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The Leadership Project with former U.S. Senator George Mitchell

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On Wednesday, the University welcomes former United States Senator and distinguished author, George J. Mitchell to campus for participation in The Leadership Project.

This initiative is designed to celebrate the many ways leadership development is taught and inspired at Wake Forest and to engage members of our community with compelling personal leadership stories from a wide range of experiences and perspectives.

Mitchell will participate in a discussion with 300 student leaders from all areas of the University, including the College and the Schools of Business, Divinity, Law and Medicine. Students for the invitation-only event were nominated by faculty and staff.

The talk will be available via live stream Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. at lead.wfu.edu and will be archived on the site for future access.

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Chinese photo exhibition to debut at Wake Forest

Hope of Thick Rope invitationIn 2011, junior business and enterprise management major Ying’er Jin helped create a project in his home country of China called ”Hope of Thick Rope,” an annual photography display and fundraising effort.

This year’s focus is on the social customs of the people of Gansu Province’s desert region and the efforts of students from Hangzhou to bring attention to the need for greening of the desert. The project has received national renown within China as it seeks to draw attention to rural China and the socio-economic disparity that exists within the country.

The Center for Global Programs and Studies and the  Z. Smith Reynolds Library are hosting an opening reception for faculty, staff and students on Monday, Sept. 29, from 4-5:30 p.m. to welcome the student representatives accompanying the exhibit.

The photographs will be on display in the library atrium through October 10.

Two Wake Foresters named ‘Winston Under 40′ award winners

The Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce has named Katie Neal, executive director of news and communication in The Office of Communications and External Relations and Shelley Sizemore, assistant director of Wake Forest’s recently launched Pro Humanitate Institute,Winston Under 40” Leadership Award winners.

The inaugural class of 20 young business professionals are actively influencing the growth, prosperity and quality of life in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County.

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Ed Wilson (’43) to receive N.C. Humanities Council’s top honor

Ed WilsonOn Thursday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. at the Porter Byrum Welcome Center, Professor Emeritus of English and Provost Emeritus of Wake Forest University Ed Wilson (’43) will receive the North Carolina Humanities Council’s highest honor, the John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities.

The award recognizes Wilson for his lifelong achievements as an advocate for the public humanities across North Carolina. The Caldwell Award ceremony is free and open to the public.

Affectionately known as “Mr. Wake Forest,” Wilson has spent more than six decades on the Wake Forest University campus, first entering in 1939 for his bachelor of arts degree. After serving three years as an officer in the United States Navy during World War II, Wilson returned to his alma mater as an instructor and was named Professor of English in 1959. Over the years Wilson taught British Romantic Poets and the poetry of Blake, Yeats, and Thomas.

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Locklair’s ‘Autumn Impromptu’ to be performed at Wake Forest

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Dan Locklair’s Autumn Impromptu will be performed by guitarist John Kossler (’11) on Thursday, Sept. 25 at 7:30 p.m. in Brendle Recital Hall.

The event is free and open to the public.

The performance is part of a series of events honoring Chilean poet, diplomat and politician Pablo Neruda. Wake Forest is the first of eight organizations worldwide hosting events from 2014 through 2016 as part of Seis Miradas por latinoamerica (Six Perspectives on Latin America) — an international multidisciplinary program organized to promote the richness of Latin-American culture through the arts and literature. Other participants include the Inter-American Development Bank, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the Youth Orchestra of the Americas.

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Parking lot closure due to renovation of Reynolds Gym

A message from Facilities and Campus Services

Parking Lot Closure:
Beginning Monday, Sept. 29, Parking Lot L – 12 reserved faculty/staff spaces located on the north side of the parking lot (closest to Leighton Tennis Stadium) will be closed indefinitely during the renovation of Reynolds Gym.

Faculty/Staff Parking Options:
Parking Lot W1 has reserved Faculty/Staff spaces available on a regular basis, which are located on the south end of the parking lot.

Here is a link to the campus parking map for reference to these parking locations.

Contact Alex Crist, director of parking and transportation, at 336-758-2558 with questions.

Nominations for ‘Employee of the Year’ open through Oct. 1

Each year, Wake Forest presents two staff ‘Employee of the Year’ awards to individuals who have gone above and beyond in their dedication to the University community. Faculty and staff members are invited to submit nominations by Wednesday, Oct. 1.

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 award winners. Recipients will be recognized with a plaque and $1,000 at the Staff Rewards & Recognition Luncheon on Tuesday, Nov. 4.  

A dessert reception will also be held on Nov. 4 at 4 p.m. in the Green Room of Reynolda Hall to honor these recipients. All are invited to attend.

Call 336.758.4700 or email AskHR@wfu.edu with any questions.

Professor Emeritus of History Richard Zuber dies

richard.zuber.200x150By Kerry King (’85) Wake Forest Magazine

Richard L. Zuber (P ’82, ’89) may have been as well known for playing good ol’ mountain music as he was for teaching United States and American military history. He did both well enough to become a regular in the alumni/faculty bluegrass band at Homecoming every year and to teach at Wake Forest for 38 years.

Zuber, who retired in 2000, died on Sept. 15, 2014, in Winston-Salem. He was 82. A service and reception will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Winston-Salem at 2 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 22.

He is survived by his children, Jonathan (’82) and Elizabeth (’89), and his former wife, Isabelle Zuber; and his longtime companion, Mary Bartholomew, and her daughter and son-in-law, Sallie (’91) and Robert Capizzi (’94, MBA ’01), and two grandchildren.

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Q&A with WFU staffer Rebecca Jones, author of ‘Moon Flowers’

moonflower.bookcoverIt’s no secret that life can be difficult. But for Rebecca Jones, an IT project coordinator at Wake Forest, challenging times lead to valuable lessons. Inspired by requests to share her stories with churches and civic organizations, Jones wrote “Moon Flowers, a collection of essays about lessons learned along life’s journey.

Q.   When did you decide to write “Moon Flowers?”
A. I love to tell stories about things that have happened to me. Everything that happens, good or bad, has a purpose and a lesson that teaches us how to be better people or how to help others who are experiencing something similar. At one particular event someone told me how much a story I had shared helped her. She asked me if I had considered compiling my short stories and essays for a book. I had been journaling for a while and had a collection, so I sat down this summer and put them together.

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Memorial service for Randy Runyan

A campus memorial service will be held Monday, Sept. 22, for Randy Runyan, a Wake Forest student who died last May as a result of an automobile accident in Kentucky.

The service will be held at 5:30 p.m. in Wait Chapel. Randy’s family will join the University community in the service organized by the Office of the Chaplain to celebrate his life.

Randy was a member of the Class of 2015. He was a double major in psychology and sociology.