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Winter Institute for Intercultural Communication a success

WIICThe Winter Institute for Intercultural Communication (WIIC), a four-day professional development conference, was held at the Wake Forest University Charlotte Center on March 12-15. WIIC is a shortened version of the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication (SIIC), hosted by the Intercultural Communication Institute (ICI) in Portland, Oregon, for the past 25 years. In addition to sponsoring SIIC and WIIC, ICI fosters awareness and appreciation of cultural difference by maintaining an extensive research library for intercultural scholars and practitioners, partnering with local universities to offer a graduate degree program and certificate program and providing professional counsel on intercultural matters.

The goal of WIIC is to provide a broad range of educational opportunities regarding intercultural communication to individuals working in various sectors, including education, business and consulting in both domestic and international contexts. Attendees at the inaugural WIIC were able to choose from several one- and three-day workshops.

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TechXploration Tuesday

laptopA message from Associate Provost for Technology and Information Systems Rick Matthews.

Please join us for TechXploration on Tuesday, April 8, between noon and 3 p.m. in Benson 401 to learn what your colleagues are doing with technology.

Presentations will be in poster session format, so join us for any portion of the event.

Presentations will include:

  • e-Books Made Easy – Digital Publishing
  • Client 2014 – Next Year’s Laptop Program

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Professional and Organizational Development Conference

The Professional Development Center hosted representatives from higher education from across North America for the 4th Annual Professional and Organizational Development Conference. The event, held Feb. 16 – 18, was attended by 20 different universities. Participants attended sessions, networked and shared best practices related to staff and faculty development in higher education.

Session topics included:
· Successful Succession Planning
· Leadership Development Programs: Staying Fresh
· Online Education: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
· Partnering for Success
· Oh No. . . Not Another Boring New Employee Orientation!

Institutions in Attendance included: Bucknell, Case Western Reserve, Colorado College, Colorado State, Elon, Forsyth Technical Community College, Guilford Technical Community College, N.C. State, South Piedmont Community College, Texas A&M, University of Arkansas, University of Guelph, UNC (Chapel Hill), University of North Dakota, University of Richmond, University of South Carolina, University of Virginia, Wake Technical Community College, Wilfred Laurier University, Wor-Wic Community College

Sociology department winter highlights















Saylor Breckenridge is completing his two-year rotation as the director of the National Science Foundation’s sociology program, where he manages the program’s approximately $10 million annual budget. He recently presented on “big data” research at the “The Big (Data) Bang: Prospects and Challenges for the Future” session as part of The Dupont Summit, in Washington D.C.

In March, Hana Brown and her co-researcher from the University of Notre Dame, Jennifer Jones, were awarded $22,954 by the Russell Sage Foundation to research the determinants of state immigration policy in new immigration destinations.

Throughout March, Joseph Soares participated in the discussions of both the first national study of test-optional colleges and the upcoming reforms to the SAT in outlets such as Inside Higher Ed, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News and The New York Times Magazine.

In January, Ian Taplin gave the annual Global Futures Lecture at The Winchester Centre for Global Futures in Art, Design & Media, University of Southampton, England. In February, he was one of the keynote speakers at the N.C. Wine Growers annual meeting in Winston-Salem.

In February David Yamane published, “Becoming Catholic: Finding Rome in the American Religious Landscape” (Oxford University Press) — the first book-length study of Roman Catholic converts in contemporary America.

Annual benefits sessions and Benefits Fair

The annual benefits enrollment period will take place from April 14 to April 25. For an overview of WFU’s benefit program for the upcoming year, effective July 1, HR is offering information sessions around campus. Register at the PDC to attend one of the sessions.

Benefit informations sessions will be held at:

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Severe weather guidelines for Wake Forest

Wake Forest University is committed to the safety of its students, faculty, staff and visitors. In the event of inclement weather events, such as a severe thunderstorm, tornado watch or warning, it is important that all occupants of campus adhere to the warnings and information provided in the severe weather alerts from the National Weather Service. The information and tips below will be helpful in the event of a weather emergency.

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Campus Connections


Join Provost Rogan Kersh and Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration Hof Milam for Campus Connections, an opportunity for non-faculty staff to learn about, discuss and provide input about issues at Wake Forest University. Campus Connections, is a chance to gain a greater understanding of campus issues and university changes, while interacting with other staff who work in academic and student life. Enjoy a light breakfast while the provost, deans and other administrators discuss current events at the University.

Campus Connections will be held April 4 in Benson 401 from 8:45 – 10 a.m.

  • John Wise, associate vice president, hospitality & auxiliary services, will present on the evolution of the campus dining program.
  • Katie Winokur, marketing intern, Wake Forest Properties, will provide information on the happenings of Reynolda Village.
  • Dave Clawson, head coach, Wake Forest Football, will discuss the future of Deacon football.

Upcoming tech training opportunities

laptopIn April and May, Wake Forest’s information systems learning team will be hosting technology training classes on campus and at the University Corporate Center. Classes on campus include instruction on Google webpage design, teaching remotely with WebEx, photo editing basics, and an introduction to Google drive. The University Corporate Center is a short ride away via the Gold Line Shuttle.

The schedule of classes and locations is noted below:

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Wake Forest Innovations is soliciting proposals

731EDCBD-2CB3-4D63-83D6-A35EB76212D3Wake Forest Innovations is soliciting proposals for a new round of Commercialization Pathway Awards. Applications are encouraged from researchers whose work holds innovative promise. The deadline for proposals is April 11.

Wake Forest Innovations seeks milestone-driven projects that can lead to proprietary products and technologies having significant revenue-creating potential. Projects should be designed to advance translation and commercialization of innovative proprietary ideas and products in areas relevant to the mission of the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

Two categories of awards are offered:

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Wake Forest reaches out: April fundraising events

1455143_618647784861761_1164898019_nMelissa Clark, a former administrative assistant in the School of Business, passed away Dec. 9, 2013. Clark’s commitment to Wake Forest and the Winston-Salem community is the inspiration behind two fundraising efforts. The Charity Classic Auction on Friday, April 4, and the Charity Classic Golf Tournament on Saturday, April 5, will benefit the Melissa Clark Children’s Fund.

The second annual El Buen Camino 5K on Saturday, April 5, is sponsored by WakeHealth and supports El Buen Pastor Latino Community Services of Winston-Salem. Further details and registration are available on the El Buen Pastor website.

The 5th Annual DODGE Melanoma Dodgeball Tournament on Sunday, April 13, supports the Melanoma Research Foundation. The tournament is held in memory of Maria Whitehead, who was a member of the first Wake field hockey team to win both ACC and NCAA championships.