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Flu shots scheduled for October

Wake Forest is sponsoring free flu shots for all faculty, staff and retirees. Spouses, same-sex domestic partners and dependent children enrolled in the University’s Blue Cross Blue Shield medical plan are also welcome, but not required to register.  All are asked to bring their Blue Cross Blue Shield card to verify coverage.  It is also suggested that people check with their primary care physician to see if the flu shot is right for them.

To register for a free flu shot, visit the Professional Development Center website. Shots are offered at various times from Oct. 5-14.

Employee of the Year nominations sought

Guest post by Human Resources:

Each year, we present two staff Employee of the Year awards to individuals who have gone above and beyond in their dedication to the University community.  As a faculty or staff member, you are invited to submit your nominations by Wednesday, October 7.  All staff employees who work at least 1,000 hours annually with five or more years of continuous University service are eligible for nomination.

Staff Advisory Council representatives will review the nominations and select the two recipients.  These recipients will be recognized with a plaque and $1,000 award at the Staff Rewards & Recognition Luncheon on Nov. 10.  A campus-wide dessert reception also will honor these recipients, and we hope you will join the celebration on Nov. 10 at 4 p.m. in the Green Room of Reynolda Hall.

Please contact HR at 336.758.4700 or with any questions.

For Faculty and Staff- Homecoming Events – September 23-26

unnamedThe following is a list of Homecoming events for Wednesday-Saturday, Sept. 23-26:


  • Movie on the Quad:Remember the Titans– 8 p.m. Hearn Plaza


  • Bonfire & Pep Rally– 7 p.m. Davis Field (Cheer & Dance Teams, the Spirit of the Old Gold & Black, Coach Clawson, the Deacon – all scheduled to appear!)

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WakeUnited campaign kickoff Sept. 29

Guest post by Allison McWilliams, chair of WakeUnited and director of mentoring and alumni personal & career developing in the Office of Personal and Career Development:

Members of the Wake Forest community are cordially invited to participate in the WakeUnited Campaign Kickoff on Tuesday, Sept. 29, in the Reynolda Hall Green Room during the Provost’s Happy Hour for faculty and staff. WakeUnited is the University’s annual campus campaign, which runs during the month of October, to benefit the United Way of Forsyth County.

The Unbroken Circle – a musical group featuring Wake Forest faculty, staff, and students – will launch the event at 4 p.m. WakeUnited chair Allison McWilliams, Provost Rogan Kersh, and President Nathan O. Hatch will have brief remarks about the campaign at 4:30 p.m. Afterward, enjoy food and beverage and fellowship with colleagues.

The United Way brings together local organizations, agencies, and individuals to work together for the benefit of all in Forsyth County.

You can donate directly to the United Way to support its community-wide efforts to:

  • Raise the local high school graduation rate
  • Decrease chronic homelessness
  • Increase financial stability
  • Increase access to health care and quality of life.

You can also give to the non-profit, human service agency of your choice through United Way of Forsyth County.

This year’s WakeUnited campaign features weekly drawings for raffle prizes and a participation competition to name the 2016 Pro Humanitate Institute/Office of Wellbeing United Way Champions.

For more information about the WakeUnited campaign, visit

Rahman’s new book formally launched with New Delhi event

A new book by Associate Professor of History Raisur Rahman was formally launched by the Hon’ble Vice President of India Hamid Ansari at a function in New Delhi, India.  The book is titled, “Locale, Everyday Islam, and Modernity: Qasbah Towns and Muslim Life in Colonial India” and published by Oxford University Press.

The book launch was followed by a discussion led by the former chief election commissioner of India and the former president of a New Delhi-based university.

Wake Forest was a co-sponsor of the event, which was well attended and widely covered by national news media in India.

Rogan speaks about terrorism at recent conference

randy.rogan.300x175Randy Rogan, professor of communication and senior associate dean in the College, recently spoke at the World Summit on Counter-Terrorism in Herzliya, Israel, on the topic of individual engagement in violent extremism (lone wolf phenomenon).

The International Institute for Counter Terrorism’s 15th International Conference: World Summit on Counter-Terrorism addressed the terrorism challenges currently faced by the international community.

The conference was held Sept. 7-10. More than 1,000 top decision-makers; defense, intelligence and police officials; prominent academic scholars; and security industry leaders from more than 60 countries took part.

Provost: Announcement regarding Innovation Quarter

Message from Provost Rogan Kersh sent by e-mail to faculty and staff:

For the better part of a year now, many groups across campus — University leaders, faculty, staff and students — have been engaged in conversations about plans for an undergraduate academic presence in Wake Forest Innovation Quarter.

While we had not planned to make a public announcement until January 2016, we have learned there could be a local media story as early as this afternoon. We are committed to the faculty governance process to consider proposed academic programs and plan to continue conversations throughout the academic year to refine program delivery. The University will share the statement below today (not included on Inside WFU), and it will also be posted at


Rogan Kersh

Proposals funded: Kim-Shapiro, Masicampo, Mewhinney

Congratulations to Daniel Kim-Shapiro, professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Storage lesion in banked blood due to disruption of nitric oxide homeostasis” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under award number 5R01HL098032-07 and by [subaward/subcontract from] University of Pittsburgh (WFU funding agency).

Congratulations to E.J. Masicampo, assistant professor of psychology, whose proposal “Complementary Benefits of First- and Third-Person Perspective for Self-Control” has been funded by the Templeton Foundation and by [subaward/subcontract from] FSU Research Foundation, Inc. (WFU funding agency).

Congratulations to Kate Mewhinney, clinical professor at the School of Law: Elder Clinic, whose proposal entitled “Health Rights of LBGT Patients” has been funded by the NC Society of Health Care Attorneys.

Messier receives $6 million research grant

A $6 million federal grant, the largest ever awarded to Wake Forest, will enable health and exercise science researchers to further study knee osteoarthritis and successful treatment measures in community-based settings.

Wake Forest Heath and Exercise Science faculty involved in the IDEA study, Steve Messier (in white), Gary Miller, and Shannon Mihalko, in the Biomechanics laboratory in Reynolds Gym on Tuesday, September 24, 2013.

Wake Forest Heath and Exercise Science faculty involved in the IDEA study, Steve Messier (in white), Gary Miller, and Shannon Mihalko, in the Biomechanics laboratory in Reynolds Gym on Tuesday, September 24, 2013.

Health and exercise science professor Steve Messier and colleagues have spent 26 of the last 34 years at Wake Forest studying the effects of exercise and dietary restriction related to knee osteoarthritis (OA) through clinical trials research. This new grant will fund a study known as WE-CAN – Weight Loss and Exercise for Communities with Arthritis in North Carolina – that will put these years of highly-controlled clinical study results to the test in a real-world setting.

“Knee osteoarthritis is a leading cause of disability in older adults and there are over 250 million people in the world affected,” Messier said. “Our work has looked at effects of walking, strength training and weight loss on function and pain in OA under very controlled settings. We’ve decided to take what we’ve learned before and move it out in the community.”

Armed with the grant from the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), Messier and his team, which includes professor Gary Miller, a nutrition expert, and associate professor and health psychologist Shannon Mihalko, both of the Health and Exercise Science department, are conducting what’s known as a pragmatic clinical trial in which there are very few controls in order to simulate normal clinical conditions.

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Morosini presented award in Italy


Roberta Morosini, professor of Romance languages, received the Luigi De Lise Culture Award for 2015 in a Sept. 6 ceremony in Italy.  She is in Italy this fall for a sabbatical.

The award is named in honor of a playwright from Sarno, Italy, Morosini’s hometown.