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Could today be Wake Forest’s million dollar day?

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Today is the launch of what we hope will be a record-setting million dollar day for the Wake Forest Fund.

If we can raise $500K or secure 2,000 donors for The Wake Forest Fund, generous donors have pledged to match that with an additional $500K.

There will be emails, phone calls and a social media blitz to help us reach our goal in 24 hours. Here are a few ways that you can join the cause and help us make history:

  • Spread the word to alumni, parents and friends by using #WakeWill
  • Share via your personal Instagram, Facebook or Twitter accounts and use #WakeWill
  • Follow, retweet and repost from the Wake Forest social media accounts: TwitterInstagram and/or Facebook 

Thank you in advance for your support.

Morant named GWU law dean

dean.morant.300x175President Nathan Hatch sent the following message to faculty, staff and students:

After seven years of exemplary service to Wake Forest University as Dean of the School of Law, Blake D. Morant will become Dean of George Washington University Law School on Sept. 1, 2014.

Under Dean Morant’s leadership, the Wake Forest School of Law has thrived despite the turbulent times legal education and the industry have faced nationally. As Dean since 2007, his tenure has seen a 13-point rise in U.S. News & World Report’s rankings to 31st, the law school’s highest-ever ranking. That rise also represents the highest jump by any law school ranked in the Top 50 in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

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Professor Gloria Muday receives Outstanding Alumni Award

Gloria MudayGloria Muday, the director for the Center for Molecular Communication and Signaling and professor in the department of biology at Wake Forest University, has received the Outstanding Alumni Award from the department of biochemistry at Virginia Tech.

Each year the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences honors one alum from each department who graduated more than 10 years ago for achievements since graduation. Muday received a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry in 1984.

WFU Police Department receives award

20140318police4852The Wake Forest University Police Department has, once again, met the requirements
for Accreditation by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators
(IACLEA).

The Accreditation is awarded by the Board of Directors and IACLEA Accreditation Commission for a period of four years to those agencies demonstrating a commitment to the highest professional practices in campus public safety management, administration, operations and support services.

Chief Regina Lawson will be on hand at the awards presentation during the Opening General Session of the IACLEA Annual Conference in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, held June 20-24.

Aiken receives Bill J. Leonard Distinguished Service Award

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For his lifetime service to the community, Michael “Mike” Aiken received this year’s Bill J. Leonard Distinguished Service Award Pro Fide Et Humanitate from the Wake Forest University School of Divinity. Aiken, who graduated from Wake Forest in 1971, has served as executive director of Greensboro Urban Ministry, a non-profit organization that serves the Greater Greensboro area, for more than 25 years. The agency offers food and emergency financial assistance, emergency and transitional shelter, and rapid rehousing.

The award, established by James M. Dunn, Resident Professor of Christianity and Public Policy, and his wife, Marilyn, honors the life contributions of Bill J. Leonard as teacher, scholar, historian, and first dean of the School of Divinity.

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Beam joins the Wake Forest Charlotte Center

Joanne O’Brien Beam (’84) recently returned to her alma mater as chief development officer and director of non-degree programs at the Wake Forest University Charlotte Center.

Beam’s dual role is important and timely as the University continues to expand the use of its flexible 30,000 square foot facility in Uptown Charlotte. As chief development officer, Beam will be responsible for fundraising in the Charlotte metro area. As director of non-degree programs, she will further develop and oversee certificate programs, workshops, guest lectures and networking opportunities relating to the Executive Education Series “Essentials of Business for Nonprofit Organizations,” the “College LAUNCH for Leadership” Program and “For the Love of Learning” program.

An experienced fundraiser, planner, and presenter, Beam most recently served as founding partner and president of Capstone Advancement Partners, where she helped a wide range of non-profit organizations – from higher education institutions to health and human service organizations – meet their development needs. Her experience includes assisting non-profit clients with capital and endowment campaigns, major gift programs, strategic planning, start-up plans and programs, volunteer and staff training, and board development and governance. Beam’s fundraising experience began at Wake Forest in 1989, where she served as associate director of advancement.

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Leadership Development Program focuses on a global WFU

ironwork.300x175Congratulations to the 2013-14 Leadership Development Program (LDP) participants: Miriam Ashley-Ross, Nate French, Allison McWilliams, Tim Auman, Anne Hardcastle, Paige Meltzer, Alessandra Beasley Von Burg, Robert Hellyer, Matt Merrick, Andrea Bohn, Beth Hoagland, Lori Messer, Christy Buchanan, Brad Jones, José Villalba, Thomas Dowling, Angela Mazaris, Ron Von Berg

Program participants included 18 faculty and staff from various departments across campus that serve in leadership roles.

The nine-month program kicked off last August with a two-day intensive session structured around a 360° assessment for each member. The developmental topics offered throughout the year included: Leading Authentically, Communicating Authentically, Powerful Conversations, Reinventing Diversity, Thriving in Times of Change, Leading with Your Strengths, and Leading Authentically: Putting it all Together.

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Preparations for Dr. Maya Angelou’s memorial service

As Wake Forest assists in preparing for Dr. Maya Angelou’s memorial service, event planners are striving to meet the substantial security, parking and traffic management and other important needs associated with Saturday’s service.  Dr. Angelou’s family appreciates the generous support and cooperation demonstrated in recent days by our campus community.

Event planners need the help and flexibility of University faculty and staff to create a successful service. Event planners have attempted to identify all activities planned to take place on campus between 6 p.m. Friday, June 6 and 2 p.m. Saturday, June 7. Activities planned between these hours are likely to experience significant disruption due to security measures preventing easy access to campus and causing traffic and parking issues.

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Marsh elected to the American College of Real Estate Lawyers

tanya.marsh.300x175Professor Tanya Marsh has been elected a Fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL), the premier organization of U.S. real estate lawyers.

Admission to ACREL is by invitation only, following nomination and a rigorous peer review process, according to the organization. An election to fellowship is extended only to those with outstanding legal ability who observe high standards of professional and ethical conduct and have contributed substantially to the improvement of real estate law. Members of ACREL are distinguished, nationally-known lawyers who have a minimum of 10 years experience in real estate law.

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Summer Technology Exploration Program grants awarded

The Office of the Provost and the Office of the Dean of the College are pleased to announce this year’s STEP Grant recipients. Faculty of the College and ZSR were encouraged to explore technology-enhanced teaching, learning, research, scholarly and creative work, or the development of course materials and online courses for summer 2014 and the academic year 2014-15.

Proposals for development of online courses for non-resident students in summer school were reviewed by the Online Education Committee (OLEC), while proposals for other exploration of technology were evaluated by the Committee on Information Technology (CIT).

The awarded recipients and respective projects are as follows:

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