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TLC’s Teaching Renewal Retreat continues to grow

20150610_tlc_graylyn_004A guest post by Catherine Ross, director of Wake Forest’s Teaching and Learning Center:

When assistant professors begin their careers, most colleges and universities have a process in place for mentoring and supporting these newest teachers and researchers. Only a very few college teaching and learning centers offer programming for mid and advanced career faculty dealing with issues and concerns such as: how to teach and connect with increasingly diverse students, how to get and keep students engaged in learning, and how to keep ourselves engaged in teaching year after year!

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Online tool for requesting tuition concession available

Human Resources has launched an online tool that replaces the paper form used to request tuition concession for faculty and staff.  In addition to making it more efficient to submit requests, this sustainable solution adds capabilities for faculty and staff to track their tuition reimbursement.

The new online tool is available by logging into the secure WIN portal, accessing “WF@Work,” and clicking “Tuition Concession.”  Pre-recorded presentations and user guides for faculty, staff, managers, and department approvers are available in WIN and on the Human Resources website.  Additionally, individual informational sessions may be scheduled by contacting or 336.758.4700.

Library offers ZSR 101

ZSR LibraryRecently, the Professional Development Center asked the Z. Smith Reynolds Library to lead a “ZSR 101″ workshop for staff as part of the CORE program.

Here is the blog post about the class, provided by library staff member Hu Womack.

18th annual women’s football camp set for July 23

Are you someone who wants to learn more about the fundamentals of football? The 18th annualwomens football camp Wake Forest Women’s Football Camp could be for you.

Head coach Dave Clawson and his staff cordially invite women to join them on Thursday, July 23, beginning at 6 p.m. at Bridger Field House at BB&T Field.

Click here for more information.

Sara Cromwell gets curious with latest MOA exhibit

Sara Cromwell, right, the assistant director of the Wake Forest Museum of Anthropology, works on the exhibit Cabinet of Curiosities, with sophomore Lindsay Gilliland ('18), one of the students who curated the exhibit, in the museum on Monday, June 15, 2015.

Sara Cromwell, interim assistant director of the Museum of Anthropology, spearheaded an effort to give her student employees a chance to run an exhibit on their own while also giving the Museum a display unlike any it has had before. What resulted is the newest exhibit for the summer: MOA’s Cabinet of Curiosities.

The exhibit features nearly 80 exotic items hand-picked by the four student employees (and a Salem College student) and Cromwell. Other than that, Cromwell’s work with the project was deliberately limited, letting the students take control. “We looked at Cabinet of Curiosities as a way to reward the invaluable work of our student employees while simultaneously allowing them to improve upon their curatorial skills,” Cromwell explains. Her role was to answer any questions the students might have and help initially with the research of the objects. She also had help from museum educator Tina Smith throughout the process.

Cromwell came up with the theme of a cabinet of curiosities to create a space for objects from the Museum’s vast collection that haven’t been displayed before. Cabinets of curiosities, or wunderkammem (wonder rooms), originated as private collections of exotic and extraordinary objects in mid-sixteenth century Europe. Looking for a way to verify their wealth, individuals displayed as many foreign objects as they could in a jam-packed room of their home. The items represent a diverse group of disciplines such as fine art, natural history and anthropology. These displays served as precursors to modern museums.

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Perkins named associate provost for Reynolda House, Gardens

Allison Perkins, the director of the Reynolda House Museum of American Art at Wake Forest University, poses outside the house on Tuesday, June 23, 2015.

In a move that re-unifies management of two historic parts of campus, Wake Forest has named Allison C. Perkins associate provost for Reynolda House and Reynolda Gardens effective Aug. 1, 2015. Perkins has been executive director of Reynolda House Museum of American Art since July 2006.

“Historic Reynolda is an important quadrant of our campus and part of what distinguishes this university from other campuses,” said President Nathan O. Hatch. “Allison is a vocal advocate for the property’s history and its future. It is a great advantage to have a leader with her experience in building and managing consensus among multiple entities and her skill in interpreting collections and historic sites now overseeing this part of our campus.”

Perkins will report to Hof Milam, executive vice president, on matters related to Reynolda Gardens. Milam said that the gardens and surrounding grounds, trails, wetlands, and meadow make up a special part of the University.

“I recall the 2013 photo essay in the Wake Forest Magazine and just how perfectly it captured all that is Reynolda Gardens,” he said. “As a former student and now staff member I share the love of this beautiful part of our campus that the contributors to that article expressed. Our Facilities staff members, led by Associate Vice President for Facilities and Campus Services John Shenette, and the Reynolda Gardens staff, led by Manager Preston Stockton, take excellent care of the grounds and gardens. I have great trust in the leadership of Allison in continuing to work closely with our staff in taking on management of this historic property for the University.”

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ZSR’s Bennett selected to attend workshop

Stephanie Bennett, collections archivist in Z. Smith Reynolds Library’s special collections and archives department, has been selected to attend an Image Permanence Institute (IPI) workshop on preservation of digitally printed materials in libraries, archives and museums. Bennett was one of 15 participants selected from a pool of more than 50 applicants.

The workshop, for which tuition is waived due to  support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will be held Oct. 20-22 at IPI’s facilities at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY. IPI is a nonprofit, university-based laboratory and recognized world leader in the development and deployment of sustainable practices for the preservation of images and cultural property.

James Dunn: Invested in the Next Generation

This story written by C. Mark Batten was originally posted on the School of Divinity website.

Wake Forest Divinity School professor Rev. Dr. James Dunn. ©2004 Wake Forest University Office of Creative Services. Photo by Ken Bennett. All Rights Reserved. Contact: 336-758-5379.

Wake Forest Divinity School professor Rev. Dr. James Dunn. 

James Dunn, who was a champion of religious liberty and the separation of church and state, passed away on July 4 at the age of 83. For Wake Forest University School of Divinity, Dunn was a teacher and mentor with an inspirational ingenuity and comedic wit.

Dunn served as resident professor of Christianity and public policy from 1999 until his retirement in 2014. He taught courses on Christian Ethics and electives on the Church and State in America, Christianity and Public Policy, and God and the New York Times.

Many of Dunn’s courses involved travel to Washington, D.C., giving Divinity students the opportunity to meet with national, political religious leaders, many with whom Dunn had developed lasting relationships when he served as executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty (1981-1999). These courses have given lasting memories to students of James Dunn and the role of religion in the public sphere.

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Wake Will campaign reaches half-billion dollar mark

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

Two years earlier than projected, Wake Will: The Campaign for Wake Forest has surpassed the half-billion dollar mark in total campaign commitments.

The University received over $100 million in gifts and commitments between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015, following our public launch of the campaign in October 2013.

When we launched Wake Will: The Campaign for Wake Forest, we did so with great ambition and transformational dreams. You can read more about the impact of this tremendous milestone in a related WFU news story, in a Q&A with Campaign Director Jay Davenport on Inside WFU, and on the campaign website.

As we enter year three of Wake Will, I would like to thank our entire campus community for the time, energy and resources you have committed to advance the work of Wake Forest thus far. Your support of Wake Will has moved us closer to fulfilling our mission, and I look forward to continuing the work together.


Nathan O. Hatch


Campaign Director Jay Davenport: What’s next for Wake Will

Jay Davenport, Assistant Vice President of Development, Wake Forest University, Monday, March 19, 2012.

Jay Davenport is the associate vice president and campaign director for Wake Forest’s Office of University Advancement. Below he addresses some questions about the recent announcement that Wake Will has raised half a billion dollars in total commitments, an important milestone in the campaign that represents more than 83 percent toward the overall goal for the Reynolda Campus.

Q: Wake Will has surpassed the half-billion dollar mark in commitments a full two years ahead of schedule. What kind of impact has Wake Will had at Wake Forest already, and what does this milestone mean for the remainder of the campaign?

A: The Wake Forest community’s response to this campaign has been overwhelmingly positive.

In my experience, it is uncommon to see capital campaigns hit these kinds of milestones as early as Wake Will has raised half a billion dollars. I attribute this remarkable success to our alumni and parents’ genuine interest in Dr. Hatch’s vision for the future of the University, as well as a desire to see our investments in the academic deans’ visions come to life.

The biggest impacts we see today are the direct investment in our faculty, in the academic enterprise, in our student scholarships and student athletes on campus. Gifts through Wake Will are establishing new faculty chairs, new accounts for department funds and our academic endeavors, and we have raised $154 million for existing and new scholarships that benefit students who are on campus today. That is really exciting, and yet we know there’s still much work to be done.

Going forward, our team will emphasize for our alumni, parents and friends the importance of supporting our academic departments and making direct investments to create endowments for those departments. Our department chairs require these kinds of resources to meet professors’ needs and department priorities. Through Wake Will, we intend to invest more than $40 million to endow and support our academic departments through an initiative we’ll be rolling out in the coming months called The Source.

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