October 29th, 2013 | Staff News
Wake Forest recently was featured on an episode of “Hear It From a Peer” on the PeopleAdmin website. The episode was called “Collective Unity,” and it focused on organizational development in higher education.
Wake Forest’s Professional Development Center, which won CUPA-HR’s 2012 Innovation Award, was highlighted as an example of being a change agent that brought unity across departments and successful aligned them with the mission of the university.
The summary said, “With professional development activities for both faculty and staff, WFU has been able market this through one location, thus generating a sense of community across the campus, and encouraging collaboration between departments.”
Featured from WFU were: Andrea Ellis, the director of recruitment and organizational development; and John Champlin, the manager of professional and leadership development.
See and hear the episode here »
October 29th, 2013 | University Announcement
Would you like a weekend free of chores? Let the Baptist Student Union do them for you!
This year’s Baptist Student Union fall work days will be Friday and Saturday, Nov. 1 and 2. The BSU would love to help you with any odd jobs, including painting, cleaning out garages and raking leaves.
Help the BSU raise money for its missions fund by allowing them to shorten your to-do list. Contact Candice Denton at firstname.lastname@example.org for information or to request help.
October 28th, 2013 | Faculty News
Eileen Young (third from left) and UNCSA faculty
Eileen Young performed by invitation of the UNC School of the Arts faculty on their recital, “Hindemith Lives!” on Saturday evening, Oct. 19, in Watson Hall on the campus of the School of the Arts.
Young played bass clarinet with other UNCSA faculty members on their performance of Paul Hindemith’s “Septet for Winds.” Eileen is the adjunct assistant professor of clarinet, saxophone, and woodwind ensembles at Wake Forest.
October 28th, 2013 | University Announcement
The following message is from Rick Matthews, associate provost for technology and information systems and chief information officer:
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we worked to resolve the problem with our wireless network. Information Systems staff worked with Cisco Systems engineers around the clock to develop a solution that should resolve the wireless network problem. Cisco Systems developed the needed software update and the IS staff applied it to our network hardware this week. The problem should now be resolved.
Despite this known problem, I am proud to report that we did not experience a wireless network outage related to this problem since Oct. 9. Thanks to the Information Systems team for the countless hours that were dedicated to keeping the campus connected while a solution was developed.
Please continue to monitor and report any issues you experience by calling ext. 4357 (HELP) or sending an email to email@example.com.
October 25th, 2013 | Faculty News
Alexander Street Press and the American Counseling Association (ACA) just released a video of Sam Gladding, chair and professor of counseling, conducting a 90-minute group counseling session before a live audience at last year’s ACA conference in Cincinnati. The video is titled “Promoting Growth within a Group: Performing in the Here and Now.” This is the sixth training video Gladding has made for ASP, and it will be available as part of the ASP streaming service in the Z. Smith Reynolds Library.
Gladding was assisted by four members of the Wake Forest counseling department: Jose Villalba, Nathaniel Ivers, Brian Calhoun, and Pamela Karr.
“I live in a great department with supportive and cooperative members,” Gladding said. “I am pleased with how the group demonstration went, how the film turned out, and with the wonderful behavior of my colleagues. There was no script, so everything was unrehearsed and ‘live.’”
October 25th, 2013 | Faculty News
Former professor Margaret Supplee “Peggy” Smith has written a new book, “American Ski Resort: Architecture, Style, Experience,” that meticulously traces the architectural evolution of ski resorts from the 1930s to the 1990s. She presents a compelling case that ski resorts are a distinctly American type of architecture and one worthy of study.
Smith, who retired as Harold W. Tribble Professor of Art in 2011 after 32 years at Wake Forest, will have a book signing on Sunday, Oct. 27, from 1-3 p.m., at Ski and Tennis Station in Winston-Salem. If you miss her there, she’ll also be signing books on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 2–4 p.m., at Barnes & Noble, also in Winston-Salem.
Read more about Smith and her new book on the Wake Forest Magazine site »
October 24th, 2013 | Faculty News
Assistant professor of classical languages John Oksanish traveled to Berlin, Germany, this summer to deliver a paper at an international conference, “Vitruvius in the Round.”
Vitruvius, a Roman architect and engineer during the 1st century BC, is best known for his work “De Architectura” (On Architecture). The work is an important source of modern knowledge of Roman building methods.
The Berlin conference showcased a new wave of research into Vitruvius’s work, where classical studies experts considered “De Architectura” not solely as a factual, technical instruction manual, but rather as a work that can be analyzed as literature — offering insight into politics, rhetoric, and oratorical styles of the time.
Oksanish received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in support of his research.
Read more about the conference on the Origins of Architecture blog, “Talking Vitruvius in Berlin.”
October 24th, 2013 | University Announcement
Cisco has made it a mission to connect the unconnected through cloud computing and other innovative technologies. The San Jose-based multinational corporation recently highlighted Wake Forest’s program to roll out a broad set of collaboration technologies in a case study on its website.
Read the case study here »
October 22nd, 2013 | Events
The Provost and the Office of Undergraduate Admissions invite faculty and staff to Thursdays at the Porter B. Byrum Welcome and Admissions Center on Oct. 24.
A wine and cheese reception will run from 4-4:30 p.m., followed by a program from 4:30-5:15 p.m. that will feature Neil DeVotta and Phoebe Zerwick.
DeVotta, an associate professor of politics and international affairs, will analyze the rise in countries that are neither fully democratic nor fully authoritarian and the strategies adopted by political elites that ensure such soft-authoritarianism.
Zerwick, a lecturer in English, will screen and discuss portions of “The Story of My Life,” a multimedia documentary that tells the stories of six intellectually and developmentally disabled adults in photography, visual art and spoken and written word.
October 22nd, 2013 | Staff News
Stephen Whittington, the director of the Museum of Anthropology, participated in a panel discussion entitled “Under the Umbrella: Museums Governed by Larger Organizations” at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Museums Conference in Savannah, Ga., on Oct. 8. Whittington, who is the regional representative for the Southeast on the board of the Association of Academic Museums and Galleries, also hosted a reception for AAMG members and organized a meeting of AAMG state representatives.