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‘Living in the Overlap’ wins 2014 Audience Award

Mary Dalton





“Living in the Overlap,” a documentary co-directed by Mary M. Dalton and Cindy Hill, won the 2014 Audience Award for Best Short Film at The Inside Out LGBT Film Festival in Toronto.

The Audience Choice Awards are voted on by its fans. Founded in 2000 and featuring unique categories, the annual prize has become a favorite of a community that thrives on the energy of it’s audiences.

News from the ZSR Library

ZSR faculty were recently elected to professional organization offices for terms starting July 1, 2014:

Wanda Brown (Associate Dean): Chair-Elect of the Human Resources Section of the Library Leadership and Management Association of the American Library Association (LLAMA-HRS); Board of Trustees of LYRASIS.

Thomas Dowling (Director of Technologies): Vice President/President-Elect of the Library Information and Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).

Sarah Jeong (Science Librarian): Secretary of the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA).

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Long-time staff member publishes book on gluten-free cooking J. Metcalf, administrative assistant for Global Programs and Studies, has been working at Wake Forest for nearly 25 years. She and her daughter, Amy, are both 2003 Wake Forest graduates.

Diagnosed with celiac disease in 2007, Metcalf has published a gluten-free cookbook, “Gluten Free and Budget Friendly,” which she recently promoted at Whole Foods in Winston-Salem.

Q: What inspired you to write a cookbook?

A: When I was first diagnosed I found it challenging to figure out what I could and couldn’t eat. I started experimenting with recipes to make it easier on myself and my family and discovered many gluten-free foods everyone could eat and not feel deprived. Many folks are choosing to eat gluten free, so I thought this book might be helpful to them as well.

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Alternatives to campus parking available

The Office of Sustainability would like to remind faculty and staff of alternatives to parking on campus.


Two or more employees who live near one another, or along the same commuting route, and who work similar hours, can register with the Parking and Transportation office as a carpool. Members of a carpool are issued one carpool hangtag, at no cost, to be exchanged between drivers. Members of the carpool can choose one location on campus to which they would like to park nearest and the Parking and Transportation office will designate a carpool space as near to that location as possible. Each member of the carpool will be issued four (4) daily parking passes per semester to accommodate special commuting circumstances. The full carpool program procedures and policy is available online. Visit Wake Forest’s private ride-sharing website, Zimride, to set up or join a carpool.

Bicycle Commuting

Faculty and staff who ride a bicycle to work on a frequent basis can register with the Parking and Transportation office as bicycle commuters. These employees will be issued eight (8) free day passes per semester that will allow them to drive a vehicle to work and park on-campus, when needed. Faculty and staff who commute by bicycle infrequently have the option of purchasing an on-campus permit or choosing a free permit to park in a satellite lot when driving a vehicle to work.

June 2014 faculty and staff milestones

See a list of faculty and staff milestones:

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OPCD staffers present at NCACE, take on leadership roles

Several Wake Forest staff members have recently taken on leadership roles and made presentations at the North Carolina Association of Colleges and Employers (NCACE) annual conference held in Atlantic Beach from April 30-May 2.



In addition to being selected as president elect of the NCACE for 2014-15, Dana Hutchens, employer experience manager, presented “Hire U: Providing Students the Employer Perspective,” a workshop that turns the tables on students, putting them in the role of recruiters having to review resumes and make interview selections. As the 2013 Furney K. James Outstanding Service Award winner, she served on the 2014 awards committee and completed her executive board two-year position as treasurer, where she also acted as the conference budget manager. Hutchens will assume the president role for the 2015-16 year.

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May 2014 comings and goings

See a list of employees joining and leaving the University in May 2014:

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Coming July 5 – Learn about what’s new in Sakai

On Saturday, July 5, 2014, between 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., Information Systems will upgrade Sakai, Wake Forest’s learning management system.  Sakai will not be available during this time.

Previously created courses and sites and their content will be retained. Sakai will have new functionality as well as an updated look and feel. Upgrades include improved features to the Resources, Gradebook, and Section Info tools as well as major additions and improvements to Lessons (which is now turned on by default), Test and Quizzes, Profile 2, Forums and Messages.

Visit to preview the new look and feel. Note that this pre-production environment is only accessible on-campus or by VPN off-campus. More information about improvements, new features, and learning opportunities will be forthcoming. PDC classes will also be available.  We are sending this information now to help you plan for the upcoming semester.

If you have any questions, please contact Information Systems at or 336-758-4357.

Faculty publications: May updates

Abigail Perdue

Abigail Perdue

Perdue, Abigail, & Randall Lockwood. (School of Law). Animal Cruelty and Freedom of Speech: When Worlds Collide. Purdue University Press. May 2014.





Michelle Voss Roberts

Michelle Voss Roberts

Voss Roberts, Michelle. (School of Divinity). Tastes of the Divine: Hindu and Christian Theologies of Emotion. Fordham University Press. May 2014.

Interim law dean named

Suzanne Reynolds

Suzanne Reynolds

A message from Provost Rogan Kersh

This to affirm that Suzanne Reynolds (JD ’77) has graciously accepted my request to serve as Interim Dean for the coming academic year.  Ron Wright, similarly graciously, has agreed to replace Suzanne for the year as Executive Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

President Hatch and I wish Dean Morant well as he transitions to his new position in Washington.  We have great confidence in our Law leadership team, under the experienced guidance of Suzanne, and look forward to working with the team–and, indeed, with all of you–to successfully navigate the shifting winds of legal education.

Ron Wright

Ron Wright

As President Hatch indicated in his university-wide note last week, we will launch a national search for Dean Morant’s successor, beginning this September.  My grateful thanks in advance to each of you for your support of this vital endeavor.  And a special note of appreciation to Suzanne and Ron for their willingness to take on these essential interim roles: your support will be all the more valued as we steer a forward course together.