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Bright to showcase work in Italy and Scotland

imageOutside of his duties as director of Hanes Gallery, Paul Bright is a practicing artist. He has shown his work in Switzerland, Germany, England, Italy, Canada and the U.S. This summer, he is presenting two exhibitions. Skin in the Game, which features Bright’s de/collages, along with the digital prints of David Houston, will be shown at the Galleria del Carbone, Ferrara, Italy, from July 11 to August 2. Incantations, a sound collage, will be presented at the chapel at Innerpeffray, Scotland, July 29 – Aug. 2.

The exhibition Skin in the Game will feature about 18 of Bright’s de/collages – collages formed from torn-away sections of posters and re-collaged with other images – paired with printed digital photos of advertising billboards by David Houston — a longtime associate of Bright’s and director of the Bo Bartlett Center at Columbus State University.

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88.5 WFDD receives national award for Triad Arts Weekend

For the second year in a row, 88.5 WFDD, the public radio station licensed to Wake Forest University, has won a Gabriel Award, a national award for excellence in broadcasting presented and created by The Catholic Academy of Communication Professionals. The award was created in 1965 “to recognize outstanding artistic achievement in a television or radio program or series which entertains and enriches with a true vision or humanity and a true vision of life.” It is an annual competition.

88.5 WFDD received the Gabriel Award in the category of Arts – National or Local Release for a Triad Arts Weekend episode that covered these stories: an appearance of the Afro-Semitic Experience, a unique New York-based jazz fusion ensemble, in Winston-Salem; FaithAction International House, a Greensboro nonprofit organization that serves and advocates for new immigrants in our region; Diana Greene, who creates multimedia stories that explore identity, place, and memory; and The Healing Blues Project, which works to pair songwriters with people from disenfranchised populations to help those people share their stories through song. The episode aired on December 12, 2014.

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May 2015 comings and goings

See a list of employees joining and leaving the University in May 2015:

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Faircloth recognized as ‘Fundraiser of the Year’

Wake Forest University hosts an event to honor Bob McCreary ('61), on his $7.5 million commitment to the Strength and Conditioning program, at Deacon Tower on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.

Barry Faircloth, associate athletic director for development, was formally recognized June 16 as the 2015 National Association of Athletic Development Directors (NAADD) Fundraiser of the Year.

Faircloth was presented the award at the National Athletic Administrator Convention in Orlando. It had been announced last February that he was the recipient for 2015.

A 1993 Wake Forest graduate, Faircloth is credited by University leaders with transforming fundraising efforts in the Athletics Department, with a focus on major gift fundraising, strict accountability with development staff and the creation of volunteer committees to involve and assist in the development process.

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Luau by the Falls draws hundreds of staff members

hula classApproximately 800 staff members walked, shuttled and drove to the Luau by the Falls staff appreciation event held June 24 at Waterfall Field next to Reynolda Village.

Organized by the Staff Advisory Council (SAC) and Thrive, the luau offered staff an opportunity to enjoy lunch, lawn games, a performance by hula dancers, Hawaiian music, free massages, balloon sculptures and much more.

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Parking Lot H closed June 25-26

Parking Lot H is closed June 25 and 26.  The lot is located along Wingate Road near lots F and J in the southern section of campus. The Parking and Transportation Office recommends using those two lots while H is closed.

The University’s parking map offers information about parking lot locations.

Whenever parking lots are closed, the Parking and Transportation Office recommends alternative modes of transportation such as carpooling, bicycles or mass transit to reduce the demand for parking during these times.

June 2015 faculty and staff milestones

Kriss Dinkins in Information Systems, Margaret Lankford in the School of Law and Frederick Harris in the School of Business are celebrating 25 years at Wake Forest.

See other faculty and staff  celebrating milestones in June 2015.

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OPCD staff share thought leadership with industry peers

Several members of the Office of Personal and Career Development presented at industry conferences, recently, on such topics as marketing strategies to engage students and how to build a college campus around mentoring. In addition to sharing successful ideas that Wake Forest has implemented, staff members received recognition for their work and assumed leadership positions within organizations.


The International Mentoring Conference occurred on April 22-24. The theme of the conference centered on practical strategies around mentoring.

  • Lauren Beam, assistant director of mentoring and alumni personal and professional development, presented “Building Your Toolkit: Engaging Your (Campus) Community around Mentoring.” The presentation focused on ways in which the Wake Forest mentoring department uses National Mentoring Month to engage the campus community with creative marketing materials.
  • Allison McWilliams, director of mentoring and alumni personal and professional development, served as this year’s conference chair.

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Pro Humanitate Institute launches Summer Program

summer programThe Pro Humanitate Institute launched the Summer Non-Profit Immersion Program on May 27 with an intensive three-day Non-Profit Management Seminar attended by the 21 undergraduate interns chosen to work this summer at 17 non-profits throughout the Winston-Salem and Piedmont Triad community. The Non-Profit Management Seminar prepared students to serve in-depth roles in non-profits for the summer through training on legal, financial, organizational and theoretical structures of non-profit work.

Interns also gained insight into the Winston-Salem community through a lecture by the New Winston Museum and a day-long community plunge tour where they visited non-profits and neighborhoods throughout the community.

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Support for Charleston

The Wake Forest University community joins the nation in mourning the victims and searching for answers in light of last week’s shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C.

“In the wake of this terrible tragedy, we search for hope, understanding and healing,” said Wake Forest President Nathan O. Hatch. “We continue to keep the people of Charleston in our thoughts and prayers and offer support to all those in our own community who have been affected by this horrible event.”

On Friday, June 19, a prayer service was held on campus in remembrance of the victims. Members of the Wake Forest community gathered from 2-3 p.m. in Davis Chapel to show solidarity and support.  The service was organized by the Office of the Chaplain and coordinated by Associate Chaplain K. Monet Rice-Jalloh with the help of the LGBTQ Center, the School of Divinity, and others across campus.

“The history of America and the Negro is wrought with incidence of violence in worship spaces,” said Rice-Jalloh. “Yet, we continue to gather and pray not because we are mindless pawns seeking anesthetic for our minds, but because we know that prayer is resistance and power and repair for our souls. The grief of those gathered for our prayer meeting was like an aroma of heaviness. But the audacity to pray beneath a dense theological cloud, lifts the words of scriptural faith in our midst, ‘hither to (to this place) has the Lord kept us.'”

Wake Forest offers counseling services for all students, faculty and staff. The Counseling Center may be reached at 758-5273, and the Office of the Chaplain at 758-5210. Faculty and staff may also contact the Employee Assistance Program at 716-5493.