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A message about technology and its future at Wake Forest

A message from:
School of Business Vice Dean of Programs Gordon McCray
Former CIO, Information Systems and Professor of Physics Rick Matthews, and
Vice Provost and Dean of Z. Smith Reynolds Library Lynn Sutton

Dear Wake Forest Faculty, Staff and Students,

In May 2014, a committee of Wake Foresters representing various areas of the University completed a review of the technological landscape in higher education and began the important challenge of exploring what the future of collaborative work might look like in the next five years.

After site visits, interviews and research, the committee produced “Vision 2020: Charting A Course for Academic Computing at Wake Forest,” a white paper that envisions how technology changes already underway can support teaching and learning at Wake Forest.

From an environmental scan to recommendations regarding teaching and learning, the 27-page report offers informative and insightful details on IT-based technology and higher education. We would like to showcase several important points from the paper as people begin to delve more deeply into Vision 2020.

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Stand for unity and respect

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‘We Stand for Unity and Respect’ (Sept. 30, 2014)

Members of the Faculty Fellows program invite all faculty, staff and students to join a demonstration of support for diversity, inclusion, dignity and respect. They will stage the fourth and final photo in the series on the steps of Wait Chapel on Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 11:50 a.m.

The “We Stand for Unity and Respect” photo campaign has grown organically over the last month. The idea originated with a group of Faculty Fellows, who have continued to foster dialogue about important campus issues in the six first-year student residence halls as well as in their classrooms. Each week the number of people in the photo has increased through word of mouth and social media.

“The ‘We Stand for Unity and Respect’ campaign has become a symbol for the campus culture we want people to associate with Wake Forest,” said Vice Provost Lynn Sutton. “The University is working at a number of levels to ensure that each and every member of our community feels like their contributions are valued. Wake Forest provides the ideal setting to explore societal issues in the spirit of Pro Humanitate.

'We Stand for Unity and Respect' photo Sept. 16

‘We Stand for Unity and Respect’

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‘We Stand for Unity and Respect’ (Sept. 23, 2014)

Faculty, staff “Hit the Bricks” for cancer

Rachel Weaver walks at Hit the Bricks in support of Chip Patterson.

Rachel Weaver (’93), associate director of donor experience, “Hits the Bricks” to support Patterson.

Faculty and staff helped the Wake Forest community “Hit the Bricks” by joining students and community partners to complete more than 24,500 laps around Hearn Plaza, and to raise at least $30,000 for the Brian Piccolo Cancer Research Fund.

Three teams from Alumni Hall ran in support of Chip Patterson’s fight against glioblastoma. Patterson (’72, MALS ’02) is the vice president of gift planning with University Advancement.

A bake sale is also taking place in Alumni Hall’s lobby today. All proceeds will be donated to the Brian Piccolo Cancer Research Fund.

Overall, 24 faculty and staff teams participated this year. Click to view a photo gallery »

The top five teams in the faculty / staff division were:

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Manning to present at Oct. 8 SAC meeting

manning.300x175Wake Forest head men’s basketball coach Danny Manning will present at the next SAC meeting, on Wednesday, Oct. 8 at 9:30 am, in Benson 401.  Coach Manning will give a short presentation, and though there will be not be a free-throw shooting contest, there could well be a basketball-related raffle.

Coach Manning may have time for some questions from  attendees. You can submit a question for Coach Manning in advance of the meeting using this form.

The schedule for SAC meetings through June and minutes for past meetings are available here.

Flu shots rescheduled

Due to Hit the Bricks and other conflicts, the seasonal flu shots for faculty, staff and retirees have been rescheduled as follows:

  • Oct. 14, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Benson Center, Room 401
  • Oct. 15, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Benson Center, Room 401
  • Oct. 16, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Farrell Hall, Colloquium (FH352)
  • Oct. 20, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., University Corporate Center, Room 1018
  • Oct. 23, 1 – 4 p.m., Graylyn, Management House, Room #3

For more information, visit the Professional Development Center website.

Proposals funded: Gross, Katula, Miller

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Congratulations to Michael Gross, assistant professor of chemistry, whose proposal entitled “Collaborative Research: Understanding and Supporting Student Intrinsic Motivation in STEM Courses” has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Congratulations to Jeffrey Katula, associate professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Maya Angelou Center for Health-Project 1-(WFUHS PI: Bertoni)” 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 Gary Miller, associate professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Dietary Nitrate to Augment Exercise Benefits” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health under award number 5R21-HL113717-02 REVISED and by [subaward/subcontract from] Duke University (WFU funding agency).

September 2014 staff miletsones

See a list of staff milestones for September 2014:

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September 2014 faculty milestones

See a list of faculty milestones for September 2014:

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Volunteers needed for English conversation workshops

ct_ImageAre you a native speaker of English? That’s all you need to help with WFU’s weekly conversation workshops. Native speaker volunteers meet with international students in small groups and aid their understanding of rapid speech, idiomatic and cultural references, pronunciation and more.

The sessions are a lot of fun! Ten to 20 people are divided into small groups. No training or preparation is needed, and volunteers do not need to attend every session.

Times and Location:
Tuesdays from 4-5 p.m.; Wingate Hall 210
Fridays from 3:30-5 p.m.; Wingate Hall 210
(Thursday sessions also possible)

Interested? Email Andrew Smith, program coordinator for Cross Cultural Engagement and English Language Skills Enhancement at smithac@wfu.edu to learn more.

August 2014 comings and goings

See a list of employees joining and leaving the University in August 2014:

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