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Gladding receives UNC-G Distinguished Alumni Award

Sam Gladding

The School of Health and Human Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro recently announced that Sam Gladding (PhD ’77), chair and professor in Wake Forest’s Department of Counseling, has been selected as the recipient of its highest honor, the Distinguished Alumni Award.

“Recognition is always nice but it is humbling as well as gratifying. This honor surprised and pleased me. It is not something I ever expected. I like to think I do what I do because it is helpful to others, betters their lives, and in the process brings me joy.”

The award recognizes persons who have attained national and international stature through their achievements in teaching, scholarship and service.

Gladding is also the author of a new book, “Counseling Theories for Human Services Practitioners.” (Pearson, 2014).

Spring 2014 ‘Safe Zone’ training

Safe-Zone-Sticker-FINAL3-791x1024Spring 2014 Safe Zone training sessions are open for registration.

The Safe Zone program is an in-depth, interactive presentation designed to educate Wake Forest faculty, staff and students about the LGBTQ community. Anti-LGBTQ bias and prejudice affects all members of a community, and we all have the opportunity to work against it. Participants learn what it means to be an ally—a person who supports and stands up for the rights of LGBTQ people—as well as how to create a Safe Zone. Allies who have completed the training program will be given a Safe Zone sticker, identifiable to the entire campus, which may be displayed on the ally’s door to designate it as a safe place for all members of the community.

To sign up for a Safe Zone training session, register on the PDC website.

Available sessions:
Feb. 28, 2014 – 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
March 18, 2014 – 6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
April 16, 2014 – 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Follow Wake Forest’s LGBTQ Center on Twitter @wfu_lgbtq

Curious about campus events?

Feb 14 banner-1Join Provost Rogan Kersh and Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration Hof Milam for Campus Connections, an opportunity for non-faculty staff to learn about, discuss and provide input about issues at Wake Forest University.

Campus Connections, is a chance to gain a greater understanding of campus issues and university changes, while interacting with other staff who work in academic and student life. Enjoy a light breakfast while the provost, deans, and other administrators discuss current events at the university.

Campus Connections will be held Friday, Feb., 14 in Benson Center, Room 401 from 8:45 – 10 a.m.*

Featured speakers include:

  • John Wise, associate vice president, Hospitality & Auxiliary Services, who will discuss the evolution of the Campus Dining program
  • Katie Winokur, marketing intern, Wake Forest Properties, who will provide information on the happenings of Reynolda Village
  • Dave Clawson, head coach, Wake Forest Football, who will present on the future of Deacon football

* Campus Connections will be rescheduled if there is a weather delay

Winter Institute for Intercultural Communication

flyer.interculturalcommunicationThe Wake Forest University Office of Diversity & Inclusion and the Intercultural Communication Institute will host the first Winter Institute for Intercultural Communication, a four-day professional development conference that will be held at the Wake Forest Charlotte Center in Charlotte from March 12-15.

A limited number of scholarships are available for Wake Forest faculty, staff and students. If you are interested in being considered for a scholarship, please click here to apply.

The Winter Institute is a condensed version of the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication, which has been hosted by the Intercultural Communication Institute for the past 30 years. The purpose of the Winter Institute is to provide a broad range of educational opportunities regarding intercultural communication to individuals working in various sectors, including education, business, and consulting in both domestic and international contexts.

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Winston-Salem water supply not impacted by coal ash spill

News media continue to report on a leaking stormwater pipe that dumped tons of coal ash and wastewater into the Dan River in Eden, near the North Carolina-Virginia state line.

The City of Winston-Salem has confirmed to Residence Life & Housing officials that the city’s water supply, which services Wake Forest University, comes from the Yadkin River and is not impacted by the spill.

February 2014 milestones

See a list of faculty and staff milestones in February 2014:

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Weather-related closings, delays announced in several ways

Snow on campusIn the event of severe weather that prompts a delay or closing, Wake Forest will use several methods to alert students, faculty and staff to schedule changes.

On occasion, because of snowy or icy weather conditions, Wake Forest officials have announced a decision to close the campus for the day or delay the start of classes and the opening of offices. In such cases, the University will use the following communication channels:

  • The Wake Alert website at
  • A headline across the top of the University home page at It will link to the Wake Alert website.
  • An email message to faculty, staff and students.
  • A voice mail message to faculty and staff.
  • A message on the University’s weather/emergency phone line (336-758-5935).
  • Announcements on radio stations WFDD (88.5 FM) and WSJS (600 AM).
  • Announcements on TV stations WXII, WGHP, WFMY and News 14 Carolina.

Beta Verde to present on sustainable living

beta.verde.300x175Margaret Norfleet Neff and Salem Norfleet Neff, the mother/daughter founders and directors of Beta Verde will share information about their local food venture on Wednesday, Feb. 19, in the Scales Fine Arts Center Lobby from 4:30 – 6 p.m.

Beta Verde produces locally sourced jams, pickles, and syrups and was featured nationally in Slow Food USA. Beta verde is located in Winston-Salem on a 16-acre urban farm. The enterprise founded and manages the Old Salem Cobblestone Farmers Market, ranked 11th nationally by U.S. News and World Report in 2012.

The Beta Verde team is working with students and staff at Wake Forest through interdisciplinary courses that explore the impact of women entrepreneurs at the local and global levels. Anne Boyle, associate dean for student-faculty academic initiatives, will introduce the Norfleet Neffs and talk about the innovations of this campus-community effort and Margaret and Salem’s role as mentors and collaborators.

Enjoy seasonal fare and learn about current needs and future aspirations for sustaining life and community both on the campus, in Winston-Salem and in the world.

‘Unbroken Circle’ breaks fundraising records Circle, Wake Forest’s multi-generational string band, played for a standing-room only crowd on Feb. 1.  The benefit performance for the Shalom Project raised more than $7,000. The Winston-Salem charity feeds the hungry, offers clothing to those in need, tutors at risk children and cares for the sick. The Shalom Project runs one of the largest food pantries and free medical clinics in Winston Salem.

Cindy Hodnett reported in the Winston-Salem Journal’s Scene and Heard column that the Unbroken Circle musicians played many favorites for the enthusiastic sing-along, clap-along audience. “‘I’ll Fly Away’ was a crowd favorite, as was the poignant ‘Your Long Journey.’ Dr. Ed Wilson, beloved provost emeritus at Wake Forest University, was also onstage for the concert, reading several poems to complement the evening’s musical line-up.”

Read more about the concert in the Winston-Salem Journal.

Religion professor profiled by American Academy of Religion

nelly.vandornharder.300x175Nelly Van Doorn-Harder, professor of Islamic studies, was featured in the American Academy of Religion (AAR)’s “Religious Studies News.”

Van Doorn-Harder served as the chair of the organization’s program committee for the past three years.  The interview outlines the various new policies and initiatives that were put in place during her tenure.

Van Doorn-Harder is the author of several works on Coptic Christianity and Indonesian Islam, including “The Emergence of the Modern Coptic Papacy: The Egyptian Church and Its Leadership from the Ottoman Period to the Present” (AUC Press, 2011)

The AAR is a learned society and professional association of teachers and research scholars with about 9,000 members who teach in some 900 colleges, universities, seminaries and schools in North America and abroad.

Van Doorn-Harder has served in the leadership of a number of program units in the AAR. She served as chair of the Study of Islam Section from 2004–2008. She founded and has chaired the Middle Eastern Christianity Group since 2009, and she served on the AAR’s Governance Task Force, which revamped the AAR’s entire governance structure, from 2008–2010.