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Faculty/Staff Happy Hour to be held April 7 at Reynolda Hall

This is a guest post  from the Office of the Provost:

Please join Provost Kersh and your University colleagues for a faculty and staff happy hour at Reynolda Hall in the Green Room on Thursday, April 7 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Brief remarks about the Wake Forest University Arts Council campaign will be shared. We look forward to seeing you there!

Jonathan McElderry named as director of Intercultural Center


Jonathan McElderry has been named assistant dean of students and director of the University’s Intercultural Center, formerly known as the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

McElderry, who will join Wake Forest on June 1, is the director of the Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center and interim coordinator in the Office of Greek Life at the University of Missouri.  He recently completed his doctorate in educational leadership and policy analysis at Missouri.

“Jonathan McElderry’s experience in higher education has focused on enhancing diversity, equity and inclusion on college campuses,” said Barbee Oakes, assistant provost and chief diversity officer.  “His research has sought to raise awareness of the experiences of underrepresented students at predominantly white institutions and provide strategies to increase their academic and social success.”

This summer, the Intercultural Center will be renovated to include additional offices, expanded lounge space and meeting/conference/workroom space.

Allison McWilliams: Another new beginning, the transition out

Allison McWilliams, director of mentoring and alumni personal and career development in the Office of Personal and Career Development, writes occasional articles for Inside WFU.  This is her fourth and final article for the spring semester.  In each, she shares observations and suggestions with faculty and staff drawn from her professional experience with students.

20111010mcwilliams4344We started this year talking about the important and sometimes challenging process of transitioning into the school year. Whether you are a senior, a first-year, or something in between, transitions can be hard, as William Bridges reminds us. Transitions require letting go of the familiar, spending a bit of time in free-fall, and then attaching to something new and unfamiliar. For some, this is an exciting time, full of new challenges and adventures. For others, it’s overwhelming, scary, even debilitating, for the same reasons. Everyone goes through transitions in his own way, at his own pace.

The end of the year, and the transition out, is no less important and yet easy to overlook. This is a great time to help your students take stock of their years, practice a bit of reflection, and think forward to what comes next. Some questions you might consider asking:

  • What has been the best/most challenging part of your year? Why? What did you learn from it?
  • What do you wish had gone differently this year? Why? What do you do with that information moving forward?
  • What are you most proud of from this year? Why?
  • What is one thing you would like to accomplish this summer/over the next six months? What steps are you going to take to make that happen?
  • What can you anticipate that will be challenging for you this summer/over the next six months? What strategies can you use to work through that?

Transitions are hard in part because we all want someplace where we feel that we belong. As a mentor, you can help students with this process:

  • Ask how they are feeling about the transition.
  • Acknowledge that their experience is normal.
  • Help them set goals to create focus and an actionable plan.
  • Remind them that they have been in this place before and they have all of the tools that they need to be successful.

Every experience, no matter how big or small, has a beginning and an end. Mentors help us to discover whether these moments of transition will be stumbling blocks or stepping stones

March 2016 staff milestones

See a list of staff milestones in March 2016: Continue reading »

Secrest Artists Series presents Orlando Consort: “Voices Appeared: Silent Cinema and Medieval Music – The Passion

orlando.consort.insideThis is a guest post from Secrest Series:

Experience a stunning evening of film and music that blends the riveting last days of Joan of Arc with vocal music from her time. On Thursday, April 7the Secrest Artists Series welcomes early-music vocal ensemble Orlando Consort. They will create a live musical soundtrack to one of the classics of the silent cinema— Carl Dreyer’s “The Passion of Joan of Arc.”

Enrich your concert experience by joining our pre-concert talk at 6:40 p.m. The talk will be led by Woody Hood, director of film studies and professor of communication at Wake Forest.

The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m.  It is entitled, “Voices Appeared: Silent Cinema and Medieval Music–The Passion of Joan of Arc” with the Orlando Consort.

In October, The New Yorker selected Orlando Consort’s performance as the thing to do that weekend. The New York Times hails performances by the ensemble as “… staggeringly beautiful.”

Wake Forest faculty, staff and retirees receive free admission for themselves and one guest. Students receive free admission for themselves. Simply show your WFU I.D. at the door.

Tickets are $5-$18 for members of the community. Tickets and more information at or 758-5757.

Holi, the Festival of Colors

bfb71d97c8641c437f124000e6cf9d6859d61fcfThis is a guest post from organizers of the annual celebration of HOLI:

You are invited to Wake Forest’s annual celebration of HOLI, the Festival of Colors, on Sunday April 3 from 1-3 p.m. on the Lower Quad (Manchester Plaza)! Holi is popular in countries with large South Asian or Hindu populations. Join the South Asian Student Association (SASA) in celebrating this festival of spring, fellowship, and the triumph of good over evil. There will be lots of free Indian food, performances, great music, and TONS OF COLOR at the event! A good time is guaranteed.

Come wearing clothes you don’t mind getting dirty…. or even better, come wearing white for dramatic effect! This event is open to all, so feel free to bring friends, family, and colleagues!

February 2016 comings and goings

See a list of employees joining and leaving the University in February 2016:


Allman, Lindsay; Assistant Coach; Athletics: Volleyball – Women

Ashley, Dylan; Server; Graylyn: Food Services

Avery, Sarah; Bartender; Graylyn: Food Services

Bennett, Sr., James Franklin; Transportation Assistant; Graylyn: Guest Services

Benson, Elisabeth; Bartender; Graylyn: Food Services

Booth, Katherine Elizabeth; Health Law & Policy Res Fellow; Law: Instruction

Bowling, Paul Dalton; Cook; Graylyn: Food Services

Clifton, Kaleb; Maintenance Technician; Graylyn: Maintenance

Devonmille, Laura Maurer; Assistant Director; Finance Systems

Gaofhiwe, Dineo Hilda; Study Aboard Advisor; Global Abroad Programs

Gould, James Fredrick; Groundskeeper; FACS: Landscaping Services

Hackett, Tabitha Chrystal; Server; Graylyn: Food Services

Hart, Sonya Renee; Communications Officer; University Police

Jackson, Claretha; Custodian; Reynolda House: Facilities

Jones, Joel Gregory; Recruiting Assistant; Athletics: Football

Lea, Clark Dowell; Assistant Coach; Athletics: Football

Moore, Bryce A.; Security Officer LJVM; University Police

Rives, Peter Elliott; Assistant Director; Health Promotion

Rothrock, Cody Dylan; Turf Technician; Athletics: Turf Management

Smith, Madison Marie; Bartender; Graylyn: Food Services


Berry, Courtney Whicker; Bioethics

Bullock, Derek M.; FACS: Construction

Cox, Phillip; Health & Exercise Science

Debevoise, Anne Katherine Evangelista; Library – ZSR

Diallo, Aminata Alou; Parking & Transportation

Elkazaz, Salwa Salah; Chemistry

Gagliano, Jason Michael; Physics

Hinson, Yvonne Leigh; WFUSB-Instruction

Jones, Stacy Hope; Law: External Affairs

Lail, Aaron Van; FACS: Custodial Services

Odom, Kasey Maxcy; Advancement:University Events

Pinckney, DeeDe; OPCD: Career & Professional Dev

VanEaton, Hawanna R; FACS: Custodial Services

Wall, Brigham L.; Advancement: National Major Gifts

White, Elizabeth Bost; Advancement: VP Office

White, Elizabeth M.; Financial & Accounting Service

Wise, Keith M.; FACS: Maintenance & Utilities Oper.

Magjuka named assistant dean, director

Wake Forest University head shots, Tuesday, October 7, 2014. Marianne Magjuka.

Marianne Magjuka has been named an assistant dean of students and director of democratic engagement and justice programs.

“This appointment acknowledges Marianne’s strong contributions to the community and organizationally strengthens the partnership between the Pro Humanitate Institute (PHI) and Division of Campus Life,” according to an  announcement by PHI and Campus Life. “Both areas share a commitment to providing meaningful social justice, civic engagement, and inclusion programs and initiatives for the university community.”

Magjuka will have a dual report to the executive director of PHI and the dean of students/associate vice president for Campus Life and will serve on the leadership teams of both areas.

In her current role as PHI’s director of democratic engagement and justice programs, Magjuka has directed social justice programs and overseen civic and democratic engagement initiatives. She has also directed sustained dialogue for students and staff for the Division of Campus Life and coordinated deliberative dialogue training and planning. Magjuka has also contributed to a number of university initiatives, including serving as co-chair for the Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Task Force.

As an assistant dean of students and director, Marianne’s new responsibilities will include:
–providing leadership for Campus Life staff development initiatives designed to develop staff capacity to provide meaningful social justice and diversity and inclusion programs throughout the organization
–providing leadership for programs that offer incoming students the opportunity to engage in meaningful dialogue across differences
–providing services for students and their families experiencing personal, medical or mental health-related crises with focus on community education and response for campus climate and bias-related incidents

Magjuka first joined Wake Forest in January 2011 as the director of Campus Life. Previously, she served as the assistant director of community service and service-learning at Baylor University, and coordinated an AmeriCorps*VISTA program based at Florida State University. Magjuka received her B.A. and M.Ed. from the University of Notre Dame.

President Hatch: Join conversation with Charles Best

This message was emailed to students, faculty and staff on March 28 by President Hatch:

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

On April 5, I invite you to join me for a conversation with Charles Best, CEO of, as we engage in a meaningful discussion as part of The Leadership Project series, a program designed to showcase inspiring stories from leaders who represent a variety of professional paths and to celebrate the many ways leadership development is taught and inspired at Wake Forest. is a nonprofit organization that provides a simple way to address educational inequity. At, public school teachers create classroom project requests and donors can choose the projects they want to support. Best launched the organization in 2000 out of a Bronx public high school where he taught history. Since then, more than 715,000 projects totaling nearly $420 million have been funded nationwide.

In honor of Best’s participation in The Leadership Project, Wake Forest will host a philanthropic flash mob on March 29 as part of the #BestSchoolDay movement. Students, faculty and staff are invited to pick up a free $25 gift card to support a K-12 classroom project. One thousand gift cards will be available at various locations across campus from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. The University’s goal is to have 100 percent redemption by the end of the day, totaling $25,000 of support for classroom projects in our community and across the country.

Please help make Wake Forest’s #BestSchoolDay a community success by picking up and redeeming a $25 gift card on March 29, and then let’s gather on April 5 at 6 p.m. in Broyhill Auditorium in Farrell Hall to hear Charles Best share his leadership philosophy and innovative approach to improve education.  More information is available at

Thank you,

Nathan O. Hatch


WFU statement on recent N.C. legislation

Today Wake Forest University issued the following statement regarding House Bill 2, legislation recently enacted by the North Carolina legislature:

“Wake Forest University’s commitment to diversity and inclusion remains unwavering and our non-discrimination statement includes protection for gender identity and sexual orientation. The new law does not apply to private institutions and will not impact Wake Forest’s employment practices, educational programs or campus activities in any way. Wake Forest underscores its commitment to creating an inclusive environment for all members of the University community as well as visitors to our campus.”