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WakeUnited: Live United Stephen Edwards

Stephen Edwards, assistant director for alumni engagement, knew that he wanted to make a positive impact on his community from the time that he started at Wake Forest as an undergraduate.

Wake Forest alumni programs coordinator Stephen Edwards, Thursday, October 3, 2013.

During his four years as a student he volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters, one of the partner agencies of the United Way of Forsyth County. Now, almost a decade later, he continues to be matched with the same young man, a senior at Mount Tabor High School.

“Being given the opportunity as a freshman in college to have this impact on a ‘little brother’ in the community,” said Edwards, was empowering for the both of them.

Now an employee of the University, Edwards serves on the Wake United Way campaign cabinet leading efforts for Young Leaders United (YLU), the young professionals giving group of the United Way. YLU not only provides an opportunity to give back to the community financially, it also encourages deep connection through volunteering and leadership development.

“YLU has given me the opportunity to meet fascinating people at other employers in Winston-Salem, learn from phenomenal speakers at monthly lunches, serve alongside peers in the community, and give back to the great work of the United Way in the community, through the support of my employer,” Edwards said.

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MOA welcomes new academic director

Wake Forest new faculty headshots, Thursday, August 13, 2015. Andrew Gurstelle.

Guest post from the Museum of Anthropology:

With the beginning of the fall semester at Wake Forest University, the Museum of Anthropology is very excited to welcome Dr. Andrew Gurstelle as academic director. Andrew is an anthropologist interested in the history and archaeology of West Africa. This interest intersects with museums and heritage in the Atlantic African diaspora, and how African peoples and objects are represented in museums throughout the world. In particular, his research explores how partnerships between international and community museums might be the key to safeguarding African cultural landscapes.

Since 2011, Andrew has been the Director of the Savè Hills Archaeological Research Project—an archaeology and oral-history project investigating the Shabe Yoruba kingdom in the Republic of Benin. Over the course of the project, interest in the research’s findings grew into a collaborative effort between archaeologists, local historians, and school teachers. The project culminated in an exhibition of archaeological findings as part of the 2015 Shabe Cultural Festival. Andrew has also conducted archaeological research in Ghana, Togo, and the Midwest United States.

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President Hatch: CARE Team available

President Hatch sent a message to faculty and staff Sept. 30 regarding the University’s CARE Team. (A separate message was sent to all students.)

Dear Wake Forest Faculty and Staff:

At Wake Forest University the Campus Assessment, Response and Evaluation (CARE) Team is a vital resource for all students, faculty, and staff in the community. The CARE Team is available for any community member who is worried about a student, colleague, or any individual that is connected with our campus. Knowing more about the role of this important resource is a good way to help support the wellbeing of all members in our community.

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August 2015 comings and goings

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

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Love My Library event set for Oct. 2

Tim Pyatt, Dean of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library at Wake Forest University, poses for a portrait in the library atrium on Thursday, August 27, 2015.

Tim Pyatt, new dean of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library, will be formally introduced to the Wake Forest community and others at the “Love My Library” event Oct. 2 at 1 p.m. in the library’s atrium.

Remarks will be presented by Pyatt, Provost Rogan Kersh, Provost Emeritus Ed Wilson, former faculty member Jenny Puckett and John Cooper of the library’s Council of Advocates. Refreshments will be served.

Pyatt joined Wake Forest as dean of the library in August. Previously, he served as the Dorothy Foehr Huck Chair and head of the Eberly Family Special Collections Library at Pennsylvania State University.

September 2015 staff milestones

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Being Here: Salaam series of events underway on campus

ALL WFU BannersA series of events known as “Being Here: Salaam” is underway at Wake Forest in September and early October.

The “Being Here: Salaam” project began Sept.  21 at Hanes Art Mezzanine Gallery in Scales Fine Arts Center with an exhibit of photographs by Todd Drake featuring Imam Khalid Griggs, associate chaplain, and other Muslims–many from North Carolina.  The exhibit, which draws from Drake’s “Muslim Self-Portrait” series, will continue until Oct. 9.  In that exhibit, Griggs is the only member of the Wake Forest campus community featured.

This week, portraits of 12 Wake Forest Muslim students by Drake have been hung across campus on large banners in highly visible locations, such as the atrium at Z. Smith Reynolds Library.  On each banner, a student self-identifies in a particular manner.  For example, one banner reads “being here as a linguist,” while another reads, “being here as a scientist.”

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September 2015 faculty milestones

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Fleeson awarded the Carol and Ed Diener Award

Will FleesonThe Society for Personality and Social Psychology has awarded Professor of Psychology Will Fleeson with the Carol and Ed Diener Award in Personality Psychology. The Carol and Ed Diener Award in Social Psychology is designed to recognize a mid-career scholar whose work has added substantially to the body of knowledge to the social psychology field and/or brings together personality psychology and social psychology.

Fleeson will be honored at the annual convention in San Diego on January 28, 2016.

Two new associate deans and one new director join Dean’s Office

The new academic year has begun with two new associate deans and one new director in the Office of the Dean of Students led by Dean and Associate Vice President Adam Goldstein.

Tim Wilkinson joined the Office as associate dean for student engagement. In his role, Wilkinson will work with community members to strengthen support for student leaders, the events they plan and the risks they manage.

Wilkinson came to Wake Forest after a 10-year stint at Lehigh University where he was senior assistant dean of students/director of fraternity and sorority affairs. Recently, the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors announced Wilkinson as one of its 2015 individual award recipients. Annually, the organization recognizes outstanding contributions by its members. The award will be presented to Wilkinson in December.

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