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December 2014 comings and goings

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

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WakeUnited: Live United Matt Williams

matt.williams.300x175OPCD’s associate director for marketing and communications, Matt Williams, is a graduate of Project Blueprint, a leadership development program sponsored by the United Way that increases the participation of individuals from under-represented groups on nonprofit and community boards. Participants receive training and support to drive change in these organizations where diverse perspectives and experiences are needed and valued.

“I graduated from Project Blueprint in 2012 and found it incredibly helpful,” says Williams. “I received instruction on strategic and financial planning, diversity and inclusion, operational processes and more. The experience introduced me to other citizens seeking to use their strengths to serve and familiarized me with organizations working to eradicate many challenges within our community.”

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Harris-Perry to lead Pro Humanitate Institute

harris-perry.300x175Politics professor Melissa Harris-Perry has been appointed executive director of the University’s Pro Humanitate Institute.

Launched this summer, the Pro Humanitate Institute brings under one umbrella many of Wake Forest’s community engagement efforts. Through teaching, research, service and professional development programs, the Institute reflects the University’s commitment to making a difference in communities at the local, state, national and international levels.

From environmental justice projects to research on urban food deserts, Harris-Perry has spent her career connecting academic work and service.

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A welcome back message from President Hatch for 2015

campus.january.300x175Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

Welcome back to Wake Forest. I hope each one of you enjoyed time with family and friends and have returned to campus refreshed and eager for the semester ahead.

At the start of 2015, we stand at the threshold of a new beginning, where together we face opportunities to better our Wake Forest community. Each semester, we are offered an invitation: what will we do with our time on this campus? Many who have come before us have left their compelling answers to that question.

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Shenette to speak at SAC meeting Wednesday, Jan. 14

unnamedA Staff Advisory Council meeting is scheduled for Wed., Jan. 14 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in Benson 401.

The featured guest will be John Shenette, AVP for Facilities. As a member of WFU’s senior staff, Shenette oversees areas such as construction management and planning; facilities renovations; grounds maintenance; and utilities. He will speak to and answer questions about facilities’ current projects.

Mark your calendar for upcoming SAC meetings scheduled for Feb. 11 and March 11 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in Benson 401.

Cross country trail improvements delayed due to weather

An updated message from Facilities and Campus Services:

As part of the McCreary Fieldhouse Project, improvements are being made to the cross country trails. These include re-grading and leveling the trails. New soil and washed stone will be added to improve the surface of the trails.

Due to wet weather over winter break, the work on the cross country trails is not complete. The improvements to the surface of the trails will continue on through January. Please be cautious of construction equipment that may be working on the cross country trails.

We apologize for any inconvenience. If you have any questions, contact Wendy Wooten at 336-758-5689.

Retired professor and chair of religion Willard Hamrick dies

william.hamrick.300x175by Kerry King (’85) Wake Forest Magazine

Willard Hamrick, a retired professor and chair of religion well-known for his archaeological fieldwork in the Middle East, died on Jan. 8, 2015, in Chapel Hill, N.C. He was 91.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley (MAEd ’74), a retired associate director of admissions at Wake Forest, and one son, Allen (’83). A funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Jan. 12 at Binkley Baptist Church in Chapel Hill.

Hamrick joined the faculty in 1952 and retired as Albritton Professor of Religion in 1988. An Old Testament scholar, he undertook more than a dozen archaeological excavations at biblical sites in Jordan and Israel, often with students. He was especially adept at identifying ancient coins unearthed at excavation sites.

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Carroll receives Innovation Award

Carroll-AwardDavid Carroll has been recognized for his research achievements and contributions in the field of alternative energy with the Innovation Award recently presented by Wake Forest Innovations.

Carroll, professor of physics and director of the Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials at Wake Forest University, leads a research group that has developed such innovations as the Hybrid Sterling Energy Generator solar panel, the Power Felt thermoelectric fabric and field-induced polymer electroluminescent lights.

Carroll started a nanotechnology laboratory at Clemson University in 1997, which he moved to Wake Forest University in 2003. He holds a portfolio of 12 issued patent families and helped found start-up companies to manufacture some of the products developed from his group’s research. His research interests include nanomaterials, light-emitting device technologies, solar device technologies and medical nanosciences. He holds adjunct appointments at Wake Forest School of Medicine in cancer biology and biomedical engineering, and is a fellow of the American Physical Society.

Landscaping changes and tree removal updates

chapel.landscaping.300x175Over the winter break, Facilities and Campus Services began renovation of the courtyards to the east and west sides of the Hearn Plaza entrance to Wait Chapel. Work, which began on Dec. 15 is scheduled for completion on Jan. 16.

Overgrown shrubbery, which was causing damage to the building and obscuring the site, has been removed and will be replaced with a more inviting pocket garden design that opens the spaces up to Hearn Plaza. The project will include curved teak benches, brick pavers, blue stone and an entirely new planting scheme. A larger rendering of the landscaping plan is available on the Office of Sustainability’s website.

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Proposals funded: Muday and Rejeski

Gloria Muday


Congratulations to members of the research laboratory of Gloria Muday, professor of biology, whose graduate and post-doctoral research proposals were recently funded. Sheena Gayomba, Post-doctoral researcher project “Hormonal Regulation of Tomato Root Architecture During Iron Deficiency” has been funded by the US Department of Agriculture. In addition, Justin Watkin’s PhD student’s proposal entitled “The Regulation of Reactive Oxygen Species by Flavonols in Tomato Guard Cells” has been funded by the US Department of Agriculture.

Jack Rejeski


Congratulations to Walter Rejeski, professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “LookAhead Extension” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under award number 5U01DK057136-16 and by [subaward/subcontract from] Wake Forest University Health Sciences (WFU funding agency).