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Project pumpkin

pumpkins.300x175Kick-off your Halloween festivities at the 26th annual Project Pumpkin on Wednesday, Oct. 29 from 3-6 p.m.

Project Pumpkin, an annual service event for children from the Winston-Salem community, is put on by Wake Forest students, faculty and staff who offer a fun and safe trick-or-treating experience. This year’s festival will have a “Space Jam” theme based on the 1990s Looney Tunes movie featuring basketball great Michael Jordan.

The children of faculty and staff are welcome to attend the festival and see the spirit of Pro Humanitate in action. In addition to student-run carnival games, many departments will have a booth with a fun game or activity for your child to enjoy. The festival will be crowded, so please make sure that your child is supervised at all times.

Want to learn more? Please visit the Project Pumpkin website or contact Victoria Lawton, student publicity chair.

Call for 2015 ‘Building the Dream’ nominations

MLK.300x175On Jan. 19, the nation will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Each year, representatives from Wake Forest and Winston-Salem State Universities form a joint Martin Luther King Jr. programming committee and present the “Building the Dream” award.

The award is traditionally presented to a student and a professor or administrator from both Wake Forest and Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) who exemplify King’s qualities and promote diversity within the community.

Last year, one student and three campus leaders were recognized at Wake Forest. Read “Voices for Justice” to learn about the 2014 “Building the Dream” award-winners.

If you would like to nominate a student or faculty/staff member for the “Building the Dream” award, complete and submit the brief nomination form. Nominations must be received by Tuesday, Nov. 18.

Award-winners will be announced at the ceremonial banquet in January at Wake Forest University.

September 2014 comings and goings

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

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Inaugural ‘Lifelong Learning’ event: Q & A with David Lubin

David Lubin

A guest post by Madeline Stone, Wake Forest News and Communication Intern

World War I marked the beginning of a period when a soldier could be severely injured in battle and still survive. In his research on art and World War War I, Charlotte C. Weber Professor of Art David Lubin discovered the work of Anna Coleman Ladd, an American sculptor who began creating prosthetic facial masks for disfigured soldiers.

Ladd’s work became the inspiration for “Flags and Faces: The Visual Culture of America’s First World War,” Lubin’s upcoming book. His findings have been featured in recent weeks in the Washington Post and on NPR’s All Things Considered.

On Oct. 27, Lubin will present “Behind the Mask: World War I, Plastic Surgery, and the Modern Beauty Revolution,” the inaugural Lifelong Learning lecture at 7:30 p.m. at the Byrum Center Auditorium. The lecture will address facial disfigurement, and the subsequent transformation in beauty standards for women, as evidenced by movie star photography, the growth of the makeup industry, and the advent of beauty pageants such as Miss America.

This event is free and open to the public.

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Redefining the Wake Forest MBA

Farrell.Hall.300x175A message from Dean of the School of Business Charles Iacovou and President Nathan O. Hatch

This morning, the Wake Forest University School of Business announced it is refocusing how its MBA program is delivered based on the changing needs of the market. We determined that the best value for Wake Forest’s employer partners and students are programs that focus on professional development without interrupting careers. Current data shows that more students prefer flexibly delivered programs that allow them to continue working, enrolling at twice the rate as traditional daytime MBA programs.

In the past five years, Wake Forest has experienced double and triple-digit growth in its MBA programs for working professionals and its pre-experience graduate programs. To allow Wake Forest to focus on emerging opportunities and continue to expand its successful and flexible MBA, the School announced today that it will no longer offer incoming students admission to a traditional daytime MBA program.

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Second of two ‘Vision 2020′ forums to be held today

As a reminder, the second of two Vision 2020 open discussion forums for community questions and feedback will be held today, Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 3 p.m. in DeTamble Auditorium.

In May 2014, a committee of Wake Foresters representing various areas of the University completed a review of the technological landscape in higher education and began the important challenge of exploring what the future of collaborative work might look like in the next five years.

After site visits, interviews and research, the committee produced “Vision 2020: Charting A Course for Academic Computing at Wake Forest,” a white paper that envisions how technology changes already underway can support teaching and learning at Wake Forest.

You can read more about Vision 2020 on the Provost’s website.

Learn about enhancements to ‘Deacon Depot’

On Wednesday, Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in Benson 401, staff from procurement services, accounts payable, and finance systems will be on hand to answer questions for a day of discovery surrounding Deacon Depot.

The event is designed to make the Deacon Depot experience more effective and efficient.

Attendees will  have the opportunity to get to know key suppliers, learn about new procurement opportunities within Deacon Depot and participate in mini-training sessions. This year, there are some new internal service provider catalogs such as Campus Life Van Rentals, Parking and Transportation and the Reynolda House.

Refreshments and fabulous prizes will be up for grabs! There’s no need to register.

Build an extra class day: A snow day technologies initiative

A message from Kris Shelton, instructional designer, Center for Leadership and Character at the Wake Forest School of Business

banner.snowday.400x225Snow days are coming! Last winter, Wake Forest University had 10 days where classes were either delayed or cancelled due to snow and ice. To help faculty and staff across the University be prepared to use technology to run a virtual class during a snow day, the Center for Leadership & Character is co-sponsoring with the Collaborative Technologies Team and the Instructional Technologies Group the “Build an Extra Class Day! Web Tools Workshop Series.”

The “Choose Your Snow Day Adventure” workshop, the first in the Web Tools Workshop Series, will be held on Thursday, Oct. 30 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Farrell Hall, Room 108.

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Memorial service for Dan Via

Dan O. Via, who taught in the religion department from 1956 to 1968, died Oct. 12, 2014, in Charlottesville, Va. He was 85.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Oct. 18 at Saint Paul’s Memorial Church in Charlottesville.

A native of Charlottesville, Via graduated from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and received his Ph.D. from Duke University. In 1960, following the arrests of 10 Wake Forest students who participated in a sit-in at F.W. Woolworth in downtown Winston-Salem, Via helped pay the students’ bonds so they could be released from jail.

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Champlin and Ellis present on ‘Career Planning’ series

John and AndreaAndrea Ellis, director of recruitment and organizational development, and John Champlin, manager of recruitment and organizational development, presented “An Unusual Cross-Utilization of HR Resources” at the 2014 College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) National Conference in San Antonio, Texas, in September.

The session outlined the “Career Planning” series that was launched in the fall of 2012 and the collaboration between the recruiting function and the professional development function within the Wake Forest Human Resources Office. The series has been extremely successful and has grown to include five different career-oriented classes and a number of small-group career coaching events.

Additionally, Ellis and Champlin detailed the “Facilitator-Expert Model” and the roles of each contributor. The approximately 35 attendees were engaged in the discussion and remarked how applicable this model could be at their institutions.

This marks the third year in a row that a member of the Wake Forest Professional Development Center has presented at the National CUPA-HR Conference.