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Proposals funded: Guthold, Marsh, Rejeski

Jack Rejeski


Tony Marsh


Martin Guthold


Congratulations to Martin Guthold, professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Comprehensive Cancer Center Grant: Fall 2014” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and by [subaward/subcontract from] Wake Forest University Health Sciences (WFU funding agency).

Congratulations to Tony Marsh, professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Cooperative Lifestyle Intervention Project (CLIP II)” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under award number 5R18HL076441-09.

Congratulations to Walter Rejeski, professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Cooperative Lifestyle Intervention Project (CLIP II)” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under award number 5R18HL076441-09.

Miller and Jayawickreme address the topic “Why be Good? for

Christian Miller


For a project sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation to address big life questions, professor of philosophy Christian Miller and assistant professor of psychology Eranda Jayawickreme were among eight professors from around the world invited to write essays addressing the topic, “Why be Good?” for a special feature on

In his essay, “Answering ‘Why be Good?’ for a Three-Year-Old,” Miller recounts a conversation with his three-year old son that leads to this question, “Why should I be a good boy?”  Miller explores several possible answers including: God wants us to be good people, having a good character typically makes the world a much better place, having a good character can be personally rewarding, and having a good character is its own reward.

Eranda Jayawickreme


In his essay on “Can Adversity Be Good?” Jayawickreme explores current research and says “we should be open to the possibility that significant adversity can potentially build our character.”

Miller led the Character Project to foster new advances in the study of character and Jayawickreme currently leads the Growth Initiative, which seeks to understand how adverse life events can lead to positive behavioral and cognitive changes.

March 2015 faculty publications



Aull, Laura. (English). First-Year University Writing: A Corpus-Based Study with Implications for Pedagogy. Palgrave Macmillan. March 2015.




Wake Forest Romance languages professor Tiffany Judy, Thursday, May 14, 2015.



Judy, Tiffany, & Silvia Perpiñán, Eds. (Romanace Languages). The Acquisition of Spanish in Understudied Language Pairings. John Benjamins Publishing. March 2015.

Benefits enrollment ends today

Today is the final day to enroll for benefits or elect a Flexible Spending Account for the next plan year. If you have not already enrolled, please take a few minutes to do so. You will need to enroll if you are:

  • Planning to participate in a Flexible Spending Account (you must actively enroll each year if you intend to continue your participation),
  • Making a change to your benefit elections,
  • Adding or removing a dependent(s), and/or
  • Covering an eligible spouse or same-sex domestic partner on the Medical plan.

Contact the Benefits team at or 336.758.6404 with questions.

Click here to learn more and enroll »

The enrollment deadline is Friday, May 1 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Blackmon selected to attend Southeastern Association of Housing Officers Institute

20130711blackmon3919Zachary Blackmon, residence life coordinator for the Quad area residence halls, is one of 32 participants selected to attend the Southeastern Association of Housing Officers (SEAHO) 12th annual Regional Entry Level Institute from June 3-6 in Atlanta, Ga. More than 100 people applied to attend.

Blackmon supervises the staffs in Davis, Efird, Huffman, Kitchin, Palmer, Piccolo, Poteat and Taylor residence halls.

He is an alumni of Queens University of Charlotte where he was a business and corporate communication double major. He earned his Masters of Business Administration from Wingate University. Blackmon also holds a Masters of Education from Clemson University.

March 2015 faculty and staff comings and goings

See a list of employees joining and leaving the University in March 2015:

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Curious about campus events? Questions about the University?

campus.connection.4.30.2015Join Provost Rogan Kersh and Executive Vice President Hof Milam for Campus Connections, an opportunity for staff and faculty to learn about, discuss and provide input about issues at Wake Forest University. Campus Connections is a chance to gain a greater understanding of campus issues and university changes, while interacting with colleagues. A light breakfast  will be provided.

The event will take place Thursday, April 30 in Benson 401 from 8:45 to 10 a.m.

Hof Milam to give annual financial update on April 30

Hof Milam


At the invitation of the Faculty Senate, Executive Vice President Hof Milam will give his annual financial update to the University on Thursday, April 30, at 4 p.m. in Pugh Auditorium of Benson University Center.

Milam will review the Wake Forest budget for next year, as well as provide information on the financial challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. The Senate enthusiastically invites all Wake Forest students, faculty and staff to attend.

2015-16 Faculty Fellows Announced

south.300x175Wake Forest prioritizes engagement inside and outside of the classroom. With an 11:1 student-faculty ratio and national recognition, like the U.S. News #11 ranking for undergraduate teaching, the Faculty Fellows program is an extension of the University’s teacher-scholar model.

The Faculty Fellows program increases faculty-student engagement by promoting informal, regular interactions between students and faculty in the residence halls for first-year students. The program fosters exceptional faculty-student engagement and helps to educate the whole person through enriching the intellectual, cultural, and social lives of the first-year students.

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Interdisciplinary Faculty Seminar Symposium

unnamed-1The annual Humanities Institute Interdisciplinary Faculty Seminar Symposium will take place on Thursday, April 30, in Tribble Hall.

The program will begin at 1:30 p.m. in DeTamble Auditorium with a round table discussion featuring representatives from each of this year’s interdisciplinary faculty seminars. Following a Q&A with the participants, invited guest speaker, Christopher Long will speak on “Performing Collaborative Scholarship.” Long is professor of philosophy and classics, and associate dean for graduate and undergraduate education at Penn State. The symposium will conclude with a reception in the Tribble Hall Atrium at 3 p.m.

Click here to read more about current and past Interdisciplinary Faculty Seminars.