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Fit for Business 5K takes the fight to cancer

This is a guest post from the School of Business:

Students at the Wake Forest University School of Business have planned all semester for the second annual Fit for Business 5K. The run/walk will be held April 1, and the course begins and ends at Farrell Hall. Proceeds will benefit Take the Fight to Cancer, a non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of cancer patients and their families.

“We selected Take the Fight to Cancer because one in two people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes,” said accounting major Krissy Wang (BS ’18). “This organization gives patients an edge against cancer by providing informational and emotional support. Fighting cancer is fighting for humanity, which aligns with our School’s Pro Humanitate viewpoint.”

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CARE Team presentation to be made on April 4

A presentation about the University’s CARE Team will be made April 4 at Reynolda Hall, Room 301.   Faculty, staff, students and others are invited to the presentation, which will run from 2 to 3 p.m.

Registration is available through the Professional Development Center.

The overview about the team will be presented by August Vernon, the University’s emergency manager, and Sarah Tooley, case manager for the team.

Formally known as the Campus Assessment, Response, and Evaluation (CARE) Team, it “serves the University community by evaluating and responding to disruptive, troubling, or threatening behaviors brought to the attention of team,” according to its website.

Wake Forest EMS team to participate in April 1 training event

This announcement was emailed to students, faculty and staff on March 30:

The Wake Forest Emergency Medical Services (EMS) team will participate April 1 in a mass casualty drill at the LJVM Coliseum.

The drill will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Mountain Dew parking lot at the Coliseum.  It is intended to provide hands-on training in the event of a serious accident or on-campus emergency.

The Wake Forest EMS team is a student-run organization with student volunteers who respond as emergency medical technicians (EMTs) to 911 medical calls 24/7 during the academic year.  This academic year, it’s already responded to about 300 calls.

In this highly visual event, the students will be dispatched to a simulated incident and will practice how to call for additional resources to assist them. The student EMTs will be unaware of what the incident is until the training occurs April 1 and will conduct themselves as though a mass casualty incident has happened.

Patients with varying degrees of simulated injuries will be part of the training event. Student EMTs will practice treating injuries, as well as setting up a triage system to evaluate patients and determine the order of treatment of patients.

The University Police Department, the Winston-Salem Police Department, the University’s Student Health Service, the Winston-Salem Fire Department and the Forsyth County EMS will participate in the drill.

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Proposals funded: Gross, Zeyl, Macosko, Von Burg, Ballard

Congratulations to Grey Ballard, assistant professor of computer science, whose proposal entitled “Parallel Tensor Decomposition for Massive Data” has been funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and by (subaward/subcontract from) Sandia National Laboratories (WFU funding agency.

Congratulations to Ron Von Burg, assistant professor of communication, whose proposal entitled “Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute-2017” has been funded by the U.S. Department of State.

Congratulations to Michael Gross, assistant professor of chemistry, whose proposal entitled “CAREER: Processing High Surface Area, Nanostructured Ceramic Scaffolds at High Temperatures via In-Situ Carbon Templating of Hybrid Materials (Cayuse 17-00050” has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Congratulations to Jed Macosko, associate professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “ Searching for the Function of Centrioles” has been funded by the Discovery Institute.

Congratulations to Clifford W. Zeyl, professor of biology, whose proposal “Evolutionary Consequences of Experimental Transfer into Yeast Populations of an Animal Transposon (Cayuse 17-0010)” has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

School of Business selects alumnus to deliver hooding keynote

Anil Rai Gupta, chairman and managing director of Havells India, will offer the Wake Forest University School of Business graduate hooding ceremony keynote address on Sunday, May 14.  Gupta is an alumnus of the School of Business.

The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. in Wait Chapel.

Havells is one of the largest makers of industrial and household electrical products in India. Gupta took the company global in 2007 with the purchase of Sylvania in Europe and South America, one of the biggest overseas acquisitions by an Indian company.

More details are available here.

2017 Thrive Dimension Champion Awards to be presented

This is a guest post from the Office of Wellbeing:

We cordially invite faculty and staff to join your colleagues and the Office of Wellbeing for the 2017 THRIVE Dimension Champion Awards Celebration.

It will be held at 3:30 p.m. April 4 in Reynolda Hall’s Green Room.

President Nathan Hatch and Vice President for Campus Life Penny Rue will speak at the start of the event.

Please RSVP at:

Faculty Books: January/February 2017 updates

January 2017

Dalton, Mary M. (Communication). The Hollywood Curriculum: Teachers in the Movies, 3rd rev. ed. Peter Lang. January 2017.

Dalton, Mary M., & Laura R. Linder, Eds. (Communication). Screen Lessons: What We Have Learned from Teachers on Television and in the Movies. Peter Lang. January 2017.

 Gladding, Samuel T. (Counseling). Counseling: A Comprehensive Profession, 8th ed. Pearson. January 2017.

McMullen, Patrick R. (Business). A Visual Approach to Statistics with R. [self-published]. December 2016.

February 2017

 Gendrich, Cynthia M., & Stephen Archer. (Theatre & Dance). Theatre: Its Art and Craft, 7th ed. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. February 2017.

Harnois, Catherine E. (Sociology). Analyzing Inequalities: An Introduction to Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality Using the General Social Survey. SAGE. February 2017.

 Jones, Eric E., & John L. Creese, Eds. (Anthropology). Process and Meaning in Spatial Archaeology: Investigations into Pre-Columbian Iroquoian Space and Place. University Press of Colorado. January 2017.

Kellett, Lucas C., & Eric E. Jones, Eds. (Anthropology). Settlement Ecology of the Ancient Americas. Routledge. September

Secrest Artists Series presents Ibragimova and Tiberghien

The Secrest Artists Series presents violinist Alina Ibragimova and pianist Cedric Tiberghien in concert April 6 in Bendle Recital Hall in Scales Fine Arts Center.

The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m.  A pre-concert talk will be held at 6:40 p.m. in Room M208 in Scales Fine Arts Center.

The Russian/English violinist and the French pianist are considered among the finest collaborating musicians in Europe. The London Times concluded its review of the duo’s recital at the Cheltenham Festival with the statement “Both of these players have the potential to conquer the world.” The duo’s concerts at London’s Wigmore Hall were received with great acclaim, and Ibragimova’s many recordings on the Hyperion label have established her as one of the world’s greatest younger violinists.

The program will include the music of Bach, Brahms and Schumann.

Wake Forest faculty, staff and retirees receive free admission for themselves and one guest to each Secrest Artists Series performance. Wake Forest students receive free admission for themselves. All are asked to have their IDs at the door.

Tickets for members of the community range in price from $5-$18.

Tickets and more information at or (336)758-5757.

Gym renovation continues, wellness center memberships planned

Construction continues on the complete renovation of historic Reynolds Gym

When next fall semester arrives, people at Wake Forest will be enjoying a re-opened Reynolds Gym that has returned to the life of this community as a state-of-the-art wellbeing center.  On any given day, students, faculty, staff and others are likely to take advantage of its greatly expanded cardio and weight equipment, dedicated functional training space, personal and small group training, activity courts, climbing and bouldering wall, expanded operating hours, comfortable lounge and meeting space, and much more.  And, Reynolds Gym will offer even more when renovation of the entire facility is completed in spring 2018.

In support of the gym and the University’s extensive wellbeing center facilities, the University is introducing wellness center membership fees for some community members starting September 1.  The membership will be included in the total cost of attendance for all full-time Reynolda undergraduate and graduate students.  Details are available here.

Benefits-eligible faculty and staff will receive a free wellness center membership as an employee benefit, while all other University employees will have an opportunity to purchase a wellness center membership.  Arrangements have also been made for spouses and live-in partners of University students, faculty and staff who have a wellness membership to purchase their own membership.  There are opportunities for dependents ages 18 – 26, too.  Fees would be $30 monthly for eligible spouses, live-in partners and dependents.

The wellness center membership will offer access to wellbeing center facilities that include Reynolds Gym, Sutton Center and Campus Recreation playing fields and equipment.  A partial list of the membership benefits includes:

  • 18,500 square feet of cardio and weight equipment on four floors—more than triple the space and equipment currently in the Miller Center.
  • A new, dedicated functional training area.
  • Personal and small group training.
  • More fitness classes in nicer exercise studios and larger cycle studio.
  • More than double the amount of bouldering wall and a climbing wall.
  • Expanded swimming pool and vortex whirlpool.
  • Dedicated club sport practice and work-out studios.
  • Enlarged and enhanced locker rooms.
  • Comfortable lounges and meeting rooms.

For those wanting to hear more about the Wellbeing Center, an event is scheduled soon where a presentation will be made. Vice President for Campus Life Penny Rue and Joe Cassidy, executive director of Campus Fitness & Recreation, will speak on the Wellbeing Center at the Campus Connections event set for 8:45 to 10 a.m. Monday, March 27, at Benson University Center, Room 401.

Meet former Congresswoman Donna Edwards on campus today

Donna Edwards

This is a guest post of the Office of the President:

Today, President Hatch will host another Leadership Project event – an initiative to champion leadership development at Wake Forest and bring inspiring stories to students from world-class leaders.

Donna Edwards (’80), former Congresswoman and Wake Forest alumna, is the invited speaker for this semester’s program. Edwards served as the U.S. Representative for Maryland’s 4th congressional district from 2008 to 2017 – the first African American woman to do so. While in Congress, Edwards championed human rights and advocated for criminal justice reform, increased access to quality education in low-resourced communities, and affordable healthcare for all.  Earlier in her career, she worked for Lockheed Corporation at the Goddard Flight Space Center and co-founded the National Network to End Domestic Violence, as well as led other non-profit organizations. Edwards is currently on an epic RV road trip promoting awareness of state and national parks.

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to take part in two community programs as part of her visit back to campus. The first is an afternoon “Leadership Project Rally” on the lawn in between Johnson and Bostwick Residence Halls from 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM. Hot dogs, burgers, popcorn, snow cones, hot chocolate and coffee are available free of charge as participants have an opportunity to meet Congresswoman Edwards and learn a bit about her experiences. The Office of Sustainability and Outdoor Pursuits will also take part, sharing valuable resources about our state park system and exploring the outdoors.

Later in the evening, President Hatch will explore Edwards’ life and philosophy at length as part of a keynote conversation in Farrell Hall’s Broyhill Auditorium at 6 p.m. Attendees will also be invited to ask questions.  Through the discussion, President Hatch is hopeful members of the community will take another step in enriching their own approach to leadership.  For more information about today’s events, visit