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Proposals funded: King, Silman, Von Burg



Miles Silman


Von Burg

Von Burg

Congratulations to Bruce King, professor of chemistry, whose proposal entitled “Ca093389 – Targeted nanoparticles for Kidney Cancer Therapy” has been funded by the Department of Defense and the UNCONN (WFU funding agency).

Congratulations to Miles Silman, professor of biology, whose proposal entitled “FESD Type 1: The Dynamics of Mountains, Landscape and Climate in the Distribution and Generation of Biodiversity in the Amazon/Andean Forest” has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Duke University (WFU funding agency).

Congratulations to Ron Von Burg, assistant professor of communication, whose proposal entitled “Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute” has been funded by the U.S. Department of State.

Annual Central Heating Plant shut down

The Wake Forest University Central Heating Plant annual shut down will begin on Monday, May 19 at 3 p.m. The steam shutdown to the campus is necessary for inspections and maintenance of the boilers as well as the steam distribution system.

The steam outage will disable building heating and domestic hot water systems campus wide. The boilers will be restarted Friday, May 23 at 3 p.m., and barring any delays, steam pressure will be back to normal by 7 p.m.

During the week of the Central Heating Plant annual shutdown, telephone calls made to extension 4255 will not be answered after 5 p.m. In the event an emergency occurs between 5 p.m. and 8 a.m. during this week, contact the University Police dispatch. The University Police emergency number is 5911 when calling within the campus community. Calling the University Police outside the campus,  dial 336.758.5911.

If you have any questions related to the shutdown, contact Ed Bullington at 336-758-3913.


Faculty and staff parking for Commencement

commencement.chairsThe following message was distributed on behalf of Senior Vice President Hof Milam:

Dear Reynolda Campus Staff:

Commencement is the highlight of our academic year. It is a wonderful time for the campus community to come together and celebrate with graduating students and their families. This year’s commencement ceremony will be held Monday, May 19, on Hearn Plaza, beginning at 9 a.m.

It is always important for us to be gracious hosts to our visitors and make sure their access to campus is as easy as possible. To make this the best commencement experience possible for our graduates and guests, please observe the following guidelines:

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Teaching and Learning Center recognizes innovative teaching

Ted Gellar-Goad was one of five professors recognized for innovative teaching.

Ted Gellar-Goad was one of five professors recognized for innovative teaching.

Congratulations to the recipients of the Teaching and Learning Center 2014 Teaching Innovation Awards.

  • T.H.M. Gellar-Goad, teacher/scholar/post-doc fellow in classical languages
  • Lynn S. Neal, associate professor of religion
  • D. Stokes Piercy, assistant teaching professor in communication
  • Jeremy Rouse, assistant professor of mathematics
  • Ron Von Burg, assistant professor of communication

Jennifer Collins, associate provost for academic initiatives and law professor, presented the awards at an April 30 luncheon held in the recipients’ honor.

This award recognizes the effort put forth by faculty who have redesigned their courses or introduced new courses, using new methods or innovative approaches to applying the research on learning to the practice of teaching.

Read more about Teaching and Learning Center awards and funding here.

Jill Abramson confirmed to deliver Commencement address

Jill Abramson, former Executive Editor of the New York Times, has confirmed that she will deliver the Commencement address at Wake Forest University on Monday, May 19.

A Commencement Speaker Advisory Committee comprised of students, faculty, staff and administrators provided input on the speaker selection process. On Thursday, Wake Forest President Nathan Hatch re-affirmed the University’s invitation to her.

“I cannot think of a better message for the Class of 2014 than that of resilience,” said President Nathan Hatch. “Jill Abramson’s accomplishments speak for themselves, and I am confident she will have an inspiring and timely message for our graduates.”

The University will be live-streaming Commencement 2014 here.

Important vehicle registration information for faculty and staff

A message from Wake Forest’s Office of Parking and Transportation

Faculty and staff vehicle registration for 2014 will begin May 15, 2014. Registration can be done conveniently at from this link or from WIN under the Personal tab.  Select “Register Your Vehicle,” enter your WFU Login ID (excluding and password, and select “Log In” to begin the registration process. Employees who do not have ready access to a computer can register online using computers in the Z. Smith Reynolds Library, the Benson University Center or a kiosk in the Parking and Transportation lobby.

Temporary employees must visit the Parking and Transportation office in Alumni Hall to register vehicles beginning July 1, 2014, as vehicle registration for temporary employees is not available online.

Online registration will require selection of your primary work location. One hangtag will be issued that can be interchangeable between vehicles. The parking hangtag must be visible from the rearview mirror at all times while parked. The parking hangtag will serve a dual purpose as a parking hangtag and a gate pass. Parking hangtags will be delivered to appropriate departments via campus mail for distribution during the month of July and must be on vehicles by August 1. In the meantime, existing permits, which expired June 30, 2013, will be valid until August 1, 2014.

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Volunteers needed for Campus Garden and Campus Kitchen Office of Sustainability is looking for volunteers for the Campus Garden and for Campus Kitchen.

Campus Garden volunteers are needed on Sunday, May 18, from 4-6 p.m. at the Campus Garden on Polo Rd. across from Spry Soccer Stadium. Students, faculty, staff and family members are welcome. To schedule a volunteer group session in the garden contact Jamie Sims at

Campus Kitchen volunteers are needed Monday-Friday throughout May from 4-6 p.m. Meet on the 5th floor of Benson University Center. Although the kitchen will be closed, CKWFU needs volunteers to help with produce redistribution from Fresh Market every weekday. Contact Anna Donze at to sign up for a produce delivery shift.

Sutton appointed Vice Provost


Dean of Z. Smith Reynolds Library Lynn Sutton has been appointed Vice Provost. Effective July 1, Sutton will move into the role currently held by Jennifer Collins, who will become the dean of Southern Methodist University’s law school.

As ZSR dean since 2008, Sutton has been a dynamic leader who helped elevate our library to national prominence, emphasizing close connections with faculty and students.  In 2011, Wake Forest won the national Excellence in Academic Libraries Award from the Association of College and Research Libraries , and remains among the smallest universities ever to receive this prominent award in the university category.  Among her many transformative accomplishments, Sutton has presided over the conversion of ZSR librarians to faculty members; led the adoption of advanced technology that includes our signature ZSRx online courses for specialized audiences such as WFU alumni and parents of current undergraduates; and raised funds to enable the expansion and significant renovation of the library space. Thanks to her leadership, the library is known campus-wide as a hospitable environment for everything from a conversation with colleagues at Starbucks to a quiet nook for research/writing to the perfect place for a Friday-night zombie hunt.

“Lynn’s remarkable creative spirit and her proven ability to work with constituents from every quarter to achieve ambitious goals across academic, student-focused, and research/creative areas made her an obvious choice,” said Provost Rogan Kersh. “She also has developed very strong professional relationships with many key stakeholders across the Wake Forest community, so can swiftly shoulder an immense range of existing activities and programs as well as generating innovative solutions to issues we face—all of which is essential given the kaleidoscope of changes affecting universities nationwide.”

Sutton has held many leadership positions throughout her career and just completed a term as President of the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries.  Her scholarly interests range from intellectual freedom and leadership theory to the future of libraries and library collaboration across university campuses.  She received her AB and AMLS degrees from the University of Michigan and holds a Ph.D. in Education from Wayne State University, where she was later associate dean of their library system.

Sutton will remain in her library dean position during the coming year, with members of her wonderfully capable senior library staff assuming more day-to-day responsibilities for ZSR operations. A search advisory committee will be formed in the fall to choose a successor as dean of ZSR Library.

WFU forms Verger Capital Management

Recently, the Board of Trustees approved a plan in conjunction with Wake Forest’s chief investment officer, Jim Dunn, to form an external for-profit asset capital management company called Verger Capital Management LLC, or Verger, for short. Verger will serve as Wake Forest’s outsourced CIO solution and ultimately replace the function of Wake Forest University’s Office of Investments.  Jim Dunn has transitioned from his role as Wake Forest’s chief investment officer to become the Chief Executive Officer of Verger, and the Office of Investments employees will become employees of Verger.

As an outsourced solution, Wake Forest anticipates that Verger will provide access to additional investment opportunities, provide better access to best-in-class managers, and provide a solution for rising management, operational and administrative costs at the endowment level.

The move to an outsourced CIO solution for Wake Forest has been under discussion for several years, but recent trends in the investment industry and prospective growth show the timing is right for a transition.  Smaller foundations and endowments have been moving towards an outsourced chief investment officer model, and industry analysts are projecting significant growth in this market over the next five years.

Rogan, Thomas named co-Interim Deans of the College





A message from Provost Rogan Kersh.

I am pleased to announce that the College’s current Senior Associate Deans, Rebecca Thomas and Randy Rogan, have agreed to serve as co-Interim Deans of the College. Randy and Rebecca’s seasoned leadership experience and close working relationship with departing Dean Jacque Fetrow make them ideal choices for this vital role.  Given the College’s momentum along multiple fronts, from innovative academic programs and intensive student engagement to capital-campaign pursuits and heightened faculty-development efforts, this interim period will require steady hands on the tiller—which I know Rebecca and Randy, working with their terrific colleagues across the College Dean’s office, will manifestly provide.

We will also announce a search committee for the deanship in coming days, along with a series of forums (which both President Hatch and I plan to attend) for faculty and staff to discuss aspirations and issues related to the search for a new dean.  For now, our collective gratitude to Randy and Rebecca, as they prepare jointly to take up the Interim Dean role.

And let me also express my sincere gratitude to you all for your support during this vital transition.