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‘Book club’ approach to first-year reading

The Wake Forest Summer Research Fellowship program allows undergraduate students to work with faculty mentors on research projects in their areas of interest.  Psychology professor Christy Buchanan works with psychology major Rebecca Abramson ('11) on a study of effective parenting techniques and how mothers perceive them. They talk about their research in Greene Hall on Thursday, July 22, 2010.

Christy Buchanan

Wake Forest took a “book club” approach to this year’s summer reading assignment for first-year students. From John Grisham’s “Gray Mountain” to Levitt and Dubner’s “Think Like a Freak,” to Susan Cain’s “Quiet,” incoming students can choose from 22 different books.

All of the books fit this year’s theme, “Exploring Difference, Embracing Diversity.” Contemporary novels, historical novels, non-fiction, and a collection of short stories made the list.

The Orientation and Lower Division Advising Committee originally planned to choose one common reading, but changed course when it received so many good recommendations from faculty members.

“Our committee asked the question, ‘Why do we have to pick just one?’” said Senior Associate Dean for Academic Advising Christy Buchanan.

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Wake Forest Athletics Fan Fest set for Aug. 15

Fan Fest 4Guest post from Wake Forest Athletics:

The 2015 Wake Forest Athletics Fan Fest will be held Saturday, Aug. 15 at BB&T Field. Fans will be allowed on the field at 5 p.m. but are invited to arrive early to watch the football team in an open scrimmage beginning at 2 p.m.

The football team will scrimmage from 2-4 p.m. then return to the field at 5 p.m. with student-athletes from other Wake Forest fall sports. They will be available for autographs and pictures. This event is a great opportunity for fans to meet the coaches and players from Wake Forest’s fall sports teams.

Demon Deacon Fans of all ages are encouraged to attend Fan Fest. Other activities will include food and drinks, inflatable games, face painting and special appearances by the Demon Deacon and the Wake Forest spirit squad.

Fan Fest will also feature Select-Your-Seat, which allows fans to reserve their season tickets for the 2015 football season. Some of the best remaining seats at BB&T Field will be available for purchase, and ticket representatives will be on hand to assist fans and answer questions.

Fan Fest admission and parking is FREE of charge. For more information, contact the Wake Forest Sports Marketing department at (336) 758-5010.

Winston-Salem Journal recognizes President’s 10th anniversary

nathan.hatch.300x175The Winston-Salem Journal has published a feature story about Dr. Hatch and his 10 years of service to Wake Forest as president. It is entitled, “Dynamic Decade: Hatch reshapes university with eye toward future.”

The Aug. 2 article reflects on Dr. Hatch’s time in the President’s Office so far and explores his hopes and plans for his future years at Wake Forest’s helm.

In the piece, Dr. Hatch comments on the University’s goals, saying, “We want to be the best face-to-face liberal arts residential community.” He adds,“We want to be the best place for college-to-career transition.”

Dr. Hatch became Wake Forest’s 13th president on July 1, 2005.

Learn about what’s new in Sakai 10

On July 27, Information Systems performed an upgrade to Sakai, Wake Forest’s learning management system.

Sakai 10 features two new tool contributions to Sakai core, infrastructure improvements, approximately 50 security fixes, performance improvements and a number of new features including new functionality added to Assignments, Test & Quizzes and the Gradebook.

Find tips and how-to information on the Sakai page in help.wfu.edu, or contact your instructional technologist or technology support staff member for additional assistance.

Proposals funded: Carroll, Silman, Walldorf

David Carroll

Carroll

Congratulations to Dave Carroll, professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Partnership for Innovation: Accelerating Innovation Research – Technology Translation Graphenated-Carbon Nanotube (g-CNT) Composites for a Miniature, Fiber-Integrated Spectroscopy Light Source” has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and by [subaward/subcontract from] Duke University (WFU funding agency).

Miles Silman

Silman

 

Congratulations to Miles Silman, professor of biology, whose proposal entitled “Biochar production for tropical agriculture and carbon sequestration” has been funded by the Blue Moon Foundation.

 

Walldorf

Walldorf

Congratulations to Will Walldorf, associate professor of political science, whose proposal entitled “To Shape Our World for Good: Master Narratives and Patterns of Forceful Regime Change in United States Foreign Policy, 1900-2011” has been funded by the New City Commons Foundation.

Free program supports healthy lifestyle changes for faculty, staff

Walking-picA guest post from the University’s HELPS program:

Fall is a great time to make healthy lifestyle changes that will carry you through into next year. By making changes now, you will create good habits for the holiday season and the upcoming winter months. With the changing of the seasons and the start of the school year comes a renewed mindset. Maybe your goal is to eat a healthier diet, stop smoking, lose weight or walk three miles a day. Whatever your goal, the Therapeutic Lifestyle Change (TLC) program can help you reach it.

What is HELPS TLC? HELPS TLC is a medically directed, professionally supervised program designed to help individuals develop a healthy and active lifestyle using exercise and education.

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Winston-Salem Open has special offers for faculty, staff

A guest post from the Athletics Department:

The Winston-Salem Open would like to offer Wake Forest faculty and staff the following:

Free Tickets to the Aug. 22 Qualifying – enjoy Winston-Salem Open tennis by participating in Fill the Food Bank, presented by Lowes Foods! Bring three canned goods items with you to donate and receive free admission to the qualifying session. Donations benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina.

Use the code WFUFS15 and receive 20% off on all tickets, this discount is for Wake Forest University Faculty and Staff only and is good until August 15, 2015.

For more information on the tournament please go to www.winstonsalemopen.com.

Parking Lot E to be closed temporarily for improvements

A guest post from the University’s Parking and Transportation Office:

Improvements to Parking Lot E are scheduled to begin soon, requiring the temporary closing of the lot, which is situated behind Z. Smith Reynolds Library.

The lot closed on July 27 for renovation that will improve safety, access and traffic flow while also adding 26 spaces for staff and faculty.  The number of spaces will increase from 49 to 75. The lot will be re-opened before students arrive in August.

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WakeUnited: Live United Ann Gibbs

Ann Gibbs, associate dean in the School of Law, served as the School of Law liaison for the WakeUnited Campaign last year.  Gibbs has been involved with United Way for a number of years as part of the Leadership Circle and the Women’s Leadership Council.   She decided to get involved with United Way initially because of her passion for strengthening public education.

Wake Forest Law School professor Ann Gibbs.

“I have volunteered in our local public schools for years, and strongly believe in the United Way’s mission to increase our public high school graduation rates.  With the support of United Way, we have seen remarkably positive results in this area,” says Gibbs.  “In addition to strengthening our community’s educational mission, I also like the United Way’s focus on financial stability and health.  With this three-pronged focus on education, financial stability, and health, the United Way continues to assist in making our community more vibrant and healthy for everyone.”

Her enthusiasm for the WakeUnited campaign is contagious. “We are privileged to work on a beautiful campus with the many benefits associated with interacting with fascinating and energetic students, faculty and staff,” says Gibbs.  “As part of the Wake Forest family, I consider it my duty to contribute to WakeUnited in order to have an impact on the larger community beyond the Wake Forest gates.”

Police training exercise planned for Taylor Residence Hall July 24

On July 24, Taylor Residence Hall will be the location for a joint training exercise by the University Police Department and the Winston-Salem Police Department. A similar training event occurred recently in Poteat Residence Hall.

Uniformed, armed police officers will participate in the exercise that will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Taylor Residence Hall. The officers will be inside Taylor for much of the exercise, but they will be outside at times.

At certain times, a firearm will be used to fire blanks inside the building as part of the training activity. No live ammunition will be used.

The training will not interfere with normal campus activities on Hearn Plaza or elsewhere.

Anyone with questions about the exercise may call the University Police Department at 758-5591.