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Tree removal on Wake Forest Road to disrupt traffic

Traffic on Wake Forest Road, between the Reynolda Road campus entrance and the Porter Byrum Welcome Center, will be disrupted on Dec. 21 while a large, dead tree is removed.

A crane and other equipment will be used to take down and remove the tree starting around 8 a.m. on Dec. 21.

At times during the day, traffic entering and leaving campus through the Reynolda Road entrance will be stopped briefly.

New Unbroken Circle CD brings holiday cheer & supports local nonprofits

61xM+cRK+hL._SS280The Unbroken Circle, Wake Forest University’s multi-generational string band has released its debut bluegrass and old-time music album, “Songs from the Hearth.” The CD is available for $10 through Piano vs. Poverty, and the music is also available on iTunes.

Songs include bluegrass favorites like “Ridin’ That Midnight Train,” familiar folk tunes like “Shady Grove” and “The Erie Canal,” and gospel standards like “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” and “Will the Circle Be Unbroken.” Also featured on the album is a recitation of W.B. Yeats’ poem, “The Fiddler of Dooney,” by Wake Forest legend Ed Wilson.

Piano vs. Poverty will distribute one hundred percent of the proceeds it receives from the sale of the CD to charitable agencies working to alleviate the effects of poverty.

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Rowell named as ALA Emerging Leader

New faculty headshots during orientation, Wednesday, August 14, 2013. Chelcie Rowell, ZSR Library.

Chelcie Rowell, digital initiatives librarian at Z. Smith Reynolds Library, has been named to the American Libraries Association (ALA) Emerging Leader class of 2016.

This program is designed to enable library staff and information workers to participate in project planning work groups, network with peers, gain an inside look into ALA structure and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity early in their careers.

She is being sponsored by the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS).

Proposals funded: Kirkman, Messier, Mihalko

Congratulations to Ellen Kirkman, professor of mathematics, whose proposal entitled “A Study of Undergraduate Programs in the Mathematical and Statistical Sciences in the United States and the Publications of the Results” has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and by [subaward/subcontract from] American Mathematical Society (AMS) (WFU funding agency).


Congratulations to Steve Messier, professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Strength Training and Arthritis Trial (START)” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under award number 5R01AR059105-05.


Congratulations to Shannon Mihalko, associate professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Predicting CV Injury and Events After Adjuvant and Neo-adjuvant Therapy for Breast Cancer” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under award number 1R01CA199167-01 and by [subaward/subcontract from] Wake Forest University Health Sciences (WFU funding agency).

Renovation at football practice area prompts landscaping changes

During December and in early 2016, bushes and trees adjacent to the football practice fields will be removed as part of an extensive renovation of that portion of the campus.  Work in that area includes renovation of football practice fields and construction of the Sports Performance Center.

Some bushes and trees have been removed, already.  As the project progresses in 2016, the current landscaping that runs the full length of the fields will be removed.  The removal includes, in part, sasanqua camellias, burning bushes and “Nellie Stevens” hollies.

During renovation of the fields and work on related projects in 2016, a five-foot-wide sidewalk will be built along the east side of Wingate Road (next to the fields).  A landscaped area will be installed between the sidewalk and a new eight-foot-tall ornamental metal fence.

Faculty publications: October updates

Amoureux, Jack L., & Brent J. Steele, Eds. (Politics & International Affairs). Reflexivity and International Relations: Positionality, Critique, and Practice (New International Relations series). Routledge. October 2015.


Lanzoni, Rémi Fournier. (Romance Languages). French Cinema: From Its Beginnings to the Present, 2nd ed. Bloomsbury Academic. October 2015.


Miller, Christian B., R. Michael Furr, Angela Knobel, & William Fleeson, Eds. (Philosophy, Psychology, Psychology). Character: New Directions from Philosophy, Psychology, and Theology. Oxford University Press. October 2015.


Rahman, M. Raisur. (History). Locale, Everyday Islam, and Modernity: Qasbah Towns and Muslim Life in Colonial India. Oxford University Press. October 2015.

October 2015 comings and goings

See a list of employees joining and leaving the University in October 2015:

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Staff Advisory Council to meet Dec. 9

Suzanne Reynolds, dean of the School of Law, will be the guest speaker Dec. 9 at the regular meeting of the Staff Advisory Council. She will speak early in the meeting, which will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Farrell Hall’s Broyhill Auditorium.

University staff members are invited to the meeting.

President’s Holiday Party Monday, December 14


Good reasons to use the University Calendar for events

Departments and organizations are already lining up events for the spring semester. Here are smart reasons to make sure your event is on the University Calendar.

  1. The calendar is mobile: With the new WFU Events App, available through iTunes, users can search, sort and filter events by date, audience or event type and add events to their calendars.
  2. Social sharing: The calendar has social media features. Make a Facebook events page and link it to your calendar listing.
  3. Less confusion:Has the time or location changed for your event or has it been cancelled due to weather? When you submit an event, you can make changes as needed. Those who “Add an event” to their personal calendar will automatically receive notification when details change.
  4. The Wow! factor:Add a movie trailer, video, photo or PDF to your calendar listing to preview the event and improve turnout. Here’s an event listingthat takes advantage of this feature.
  5. If it’s open to the public, the public is notified: If your event is on the University Calendar before the 15th of the month and it is listed as “open to the public,” it will be automatically shared with local news media and submitted to Piedmont Triad event calendars.
  6. Reminders for faculty and staff: Each Friday an automated email announcing upcoming events called “Next Week at Wake” is sent to faculty and staff. Events must be on the University Calendar to be included.

You can submit an event on the University Calendar page by clicking the “Submit an Event” bar above the calendar on the right-hand side of the page. Here is a link to some basic instructions for submitting your event should you need help.

For more information on best use of the University Calendar, contact Priscilla Wood Parker in Communications and External Relations at 336-758-5237 or

Be sure to follow @WFUCalendar on Twitter.