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April 2014 milestones

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

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The science of beets and heart health

beet.juice.300x175New evidence shows consuming foods high in naturally occurring nitrates like beets and collard greens may have benefits ranging from blood vessel health to enhancing physical performance.

The Translational Science Center will host an expert discussion on how high nitrate foods affect hearth health, physical performance and blood pressure on May 1 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Porter Byrum Center. The panel discussion will be followed by a more in depth seminar on recent discoveries on the role of dietary nitrates/nitrites on May 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Z. Smith Reynolds Library.

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Listen for the Carillon music

20100625tower4949The Janet Jeffrey Carlile Harris Carillon in Wait Chapel’s bell tower will be ringing more often than usual.

Each semester, undergraduate students apply for the opportunity to learn to play the carillon with the intention of becoming a student carillonneur. Typically, each student carillonneur plays one or two recitals per week. This year, a record-breaking 11 students practiced weekly, but did not have the chance to perform. These students will be playing today and tomorrow.

As is the custom at Wake Forest, after the last classes of the semester on Wednesday, the Carillon will be silent as students concentrate on studying for exams.

For Commencement weekend, Ryan Whittington will be playing the Carillon at the Baccalaureate service. Ryan has composed a fantasia on the letters WAKE, using only the four notes which correspond musically with those letters. On graduation day, Bradley Hicks along with Raymond Ebert, Wake Forest’s Carillonneur, will be playing “Carillon” by the famous French organist Louis Vierne.

Ebert graduated from Wake Forest in 1960 and from Union Theological Seminary in 1962. He was organist at Centenary United Methodist Church from 1970 until 2011.

March 2014 comings and goings

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

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Gillespie featured on CSPAN’s BookTV

gillespie.300x175Gillespie, author of “Katharine and R. J. Reynolds: Partners of Fortune in the Making of the New South,” was interviewed for CSPAN’s BookTV about her biography of R.J. Reynolds, founder of the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company and his wife, Katharine.

The program will air:

  • Saturday, April 26 at 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 27 at 10:30 a.m.

Gillespie talks about the couple’s influence on progressive movements in the South during the early 20th century and Katharine Reynold’s philanthropic pursuits following her husband’s death.

She is Presidential Endowed Professor of Southern History at Wake Forest. Her books include “Free Labor in an Unfree World” and “Southern Society and its Transformations.”

Click here to read more about the book.

Benefit enrollment period ends today

The annual benefits enrollment period for 2014-15 ends today, April 25. This is also the last day to complete the Campus Census using the personalized link e-mailed to you at the start of the enrollment period.

Please see the Annual Benefits Enrollment website for details about the enrollment process. Contact the benefits team at or call 336.758.6404 if you have any questions.

Here is a link to the online enrollment form.

Crowdtilt for ‘Harold Tedford Main Stage’

harold.tedfordDuring his 33 years at Wake Forest, Harold Tedford made a tremendous impact on the theatre department and continues to be a friend and mentor to current students.

Today, a public campaign was launched on Crowdtilt to raise $250,000. The campaign will recognize Harold Tedford by naming the Mainstage Theatre “The Harold Tedford Main Stage” and endowing future programs and productions.

Crowdtilt, founded by alumnus James Beshara, is a website that raises funds online in a social way. Individuals pool their pledges until the cumulative pledge total reaches the goal. Only after the pledge goal is met are the pledges charged to each person’s account.

Visit the Harold Tedford Main Stage Project on Crowdtilt for more information.

Watch a video celebrating Harold Tedford here.

Hatch elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

nathan.hatch.300x175The American Academy of Arts and Sciences has elected Nathan Hatch, president of Wake Forest University, among its newest members.

One of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies, the Academy is also a leading center for independent policy research. Members contribute to Academy publications and studies of science and technology policy, energy and global security, social policy and American institutions, and the humanities, arts and education.

“It is a privilege to honor these men and women for their extraordinary individual accomplishments,” said Don Randel, chair of the Academy’s board of directors. “The knowledge and expertise of our members give the Academy a unique capacity – and responsibility – to provide practical policy solutions to the pressing challenges of the day. We look forward to engaging our new members in this work.”

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Strategic Resources Initiative report, spring 2014

A message from Provost Rogan Kersh and Senior Vice President Hof Milam.

Wake Forest’s Strategic Resources Initiative was launched in fall 2012 to identify sources of new revenue and cost savings that could be applied to student financial aid, faculty and staff compensation, and other strategic University priorities, including academic programs and facilities.  As our work began, the financial outlook for higher education across the U.S. remained worrisome, even as internal financial pressures continued to mount.  The target SRI goal of $5-10 million in recurring operating funds is the equivalent of receiving a new endowment of $100-200 million.  The Initiative is a vital part of our strategy to establish Wake Forest on more solid financial ground.

In April 2013 after the initial year of work, the SRI Steering Committee (membership at Appendix A of the full report) issued a ‘discussion draft’ with $6.2 million in cost reductions and revenue increases over time.  Several WFU-wide presentations followed, along with many informal group and individual conversations; ultimately, faculty and staff provided valuable feedback resulting in changes to several SRI recommendations.

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Internet vulnerability ‘Heartbleed:’ What you need to know

laptop.300x175A message from Wake Forest University Information Systems

You may have heard of a recently discovered security issue called Heartbleed. The Heartbleed vulnerability has been a major topic in the news and many questions are being asked.

What is Heartbleed?
Heartbleed is a worldwide Internet issue. This vulnerability affects OpenSSL, a technology that Internet websites use to secure information.

How has Wake Forest addressed this issue?
Since April 8, 2014, Wake Forest University Information Systems has assessed the University network to determine what computing services may be impacted by Heartbleed. Patches have been applied as needed. The Information Systems teams continue to monitor for any additional information that may be provided from experts and are continuing to monitor our websites.

How does this impact me?
The potential impact of this vulnerability is widespread. If you have concerns regarding your personal website account passwords, we recommend that you look for information on the individual organization’s website or contact their customer service directly.

More information is available on Mashable, “The Heartbleed Hit List: The Passwords You Need to Change Right Now.”

What will I have to do?
Wake Forest University Information Systems will contact you if any further actions are required to safeguard your Wake Forest user account.