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Seven new representatives elected to the Staff Advisory Council

SAC-logo-FINALThe Staff Advisory Council (SAC) is pleased to announce the results of the 2014 election. The seven new SAC representatives are: Jennifer Abbinett (Human Resources), Amy Ciaccia (Financial & Accounting Service), Blake Edmunds (Athletics), Sharon Fortner (University Police), Nancy Metcalf (Center for Global Programs and Studies), Tracy Pinto (Registrar’s Office), Amber Wall (Residence Life & Housing), Rachel Weaver (Information Systems) and Craig Zakrzewski (Athletics).

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Champions of Change winners announced on Earth Day

Wake Forest’s celebration of Earth Day this year included the announcement of Champions of Change award winners. This is the first year of the program, which recognizes the creativity and innovation of individuals and teams who work to improve sustainability on campus. Provost Rogan Kersh and Sr. VP/CFO Hof Milam presented the awards.

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Lord and Tingen win Teaching With Sakai Innovation Award





Pat Lord, associate teaching professor in biology and Jolie Tingen, instructor technology analyst in music, have been selected as winners of the Teaching With Sakai Innovation Award (TWSIA) for 2014 in the Portfolio category.

The Teaching with Sakai Innovation Award (TWSIA) is a project of the Sakai Teaching and Learning Community. Now in its seventh year, the award honors “innovation and excellence in technology-supported teaching, academic collaboration, and student engagement,” and it’s open to educators using the Sakai CLE or Apereo OAE.

The award will be presented at the Apereo Conference in Miami, Florida in June 2014.

April 2014 milestones

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

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The science of beets and heart health

beet.juice.300x175New evidence shows consuming foods high in naturally occurring nitrates like beets and collard greens may have benefits ranging from blood vessel health to enhancing physical performance.

The Translational Science Center will host an expert discussion on how high nitrate foods affect hearth health, physical performance and blood pressure on May 1 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Porter Byrum Center. The panel discussion will be followed by a more in depth seminar on recent discoveries on the role of dietary nitrates/nitrites on May 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Z. Smith Reynolds Library.

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Listen for the Carillon music

20100625tower4949The Janet Jeffrey Carlile Harris Carillon in Wait Chapel’s bell tower will be ringing more often than usual.

Each semester, undergraduate students apply for the opportunity to learn to play the carillon with the intention of becoming a student carillonneur. Typically, each student carillonneur plays one or two recitals per week. This year, a record-breaking 11 students practiced weekly, but did not have the chance to perform. These students will be playing today and tomorrow.

As is the custom at Wake Forest, after the last classes of the semester on Wednesday, the Carillon will be silent as students concentrate on studying for exams.

For Commencement weekend, Ryan Whittington will be playing the Carillon at the Baccalaureate service. Ryan has composed a fantasia on the letters WAKE, using only the four notes which correspond musically with those letters. On graduation day, Bradley Hicks along with Raymond Ebert, Wake Forest’s Carillonneur, will be playing “Carillon” by the famous French organist Louis Vierne.

Ebert graduated from Wake Forest in 1960 and from Union Theological Seminary in 1962. He was organist at Centenary United Methodist Church from 1970 until 2011.

March 2014 comings and goings

See a list of employees joining and leaving the University in March 2014:

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Gillespie featured on CSPAN’s BookTV

gillespie.300x175Gillespie, author of “Katharine and R. J. Reynolds: Partners of Fortune in the Making of the New South,” was interviewed for CSPAN’s BookTV about her biography of R.J. Reynolds, founder of the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company and his wife, Katharine.

The program will air:

  • Saturday, April 26 at 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 27 at 10:30 a.m.

Gillespie talks about the couple’s influence on progressive movements in the South during the early 20th century and Katharine Reynold’s philanthropic pursuits following her husband’s death.

She is Presidential Endowed Professor of Southern History at Wake Forest. Her books include “Free Labor in an Unfree World” and “Southern Society and its Transformations.”

Click here to read more about the book.

Benefit enrollment period ends today

The annual benefits enrollment period for 2014-15 ends today, April 25. This is also the last day to complete the Campus Census using the personalized link e-mailed to you at the start of the enrollment period.

Please see the Annual Benefits Enrollment website for details about the enrollment process. Contact the benefits team at or call 336.758.6404 if you have any questions.

Here is a link to the online enrollment form.

Crowdtilt for ‘Harold Tedford Main Stage’

harold.tedfordDuring his 33 years at Wake Forest, Harold Tedford made a tremendous impact on the theatre department and continues to be a friend and mentor to current students.

Today, a public campaign was launched on Crowdtilt to raise $250,000. The campaign will recognize Harold Tedford by naming the Mainstage Theatre “The Harold Tedford Main Stage” and endowing future programs and productions.

Crowdtilt, founded by alumnus James Beshara, is a website that raises funds online in a social way. Individuals pool their pledges until the cumulative pledge total reaches the goal. Only after the pledge goal is met are the pledges charged to each person’s account.

Visit the Harold Tedford Main Stage Project on Crowdtilt for more information.

Watch a video celebrating Harold Tedford here.