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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.

WFU launches ‘Community in Progress’ website

communityA message from Penny Rue, Vice President for Campus Life

With collective and sustained effort, many members of the Wake Forest community have worked together—students, faculty, staff, administrators and alumni—to make steady progress on issues of social justice, diversity and inclusion, fair and effective law enforcement, and other issues that require institutional and cultural change.

We are grateful to the members of our community who are invested in creating solutions to the challenges that face our campus and the broader society.  Many have called for us to do better and be better, and we will.

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Imagine your employer has just announced a new office workspace program. Every six months there will be a ‘reaping.’ Names will go into a jar, and in the order that each is pulled, that person has 15 seconds to choose any workspace he or she likes within the organization.

The ‘Director of Fun’ at came up with this idea to support her young staff; millennials who CEO Nancy Lublin says embrace mobility, transparency and choice. As the organization’s self-named “Chief Old Person,” Lublin said the desk switching also gives everyone a chance to get to know one another.

Her name is collected with all the rest. “One time my name was drawn near the end of the reaping, and my desk was by the door where the UPS deliveries come in.”

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Roman Isler to speak at SAC meeting Wednesday

20150107malika1172A Staff Advisory Council (SAC) meeting will be held on Wednesday, Feb.  11 at 9:30 a.m., in Benson 401.

Malika Roman Isler, director of wellbeing, will discuss, among other important topics, Thrive and the intersection of emotional, social, physical, financial, occupational, spiritual, intellectual and environmental dimensions of life.

Roman Isler and her wellbeing team aim to give students, faculty and staff the skills, knowledge and perspective to live healthier, balanced lives.

WakeUnited: Live United Roger Beahm

beahm.250x300After 15 years as a United Way volunteer, Roger Beahm, professor of practice in marketing at the School of Business, is vice chair of the WakeUnited campaign for 2015.

Beahm first became involved by serving as a volunteer on the marketing committee for United Way of Forsyth County, subsequently served on the executive board of United Way of Guilford County and for nine years was a member of the board of directors of United Way of North Carolina.

“I first got involved with United Way because the company where I began my career (Procter & Gamble) believed in the United Way and its mission,” says Beahm. “I feel the most important thing United Way does is bring positive change to people’s lives through programs that touch our community in the three most critical areas: education, financial stability and healthy lives.”

Beahm says people contribute to the United Way for three reasons:

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Funeral service for Clayton Lane Bruntjen

A funeral service will be held for Clayton Lane Bruntjen at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb 11, at Hosanna Lutheran Church in St. Charles, Ill. The church is located at 36W925 Red Gate Road.

A Wake Forest junior, Clayton died unexpectedly Feb. 5 at his off-campus residence.

Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 10, at the church. Prior to the service, visitation will be held also from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the church.

A luncheon will follow the funeral.

If a memorial service is scheduled at a later date at Wake Forest, the University will announce the details.

For those grieving at Wake Forest, the University offers assistance to all. The Counseling Center may be reached at 758-5273. The Chaplain’s Office may be reached at 758-5210. For faculty and staff, there is also the Employee Assistance Program at 716-5493. Please do not hesitate to seek support.

Memorial service scheduled for Don Castleman

A memorial service for Professor of Law Don Castleman will be held Saturday, February 7,  at 1 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Winston-Salem.

Professor Castleman died unexpectedly in Winston-Salem on Feb. 2.

The family invites everyone to gather in the church’s Fellowship Hall following the service.

Flowers may be sent to the church or donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or at

‘Unbroken Circle’ concert to benefit Shalom Project

unbroken-circle.300x300Mark your calendars for The Shalom Project Benefit Concert featuring Unbroken Circle, Wake Forest’s multi-generational string band. The event will be held Saturday, Feb. 7. at 7 p.m. in Kulynych Auditorium in Byrum Welcome Center.

Band members include:
Bailey Allman: Fiddle
Ella Allman: Guitar, mandolin, vocals
Joe Allman: Bass
Martha Allman: Autoharp
Linda Bridges: Accordion, vocals
Kate Brooks: Guitar
Billy Hamilton: Banjo, vocals
Jodi Hildebran: Guitar
Will Huesman: Guitar, vocals
Graylyn Sage Kersh: Muse, musical apprentice
Jordan Lee: Guitar, vocals
Linda Luvaas: Mandolin, vocals
Sara Pesek: Banjo
Lando Pieroni: Banjo, vocals
Ed Wilson: Poetry

All proceeds go to support the work of The Shalom Project.

‘Teach-In on Race and Human Community’ opens discussions

Humanities-Institute-PMS7500-300x300More than 225 students participated in the “Teach-In on Race and Human Community” held on Jan. 26, an event hosted by Wake Forest’s Humanities Institute and made possible with assistance from 14 faculty members in seven academic departments and both the law and divinity schools.

As colleges and universities nationwide address racial bias and other serious concerns impacting campuses, scholarly writing and critical reflection help communities understand where they are, how they got there and how to take steps toward real change.

The evening event was organized around faculty-led teaching sessions running simultaneously on campus. Each session focused on a topic and included a short reading that the faculty member selected for students to read prior to the discussion

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Professor of Law Don Castleman dies

We are saddened to inform you that Professor of Law Don Castleman died unexpectedly in Winston-Salem on Feb. 2.  For 36 years, Professor Castleman was a law professor at Wake Forest specializing in estates, trusts and taxation.

We grieve Professor Castleman’s death and extend our condolences to his family and friends, as well as those at Wake Forest who had the opportunity to know him. More information is available on the law school’s website.

The University will announce details regarding a service when they are available.

Wake Forest offers support and counseling services for all students, faculty and staff.  The Counseling Center may be reached at 758-5273, the Chaplain’s Office at 758-5210.  For faculty and staff, there is also the Employee Assistance Program at 716-5493.