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VeriCite pilot continues for 2016-17


This is a guest post from the Learning Management System Team:

The Information Technology Executive Committee  has approved an extended pilot of VeriCite for the 2016-2017 academic year. VeriCite is a cloud-based service that helps to verify the originality of student work. It also can help to facilitate proper citation techniques and paraphrasing skills when used as a tool to enhance instruction through student reflection.

The Sakai Learning Management System Team has received multiple requests from faculty for this type of service. We have decided to pilot VeriCite because it was designed to easily integrate into Sakai. If faculty choose to participate in this pilot, students submit their paper through the assignment tool within their Sakai course. VeriCite automatically generates an “originality report” to the student and faculty.

How to Participate in the VeriCite pilot: The pilot is open to any Wake Forest faculty teaching a course in the Sakai learning management system utilizing the assignment tool during the Fall 2016 or Spring 2017 semester. Please go to the following URL ( to register for the workshop Building a Student Culture of Academic Integrity: The Role of Anti-Plagiarism Software.

Workshops are scheduled for Aug. 24 and 25. To learn more about the pilot visit If you have any questions regarding this pilot please email

Sakai workshops available to faculty

This is a guest post from the Learning Management System Team:

Wake Forest’s Learning Management System Team will be hosting a variety of Sakai related workshops to kick off the 2016-2017 academic year. This includes a general introduction to Sakai for faculty who are new to the system or would like a refresher.

A new offering,”Technology Confidence Camp: Sakai,” is a low-enrollment workshop and is suitable for those faculty who would like to build their technology confidence.

Sakai’s Lesson Builder, popular among faculty transitioning to a flipped classroom, is used to create structured units of learning containing multiple pages and subpages for arrangement and delivery of content organized by lesson. Additional tools within Lessons: polls, student-generated content with rubric grading and peer review, gradable comments, and embedded videos.

Please register for Sakai workshops on the PDC website (

Information Systems announces new guest WiFi service

Information Systems sent this email to students, faculty and staff on Aug. 17:

Information Systems is pleased to announce the launch of a new guest WiFi service. The new service called WFUguest is comparable to what is commonly available at hotels, airports, coffee shops, colleges and universities. It is designed to make access to the Internet for campus visitors easily accessible through a simple self-service process. Campus visitors will now no longer need to obtain special credentials from the Service Desk (Bridge). The WFUguest network isolates guest wireless traffic from our secure campus wireless network. Students, faculty and staff will continue to use the secure campus wireless, WFUwireless.

What do I need to do/know?

On Monday, Aug. 22, between 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., Information Systems will:

  • add WFUguest
  • rename WFUvisitor to WFUmydevices
  • Campus guests may select WFUguest from the list of available networks, open a browser, and accept an Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) to gain network access
  • Any existing visitor accounts sponsored prior to this change and all devices registered through the mydevices portal will continue to work but the users will need to point those devices to the new WFUmydevices network name that is replacing WFUvisitor

To learn more about our campus wireless networks, visit our web page.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact the Information Systems Service Desk at or 336-758-4357 (HELP).

Student Health Service posts information on Zika virus

Wake Forest’s Student Health Service has posted updated information on its website about the Zika virus outbreak in several countries.  Website visitors will find a lengthy FAQ on Zika in the Western Hemisphere with numerous links to information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In addition, the University’s Center for Global Programs and Studies has provided to all fall 2016 outbound student travelers information related to the Zika virus and recommendations for personal protective measures.

Law professor organizes special event with Justice Ginsburg

This is a guest post from the School of Law:

Wake Forest Law’s Professor Richard Schneider and the Honorable U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg sat on the judicial panel of a “Merchant of Venice” mock appeal hearing on July 27 in the Jewish Ghetto of Venice, Italy. The mock hearing, which was organized by Professor Schneider at Justice Ginsburg’s request, was part of a series of events hosted by Compagnia de’ Colombari and Ca ‘Foscari University of Venice in celebration of the intersection of the 500th anniversary of the formation of the Jewish Ghetto in Venice and the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

Other events include symposia, lectures by Shakespeare scholars Stephen Greensblatt of Harvard University and James Shapiro of Columbia University, receptions and a six-performance production of “The Merchant of Venice,” marking the first time the play was performed in its historic, famous setting.

Students in Professor Schneider’s summer Law, Literature, and Culture course, which addressed “The Merchant of Venice” and other Italian literature, accompanied Professor Schneider to Venice and participated in several of the events. Students observed the oral arguments and attended a reception with the involved dignitaries, such as U.S. Ambassador to Italy John R. Philips, another member of the judicial panel, and Justice Ginsburg. Justice Ginsburg also spent a day with the students and lectured on the high court and its work, as she has done twice before for Professor Schneider’s class in Venice.

Professor Schneider was featured in the New York Times article, “Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Presides Over Shylock’s Appeal,” for his contributions to the “Merchant of Venice” project, as well as in Lisa Snedeker’s Huffington Post blog entry, “Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hears A Different Argument,” both on July 27.

MTV series on controversial cases to feature Wake Forest faculty

A new MTV television series, “Unlocking the Truth,” is expected to feature Wake Forest faculty in an examination of a criminal case that has involved the School of Law’s Innocence and Justice Clinic.

Interviews for the new documentary series were filmed, in part, at Wake Forest for an episode focused on Kalvin Michael Smith, a man from Winston-Salem convicted in the assault of Jill Marker at a Winston-Salem retail business.  Smith is incarcerated at a North Carolina prison.

The series premieres at 11 p.m. Aug. 17.  The case associated with Smith is introduced in the first episode, but is examined closely in the second episode.

Some of the filming occurred at the offices of the Innocence and Justice Clinic at the School of Law in Worrell Professional Center.  The center is directed by Mark Rabil, who is among those interviewed for the series.

More information is available on the School of Law website.

Faculty publications: July updates

Coates, Benjamin Allen. (History). Legalist Empire: International Law and American Foreign Relations in the Early Twentieth Century. Oxford University Press. July 2016.

Yamane, David. (Sociology). Handbook of Religion and Society. Springer. June 2016.

Wake Forest freshening up outdoor furniture, games

Three years after Wake Forest launched a program to promote more outdoor relaxation and fun on campus, the University is freshening up the program with new furniture, games and more.

When students return to campus this month, they will find the University has replaced all of the outdoor furniture installed in 2013, added more “giant” games, repaired the carts that store countless games, added new games to those carts, and more.

Back then, university administrators said they hoped to interrupt students’ regular routines a bit and get them to add a healthy measure of spontaneity and play to their campus activities.  In planning the program, Wake Forest consulted closely with Biederman Redevelopment Ventures Corp. a group with significant experience turning underused open spaces into areas for passers-by to stop and appreciate.

University staff say the program is a success and they want to keep it going with this fall semester’s improvements.

Part of this updating involves a deliberate effort to link the entire program more closely with Thrive, a comprehensive, campus-wide initiative to promote wellbeing among the entire campus community.  For instance, various carts and equipment will carry the popular Thrive logo.

Here’s what’s new for the fall semester:

–New furniture replaces the original furniture.
–Game carts are newly repaired and stocked with new games and sports equipment.
–Carts and equipment are branded with the Thrive logo.
–The giant chess and giant connect four games will be joined by giant Wake Forest Jenga and Demon Deacon corn hole. Giant games can be checked out by contacting Leigh Myers at
–Students have been hired by Campus Life to play the outdoor piano during “high traffic” times on Hearn Plaza.

Helping Wake Forest with this program are 19 student employees who are part of Campus Life’s Event Resource Management (ERM) staff.  ERM staff are available seven days a week to assist with various activities on campus.

Students headed to campus can find quick details on weather

When students and their families leave home to travel to Wake Forest later this month, questions they may have about the weather on campus can be answered in detail thanks to recently-installed WeatherSTEM stations on top of the Miller Center and the scoreboard at BB&T Field.

The WeatherSTEM stations use a combination of weather instruments and sensors to take environmental measurements and offer frequently updated details on temperature, humidity, the heat index, barometric pressure and much more.

Each station includes a sky camera, with one directed toward Kentner Stadium, Farrell Hall and Wait Chapel, while the other camera is directed across BB&T Field.

Anyone with access to the internet can visit the web sites for the weather stations located at the Miller Center and BB&T Field.  Each web site– and–has a link to the other. The links are labeled “WEATHERSTEM UNITS” and can be found at the top right side of the sites. Continue reading »

Wake Forest’s Fan Fest set for August 13

Wake Forest hosts the Unrivaled tailgate party to celebrate members of giving societies before the home football game on Friday, October 30, 2015.

Wake Forest Athletics’ Fan Fest will be held Aug. 13 at BB&T Field.  Fans will be allowed on the field at 5 p.m., but they are invited to arrive early to watch the football team in an open scrimmage at 2 p.m.

The team will scrimmage from 2 to 4 p.m., then return to the field at 5 p.m. with student-athletes from other fall sports.  They will be available for autographs and pictures. Coaches and players will be present to meet fans.  Other activities will include food and drinks, inflatable games, face painting and special appearances by the Demon Deacon and the Wake Forest spirit squad.

Football ticket representatives will be on hand, also, for those wanting to participate in Select-Your-Seat, which allows fans to reserve season tickets for the 2016 football season.

Fan Fest admission and parking is free.

For more information, contact the Wake Forest sports marketing department at 336-758-5010.