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Coming July 5 – Learn about what’s new in Sakai

On Saturday, July 5, 2014, between 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., Information Systems will upgrade Sakai, Wake Forest’s learning management system.  Sakai will not be available during this time.

Previously created courses and sites and their content will be retained. Sakai will have new functionality as well as an updated look and feel. Upgrades include improved features to the Resources, Gradebook, and Section Info tools as well as major additions and improvements to Lessons (which is now turned on by default), Test and Quizzes, Profile 2, Forums and Messages.

Visit http://pprd.sakai.wfu.edu to preview the new look and feel. Note that this pre-production environment is only accessible on-campus or by VPN off-campus. More information about improvements, new features, and learning opportunities will be forthcoming. PDC classes will also be available.  We are sending this information now to help you plan for the upcoming semester.

If you have any questions, please contact Information Systems at help@wfu.edu or 336-758-4357.

Faculty publications: May updates

Abigail Perdue

Abigail Perdue

Perdue, Abigail, & Randall Lockwood. (School of Law). Animal Cruelty and Freedom of Speech: When Worlds Collide. Purdue University Press. May 2014.

 

 

 

 

Michelle Voss Roberts

Michelle Voss Roberts

Voss Roberts, Michelle. (School of Divinity). Tastes of the Divine: Hindu and Christian Theologies of Emotion. Fordham University Press. May 2014.

Interim law dean named

Suzanne Reynolds

Suzanne Reynolds

A message from Provost Rogan Kersh

This to affirm that Suzanne Reynolds (JD ’77) has graciously accepted my request to serve as Interim Dean for the coming academic year.  Ron Wright, similarly graciously, has agreed to replace Suzanne for the year as Executive Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

President Hatch and I wish Dean Morant well as he transitions to his new position in Washington.  We have great confidence in our Law leadership team, under the experienced guidance of Suzanne, and look forward to working with the team–and, indeed, with all of you–to successfully navigate the shifting winds of legal education.

Ron Wright

Ron Wright

As President Hatch indicated in his university-wide note last week, we will launch a national search for Dean Morant’s successor, beginning this September.  My grateful thanks in advance to each of you for your support of this vital endeavor.  And a special note of appreciation to Suzanne and Ron for their willingness to take on these essential interim roles: your support will be all the more valued as we steer a forward course together.

Wake Forest wins national CASE awards

Wake Forest is raising the bar of creative excellence for colleges and universities around the world.

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), one of the largest international associations of education institutions with more than 3,600 member colleges and universities, awarded Wake Forest’s Creative Communications team three gold medal awards during its 2014 Circle of Excellence awards program. Additionally, Wake Forest Magazine received a silver award for general interest magazines with a circulation of 75,000 or greater.

The international Circle of Excellence awards program recognizes outstanding work in advancement services, alumni relations, communications, fundraising and marketing as judged by peer professionals at schools, colleges and universities as well as by professionals from outside education.

This year, 629 institutions submitted more than 3,000 entries in 100 different categories.

Wake Forest’s Admissions Viewbook and Forestry 101, a mini-textbook containing everything incoming freshmen and their families need to know about orientation and life at Wake Forest, both received gold medal awards for the multi-page publication category.  The only other school to receive gold in the category was Marlboro College in Vermont. There were a total of 105 entries.

“From the beginning of both Forestry 101 and the Admissions viewbook, we tried to rethink what had been created traditionally both here and at other schools,” said Hayes Henderson, executive director of Wake Forest’s Creative Communications team.

Ken Bennett

Wake Forest University photographer Ken Bennett

Wake Forest University photographer Ken Bennett was named the 2014 Photographer of the Year. The award recognizes the work of a single staff or freelance photographer based on a portfolio of 10 to 15 representative photographs. Bennett was selected from a national pool of 35 applicants.

“Ken has the unique ability to skillfully capture the emotion of a moment, the personality of a subject, a moment in time, or a unique view of our campus environment– all with the vision and creativity of a category specialist,” Henderson said. “As a teammate, he brings fresh ideas to the table, is a dedicated thinking partner on our communications materials, a great collaborator, and just fun to work with.”

Kersh to present on Generation Y

Rogan KershWake Forest Provost Rogan Kersh will speak on Generation Y at a June 25 event at Wake Forest Biotech Place. Free and open to the public, the event will be presented by the Technology Council of the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce.  Online registration is requested.

Kersh’s presentation is titled “Generation Y: A Field Guide and Business Impact.”

The event will start at 9 a.m. Following Kersh’s presentation, there will be a 15-minute period for attendees to ask questions. The program, expected to last approximately one hour, will be held in the auditorium.

Kersh’s talk is part of the Tech Council’s Speaker Series, which features discussions on topics related to Winston-Salem’s innovation-based economy. In part, the events are intended to offer opportunities to meet people involved and interested in developing Winston-Salem’s future.

Wake Forest Biotech Place is at 575 N. Patterson Ave. in the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter. Parking is available in the lot directly north of Biotech Place.

Dean of students and associate vice president for campus life named

DSC_0219A message from Vice President for Campus Life Penny Rue

I am pleased to announce that Adam Goldstein has been named Wake Forest’s new dean of students and associate vice president for campus life. Adam, who currently serves as associate dean of students at Florida State University, will assume his duties on July 1.

Adam will oversee judicial affairs, student engagement and leadership, diversity education, student union and Benson University Center. He will serve on campus life’s senior leadership team and play a key role in crisis management and response.

At FSU, Adam has provided administrative leadership, support and supervision in the areas of student life, Greek life, victim advocacy, disability resources, and new student and family programs. He is nationally recognized for his expertise in hazing prevention, reducing the likelihood of hazing incidents in high-risk populations and increasing accountability within the Greek conduct process.

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Could today be Wake Forest’s million dollar day?

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Today is the launch of what we hope will be a record-setting million dollar day for the Wake Forest Fund.

If we can raise $500K or secure 2,000 donors for The Wake Forest Fund, generous donors have pledged to match that with an additional $500K.

There will be emails, phone calls and a social media blitz to help us reach our goal in 24 hours. Here are a few ways that you can join the cause and help us make history:

  • Spread the word to alumni, parents and friends by using #WakeWill
  • Share via your personal Instagram, Facebook or Twitter accounts and use #WakeWill
  • Follow, retweet and repost from the Wake Forest social media accounts: TwitterInstagram and/or Facebook 

Thank you in advance for your support.

Morant named GWU law dean

dean.morant.300x175President Nathan Hatch sent the following message to faculty, staff and students:

After seven years of exemplary service to Wake Forest University as Dean of the School of Law, Blake D. Morant will become Dean of George Washington University Law School on Sept. 1, 2014.

Under Dean Morant’s leadership, the Wake Forest School of Law has thrived despite the turbulent times legal education and the industry have faced nationally. As Dean since 2007, his tenure has seen a 13-point rise in U.S. News & World Report’s rankings to 31st, the law school’s highest-ever ranking. That rise also represents the highest jump by any law school ranked in the Top 50 in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

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Professor Gloria Muday receives Outstanding Alumni Award

Gloria MudayGloria Muday, the director for the Center for Molecular Communication and Signaling and professor in the department of biology at Wake Forest University, has received the Outstanding Alumni Award from the department of biochemistry at Virginia Tech.

Each year the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences honors one alum from each department who graduated more than 10 years ago for achievements since graduation. Muday received a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry in 1984.

WFU Police Department receives award

20140318police4852The Wake Forest University Police Department has, once again, met the requirements
for Accreditation by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators
(IACLEA).

The Accreditation is awarded by the Board of Directors and IACLEA Accreditation Commission for a period of four years to those agencies demonstrating a commitment to the highest professional practices in campus public safety management, administration, operations and support services.

Chief Regina Lawson will be on hand at the awards presentation during the Opening General Session of the IACLEA Annual Conference in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, held June 20-24.