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Reynolds Professor Emeritus Dudley Shapere

This message was emailed to faculty and staff from Communications and External Relations on Jan. 3:

We are saddened to announce that Dudley Shapere, Reynolds Professor Emeritus of the Philosophy and History of Science, died Dec. 26.

A Winston-Salem Journal obituary announced on Dec. 29 that a memorial service will be held in the summer of 2017.

Dr. Shapere joined Wake Forest in 1984 as Reynolds Professor.  He retired in 2002.

We grieve Dr. Shapere’s death and extend our condolences to his family and friends, as well as those at Wake Forest who had the opportunity to know him.

Wake Forest offers support and counseling services for all students, faculty and staff.  The Counseling Center may be reached at 336-758-5273, the Chaplain’s Office at 336-758-5210. For faculty and staff, there is also the Employee Assistance Program at 336-716-5493.

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

President Hatch: Wake Forest prepares to launch Workday

This message was emailed from President Hatch to faculty and staff on Jan. 3:

Dear Faculty and Staff Colleagues,

After a thorough assessment process that included your input, the University selected Workday to replace Banner as our financial, human capital management, budget and planning software. This will be a key year for Wake, as we collectively work toward implementation of this solution that will significantly enhance the service level provided to the Wake Forest community and replace a range of expensive-to-maintain and difficult-to-use standalone systems. Workday is scheduled to launch by mid-2018, led by Executive Vice President Hof Milam, along with the dedicated efforts of a project team representing multiple academic and administrative campus areas.

Significant work has taken place already. We are currently in the “architect” phase of the project, in which we have begun to upload and review Wake Forest data within Workday. Next steps will include several more uploads, development of end-user reports, and testing the system. Importantly, we will continue to deliver “in-time” training to all users.

In the coming months, additional information will be communicated and resources will be made available to you in community forums and online. You are invited to share your ideas or submit questions to Thank you for your collaboration as we upgrade our administrative technology to better support you.


Nathan O. Hatch

Anthony Atala named 2016 Innovator of the Year

atala-350x175Dr. Anthony Atala, leader of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM), has been named 2016 Innovator of the Year by R&D Magazine. He also recently received a Smithsonian Magazine American Ingenuity Award in life sciences for his efforts to construct living organs using 3-D printing technology.

In the Richard H. Dean Biomedical Research Building on the southern end of Wake Forest Innovation Quarter in Winston-Salem, N.C., Atala and his team of researchers are creating living human tissues and organs.

Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, home to Wake Forest University’s new academic programs in the biomedical sciences will literally and figuratively bring medical and liberal arts education together. Known as Wake Downtown, the new satellite campus opens next month in one of the nation’s fastest growing innovation parks.

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Proposals funded: Anderson, Gengler, Kiang, Rejeski

T. Michael Anderson


Congratulations to Michael Anderson, associate professor of biology, whose proposal entitled “Environmental Monitoring of the Serengti Ecosystem” has been funded by The Grumeti Fund and by [subaward/subcontract from] The University of Glasgow (WFU funding agency).


Amanda Gengler


Congratulations to Amanda Gengler, assistant professor of sociology, whose proposal entitled “Turning Science Fiction into “Science Fact:” Selling the Promise of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine” has been funded by the American Sociological Association (ASA).


Lisa Kiang


Congratulations to Lisa Kiang, associate professor of psychology, whose proposal entitled “Gratitude, Well-being, and the Decline of Materialism; A Cross-cultural Study of Character Formation in Children and Adolescents” has been funded by the Templeton Foundation and by [subaward/subcontract from] UNC-Greensboro (WFU funding agency).


Jack Rejeski


Congratulations to Jack Rejeski, professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “LIFE DMAQC (Data Management, Analysis, and Quality Control Center)” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and by [subaward/subcontract from] Wake Forest University Health Sciences (WFU funding agency).

Wondering about holiday weather, check campus weather stations

If you are wondering what kind of weather to expect during the holidays, you can get your answer in detail thanks to WeatherSTEM stations on top of the Miller Center and the scoreboard at BB&T Field.

The WeatherSTEM stations use a combination of weather instruments and sensors to take environmental measurements and offer frequently updated details on temperature, humidity, the heat index, barometric pressure and much more.

Each station includes a sky camera, with one directed toward Kentner Stadium, Farrell Hall and Wait Chapel, while the other camera is directed across BB&T Field.

Anyone with access to the internet can visit the web sites for the weather stations located at the Miller Center and BB&T Field.  Each web site– and–has a link to the other. The links are labeled “WEATHERSTEM UNITS” and can be found at the top right side of the sites.

The stations also offer information through Facebook and Twitter accounts, which are updated through automation.  On Facebook, the accounts are identified as Wake Forest Weatherstem and Wake Forest Football Weatherstem.  On Twitter, the stations can be followed @WakeForestWxSTEM and @WFUFootballWxSTEM.

WeatherSTEM also offers apps for ios and Android.

The weather stations were obtained from WeatherSTEM in Tallahassee, Fla.  The company describes itself as providing “an integration of weather stations, collected and distributed atmospheric data and STEM-based curriculum for grades K-12.

In addition to its safety applications, WeatherSTEM also provides an online library of educational materials.

To learn more:

–Visit the University’s WeatherSTEM stations.

–Download a WeatherSTEM mobile app

–Follow the social media accounts for the University’s weather stations.

Faculty publications: November 2016 updates

Jayawickreme, Eranda, & Laura E.R. Blackie. (Psychology). Exploring the Psychological Benefits of Hardship: A Critical Reassessment of Posttraumatic Growth (SpringerBriefs in Psychology). Springer. November 2016.

Overing, Gillian R. (English), & Ulrike Wiethaus (Religion), Eds. American/Medieval: Nature and Mind in Cultural Transfer. V&R Unipress. October 2016.

Smith-Ruiz, Dorothy, Sherri Lawson Clark, & Marcia J. Watson, Eds. (Anthropology). Contemporary African American Families: Achievements, Challenges, and Empowerment Strategies in the Twenty-First Century. Routledge. November 2016.

University Police Department moving to Alumni Hall

This announcement was emailed to students, faculty and staff on Dec. 16:

The Wake Forest University Police Department’s administrative office is in the process of moving to Alumni Hall from the H.S. Moore Building.  By Monday, Dec. 19, the new office will be open and available to anyone needing to visit the administrative office.  The new office is located on the first floor of Alumni Hall.

During the move, University Police Department emergency services continue to be offered, as usual.  The emergency phone number for University Police is 336-758-5911.  From a University land line, the emergency number is 911. The department’s non-emergency number is 336-758-5591.  All other University Police numbers remain the same.

The University Police Department’s communications office will remain in Davis Residence Hall, at present.

Coach Manning: Free tickets for faculty/staff for LSU game

This announcement was emailed on Dec. 14 to faculty and staff on behalf of Coach Danny Manning:

The Wake Forest family is a group I hold very dear to my heart. The faculty and staff at Wake Forest are second to none, not only with our men’s basketball team, but with the entire athletic department. Thank you for all that you do to make Wake Forest University a fantastic place.

Next Thursday, December 22 we host LSU from the SEC and I want to invite you to attend the game with your family.

Wake Forest Athletics is offering free tickets and t-shirts to faculty and staff members and their families.  The game is set for 9 p.m. at LJVM Coliseum.

Tickets will be distributed starting at 7:30 p.m. at tables marked Faculty/Staff in the coliseum’s main lobby at the east entrance.  Staff and faculty may come to the tables and show their Wake Forest ID card to request the number of tickets needed for their family.  Athletics staff will distribute tickets at that time.

I hope to see you at the game.

Go Deacs!

Coach Danny Manning


Faith-based nonprofit leadership program to be offered online

This is a guest post from the School of Law and School of Divinity:

Wake Forest Law Professor Steve Virgil, director of experiential learning, is partnering with School of Divinity Professor John Senior to offer a 12-week, online Faith-Based Nonprofit Leadership Certificate Program open to Wake Forest students as well as non-students beginning in January 2017.

“This is a very good example of a cross-campus, multi-disciplinary effort that connects to the non-Wake Forest community as well,” Virgil says.

According to the program website, the course is ideal for participants who are:
1) Current and aspiring leaders of nonprofits (staff, board members, or volunteers);
2) Interested in forming a new nonprofit, among others.

Wake Forest faculty and staff who volunteer on community or other nonprofit boards are encouraged by the professors to take the course as well as share information about it with others they think might be interested.

Certificates will be awarded through the Wake Forest School of Divinity following completion of all sessions.

Learn more on the Divinity School website or contact Lance Henry, certificate program assistant, at

December 2016 staff milestones

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