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Greek Alumni Advisory Board established

In August 2015, the Office of Alumni Engagement and the Division of Campus Life brought together a diverse group of alumni representing various fraternity and sorority organizations to hear about what is happening in Greek life at Wake Forest and across the nation, and to talk about ways that the student experience here can be strengthened. Among the solutions proposed at that gathering was the creation of an advisory board relating to the fraternity and sorority experience at Wake Forest.

Now, the newly established Greek Alumni Advisory Board (GAAB) aims to serve as a bridge between alumni and the University in order to educate alumni about fraternity and sorority life today and to positively influence the student experience. The board also wants to support and strengthen the role of chapter advisors, as the University recognizes chapters with strong advisers tend to make better decisions.

The mission of the GAAB is: “Connecting yesterday’s and today’s Greeks to strengthen the spirit of Pro Humanitate.” Members include:

  • Alfred Adams (’68, JD ’73, P ’01), Winston-Salem, N.C., Sigma Chi
  • Lucy Anderson (’94, MBA ’99), Charlotte, N.C., Alpha Delta Pi
  • Martin Baker (’99), Winston-Salem, N.C., Kappa Alpha
  • Adrienne Myer Bohannon (’02), Seattle, Wash., Delta Delta Delta
  • Mike Ford (’72), Winston-Salem, N.C., Sigma Chi
  • Camille Wilkerson French* (’93), Winston-Salem, N.C., Delta Sigma Theta
  • Nate French (’93), Lewisville, N.C., Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Jane Claire Jacobi (’05), Charlotte, N.C., Delta Zeta
  • James Ivory (’85, P ’17), Seven Devils, N.C., Theta Chi
  • Gordon Kammire (’79, MD ’83, P ’18), Lexington, N.C., Kappa Sigma
  • Leslie Danese Kammire (’82, MD ’86, P ’18), Lexington, N.C., SOPH
  • Alicia Lee (’02), Houston, Tex., Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Molly Welles Lineberger* (’82, MA ’15, P ’15), Winston-Salem, N.C., Fideles
  • Shannon Bozoian Mihalko* (’92), Winston-Salem, N.C., Strings and Pi Beta Phi
  • Reid Nickle (’15), Washington, D.C., Kappa Alpha
  • Mike Queen (’68, P ’94), Wilmington, N.C., Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Jeff Richardson (’87), Newport, Ky., Delta Kappa Epsilon
  • Kim Boatwright Shirley (’85, P ’13, P ’13, P ’17), Raleigh, N.C., SOPH
  • Lisa Snodgrass (’95), Atlanta, Ga., Thymes and Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Andrew Snorton III (’93), Snellville, Ga., Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Rob Wall* (’98), Winston-Salem, N.C., Kappa Alpha
  • David M. Warren (’81, JD ’84, P ’13), Raleigh, N.C., Kappa Alpha
  • Bill Wells (’74), Winston-Salem, N.C., Sigma Chi
  • Tycely Williams* (’97), Alexandria, Va., Delta Delta Delta

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July 2016 staff milestones

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2016-17 Wake Forest Fellows selected

A group photo of the new Wake Forest Fellows for the 2016-17 academic year, in front of Reynolda Hall on Wednesday, April 27, 2016.

Wake Forest Fellows for 2016-17

Twelve seniors will remain in the Wake Forest campus community following graduation in May as Wake Forest Fellows.  They will work in offices across campus, including the President’s Office, the Pro Humanitate Institute, the Z. Smith Reynolds Library and the Office of Personal and Career Development.

Since 2008, the Wake Forest Fellows program has provided exceptional Wake Forest college graduates with the opportunity to work in higher education administration for a year. Each fellow will serve as a full-time Wake Forest employee, starting this summer.  In addition to working with top administrators in a particular department, the fellows will participate in leadership activities and interact with faculty, staff and students to learn about the inner workings of higher education.

“We’re welcoming a class of Fellows that has excelled across the campus in academics, in service, and in leadership,” said Marybeth Wallace, special assistant to President Nathan O. Hatch.  “We can’t wait to feel all of that youthful energy in our offices.”
This group also represents the first time that fellowships have been arranged for Reynolda House Museum of American Art, the Pro Humanitate Institute and Wake Downtown: Biomedical Sciences and Engineering.

The Wake Forest Fellows for 2016-17 are:

  • Olivia Clark: Reynolda House (Ellicott City, Md.), History/minor, Italian
  • Kent Garrett: Information Systems (Noblesville, Ind.), Sociology/minors, Journalism and Entrepreneurship
  • Brian Hart: Dean of the College (Oxford, N.C), Politics and International Affairs
  • Millicent Hennessey: President’s Office (New York, N.Y.), Chinese Language and Culture
  • Sarah Hoyle: Personal and Career Development (Clemmons, N.C.), Politics and International Affairs
  • Kylie Kinder: START Gallery (Oak Park, Calif.), Art History and Psychology
  • Alexa King: Campus Life (Dallas, Texas), Psychology/minor, Health and Human Services
  • Sophia (Sophie) Leveque: Z. Smith Reynolds Library (Newport Beach, Calif.), Communication and English
  • Alexa King: Campus Life (Dallas, Texas), Psychology/minor, Health and Human Services
  • Aishwarya (Ash) Nagar: Wake Downtown/Biomedical Sciences and Engineering (New Delhi, India), Biology/minors, Religion, Neuroscience, Philosophy
  • Chanel Shulman: Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center (Myrtle Beach, S.C.), Psychology and Economics
  • Terry (T.J.) Smith: Provost’s Office (Greensboro, N.C.), Politics and International Studies
  • Camry Wilborn: Pro Humanitate Institute (Winston-Salem, N.C.), Politics and International Studies and Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies/minor, Communication

“My selection as a fellow means that I have been given a tremendous opportunity to continue to learn and grow while simultaneously giving back to the institution I have to come to love,” said T.J. Smith.  “I have the chance to be mentored by a cadre of esteemed leaders in what will be the developmental opportunity of a lifetime.”

As a fellow, Smith said, he expects “to gain a new insight and perspective into how the strategic direction and inner mechanics of the University come together to move our community forward.”

Alumni of the Wake Forest Fellows program have pursued careers in law, medicine, public policy and more. Several have since received prestigious academic awards such as Rhodes and Fulbright scholarships.

Magjuka named assistant dean, director

Wake Forest University head shots, Tuesday, October 7, 2014. Marianne Magjuka.

Marianne Magjuka has been named an assistant dean of students and director of democratic engagement and justice programs.

“This appointment acknowledges Marianne’s strong contributions to the community and organizationally strengthens the partnership between the Pro Humanitate Institute (PHI) and Division of Campus Life,” according to an  announcement by PHI and Campus Life. “Both areas share a commitment to providing meaningful social justice, civic engagement, and inclusion programs and initiatives for the university community.”

Magjuka will have a dual report to the executive director of PHI and the dean of students/associate vice president for Campus Life and will serve on the leadership teams of both areas.

In her current role as PHI’s director of democratic engagement and justice programs, Magjuka has directed social justice programs and overseen civic and democratic engagement initiatives. She has also directed sustained dialogue for students and staff for the Division of Campus Life and coordinated deliberative dialogue training and planning. Magjuka has also contributed to a number of university initiatives, including serving as co-chair for the Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Task Force.

As an assistant dean of students and director, Marianne’s new responsibilities will include:
–providing leadership for Campus Life staff development initiatives designed to develop staff capacity to provide meaningful social justice and diversity and inclusion programs throughout the organization
–providing leadership for programs that offer incoming students the opportunity to engage in meaningful dialogue across differences
–providing services for students and their families experiencing personal, medical or mental health-related crises with focus on community education and response for campus climate and bias-related incidents

Magjuka first joined Wake Forest in January 2011 as the director of Campus Life. Previously, she served as the assistant director of community service and service-learning at Baylor University, and coordinated an AmeriCorps*VISTA program based at Florida State University. Magjuka received her B.A. and M.Ed. from the University of Notre Dame.

Application period open for Move More program

Move more Move OftenSpring semester applications are being accepted through Feb. 12 for the wellbeing project called Move More. Move Often.

The project, which is a research program (IRB# IRB00022164), is open to students, faculty and staff.

To apply, visit move.thrive.wfu.edu.

It is designed as an eight-week step challenge to encourage individuals to increase their daily physical activity. Using Fitbit activity trackers, participants can monitor their daily steps and activity. Throughout the eight-week challenge, participants can access performance incentives, receive supplemental resources and materials, as well as discounts.

Participants will be required to attend a one-hour orientation session. A Fitbit will be provided to participants. Participants may also use their own Fitbit, instead.

At the conclusion of the challenge, prizes will be awarded on an individual basis for significant improvement in the number of average daily steps. Following each challenge, participants will have the opportunity to re-enroll for additional challenges to keep improving their daily physical activity and potentially win more prizes.

The website offers additional information about Move More. Move Often. The site includes a list of resources and an FAQ section, for instance.

This project is co-sponsored by Office of Wellbeing, Campus Life, Health and Exercise Science, Environmental Health and Safety, Hospitality & Auxiliary Services, Residence Life and Housing, Information Technology, PDC Run, Forest, Run (Walk Forest), Therapeutic Lifestyle Change, Aramark, Campus Recreation.

New wellbeing project launched

A new wellbeing project is open to students, faculty and staff.  It is called Move More. Move Often.  This is a research program (IRB# IRB00022164)

To apply, visit move.thrive.wfu.edu.  Application period will continue through Oct. 6.

It is designed as an eight-week step challenge to encourage individuals to increase their daily physical activity.  Using Fitbit activity trackers, participants can monitor their daily steps and activity.  Throughout the eight-week challenge, participants can access performance incentives, receive supplemental resources and materials, as well as discounts.

Participants will be required to attend a one-hour orientation session.   A Fitbit will be provided to participants.  Participants may also use their own Fitbit, instead.

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Panel discussion on Confederate flag to be held Sept. 2

The University’s Pro Humanitate Institute will host a panel discussion called “The Flag: Navigating Southern Identity, Race and Symbolism” on Sept. 2 from 6-7 p.m. in Wait Chapel.

The panel will include:

  • Katon Dawson – Dawson was first elected Chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party in 2002, was unanimously re-elected twice, and served on the Republican National Committee from 2002-2009. A leading voice in removing the flag from the South Carolina state capitol, he is now president of Dawson Public Affairs.
  •  Alicia Garza – An organizer, writer, and freedom dreamer, Garza is Special Projects Director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance, the nation’s leading voice for dignity and fairness for the millions of domestic workers in the United States. She is also the co-creator of #BlackLivesMatter.
  • Bree Newsome – A filmmaker, singer, songwriter and community organizer, Newsome made headlines when she climbed a flagpole and removed the Confederate flag flying at the state capitol in Columbia, S.C.
  •  James Ian Tyson– Tyson is a grassroots organizer who was arrested alongside Bree Newsome after they removed the flag from the South Carolina state capitol grounds.

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August 2015 staff milestones

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June 2015 faculty and staff milestones

Kriss Dinkins in Information Systems, Margaret Lankford in the School of Law and Frederick Harris in the School of Business are celebrating 25 years at Wake Forest.

See other faculty and staff  celebrating milestones in June 2015.

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Staff, students continue water conservation success

Silman

Biology professor Miles Silman makes his conservation pledge.

Out of a field of 125 colleges and universities, Wake Forest students placed in the top five in fresh water savings for the second year in a row during the 2015 Campus Conservation Nationals competition.

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

From Feb. 9 to March 1, Wake Forest students competed to achieve the greatest reductions in their residence halls in electricity and water consumption. Due to extremely cold weather conditions, Wake Forest was unable to place in the top 10 in electricity reduction like last year. However, the cold weather did not stop their efforts with water usage. Students saved over 37,000 gallons of water during the competition window.

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