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Wayne King

This announcement was emailed to faculty and staff on Feb. 21:

We are saddened to announce that Wayne King, associate professor emeritus of journalism, died Feb. 17.

A memorial service will be held April 1 at 11 a.m. at the Vintage Rose Chapel in Pilot Mountain.  An obituary is expected to appear in the Winston-Salem Journal later this month.

Mr. King joined Wake Forest’s faculty in 1993.  He retired in 2011.

We grieve Mr. King’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.

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Neal receives Excellence in Teaching Award from AAR

Lynn Neal

Lynn Neal, associate professor of the study of religions, recently received the Award for Excellence in Teaching from the American Academy of Religion (AAR). The award recognizes the importance of teaching and honors outstanding teaching in the field.

An interview with her will be featured in an upcoming edition of Religious Studies News.  She will also be the featured speaker at a forum at the 2017 AAR annual meeting in Boston.

Neal joined the Wake Forest faculty in 2006. She earned her doctorate in religious studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Neal teaches courses in American religious history, religion and popular culture, and religious intolerance.  Her current research examines the intersection of religion and fashion.  Her writings include “Romancing God: Evangelical Women and Inspirational Fiction” and “Evangelical Love Stories: The Triumphs and Temptations of Romantic Fiction.”  She is the co-editor of “Religious Intolerance in America: A Documentary History” and has published other works on that topic.

University Police Department’s Communications Center to move

This announcement was emailed on Feb. 20 students, faculty and staff:

During Wake Forest’s Spring Break, the University Police Department will move its communications center (which receives campus emergency calls) from Davis Residence Hall to Alumni Hall.  All other police department offices moved to Alumni Hall in January.

The communications center move will take place March 6 and 7.  Responses to 911 calls and non-emergency calls will not be affected during the move.

There will be 24/7 access to the police communications center in Alumni Hall, as there has been at Davis Residence Hall.

However, from 7 a.m. March 6 until approximately 7 a.m. March 7, faculty, staff and students are asked to call University Police if a fire alarm is activated in a building.  If activated, the alarm will sound in the building, but the automatic system that alerts the University Police Department and the Winston-Salem Fire Department will not work during this time.

Without a call from community members, the University Police Department and the Winston-Salem Fire Department may not be aware of the alarm activation.

Once the alarm systems in buildings resume operating normally, an email will be sent to students, faculty and staff.

Fire alarms in the following buildings will be affected:

–All Reynolda Campus buildings
–Athletic Facilities off campus, including Bridger Field House, the Indoor Tennis Center, the Clinical Research Center and the east concourse of BB&T Field
–Graylyn Center buildings, including the Manor House, Bernard Cottage, the Mews, the Gardener’s Cottage and the Management House
–Houses associated with Wake Forest on Polo Road (1109, 1115, 1125, 1141-B, 1145, 1157 and 1210) and Rosedale Circle (109/111)

The emergency number for the University Police Department is 911 from a campus land line or 336-758-5911 from a cell phone or off-campus phone.  A non-emergency number is 5591 or 336-758-5591.

If anyone has questions about the move of the communications center to Alumni Hall, they may contact Wake Forest Emergency Manager August Vernon at 336-758-3371.

Dr. John (Jack) Ernest Parker Jr.

This announcement was emailed to faculty and staff on Feb. 20:

We are saddened to announce that John (Jack) Ernest Parker Jr., Professor Emeritus of Education and Romance Languages, died Feb. 18.

A Winston-Salem Journal obituary announced on Feb. 20 that a funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Feb. 21 at Centenary United Methodist Church.  Additional information is available here.

Dr. Parker joined Wake Forest’s faculty in 1950.  He retired in 1987.  During his Wake Forest career he taught French.  At one time, he chaired the Department of Education.  He was a graduate of Wake Forest, also.

We grieve Dr. Parker’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.

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Proposals funded: Katula, Jayawickreme, Rejeski

Congratulations to Jeffrey Katula, associate professor of health and exercise science, who proposal entitled “HELP DI II” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and by ((subaward/subcontract from) Wake Forest University Health Sciences.

Congratulations to Eranda Jayawickreme, assistant professor of psychology, whose proposal entitled “Strengthening Character Through Success and Failure [Cayuse 16-0106]” has been funded by the Templeton Foundation and by (subaward/subcontract from) Arizona State University (WFU funding agency).

Congratulations to Jack Rejeski, professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Molecular transducers of physical activity consortium coordinating center (CCC) [Cayuse 16-0072]” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and by (subaward/subcontract from) University of Florida (WFU funding agency).

Founders’ Day Convocation recognizes student leaders, faculty

Student leaders and faculty were honored Feb. 16 during Founders’ Day Convocation in Wait Chapel.

The University’s highest honor, the Medallion of Merit, was awarded to James Barefield and Herman Eure.  Other faculty received awards, too.

Students Richard Caban-Cubero, Ashley Laughlin and Cameron Silverglate—who won the 2017 Senior Orations Competition–made presentations during the event.

Additional information here.

February 2017 staff and faculty milestones

See a list of staff and faculty milestones: Continue reading »

Livestreaming planned for Black History Month events

Livestreaming is planned this week for two major events associated with Black History Month.

On Feb. 16, the keynote event for Black History Month will be a panel discussion featuring the national co-chairs of the recent Women’s March in Washington, D.C. Tamika Mallory, Linda Sarsour and Carmen Perez will participate in a moderated discussion in Wait Chapel at 7 p.m.

Livestreaming for the keynote event will be available here.  The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required.  Tickets can be reserved here.

A ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony for Maya Angelou Hall will be livestreamed on Feb. 17. It will be livestreamed here. The event begins at 3 p.m.

The residence hall, which opened this semester, is named in honor of world-renowned writer, professor and civil rights activist Maya Angelou, who was Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest until her death in 2014.

TEDxWakeForestU to be held Feb. 18

Wake Forest University will host TEDxWakeForestU, an independently organized event licensed by TED, on Saturday, Feb. 18 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Wait Chapel. The student-organized event will feature speakers who actively seek out new challenges and experiences that broaden their perspectives and change their lives.

The event is free for Wake Forest students, faculty and staff. General admission is $15. Register here.

Full announcement available here.

Secrest Artist Series presents Orchestre National de Lyon

This is a guest post from the Secrest Artists Series:

Gil Shaham

One of the oldest and most respected orchestras in France, Orchestre National de Lyon comes to Wake Forest Feb. 23 for a performance featuring internationally-renowned conductor Leonard Slatkin and violin virtuoso Gil Shaham. The program will feature works by Ravel, Berlioz’s “Symphony Fantastique,” and Shaham’s signature work, the richly romantic violin concerto by American composer Samuel Barber.

The performance, presented by the Secrest Artists Series, will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Wait Chapel.

Due to the popularity of this performance, the Secrest Artist Series encourages you to arrive early for the best seating selection. Seating is first-come-first served. Doors open at 7 p.m.

A pre-performance talk at 6:40 p.m. will be led by Professor of Music David Levy, author of “Beethoven: The Ninth Symphony.”

Wake Forest faculty, staff and retirees–all Wake Forest campuses–receive free admission for themselves and one guest to each Secrest Artists Series performance. Wake Forest students–all undergraduate, graduate and professional schools–receive free admission for themselves. Simply show your WFU ID at the door.

Tickets for members of the community range in price from $5-$24. Tickets and more information at or (336)758-5757.