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Proposals funded: King, Rouse, Waugh

Angela KingCongratulations to Angela King, associate teaching professor of chemistry, whose proposal entitled “Project SEARCH Summer Program in Chemistry” has been funded by the Northwest AHEC.


Congratulations to Jeremy Rouse, assistant professor of mathematics, whose proposal entitled “REU Site: Number Theory hosted by Wake Forest University” has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).


Congratulations to Christian Waugh, assistant professor of psychology, whose proposal entitled “Investigating the neural systems that support the beneficial effects of positive emotion on stress regulation” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under award number 1R15MH106928-01.

ACC honors President Hatch for exemplary service

20120817hatch7709The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) has bestowed the “President’s Award for Exemplary Service to the ACC” to President Nathan O. Hatch.

The award was announced at the ACC’s spring meeting Tuesday evening.

Each year, the outgoing Conference President honors someone for commendable service to the ACC during the year of the president’s term or over an extended period of time.

Martha Putallaz, the 2014-2015 ACC President and faculty representative for Duke University, chose to honor Hatch for demonstrating exceptional leadership during what she called “a most pivotal, challenging and transformative time in the history of intercollegiate athletics.” 

In April 2010, Hatch agreed to represent the ACC on the NCAA Division I Board of Directors and was then elected chair two years later. He served as Division I Board Chair from August 2012 until January 2015.

Under his leadership, the NCAA developed a new, more streamlined and efficient governance structure, raised academic standards, restructured enforcement, increased autonomy for power conferences, and brought student-athletes into the governance process, among other accomplishments.

He also played an instrumental role in the ACC expansion effort that welcomed the University of Notre Dame, where Hatch served as Provost prior to coming to Wake Forest, to the conference.

“President Hatch was able to achieve all that he did because he was a truly effective and patient leader, one who listened and could make all parties feel valued and heard, a man of great integrity trusted by all, and who truly represented the best interests of academics and athletics as a paired endeavor,” said Putallaz.

“It has been a privilege to represent Wake Forest, and all of the member institutions of the ACC, as the NCAA took historic steps to advance and modernize intercollegiate athletics,” said Hatch. “I accept this award with honor and gratitude for the people and institutions that have allowed me to pursue my professional and personal passions as an academic, an administrator and an athletics supporter.”

Roniger delivers keynote speech at the MACLAS Conference


Luis Roniger, Reynolds Professor of Latin American Studies in Wake Forest’s Department of Politics and International Affairs delivered the keynote speech at the 36th Annual Conference of the Middle Atlantic Council of Latin American Studies (MACLAS) held April 17-18.

His address followed the recognition of his co-authored book La política del destierro y exilio en América Latina, which earned the 2014 Arthur P. Whitaker Prize for the best book published by a MACLAS member.

Roniger’s talk dealt with political exile in Latin America, its historical roots and development, and its national and transnational impact. His complete MACLAS Whitacker Price Lecture can be viewed here.

THRIVE Dimension Champions awards


As a part of the Thrive Initiative, the Office of Wellbeing was excited to launch its “Thrive Dimension Champions” Awards for faculty and staff this spring semester.

Each day, many members of our Wake Forest community demonstrate their commitment to individual and community wellbeing across the eight dimensions: emotional, environmental, financial, intellectual, occupational, physical, social, and spiritual.

“The Office of Wellbeing has the privilege of leading Thrive, Wake Forest University’s comprehensive approach to wellbeing, but the foundation for this initiative is deeply rooted in the scholarship and actions of faculty and staff across this campus. They are the living examples of meaningful, purposeful lives that make the Wake Forest experience,” says Malika Roman Isler, director of wellbeing.

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Parking for commencement

A message from Wake Forest’s Office of Parking and Transportation

To prepare for Commencement on May 18, coupled with the renovation of Kitchin Residence Hall during the summer, parking lot N will be closed May 9 – Aug. 8. This closing is occurring at a time that should cause the least disruption to faculty and staff parking choices.

Faculty/Staff Parking Options:

During this time, parking availability can be found in Lots B, P and W1. Here is a link to the parking map for reference.

When parking lots are closed, alternative modes of transportation such as carpooling, bicycles or bus transit are recommended to reduce the demand for parking. If you have any questions, please contact Alex Crist at 336-758-2558.

WFU Police Department focuses on community engagement

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a Presidential Proclamation declaring May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which it falls as National Police Week.

More than 50 years later, as law enforcement officials across the country find their profession under a national spotlight, the Wake Forest University Police Department (WFUPD) has worked to strengthen its commitment to community engagement and building trust.

“Community engagement is our highest priority. We recognize that building – and in some cases regaining – the trust of the campus will be a journey and established simple but critical goals,” said WFUPD Chief Regina Lawson. “We are committed to regaining our community trust one conversation at a time, significantly improving our relationship with all facets of our campus community, and modeling new initiatives for other campus departments.”

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WakeUnited: Live United Brooke Brown



Brooke Brown, alumni giving fellow in the Office of University Advancement, served as the co-chair of Young Leaders United recruitment for the WakeUnited campaign last year. She remains an active YLU member, volunteers frequently and helps generate support for the work that United Way does in Forsyth County.

“My connection to the United Way began when I was younger. I grew up in Atlanta, Ga., and was first introduced to the United Way as a teenager,” says Brown. “They created a summer jobs program that I participated in for three years prior to college. I never forgot how the United Way granted me the opportunity to earn money, become more self-sufficient, acquire new professional skills and learn important lessons in financial literacy.”

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Retiring faculty and staff members

A message from President Nathan Hatch

As we prepare to celebrate Commencement and the achievements of the Class of 2015, we also pause to recognize and honor the outstanding careers of our retiring faculty and staff members.

Please join me in thanking this distinguished group of leaders, colleagues, mentors and friends and congratulating them on more than 500 years of combined service to Wake Forest University:

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Faculty Fellowships and promotions

Congratulations to Wake Forest University faculty who have been awarded fellowships and recieved promotions.

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The Wake Forest Faculty Fellowship is a program of financial support designed to honor our best teacher-scholars. Recipients are:
Rebecca Alexander (CHM), The F.M. Kirby Family Faculty Fellowship<
Laura Aull (ENG), The Dunn-Riley Faculty Fund Fellowship
Christa Colyer (CHM), The Robert & Debra Lee Faculty Fellowship
Mary Dalton (COM), The Reinsch/Pierce Family Fellowship
Katy Harriger (POL), The Tatum Family Fund Faculty Fellowship
Omaar Hena (ENG), The Young Family Faculty Fellowship
Peter Kairoff (MUS), The Denton Family Faculty Fellowship
John Pickel (ART), The Hoak Family Faculty Fellowship
Albert Rives (CHM), The Gale Family Faculty Fellowship
Michael Sloan (CLA), The Kenyon Family Faculty Fellowship
Eric Stottlemyer (ENG), The Bitove Family Fund Faculty Fellowship
Robert Whaples (ECN), The Hough Family Faculty Fellowship
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Proposals funded: Dos Santos, Von Burg, Williams

Patricia Dos SantosCongratulations to Patricia Dos Santos, associate professor of chemistry, whose proposal entitled “Target specificity of cysteine desulfurase in Bacillus subtilis” has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).


Ron Von BurgCongratulations to Ron Von Burg, assistant professor of communication, whose proposal entitled “Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute” has been funded by the U.S. Department of State.


richard.williams.150x150Congratulations to Richard Williams, professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Improvement of Scintillators mainly Experimental WFU subcontract from Lawrence Berkeley National Lab” has been funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and by [subaward/subcontract from] Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (WFU funding agency).