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Faculty publications: June 2016 updates

Boyer, Tina Marie. (German & Russian). The Giant Hero in Medieval Literature (Explorations in Medieval Culture series). Brill. June 2016.

Gilreath, Shannon, & Lydia Lavelle. (Law). Sexual Orientation and Identity: Political and Legal Analysis. West Academic. May 2016.

Krcmar, Marina, David R. Ewoldsen, & Ascan Koerner. (Communication). Communication Science Theory and Research: An Advanced Introduction. Routledge. May 2016.

Bowman Gray Center for Medical Education completed

Bowman Gray Center for Medical EducationOn Tuesday, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center announced completion of the new medical education building for the Wake Forest School of Medicine. The Bowman Gray Center for Medical Education opened in Wake Forest Innovation Quarter in downtown Winston-Salem after an 18-month renovation of a former Reynolds American tobacco manufacturing plant.

The timing of the opening coincides with Wake Forest School of Medicine introducing one of the most advanced medical school curricula in the country. It allows medical students to prepare for real-life experiences in the most modern of settings: from outpatient clinic to trauma center bay, complete with the new informatics and technologies used in patient care today.

Edward Abraham, Dean of Wake Forest School of Medicine, said the facility was designed with the next generation of physician-leaders in mind.

“We are preparing a collaborative, highly skilled health care workforce that is better prepared to respond to our community’s health needs,” said Abraham.

President Nathan Hatch said, “Dr. McConnell and Dean Abraham’s vision for the future of medical education is complemented by the intersection of tradition and innovation that defines the school’s new location. This building, which will literally and figuratively bring medical and liberal arts education together under one roof, greatly enhances opportunities for closer collaboration among our students and deeper engagement within our community.”

In 2017, Wake Forest will offer undergraduate programs in biomedical sciences and engineering on the south side of the building, adjacent to the School of Medicine.

Read more about the Bowman Gray Center for Medical Education and take a virtual tour.

 

Law school announces associate dean and faculty promotions

As of July 1, the following Wake Forest University School of Law faculty have been promoted to new or existing positions (full stories available through links): Executive Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Jonathan Cardi; Associate Dean for Research and Public Engagement Kami Chavis; Associate Dean for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Simone Rose; Associate Professor Gregory Parks; and Associate Professor Andrew Verstein.

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Matt Clifford elected as National President of Omicron Delta Kappa

Residence Life and Housing staff headshots, Tuesday, September 21, 2010. Matt Clifford.

Matt Clifford, director of residence life in Residence Life and Housing, was elected national president of Omicron Delta Kappa at the organization’s national convention in Grand Rapids, Mich., July 16-18. The national president is the chair of the Society Board of Directors. Clifford will serve as national president from 2016-2018.

Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society for college students, recognizes and encourages superior scholarship, leadership, and exemplary character.

Clifford joined the Wake Forest staff in 2010. He earned his bachelor of arts in English from Davidson College, a master of education in higher education and student affairs from the University of South Carolina, and a doctorate in higher education from the University of North Florida.

June 2016 comings and goings

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July 2016 staff milestones

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News about Reynolds Gym’s transformation

The following message is sent on behalf of Joe Cassidy, executive director for campus fitness and recreation:

Construction continues on phase two of the Reynolds Gym renovation on the campus of Wake Forest University on Tuesday, July 12, 2016.

Reynolds Gym, July 2016

A fully transformed Reynolds Gym is closer than we originally expected, thanks to a recent change in the construction project’s schedule. The entire project is now expected to be finished by March 2018, approximately six months early.  That means all of the facility will be available for students, faculty and staff earlier than we once expected.  And, the University will realize significant cost savings with the new schedule.

The project is broken into three phases.  Phase I was completed with the opening of the Sutton Center.  Phase II is under construction and will be completed in August 2017, as originally planned.  The phase will bring significant space for fitness and weight training, new locker rooms and new offices for the Office of Wellbeing.

Phase III will bring even more, including an expanded indoor pool, new pool area locker rooms, new group exercise areas, new varsity volleyball locker and training spaces, an improved Varsity Gym, new offices for Campus Recreation (including intramurals), and some classrooms.

Work on Phase III will begin August 1, bringing about immediate changes for gym users.  The pool will be closing down on Wednesday, July 27 at 1 p.m.  All remaining areas of the gym will close on July 31, with the exception of Sports Medicine and the varsity soccer locker rooms, which will close next January 2017.

The Phase III-related closings will affect all remaining Campus Recreation office and club areas, classrooms, the Varsity Gym, the pool, faculty/staff locker rooms and the faculty/staff fitness room. Campus Recreation staff have moved to the lower level of the Sutton Center.  Parking Lot L (between the Manchester Athletic Center and Reynolds Gym) will also close, but a sidewalk will be maintained between Manchester and Reynolds Gym to permit access to the Miller Center

The Sutton Center will continue current operations and hours. The current fitness area on the first floor of the Miller Center will continue to be available to students, faculty and staff.  Also open will be the Miller Center’s group fitness studio on the fourth floor.

While construction is underway, limited locker and shower facilities will be available in the restrooms on the 4th floor of the Miller Center and lower level of the Benson Center.

Campus Recreation recognizes that the construction of this wonderful facility will bring about temporary inconveniences for our campus community.  In the long run, we will all have a facility that will serve students, faculty and staff for many years to come with amenities on a level we have never experienced in past years.

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Organization recognizes Lesia Finney for community policing

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Police Sgt. Lesia Finney (right) receives community policing award

Police Sgt. Lesia Finney, who leads community policing at Wake Forest, was presented the Award for Innovations in Community-Oriented Policing at a recent national meeting of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) in Phoenix.

Finney, who joined the University Police Department in 1999, has served as coordinator of community-oriented policing since 2011.  In that role, her many responsibilities include, in part, collaborating with neighborhood associations, the Winston-Salem Police Department and Wake Forest students to initiate partnerships that enhance community living; leading orientation activities for all who join the University community; and serving in a public information officer role.

Finney also serves a project manager who has helped, among other things, reengineer the department’s recruitment, selection, hiring and promotional practices; be a leader on the University’s Police Advisory Board; and develop new policies.

LiveSafe presents Community Connections Award to WFU Police

Regina Lawson LiveSafe

Wake Forest Police Chief Regina Lawson (third from left)

On behalf of the Wake Forest University Police Department, Police Chief Regina Lawson received the Community Connections Award from LiveSafe, which produces an app for mobile devices intended to help colleges and universities, school systems and corporations bolster security efforts.  Wake Forest began using the LiveSafe app last fall and has encouraged students, faculty and staff to download it as part of the University’s comprehensive safety and security measures.

The award was presented, recently, during the national convention of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) in Phoenix.  The University Police Department was recognized, in part, for its longstanding success in establishing strong connections with the Winston-Salem community, including local organizations.

Lawson, who joined the University Police Department in 1989, has served as police chief since 1993.

July 2016 faculty milestones

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