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Suzanne Reynolds Named Wake Forest School of Law Dean

suzanne.reynolds.300x175A message from President Nathan Hatch

Dear Wake Forest Faculty, Staff and Students,

I am pleased to announce that Suzanne Reynolds (JD ’77) has accepted my invitation to serve as the next Dean of the Wake Forest University School of Law, effective July 1. Guided by members of the Board of Trustees, Board of Visitors, faculty and staff, Provost Rogan Kersh chaired a national search. After evaluating many excellent candidates, the committee selected Dean Reynolds, currently serving as interim dean, as the best choice for Wake Forest.

Dean Reynolds, who joined the Wake Forest law faculty in 1981, has served as interim dean for the past year. She is the first woman to head the law school.

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What to do in Winston-Salem? Try a Segway tour


A guest post by Bonnie Davis — associate director, Wake Forest News and Communications

Who knew that being a tourist in your own city could be so much fun? Recently, my husband, Mike Pollard, and I embarked on a Segway tour through downtown Winston-Salem.

I didn’t even know these tours existed until a few weeks ago. In fact, there are two companies in town that offer tours – Revolution Gliding Tours and Triad Eco Adventures. They apparently both opened two years ago.

Admittedly, the main draw was cruising on a Segway, but we also got to see our city in a different way and learned a lot. The biggest takeaways? Segways are cool and easy to ride once you get the hang of it, and downtown is booming and bustling, thanks mostly, in my opinion (and the tour guide’s), to the energy and growth spawning from the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter.

From ghosts to interesting architectural features of downtown buildings, to the beautiful new Bailey Park and the Strollway greenway, there was a lot to see and learn. I’ll definitely do this again, and it would be a fun way to entertain out-of-town guests as well.

Campus Recreation survey results

Max Floyd, the director of recreational sports at Wake Forest University, on campus on Monday, September 22, 2014.


Campus Recreation has released the results of their survey on faculty and staff programming. Some of the findings are listed below. Complete survey results are available here.

The survey was conducted in order to discover the recreation and fitness preferences of our faculty and staff. Before Campus Recreation can begin to remove obstacles and open doorways to improve well-being, a real-time picture of the campus offerings along with sentiments was assessed. The following are a few data points discovered during this deep dive into the thoughts and habits of our faculty and staff.

More than 40 percent of survey respondents said they are unaware of exercise opportunities offered at the Miller Center. Campus Recreation is working with human resources to raise awareness of offerings for faculty and staff. Of those who know about fitness center opportunities, more than 30 percent said they do not use the Miller Center due to overcrowding. The Miller Fitness Center is undergoing a renovation project to reduce crowding and Campus Recreation staff are in the process of testing current and new equipment models and updating machines as needed.

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Proposals funded: Brubaker, Katula, Zhang

Peter Brubaker


Congratulations to Pete Brubaker, director of cardiac rehab and professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Exercise Intolerance in Older HFPEF Patients (SECRET II)” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and by [subaward/subcontract from] Wake Forest University Health Sciences (WFU funding agency).

Congratulations to Jeffrey Katula, associate professor health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Maya Angelou Center for Health-Project 1-(WFUHS PI: Bertoni)” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and by [subaward/subcontract from] Wake Forest University Health Sciences (WFU funding agency).

Jeff Katula


Congratulations to Jeffrey Katula, associate professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “The Community Based Therapy for Fibromyalgia Project” has been funded by the Northwest Community Care Network (NWCCN) and by [subaward/subcontract from] Wake Forest University Health Sciences (WFU funding agency).

Congratulations to Ke Zhang, assistant professor of biology, whose proposal entitled “A novel mechanism of AKT activation regulated by YY1 binding” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and by [subaward/subcontract from] Wake Forest University Health Sciences (WFU funding agency).

Proposals funded: Johnson, Rejeski, Thonhauser

Dan Johnson


Congratulations to Dan Johnson, associate teaching professor of biology, whose proposal entitled “Project SEARCH Academy: 2015: has been funded by the Northwest AHEC.

Jack Rejeski


Congratulations to Jack Rejeski, professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Low intensity exercise intervention in perpheral artery disease” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under award number 1R01HL122846-01A1 and by [subaward/subcontract from] Northwestern University (WFU funding agency).

Timo Thonhauser


Congratulations to Timo Thonhauser, associate professor physics, whose proposal entitled “CAREER: Improving Hydrogen Storage with van der Waals Density Functional Theory” has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).



Professors attend Open Thinking showcase





The showcase was held May 21 at Wake Forest Biotech Place and featured seven cutting-edge health care inventions and discoveries developed through Wake Forest Innovations. They represented a wide range of disciplines across Wake Forest School of Medicine and Wake Forest University. The inventions and discoveries included:

  • Tissue-engineered internal anal sphincter for fecal incontinence
  • Drug development for the treatment of resistant acute leukemia
  • Nanoparticle-facilitated hyperthermia for cancer treatment (Carroll)
  • Drug development for the treatment of kidney stones
  • Clinical training device for ultrasound-guided procedures
  • Endotracheal tube exchanger
  • Wearable technology for assistive communication in ALS patients (Pauca)

May 2015 faculty and staff milestones

Congratulations to Kathy J. Hines for 30 years of service to the University. Hines is assistant to the dean at Wake Forest University School of Law. Find out who else is celebrating a milestone anniversary.

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President Hatch receives Chief Executive HR Champion Award

nathan.hatch.300x175President Nathan Hatch has received the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) 2015 Chief Executive HR Champion Award. Recognizing that what makes an institution great are its people, this award honors a president or chancellor of a higher education institution or system who has demonstrated significant support for the institution’s human resources function.

CUPA-HR selected Hatch as the recipient because of Wake Forest’s strategic investments in the areas of employee wellbeing, leadership development, diversity and inclusion and employee engagement. CUPA-HR recognized that, in his 10 years at the helm of Wake Forest, Hatch has prioritized the resources and support necessary for the University’s human resources team to put plans into action.

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Wake Forest in ‘Class of 2016’ for reaffirmation of accreditation

The University is evaluated on nearly 100 standards including those areas pictured in this slide.

The University is evaluated on nearly 100 standards, including the areas above.

Wake Forest is in the process of completing a reaffirmation of the University’s accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) — the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states.

Phil Handwerk, director of institutional research describes the process as an opportunity for self-examination that touches the entire University.

“The reaffirmation process allows us to look at how well we are doing at sustaining and supporting our institution and to determine what things we would like to improve to help us better meet our educational objectives and support the University’s mission,” says Handwerk.

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Space available for upcoming Safe Zone training sessions

Safe-Zone-Sticker-FINAL3-791x1024Space is available for Safe Zone training sessions on Thursday, May 28 and Wednesday, June 24. The Safe Zone program is an in-depth, interactive presentation designed to educate Wake Forest faculty, staff and students about the LGBTQ community. Anti-LGBTQ bias and prejudice affects all members of a community, and we all have the opportunity to work against it.

Participants learn what it means to be an ally—a person who supports and stands up for the rights of LGBTQ people—as well as how to create a Safe Zone.

Allies who have completed the training program will be given a Safe Zone sticker, identifiable to the entire campus, which may be displayed on the ally’s door to designate it as a safe place for all members of the community.

Register for either class at the PDC website.