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Livestreaming planned for Black History Month events

Livestreaming is planned this week for two major events associated with Black History Month.

On Feb. 16, the keynote event for Black History Month will be a panel discussion featuring the national co-chairs of the recent Women’s March in Washington, D.C. Tamika Mallory, Linda Sarsour and Carmen Perez will participate in a moderated discussion in Wait Chapel at 7 p.m.

Livestreaming for the keynote event will be available here.  The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required.  Tickets can be reserved here.

A ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony for Maya Angelou Hall will be livestreamed on Feb. 17. It will be livestreamed here. The event begins at 3 p.m.

The residence hall, which opened this semester, is named in honor of world-renowned writer, professor and civil rights activist Maya Angelou, who was Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest until her death in 2014.

TEDxWakeForestU to be held Feb. 18

Wake Forest University will host TEDxWakeForestU, an independently organized event licensed by TED, on Saturday, Feb. 18 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Wait Chapel. The student-organized event will feature speakers who actively seek out new challenges and experiences that broaden their perspectives and change their lives.

The event is free for Wake Forest students, faculty and staff. General admission is $15. Register here.

Full announcement available here.

Secrest Artist Series presents Orchestre National de Lyon

This is a guest post from the Secrest Artists Series:

Gil Shaham

One of the oldest and most respected orchestras in France, Orchestre National de Lyon comes to Wake Forest Feb. 23 for a performance featuring internationally-renowned conductor Leonard Slatkin and violin virtuoso Gil Shaham. The program will feature works by Ravel, Berlioz’s “Symphony Fantastique,” and Shaham’s signature work, the richly romantic violin concerto by American composer Samuel Barber.

The performance, presented by the Secrest Artists Series, will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Wait Chapel.

Due to the popularity of this performance, the Secrest Artist Series encourages you to arrive early for the best seating selection. Seating is first-come-first served. Doors open at 7 p.m.

A pre-performance talk at 6:40 p.m. will be led by Professor of Music David Levy, author of “Beethoven: The Ninth Symphony.”

Wake Forest faculty, staff and retirees–all Wake Forest campuses–receive free admission for themselves and one guest to each Secrest Artists Series performance. Wake Forest students–all undergraduate, graduate and professional schools–receive free admission for themselves. Simply show your WFU ID at the door.

Tickets for members of the community range in price from $5-$24. Tickets and more information at secrest.wfu.edu or (336)758-5757.

IS offering support for Google 2-Step Verification

This is a guest post from Information Systems:

Stop by the Information Systems tent in the 3rd floor lobby of Benson on Wednesday, February 15th between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. and an IS support representative will assist you with setting up Google 2-Step Verification on your mobile device.

Here’s why!

  • Protects your privacy and data against hackers

  • Secures your Gmail and other Google login enabled apps

  • Takes less than 5 minutes of your time with an expert available to assist and answer questions

  • It’s free but the value is priceless

Provost Kersh: Convocation to be held Feb. 16 in Wait Chapel

This message was emailed to the University community, recently, by Provost Rogan Kersh:

Dear Wake Forest Community,

Each year, the Wake Forest family gathers for the Founders’ Day Convocation to observe the University’s founding in February of 1834. Wake Forest will hold Founders’ Day Convocation on Thursday, February 16, at 4:00 p.m. in Wait Chapel.

We will award the Medallion of Merit, the highest honor bestowed by the University, to James Barefield, Professor Emeritus of History, and Herman E. Eure, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Biology. Faculty awards will be presented in the areas of advising, teaching and service. As is Wake Forest tradition, we will also have the opportunity to hear outstanding seniors read this year’s winning Senior Orations and the Class of 2017 will be honored with a reflective video featuring student testimonials.

The Office of the Provost will be hosting a reception immediately following the convocation in the Green Room.

Best regards,

Rogan Kersh
Provost

Livestreaming planned for Maya Angelou Hall ceremony

A ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony for Maya Angelou Hall will be available for anyone to view through livestreaming on Feb. 17. It will be livestreamed at go.wfu.edu/angelouhall.

The residence hall, which opened this semester, is named in honor of world-renowned writer, professor and civil rights activist Maya Angelou, who was Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest until her death in 2014.

The 3 p.m. ceremony will include remarks by Angelou’s grandson, Elliott Jones.  Legendary singer and songwriter Valerie Ashford Simpson will perform a musical tribute.

Wake Forest leaders–including President Nathan Hatch, Vice President for Campus Life Penny Rue, Maya Angelou Presidential Chair Melissa Harris-Perry, Dean of Residence Life and Housing Donna McGalliard and Chief Diversity Officer Barbee Oakes–will also speak at the event open to the Wake Forest community.

Full announcement available here.

Facilities/Campus Services launches staff recognition program

This a guest post from Facilities and Campus Services:

Facilities and Campus Services will launch its newly-created staff recognition program on February 13. “F&CS-elect” will recognize staff for demonstrating one or more of five values integral to the operations of the department.

The nomination process begins with a WFU colleague (faculty, staff or student) submitting a narrative about a Facilities & Campus Services staff member who has demonstrated an outstanding service or project, etc. The employee can be nominated for: efficiency, leadership, ethical behavior, customer focus, and/or teamwork. Points are awarded based on efforts/skills, and the summation of points will determine the level of award received.

The Facilities & Campus Services staff work diligently across the campus community to create, maintain, and service the campus for our faculty, staff, and students. Often their work is accomplished behind the scenes with very little impact to anyone’s day. This program encourages an on-going culture of recognition so that the critical work our staff performs can be commended and rewarded, on a continual basis.

Nominations can be submitted at any time on the F&CS website http://facilities.wfu.edu/

Questions about the process may be directed to Janice Schuyler at schuyljc@nullwfu.edu or ext. 5679.

Vice President Rue to lead national student affairs organization

Penny Rue

Vice President for Campus Life Penny Rue has been chosen for the most distinguished volunteer leadership role in her field – Board Chair-elect of NASPA, the leading association for student affairs professionals.

Rue, who has broad responsibility for the safety and wellbeing of Wake Forest students and their education outside the classroom, has been a NASPA member and volunteer leader for 40 years. She is currently the Public Policy Division Chair of NASPA and has served on the Board of Directors since 2015.

At the organization’s annual conference in March, she will begin a three-year term – serving as Chair-elect (2017-2018), Chair (2018-2019) and then Past Chair (2019-2020).

Full announcement available here.

Office of Wellbeing: It’s time to nominate Wellbeing Champions

This is a guest post from the Office of Wellbeing:

It’s time to nominate your Wellbeing Champions!

The Office of Wellbeing is proud to recognize those within the Wake Forest Community who have embraced one of the eight dimensions of wellbeing: emotional, environmental, financial, intellectual, occupational, physical, social, and spiritual.

In order to do so, we need your help!

Our Dimension Champion awards go to faculty or staff members who best embody the spirit of wellbeing through their contributions to the Wake Forest University community. One champion is selected in each area. To nominate someone (or yourself) who you feel has worked to inspire a culture of wellbeing, visit thrive.wfu.edu and click on Dimension Champions.  A list of previous champions can be found on the Dimension Champions web page.

Nominations are open until Tuesday, March 7.

Women’s March co-chairs to be on campus Feb. 16 in Wait Chapel

The keynote event for Black History Month will be a panel discussion featuring the national co-chairs of the recent Women’s March in Washington, D.C.  Tamika Mallory, Linda Sarsour and Carmen Perez will participate in the moderated discussion in Wait Chapel on Feb. 16 at 7 p.m.

The discussion will be moderated by Melissa Harris-Perry, Maya Angelou Presidential Chair and executive director of the Pro Humanitate Institute.  She is also founding director of the Anna Julia Cooper Center.

The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Tickets can be reserved here.

In addition, the event will be livestreamed.

Their appearance will be one of many events and activities presented by Wake Forest’s Intercultural Center and the Black History Month Committee.  A detailed schedule is available online.

Other events and activities planned for February include an opportunity to have a conversation with Dr. Greg Ellison, author of “Cut Dead But Still Alive: Caring for African American Young Men,” a book; an address by Payton Head, who was the student government president at the University of Missouri during the 2015 campus protests; a dedication ceremony at Maya Angelou Residence Hall; and much more.

The keynote event is co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the Black History Month Committee, the Pro Humanitate Institute, Intercultural Center, Student Union, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Office of Personal and Career Development, Department of Communication, Black Student Alliance and Women’s Center.