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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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Herndon-Edmunds, Williams appointed to new roles at University

Shayla Herndon-Edmunds, Diversity Education Program Manager, Wake Forest University Human Resources, Tuesday, December 3, 2013.

Shayla Herndon-Edmunds

In the University’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Shayla Herndon-Edmunds has been appointed director of diversity education and J. Matthew Williams has been appointed director of communication.

Barbee Oakes, chief diversity officer and assistant provost for diversity and inclusion, described the appointments as supporting Wake Forest’s ongoing commitment to improve the campus climate and build an inclusive community.

Herndon-Edmunds joined Wake Forest’s staff in 2006.  Most recently, she was manager of diversity of education.

In her expanded role, Herndon-Edmunds will develop strategies to strengthen the cultural competence and intercultural skills of faculty, staff and students, giving special attention to the first-year experience for college students and new faculty development.

She will also oversee a cadre of volunteers trained to deliver the Gatekeepers Workshop Initiative, Wake Forest’s signature diversity education program. Since its inception, more than 1,900 faculty, staff and students have participated in the four-part series.

Additionally, her role includes strategic partnership with University Police, Academic Advising, Residence Life and Housing, the Pro Humanitate Institute, graduate and professional schools and other areas of the University.

Herndon-Edmunds received a Bachelor of Arts in English and Business Administration from George Mason University.  A licensed professional life coach, she is certified in emotional intelligence, unconscious bias and intercultural development.

Matt Williams, the new Associate Director, Marketing and Communications, in the WaKe Forest Office of Personal and Career Development, in the OPCD offices in Reynolda Hall on Thursday, August 29, 2013.

Matt Williams

Williams joined Wake Forest’s staff in 2011.  Most recently, he was associate director of marketing and communication in the University’s Office of Personal and Career Development.

In his new role, Williams will oversee communication for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, as well as provide consultative support to the Intercultural Center, Women’s Center, LGBTQ Center and Diversity Education.  His position also includes strategic partnership with University Advancement (and its Communications and External Relations staff) and the Office of the President, where he will work with their leadership teams to elevate the University’s commitment to and promotion of diversity and inclusion to all University constituents.

Williams received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication at Wake Forest and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in communication at the University.  His research centers on the intersections of digital media, identity and social justice.

For more information about Diversity and Inclusion, visit


Application period open for Move More program

Move more Move OftenSpring semester applications are being accepted through Feb. 12 for the wellbeing project called Move More. Move Often.

The project, which is a research program (IRB# IRB00022164), is open to students, faculty and staff.

To apply, visit

It is designed as an eight-week step challenge to encourage individuals to increase their daily physical activity. Using Fitbit activity trackers, participants can monitor their daily steps and activity. Throughout the eight-week challenge, participants can access performance incentives, receive supplemental resources and materials, as well as discounts.

Participants will be required to attend a one-hour orientation session. A Fitbit will be provided to participants. Participants may also use their own Fitbit, instead.

At the conclusion of the challenge, prizes will be awarded on an individual basis for significant improvement in the number of average daily steps. Following each challenge, participants will have the opportunity to re-enroll for additional challenges to keep improving their daily physical activity and potentially win more prizes.

The website offers additional information about Move More. Move Often. The site includes a list of resources and an FAQ section, for instance.

This project is co-sponsored by Office of Wellbeing, Campus Life, Health and Exercise Science, Environmental Health and Safety, Hospitality & Auxiliary Services, Residence Life and Housing, Information Technology, PDC Run, Forest, Run (Walk Forest), Therapeutic Lifestyle Change, Aramark, Campus Recreation.