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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.

‘ZSRx Tweets:’ A three week mini-MOOC

twitter-logoContinuing in its ZSRx series of open, online courses for the Wake Forest community, the ZSR Library is excited to announce its newest course, “ZSRx Tweets,” a three-week guided exploration of Twitter, the popular social networking service.

In this free course, Wake Forest Fellow Laura Chin will help you to get started with Twitter and teach you to curate a useful stream of content. Together, participants will explore privacy issues, Twitter conventions, etiquette and ways to use Twitter to enhance your personal or professional brand. Look for some fun cameos from prominent campus figures, and follow along with the course hashtag: #zsrxtweets.

Like most ZSRx courses, ZSRx Tweets is open to anyone and everyone, beginners and experts alike. The course will run from May 27 to June 16. Sign up here.

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Learn about local food insecurity, sign up for ‘impact tour’

UnitedwayEach October, Wake Forest has a campus-wide community campaign, WakeUnited, to support the United Way of Forsyth County, but our partnership with the United Way in solving local problems is ongoing year around.

To learn more about food insecurity in our area, please join us on Wednesday, June 4, from noon to 1:30 p.m. on a bus tour with a box lunch provided for each participant.  This is a special impact tour just for Wake Forest employees, and the tour pick up and drop off spot is in front of Z. Smith Reynolds Library.

Hunger can be eliminated if all of us are willing to address the root issues centered around education, financial stability, and health. Come learn about how United Way, partner agencies, and other community providers are responding to hunger, and join the discussion about how we can eventually end hunger here at home.

Register here.