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Francis selected to attend study abroad summit

20101109francis0003Jessica Francis, assistant director, study abroad, has been selected to attend the Diversity Abroad Future Leaders Summit on March 30 in San Diego.

Francis is one of 20 future leaders who will participate in a full-day, hands-on workshop led by experts in the field of international education. Fully funded by Diversity Abroad and CIEE, the Summit will allow participants to learn concrete ideas for driving change at their home institutions while enjoying an opportunity to share best practices.

Francis was nominated based on her work at in supporting diverse student populations throughout the study abroad process.

Last year, Wake Forest University was awarded an  IIE Andrew Heiskell Award for Innovation in International Education in recognition of its Magnolia Abroad Access Program (MAAP) for study abroad. The Institute of International Education (IIE) awards honor the most outstanding initiatives in international higher education among its 1,100 member institutions.

MAAP is a collaboration between Wake Forest’s Center for International Studies and the University’s Magnolia Scholars Program for first-generation college students.

Davis organizes cleanup of historic cemetery

20101202davis3530On Feb. 22, Wake Forest volunteers and other members of the community worked together to clean Odd Fellows Cemetery at an event organized by David Davis, manager of landscaping services.

Odd Fellows was created in 1911 and served as the only burial site for black residents for years. Since the 1950s, the cemetery has fallen into disrepair.

Davis organized the service project through the North Carolina Branch of the Professional Grounds Management Society. He was inspired by the story of Deltra Bonner, whose aunt’s gravesite was recently rediscovered.

“I felt led to do something,” Davis said.

Volunteers sowed grass, planted 2,500 flower bulbs and cleared away litter. They also worked to remove a tree that fell last June.

James Clyburn, president of the Friends of Odd Fellows Inc., appreciated the volunteers’ efforts. “It’s very exciting to see people to come out and help clean up a cemetery that’s been in disarray for over 30 to 40 years,” he said.

Derrick Boone, associate dean for the Masters of the Arts in Management program at the University, brought his son to the event to teach him the value of service and history. Dedee Johnston, director of the Wake Forest Office of Sustainability, organized students to volunteer at the event. “This is a culturally significant site,” she said. “This is a great opportunity to bring some dignity back to the space.”

Read the full story in the Winston-Salem Journal.

Nationwide search for dean of WFU School of Business begins

business.schoolA nationwide search for the next dean of our School of Business has begun with the formation of a search committee and the selection of a search consultant. This search and the appointment of a new dean are among the University’s most important priorities this year. We have a signal opportunity to build on the remarkable progress and success that the School has experienced under Steve Reinemund’s leadership, and expect that this position will be particularly attractive to talented and experienced candidates of a wide range of backgrounds.

Provost Rogan Kersh will be chairing the faculty-based search committee and is most grateful to the following fellow-members who have agreed to participate in this vital process:

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Gladding to deliver Poteat Lecture on arts and mental health

Sam GladdingSamuel Gladding, chair and professor of counseling, will deliver the Hubert McNeill Poteat Lecture and receive the 2014 Poteat Lecture award in recognition of his research and scholarship.

Gladding’s interactive presentation, “Beyond Active Listening: Creativity, the Arts and Positive Mental Health,” will be held on Mon., March 3 at 4 p.m. in the Kulynych Auditorium at the Porter Byrum Welcome Center.

“From the ancient Egyptians to the Elizabethans to now, I’ll be discussing how people throughout history have used creative processes and the arts to promote positive mental health,” Gladding said. He will provide an overview of the latest research on the arts and psychological health, as well as share examples of writers and artists, such as William Styron and Norman Cousins, who have used creativity and humor to “gain and regain health and wellness.”

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Whittington accepts position at National Mining Hall of Fame

20120117anthropology7378Stephen L. Whittington, director of Wake Forest’s Museum of Anthropology, has accepted a position as executive director of the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum in Leadville, Colo.

As of March 3, Sara Cromwell will serve as interim assistant director and will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Museum. Steven Folmar, assistant professor of anthropology, will serve as interim academic director.

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Broyhill Executive Lecture Series “Leading Out Loud” presents Daniel (Daan) Delen

What does it take to begin a successful journey? Reynolds American CEO and President Daniel (Daan) Delen says it takes a single step, but you’d better pack a lunch.

Delen will be the keynote speaker for the Broyhill Executive Lecture Series “Leading Out Loud” on Friday, Feb. 28 from 4-5 p.m. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place in the Broyhill Auditorium in Farrell Hall.

“Leading Out Loud” is a Wake Forest University School of Business lecture series created to educate and inspire students through exposure to industry leaders who shape today’s business world. This series is made possible by the generous support of the Broyhill Family Foundation of Lenoir, N.C.

Reynolds American is the official MBA case sponsor for the 24th Annual Marketing Summit, which begins today. The Marketing Summit is a three-day competition and the longest-running student-led event at the School of Business. More information is available at www.marketingsummitlive.com.

Former professor Litcher dies

John Litcher on motorcycle (1977)John H. Litcher (P ’83, ’85), who taught a generation of education students how to become great teachers, died Feb. 22 after a lengthy illness. He was 75.

Litcher was also regarded for his community service and was a support team member and a past president of the Lewisville (NC) Fire Department.

A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. on March 8 at Lewisville Fire Department Station 13, 9420 Shallowford Road, Lewisville, N.C.

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Dungy headlines Leadership Project inaugural event

President Nathan O. Hatch sent the following message to the entire campus community this morning:

Dear Wake Forest students, faculty and staff,

I am pleased to announce the Leadership Project, a bold new initiative that engages Wake Forest students and our broader community in a personal and reflective conversation with leaders who span diverse career paths, generations and worldviews.

Intimate, enlightening, and revealing, the mission of the Leadership Project is to invite leaders to Wake Forest who will share their personal principles, triumphs, and challenges. In turn, students and guests from the community will consider their own humanity, values and skills and learn how to channel them in meaningful ways.

In its inaugural event on Wednesday, March 26 at 6:30 p.m., the Leadership Project will present legendary football coach and bestselling author Tony Dungy to speak in Wait Chapel. Doors to the event will open at 5:45 p.m. with seating on a first-come, first-served basis.

Dungy led the Indianapolis Colts to a Super Bowl victory in 2007, the first such win for an African-American coach. He joined the Colts in 2002 after serving as the most successful head coach in the history of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Widely recognized as an inspirational champion both on and off the field, Dungy has authored several books on topics of significance, such as living life with integrity, courage, strength and purpose.

In keeping with our mission to educate the whole person, Dungy seemed a natural choice to kick off such an important and meaningful conversation – both online (#wfuleads) and offline – about one of society’s most pressing issues today. The Leadership Project reaffirms Wake Forest’s promise to prepare students to lead lives that matter – building upon existing programs, courses and career development opportunities to help students discover who they are, understand what’s required to become an effective leader, and determine what actions to take to improve their own personal development.

Bioethics Semester Online course show & tell

Spring 2014 marked the launch of Wake Forest’s first Semester Online course, “Introduction to Bioethics.” Biology professor Carole Browne, the instructor for the online class offered to qualified college students from anywhere in the world, will walk alumni, faculty, students and staff through her lesson plan and share her experiences teaching in this environment on Monday, March 3 from 12-1 p.m.

“Introduction to Bioethics” explores contemporary issues in bioethics, including responsible conduct in research, implications of technological advances in biology, environmental issues and controversies in health care and medical practices. Browne is currently running two sections of the course, one fully online for Semester Online students and one blended for Wake Forest students.

The event will take place in Reynolda 301. Faculty may bring a lunch and refreshments will also be provided. Those interested in attending should RSVP via this link http://pdc.wfu.edu/event/p7586VB4V6n/.

Wake Forest joined the Semester Online Consortium in September 2013. The first-of-its-kind program offers for-credit undergraduate courses through a consortium of top-tier universities.

Semester Online’s roster of nationally renowned colleges and universities includes Boston College, Brandeis University, Emory University, Northwestern University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Notre Dame, and Washington University in St. Louis in addition to Wake Forest.

The full news release announcing the new initiative is posted on the Wake Forest news site.

 

Google email delays for faculty and staff

Information Systems is working with Google to resolve a problem with the delivery of email messages to faculty and staff today. A fraction of email messages are not being delivered promptly but are being held for delayed delivery. At this time, there is no estimated time of resolution.

Please check the Information Systems status line at 336-758-4357, option 1, for regular updates about this issue.