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Mass casualty drill, outdoor alert test on Saturday, April 11

Wake Forest Emergency Medical Services will soon be conducting a mass casualty drill to test campus resources in case of a serious accident.

Those on campus during the morning of April 11 will likely see a simulated incident and student EMTs responding to the incident. The incident will include patients with varying degrees of simulated injuries. Emergency vehicles will be on campus and some traffic may occur.  The drill will run from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

On the same day, Wake Forest University will be testing its outdoor alert equipment that is part of the University’s Wake Alert emergency notification system. Anyone outside on campus will likely hear chimes followed by test messages announcing an active shooter, an armed intruder, a tornado or other threatening weather. This test will occur between 10 and 11 a.m.

No action is required by anyone who hears these test messages. If an actual emergency were to occur, the numerous test messages would not be used.

Anyone with questions about the mass casualty drill or testing may call emergency manager August Vernon at 336-758-3377.

Wake Forest football spring game

football.300x175Come out this Saturday, April 11, to BB&T Field to watch the Demon Deacon football team participate in the annual spring game. Gates open at 1:30 p.m. with face painters, games for kids and free posters and schedule cards. Admission and parking are free.

Enter through Gate 5 and participate in our first ever cornhole board tournament. The Top Hat Tavern will also open at 1:30 p.m. Ticket sales representatives will be at the game for those who wish to purchase season tickets.

Following the game fans are invited onto BB&T Field to get autographs and pictures with the players.

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Silman, Otteson named to new endowed Presidential Chairs

Five new Presidential Chairs to recruit, retain and reward outstanding faculty who embody the teacher-scholar ideal have been announced by Wake Forest University and two faculty members have been named.



The Andrew Sabin Family Foundation Presidential Chair in Conservation Biology has been awarded to professor Miles Silman, a conservation biologist who has been a leader in the sustainability movement since beginning his doctoral research more than 20 years ago.

His work centers on understanding species distributions, biodiversity, and the response of forest ecosystems to climate and land use changes over time. Silman, who joined the Wake Forest faculty in 1998, is co-founder of the Andes Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research Group and is also founding director of the Wake Forest Center for Energy, Environment, and Sustainability (CEES).



James Otteson has been named The Thomas W. Smith Foundation Presidential Chair in Business Ethics. Otteson joined the faculty in 2013 as executive director of the BB&T Center for the Study of Capitalism and Teaching Professor of Political Economy.

His scholarship focuses on political economy, political philosophy, history and philosophy of economics, and eighteenth-century moral and political thought. He is an expert on Adam Smith, on eighteenth-century political and moral philosophy, on the moral foundations of capitalism, and on the comparative evaluation of competing systems of political economy.

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WFU leaders attend Dr. Maya Angelou’s stamp dedication ceremony

Melissa Harris-Perry and Maya stampWake Forest University faculty, staff and alumni were among those present for the dedication ceremony of the Dr. Maya Angelou Forever Stamp in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Apr. 7. They included Melissa Harris-Perry (’94), who served as the master of ceremonies; Barbee Myers Oakes (’80); Wade Stokes (’83); and Robby Gregg (’83).

Angelou was the Reynolds Professor of American Studies for more than 30 years until her death in 2014 at the age of 86.

Harris-Perry shared personal memories about her teacher, friend and mentor at the star-studded event, which also included remarks from First Lady Michelle Obama, media mogul Oprah Winfrey and Ambassador Andrew Young.

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Research presented at applied linguistics conference

AAAL-2015-Aull_Bandarage_RichardsonThanks to URECA and the WFU Humanities Institute, Assistant Professor of English Laura Aull and two Wake Forest URECA fellows, Dineth Bandarage and Meredith Richardson, who presented their research at the international American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL) conference in Toronto, Canada.

The title of their presentation was “Argumentative Scope in First-Year Writing: A Corpus Linguistic Analysis and Recommendations for Instruction.”

Proposals funded: Jurchescu, Kiang, Silman and Villalba



Congratulations to Oana Jurchescu, assistant professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Spintronics for Novel Device Application and Metrology Advancement” has been funded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Lisa Kiang


Congratulations to Lisa Kiang, associate professor of psychology, whose proposal entitled “Gratitude, Well-being, and the Decline of Materialism: A Cross-cultural Study of Character Formation in Children and Adolescents” has been funded by the Templeton Foundation and by [subaward/subcontract from] UNC-Greensboro (WFU funding agency).

Miles Silman


Congratulations to Miles Silman, professor of biology, whose proposal entitled “FESD Type 1: The Dynamics of mountains, landscape, and Climate in the Distribution and Generation of Biodiversity in the Amazon/Andean Forest” has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and by [subaward/subcontract from] Duke University (WFU funding agency).



Congratulations to Jose Villalba, associate dean for faculty recruitment, diversity and inclusion, whose proposal entitled “Latino Parents Learning about College (LaP-LAC) program” has been funded by the Katie B. Reynolds Charitable Trust.

Magnolias Project: Applications due April 15

top_image1The Office of Sustainability and the Center for Energy, Environment, and Sustainability (CEES) invite you to enhance your teaching and engagement with sustainability issues by participating in the Magnolias Project May 12-13 on the Wake Forest campus. No prior experience with sustainability-related issues in the classroom or in research is necessary, and faculty at all ranks and career stages are welcome.

This innovative approach to curricular change, modeled on the nationally renowned Piedmont Project (Emory University) and Ponderosa Project (Northern Arizona University), provides faculty with an intellectually stimulating and collegial experience to pool their expertise. Faculty who would like to develop a new course module or an entirely new course that engages issues of sustainability and the environment are encouraged to apply.

Detailed information is available on the project’s webpage. Applications are due April 15. Participants will earn a $500 stipend.

WakeUnited: Live United Ryan Janvion

Janvion.Ryan.300x175Ryan Janvion, a business enterprise management major from Miami, Fla., is deeply involved at Wake Forest because he wants to make a difference.

Janvion, a member of the Wake Forest football team, is active in Athletes in Action and the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, which often participates in community service events.

“Some of my activities include speaking at different schools around Winston-Salem to encourage students to chase their dreams and rise up to the challenges they will face throughout their journeys,” says Janvion. “I have a tremendous amount of respect for the United Way and believe what it does for the community really has an impact on many lives for the better.”

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March 2015 staff milestones

Congratulations to James Reid Morgan, senior vice president and general counsel, for 35 years of service to Wake Forest! Below is a complete list of March 2015 staff milestones.

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Chief of police one of 25 to meet with Congress on campus safety

Regina Lawson, Wake Forest University, Chief of Police and Vickie Weaver, Immediate Past President of IACLEA enroute to meet with U. S. Senator Richard Burr.

WFU Chief of Police Regina Lawson and Vickie Weaver, immediate past president of IACLEA, head out to meet with U. S. Senator Richard Burr.

The International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) 8th annual Capitol Hill Day was held on March 26, Washington, DC. Each year, IACLEA has selected a delegation of representatives to participate in the event. This year, Wake Forest Chief of University Police Regina Lawson was selected.

Twenty-five IACLEA members and colleagues from the Association of Student Conduct Administrators (ASCA) from 16 states and the District of Columbia participated in about 70 meetings with members of Congress or their staffers to discuss current trends and challenges in campus law enforcement. Topics of discussion included:

  • Regulatory Reform – The Clery Act was passed almost 25 years ago to provide crime statistics on college and university campuses so that prospective and current students would know about safety on campus. The Act grew to include requirements for emergency drills and other related issues. The law is less than 10 pages yet the regulations implementing the law and the associated handbook require more than 600 pages.
  • Gender Violence on Campus - Gender violence and harassment are unacceptable crimes. Estimates are that four of five incidents go unreported and that means campus public safety has no way to investigate and, when warranted, proceed to bring the alleged perpetrator to court or an administrative body for justice.
  • National Center for Campus Public Safety – As a resource for college and university first responders, this new center will conduct research, create an information clearinghouse and provide training to support campus law enforcement.
  • The Sean Collier Bill – If passed, the law would provide equity in death benefits to the families of sworn officers who are employed at private institutions. Sean Collier was the MIT campus police officer killed in the line of duty during the search for the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings. IACLEA President David Perry presented the 2015 Congressional Champion Award to U.S. Rep. Peter King of New York in recognition for his strong support for campus public safety and, in particular, the Sean Collier Bill.

“It was an honor to be selected as a delegate to attend the IACLEA conference and to discuss with lawmakers important issues that affect campus safety both nationally and locally at Wake Forest University,” said Lawson.