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Transportation Fair to be held Oct. 21 at Benson Center

a051309c35037e9bbd975eab6254dbfdbb8c56bfGuest post from Office of Sustainability and Office of Parking and Transportation:

Stop by the Benson Center patio on Oct. 21 between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. to learn more about many of the transportation options that yield better air quality and increase wellbeing.

Whether you need a bike tune-up, want to check out electric vehicle options, or want to find a fun hiking and biking trail, a variety of resources will be available.

Community and campus partners will be there to answer your questions.

  • Ken’s Bike Shop
  • City of Winston-Salem Department of Transportation
  • Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation (PART)
  • Paul’s Cycling and Fitness
  • WFU Outdoor Pursuits
  • WFU Cycling Team

The fair is co-hosted by the Office of Sustainability and the Office of Parking and Transportation.

Click here for more information.

Poet Ciaran Carson to give campus reading Nov. 4

Wake Forest University Press will host Ciaran Carson for a lively reading on Nov. 4. The reading will begin at 7 p.m. in the Ring Theatre of Scales Fine Arts Center, and Carson will be available for a meet & greet and book signing following the reading.  Refreshments will be served.

The poet Ciaran Carson in Royal Avenue, Belfast, N.Ireland.

The poet Ciaran Carson in Royal Avenue, Belfast, N.Ireland.

Carson is a highly acclaimed Irish poet, prose writer, translator, scholar of the Irish oral tradition, and traditional musician. His black humor, satire, and playful and serious interests in wordplay make him, as Ben Howard described in a retrospective of Carson’s career in Shenandoah, “one of the most gifted poets now writing in England and Ireland.”

He is the author of fifteen collections of poems, including the critically acclaimed Belfast Confetti (1989); First Language (1994), which won the first ever T.S. Eliot Prize; and Breaking News (2003), which won the prestigious Forward Prize for Best Collection. His most recent volume, From Elsewhere (2015), contains translations of the French poet Jean Follain paired with original responses, creating a unique conversation between two poets across time and space.

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WFU students launch The Media to produce digital content

Provost Rogan Kersh, Provost Emeritus Ed Wilson and the student leaders of The MediaThe Media, a student-run digital media group, launched in September with a ceremony in Reynolda Hall’s Magnolia Room featuring Provost Rogan Kersh (’86) and Provost Emeritus Ed Wilson (’43). The Media will be working with members of campus to create digital content with a focus on using iTunesU as an academic distribution channel. The Media plans to add to the global branding of Wake Forest.

Kersh’s remarks focused on the entrepreneurial spirit of the group’s founder, sophomore William Wang, and Kersh also presented badges to the student leaders. Wilson’s remarks focused on the teacher-student relationship through history at Wake Forest, saying: “Normally students learn from teachers at Wake Forest. However, as teachers, we should also learn from them.”

Senior Addison McLamb outlined the goals of the group, and Wang spoke about the hybrid of student creativity and institutional vision from Wake Forest faculty and staff.

“With incredible support from all over the campus, we are hungry to do more in the future,” Wang said. “Our job is to ensure that Wake Forest University thrives in a mobile- and cloud-first world.”

Proposals funded: Folmar, Holzwarth, King

Steven Folmar


Congratulations to Steven Folmar, associate professor of anthropology, whose proposal entitled “Psychological and Social Resilience in Post-Earthquakes Nepal” has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).


Natalie Holzwarth



Congratulations to Natalie Holzwarth, professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Computational Studies of Solid Electrolytes” has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).


Bruce King


Congratulations to Bruce King, professor of chemistry and associate provost for research, whose proposal entitled “New Oxidation-Sensing Probes to Evaluate Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Lung Injury” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and by [subaward/subcontract from] Wake Forest University Health Sciences (WFU funding agency).

University’s news team launches broadcast television studio

 on a television broadcast in the new studio in ZSR.

Faculty experts and campus newsmakers who work with the University’s News and Communications office have a new resource available to them when it comes to media interviews.

The news office now operates a fully equipped, professional television studio that is capable of transmitting broadcast-quality HD video to broadcast news media organizations around the world. Now when media seek commentary on timely news topics, faculty and other experts can share their expertise for live and pre-recorded interviews in high-definition with the latest technology right here on campus.

“We are excited to have this resource as part of our media relations arsenal, especially for breaking news,” said Katie Neal, Executive Director, News and Communications. “The studio now makes it possible for us to broadly promote Wake Forest’s range of expertise while quickly and easily meeting the needs of 24-hour news networks and broadcast media outlets.”

The television studio is conveniently located in the heart of campus in Z. Smith Reynolds Library, behind The Bridge.

While the news staff members serve as the main point of contact for media outlets, reporters and producers often reach out directly to individuals. If this happens, the news office asks that those individuals please promptly direct them to a member of the news team to facilitate the request in a timely manner. The entire team can be reached at or (336) 758-5237.

The studio was made possible as part of a generous donation from the Clark Family Foundation, as part of Wake Will: The Campaign for Wake Forest.

An open house for faculty and staff will be held in the studio from 3 – 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 21.

Additional information about the studio is available here.

Journeys to Success Speaker Series to feature Dolores Huerta

Labor leader and civil rights activist Dolores Huerta will be the featured speaker Oct. 29 in Carswell Hall for the Journeys to Success Speaker Series hosted by the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

The event is free and open to the public.  It will be held at 6 p.m. in the Annenberg Forum.

Every semester, the Office of Multicultural Affairs hosts the Journeys to Success Speaker Series signature event. The Office seeks established international, national and local professionals of color to share their experiences traversing their respective fields. It brings speakers who will inspire students through sharing the story of their success and challenges.

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September 2015 faculty publications

Barbour, Sally; David Howard; Thomas Lacroix; & Judith Misrahi-Barak, Eds. (Romance Languages). Diasporas, Cultures of Mobilities, ‘Race’ 2: Diaspora, Memory and Intimacy. Presses universitaires de la Méditerranée. May 2015.

Coates, David. (Politics & International Affairs). Capitalism: The Basics. Routledge. September 2015.

 Senior, John. (Divinity). A Theology of Political Vocation: Christian Life and Public Office. Baylor University Press. September 2015.

Habitat build set for Oct. 14 on Davis Field

This a guest post from the campus sponsors of the upcoming Habitat for Humanity build:

In the spirit of the Wake Forest motto, Pro Humanitate, students, faculty, and staff are invited to join the campus community in a special Habitat for Humanity build on Oct. 14 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Davis Field. (Originally, Manchester Plaza was announced as the location, but the site has been moved.) Volunteers will help assemble walls that will be used in the construction of a local Habitat house. Habitat for Humanity seeks to end poverty housing by helping thousands of low-income families secure affordable housing. Since 2005, Habitat has grown from serving 25,000 families each year to serving over 300,000 families annually in the U.S. and more than 70 countries.

Habitat ImageRegister to participate by signing up for a 20 minute slot. 25 volunteers can participate per volunteer shift. The only requirement is a signed waiver and closed-toed shoes. There may be minor disruption due to noise from the build; although, it is our understanding that the potential noise caused should not rise to the level of cancelling class or meetings.

Find out more details and register here.

The On-Campus Build is a special event in preparation for the next Leadership Project featuring Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity. The Leadership Project is designed to celebrate the many ways leadership development is taught and inspired at Wake Forest and to engage members of our community with compelling personal leadership stories from a wide range of experiences and perspectives. Save the date and plan to attend the keynote address on Oct. 20 at 6 p.m. in Brendle Recital Hall.

Allison McWilliams: Building trust

Allison McWilliams, director of mentoring and alumni personal and career development in the Office of Personal and Career Development, will write occasional articles in 2015-2016 for Inside WFU.  This is her third for the academic year.  In each, she shares observations and suggestions with faculty and staff drawn from her professional experience with students.

Allison McWilliams, the Director of Career Education in the Wake Forest Office of Personal and Career Development on Monday, October 10, 2011.

A key element of any effective mentoring relationship is the actual relationship part. And a crucial part of any effective relationship, whether it is a friendship, a romantic partnership, a work relationship, or a mentorship, is the ability to build trust between the partners.

What is the challenge in building trust? A recent study by the Pew Research Center found that this generation of students is “relatively unattached to organized politics and religion, linked by social media, burdened by debt, distrustful of people, in no rush to marry— and optimistic about the future.” Another study notes, “If a college degree is no longer the golden ticket it once was and the economic system can’t be trusted to provide success, millennials are primed to use their skills—whatever their source—to create opportunities for themselves.” They don’t trust the system and they don’t trust other people. So how can you build trust for an effective mentoring relationship?

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May selected to attend Leadership Institute meeting

Phil May, a senior project manager in Information Systems, has been recognized for leadership by the Project Management Institute (PMI) Piedmont Triad Chapter. He has been selected  to attend the PMI Leadership Institute Meeting 2015-North America on Oct. 8-10 in Orlando.

While there, May will attend meetings with PMI chapter leaders from all over the world to hear remarkable keynote speakers and benefit from more than 60 educational sessions, learn about tools and resources to assist with managing the local chapter, and network with more than 1,100 like-minded volunteer leaders.

May was selected because of his accomplishments as the chapter’s vice president of education, a role to which he was elected last January. Those accomplishments include leading a team in the development of a new course PM 101, A Day in the Life, organizing local Project Management Professional (PMP) prep classes, which includes offering these classes to Wake Forest MBA students through an on-going partnership with the University’s School of Business, and teaching PMP prep classes.