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Interdisciplinary Faculty Seminar Symposium

unnamed-1The annual Humanities Institute Interdisciplinary Faculty Seminar Symposium will take place on Thursday, April 30, in Tribble Hall.

The program will begin at 1:30 p.m. in DeTamble Auditorium with a round table discussion featuring representatives from each of this year’s interdisciplinary faculty seminars. Following a Q&A with the participants, invited guest speaker, Christopher Long will speak on “Performing Collaborative Scholarship.” Long is professor of philosophy and classics, and associate dean for graduate and undergraduate education at Penn State. The symposium will conclude with a reception in the Tribble Hall Atrium at 3 p.m.

Click here to read more about current and past Interdisciplinary Faculty Seminars.

April 2015 faculty and staff milestones

Jeffrey Adair, manager at ZSR Library, and Anita Hughes, executive assistant to Provost Rogan Kersh, are celebrating 30 years of service to Wake Forest. Find out who else is celebrating a milestone anniversary this month.

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Friederic awarded Campbell Fellowship

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Karin Friederic, assistant professor of anthropology, has been awarded the Campbell Fellowship for Transformative Research on Women in the Developing World — a 6-month residential fellowship for the 2015-16 year to be carried out at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, N.M.

A cultural anthropologist, Friederic specializes in global health, human rights, development, gender, sexuality and violence.

The fellowship recognizes a female scholar whose research both documents the circumstances of women in the developing world and offers paths to concrete, practical strategies for improving their health, prosperity and general well-being.

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Emergency text alert system to be tested April 29

Thousands of students, faculty and staff are scheduled to receive a test text message on Wednesday, April 29, from Wake Forest University’s emergency notification system.

The text will be sent as a test by the University Police Department at 5 p.m. to all who have registered online to receive emergency text messages. Anyone who has not registered may do so by visiting the University’s Wake Ready website

Registration by undergraduates is required. Directions are provided for arranging to receive the messages, including the test message set for the April 29.

The content of the text message will be, “This is a test of the WFU Emergency Mobile Phone Alert System. It is not necessary to reply to this message.”

Wake Forest has several methods for communicating with faculty, staff and students in the event of an emergency.  Those used will depend, largely, on the situation. Wake Alert, the University’s emergency notification system, provides alerts and updates through the Wake Alert web site at wakealert.wfu.edu, text messaging, an outdoor warning system, cable TV, e-mail, voice mail, the Wake Alert Twitter account and a recorded message on the Wake Forest weather and emergency phone line at 336-758-5935. Other means may be used, too.

Also, all faculty and staff will receive a voice message on their office phone during the test.

WFU historian featured on TLC’s ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’

JRuddiman-59-Print (1)Wake Forest University Assistant Professor of History Jake Ruddiman analyzed historical documents and provided on-air commentary for the April 19 episode of the TLC program “Who Do You Think You Are?” featuring actor Bill Paxton.

The show helps celebrities research their family history. In this episode, Paxton researched his ancestors’ participation in the American Revolution — reading firsthand accounts of the battles and visiting a battlefield.

Producers invited  Ruddiman to participate on the show based on his expertise on Revolutionary War history and his recently published book, “Becoming Men of Consequence: Youth and Military Service in the Revolutionary War.”

Ruddiman shared a few details about his experience:

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Wake Forest to host 5K Walk/Run for Sexual Assault Awareness

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Wake Forest is hosting a charity 5K Walk/Run for Sexual Assault Awareness on Sunday, April 26, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Proceeds from the $15 fee will benefit Family Services Inc. Register on Davis Field. The event is sponsored by Wake Forest’s Title IX Office, Army ROTC, the Safe Office and the Women’s Center.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness month.

Campus benefit information and enrollment sessions

Campus Information and Enrollment Sessions provide opportunities to enroll for benefits at several convenient locations. Today’s April 23 event will be held at the University Corporate Center, Room 1009, from noon to 1 p.m. Upcoming sessions are scheduled at the Benson University Center, Z. Smith Reynolds Library and Farrell Hall, as well as for Reynolda House and Graylyn staff.

If you are unable to attend a face-to-face presentation, you may view an on-demand session and enroll anywhere with Internet access between now and Friday, May 1.

2015-16 Wake Forest Fellows named

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By Madeline Stone, News and Communications Intern

Ten seniors will remain at Wake Forest following graduation as Wake Forest Fellows, working in the President’s Office, Information Systems, University Advancement and in other offices around campus.

Since 2008, the Wake Forest Fellows program has provided exceptional graduates with a chance to work in higher education administration for a year. Each fellow will serve as a full-time University employee for a year. In addition to working with top administrators in a particular department, the fellows will participate in leadership activities and interact with faculty, staff and students to learn about the inner workings of higher education.

“I am excited about welcoming aboard this class of new Fellows,” said Marybeth Wallace, special assistant to the President. “They are a tremendously talented group and they’ve been involved in every aspect of the life of Wake Forest and making it a better place. My hope for them is that they continue to learn all they can as Fellows and that they grow personally and professionally.”

The Wake Forest Fellows for 2015-16 are:

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New ‘Little Free Library’ on campus

LFLatWFUThere is a new outdoor Little Free Library on campus in front of Tribble Hall off Gulley Drive at the benches, with the Department of Education Library as the steward.

This Little Free Library was recycled from an old newspaper stand from WFU Surplus.

Little Libraries are community resources that connect students, faculty, staff and neighbors who wish to share a favorite book of any kind — books that teach, intrigue and engage. Little Libraries belong to everyone, and anyone many use them.

Take a Book: If you see something you would like to read, take it. Check inside to see if there is note from whoever gave it. You can take more than one.

Share a Book: Return it to any Little Library or pass it on to a friend. If you can’t bear to part with it, keep it and bring back a different book to share.

Return a Book: Do your part and keep Little Libraries stocked with high-quality books. Share your favorite titles. Be a friend of libraries big and small. Pay if Forward!

Faculty, staff and students invited to paint on Davis Field

unnamedWake Forest seniors Jordyn Albritton and Ariel Hawley will be laying down tarps on Davis Field and providing a variety of canvases, acrylic paints and brushes for students, faculty and staff to use to make artwork as part of “Campus Canvas.” The event will be held Thursday, April 23, from noon to 4 p.m. on Davis Field

“Campus Canvas” will provide space for members of the Wake Forest community to take a break during the school and work week for relaxation and community building.

“Jordyn and I both enjoy painting as a hobby but we lacked the time or place to engage in this type of artistic activity,” said Hawley. “We hope this event will provide a fun, creative outlet for Wake Foresters, regardless of ability.”

Campus Canvas is sponsored by Wake Forest’s ‘Thrive’ program — a campus-wide, comprehensive approach to wellbeing featuring eight branches including emotional, environmental, financial, intellectual, occupational, physical, social and spiritual. This month, Wake Forest is focusing on emotional wellbeing on campus.