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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.

Students save energy & water for Campus Conservation Nationals

lucid.dashboardOut of a field of nearly 100 colleges and universities, Wake Forest students placed in the top ten in energy savings and top five in fresh water savings during the 2014 Campus Conservation Nationals competition.

Campus Conservation Nationals is a nationwide three-week effort among institutions of higher learning to conserve electricity and water.

From March 24 to April 14, Wake Forest students competed to achieve the greatest reductions in their residence halls. They saved a total of 98,432 kilowatt-hours of energy and the avoidance of 119,890 pounds of CO2 being emitted into the atmosphere. In addition, Wake students conserved 88,700 gallons of fresh water. Their efforts resulted in  savings of between $7,000-$15,000.

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University invests in PAD (Public Access Defibrillator) Program

The University has expanded the PAD (Public Access Defibrillator) program on campus. AED’s (Automated External Defibrillators) have been upgraded and installed in highly trafficked public areas for use in the event that a person in cardiac arrest may be helped immediately. There are 38 AEDs in various locations across campus.

Training has been provided on AED awareness to faculty and staff who work in a building that houses an AED.

CPR/AED Certification is being offered through the PDC for $45 fee. You will be asked to provide your budget code when you register. The 3.5 hour course prepares the layperson to respond to choking, breathing and cardiac emergencies and provides instruction on how to use an automated external defibrillator in conjunction with CPR.This National Safety Council course meets the current CPR and ECC guidelines using a combination of instructor, video-self-instruction and hands-on training.

The first class of several class sessions will be held on Thursday, May 22.

Faculty publications: April updates



Lanzoni, Remi. (Romance Languages). Il sorpasso [DVD; interview]. Criterion. April 2014.

Lanzoni, Remi. (Romance Languages). Maugis d’Aigremont, chanson de geste [published anonymously]. Editions L’Harmattan. April 2014.

Mulcahy, Donal E., D.G. Mulcahy, & Roger Saul, Eds. (Education). Education in North American (Education Around the World series). Bloomsbury Academic. February 2014.

Congratulations to retiring faculty and staff

A letter from President Nathan Hatch to the community

Dear Wake Forest Faculty, Staff and Students,

Commencement season is a time of celebration and new beginnings for those about to graduate. It is also a time to say thank you and bid farewell to many of our friends, colleagues and mentors who have made Wake Forest University their home.

Please join me in congratulating and commemorating a marvelous class of Reynolda Campus faculty and staff retiring from Wake Forest this year. We are profoundly grateful for the countless contributions from this remarkable group of individuals, who together have more than 600 years of service to the University:

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Locklair’s music to be performed at Old Salem

Professor and composer-in-residence Dan Locklair’s “Salem Sonata” for organ will be performed by world-renowned organist Marilyn Keiser on Friday, May 9 at 7:30 p.m. at James A. Gray Jr. Auditorium, Old Salem Visitor Center. The concert celebrates the 10th Anniversary of Old Salem’s 1800 Tannenberg Organ.

For more information, click here

Locklair’s music is widely performed throughout the U.S. and around the world. His catalog includes symphonic works, a ballet, an opera, chamber, instrumental, vocal and choral compositions.

More information about him, including a bio, list of works and discography at

Endowed Professors, Faculty Fellowships and promotions

ironwork.200x250Congratulations to the College’s newest endowed professors, this year’s Wake Forest Faculty Fellows and those faculty receiving promotions.

The Wake Forest Professorship award is an endowed chair position and is among the University’s highest honors. The selection criteria include exceptional skill and sustained dedication in the classroom; outstanding commitment to student learning and growth beyond the classroom; a wide-reaching and significant record in scholarly and creative work; a sustained exemplary service to the department, the discipline, the College, the University and the broader scholarly community.

Recipients of the Wake Forest Professorships are:

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Proposals funded: Carroll, Rejeski, Marsh

David Carroll


Tony Marsh


Jack Rejeski


Physics professor Dave Carroll’s proposal, “Organic Thermoelectrics: The Matrix Composite Approach,” has been funded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (WFU funding agency).

In health and exercise science, a proposal submitted by professors Tony Marsh and Jack Rejeski, “Cooperative Lifestyle Intervention Project (CLIP II),” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Locklair’s ‘Canzona for the Music Makers’ premiers in Charlotte

Locklairandstudents.300x175The world premiere of Professor and Composer in Residence Dan Locklair’s, “Canzona for the Music Makers” was held at Northwest School of the Arts in Charlotte on Sunday, May 4.

“Canzona for the Music Makers” for chamber ensemble was commissioned in 2013 by the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra for the Northwest School of the Arts. The new piece was supported by a grant from the N.C. Arts Council.

Locklair worked closely with the students in preparing the piece, which has a secret stamp on the six-minute work — the school’s initials are used for a four-note theme that recurs throughout.

The premiere was covered in the Charlotte Observer, “A world premiere for Northwest School of the Arts,” and Subito Music Corporation, “Locklair: Learning from a composer.”

Carolina Impact was on-site covering Locklair working with the students. Watch the video here.

Listen to a preview of the piece on WDAV Public Radio.

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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