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Arts Council campaign update

A message from President Nathan Hatch to Wake Forest faculty and staff:

All of us at Wake Forest University benefit from being part of Winston-Salem, the “city of arts and innovation.” One major factor behind this area’s vibrancy – and a cause that we hope you’ll join in supporting – is the Arts Council of Winston-Salem.

Wake Forest University officially comes to faculty and staff twice a year for major fundraising campaigns outside of our own development efforts: one is for the United Way, and the other is for the Arts Council. We hope you will take a moment to consider supporting the 2015 Arts Council Campaign by clicking on this link to make your own tax-deductible contribution.

I am pleased that Erica Still, Associate Professor of English, has agreed to join me in leading our campus Arts Council campaign this year. In accepting my request to give leadership to this effort, Erica stated in a particularly compelling way why she supports the arts in our community:

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Fun times at the Feb. 26th Women’s Basketball vs. Miami

B9bYEasCMAI_UgcThursday, February 26 the women’s basketball team will host Miami at 7 p.m. at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum. All WFU faculty and staff members and their families are invited free of charge when they show a Wake Forest University ID. There will be giveaways just for faculty and staff, in-game recognitions and performances by Wake Forest students.

For more information call Kathleen Hurley at 336-758-5011.

Visit Wake Forest Sports for more information about women’s basketball and follow @WakeWBB on Twitter.

Parking lot closures this week

The Office of Parking and Transportation shared the following parking closure information and provided parking recommendations/options for faculty and staff for Thursday and Friday, February 19 and 20.

Whenever parking lots are closed, the office recommends alternative modes of transportation such as carpooling, bicycles or mass transit to reduce the demand for parking during these times.

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Founders’ Day Convocation

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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, Feb. 19, at 4 p.m. in Wait Chapel.

The Medallion of Merit, the highest honor bestowed by the University, will be awarded at the event. Faculty awards in the areas of advising, teaching and service will also be presented. Three seniors will read their winning orations, and a senior video honoring the Class of 2015 will be screened.

The Office of the Provost will be hosting a reception following the Convocation in Scales Fine Arts Center, Lower Lobby.

Raper named director of University Counseling Center

Headshot-edited-darkerer-214x300James Raper has been named director of the University Counseling Center (UCC). Raper joined Wake Forest as a staff counselor in 2002 and has most recently served as the Center’s interim director.

Wake Forest University is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in the tradition of liberal learning — the improvement of both mind and character. The UCC’s mission is to encourage, support and assist students in this pursuit by providing a broad range of psychological, counseling and educational services to deal with personal, interpersonal, vocational and academic issues.

In addition to the free and confidential counseling provided to all WFU students, the Counseling Center also provides outreach programs and consultation services to students, faculty and staff; classroom teaching; and training for graduate students in counseling.

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Snow day resources available for optional remote classes

With potential snow days ahead, Information Systems has resources available to help faculty deliver content to students online, synchronously or asynchronously from home. All that is needed is a computer or mobile device and an internet connection. Faculty can deliver slides, videos, spreadsheets, images, or web pages and narrate using messaging, voice, or a webcam. Learners can participate by offering discussion and comments via messaging, voice, or webcam as well.

For more on how to run a dynamic, interactive, virtual class using VoiceThread, Show and Share, or WebEx, visit the faculty snow day resources page at go.wfu.edu/snowdaytech.

History class collaborates with Project Re-entry for art exhibit

blee23“Release: From Stigma to Acceptance,” which opened on Saturday, Jan. 17 at the Sawtooth School for Visual Art in Winston-Salem, features the words and art of formerly incarcerated offenders and was a collaboration between Project Re-entry of the Piedmont Triad Regional Council and students in Lisa Blee’s public history course.

Project Re-Entry assists former offenders throughout various stages of the criminal justice process — offering programs designed to meet the needs of individuals re-adapting to life following a prison sentence.

The exhibit runs at the Sawtooth School through Feb. 28. It then moves to Wake Forest University from March 20 through May 1 and opens at the Project Re-entry Goodwill Office on May 4.

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Hatch recognized for advancing campus-community engagement

President Nathan HatchNorth Carolina Campus Compact, a network of 33 public and private colleges and universities committed to community engagement, has honored Wake Forest University President Nathan Hatch for outstanding leadership of the University’s community engagement efforts.

Hatch will receive the 2015 Leo M. Lambert Engaged Leader Award at the network’s annual PACE Conference on Feb. 18. The PACE Conference draws more than 250 faculty and staff to explore topics related to service-learning and community engagement.

Named in honor of Elon University’s president, the Lambert Award is given annually to one North Carolina college or university leader who is committed to creating and sustaining efforts that deeply impact community and campus. The honoree is nominated and selected by fellow presidents and chancellors whose institutions are members of the Compact network.

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Administrative support for Imam Khalid Griggs

Griggs.300x175A message from President Nathan Hatch to Wake Forest students, faculty and staff

When Imam Khalid Griggs was named Associate Chaplain for Muslim Life in 2010, I spoke about the strength of Wake Forest’s religious heritage as we sought to provide religious leadership for the University’s Muslim community. At that time, I said, “This position will promote an even broader dialogue among people of different faith traditions and encourage a greater awareness of differing beliefs, both of which are critical to enriching the quality of our campus community.”

Since then, the Wake Forest campus community has supported Imam Griggs and his efforts to build bridges among people of many faiths.

Until now, I, along with other University leaders, trustees and Imam Griggs, have not publicly addressed an ongoing campaign an alumnus has waged against Imam Griggs, as well as our University. We have found the allegations of this alumnus unmerited and his methods inappropriate, and we elected not to provide him a platform. However, a recent escalation of his tactics requires a public response.

I want Wake Forest students, faculty, staff and alumni to know where their institutional leadership stands – in full support of Imam Griggs. Imam Griggs is an experienced, well-respected religious leader whose pastoral care and interfaith engagement assist Muslim students and people of all backgrounds on our campus.

In an open letter sent to all Wake Forest alumni yesterday, Imam Griggs sought to reassure our many alumni who recently have received confusing emails from the alumnus.

Our heritage is one of affirming diversity and of supporting community members, especially when they are unfairly targeted. On behalf of the entire Reynolda Cabinet, and with the support of the Board of Trustees, I wish to publicly thank Imam Griggs for the courage, grace and commitment he has demonstrated in these difficult circumstances.

Montague recognized for auditing research

MontagueNAssistant Professor of Accounting Norma Montague has received the Best Paper Award from Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory (AJPT).

“I was delighted to learn of this award. Norma Montague epitomizes for me the Wake Forest Teacher-Scholar ideal,” said Jack Wilkerson, senior associate dean of accounting programs and professor of accountancy. “She balances excellent classroom instruction on the one hand with excellent scholarship, as evidenced by this award from the most prestigious auditing journal in the U.S.”

The paper is titled “The Audit of Fair Values and Other Estimates: The Effects of Underlying Environmental, Task and Auditor-Specific Factors” and was co-authored with Brian Batten (University of Kentucky), Lisa Gaynor (University of South Florida), Linda McDaniel (University of Kentucky) and Gregory Sierra (Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.)

The Auditing Section of the American Accounting Association established this award to annual recognize a paper published in the AJPT that has had a significant influence on or the potential to significantly influence auditing research or practice. The award was given on January 16, 2015.

Montague’s research primarily focuses on auditing with a behavioral and decision making focus. She’s interested in how auditors makes decisions and judgments as professional standards and reporting requirements evolve.