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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.

Hatch to participate in September panel discussions

Wake Forest President Nathan O. Hatch gives his annual State of the University address in Brendle Recital Hall on Tuesday, October 6, 2015.

Wake Forest President Nathan O. Hatch

Wake Forest President Nathan O. Hatch is scheduled to participate in two Triad panel discussions in September.  Both are ticketed events open to the public.

On Sept. 12, Hatch will join presidents of five North Carolina universities and colleges in a free-flowing discussion of the present and future course of higher education at The Governor Morehead Forum.  The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the historic Carolina Theatre in Greensboro, 310 Greene St.

D.G. Martin, an educator and host of “Bookwatch” on UNC-TV, will moderate a wide-ranging 90-minute exchange with Hatch; Richard Broadhead, Duke University; Jane Fernandes, Guilford College; Phyllis Worthy Dawkins, Bennett College; Leo Lambert, Elon University; and Carol Quillen, Davidson College.

Additional information about the event is here.  Arrangements have been made for Wake Forest alumni to obtain tickets and sit in a block.

On Sept. 13, Hatch will participate in a luncheon event presented by the Winston-Salem Tech Council as part of its annual speaker series.  The “From Tobacco to Technology Book Launch” event will celebrate the publication of author Frank Elliot’s book titled “From Tobacco to Technology.”  The event will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 pm. at Wake Forest Biotech Place, 575 N. Patterson Ave., in Wake Forest Innovation Quarter.

Discussion participants will include Hatch; Elliot; Vernon George, principal of George, Henry, George Partners; Michael Adler, director of the Office of Technology Transfer at Brigham Young University; Eric Tomlinson, chief innovation officer of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and president of Wake Forest Innovation Quarter; and John McConnell, CEO, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

More details are available here.

Comings and Goings for July 2016

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A message from President Hatch

This message was e-mailed from Wake Forest President Nathan O. Hatch today to students, faculty and staff:

Welcome to the Fall 2016 semester at Wake Forest! Some of you are returning from months abroad, others are coming from eye-opening internships, several have been refreshed by time with friends and family, and many are just starting their college experience. As we welcome new faces and reunite with familiar ones, I look forward to what we will do together as a campus community this semester.

At Wake Forest, we are surrounded by opportunity. It is up to each one of us to decide if we will take advantage of it or let it pass by, if we will respond to it with enthusiasm or indifference. It is up to each one of us how we will allow it to shape us.

In our approach to work, we champion the exploration of ideas, celebrate the depths of curiosity and relish the pursuit of excellence. So ask questions – of professors, colleagues, friends and strangers. Meet new people; share your thoughts; consider others’ perspectives.

And just as we share knowledge and chase after ideas in the classroom, let us apply that same interest to one another. Engage in hard conversations with kindness and respect. Laugh and find enjoyment in the company of friends and neighbors. Learn life lessons from voices with experience.

At the beginning of this semester, let me draw your attention to a few events and opportunities that might be of interest.

  • The Voices of our Time Lecture Series presents “An Evening of Perspective with Peggy Noonan” on Thursday, September 8 at 6 p.m. in Brendle Recital Hall. In the midst of a contentious presidential election season, I invite you to hear from someone who has been on the front lines of politics. Ms. Noonan is a former presidential speechwriter as well as an acclaimed columnist for The Wall Street Journal. Click here for more information.
  • Arrive and Thrive on Thursday, September 22. As we start a new semester, let us find ways to achieve balance in all aspects of our lives. Join us on Manchester Plaza to explore eight dimensions of wellbeing. Learn more here.
  • Family Weekend. Introduce your family to life on campus through various activities occurring October 7-9. Click herefor more information.

Undoubtedly, there are many more opportunities on the calendar, in your classes and in your many conversations. I hope you will take advantage of what might be natural for you, and what might challenge you in new ways.

I’m looking forward to a great semester. Welcome back!


Nathan O. Hatch, President

August 2016 staff milestones

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Wake Forest Crime Announcement: Indecent exposure reported

This is a message emailed to students, faculty and staff on Aug. 29 by Communications and External Relations:

The Wake Forest University Police Department is investigating two incidents today in which an unidentified man exposed himself shortly after 9:30 a.m. to students walking along the paved walking trail that leads from campus to Reynolda Village. On campus, the trail to the Village begins next to Parking Lot S2, across Faculty Drive from Winston Hall.

The man fled on foot immediately after the incidents, which occurred approximately a minute apart.  With the assistance of a University security camera on the trail, University Police investigators have reviewed recorded video of the incidents and have obtained a detailed description of the man.

He is described as a slender white man in his 20s with shoulder-length brown hair, a mustache and a close-cut beard.  Much of his left arm is tattooed.  At the time of the incidents, he was wearing gray shorts and a red sweatshirt.  After the incidents, he ran away toward Reynolda Village.  He took off the sweatshirt and placed it in a black backpack. While running away, he had a dark t-shirt on, in addition to his shorts.

According to police, the first incident occurred at 9:34 a.m. when a female graduate student was walking on the trail toward campus.  Near a small bridge on the trail, a man came out of a wooded area and exposed himself.  The woman continued walking toward campus.

About a minute later, another female graduate student walking toward campus came across the man at the same location, where he exposed himself to her.  She screamed and ran, catching up to the other woman.  In a few minutes, they came across a University Police officer and reported the incident.

The University Police Department asks anyone with information that may assist in the investigation to call University Police at 336-758-5591.  They may also use the police department’s Silent Witness online reporting system or theUniversity LiveSafe app.  If someone sees a man they suspect is the perpetrator, they are urged to call the department’s emergency number at 336-758-5911.

Labor Day will be a staff holiday

Labor Day, which will be observed on Monday, Sept. 5, will be a staff holiday at Wake Forest.  Meanwhile, classes are scheduled to be in session in most academic units of the University.

According to Human Resources, no campus-wide early closing will take place on Friday, Sept. 2.

New weekly prayer service begins Aug. 31

“Called Together: The Prayers of the People” is a new weekly prayer service at Wake Forest that will begin Aug. 31.

The series of services, which will be held at noon on Wednesdays in Davis Chapel, was organized by the Office the Chaplain and Religious Life.  The services will last minutes.

Each week will be led by a particular faith tradition.  All faith practices are welcomed.  And, all people are welcome to participate in every service.

This is the initial schedule for the prayer service:

–Aug. 31, Protestant Evangelical Tradition
–Sept. 7, Catholic Tradition
–Sept. 14, Black Church Tradition
–Sept. 21, Global Prayers
–Sept. 28, Interfaith Array
–Oct. 5, Muslim Tradition
–Oct. 12, Jewish Tradition

The series of services is an effort to address the crises and traumatic events that happen, but receive varying amounts of attention and response, according to the Associate Chaplain K. Monet Rice-Jalloh.

“Each week, prayers will be lifted for global issues that are brought to our attention that need both prayers and people motivated by prayer to affect change,” she said.

Marcellus Waddill: memorial services to be held Aug. 27

This announcement was emailed to faculty and staff earlier this week:

We are saddened to announce that Marcellus Waddill, professor emeritus of mathematics, died on August 24 in Winston-Salem.

Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. August 27 at College Park Baptist Church in Winston-Salem.  Family will greet guests following the service in Smith Hall at the church. Additional information is available in a Winston-Salem Journal obituary published today.

Dr. Waddill joined Wake Forest’s faculty in 1962 and retired in 1997.  He was the recipient of many honors at Wake Forest during his 35-year career at the University.

We grieve Dr. Waddill’s death and extend our condolences to his family and friends, as well as those at Wake Forest who had the opportunity to know him.

Wake Forest offers support and counseling services for all students, faculty and staff.  The Counseling Center may be reached at 336-758-5273, the Chaplain’s Office at 336-758-5210.  For faculty and staff, there is also the Employee Assistance Program at 336-716-5493.

August 2016 faculty milestones

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