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Sullivan to moderate Tech Council panel on internships

Patrick Sullivan will moderate an off-campus panel discussion April 15 on “Creating and Nurturing Internship Programs to Help Your Business Grow.”  Sullivan is an associate director in the University’s Office of Personal and Career Development.

Free and open to the public, the event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at SciWorks at 400 W. Hanes Mill Road in Winston-Salem.  Registration is requested.

The panel discussion is part of the Tech Council’s speaker series, which presents a series of speakers or panel discussions throughout each year.  The Tech Council is associated with the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce.

Panelists will include Sharon Joyner-Payne of Inmar Inc, Bruce Sherman of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County schools, Patricia Shugart of Carolina Liquid Chemistries Corp. and LaMonica Sloan of Winston-Salem State University.

Panelists will offer practical advice on how to start or develop internships at businesses.

Proposals funded: Brubaker, Doorn-Harder, Williams

Peter Brubaker


Congratulations to Peter Brubaker, professor of health & exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Transition from risk factors to heart failure: Prevalence, pathogenesis, and phenomics” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under award number 1R01HL127028-01 and by [subaward/subcontract from] Wake Forest University Health Sciences (WFU funding agency).


Nelly van Doorn-Harder


Congratulations to Nelly van Doorn-Harder, professor of Islamic studies, whose proposal entitled “Women strengthening pluralist co-existence in contemporary Indonesia: analyzing the role of Komnas Perempuan and the Koalisi Perempuan [Cayuse 16-0079]” has been funded by the University of Notre Dame.





Congratulations to Richard T. Williams, professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Research on Scintillator Materials and Mechanisms: LaBr3, CeBr3 and NaI with Co-Doping [Cayuse 16-0051]” has been funded by the Saint-Gobain Ceramics & Plastics, Inc.

Gladding writes new volume in history of Wake Forest University

Sam Gladding, Chair, Department of Counseling, Wake Forest University, Tuesday, December 3, 2013.

Sam Gladding

Counseling professor Sam Gladding, whose dozens of books about counseling are read worldwide, is focused now on a topic very close to home and his heart—Wake Forest University and its history.

Recently, he completed a nine-year project to write “The History of Wake Forest University: Volume 6.”  The book tells the story of the University when it was led by Thomas K. Hearn Jr.  From 1983 until his retirement in 2005, Hearn served as Wake Forest’s 12th president.  He also was the University’s second-longest serving president with 22 years at the helm.

“Wake Forest went from a strong regional, Baptist-affiliated university to a top 30 national, independent institution of higher learning,” according to Gladding, a Wake Forest alumnus who returned to the University in 1990 as assistant to the president for special projects and professor of counseling.  He later spent several years as associate provost before focusing all of his efforts at the University on the Department of Counseling.

An opportunity to have the book signed by Gladding is ahead.  On April 9, he will be signing on campus at Words Awake 2, a two-day celebration of Wake Forest-associated writers and writing.  The signing will be held from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Benson University Center, fourth floor.  Also signing books will be Provost Emeritus Ed Wilson, author of “The History of Wake Forest University, Volume V,” which focused on the University between 1967-83, when James Ralph Scales was president.

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Interview with WFU Writers Hall of Fame Inductee Maria Henson

20100817henson1616By Intern Elise Dean (’18) and Kim McGrath, Wake Forest News and Communications

On Saturday, April 9, in conjunction with Words Awake 2!, a celebration of writing and writers April 8-9, the University will induct five alumni writers into the Wake Forest University Writers Hall of Fame. Among them is Maria Henson (’82), a journalism lecturer and associate vice president and editor-at-large at Wake Forest Magazine. She is Wake Forest’s only Pulitzer Prize winner.

After graduating from Wake Forest, Henson built a career as a distinguished journalist working as a reporter, Washington correspondent, columnist, editorial writer, investigative editor and editor. In 1992, she won the Pulitzer Prize, the most prestigious prize in journalism, for her series in the Lexington Herald-Leader about battered women in Kentucky. She also edited a series on Yosemite National Park in The Sacramento Bee that won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing. In 1993-94, Henson was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard. She has been a Pulitzer Prize juror four times.

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Faculty/Staff Happy Hour to be held April 7 at Reynolda Hall

This is a guest post  from the Office of the Provost:

Please join Provost Kersh and your University colleagues for a faculty and staff happy hour at Reynolda Hall in the Green Room on Thursday, April 7 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Brief remarks about the Wake Forest University Arts Council campaign will be shared. We look forward to seeing you there!

Jonathan McElderry named as director of Intercultural Center


Jonathan McElderry has been named assistant dean of students and director of the University’s Intercultural Center, formerly known as the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

McElderry, who will join Wake Forest on June 1, is the director of the Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center and interim coordinator in the Office of Greek Life at the University of Missouri.  He recently completed his doctorate in educational leadership and policy analysis at Missouri.

“Jonathan McElderry’s experience in higher education has focused on enhancing diversity, equity and inclusion on college campuses,” said Barbee Oakes, assistant provost and chief diversity officer.  “His research has sought to raise awareness of the experiences of underrepresented students at predominantly white institutions and provide strategies to increase their academic and social success.”

This summer, the Intercultural Center will be renovated to include additional offices, expanded lounge space and meeting/conference/workroom space.

Allison McWilliams: Another new beginning, the transition out

Allison McWilliams, director of mentoring and alumni personal and career development in the Office of Personal and Career Development, writes occasional articles for Inside WFU.  This is her fourth and final article for the spring semester.  In each, she shares observations and suggestions with faculty and staff drawn from her professional experience with students.

20111010mcwilliams4344We started this year talking about the important and sometimes challenging process of transitioning into the school year. Whether you are a senior, a first-year, or something in between, transitions can be hard, as William Bridges reminds us. Transitions require letting go of the familiar, spending a bit of time in free-fall, and then attaching to something new and unfamiliar. For some, this is an exciting time, full of new challenges and adventures. For others, it’s overwhelming, scary, even debilitating, for the same reasons. Everyone goes through transitions in his own way, at his own pace.

The end of the year, and the transition out, is no less important and yet easy to overlook. This is a great time to help your students take stock of their years, practice a bit of reflection, and think forward to what comes next. Some questions you might consider asking:

  • What has been the best/most challenging part of your year? Why? What did you learn from it?
  • What do you wish had gone differently this year? Why? What do you do with that information moving forward?
  • What are you most proud of from this year? Why?
  • What is one thing you would like to accomplish this summer/over the next six months? What steps are you going to take to make that happen?
  • What can you anticipate that will be challenging for you this summer/over the next six months? What strategies can you use to work through that?

Transitions are hard in part because we all want someplace where we feel that we belong. As a mentor, you can help students with this process:

  • Ask how they are feeling about the transition.
  • Acknowledge that their experience is normal.
  • Help them set goals to create focus and an actionable plan.
  • Remind them that they have been in this place before and they have all of the tools that they need to be successful.

Every experience, no matter how big or small, has a beginning and an end. Mentors help us to discover whether these moments of transition will be stumbling blocks or stepping stones

March 2016 staff milestones

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Secrest Artists Series presents Orlando Consort: “Voices Appeared: Silent Cinema and Medieval Music – The Passion

orlando.consort.insideThis is a guest post from Secrest Series:

Experience a stunning evening of film and music that blends the riveting last days of Joan of Arc with vocal music from her time. On Thursday, April 7the Secrest Artists Series welcomes early-music vocal ensemble Orlando Consort. They will create a live musical soundtrack to one of the classics of the silent cinema— Carl Dreyer’s “The Passion of Joan of Arc.”

Enrich your concert experience by joining our pre-concert talk at 6:40 p.m. The talk will be led by Woody Hood, director of film studies and professor of communication at Wake Forest.

The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m.  It is entitled, “Voices Appeared: Silent Cinema and Medieval Music–The Passion of Joan of Arc” with the Orlando Consort.

In October, The New Yorker selected Orlando Consort’s performance as the thing to do that weekend. The New York Times hails performances by the ensemble as “… staggeringly beautiful.”

Wake Forest faculty, staff and retirees receive free admission for themselves and one guest. Students receive free admission for themselves. Simply show your WFU I.D. at the door.

Tickets are $5-$18 for members of the community. Tickets and more information at or 758-5757.

Holi, the Festival of Colors

bfb71d97c8641c437f124000e6cf9d6859d61fcfThis is a guest post from organizers of the annual celebration of HOLI:

You are invited to Wake Forest’s annual celebration of HOLI, the Festival of Colors, on Sunday April 3 from 1-3 p.m. on the Lower Quad (Manchester Plaza)! Holi is popular in countries with large South Asian or Hindu populations. Join the South Asian Student Association (SASA) in celebrating this festival of spring, fellowship, and the triumph of good over evil. There will be lots of free Indian food, performances, great music, and TONS OF COLOR at the event! A good time is guaranteed.

Come wearing clothes you don’t mind getting dirty…. or even better, come wearing white for dramatic effect! This event is open to all, so feel free to bring friends, family, and colleagues!