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Symposium focuses on first-generation students

ironwork.200x250“First Experiences: A Symposium on First-Generation College Students” will be held on Tuesday, April 8, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event, which is open to Wake Forest faculty and staff, will provide an opportunity to discuss best practices and opportunities to better serve first-generation students.

The program includes presentations on “Success for First-Generation College Students,” from Jennifer Engle, vice president for policy research at the Institute for Higher Education Policy; and on “Rewarding Strivers” by Richard Kahlenberg, senior fellow at the Century Foundation.

In addition, there will be a panel discussion featuring Cynthia Demetriou, director of retention at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Nathaniel “Nate” French, director of the Magnolia Scholars program at Wake Forest; and Esther Freeman, director for the Watson and Odyssey Scholars program at Elon University.

Registration (to cover lunch and program materials) is $10 for Wake Forest faculty and staff. Registration is available through the PDC website. For additional information, contact Nancy Aguillon at or Nate French at

ZSRx mini-MOOC a success

wall-of-ebooksOver 400 librarians, scholars, publishers, researchers, writers, readers, parents, alumi and friends recently attended a three-week online seminar called, “The Past, Present, and Future Perfect Tense of E-Books,” hosted by the Z. Smith Reynolds Library via their ZSRx platform. The course was intended to serve as a gentle introduction to the topic of e-books. Read more in the Library Gazette.

Wake Forest awarded $250,000 for e-textbook development


Dan Johnson (left) and Jed Makosco

The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations have awarded Wake Forest University $250,000 for further development of Biobook, a new kind of e-textbook created by Teaching Associate Professor of Biology Dan Johnson and Associate Professor of Physics Jed Macosko.

Biobook offers content in an unconventional way. Unlike the traditional heavy and expensive textbooks of old, the $30 Biobook is accessible by smart-phone, tablet or computer. It breaks down complex and lengthy topics into small, manageable chunks of knowledge that can be changed and updated as educators see fit.

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Focusing on counseling needs for combat veterans, families


David Fenell

The counseling department’s annual continuing education seminar will be held on Friday, April 11. This year’s spring seminar, “The War May be Ending, but the Counseling is Only Beginning: Serving Combat Veterans and their Families,” will feature David Fenell, a professor of counselor education at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs, whose most recent publications and presentations have focused on providing support to military families who have experienced frequent separations in response to the Global War on Terrorism.

The event will be held in DeTamble Auditorium in Tribble Hall. Registration is free to University students, faculty and staff. For additional information or a registration form, contact Louise Schatz at

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Proposals funded: Anderson, Iltis, Silman

20090421anderson3235Congratulations to David J. Anderson, professor of biology, whose proposal entitled “Evoluntionary ecology of seabird reproductive life histories” has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).


Congratulations to Ana Iltis, associate professor of philosophy, whose proposal entitled“Center for Bioethics, Health and Social Visiting Scholar” has been funded by the Center for Ethics, Culture and the Environment.

Miles Silman

Congratulations to Miles R. Silman, professor of biology, whose proposal entitled “Lidar and Radar Interferometry Combined Model to Quantify Variations of Forest Structure and Biomass Along Altitudinal Gradients in the Tropical Montane Forests” has been funded by the NASA and the California Institute of Technology, Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) (WFU funding agency).

Student Health Service staff present workshop











Beth Montplaisir, Natascha Romeo and Lavi Wilson recently presented a workshop entitled “Sustainability through Collaboration” at the Southern College Health Association’s annual meeting in Atlanta on March 14.

The presentation focused on the importance of institutionalizing opportunities for clinical and specialty student health service staff to interact and collaborate with a variety of university and community colleagues beyond the health umbrella. These interactions enhance collaboration among diverse groups and increase internal and external funding, which ultimately positions health centers as vital leaders on campus awareness and access to services.

Wake Forest receives prestigious Beckman Scholars Award for undergraduate research

microscope.300x175The prestigious Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation will award five outstanding students at Wake Forest University $130,000 to pursue a meaningful undergraduate research opportunity over the next three years.

Established in 1997 by the famed scientific innovator and inventor Arnold O. Beckman, the Beckman Scholars Program provides exceptionally talented scholars at select universities with funding to pursue research and training in the fields of chemistry, biochemistry, physics and the biological and medical sciences.

Wake Forest was one of 12 universities selected for this year’s Beckman Scholars Award from a competitive field of applicants. Continue reading »

HR’s Bethany Fay to speak on fringe benefits March 25

Beth FayAt the next Staff Advisory Council meeting, Bethany Fay of Human Resources will present a review of the University’s fringe benefit programs for 2014-15. Fay, associate director of compensation and benefits, will also discuss the annual enrollment process, which starts April 14 and runs through April 25.

Open to all staff, the SAC meeting will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on March 25 in Benson University Center, Room 401 C/D.

The University’s Annual Benefits Fair will be held on April 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Benson University Center, Room 401.

For more information about the SAC, visit

Byrd a ‘Certified Educational Facilities Professional’

james.byrd.300x175James Byrd, manager of the Deacon OneCard Office, has earned the Certified Educational Facilities Professional (CEFP) credential from APPA.

Certification as a Certified Educational Facilities Professional validates the unique knowledge and competency required of an accomplished professional in the educational facilities field. Byrd is the first person to receive this credential at Wake Forest.

“By obtaining the CEFP, it assures the individual and their institution that they have established a thorough and applied understanding of the best management practices related to educational facilities,” said J. Thomas Becker, chair of APPA’s Board of Educational Facilities Professionals Certification.

“The CEFP credential is an exciting new standard for educational stewardship. It represents core knowledge, talent and skill, underscoring accountability and commitment to growth and mastery,” said Lander Medlin, APPA executive vice president. “By earning the CEFP designation, James shows his superior mastery and commitment to his work, his institution and his colleagues.”

A message from President Nathan Hatch

A message from President Nathan Hatch to the Wake Forest Community.

Yesterday, after the announcement that Jeff Bzdelik had resigned as Wake Forest’s head basketball coach, some members of our community took it upon themselves to roll the Quad. Rolling the Quad, as every Wake Forester knows, is a tradition celebrating competitive success.

Aaron Rountree III, a Wake Forest sophomore on the basketball team tweeted, “Rolling The Quad should be reserved for glorifying the success of Wake Forest University, not for the disrespect of another human being.” I could not say it better.

Civility is a hallmark of our community, and I am disappointed that yesterday’s misplaced passion did not accurately portray our values to the country. Dozens of people came out this afternoon to clean the Quad and for that I am grateful.


Nathan O. Hatch