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Campus can support #BestSchoolDay

This is a guest post from the University’s Leadership Project:

Too many students in K-12 classrooms don’t have the resources they need. Students can’t dream big when classrooms lack books, microscopes and tablets — or even paper, pencils and paste.

Now you can make a difference through Wake Forest’s #BestSchoolDay.

On March 29 faculty, staff and students can support a K-12 classroom by picking up a free $25 gift card in one of several locations around campus and redeeming it toward a project of their choice. Participants are only able to redeem one gift card. Our goal is to have all 1,000 gift cards picked up on March 29 and redeemed on the same day. Gift cards will be available for pick up at most locations from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.:

  • Outside the main entrance of the Fresh Food Company (The Pit),
  • At the Spirit Walk in between Tribble Hall and Benson Center,
  • At Wake Forest University Law Commons,
  • In the faculty lounge in the School of Divinity (11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. only),
  • In the Founders Day Living Room at the School of Business
  • At the Luter Hall Block Party for First-year Students (5 p.m. – 7 p.m. only)

You can choose from among hundreds of projects nationwide, although you are encouraged to support a local teacher in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools. Donate to one project or split your $25 among several projects.

#BestSchoolDay at Wake Forest is being held in conjunction with the University’s Leadership Project, which is hosting Charles Best, CEO of on Tuesday, April 5, at 6 p.m. in Broyhill Auditorium in Farrell Hall. provides a simple way to address educational inequity. In Forsyth County so far this academic year, 174 projects, including hands-on science labs, vocabulary enrichment tools and playground improvements for children with special needs, have been funded — supporting more than 13,500 students. In the local school system, nearly 450 teachers have raised funds for more than 1,000 projects since 2003.

Please help make Wake Forest’s #BestSchoolDay a community success by picking up and redeeming a $25 gift card on March 29.

For questions or more information on gift card distribution, contact Matt Williams at

Provost Kersh to give annual address to University March 28

This message was distributed on behalf of the Faculty Senate on March 23 to students, faculty and staff:

At the invitation of the Faculty Senate, Provost Rogan Kersh will give his annual address to the University on March 28 at 4 p.m. in Pugh Auditorium in Benson University Center.

The provost will speak about University priorities, along with the challenges and opportunities that face our academic mission and programs.

The Faculty Senate invites all Wake Forest students, staff and faculty to attend the presentation.

Moment of solidarity draws hundreds to Wait Chapel’s steps

20160324--2On March 24, more than 200 Wake Forest students, faculty, staff and alumni gathered for a moment of solidarity on the steps of Wait Chapel hosted by the LGBTQ Center in light of the passage of House Bill 2. 

LGBTQ Center Director Angela Mazaris said, “This legislation is a step backwards for North Carolina. By enacting this bill, our lawmakers have stripped important legal protections from gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people across the state. The impacts of HB 2 will be felt both on the individual level, as LGBTQ people face discrimination in the most quotidian areas of everyday life, and on the statewide level, as our local businesses and industry are unable to attract and retain top talent.”

Wake Forest University’s non-discrimination statement includes gender identity and sexual orientation.

In addition to continuing to add all gender restrooms across campus, Wake Forest will offer some gender-neutral housing for during the 2016-2017 academic year.

Nominations sought for Faculty Athletics Representative

Nominations are now being accepted for the appointment of a new Wake Forest Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR).  This is an appointment of a faculty member made by the University President for a term of four years and in its broadest sense, provides a faculty viewpoint in the administration of intercollegiate athletic programs.  The FAR reports to the President in the University governance structure and has these major areas of responsibility:  academic oversight, student-athlete welfare, administrative responsibilities including representing Wake Forest at meetings of the NCAA and ACC, and compliance.

Among the FAR’s general responsibilities are periodic meetings with the President, Director of Athletics, and other athletics personnel, and student-athletes as needed. The President will evaluate the appointment over the term of the four years.

Nominations and recommendations may be submitted to Mary Pugel in the President’s Office:  Nominations are due by April 15, 2016.

Thonhauser named Simons Fellow in Theoretical Physics

Timo ThonhauserTimo Thonhauser, associate professor of physics, has been named a 2016 Simons Fellow in Theoretical Physics.

Thonhauser is one of 14 university professors named by the Simons Foundation Division for Mathematics and the Physical Sciences for the fellows program that provides funds to faculty for up to a semester long research leave from classroom teaching and administrative obligations.

The announcement of this year’s fellowship recipients appeared in the March 22 “Science Times” section of the New York Times. Other recipients represent Cornell, Harvard and Columbia universities, UC Berkeley, and the University of Pennsylvania, among others.

Thonhauser is a condensed matter theorist whose research focuses on using condensed matter theory to solve currently outstanding problems in physics, biophysics, chemistry and materials science, with applications to nano-, bio- and energy-related materials.

Combined with a sabbatical from the University, Thonhauser will be on research leave for the 2016-17 academic year. He is planning to spend time at MIT to work on better understanding fundamental interactions in materials from a theoretical perspective. “With this newly gained understanding and insight, we hope to improve all kinds of materials for challenges and demands of novel devices in the 21st century – ranging from cell-phones and computers to energy production and storage.”

Nominations sought for Campus Sustainability Awards

This is a guest post from the Office of Sustainability:
We are now accepting nominations for the third annual campus sustainability awards. Please submit this brief form to nominate anyone who you feel has contributed to advancing sustainability on campus. Awards are available to staff, faculty, and students. The nomination deadline is March 28th. Click here to learn more about the program and read about last year’s winners. 
Thank you in advance for your support. 


Pro Humanitate Institute promotes Sizemore

Shelley Graves Sizemore, Assistant Director of Campus Life, Wake Forest University, Thursday, September 6, 2012.

Shelley Sizemore has been promoted to director of academic programs and community engaged research in the University’s Pro Humanitate Institute (PHI).

Sizemore, who joined the Wake Forest staff in 1999, previously was the institute’s associate director of advocacy programs and civic education.

In her new role, “Sizemore will design and manage PHI’s innovative new efforts to engage faculty, community, and student researchers to effect meaningful and measurable change throughout our community,” the institute announced.

Her new responsibilities include overseeing the Summer Nonprofit Immersion Program, the PHI Fellows programs and all aspects of academic community engagement.

“She has a long and recognized record of social justice engagement on this campus and in this community,” the institute announced.

When Sizemore first joined the University’s staff, she was coordinator of Campus Kitchen.

She received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in communication at Wake Forest.  She is pursuing a doctorate in education and cultural studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Farrell Hall receives LEED Gold certification

Farrell-Hall-LEED-GoldFarrell Hall, the 130,000 square-foot home to the School of Business, recently received LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification.

Among the strategies that contributed to Farrell Hall’s Gold-level certification is its inclusion of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified wood paneling and regional materials. Almost 30 percent of the building materials by value were manufactured within 500 miles of the project site. More than 80 percent of on-site generated construction waste from the project was diverted from landfills. The incorporation of bicycle storage facilities also encourages alternative transportation.

One of the most notable features of the building is its open floor plan with classrooms, offices and social spaces on every floor—an intentional design aspect that encourages faculty-student interaction. Before Farrell Hall’s opening in 2013, School of Business faculty, staff, undergraduates and graduates were housed in two separate buildings on the Reynolda campus.

“Farrell Hall was designed to be an innovative space from the ground up. Our aim was to provide a remarkable home for our school, without compromising our commitment to sustainability. Our open, collaborative environment fosters business education and encourages engagement between faculty, staff and students,” said Charles Iacovou, Sisel Distinguished Dean of the School of Business. “Achieving LEED Gold certification places the School of Business in excellent company at Wake Forest.”

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Spring has sprung: A vernal equinox celebration March 20


This is a guest post from the Office Of Wellbeing:

Kick off spring with the Campus Garden@Polo Road on Sunday, March 20 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Enjoy sheep shearing, goat petting, live music by Stranger Season Band, painting, tie dying, a celebratory planting, sustainably grown and locally prepared bites, and so much more! Bring a friend and your wallet for a pop-up style farmers’ market. Come out to 1141 Polo Road and spring into the start of the season with us!

This event is co-sponsored by the Office of Wellbeing, the Student Environmental Action Coalition (SEAC), and the Sustainability Theme House.

A message from President Hatch about Innovation Quarter

This message was emailed by President Hatch to faculty and staff on March 17:

Dear Wake Forest Faculty and Staff,

I am pleased to inform you that earlier this week College faculty voted to approve undergraduate academic programs in Engineering and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. As many of you know, these new programs, in addition to a concentration in Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Discovery, will anchor our undergraduate presence in Innovation Quarter, which we plan to refer to as Wake Downtown.

This endeavor – under the remarkable leadership of Provost Rogan Kersh and Dean Michele Gillespie – is the culmination of more than a year spent exploring and planning academic programs with input from faculty from all corners of campus.

Just as the next-generation building complex that literally and figuratively brings medical and liberal arts education together under one roof will greatly enhance students’ opportunities for closer collaboration and deeper engagement, the new undergraduate programs will build upon the strengths of our liberal arts and medical school faculty.

We will publicly announce these programs on Friday, March 18. For more information, I invite you to visit tomorrow or check out the FAQ on the Provost’s website.

Finally, I would like to extend my gratitude to the faculty and staff whose dedicated efforts have made this latest chapter in Wake Forest’s history possible. The frontier of science and technology has rarely been as exciting as it is today.


Nathan O. Hatch