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February 2014 comings and goings

See a list of employees joining and leaving the University in February 2014:

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CARE Team, a vital campus resource

CARE Team Logo (1)The following is a message from President Nathan Hatch:

Dear Wake Forest Faculty and Staff,

At Wake Forest University our Campus Assessment, Response and Evaluation (CARE) Team is a vital resource, available to all of us.  The CARE Team is here to help when you are worried about a student, colleague or anyone who is connected with our campus.  Knowing more about the role of this important resource is an good way to help support the wellbeing of all members of our campus community.

Our CARE Team assesses, responds to and provides ongoing evaluation of disruptive, troubling or threatening behaviors brought to the attention of the team.  Another of the team’s roles is to connect people in need of help with support services.  As a result of these connections, individuals are more likely to find themselves feeling better about their work and relationships, and more aware of the resources available to them.

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Call for tech savvy faculty and staff to present at TechXploration

TechXploration.300x175TechXploration is designed to showcase faculty use of technology and bring together faculty and staff who want to share their experiences with current technology efforts. Faculty, staff and students will be able to see how technologies are being leveraged in teaching, learning, research, engagement, and creative endeavors at Wake Forest.

Would you be willing to present what you are doing? Please send a note to Rick Matthews ( and/or Kory Riemensperger ( by Friday, March 21.

TechXploration will be held Tuesday, April 8, in room 401 of the Benson University Center. Each presenter will have an area set up in room 401 from noon to 3 p.m. to display a poster board, presentation materials and/or their technology. Attendees will visit displays to learn more about how technology is being used on the Wake Forest campus. Presenters are invited to participate for all or part of the event.

For more information about TechXploration, please contact Kory Riemensperger at

2014 Wake ‘N Shake

wakenshakeWake ‘N Shake, WFU’s 12-hour dance marathon benefiting the Brian Piccolo Cancer Research Fund, brings the campus community together to support those affected by cancer. The ninth annual Wake ‘N Shake will be held on March 22 from noon-midnight in Reynolds Gym.

This year’s theme is “Superheroes” and more than 1,075 students have registered.

The event is open to the entire campus community — faculty, staff and students. It’s an occasion to fight a disease that has touched each of us in some way. Please consider the following options to join and make a difference in the fight against cancer:

  • Register to participate on March 22 (more details available here)
  • Support a student participant by donating to him/her
  • Donate to the cause in general though the regular donation portal
  • Write a note of encouragement to a specific student participant, all of the student participants from your department, or the entire student body

If you have any questions about faculty and staff involvement at Wake ‘N Shake 2014, please email for information

Visit the Wake ‘N Shake website. Like Wake ‘N Shake on Facebook. Follow Wake ‘N Shake on Twitter @wfuWakeNShake

March 2014 faculty and staff milestones

See a list of faculty and staff milestones in March 2014:

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‘The Big Disruption: The Coming Transformation of Higher Education’

The world of higher education is being disrupted by many forces, which include rising costs and tuition rates, the advent of MOOCs and a decline in the number of college-age young people. On March 20 from 3 to 5 p.m. in Pugh Auditorium, Lynn Sutton, Dean of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library, will lead a panel of higher education experts in a discussion on the challenges and future of higher education.



• Michael Riley, CEO and editor-in-chief of The Chronicle of Higher Education
• Andy Chan, vice president for career development
• Rogan Kersh, provost

This event is free for Wake Forest University students, faculty and staff. Registration is encouraged and available online.

More information:
• A selected reading list on the future of higher education
• Join the conversation: #bigdisrupt

Roniger receives recognition for Latin American Studies research

luis.roniger.300x175Reynolds Professor of Political Science Luis Roniger received two awards recognizing his work at the 35th annual conference of the Middle Atlantic Council of Latin American Studies held at Rutgers University.

Roniger won the Harold Eugene Davis Prize for the best article on Latin America published in the previous two years. The article on the Sacralization of National Consensus and the Struggle over Historical Memory in Post-Dictatorial Uruguay was published in Spanish in 2012 in the academic journal América Latina Hoy of the University of Salamanca.

The Davis Prize committee, in recognizing Roniger’s work writes:

    Roniger’s article offers a deeply informed theoretically sophisticated, empirically rich, far-reaching analysis of contemporary struggles over national memory and the legacy of military impunity in Uruguay. The argument follows multiple threads while maintaining a tight focus on the contradictions, transformations, and dynamics of collective struggles among and between the military and civil society in the years following the transition to democracy in the mid-1980s. The analysis is rigorous, subtle, nuanced, multilayer and complex, and based on extensive research undertaken over more than a decade. It also has significant comparative implications for other nation-states emerging from the impunity and brutality of military dictatorship, and offers a kind of model for examining the ways that civil society and the state interact in struggles over how nations remember and narrate the collective trauma of military dictatorship. As one of our committee members noted, “Those of us familiar with global Cold War history understand how complex these processes can be,” and Luis Roniger does an exemplary job of teasing out the core dynamics and key elements in these larger struggles among and between different groups of actors over historical memory, military impunity and state accountability in Uruguay from the mid-1980s to the present day.

Roniger was also awarded the Arthur Whitaker Prize for the best book in Latin American Studies, La política del destierro y el exilio en América Latina (i.e. The Politics of Banishment and Exile in Latin America)co-authored with Mario Sznajder of Hebrew University and published by the Fondo de Cultura Económica in Mexico (December 2013).

Locklair’s chorus performed by WFU Concert Choir in Ireland

Dan Locklair

Dan Locklair’s “The Cloths of Heaven” was performed by the Wake Forest University Concert Choir on tour in Ireland. Associate Professor of Music Brian Gorelick conducted the a cappella piece.

Performances were held  at Galway Cathedral, the city’s Collegiate Church of St. Nicholas, Dublin’s Christ Church Cathedral, and St. Ann’s Church of Ireland, also in Dublin.

“‘The Cloths of Heaven’ piece was completed in September 2013 and was composed for, and is dedicated to, the Wake Forest University Concert Choir in celebration of the Choir’s 2014 tour of Ireland,” said Locklair. “This approximately three-minute composition is a setting of Irish poet William Butler Yeats’s well-known love poem originally entitled, ‘Aedh Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven.’ First published in 1899 as a part of his third volume of poetry, Yeats’s expressive and provocative poem reflects through dream and reality his adoration toward the woman he loves.”

The score will be published by Subito Music.

Proposals funded: Carroll, Silman, Williams

David Carroll


Congratulations to the following professors for proposals funded:

Physics professor David Carroll, whose proposal entitled “DragonSkin Development” has been funded by the International ThermoDyne, LLC.

Biology professor Miles R. Silman, whose proposal entitled “Biocharproduction for tropical agriculture and carbon sequestration” has been funded by the Blue Moon Foundation.

Miles Silman


Richard Williams


Physics professor Richard T. Williams, whose proposal entitled “Quantifying recombination dynamics in Srl2:Eu2+ with material variations: mechanisms and scintillator optimization” has been funded by the US Department of Energy and the Fisk University (WFU funding agency).

IS addressing intermittent phone issues

Information Systems is working with a vendor to resolve an intermittent problem with dialing non-WFU numbers (non 758 numbers) from campus telephones. Some users reported difficulties in making a phone connection to non-WFU numbers when dialing from campus telephones.

Please know that you can dial 5911 or 911 from a campus telephone in the case of emergency.

There is no estimated time of resolution. Check the Information Systems status line by dialing x4357 and selecting option 1 for the latest information. Information Systems apologizes for any inconvenience.