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February 2014 milestones

See a list of faculty and staff milestones in February 2014:

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Weather-related closings, delays announced in several ways

Snow on campusIn the event of severe weather that prompts a delay or closing, Wake Forest will use several methods to alert students, faculty and staff to schedule changes.

On occasion, because of snowy or icy weather conditions, Wake Forest officials have announced a decision to close the campus for the day or delay the start of classes and the opening of offices. In such cases, the University will use the following communication channels:

  • The Wake Alert website at wakealert.wfu.edu.
  • A headline across the top of the University home page at wfu.edu. It will link to the Wake Alert website.
  • An email message to faculty, staff and students.
  • A voice mail message to faculty and staff.
  • A message on the University’s weather/emergency phone line (336-758-5935).
  • Announcements on radio stations WFDD (88.5 FM) and WSJS (600 AM).
  • Announcements on TV stations WXII, WGHP, WFMY and News 14 Carolina.

Beta Verde to present on sustainable living

beta.verde.300x175Margaret Norfleet Neff and Salem Norfleet Neff, the mother/daughter founders and directors of Beta Verde will share information about their local food venture on Wednesday, Feb. 19, in the Scales Fine Arts Center Lobby from 4:30 – 6 p.m.

Beta Verde produces locally sourced jams, pickles, and syrups and was featured nationally in Slow Food USA. Beta verde is located in Winston-Salem on a 16-acre urban farm. The enterprise founded and manages the Old Salem Cobblestone Farmers Market, ranked 11th nationally by U.S. News and World Report in 2012.

The Beta Verde team is working with students and staff at Wake Forest through interdisciplinary courses that explore the impact of women entrepreneurs at the local and global levels. Anne Boyle, associate dean for student-faculty academic initiatives, will introduce the Norfleet Neffs and talk about the innovations of this campus-community effort and Margaret and Salem’s role as mentors and collaborators.

Enjoy seasonal fare and learn about current needs and future aspirations for sustaining life and community both on the campus, in Winston-Salem and in the world.

‘Unbroken Circle’ breaks fundraising records

unbroken.circle.membersUnbroken Circle, Wake Forest’s multi-generational string band, played for a standing-room only crowd on Feb. 1.  The benefit performance for the Shalom Project raised more than $7,000. The Winston-Salem charity feeds the hungry, offers clothing to those in need, tutors at risk children and cares for the sick. The Shalom Project runs one of the largest food pantries and free medical clinics in Winston Salem.

Cindy Hodnett reported in the Winston-Salem Journal’s Scene and Heard column that the Unbroken Circle musicians played many favorites for the enthusiastic sing-along, clap-along audience. “‘I’ll Fly Away’ was a crowd favorite, as was the poignant ‘Your Long Journey.’ Dr. Ed Wilson, beloved provost emeritus at Wake Forest University, was also onstage for the concert, reading several poems to complement the evening’s musical line-up.”

Read more about the concert in the Winston-Salem Journal.

Religion professor profiled by American Academy of Religion

nelly.vandornharder.300x175Nelly Van Doorn-Harder, professor of Islamic studies, was featured in the American Academy of Religion (AAR)’s “Religious Studies News.”

Van Doorn-Harder served as the chair of the organization’s program committee for the past three years.  The interview outlines the various new policies and initiatives that were put in place during her tenure.

Van Doorn-Harder is the author of several works on Coptic Christianity and Indonesian Islam, including “The Emergence of the Modern Coptic Papacy: The Egyptian Church and Its Leadership from the Ottoman Period to the Present” (AUC Press, 2011)

The AAR is a learned society and professional association of teachers and research scholars with about 9,000 members who teach in some 900 colleges, universities, seminaries and schools in North America and abroad.

Van Doorn-Harder has served in the leadership of a number of program units in the AAR. She served as chair of the Study of Islam Section from 2004–2008. She founded and has chaired the Middle Eastern Christianity Group since 2009, and she served on the AAR’s Governance Task Force, which revamped the AAR’s entire governance structure, from 2008–2010.

American Ski Resort: Architecture, Style, Experience

ski.bookjacketThe Z. Smith Reynolds Library is hosting a lecture and book signing for Margaret Supplee Smith, professor emerita of art, on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 4 p.m. in the library’s auditorium (Room 404). Smith will discuss her book “American Ski Resort: Architecture, Style, Experience” (2013, University of Oklahoma Press).

Skiing is all about freedom. Yet, paradoxically, the experience of skiing for most Americans is inextricably linked to architecture, for our journey down the mountain begins at the ski resort. The evolution from wilderness outpost to the massive, theme-oriented, multipurpose enclave today will be explored. Following the lecture, copies of Smith’s book will be available for purchase.

Read more: “Peggy Smith: The golden age of ski resorts” (Wake Forest Magazine)

WFU Habitat for Humanity House Built

habitat.300x175Wake Forest volunteers from the Reynolda Campus and the medical center worked together to build a Habitat for Humanity house in Winston-Salem.

The house was dedicated Jan. 28.

Construction on the house began Aug. 28 with several hundred members of the Wake Forest community — including faculty, staff and students — contributing their time and skills to the project.

The heated, 1,450-square foot house features four bedrooms, a porch and a partial basement.

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Faculty development award

The Nathan and Julie Hatch Prize for Academic Excellence supports a week of research and writing from June 29 to July 6, 2014, at the Summer Research Institute conducted by Harris Manchester College at Oxford University. Room, board and transportation are covered.

Faculty from the undergraduate college, Z. Smith Reynolds Library, and the business, divinity, law and medical schools are eligible to apply. University Professor Thomas Frank and Associate Professor of Romance Languages Kendall Tarte, the most recent winners, are available to answer questions about the program. 

Please submit a CV and a letter of intent describing your current research project by March 1 to Jennifer Collins, vice provost, Reynolda Hall 204.

For more information, visit the Office of the Provost website.

PDC offers career development opportunities

ironwork.200x250The Professional Development Center is offering several career development opportunities with approaching application deadlines. These programs were highlighted in the January 2014 Provost’s Newsletter.

Career Group Coaching

Planning one’s career can be empowering, yet daunting if the path is unclear. Career Group Coaching will help participants begin to envision and prepare for the next step of their careers. The group is limited to eight faculty and staff. Application deadline is February 14. Learn more about Career Group Coaching here.

Aspiring Leaders Program (ALP) Fall 2014

The ALP is a unique opportunity to develop a cohort of faculty and staff throughout the academic year. The program is geared towards faculty who may someday assume a leadership position (i.e. program director, center director or department chair), and staff with a minimum of five to seven years of professional experience who are new to leadership. Application deadline is March 7. Learn more about the Aspiring Leaders Program here.

Career Development for Women Leaders

The Office of Women in Medicine and Science’s (OWIMS) Leadership & Mentoring Program sponsors the Career Development for Women Leaders (CDWL) Program. The CDWL program is modeled after national programs for women in academic health sciences, is eight days and spans nine months, from September through May. Application deadline is March 7. This is a fee-based program. Visit the Career Development for Women Leaders website for more information about the program.

Leadership Winston-Salem

Leadership Winston-Salem is a 25-year-old program that provides a select group of professionals with the opportunity to learn about community leadership. In addition to Wake Forest being a long-time supporter of Leadership Winston-Salem, this opportunity blends well with the community building aspects of our Strategic Plan, as leaders are immersed into several facets of the Winston-Salem community. Learn more about Leadership Winston-Salem here.

CS4HS workshop findings to be presented at conference

While most kids have been using computers their whole lives, they generally don’t get the opportunity to learn exactly how they work until college. Wake Forest computer scientists teamed up with Google over the last two summers to develop a comprehensive approach to reversing this trend.

Sam Cho

Sam Cho

Samuel Cho, assistant professor of computer science and physics, led the project. He and computer science professor Paúl Pauca hosted two Google-sponsored CS4HS summer workshops in which Wake Forest computer science students trained middle and high school teachers how to write simple computer and Android based programs. They also worked with the teachers on ways to integrate computational thinking exercises into their curriculum.

Paúl Pauca

Paúl Pauca 

Cho and Paúca sent follow-up surveys to the teachers who participated in the workshops and found the workshops were effective. They helped teachers integrate computational thinking into the classroom and improved teachers’ abilities to mentor young students interested in learning computer skills before attending college.

Cho and Pauca, along with Winston-Salem State University Professor of Education Denise Johnson and Hanes Magnet School Spanish teacher Yu’Vonne James, compiled results from the workshops and surveys. Cho and Pauca will present these findings at the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education’s 25th International Conference, March 17-21, in Jacksonville, Fla.