October 21st, 2013 | Events
Vice President Mark Petersen and Associate Vice President John Wise will be guest speakers at the Oct. 22 meeting of the Staff Advisory Council.
The SAC will meet from 9:30-11 a.m. in Farrell Hall’s Broyhill Auditorium. The event is open to all staff members.
Petersen, vice president for university advancement, will speak on the University’s new capital campaign. Wise, associate vice president of hospitality and auxiliary services, will speak on those services.
For more information on the SAC, visit sac.wfu.edu.
October 21st, 2013 | University Announcement
The following is a message from President Nathan Hatch:
My message today is brief, but filled with tremendous gratitude and pride for all the many, many Wake Forest faculty, staff and students who helped to make last week so memorable and successful. From the incredible Wake Will Campaign events under the “big tent” on Manchester Plaza on Thursday and Friday, to the impressive “Lay My Burden Down” conference commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, to the Arnold Palmer statue dedication, to the joyous President’s Ball Friday night, and all the Homecoming activities that took place throughout the weekend (including a football win Saturday afternoon!), it was a set of days that Julie and I will long remember.
What we witnessed was the the willingness of each member of this community to pull together in support of common goals, and to celebrate what has been and what can be. Perhaps most striking is that such effort and community spirit is not the rare experience here, but the usual one. That to me speaks perhaps more highly than anything else about what Wake Forest is. To each of you, I say thank you: for what you helped to accomplish last week, but even more to what you do each and every day: for our students, for our university, for our community, and for our world. I could not be more proud.
October 18th, 2013 | News You Can Use, University Announcement
The following is a message from President Nathan Hatch:
Dear Faculty, Staff and Students,
Please join me today (Friday, Oct. 18) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. under the tent on Manchester Plaza to celebrate Wake Will: The Campaign for Wake Forest.
Wake Forest University and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center will significantly increase our impact on the region, the nation and the world by investing $1 billion over the next five years to strengthen and renew our ability to carry out our respective missions. With the help of alumni, parents and friends, the University will invest $600 million in our students, faculty and enhancements to campus life. Wake Forest Baptist will invest $400 million in its mission of patient care, research and education through a complementary campaign to be shared with supporters in the near future.
Wake Will represents the largest mobilization of support for our mission in the institution’s 179-year history. More important, Wake Will is our promise to prepare students to lead lives that matter. Continue reading »
October 17th, 2013 | University Announcement
Several events this week will require closing partial and complete parking lots in order to accommodate many visitors and guests, especially Thursday and Friday, Oct. 17-18. We wish to share the following list of closures and provide parking recommendations/options for faculty and staff during these two days.
Whenever parking lots are closed for event parking, carpooling is a smart option to consider as it saves gas and time looking for a parking space. Continue reading »
October 17th, 2013 | Events
The Wake Forest men’s and women’s basketball teams will host their annual “Black & Gold Madness” event on Thursday, Oct. 17, beginning at 8 p.m. in Reynolds Gymnasium. The event, which is free and open to the public, will kick off Wake Forest’s 2013 Homecoming Weekend.
Doors will open at 7 p.m., and seating is first come, first served. The evening’s events will include team introductions, skills contests, a short scrimmage and prizes and fun for fans of all ages.
Free men’s and women’s basketball posters and schedule cards will be available at the conclusion of the event.
October 16th, 2013 | Faculty News
The Women’s Issues in Libraries Roundtable (WILR) of the North Carolina Library Association (NCLA) published an interview with Z. Smith Reynolds Library associate dean Wanda Brown, who is currently the president of NCLA.
Read the interview »
October 16th, 2013 | Events
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem State University and Old Salem, in conjunction with the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, are hosting a conference called “Lay My Burden Down” on Oct. 17-18. At the conference, experts and non-experts alike will explore issues of freedom.
Wake Forest’s Reynolds Professor of History Paul D. Escott, who is a conference organizer and Civil War expert, said that the conference will bring together several of the most renowned historians who have written about slavery and emancipation. “We are extremely fortunate to have both celebrated senior scholars, such as Ira Berlin and Thavolia Glymph, and outstanding younger historians, such as Heather Williams, Susan O’Donovan and David Cecelski. They will share new information and perspectives to this critical period in our nation’s history.”
Among the many scheduled events, Maya Angelou — Reynolds Professor of American Studies, poet, author and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011 — will present a Poem for the Occasion and three Wake Forest senior history majors will give presentations. Tours of St. Philips Heritage Center, the oldest standing African-American church in North Carolina are also being offered.
A complete schedule of events is on the “Lay My Burden Down” website.
October 15th, 2013 | Faculty News, Staff News
Amanda Horton (left) and Catherine Ross
Catherine Ross, the director of the Teaching and Learning Center, and Amanda Horton, assistant director for campus life and student programs, presented at the 2013 International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Conference in Raleigh on Oct. 4.
Ross and Horton presented “Campus Life and the Teaching and Learning Center: Crossing Boundaries and Turning the Tables on the Conversation about Learning” based on their collaborative effort to bring faculty and upperclassmen students together to discuss learning.
In the spring of 2013, Ross and Horton facilitated two faculty/student reading groups based on the text “What the Best College Students Do” by Ken Bain. This program was offered to students through the My Journey Initiative. The My Journey Initiative seeks to develop and promote innovative programs designed to intentionally challenge and support students through the distinct developmental transitions that occur throughout the four-year college experience.
Ross and Horton are hosting another reading group on the same text this fall semester.
October 15th, 2013 | Faculty News
Congratulations to Stephen Messier, professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Strength Training and Arthritis Trial (BIRT)” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under award number 3R01AR059105-03S1. Also his proposal entitled “The Runner’s and Injury Longitudinal Study (TRAILS): Injury Recover Supplemental” has been funded by the US Department of Defense.
Congratulations to Oana Jurchescu, assistant professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Spintronics for Novel Device Application and Metrology Advancement” has been funded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Also, her proposal entitled “Infra Red(IR) Spectroscopy for Electronic Structure Determination of Future Electronic Devices” has been funded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
October 14th, 2013 | Faculty News
As part of an ongoing commitment to recognize exceptional Wake Forest faculty and recruit talented new professors, Professor of History Michele Gillespie has been named the first Presidential Chair. President Nathan Hatch announced the Presidential Chair initiative in 2012, and Gillespie is the first honored with the endowed faculty position.
The Presidential Chairs recognize and support faculty who embody Wake Forest’s teacher-scholar ideal.
“At Wake Forest, retaining and rewarding exceptional faculty is central to making it an extraordinary place of learning,” said Jacque Fetrow, dean of the College. “We are pleased to recognize Michele with a Presidential Chair for her academic leadership, her outstanding scholarship, and her passionate integration of teaching with that scholarly work.”
Gillespie, who joined the Wake Forest faculty in 1999, is currently the Kahle Family Professor of History. She also served as associate provost for academic initiatives from 2007 to 2010.
Gillespie teaches courses on the history of the American South, U.S. labor, women’s and gender history. Her research explores constructions of class, race, gender and region in the social and economic history of the American South. Her most recent book, “Katharine and R.J. Reynolds: Partners of Fortune in the Making of the New South,” received national attention. She is currently working on an interpretive biography of Mary Musgrove and racial identity in early Georgia, and co-editing the two-volume “North Carolina Women: Their Lives and Times.”
“Our signature Wake Forest tradition of prominent teaching and scholarship on southern U.S. history is carried on brilliantly by Michele,” said Provost Rogan Kersh. “Recognizing her exemplary work — and simultaneously honoring this central thread in the fabric of our institution — seems a perfect way to inaugurate this exciting program of presidential endowed chairs.”
Later this month, Wake Forest will announce the funding of two additional Presidential Chairs in the departments of history and economics. Recipients of these Chairs have not yet been named.