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New year, new You! Join Therapeutic Lifestyle Change (TLC)

walkingMake plans now to support your New Year’s Resolution of a healthy and active lifestyle. Whether your goal is to eat a healthier diet, stop smoking, lose weight or walk three miles a day, the Therapeutic Lifestyle Change (TLC) program can help!

What is HELPS TLC? HELPS TLC is a medically directed, professionally supervised program designed to help WFU employees develop a healthy and active lifestyle using exercise and education.

What is the cost? The cost will be covered by Wake Forest.

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Proposals funded: Beavers, Carroll, Marsh



Congratulations to Kristen Beavers, assistant professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Pepper Center Research Career Development Core Award: Effects of Exercise Modality During Weight Loss on Bone Health in Older Adults” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and by [subaward/subcontract from] Wake Forest University Health Sciences (WFU funding agency).

David Carroll


Congratulations to David Carroll, professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Power Generating Coverings” has been funded by NASA and by {subaward/subcontract from] Streamline Automation (WFU funding agency).

Tony Marsh


Congratulations to Anthony Marsh, professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Physical Exercise to Prevent Disability Pilot Study – LIFE Field Center” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and by [subaward/subcontract from] Wake Forest University Health Sciences (WFU funding agency).

Celebrate fall

Provost Kersh invites you to a faculty and staff happy hour in the Green Room of Reynolda Hall on Thursday, Nov. 13, 4-5:30 p.m.

Please plan to join colleagues from across campus to enjoy fall at Wake Forest!

Our ongoing commitment to building community

A message from Vice President for Campus Life Penny Rue, Dean of Students and Associate Vice President for Campus Life Adam Goldstein and Assistant Provost for Diversity and Inclusion Barbee Oakes to the Wake Forest community.

Are you interested in working toward a positive, inclusive campus climate? Here are several ways your efforts can make a difference:

  • Deac Tank: We are pleased to introduce Deac Tank, a campus-wide competition to find and fund new student-centered ideas to help Wake Forest live up to our ideal of a diverse and inclusive learning environment. Students with the best submissions will receive funding in the spring semester to implement their ideas to improve our community. Students must express initial interest by Dec. 5 and submit proposals by Jan. 23.
  • Deliberative Dialogue Action Teams: Last week, hundreds of Wake Foresters participated in a campus-wide Deliberative Dialogue to address the fundamental question of “what does it mean to live in community?” By the end of next week, the Pro Humanitate Institute will announce the opportunity to participate in action teams to transform the aspirational into the practical as we work toward ensuring our campus is a place where all feel welcome and a sense of belonging.
  • Celebrate Civility: This past summer, first-year students read P.M. Forni’s Choosing Civility for Project Wake. In a continuation of related campus events and experiences, the Student Advising Leadership Council and the Pro Humanitate Institute have organized a campus-wide banner-decorating event celebrating civility on Wednesday, Nov. 12 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Manchester Plaza.
  • Town Hall about Campus Climate: A group of dedicated student leaders has organized a second Town Hall for Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 6:30 p.m. in Pugh Auditorium to address race relations, curriculum requirements, policing practices and more.

A comprehensive calendar of related events is available on the Provost’s website.

Thank you to the diverse groups of student, faculty and staff who have taken numerous actions and engaged in countless conversations relating to campus climate issues such as bias, event planning and management, gender identity, race, religion, sexual orientation and socioeconomic status. While there is room for progress, Wake Forest is becoming a better place each day because of your efforts to foster a more equitable and inclusive campus community.

Kóczé and El Buen Pastor work to support women

Angela KoczeAngéla Kóczé, a visiting faculty member with Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, invited women from El Buen Pastor to participate in an entrepreneurship project. Utilizing a framework from one of her classes, Kóczé and her students worked together to help each participant to identify future career possibilities, evaluate personal assets and challenges and to find a best path forward.

Read more in the El Buen Pastor newsletter.

Kóczé recently won the Ion Ratiu Democracy Award from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for her human rights work with the Roma people of Hungary,

Submit 2015 Commencement speaker nominations by Nov. 19

graduation.300x175A message from the Commencement Speaker Advisory Committee

As members of the Commencement Speaker Advisory Committee, we look forward to engaging our graduating students and other members of the University community in the selection process of our 2015 Commencement speaker. As we begin this exciting task, we look to you to provide us with speaker nominations for Commencement 2015.

Please submit your suggestions to by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 19.

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Proposals funded: Jurchescu, Katula and Williams



Jeff Katula




Congratulations to Oana Jurchescu, assistant professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Infra Red(IR) Spectroscopy for Electronic Structure Determination of Future Electronic Devices” has been funded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Congratulations to Jeffrey Katula, associate professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “HELP PD II” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and by [subaward/subcontract from] Wake Forest University Health Sciences (WFU funding agency).

Congratulations to Richard Williams, professor physics, whose proposal entitled “Collaborative Research: ARI-MA: Realizing high performance inorganic scintillators at low cost” has been funded by US Department of Homeland Security.

Davis honored with ‘Special Award of Distinguished Service’

20101202davis3530David Davis, a certified grounds manager at Wake Forest, received the Professional Grounds Management Society’s (PGMS) Special Award of Distinguished Service during ceremonies at the Society’s 2014 School of Grounds Management & GIE+EXPO held in Louisville, Ky., on Oct. 24.

The award recognizes outstanding service from a board or committee member.

Davis was honored for organizing a community service event at the Odd Fellows Cemetery, a landmark in Winston-Salem, N.C., that had fallen into disrepair. More than 200 local residents, PGMS members and students from area colleges donated their time to help clean up much of the 13-acre site.

Read more the cemetery clean up project here.

Founded in 1911, PGMS is an individual membership society of grounds professionals dedicated to advancing the grounds management profession through education and professional development.

‘State of the University Address’ scheduled for Nov. 11

Presidents addressPresident Nathan O. Hatch will present his annual State of the University Address, sponsored by the Faculty Senate, on Nov. 11 at 4 p.m. in Wait Chapel.

The Senate invites faculty, staff and students to attend as President Hatch reflects on the year that has passed and anticipates the opportunities that are ahead.

Faculty & staff discount at Shorty’s and Bistro ’34 in November

November is Faculty/Staff Appreciation Month at Aramark, which means a 10 percent discount a Shorty’s and Bistro ’34. A Wake Forest University ID is required to take advantage of deal.

As a reminder, faculty and staff­ can add a meal plan to their Deacon One Card for use at a variety of campus dining locations. Visit the dining office at Reynolda Hall, Room 12 or for more information.