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Book signing by historian Anthony Parent

20110214mesda2254History professor Anthony Parent will sign copies of his book, Foul Means; The Formation of a Slave Society in Virginia, 1660-1740 on Saturday, Feb. 22 at the Old Salem Visitor Center.

The book signing will be part of Heritage Festival, a day of storytelling, historic tours, crafts, music and more in Old Salem to celebrate Black History month. Officially started at Kent State University in February 1970, Black History month highlights the history, art and culture of African Americans.

Parent’s book, originally published in 2003 and now available in an e-book format for the Kindle, is an account of Virginia’s small but powerful planter class that intentionally brought racial slavery to the colony during the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries.

Parent will be signing copies starting at 11 a.m.

For information on all the Heritage Festival activities at Old Salem open the link below.

Amazon Gold wins in Paris

Wake Forest biology professor Miles Silman

Wake Forest biology professor Miles Silman

Amazon Gold, a nationally acclaimed documentary made with the help of Wake Forest faculty and students, is the recipient of the International Environmental Film Festival’s first annual Green Film Network Award.

Sarah DuPont (P ’05), the film’s producer and a member of the College Board of Visitors, and director Reuben Aaronson received the award and a prize of 5,000 euros on Feb. 4 at the opening ceremony of the festival in Paris, France.

Narrated by Academy Award winners Sissy Spacek and Herbie Hancock, Amazon Gold depicts the devastating effects of illegal gold mining in the Amazon forests of South America. Wake Forest faculty and students affiliated with the Sustainability Clinic at the Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (CEES) consulted on the film for scientific content and performed on the ground scouting of locations in Peru.

The film was nominated for the award at the Environmental Film Festival in Washington, D.C. It was one of 11 films nominated by major environmental film festivals around the world to represent the best of environmental documentary filmmaking from each country. An international jury of film professionals selected Amazon Gold as the winner.

Professor of biology and CEES Director Miles Silman, who has spent his career conducting research in the Peruvian rainforest and was a scientific advisor and promoter for the film, said stopping the effects of illegal gold mining in the Amazon is an integral part of slowing the potentially devastating effects of climate change.

“The film has catalyzed a huge change in the politics of gold mining in Peru and internationally,” Silman said. “It is both interesting and hard to overstate its impact.”

Wake Forest to Host TEDx: Daring to Endeavor

Wake Forest is hosting TEDx, an independently organized event licensed by TED, on Feb. 22 from noon to 5 p.m. in Wait Chapel. The event will feature nine thought leaders ranging from the CEO of the Wall Street Journal’s 2013 startup of the year to the founder of the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte. Presenters, who will each give a talk lasting no longer than 18-minutes, include:

  • Dr. Eric Tomlinson, President of Wake Forest Innovation Quarter and Chief Innovation Officer of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
  • Vic Howie, founder of the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, N.C., whose mission is to create the “perfect playground for both children and adults.”
  • Greg Merril, Founder and CEO of Brain Sentry, a company that builds helmet-mounted sensors to detect concussions and was named The Wall Street Journal Startup of the Year in 2013.
  • Kevin Novak, the Data Modeling & Analysis Lead at Uber, one of the fastest growing private companies in America.

A complete list of speakers is available on the TEDxWakeForestU website.

The TEDx program is designed to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level.

“TEDx is part of a global movement to explore the unknown, discover a passion, take action, and better our community,” said senior Yana Klein, a student TEDx organizer. “It’s an honor for Wake Forest to host this engaging and progressive event. We want to encourage local and regional community members to join us. Our goal is to fill all 2,000 available seats in Wait Chapel.”

“The talks at a TEDx event are inspirational,” said Polly Black, professor of practice and director of Wake Forest’s Center for Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship. “Each one on its own is an ‘idea worth spreading.’ Together, the talks can inspire the audience to combine ideas in new ways.”

Registration and tickets for Wake Forest’s TEDx event are available online here. Tickets are $10 for the general public, $5 for non-WFU students, and free for Wake Forest University students, faculty and staff. Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend.

Registration for TedX is required for entry. 

EAP’s Lib Edwards to speak at SAC meeting

Lib.Edwards.150x150Lib Edwards, director of the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), will speak at the Feb. 25 meeting of the Staff Advisory Council (SAC). Open to all staff, the meeting is scheduled for 9:30 to 11 a.m. in Benson University Center, Room 401 C/D.

Edwards will discuss how the EAP, with its trained counselors, provides professional assessment, referral and follow up services for personal/emotional concerns on such matters as:

— Family and marital problems
— Emotional distress such as anxiety, grief and depression
— Alcohol and other drugs
— Stress at work or home
— Problems with children and teenagers

For more information about the Staff Advisory Council and to sign up for the SAC newsletter, visit

Wake Forest  is committed to assisting faculty and staff members with their wellness goals. There are several programs offered to benefit eligible faculty and staff members to help save time, reduce stress and stay healthy. Find out more on HR’s Wellbeing and Work-Life website.

Celebrate Chopin’s Birthday at BioTech Place

chopin.150x150Pamela Howland, part-time instructor in music, will perform “Night Music, Part Two” on Feb. 28 to kick off the Chopin Birthday Festival: From Warsaw to Winston-Salem, which begins March 1.

The festival will be held in BioTech Place from 11 a.m.- 7 p.m.

Musicians from schools in the Winston-Salem area will perform Chopin’s piano music. There will also be dancing, a film screening and a birthday toast in honor of Chopin.

“My goal for the Chopin Festival is to present a unique, colorful, fun and engaging celebration for Winston-Salem,” said Howland.

For more information about Chopin’s Birthday Festival, read the Winston-Salem Monthly.

January 2014 comings and goings

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

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Faculty publications: December updates

esch.100x100Goater, Timothy M., Cameron P. Goater, & Gerald W. Esch. (Biology). Parasitism: The Diversity and Ecology of Animal Parasites, 2nd ed. Cambridge University Press. December 2013.

Morosini, Roberta, & [Charmaine] Lee, Eds. (Romance Languages). Sindbad mediterraneo. Per una topografia della memoria da Oriente a Occidente. Pensa Multimedia. September 2013.

pinter.100x100Pinder, Jonathan P. (Business). Introduction to Business Analytics: Data Driven Decision Making. Café Press [self-published]. January 2014.

Pinder, Jonathan P. (Business). Introduction to Business Analytics for MBAs: Data Driven Decision Making. Café Press [self-published]. August 2013.

west.100x100West, G. Page. (Business). Strategic Management: Value Creation, Sustainability, and Performance, 2nd ed. Riderwood Publishing/Amazon Digital Services [self-published]. November 2013.

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