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Locklair’s ‘Gloria’ CD released, available on campus, too

Dan Locklair

Dan Locklair

Wake Forest Professor of Music Dan Locklair’s “Gloria (Sacred Choral Works)” CD is now available worldwide.  At Wake Forest, the newly-released CD is sold at the University’s Bookstore.  It is also easily available online through various sources for recordings.

Available from England’s Convivium Records, the CD was recorded in the U.K. and features performances by Sospiri, Winchester College Chapel Choir and The Portsmouth Grammar School Chamber Choir, with conductors Christopher Watson and Malcolm Archer.

“This CD brings together pieces composed with texts that come from across the liturgical year,” according to an official announcement for the recording.

Locklair, who is also composer-in-residence at Wake Forest, has composed music that is widely performed throughout the U.S. and around the world.  His catalog includes symphonic works, a ballet, an opera, chamber, instrumental, vocal and choral compositions.

Other recent choral CDs include “Requiem,” recorded by St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Winston-Salem with members of the Winston-Salem Symphony, and “Tapestries, Choral Music of Dan Locklair.”

Staff Advisory Council to meet Sept. 8, encourages staff to attend

Sophia Bredice and Mike Greco of Information Systems will speak on two new University initiatives–WakeWare and Software@WFU–at the Sept. 8 meeting of the Staff Advisory Council.

All staff are invited to the meeting, which will be held from 9-10:30 a.m. in the fourth floor auditorium of Z. Smith Reynolds Library. The 2016-2017 SAC meetings will be held the second Thursday of every month from 9-10:30 a.m.

Faculty, staff enhance ability to facilitate diversity in classroom


Faculty and staff participate in the Summer Institute for Intercultural Professional Development and Pedagogy

This is a guest post from Office of Diversity and Inclusion:

This fall, 30-plus faculty and staff from across the University will be more equipped to facilitate diverse experiences in their educational offerings and to promote inclusion and equity at the University. They participated in the Summer Institute for Intercultural Professional Development and Pedagogy this past July.  Advanced by members of the Curricular Changes and Faculty Development sub-committee of the Campus Climate Implementation Team, the Institute emerged from recommendations provided by the campus community in fall 2014 as part of the Deliberative Dialogue Series on Inclusion.

Jose Villalba, senior associate dean for faculty, evaluation, and inclusivity, and Shayla Herndon-Edmunds, director of diversity education, spearheaded the effort with support from Barbee Oakes, chief diversity officer, Lynn Sutton, vice provost, and Catherine Ross, director of the Teaching and Learning Center. Former Wake Forest Fellows Muhammad Siddiqui and Nia Evans also contributed greatly to the development and implementation of the Institute.

Participants in the Institute were selected after completing an application for admission and were assigned pre-readings for discussions during the two-day, overnight experience at Graylyn International Conference Center. The Institute covered a wide-range of topics, including facilitating difficult dialogues in the classroom and campus settings, the role that self-awareness plays in cultural competence, and best practices for creating inclusive spaces. Each participant left the Institute with a personal action plan to continue to strengthen their skills, and they also reported significant increases in their confidence and ability to manage complex discussions around difference, empathize with others, among other measures of intercultural competence according to a pre- and post-test administered by Dr. Villalba.

“What I find most impactful about the Institute is that faculty and staff now have more tools and skills at their disposal to improve interactions with students, shape campus departments, and create programs,” said Villalba. “Their willingness to challenge themselves to be more inclusive and aware as educators is a great model for our campus community and hopefully will inspire others to do the same.”

The Institute is a part of the Dean of the College’s “Maximizing Inclusivity + Minimizing Apathy (MIMA)” professional development series for faculty and staff. MIMA offers skills-based workshops in the fall semester and awareness/theoretical sessions in the spring. This October, faculty and staff can look forward to a session that addresses the complex mental health concerns of students on campus. The session is co-sponsored by the Learning Assistance Center, University Counseling Center, and Office of Academic Advising. For more information, contact Jose Villabla at

Allison McWilliams: Setting the stage for belonging

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

Allison McWilliams

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 the first for the fall semester.  In each, she shares observations and suggestions with faculty and staff drawn from her professional experience with students.

The desire to belong, to be part of a tribe or a social group of like-minded people, is part of the human condition. This fascinating piece details an ongoing study into the effects of belonging on well-being, and the powerful yet simple intervention to help individuals, in particular college students, navigate through those tough times when they feel excluded, alone, or overwhelmed. That intervention? Storytelling. The simple act of reflection, sharing, and framing has a dramatic impact on individuals’ abilities to identify their experiences as normal and connected to others’ experiences as well. And those impacts are far-reaching: “the intervention increased subjects’ happiness, improved their health and reduced cognitive activation of negative stereotypes for several years after the initial intervention.”

Storytelling is a key strategy that effective mentors use, both to share their own experiences and to elicit the stories of their mentees, as well. As this new school year starts, you may observe students who are struggling to fit in or to find their place. You may find students who are struggling with the “imposter syndrome,” that feeling of “I don’t belong here,” or “Someone made a mistake letting me in here,” or “I’m a complete fraud.” You know what’s so fascinating about the imposter syndrome? Everyone, unless you are a complete narcissist, suffers from it at one point or another. The very thing that makes us feel so excluded and alone (“I don’t belong here”) is actually something that connects us to other people (“I’ve also felt that way”).

So, how can you help your students who may be struggling with these feelings of isolation and doubt? One way is to engage with them in the act of storytelling. Normalize their experiences by sharing stories about when you have experienced similar feelings, what you did to overcome them, and what you learned from that experience. Create a safe space for sharing, ask them to reflect upon what they are feeling and why, and help them to identify some tools that they can use to work through this time. Should you feel that the student needs additional help, introduce them to the great folks at the Counseling Center.

The desire to belong is a universal feeling that cuts across class, race, gender, age, experience levels or other qualities that may otherwise divide us. Simply by being a listening and compassionate ear, you can support students’ health and long-term well-being in powerful and impactful ways.

Tobacco cessation classes offered starting Sept. 15

Tobacco Cessation Program

This is a guest post from Human Resources:

Sept. 15 through Nov. 3, Wake Forest will sponsor tobacco cessation classes in partnership with the Forsyth County Department of Health and the American Lung Association. This free program will provide education, resources, and support for full- and part-time faculty and staff, as well as temporary employees. Faculty and staff may register for the hour-long classes, which will be held in Benson University Center 344 on Thursdays at 8 a.m.

Participants should consult their physicians prior to beginning the classes, and they may choose to combine the program with tobacco cessation medications. Wake Forest medical plan participants have access to FDA-approved prescription tobacco cessation drugs and over-the-counter Nicotine Replacement Therapy drugs (with a prescription). Generic drugs are covered without a copayment for two 90-day supplies.

Contact Human Resources at or (336) 758-4700 for more information.

Wake Alert emergency preparedness reminder

Cq09g5OWAAAuyg0Even though the impact of Tropical Storm Hermine is expected to be minimal in Winston-Salem, it presents a timely reminder for students, faculty and staff to familiarize themselves with the University’s emergency notification system known as Wake Alert.

Wake Alert provides information and advisories via a number of communication channels, including the Wake Alert website, text messaging, an outdoor warning system, campus cable TV, e-mail, Twitter, a banner across the WFU homepage, voice mail and a recorded message on the Wake Forest Weather and Emergency Phone Line.

The crisis management team recommends members of the Wake Forest community do the following:

  • Register for text alerts available to students, faculty and staff.
  • Bookmark the Wake Alert website ( It will be the go-to site for announcements in emergencies.
  • Follow @WakeAlert on Twitter.
  • Add the Wake Forest Weather/Emergency line (336-758-5935) to phone contacts.
  • Review the emergency preparedness information on the Wake Ready.

Anyone with questions about emergency preparedness should contact Wake Forest’s Emergency Manager August Vernon at x3377 or

LGBTQ Center increases facilitators for Safe Zone Program

This is a guest post from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion:

June 2016 Safe Zone Facilitators

Safe Zone facilitators at Wake Forest

This summer Wake Forest’s LGBTQ Center welcomed a new cadre of facilitators to their Safe Zone Program, increasing the volunteer support to 19. The facilitators represent various administrative and academic departments across the university and bring a wealth of experience, including intercultural competence, understanding of LGBTQ issues, and a commitment to facilitation and dialogue.

Since its inception in the Spring of 2012, approximately 1,000 members of the Wake Forest community have completed the Safe Zone training program. This academic year the Center will introduce a new curriculum, advanced workshops, and a lunch and learn series that will offer education around special topics such as transgender identities, LGBTQ History at WFU, intersectionality, among others developed by Kayla Lisenby, Program Coordinator for the Center.

“Safe Zone is important because it dispels misconceptions and answers questions about how people can support members of the LGBTQ community,” said Lisenby. “Our new facilitators greatly expand our capacity and better positions the Center to offer programs, resources, and services that enhance the skills and support for members of our community.”

For a list of upcoming Safe Zone Workshops and for updates about LGBTQ Center programs and offerings, visit the WFU Professional Development Center website or the LGBTQ Center website and subscribe to the Center list serv. Departments and campus organizations are also encouraged to reach out to the Center to request personalized trainings for their group.

Staff and faculty interested in becoming a Safe Zone faciliator should email the Center at, and members can stay updated on new developments and happenings by following the Center on social media @LGBTQWFU

The complete list of Safe Zone facilitators and the departments they represent is below:

–Celina Alexander, Assistant Director, Intercultural Center
–Glenn Bergesen, Administrative Assistant, College Development
–Zach Blackmon, Residence Life Coordinator,  Residence Life and Housing
–Christie Dalton, Assistant Director of Development and Alumni Relations, University Advancement
–Elizabeth Dam-Regier, Manager of Project Office,  Human Resources
–Susan Garcia, Graduate MS Clinical Counseling & Addiction
–Fahim Gulamali, Assistant Director of Student Engagement and Programming, Pro Humanitate Institute
–Kayla Lisenby, Program Coordinator, LGBTQ Center
–Colleen Lofton, Program Coordinator, Women’s Center
–Sarah Magness, Residence Life Coordinator, Residence Life and Housing
–Angela Mazaris, Director, LGBTQ Center
–Shannon McKinney, Academic Counselor, Office of Academic Advising
–Tracy Mills-Howell, Learning Specialist, Information Systems
–Carol Ann Moore Harris, Administrative Coordinator, University Advancement
–Kaitlyn Ruhf, Assistant Director, Special Events Athletics
–Shelley Sizemore, Director of Academic Programs and Community Engaged Research,  Pro Humanitate Institute
–Erica Still, Associate Professor, English
–Rolisa Tutwyler, Business Manager and Liaison to Executive Director, Pro Humanitate Institute
–Matt Williams, Director of Communication, Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Clifford named associate dean of students for student conduct

Matt Clifford, the Associate Dean of Students for Student Conduct, Wake Forest University, Tuesday, August 30, 2016.

Matt Clifford

Matt Clifford has been named Wake Forest’s associate dean of students for student conduct.

Clifford, who joined Wake Forest’s staff in 2010, previously was director of Residence Life and Housing and director of Campus Life Projects.

As associate dean, Clifford will be responsible for the administrative management of the student code of conduct and serve as the primary hearing officer for non-academic reports received by the Office of the Dean of Students.

“He will partner with students, faculty and staff to fulfill this responsibility and to design educational resources and programs that advance the standards of our community,” said Dean of Students Adam Goldstein.

Goldstein said he is “very excited” about Clifford joining his senior leadership team.

“He has the skills and experiences we need to strengthen our student conduct system in ways that support student learning and respect for our Honor Code,” Goldstein added.

Since joining Wake Forest, Goldstein said, Clifford has been a key figure in developing the Faculty Fellows program in Residence Life and Housing, the University’s Biased Incident Reporting System and the Division of Campus Life’s learning outcomes and assessment initiatives.

“He has a strong reputation among students as someone that cares about their experience, and among faculty and staff as a skilled professional and reliable partner,” Goldstein said.

Clifford received a doctorate in education from the University of North Florida, a master of education degree from the University of South Carolina and a bachelor of arts degree at Davidson College.

Previously, Clifford held a number of positions at Jacksonville University, including director of residential life, and worked at MIT.

Staff Advisory Council meeting set for Sept. 8, staff invited

This is a guest post from Staff Advisory Council President Sarah Wojcik-Gross and Vice President Jennifer Abbinett:


We are excited to announce that the 2016-2017 Staff Advisory Council meetings have been scheduled, and will be starting with a bang on September 8, where we will welcome Sophia Bredice and Mike Greco, from the Information Systems Department.  They will speak on two huge initiatives currently being rolled out, WakeWare and Software@WFU.

The meeting will be held in Z. Smith Reynolds Library, fourth floor auditorium.

It is our goal to build on the wonderful foundation that was already built for us and work to reinvigorate staff surrounding our purpose and initiatives.  One noted change is the date and time that we will be meeting each month.  The 2016-2017 SAC meetings will be held the second Thursday of every month from 9  to 10:30 a.m.  Our hope is that we are able to bring speakers to our meetings that you want to hear from, and to learn more about the exciting events and initiatives happening at Wake Forest. We look forward to a wonderful year and hope that you will join us! As always, non-SAC members are welcome to attend the meetings.

Please do not hesitate to contact us ( with your concerns and ideas.  We want to hear from you!

Montague wins American Accounting Association award


This is a guest post from the School of Business:

Norma Montague, assistant professor of accounting in Wake Forest’s School of Business, received the Issues in Accounting Education Best Paper Award at the AAA annual meeting in New York City on August 10. Montague, at the far left in the photo, co-authored “Witnessing Your Own Cognitive Bias: A Compendium of Classroom Exercises” with Rebecca G. Fay of East Carolina University. The award is presented to the best paper published each calendar year.

The case contains a collection of exercises that enables faculty members to teach students how to identify bias in their own judgements. It highlights five frequently occurring biases that may cloud business judgements, using psychology literature to spark student interest.

AAA is an organization of more than 7,000 members around the world and is celebrating its centennial year.