October 10th, 2014 | Faculty News
Wake Forest law professor Tracey Banks Coan has been named the law school’s first assistant dean for academic engagement.
“Professor Coan stays on top of the literature about the best teaching and best learning techniques in legal education,” says Interim Dean Suzanne Reynolds (’77). “This new position helps insure that her insights will shape what faculty and students experience at Wake Forest Law.”
Coan teaches commercial law courses and directs the Academic Engagement Program (AEP). The AEP enhances law students’ academic performance through skills workshops, study groups, specialized courses and individual mentoring.
“Over the years, Tracey has optimally led our academic achievement efforts and garnered huge dividends for our students and the law school,” says former Dean Blake D. Morant, who appointed Coan. “During these challenging times in legal education, Wake Forest Law has, and will continue to benefit, from Tracey’s adroit guidance and efforts.”
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October 9th, 2014 | Staff News
John Champlin, manager of recruitment and organizational development for human resources, volunteers for organizations including the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina, a partner agency of United Way of Forsyth County.
“There are so many individuals who go hungry in our community, and it is a privilege to work with institutions that help to provide food to those most in need,” says Champlin. “Most recently, I enjoyed serving on the WFU Pro Humanitate Day with alumni from the area at the food bank.”
Champlin is entering his second year on the WakeUnited Campaign Cabinet, and he co-chairs the Wake Forest Young Leaders United (YLU) group with Brooke Brown, an Alumni Giving Fellow in University advancement.
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October 9th, 2014 | Faculty News
Congratulations to Tony Marsh and Jack Rejeski, professors of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Pepper Center Clinical Research Core” 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 Stan Thomas, associate professor of computer science, whose proposal entitled “NSF/TCPP CDER Center Early Adopter Award” has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and by [subaward/subcontract from] Georgia State University (WFU funding agency).
October 8th, 2014 | University Announcement
Wake Forest University is among 56 colleges and universities that have joined The Jed & Clinton Health Matters Campus Program in support of wellbeing and mental health.
The program is designed to help schools prevent the two leading causes of death in young adults — accidents, including those caused by prescription drug overdoses or alcohol poisoning, and suicide.
The Campus Program, which launched in June 2014, is designed to help colleges and universities assess and enhance mental health, substance abuse and suicide prevention programming.
“We’re proud to be a part of The Jed & Clinton Health Matters Campus Program’s efforts to reduce risk while at the same time improving student emotional wellbeing,” said James Raper, interim director of the University Counseling Center. “Denisha Champion, one of our staff counselors, has been spearheading our efforts to become a Jed Foundation certified campus, which has required a thorough self assessment of our campus’s strengths and areas of growth.”
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October 7th, 2014 | University Announcement
A message from:
School of Business Vice Dean of Programs Gordon McCray
Former CIO, Information Systems and Professor of Physics Rick Matthews, and
Vice Provost and Dean of Z. Smith Reynolds Library Lynn Sutton
Dear Wake Forest Faculty, Staff and Students,
In May 2014, a committee of Wake Foresters representing various areas of the University completed a review of the technological landscape in higher education and began the important challenge of exploring what the future of collaborative work might look like in the next five years.
After site visits, interviews and research, the committee produced “Vision 2020: Charting A Course for Academic Computing at Wake Forest,” a white paper that envisions how technology changes already underway can support teaching and learning at Wake Forest.
From an environmental scan to recommendations regarding teaching and learning, the 27-page report offers informative and insightful details on IT-based technology and higher education. We would like to showcase several important points from the paper as people begin to delve more deeply into Vision 2020.
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October 6th, 2014 | Events
‘We Stand for Unity and Respect’ (Sept. 30, 2014)
Members of the Faculty Fellows program invite all faculty, staff and students to join a demonstration of support for diversity, inclusion, dignity and respect. They will stage the fourth and final photo in the series on the steps of Wait Chapel on Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 11:50 a.m.
The “We Stand for Unity and Respect” photo campaign has grown organically over the last month. The idea originated with a group of Faculty Fellows, who have continued to foster dialogue about important campus issues in the six first-year student residence halls as well as in their classrooms. Each week the number of people in the photo has increased through word of mouth and social media.
“The ‘We Stand for Unity and Respect’ campaign has become a symbol for the campus culture we want people to associate with Wake Forest,” said Vice Provost Lynn Sutton. “The University is working at a number of levels to ensure that each and every member of our community feels like their contributions are valued. Wake Forest provides the ideal setting to explore societal issues in the spirit of Pro Humanitate.”
‘We Stand for Unity and Respect’
‘We Stand for Unity and Respect’ (Sept. 23, 2014)
October 3rd, 2014 | Faculty News, Staff News
Rachel Weaver (’93), associate director of donor experience, “Hits the Bricks” to support Patterson.
Faculty and staff helped the Wake Forest community “Hit the Bricks” by joining students and community partners to complete more than 24,500 laps around Hearn Plaza, and to raise at least $30,000 for the Brian Piccolo Cancer Research Fund.
Three teams from Alumni Hall ran in support of Chip Patterson’s fight against glioblastoma. Patterson (’72, MALS ’02) is the vice president of gift planning with University Advancement.
A bake sale is also taking place in Alumni Hall’s lobby today. All proceeds will be donated to the Brian Piccolo Cancer Research Fund.
Overall, 24 faculty and staff teams participated this year. Click to view a photo gallery »
The top five teams in the faculty / staff division were:
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October 2nd, 2014 | Staff News
Wake Forest head men’s basketball coach Danny Manning will present at the next SAC meeting, on Wednesday, Oct. 8 at 9:30 am, in Benson 401. Coach Manning will give a short presentation, and though there will be not be a free-throw shooting contest, there could well be a basketball-related raffle.
Coach Manning may have time for some questions from attendees. You can submit a question for Coach Manning in advance of the meeting using this form.
The schedule for SAC meetings through June and minutes for past meetings are available here.
October 2nd, 2014 | Events
Due to Hit the Bricks and other conflicts, the seasonal flu shots for faculty, staff and retirees have been rescheduled as follows:
- Oct. 14, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Benson Center, Room 401
- Oct. 15, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Benson Center, Room 401
- Oct. 16, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Farrell Hall, Colloquium (FH352)
- Oct. 20, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., University Corporate Center, Room 1018
- Oct. 23, 1 – 4 p.m., Graylyn, Management House, Room #3
For more information, visit the Professional Development Center website.
October 1st, 2014 | Faculty News
Congratulations to Michael Gross, assistant professor of chemistry, whose proposal entitled “Collaborative Research: Understanding and Supporting Student Intrinsic Motivation in STEM Courses” has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Congratulations to Jeffrey Katula, associate professor of 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).
Congratulations to Gary Miller, associate professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Dietary Nitrate to Augment Exercise Benefits” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health under award number 5R21-HL113717-02 REVISED and by [subaward/subcontract from] Duke University (WFU funding agency).