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Professor Emeritus of Mathematics Gaylord May dies

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By Kerry King (’85), Wake Forest Magazine

For decades, the May brothers — identical twins Gaylord and Graham — were synonymous with mathematics at Wake Forest.

J. Gaylord May, who retired in 2009 after teaching for 48 years, died on Aug. 30 in Columbia, S.C. He was 81. He was among the longest serving professors in Wake Forest history.

A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Mon., Sept. 8, at Centenary United Methodist Church in downtown Winston-Salem. The family will receive guests after the service. He is survived by two sons, Michael and Gordon; and four grandchildren.

The May brothers began teaching at Wake Forest in 1961. Their similar appearance often confused students. One way students could tell them apart: Gaylord May smoked a cigar or cigarettes; his brother smoked a pipe.

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‘Celebration of Life’ planned for Rev. Bob McGee

ThumbnailRev. Bob McGee, Episcopal campus minister at Wake Forest, died in Winston-Salem August 30. Rev. McGee, known to many on campus as Father Bob, served the University community for more than 30 years.

A celebration of the life of Rev. McGee will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, in Wait Chapel.

More information about the Sept. 6 service is available in an obituary published in the Winston-Salem Journal and on the Hayworth-Miller website.

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.

Important parking information for Sept. 4-5

The University will temporarily close some parking areas to accommodate events planned for Sept. 5.  On that day, the University will kick off its comprehensive approach to wellbeing, called Thrive, and celebrate groundbreaking ceremonies for the Sutton Center at historic W. N. Reynolds Gymnasium and the McCreary Field House.

Parking lots to be affected include F, U and U2:

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WFU welcomes alumna Malika Roman Isler as Director of Wellbeing

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Malika Roman Isler relaxes with her family.

Malika Roman Isler (’99) has been named Wake Forest’s first Director of Wellbeing.

A doctoral level-trained health scientist, Roman Isler is currently a research administrator and faculty member at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She will begin her new role on Oct. 1 with more than 10 years of experience integrating research and programming, developing strategic plans that guide health and wellbeing initiatives, and defining assessment tools to ensure research and program effectiveness.

Roman Isler brings a strong working knowledge of wellbeing as the intersection of emotional, social, physical, financial, occupational, spiritual, intellectual and environmental dimensions of life. At Wake Forest, she will be responsible for coordinating and developing programming for the various aspects of the University’s transformative new approach to wellbeing called “Thrive.” Equal parts education and inspiration, the campus-wide effort – which will be kicked off on Friday, Sept. 5 – aims to give students, faculty and staff the skills, knowledge and perspective to live healthier, balanced lives.

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Does your research impact healthcare in NC? Grants available

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After a $3 million gift to support Wake Forest’s new campus-wide approach to health and wellbeing, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) is offering grants to Wake Forest for research supporting the development of creative solutions to health care challenges.

BCBSNC has generously provided funding for a multi-year faculty research grant program on the Reynolda Campus. The primary focus of this award is to support the development of high impact, externally funded creative research approaches to address current problems in modern health care in North Carolina. Preliminary or pilot data are not required to apply. These funds can be used to support new aims of already existing sponsored projects.

Please send the Letter of Intent as an attachment to Susan Edwards (edwardss@wfu.edu) by Sept. 19. Contact Associate Provost of Research, Bruce King at 336- 758-5774 (or Susan Edwards at 336-758-4189) for questions or additional information.

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Exercise your intellectual wellbeing

roz.tedford.200x300A guest post by Roz Tedford, director for research and instruction, and politics and international affairs liaison, Z. Smith Reynolds Library

We are bombarded with information every day. Some is important, some is interesting and some is simply noise. Taking time to attend to the important and interesting bits while filtering out the noise is both healthy and important. It is also the foundation of intellectual wellbeing.

Eleanor Roosevelt said “I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift would be curiosity.” Curiosity is the very heart of intellectual wellbeing. It is not about knowing anything in particular, it is about being open to learning new things no matter where you are – in a class, at dinner with a new friend or watching television when you can’t sleep. So click that interesting link online and read that book that catches your eye.

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Important message to campus from Vice President Rue and Assistant Provost Oakes

ironwork.200x250A message from Vice President for Campus Life Penny Rue and Assistant Provost for Diversity and Inclusion Barbee Oakes

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

The Office of Campus Life and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion are excited to begin the 2014-2015 academic year at Wake Forest. As students, faculty, and staff prepare for the fall semester, each of us must unconditionally renew our commitment to creating an inclusive environment for every member of our community.

This pledge is critically important as Wake Forest continues to build a diverse and global campus. Consider that:

  • Diversity in the undergraduate population has increased by 32 percent since 2008.
  • Twenty four percent of the class of 2013 came from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds.
  • Ten percent of our incoming 2014 undergraduate class are international students representing 28 countries.
  • Our student body is now more diverse than ever; racially, ethnically, culturally, religiously, socio-economically and more.

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Raper named University Counseling Center’s interim director

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After a total of 37 years in the University Counseling Center, with 28 years serving as its director, Marianne Schubert began a phased retirement on June 30, 2014.

Schubert will remain as a staff psychologist for the upcoming academic year and will retire on June 30, 2015.

James Raper has been named interim director. Raper joined Wake Forest as a staff counselor in 2002 and has most recently served as the Counseling Center’s associate director.

The University will launch a national search in September for the next director of the University Counseling Center. Dean of Students and Associate Vice President for Campus Life Adam Goldstein will lead the search.

Seven smart reasons to use the University Calendar

screen568x568With the new academic year underway, departments and organizations are lining up events for the fall and spring semesters. Here are seven smart reasons to make sure your event is on the University Calendar.

1. The calendar is mobile: With the new WFU Events App, available through iTunes, users can search, sort and filter events by date, audience or event type and add events to their calendars.

2. Social sharing: The calendar has social media features. Make a Facebook events page and link it to your calendar listing.

3. Less confusion: Has the time or location changed for your event or has it been cancelled due to weather? When you submit an event, you can make changes as needed. Those who “Add an event” to their personal calendar will automatically receive notification when details change.

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Online space scheduling software tagged ‘DeaconSpace’

The University launched Virtual Event Management Software (VEMS) as our new campus wide space scheduling software application on July 31.

This new online tool will be called DeaconSpace (https://rooms.wfu.edu) and is available to all campus constituents to expedite the space reservation process. The link to a majority of University meeting and event locations allows you to view and request available spaces across campus and to be notified of space approval at the click of a button.

Your University login and password will provide access (similar to your WIN access) and links to DeaconSpace can be found on InfoCentral in WIN and other locations across the Wake Forest website.

The reservation request process will place you in direct contact with the specific space managers across campus to handle details of your specific space needs. This process should eliminate the need for telephone questions and frustrations when searching for the right space for your event or meeting.

The PDC will be providing training classes and online tutorials have been developed to help you understand this new tool.