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Proposals funded: Alexander, Guthold and Jones

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Congratulations to Rebecca Alexander, professor of chemistry, whose proposal entitled “Beckman Scholars Program” has been funded by the Beckman Foundation.

Congratulations to Martin Guthold, associate professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Lab-on-Bead Enabled Next-Generation Sequencing for Cancer Drug Discovery” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the NanoMedica LLC (WFU funding agency).

Congratulations to Amanda Jones, assistant professor of chemistry, whose proposal entitled “CAREER: Mechanism as a Driving Force in Gold (l) Catalyzed Alkyne Functionalizations” has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Boehme named Reynolda Campus Interim CIO

boehme.200x275John Boehme, Wake Forest Baptist Health’s associate vice president for academic and administrative systems, has been named Reynolda Campus Interim CIO. Prior to assuming his current position, Boehme was the associate dean for academic computing for WFUHS and also served for two decades as a senior leader in WFU’s Department of Radiology, where he did groundbreaking research in medical imaging management systems.

Along with his leadership of the Medical Center’s computing and information systems team, Boehme has been a key member of the Reynolda Campus Information Technology Executive Council (ITEC).  He has also been a leader in seeking to bring high performance computing to the Triad, beginning with his work to help create the WinstonNet system and serving for years as its president. Boehme also represents Wake Forest University as Chair of the Microelectronics Center of North Carolina Advisory Committee that operates the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NC REN).

Boehme assumed his role July 1.

Chinese Pistache trees to be thinned

A message from Facilities and Campus Services

In an effort to create a more sustainable and pleasurable campus environment, Facilities and Campus Services, with the support of and in accordance with the bylaws of the Campus Tree Advisory Committee, will be thinning the existing row of Chinese Pistache trees along the north side of Lot E between the Library and Salem Hall.

The removal of every other tree will allow the light needed to establish grass on the bare eroding slope — preventing erosion of soil into the Lot E and the storm drains leading to Lake Katherine and Silas Creek. The remaining trees will also have more room to reach their full potential.

This work will occur during the week of July 21. If you have any questions,  contact David Davis at (336) 758-4622.

Wagstaff, ‘father of the economics department,’ dies

wagstaff.200x275By Kerry M. King (’85), Wake Forest Magazine
Photo by Lee Reunion

J. Van Wagstaff amassed a number of noteworthy accomplishments during his 28 years on the faculty, but his most rewarding achievement, he once said, was teaching more than 6,000 students.

Leave it to an economist to tally the number of students who took his classes on public finance and micro and macro principles of economics from 1964 to 1992. Wagstaff, who helped establish the economics department in the late 1960s, died on July 13. He was 84.

He is survived by his wife, Marge; three children, Victoria Howell (’79), Terry Williams (’81) and Joseph Wagstaff Jr. (’80); and eight grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Augsburg Lutheran Church in Winston-Salem; the family will receive friends following the service.

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Faculty publications: June update

This includes Reynolda campus faculty books – and one sound recording:

Gladding, Samuel T. (Counseling). Family Therapy: History, Theory, and Practice, 6th ed. Pearson. June 2014.

Jenkins, Melissa Shields. (English). Fatherhood, Authority, and British Reading Culture, 1831-1907. Ashgate. June 2014.

Locklair, Dan. (Music). Tapestries – Choral Music of Dan Locklair [CD recording]. Performed by The Choral Art Society, conducted by Robert Russell, and Bel Canto Company, led by David Pegg. MSR Classics. June 2014.

Palmiter, Alan R. (School of Law). Securities Regulation, 6th ed. (Examples and Explanations series). Wolters Kluwer Law and Business. April 2014.

Palmiter, Alan R., Frank Partnoy, & Amy D. Westbrook (School of Law). Corporations: A Contemporary Approach, 2nd ed. (Interactive Casebook series). West Academic Publishing. April 2014.

Venegas, José Luis. (Romance Languages).  Transatlantic Correspondence: Modernity, Epistolarity, and Literature in Spain and Spanish America, 1898-1992 (Transoceanic series). Ohio State University Press. April 2014.

Sakai has new functionality, an updated look and feel

A message from Wake Forest University Information Systems

On July 5, 2014, Information Systems performed an upgrade to Sakai, Wake Forest University’s learning management system. Sakai has new functionality as well as an updated look and feel. Upgrades include improved features to the Resources, Gradebook, and Section Info tools as well as major additions and improvements to Lessons (which is now turned on by default), Test and Quizzes, Profile 2, Forums and Messages. Visit What’s New in Sakai 2.9 for more information.

A number of resources are available to help you navigate the new Sakai. Check out the Professional Development Center (PDC) for a list of Sakai related classes, find tips and how to’s on the Sakai page in help.wfu.edu, or contact your Instructional Technologist or technology support staff member.

Provost Kersh on Wake Will: $400 million milestone interwoven with faculty, staff accomplishments

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The recent announcement that Wake Will: The Campaign for Wake Forest has surpassed the $400 million mark is a vital milestone along our path towards raising the $600 million that will support our University in many essential ways.

These funds are predominantly directed to strengthening and renewing our ability to carry out our core academic mission. If you haven’t already, I encourage you to read about the impact of the campaign on the Wake Will website. The most recent stories focus on our URECA Center for faculty-mentored undergraduate research, the cross-University approach to wellbeing, and a piece featuring eight generations of faculty members over two centuries, from Samuel Wait to Mary Dalton, who successively taught one another.

Since the launch of the Wake Will campaign last fall, we have regularly showcased ways in which the campaign relates to the vital work that faculty and staff do every day. Below I address some frequently asked questions about Wake Will from our faculty, staff, students, and alumni, further exploring how the funds raised support WFU’s commitment to academic excellence and our teacher-scholar ideal.

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Wake Will Campaign passes $400 million mark

400M_social.175x175A message from President Nathan Hatch

Dear Wake Forest Students, Faculty and Staff,

Thanks to the largest fundraising year in Wake Forest University’s 180-year history, Wake Will: The Campaign for Wake Forest has raised more than $402 million of the $600 million Reynolda Campus goal through just its fourth year.

The University received a record $98.5 million in gifts and commitments between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014, following our public launch of the campaign last October.

Wake Will has had a wide-ranging impact on our campus, including more scholarships and increased financial aid; additional funding for faculty, academic and campus programs; and a number of new, planned and renovated facilities. You can read more about this tremendous milestone in a related WFU news story, in a Q&A with Provost Rogan Kersh on Inside WFU, and on the campaign website.

Unprecedented philanthropic support for Wake Forest – for everything from world-class faculty and undergraduate research, to financial aid and facilities enhancements – helps fulfill our commitment to create opportunity, educate the whole person and inspire excellence.

I would like to thank the entire campus community for your innovative spirit and compelling ideas that have inspired alumni, parents, corporations and foundations to invest in Wake Forest and be part of something special. They give because they believe in you, they believe in us, and they believe in our promise to prepare students to lead lives that matter.

Campus Kitchen needs summer volunteers

Image_1466_nkb5xamhSupport Campus Kitchen by volunteering for shifts during the summer. Volunteers are needed throughout each step of the process: cooking, produce redistribution and meal delivery.

All skill levels and ages are encouraged to participate. To view and sign up for shifts, visit the WFU Campus Kitchen website.

88.5 WFDD receives national awards, hires news director

WFDD.logo.forinside88.5 WFDD, the public radio station licensed to Wake Forest University, has won three national awards for excellence in radio broadcasting.

The station received two awards from Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI), an organization committed to the highest standards of journalistic ethics and excellence, which recognizes the best of local public radio news in a wide array of categories, and one Gabriel Award from The Catholic Academy of Communication Professionals, which created the award in 1965 “to recognize outstanding artistic achievement in a television or radio program or series which entertains and enriches with a true vision or humanity and a true vision of life.”

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