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American Ski Resort: Architecture, Style, Experience

ski.bookjacketThe Z. Smith Reynolds Library is hosting a lecture and book signing for Margaret Supplee Smith, professor emerita of art, on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 4 p.m. in the library’s auditorium (Room 404). Smith will discuss her book “American Ski Resort: Architecture, Style, Experience” (2013, University of Oklahoma Press).

Skiing is all about freedom. Yet, paradoxically, the experience of skiing for most Americans is inextricably linked to architecture, for our journey down the mountain begins at the ski resort. The evolution from wilderness outpost to the massive, theme-oriented, multipurpose enclave today will be explored. Following the lecture, copies of Smith’s book will be available for purchase.

Read more: “Peggy Smith: The golden age of ski resorts” (Wake Forest Magazine)

WFU Habitat for Humanity House Built

habitat.300x175Wake Forest volunteers from the Reynolda Campus and the medical center worked together to build a Habitat for Humanity house in Winston-Salem.

The house was dedicated Jan. 28.

Construction on the house began Aug. 28 with several hundred members of the Wake Forest community — including faculty, staff and students — contributing their time and skills to the project.

The heated, 1,450-square foot house features four bedrooms, a porch and a partial basement.

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Faculty development award

The Nathan and Julie Hatch Prize for Academic Excellence supports a week of research and writing from June 29 to July 6, 2014, at the Summer Research Institute conducted by Harris Manchester College at Oxford University. Room, board and transportation are covered.

Faculty from the undergraduate college, Z. Smith Reynolds Library, and the business, divinity, law and medical schools are eligible to apply. University Professor Thomas Frank and Associate Professor of Romance Languages Kendall Tarte, the most recent winners, are available to answer questions about the program. 

Please submit a CV and a letter of intent describing your current research project by March 1 to Jennifer Collins, vice provost, Reynolda Hall 204.

For more information, visit the Office of the Provost website.

PDC offers career development opportunities

ironwork.200x250The Professional Development Center is offering several career development opportunities with approaching application deadlines. These programs were highlighted in the January 2014 Provost’s Newsletter.

Career Group Coaching

Planning one’s career can be empowering, yet daunting if the path is unclear. Career Group Coaching will help participants begin to envision and prepare for the next step of their careers. The group is limited to eight faculty and staff. Application deadline is February 14. Learn more about Career Group Coaching here.

Aspiring Leaders Program (ALP) Fall 2014

The ALP is a unique opportunity to develop a cohort of faculty and staff throughout the academic year. The program is geared towards faculty who may someday assume a leadership position (i.e. program director, center director or department chair), and staff with a minimum of five to seven years of professional experience who are new to leadership. Application deadline is March 7. Learn more about the Aspiring Leaders Program here.

Career Development for Women Leaders

The Office of Women in Medicine and Science’s (OWIMS) Leadership & Mentoring Program sponsors the Career Development for Women Leaders (CDWL) Program. The CDWL program is modeled after national programs for women in academic health sciences, is eight days and spans nine months, from September through May. Application deadline is March 7. This is a fee-based program. Visit the Career Development for Women Leaders website for more information about the program.

Leadership Winston-Salem

Leadership Winston-Salem is a 25-year-old program that provides a select group of professionals with the opportunity to learn about community leadership. In addition to Wake Forest being a long-time supporter of Leadership Winston-Salem, this opportunity blends well with the community building aspects of our Strategic Plan, as leaders are immersed into several facets of the Winston-Salem community. Learn more about Leadership Winston-Salem here.

CS4HS workshop findings to be presented at conference

While most kids have been using computers their whole lives, they generally don’t get the opportunity to learn exactly how they work until college. Wake Forest computer scientists teamed up with Google over the last two summers to develop a comprehensive approach to reversing this trend.

Sam Cho

Sam Cho

Samuel Cho, assistant professor of computer science and physics, led the project. He and computer science professor Paúl Pauca hosted two Google-sponsored CS4HS summer workshops in which Wake Forest computer science students trained middle and high school teachers how to write simple computer and Android based programs. They also worked with the teachers on ways to integrate computational thinking exercises into their curriculum.

Paúl Pauca

Paúl Pauca 

Cho and Paúca sent follow-up surveys to the teachers who participated in the workshops and found the workshops were effective. They helped teachers integrate computational thinking into the classroom and improved teachers’ abilities to mentor young students interested in learning computer skills before attending college.

Cho and Pauca, along with Winston-Salem State University Professor of Education Denise Johnson and Hanes Magnet School Spanish teacher Yu’Vonne James, compiled results from the workshops and surveys. Cho and Pauca will present these findings at the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education’s 25th International Conference, March 17-21, in Jacksonville, Fla.

Gilbert and ‘Hoop Dreams’ recognized at Sundance Film Festival

20110914gilbert0729-1-173x260Peter Gilbert, professor of practice in the communication department and a faculty member in Wake Forest’s Documentary Film Program (DFP), traveled to Park City, Utah, on Jan. 18 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of “Hoop Dreams” at the Sundance Film Festival.

Gilbert was producer and director of photography for this documentary film, which focuses on the lives of Arthur Agee and William Gates as they journey to become basketball stars. The film won numerous awards, including Audience Award for Best Documentary. “Hoop Dreams” was originally intended to be a 30-minute short to be completed in three weeks and aired on PBS. However, it involved five years of filming that resulted in 250 hours of raw footage. The movie turned out to be 2 hours and 55 minutes long.

Gilbert’s emphasis on filmmaking is in telling a compelling story. In addition to teaching graduate courses, he teaches undergraduate courses for students studying in a variety of disciplines. In the classroom, he emphasizes that storytelling skills are essential for students in any major, no matter their career path.

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Faculty, staff invited to attend study abroad conference

WISE_header1The Center for Global Programs and Studies is hosting its Workshop on Intercultural Skills Enhancement (WISE) Feb. 5-7 at the Marriott Hotel, 425 North Cherry St. in Winston-Salem.

WISE 2014 will begin with a full-day pre-conference intercultural workshop led by Michael Vande Berg. Vande Berg is the author of “Student Learning Abroad: What Our Students Are Learning, What They’re Not, and What We Can Do About It.”

During the three-day conference, thought leaders from institutions nationwide will share the latest research and information on what is working and what isn’t when it comes to preparing students for study abroad. More than 25 workshops will be offered that focus on topics such as increasing and assessing student engagement abroad, mentoring and intercultural learning, and budgeting for short-term programs. A complete schedule is available here.

Speaker biographies are available on the WISE website.

Faculty and staff are welcome to attend the keynote speech and workshops free of charge. Registration is requested.

For more information, contact the Center for Global Programs and Studies at 336-758-5938.

News from Financial & Accounting Services

Financial & Accounting Services (FAS) has important information to share with the campus community on the items below:

  • University selects BB&T as its new banking partner
  • Electronic W-2s:  Safer, Faster, Greener
  • PTO for exempt staff
  • New mileage reimbursement rate for 2014

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ZSR offers Kindle Fire HDs

imagesFor the past two years, the ZSR Library has offered two class packs of tablets, each consisting of five Apple iPads. These iPads have already been successfully used for a variety of projects, often outside of the classroom. The library just added a third class pack of 20 Kindle Fire HDs.

These Kindles use “whispercast” so instructors can manage multiple devices and distribute content.

Faculty can check out any of these packs for up to an entire semester. The new Kindle Fire HD pack has already been booked for spring 2014, but if you have a summer or fall class that could use these 20 Kindles or one of the iPad class packs, contact Barry Davis.

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Borwick’s ‘Spirit’ debuts in New York City

SashaProfessor of Music and composer Susan Borwick’s latest work for the bassoon, “Spirit,” premiered  in New York City on Jan. 28.

The piece was performed by her former student, Sasha Enegren. Enegren performed the work at a recital at Manhattan School of Music, where she is a doctoral candidate for bassoon performance.

Enegren graduated magna cum laude from Wake Forest in 2005.

“Spirit,” written for bassoon and piano, is one of several original works for the bassoon that premiered that evening. The recital included small chamber ensembles, solos and two concertos with orchestra.

Borwick is the president of the International Alliance for Women in Music.