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Private memorial service for Dr. Maya Angelou to be held in Wait Chapel

maya.angelou.300x175Dr. Maya Angelou’s family has arranged a private memorial service in Wake Forest University’s Wait Chapel on Saturday, June 7 at 10 a.m.

Due to limited seating capacity, the family has decided to have a closed service for family and friends only. Wake Forest University will livestream the service for the public at

Dr. Angelou touched the lives of her Wake Forest students, colleagues and friends in a personal and profound way. For more than 30 years, she inspired them to be courageous and embrace life fully. To read reflections on Dr. Angelou’s impact on the Wake Forest community and beyond, a guest book is available on her remembrance page.

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Online tuition concession is now available

Human Resources has launched an online tool that replaces the paper form used to request tuition concession for dependents and spouses/domestic partners. 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.”

A Quick Reference Guide, which outlines the process of submitting the electronic requests, also is available through WIN.

Questions? Contact Human Resources at or 336.758.4700.  Additionally, please share your feedback as the department looks toward additional opportunities to automate forms and processes.

Professor Emeritus Ralph D. Amen dies at 86

ralph.amen.150x150Professor Emeritus Ralph D. Amen, who taught in the biology department from 1962 until 1993, died May 29 in Winston-Salem. He was 86.

A memorial service will be held Monday, June 2, at 11 a.m. at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Winston-Salem. The family will receive guests after the service.

Amen is survived by his wife, Shirley (’67), and three children, duWayne (’81), Christine and Katherine. He was pre-deceased by one son, Eric (’81).

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Staff appreciation picnic at Reynolda House June 12 special invitation from Wake Forest’s Staff Advisory Council.

The Staff Advisory Council cordially invites all staff members to the 2014 Wake Forest Staff Appreciation Event on June 12. Drop by any time between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to enjoy lunch, games, music and fun on the lawn of Reynolda House Museum of American Art. During the event, the museum will also be open for staff to enjoy.

The event will feature:

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May 2014 faculty and staff milestones

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

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April 2014 comings and goings

See a list of employees joining and leaving the University in April 2014:
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Charles Iacovou named Dean of Business

20140527iacovou5493A message from President Nathan O. Hatch.

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Charles Iacovou has accepted my invitation to serve as the next Dean of the Wake Forest University School of Business, effective July 1. Provost Rogan Kersh chaired a national search for a leader of impeccable experience and an appreciation for the power of a well-rounded business education in a collegiate-university setting. Throughout the process, Dr. Iacovou distinguished himself as the best choice for Wake Forest.

Since joining the School of Business’ leadership team in 2007, he has served in a number of senior administrative roles, including Director of the Full-time MBA Program, Senior Associate Dean of Graduate Programs and Senior Associate Dean of Faculty.  For the past two years, he has served as the School’s Vice Dean.  In this capacity, he has had oversight responsibility for undergraduate, graduate and non-degree programs. He also has been responsible for faculty affairs, academic centers and all administrative and professional staff functions of the school.

Under his leadership, the School of Business faculty and staff formulated a strategic framework for business education at Wake Forest between 2012-13, which is currently being implemented. This followed Dr. Iacovou’s successful efforts to co-lead the integration of the graduate and undergraduate business schools at Wake Forest.

Before joining Wake Forest University in 2001, Dr. Iacovou led an electronic bank, Laiki eBank, in Europe. Additionally, Dr. Iacovou has provided strategic planning, management consulting, and leadership training services to firms in the financial services, international trade, logistics, media and other industries. As Professor of Management, Dr. Iacovou has received numerous teaching and research awards from students, alumni and faculty.

Dr. Iacovou was a faculty member in the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University from 1997 to 1999. He received his Ph.D. in Management Information Systems from the University of British Columbia and his B.S. degree in Business Administration from the University of Vermont. He completed his undergraduate studies with the support of a scholarship administered by the Cyprus Fulbright Commission.

I am confident Dr. Iacovou will take Wake Forest to the next level as a distinctive and distinguished school of business.  Please join me in congratulating him on his new role.

Z. Smith Reynolds Library 2014 summer schedule

May 27-July 3 and July 7-August 9

Sunday, 1 to 10 p.m.
Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

2014 Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award winners announced

The Program for Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship held their yearly Excellence in Entrepreneurship Awards Banquet on April 24. The invitation-only banquet was co-hosted by the Entrepreneurship Society and the Center for Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship. The banquet was created to celebrate the achievements of students, faculty and staff and an entrepreneurial member of the Wake Forest community. The special award recipient and keynote speaker was Dickerson Wright, CEO of NV5 Inc.



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Two Wake Forest faculty members received awards at the event.

The Faculty Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award was presented to biology professor Dan Johnson for the development of BioBook, an interactive e-textbook.

The Russell D. and Elfriede Hobbs Faculty Award for Entrepreneurial Achievement was presented to computer science professor Paul Pauca, creator of Verbal Victor, an app to help children with communication challenges.

Read about the student winners and the keynote speaker on the Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship website.

Internet access limited Sunday

On Sunday, May 25 between 12:01 and 6 a.m., access to the Internet from Wake Forest’s computing network will be unavailable in order for the University’s Internet Service Provider, NCREN, to perform required maintenance. Below is a summary of the impact to email and Web pages during the outage.

On-campus WFU Google mail users will not be able to access their email using the WFU computing network. On-campus WFU Google mail users will be able to access their email using a non-WFU computing connection.

Off-campus WFU Google mail users will be able to access their email using a non-WFU campus computing connection.

No new email messages will be delivered or lost during the outage.

Web Pages:
On-campus users will be able to access the University’s Web pages using the WFU computing network.

Off-campus users will not be able to access the University’s Web pages.