and challenges.

The Office of Multicultural Affairs shared the following information about Huerta:

“Ms. Huerta is one of the most influential leaders of this country. Early in life, Ms. Huerta realized her lifelong journey towards working to correct economic injustice. As a result, she became a labor leader and civil rights activist who was an early member, along with colleague Cèsar Chávez of the National Farm workers Association, which later became the United Farm Workers (UFW). Ms. Huerta has received numerous awards for her community service and advocacy for workers, immigrants, and women’s rights, including the most prestigious award that a person can receive, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, bestowed to her in 2012 by President Obama. Today, she continues to work tirelessly developing leaders and advocates for the working poor, woman, and children.”

For more information, please contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs at 336-758-5864.

This event is cosponsored by: Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability, Communication Department, Diversity and Collaboration Fund, Divinity School Food, Faith, and Religious Leadership, Latin American and Latino Studies, Organization of Latin American Students, Pro Humanitate Institute, the Women’s Center, and Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies.

September 2015 faculty publications

Barbour, Sally; David Howard; Thomas Lacroix; & Judith Misrahi-Barak, Eds. (Romance Languages). Diasporas, Cultures of Mobilities, ‘Race’ 2: Diaspora, Memory and Intimacy. Presses universitaires de la Méditerranée. May 2015.

Coates, David. (Politics & International Affairs). Capitalism: The Basics. Routledge. September 2015.

 Senior, John. (Divinity). A Theology of Political Vocation: Christian Life and Public Office. Baylor University Press. September 2015.

Habitat build set for Oct. 14 on Davis Field

This a guest post from the campus sponsors of the upcoming Habitat for Humanity build:

In the spirit of the Wake Forest motto, Pro Humanitate, students, faculty, and staff are invited to join the campus community in a special Habitat for Humanity build on Oct. 14 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Davis Field. (Originally, Manchester Plaza was announced as the location, but the site has been moved.) Volunteers will help assemble walls that will be used in the construction of a local Habitat house. Habitat for Humanity seeks to end poverty housing by helping thousands of low-income families secure affordable housing. Since 2005, Habitat has grown from serving 25,000 families each year to serving over 300,000 families annually in the U.S. and more than 70 countries.

Habitat ImageRegister to participate by signing up for a 20 minute slot. 25 volunteers can participate per volunteer shift. The only requirement is a signed waiver and closed-toed shoes. There may be minor disruption due to noise from the build; although, it is our understanding that the potential noise caused should not rise to the level of cancelling class or meetings.

Find out more details and register here.

The On-Campus Build is a special event in preparation for the next Leadership Project featuring Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity. The Leadership Project is designed to celebrate the many ways leadership development is taught and inspired at Wake Forest and to engage members of our community with compelling personal leadership stories from a wide range of experiences and perspectives. Save the date and plan to attend the keynote address on Oct. 20 at 6 p.m. in Brendle Recital Hall.

Allison McWilliams: Building trust

Allison McWilliams, director of mentoring and alumni personal and career development in the Office of Personal and Career Development, will write occasional articles in 2015-2016 for Inside WFU.  This is her third for the academic year.  In each, she shares observations and suggestions with faculty and staff drawn from her professional experience with students.

Allison McWilliams, the Director of Career Education in the Wake Forest Office of Personal and Career Development on Monday, October 10, 2011.

A key element of any effective mentoring relationship is the actual relationship part. And a crucial part of any effective relationship, whether it is a friendship, a romantic partnership, a work relationship, or a mentorship, is the ability to build trust between the partners.

What is the challenge in building trust? A recent study by the Pew Research Center found that this generation of students is “relatively unattached to organized politics and religion, linked by social media, burdened by debt, distrustful of people, in no rush to marry— and optimistic about the future.” Another study notes, “If a college degree is no longer the golden ticket it once was and the economic system can’t be trusted to provide success, millennials are primed to use their skills—whatever their source—to create opportunities for themselves.” They don’t trust the system and they don’t trust other people. So how can you build trust for an effective mentoring relationship?

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May selected to attend Leadership Institute meeting

Phil May, a senior project manager in Information Systems, has been recognized for leadership by the Project Management Institute (PMI) Piedmont Triad Chapter. He has been selected  to attend the PMI Leadership Institute Meeting 2015-North America on Oct. 8-10 in Orlando.

While there, May will attend meetings with PMI chapter leaders from all over the world to hear remarkable keynote speakers and benefit from more than 60 educational sessions, learn about tools and resources to assist with managing the local chapter, and network with more than 1,100 like-minded volunteer leaders.

May was selected because of his accomplishments as the chapter’s vice president of education, a role to which he was elected last January. Those accomplishments include leading a team in the development of a new course PM 101, A Day in the Life, organizing local Project Management Professional (PMP) prep classes, which includes offering these classes to Wake Forest MBA students through an on-going partnership with the University’s School of Business, and teaching PMP prep classes.

Proposals funded: Bonin, Jones, Marsh

Keith Bonin


Congratulations to Keith Bonin, department chair and professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Real-Time Dopamine Signaling and Ethanol Drinking Behavior” 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 Amanda Jones, assistant professor of chemistry, whose proposal entitled “CAREER: Mechanism as a Driving Force in Gold (l) Catalyzed Alkyne Functionalizations” has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).





Congratulations to Tony Marsh, professor health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Physical Exercise to Prevent Disability Pilot Study – LIFE Field Center” 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 Tony Marsh, professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Trial of Vitamin D Supplementation and Neuromuscular Function in Older Adults” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and by [subaward/subcontract from] Wake Forest University Health Sciences (WFU funding agency).

Habitat CEO Jonathan Reckford to speak Oct. 20

reckford.200x275Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI), will speak on Oct. 20 at 6 p.m. in Brendle Recital Hall at Scales Fine Arts Center.  HFHI is an ecumenical Christian housing ministry that has helped more than five million people construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes in more than 70 countries.

The event is free and open to the public. The speech will also be livestreamed.

Reckford is coming to Wake Forest for participation in The Leadership Project. This initiative is designed to celebrate the many ways leadership development is taught and inspired at Wake Forest and to engage members of our community with compelling personal leadership stories from a wide range of experiences and perspectives.

Reckford, the author of “Habitat for Humanity: No Hands but Yours,” was appointed CEO of HFHI in 2005. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead Scholar. He earned his MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business before spending much of his career in the for-profit sector.

For more information, click here.

Locklair’s “Requiem” to be performed at St. Paul’s Church

The world premiere of Dan Locklair’s “Requiem,” for SATB chorus, soloists, string orchestra and organ will be given on Nov. 1 at 5 p.m. as a part of Choral Evensong for the Feast of All Saints at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Winston-Salem.  Locklair is professor of music at Wake Forest.

Performers will include the St. Paul’s Choir, guest soloists and string orchestra members of the Winston-Salem Symphony Orchestra, conducted by John Cummins, organist/choirmaster of St. Paul’s.

“Begun in 2012, ‘Requiem’ was completed on April 3, 2015 (Good Friday) and is dedicated to the memory of my parents,” Locklair said. “In nine movements and approximately 40 minutes in length, the texts for Requiem are all in English and are drawn from both the traditional Requiem Mass as well as from The Book of Psalms.”

This event is free and open to the public. Directions to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at For more program information, call 336-723-4391, Ext. 1401.



ACE Fellows announced for 2015-16

Twelve Wake Forest faculty members have been named to the University’s 2015-2016 class of Academic Community Engagement (ACE) Fellows.

In its 17th year, the ACE Fellowship program provides support for selected faculty members interested in integrating some form of community engagement into classes. Each year, up to 12 fellows are selected by the faculty director of the ACE Fellows Program, the ACE Advisory Council, the director of the Teaching and Learning Center and the Dean of the College.

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Panhellenic Council offers babysitting on Oct. 9

In appreciation of Wake Forest faculty and staff, the University’s Panhellenic Council is hosting a babysitting night for their children.  It will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 9 in Benson University Center, Room 401.

Children ages four to 12 are eligible for participation.  The Panhellenic Council has scheduled a night of games, movies and more for the children.

Click here to register for the babysitting night out.