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Smart reasons to use the University Calendar

Departments and organizations are already lining up events for the fall and spring semesters. Here are smart reasons to make sure your event is on the University Calendar.

  1. The calendar is mobile: With the new WFU Events App, available through iTunes, users can search, sort and filter events by date, audience or event type and add events to their calendars.
  2. Social sharing: The calendar has social media features. Make a Facebook events page and link it to your calendar listing.
  3. Less confusion:Has the time or location changed for your event or has it been cancelled due to weather? When you submit an event, you can make changes as needed. Those who “Add an event” to their personal calendar will automatically receive notification when details change.
  4. The Wow! factor:Add a movie trailer, video, photo or PDF to your calendar listing to preview the event and improve turnout. Here’s an event listingthat takes advantage of this feature.
  5. If it’s open to the public, the public is notified: If your event is on the University Calendar before the 15th of the month and it is listed as “open to the public,” it will be automatically shared with local news media and submitted to Piedmont Triad event calendars.
  6. Reminders for faculty and staff: Each Friday an automated email announcing upcoming events called “Next Week at Wake” is sent to faculty and staff. Events must be on the University Calendar to be included.

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CRADLE program invests in faculty and grantsmanship

The Creative Research Activities Development and Enrichment (CRADLE) initiative is engaging with its fifth cohort of faculty this September and continues to experience interest and success.

The Office of the Provost and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) coordinate the program. CRADLE aims to develop competitive external proposals that support multiyear research projects and creative activities. Fellows receive assistance from both internal and external consultants to improve their grantsmanship and to articulate a five-year career plan that incorporates proven strategies for developing and funding superior research and creative activities.

“We began CRADLE because we wanted to help faculty develop competitive grant proposals,” said Lori Messer, director of ORSP.

On Sept. 18, the new cohort will attend the first of four seminars, “Winning Grants,” that will cover federal grants. In December, another seminar focused on foundation and corporate grants will be held. Other CRADLE sessions will focus on quality and team building. Participants also work one-on-one with a grants consultant to develop 90-day contracts that outline their grant plans.

The seminars are open to non-CRADLE participants.

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July 2015 faculty publications




Gillespie, Michele, & Sally G. McMillen, Eds. (History). North Carolina Women: Their Lives and Times (Southern Women: Their Lives and Times, Book 2). University of Georgia Press. July 2015.

Innovative solution for WFU blind student leads to journal article

Michael Shuman and Robert Erhardt recently published an article in the Journal of Statistics Education, “Assistive Technologies for Second-Year Statistics Students who are Blind.” The article written by Shuman, interim director of Wake Forest’s Learning Assistance Center (LAC) and Erhardt, assistant professor of mathematics, focuses on the technology they developed to assist Kathryn Webster, an aspiring mathematician who also happens to be blind.

Michael Shuman, associate director of the Wake Forest Learning Assistance Center, poses in the Z. Smith Reynolds Library on Thursday, August 18, 2011.


Kathryn, a junior from Greenwich, Conn., enrolled in a course in statistics covering topics requiring her to both interpret and produce three sets of materials: mathematical writing, computer programming, and visual displays of data. While some resources for blind students taking mathematics courses or introductory statistics courses were available, none were adequate to assist Kathryn.

New Wake Forest faculty members pose for headshots during their orientation on Wednesday, August 8, 2012.  Robert Erhardt, Mathematics.


In addition to providing academic support to all Wake Forest students through coaching and peer tutoring, the LAC exists to enable students with disabilities to experience equal access to the academic, social, and recreational activities and programs at the University.

Though Wake Forest is a smaller institution than other similar private schools, the University still has a number of undergraduates with disabilities who request accommodations. Though Kathryn brought some of her own assistive technology with her to campus, Shuman was struggling with a novel way of representing visual data for her related to her math courses.

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Allison McWilliams: New beginnings and letting go

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

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 first for the academic year. In each, she will share observations and suggestions with faculty and staff drawn from her professional experience with students.

The beginning of the school year can be an exciting time: new classes, new friends, and new opportunities allow each of us to “re-set,” as it were. It’s easy to think of any beginning in solely positive terms, but it’s important to remember that there can be anxiety associated, as well.

As William Bridges notes in his work on change, any transition, no matter how big or small, involves three stages. Endings require us to let go of what has become familiar and comfortable. The neutral zone, in between endings and beginnings, can be both freeing but also a little scary, as we are no longer tied down to anything. Finally, we reach a new beginning and must adapt to a new place.

Our process through these stages is deeply personal; while I may race through to get to a new beginning, you may hang out for a bit in the neutral zone, resisting the urge to adopt and conform to new rules, while someone else is clinging for dear life to that ending, not wanting to let go.

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WakeUnited: Live United Katy Harriger

Wake Forest political science professor Katy Harriger poses in her office in Tribble Hall on Friday, November 4, 2011.

Katy Harriger, professor and chair of politics and international affairs, has contributed to the WakeUnited Campaign for most of her 30 years at Wake Forest. “I understand the privileges I have as a college professor, and I have always believed that if you have the capacity to give to make your community better, that’s what you should do,” says Harriger.

On many occasions, she has happily served as her departmental liaison for the campaign because she believes in the work United Way does to alleviate unequal access to education, food, legal services and health care. “These are issues that I wish were more adequately addressed through our political system, but since they are not,” says Harriger, “I think it’s incumbent upon those of us who have access to these essentials to do what we can to make sure that others do as well.”

Harriger is a member of the Women’s Leadership Council, which reflects her particular interest in recent years on projects related to improving the high school graduation rate in Forsyth County. “This focus proves that when resources and attention are focused on an issue, change can happen,” says Harriger. “Charitable giving is not a substitute for effective democratic government that works for all, but it is a very important supplement and helps close crucial gaps in services.”

Giving is easy through the WakeUnited Campaign on the Reynolda Campus. Harriger’s major connection with United Way is through her annual giving. “Being able to do it though payroll deduction made it easier to give smaller amounts in the early years and to gradually build my annual gift over time.”

Parking Office striving to reduce impact of parking lot loss

Guest post from Alex Crist, director of the Parking and Transportation Office:

This summer, a top priority of the Parking and Transportation staff has been finding ways to reduce the impact on faculty and staff of the loss of a parking lot to new construction. Several solutions have been found and will be in place by the time classes begin for the fall semester.

This effort, made in coordination with Facilities and Campus Services, came in response to the loss of Parking Lot H, a popular parking area with faculty and staff, and the temporary loss of some adjacent Lot J spaces due to the project.  A residence hall, which will be a new home for first-year undergraduates, is being built on the site of Lot H at the intersection of Wingate Road and Jasper Memory Lane.  Lot J—used mostly by students and a small number of faculty and staff—is located behind South and Collins residence halls on Jasper Memory Lane.

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‘Book club’ approach to first-year reading

The Wake Forest Summer Research Fellowship program allows undergraduate students to work with faculty mentors on research projects in their areas of interest.  Psychology professor Christy Buchanan works with psychology major Rebecca Abramson ('11) on a study of effective parenting techniques and how mothers perceive them. They talk about their research in Greene Hall on Thursday, July 22, 2010.

Christy Buchanan

Wake Forest took a “book club” approach to this year’s summer reading assignment for first-year students. From John Grisham’s “Gray Mountain” to Levitt and Dubner’s “Think Like a Freak,” to Susan Cain’s “Quiet,” incoming students can choose from 22 different books.

All of the books fit this year’s theme, “Exploring Difference, Embracing Diversity.” Contemporary novels, historical novels, non-fiction, and a collection of short stories made the list.

The Orientation and Lower Division Advising Committee originally planned to choose one common reading, but changed course when it received so many good recommendations from faculty members.

“Our committee asked the question, ‘Why do we have to pick just one?’” said Senior Associate Dean for Academic Advising Christy Buchanan.

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Wake Forest Athletics Fan Fest set for Aug. 15

Fan Fest 4Guest post from Wake Forest Athletics:

The 2015 Wake Forest Athletics Fan Fest will be held Saturday, Aug. 15 at BB&T Field. Fans will be allowed on the field at 5 p.m. but are invited to arrive early to watch the football team in an open scrimmage beginning at 2 p.m.

The football team will scrimmage from 2-4 p.m. then return to the field at 5 p.m. with student-athletes from other Wake Forest fall sports. They will be available for autographs and pictures. This event is a great opportunity for fans to meet the coaches and players from Wake Forest’s fall sports teams.

Demon Deacon Fans of all ages are encouraged to attend Fan Fest. Other activities will include food and drinks, inflatable games, face painting and special appearances by the Demon Deacon and the Wake Forest spirit squad.

Fan Fest will also feature Select-Your-Seat, which allows fans to reserve their season tickets for the 2015 football season. Some of the best remaining seats at BB&T Field will be available for purchase, and ticket representatives will be on hand to assist fans and answer questions.

Fan Fest admission and parking is FREE of charge. For more information, contact the Wake Forest Sports Marketing department at (336) 758-5010.

Winston-Salem Journal recognizes President’s 10th anniversary

nathan.hatch.300x175The Winston-Salem Journal has published a feature story about Dr. Hatch and his 10 years of service to Wake Forest as president. It is entitled, “Dynamic Decade: Hatch reshapes university with eye toward future.”

The Aug. 2 article reflects on Dr. Hatch’s time in the President’s Office so far and explores his hopes and plans for his future years at Wake Forest’s helm.

In the piece, Dr. Hatch comments on the University’s goals, saying, “We want to be the best face-to-face liberal arts residential community.” He adds,“We want to be the best place for college-to-career transition.”

Dr. Hatch became Wake Forest’s 13th president on July 1, 2005.