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Professor Emeritus of History Ed Hendricks dies

20090512.hendricks.495x260We are saddened to report that J. Edwin “Ed” Hendricks, professor emeritus of history, died March 27 in Winston-Salem.

Dr. Hendricks accepted his first and only faculty appointment as an Early American specialist at Wake Forest College in 1961. He retired in 2009.

We grieve Dr. Hendricks’ death and extend our condolences to his family and friends, as well as those at Wake Forest who had the opportunity to know him. A service celebrating his life will be held April 4 at 2 p.m. at College Park Baptist Church, 1701 Polo Road, Winston-Salem, with a reception to follow in Smith Hall at the church. Memorial gifts may be made to the J. Edwin Hendricks Scholarship Fund in care of the Deacon Club, 499 Deacon Blvd., Winston-Salem, NC 27105.

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

88.5 WFDD launches new fundraising strategy

WFDD.logo.forinside88.5 WFDD, the public radio station licensed to Wake Forest University, begins its spring pledge drive on April 6, but is attempting to reach its goal of $280,000 without the traditional interruptions to programming. The station is calling this effort a “Warp Drive,” and will be sharing fundraising messages in short on-air spots, live mentions during regular station breaks, via emails to its mailing list, and on social media.

Sara Chisesi, Membership Coordinator at 88.5 WFDD, said that the Warp Drive plan was inspired by other stations around the country that have found success with this type of effort. “We know that our listeners love the programming—that’s what they tune in to hear—so we always want to provide it with as few interruptions as possible. In the past several years, we’ve made a concerted effort to reduce the number of on-air pledge drives days we have, routinely coming in under the national average. But when we learned of other stations having success with a drive that didn’t interrupt programming at all, we knew we had to give it a try.”

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Faculty and staff data protection

Beginning April 1, the University will begin managing encryption with Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring (MBAM) on University desktop computers and laptop computers used by faculty and staff.

MBAM protects sensitive computer data in the event that a computer is lost or stolen and improves compliance with FERPA and other security best practices. At this time, MBAM will only manage Microsoft Windows computers. Apple products will not be managed by this system.

You will notice no change on computers already encrypted with BitLocker. If your computer is not yet encrypted, your computer will automatically encrypt as part of this transition and you may see a dialog box titled BitLocker Drive Encryption. Learn more about the use of MBAM on the MBAM Bitlocker Key Recovery Web page.

If you do not create a backup of your data on a regular basis, Information Systems suggest that you do so before April 1. Use our Backup Options webpage to assist you.

If you have questions concerning this message or need assistance, please contact Information Systems at or 336-758-4357 (HELP).

Jazz concert Friday to benefit Habitat for Humanity

300x175.20100727.hall1132Wake Forest security officer Patricia Hall loves smooth jazz, and she loves Habitat for Humanity. She has organized and produced a jazz concert, “Jazz at the Bistro With Chip Shearin,” to be held on Friday, March 27 at the Winston-Salem Hotel & Spa. (3050 University Parkway) A portion of the ticket money will go to Habitat. The cost is $10.

“I love Habitat. I have to include Habitat whenever I do something,” Hall, a Habitat homeowner, told writer Lynn Felder in a recent interview for the Winston-Salem Journal.

In 2012, she traveled to El Salvador for nine days with Habitat for Humanity helping build a home for a family living in substandard conditions.

Innovative teaching leads to new Winston-Salem music festival


By Madeline Stone, Wake Forest news office intern

He wanted to put on a rock show. They wanted to learn entrepreneurial skills for the real world. Assistant professor of practice Len Neighbors decided to combine the two and have the students in his Arts Entrepreneurship class build a music festival from the ground up.

Offered as a year-long class that focuses on both communication and entrepreneurship, Len’s students have been meeting once a week since August to plan a music festival that both Wake Forest and Winston-Salem can enjoy. Under Neighbors’ guidance, students have done everything from branding the festival to promoting it to booking acts and venues.

In this Q&A, Neighbors talks about the birth of DashPop and how he made the idea fit with his academic goals.

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A message from Wake Forest’s new Dean of the College

michele.gillespie.300x175A message to faculty and staff from Wake Forest’s new Dean of the College Michele Gillespie

Dear Colleagues,

By now, the news has been shared that I will be taking on a new role at Wake Forest. It is a privilege to be selected as the next dean of the College.

I am eager to support the faculty in our pursuit of the teacher-scholar ideal and to support the staff in their commitment to our community.

I think we all embrace what is timeless and true about our liberal arts tradition—the quest for knowledge, the open exchange of ideas, independent thought, appreciation for diversity and difference, and commitment to the collective good. Such an education nurtures exploration, imagination and creativity—indispensable qualities in our increasingly complex 21st century world.

Wake Forest is a special place. We are a community of passionate educators, gifted researchers and talented staff. We pursue academic excellence. We cherish our community. We embrace Pro Humanitate.

I am grateful for this new opportunity, and I look forward to working together with those faculty and staff who have been with Wake Forest for many years and those who are newer to our community in pursuit of academic excellence and the education of the whole person.

Michele Gillespie named Dean of the College

A message from Provost Rogan Kersh

michele.gillespie.275x275President Hatch and I are delighted to report that, after an extensive national search, Wake Forest’s Presidential Endowed Professor of Southern History Michele Gillespie has been named the new Dean of the College. She will officially assume leadership of the College on July 1. I am immensely grateful to my search-committee colleagues who provided valuable insights throughout this process.

Dr. Gillespie joined the Wake Forest faculty in 1999. She was named Kahle Family Professor of History in 2003 and served as associate provost for academic initiatives from 2007-2010. In 2013, she was the first Wake Forest faculty member to be honored with an endowed Presidential Chair, which recognizes and supports faculty who excel in both academic leadership and outstanding scholarship. She also currently serves as the faculty representative to the Advancement Committee of our Board of Trustees and is a member of the University Senate.

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Leo Ellison, professor emeritus of health & exercise science, dies

5510d3da8e97c.imageWe are saddened to report that Leo Ellison, associate professor emeritus of health and exercise science, died March 21 in Winston-Salem.

Professor Ellison joined the Wake Forest faculty in 1957 and retired in 1999.

We grieve Professor Ellison’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.

A service celebrating his life will be held March 28 at 2 p.m. at Wait Chapel. Additional details are available in an obituary in the Winston-Salem Journal.

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

Reminder: Nominate a ‘Champion of Change’

unnamedWake Forest’s Office of Sustainability is now accepting nominations for Champions of Change.

Have you facilitated a change to a sustainable practice on campus? Are you teaching a sustainability-focused course or leading a research effort with sustainability-centered outcomes?

On April 22 Wake Forest will host its second annual Champions of Change award ceremony. Complete this form by March 27 to nominate yourself or someone else as a Champion of Change for campus sustainability.

Categories include: Resource Conservation; Academics; Service and Social Action and Bright Ideas.

Click here for a list of last year’s winners.

Provost Kersh to address Faculty Senate

Rogan KershAt the invitation of the Faculty Senate, Provost Rogan Kersh will give his annual address to the University on Monday, March 30 at 4 p.m. in Benson University Center, Pugh Auditorium.

The Faculty Senate enthusiastically invites all Wake Forest faculty and staff to attend. Provost Kersh will speak about priorities, and the challenges and opportunities that face our academic mission and programs. The Senate is soliciting questions to ask Provost Kersh.

Please email your questions to Gale Sigal at or send your question anonymously to Gale Sigal in the English department via interoffice mail.