May 8th, 2015 | Faculty News
Congratulations 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).
Congratulations 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.
Congratulations 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).
May 7th, 2015 | University Announcement
During the week of May 11, trees will be removed from the Kitchin Hall courtyard as part of the renovation project beginning there.
After the renovation of the residence hall, new landscaping will be incorporated as part of the overall design.
May 7th, 2015 | Staff News
The Staff Advisory Council (SAC) is pleased to announce the results of the 2015 spring election. Thirteen new SAC representatives from across the University staff have been elected. New council members are: Landon Burrow (FACS: Maintenance Team 4), James Coffey (FACS: Custodial Services), Lou Gusbar (School of Business- Student Academic Services), Lauren Largen (Graylyn: Ads & Promotions), Sherry Long (Athletics: Student Athletes Services), Ellie Shannon (Athletics: Administration), Shelley Sizemore (Campus Life), Darlene Starnes (Multicultural Affairs), Barbara Stephens-Macri (Human Resources), Amanda Tingle (Dean of Wake Forest College), Amalia Wagner (Office of the Provost), Sandra Whicker (Admissions: Undergraduate), and Sarah Wojcik-Gross (Information Systems).
In addition to newly elected representatives, Artanzia Yates (Information Systems) and Scott Spernoga (Athletics: Sports Medicine) have been re-elected to serve an additional term. Each SAC representative will serve a term of three years and may be re-elected to serve one additional term.
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May 7th, 2015 | Events
A campus memorial service honoring the life of Grant Madison Backerman, will take place on Saturday, May 16 at 11 a.m. in the auditorium of the Porter Byrum Welcome Center.
A Wake Forest senior, Grant passed away unexpectedly at his off-campus residence on May 2.
For those grieving at Wake Forest, the University offers assistance to all. The Counseling Center may be reached at 758-5273. The Chaplain’s Office may be reached at 758-5210. For faculty and staff, there is also the Employee Assistance Program at 716-5493. Please do not hesitate to seek support.
May 6th, 2015 | Staff News
On April 16, Katie Neal (’03) and Cheryl Walker (’88) presented at the national Public Relations Society of America’s (PRSA) Counselors to Higher Education Senior Summit in Washington, D.C.
Their presentation, “Commencement Speaker Drama? Getting It Right in the National Spotlight,” shared best practices from the media frenzy that descended upon Wake Forest’s 2014 commencement ceremony when speaker Jill Abramson was abruptly fired as Executive Editor of the New York Times.
As they reflected upon the five-day span between her firing and her commencement speech, Neal and Walker credited offices and partners across campus – including University Events, Parking and Transportation, Facilities and Campus Services, Information Systems, Aramark and University Police – with their team’s ability to accommodate a ten-fold increase in media attendance and capitalize on the national spotlight shining upon Wake Forest.
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May 6th, 2015 | Faculty News
Congratulations to Martin Guthold, professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Comprehensive Cancer Center Grant: Fall 2014” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and by [subaward/subcontract from] Wake Forest University Health Sciences (WFU funding agency).
Congratulations to Tony Marsh, professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Cooperative Lifestyle Intervention Project (CLIP II)” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under award number 5R18HL076441-09.
Congratulations to Walter Rejeski, professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Cooperative Lifestyle Intervention Project (CLIP II)” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under award number 5R18HL076441-09.
May 5th, 2015 | Faculty News
For a project sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation to address big life questions, professor of philosophy Christian Miller and assistant professor of psychology Eranda Jayawickreme were among eight professors from around the world invited to write essays addressing the topic, “Why be Good?” for a special feature on Slate.com.
In his essay, “Answering ‘Why be Good?’ for a Three-Year-Old,” Miller recounts a conversation with his three-year old son that leads to this question, “Why should I be a good boy?” Miller explores several possible answers including: God wants us to be good people, having a good character typically makes the world a much better place, having a good character can be personally rewarding, and having a good character is its own reward.
In his essay on “Can Adversity Be Good?” Jayawickreme explores current research and says “we should be open to the possibility that significant adversity can potentially build our character.”
Miller led the Character Project to foster new advances in the study of character and Jayawickreme currently leads the Growth Initiative, which seeks to understand how adverse life events can lead to positive behavioral and cognitive changes.
May 4th, 2015 | Faculty News
Aull, Laura. (English). First-Year University Writing: A Corpus-Based Study with Implications for Pedagogy. Palgrave Macmillan. March 2015.
Judy, Tiffany, & Silvia Perpiñán, Eds. (Romanace Languages). The Acquisition of Spanish in Understudied Language Pairings. John Benjamins Publishing. March 2015.
May 1st, 2015 | University Announcement
Today is the final day to enroll for benefits or elect a Flexible Spending Account for the next plan year. If you have not already enrolled, please take a few minutes to do so. You will need to enroll if you are:
- Planning to participate in a Flexible Spending Account (you must actively enroll each year if you intend to continue your participation),
- Making a change to your benefit elections,
- Adding or removing a dependent(s), and/or
- Covering an eligible spouse or same-sex domestic partner on the Medical plan.
Contact the Benefits team at firstname.lastname@example.org or 336.758.6404 with questions.
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The enrollment deadline is Friday, May 1 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
May 1st, 2015 | Staff News
Zachary Blackmon, residence life coordinator for the Quad area residence halls, is one of 32 participants selected to attend the Southeastern Association of Housing Officers (SEAHO) 12th annual Regional Entry Level Institute from June 3-6 in Atlanta, Ga. More than 100 people applied to attend.
Blackmon supervises the staffs in Davis, Efird, Huffman, Kitchin, Palmer, Piccolo, Poteat and Taylor residence halls.
He is an alumni of Queens University of Charlotte where he was a business and corporate communication double major. He earned his Masters of Business Administration from Wingate University. Blackmon also holds a Masters of Education from Clemson University.