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Online learning resource available to all

This is a guest post from Mur Muchane, associate vice president for information technology and CIO. It was e-mailed to students, faculty and staff Sept. 19:

Information Systems is pleased to announce that, beginning today, September 19th, all Wake Forest University students, faculty and staff have access to the leading online creative and professional skills provider,

The over 4,000 self-paced courses, ranging from Adobe Creative Cloud, Excel, SPSS and MATLAB to Mobile App Development, 3D Animation and Presentation Skills, are:

  • organized in modular, easy to use and manage, 5 to 15 minute segments
  • searchable, so you can identify specific topics without watching an entire course (for example, Create Pivot Tables in Excel or Remove Red-Eye in a Photo)
  • downloadable for offline use via mobile apps for iOS, Android, Windows, AppleTV and Roku.

Three different ways to access the entire library:

–Sign into WFU Google Mail with your Wake Forest email address ( and password. Click the App Launcher (box of dots, top right of inbox), scroll down to the bottom, then click on the Lynda icon.


–Go directly to and, if prompted, enter your WFU email address and password. Bookmark this page for future reference.


–Download a mobile app. To log into the app, enter as your organization.

In the weeks ahead, we will share some of our favorite tips and courses via Twitter and Facebook. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact us at or 336-758-4357 (HELP).

Wilkinson receives Best Book Award

Betina Wilkinson, assistant professor of politics and international affairs, was presented with the Best Book Award for Inter-Race Relations at the Sept. 2 annual meeting of the Racial and Ethnic Politics Section of the American Political Science Association.

Wilkinson’s book is entitled, “Partner or Rivals? Power and Latino, Black and White Relations in the 21st Century.” It was published by the University of Virginia Press in 2015.

Her research has been published in several political science and multidisciplinary journals.  She joined the Wake Forest faculty in 2010.

Memorial service for Professor Heard on Sept. 18

A memorial service celebrating the life of Professor of Music Richard Heard will be held on Sunday, Sept. 18, at 4 p.m. in Brendle Recital Hall (Scales Fine Arts Center).

Professor Heard died last May in Winston-Salem after a long illness.

Proposals funded: Beavers, Bonin, Carroll, Rejeski



Congratulations to Kristen Beavers, assistant professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “MediFast for Seniors Study” has been funded by (a private sponsor).



Keith Bonin


Congratulations to Keith Bonin, professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Predicting therapy-induced leukemia in breast cancer patients [Cayuse 16-0040]” has been funded by the Wake Forest University Health Sciences.



David Carroll


Congratulations for David Carroll, professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Sustainable Water Purification” has been funded by the NASA and by [subaward/subcontract from] Streamline Automation (WFU funding agency).



Jack Rejeski


Congratulations to Jack Rejeski, professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Cooperative Lifestyle Intervention Program in Knee Osteoarthritis Patients (CLIP-OA)” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under award number 1R01AG050725-01A1 and by [subaward/subcontract from] Ohio State University (WFU funding agency).



‘Symposium on Narrative in Medicine’ to be held Oct. 1

Wake Forest’s Humanities Institute is sponsoring a symposium called “Story, Health, and Healing: A Symposium on Narrative in Medicine.”  It will be held Oct. 1 in Benson University Center.

The opening keynote address, “Cultural Competence: Poetry and the Importance of Voice in Diverse Illness Experience,” will be given by Rafael Campo, renowned American poet, doctor and author from Medical School. The closing keynote, “Art and Soul,” will be given by Linda Friedlaender, pioneer of “The Observational Skills Workshop” and senior curator of education of the British Art Center at Yale University.

A description of the event, the full schedule, and descriptions of the break-out sessions can be found here:

Proposals funded: Anderson, Brubaker, Messier

T. Michael Anderson


Congratulations to Michael Anderson, associate professor of biology, whose proposal entitled “Fire, Fear and Foraging: Understanding Multi-trophic Interactions in a Savanna Foodweb” has been funded by the National Geographic Society.



Peter Brubaker


Congratulations to Pete Brubaker, professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Transition from risk factors to early HF: Prevalence, pathogenesis, and phenomics (MESA 6)” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and by [subaward/subcontract from] Wake Forest University Health Sciences (WFU funding agency).


Stephen Messier


Congratulations to Steve Messier, professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Weight Loss and Exercise for Communities with Arthritis in North Carolina (WE-CAN)” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under award number 5U01AR068658-02.

Faculty publications: August 2016 update

Bennett, Arnold, Author, & Saloman, Randi, Ed. (English). Grand Babylon Hotel: A Fantasia on Modern Times (Broadview Editions series). Broadview Press. August 2016.


Voss Roberts, Michelle, Ed. (Divinity). Comparing Faithfully: Insights for Systematic Theological Reflection (Comparative Theology: Thinking Across Traditions series). Fordham University Press. August 2016.


Whaples, Robert M., Christopher J. Coyne, & Michael C. Munger, Eds. (Economics). Future: Economic Peril or Prosperity? Independent Institute. August 2016.

New details on Chelsea Clinton event at Wake Forest Sept. 13

This message was emailed by the University to students, faculty and staff on Sept. 12:

A Women in Leadership panel discussion featuring Chelsea Clinton, daughter of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, will be held from 12:15 p.m. to approximately 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, in Reynolda Hall. The event will take place in the Green Room, located on the first floor.

The event is organized and presented by Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

The panel discussion has reached capacity for attendance and is no longer accepting additional reservations to attend.  However, an overflow area will be provided for people on the Magnolia patio outside the Green Room.  Speakers will be set up on the patio so that the panel discussion can be heard there.  Access to the patio will be from two sets of outdoor stairs from the sidewalk below the patio, near The Pit.

It is expected that the event will have minimal impact on University operations and activities other than the area immediately surrounding the Green Room.  Reynolda Hall offices will be open as usual, along with the dining areas in the building.

Anyone with reservations to attend the event in the Green Room or with plans to listen from the patio will not be permitted to bring book bags or large bags into those areas.

People not attending the panel discussion are discouraged from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. from using the main entrance to Reynolda Hall from Hearn Plaza.

Three parking lots will be closed for the event.

–Parking Lot N, between Kitchin and Poteat residence halls, closed at 5 p.m. today.
–Parking Lot M, on the east side of Reynolda Hall, will close at midnight tonight.
–Parking Lot C, on the west side of Reynolda Hall, will close at midnight tonight.

The lots will reopen at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Wake Forest Office of Communications and External Relations

Update to Aug. 29 crime alert regarding indecent exposure cases

This message was e-mailed by the University to students, faculty and staff on Sept. 12:

This is an update to an Aug. 29 Wake Forest crime alert regarding two indecent exposure incidents.

A Winston-Salem man has been arrested on indecent exposure charges stemming from incidents at Wake Forest and Winston-Salem’s Hanes Park.  The man has also been arrested on a trespassing charge and several drug charges.  He is currently in the Forsyth County Jail.

The arrest was announced by the Winston-Salem Police Department on Sept. 12.

The Wake Forest University Police Department has charged the man with two counts of indecent exposure and one count of trespassing.  On Aug. 29, he is alleged to have exposed himself to two students walking on the paved walking trail that leads from campus to Reynolda Village.

The other charges were made by the Winston-Salem Police Department.

The investigation was assisted by images of the man captured by University cameras on the paved walking trail.

“The Winston-Salem Police Department, Wake Forest University Police Department, and  Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the media and members of the community for their assistance with identifying the unknown male,” according to the Winston-Salem Police Department announcement.

Wake Forest Office of Communications and External Relations

Wake United: Tackling education together


Barbara Walker

This is the first of a series of pieces written about Wake Forest community members who are committed to WakeUnited, the United Way campaign at Wake Forest.

Barbara Walker remembers when her daughter, Ruan, now in high school, entered sixth grade.

The classes got harder as teachers pushed Ruan and her classmates to master skills they would need for high school. At the same time, Walker’s daughter and her friends were also learning to navigate the complexities of adolescence.

Walker, the University’s deputy athletic director, has seen firsthand the critical role middle school plays in helping students develop intellectually, emotionally and socially. And she knows that students who do well in middle school are better equipped to tackle high school and eventually graduate.

“United Way of Forsyth County’s Women’s Leadership Council is focused on education, particularly graduation rates in our community,” Walker says. “I joined WLC when my daughter was entering middle school, which is the age level the Council is targeting, so this is near and dear to me as a mother.”

Walker knows something else, as well: That a group of people and a community can do far more together than they can individually.

That’s true, she says, for the Wake Forest’s student-athletes and it’s true for the impact University employees can make if they support the United Way. That’s why she’s co-chair of this year’s University United Way campaign.

“United Way provides a way for every Wake Forest employee to help, make a difference, and contribute to a county-wide effort to effect positive change in our community,” she says. “Wake Forest holds a powerful place in this community. We should be leaders in giving back and doing what we can to help our neighbors, particularly children and families in need.”

The 2016 WakeUnited campaign will kick off on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 4 p.m., in the Reynolda Hall Green Room, in conjunction with the Provost’s Happy Hour. All faculty and staff are invited to attend. The WakeUnited campaign encourages faculty and staff to pledge support for United Way and its critical mission in the community.