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Summer courses now offered in Charlotte

charlotte.centerStarting this summer, Wake Forest will offer summer courses at the Wake Forest Charlotte Center. Four faculty members will teach six courses, two in each of the following disciplines: communication, psychology and English.

This new summer initiative will benefit both students and faculty who live in or near the city, said Randall Rogan, dean of academic programming and planning. “It can be prohibitive for faculty to come to Wake to teach if they don’t live in Winston-Salem,” he added. “We also expect a positive turnout of students since around 300 students initially expressed interest in taking classes in Charlotte.”

The decision has already received positive feedback from faculty members. “Students have the opportunity to study in some other place than Winston-Salem,” says Marina Krcmar, an associate professor in communication who lives in Charlotte. “It also allows me to teach for a summer to both Wake and non-Wake students close to home.” Krcmar will teach two communication courses.

Cathy Seta, professor of psychology; John Petrocelli, associate professor of psychology; and Sharon Raynor, visiting assistant professor in the writing program, will teach the other courses. Classes will run June 2-27.

Outside of the Triad, more Wake Forest alumni live in the Charlotte area than any other geographic region. Rogan said adding undergraduate summer school classes from the College to the business school offerings already available in uptown Charlotte is a natural extension of the University’s commitment to students, faculty, staff and alumni in the area.

By Elizabeth Law (’14), Wake Forest News and Communication Intern

January 2014 comings and goings

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

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January 2014 faculty milestones

See a list of employment milestones reached by faculty in January 2014:

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Lee Potter, professor emeritus of English, has died

Lee.Potter.200x300By Kerry M. King (’85)
Wake Forest Magazine

Lee H. Potter, who survived the torpedoing of his troop transport ship during World War II and went on to have a long teaching career at Wake Forest, has died.

Potter, professor emeritus of English, died on Jan. 17, at his home in Durham, N.C. He was 89. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Jan. 28 in Few Chapel at Croasdaile Village in Durham.

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December 2013 faculty publications

Ajami, Riad A., & G. Jason Goddard. (Business). International Business: A Course on the Essentials, 3rd ed. M.E. Sharpe. October 2013.



Barnhart, Bruce E. (English, Visiting). Jazz in the Time of the Novel: The Temporal Politics of American Race and Culture. University of Alabama Press. October 2013.

Curley, John J. (Art). Conspiracy of Images: Andy Warhol, Gerhard Richter, and the Art of the Cold War. Yale University Press. December 2013.

Shi, Yaohua. (East Asian Languages & Cultures). Pimsleur® Mandarin Chinese IV [Audio CD]. Simon & Schuster. December 2013.

November 2013 faculty publications

The following faculty had books published:

Antliff, Mark, & Scott W. Klein, Eds. (English). Vorticism: New Perspectives. Oxford University Press. November 2013.

Leonard, Bill J. (Divinity). Can I Get a Witness?: Essays, Sermons, and Reflections. Mercer University Press. November 2013.

Sehnbruch, Kirsten, & Peter M. Siavelis, Eds. (Politics & International Affairs). Democratic Chile: The Politics and Policies of a Historic Coalition, 1990-2010. Lynne Rienner. November 2013.

Tupper, E. Frank. (Divinity). Scandalous Providence: The Jesus Story of the Compassion of God, 2nd ed. Mercer University Press. May 2013.

Hogan wins award from Society for Utopian Studies

Sarah HoganOn  Nov. 16, Sarah Hogan, a new assistant professor in English, received the Arthur O. Lewis Award at the annual meeting of the Society for Utopian Studies.

The Lewis award, given annually by the organization, recognizes the best paper by a younger scholar (generally defined as untenured) presented at the previous conference. Hogan received the award for “What More Means Now: Utopia, Occupy, and the Commons,” her essay on the continued legacy and contemporary relevance of Thomas More’s “Utopia.”

The essay was published this fall in “Upstart: A Journal of English Renaissance Studies,” and will be reprinted in the forthcoming anthology, “The Next Generation: Emerging Voices in Utopian Studies.”

Angelou, Wilson & Cole to celebrate dignity & respect Nov. 6

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion invites faculty and staff to celebrate the first 30 days of a yearlong, campus-wide “Dignity and Respect Campaign” on Wednesday, Nov. 6, from 3:30-4:45 in Brendle Recital Hall.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature remarks from:

  • Maya Angelou, Reynolds Professor of American Studies, renowned poet and Civil Rights activist;
  • Ed Wilson, Provost Emeritus, retired professor of English and literary scholar; and
  • Johnnetta Cole, director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African Art, former president of Spelman College and Bennett College for Women, and humanitarian.

Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. No registration is necessary.

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion launched the campaign on Oct. 7 to unite the campus under the core belief that everyone deserves dignity and respect (find out more and take the pledge). Originally established by the Center for Inclusion at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, the national movement promotes inclusion through behavioral and organizational change.

“Dr. Angelou is famous for saying, ‘I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.’ Indeed, the relationships students form with each other, faculty, and staff are at the heart of our culture here at Wake Forest,” said Dr. Barbee Oakes, assistant provost for Diversity and Inclusion.

“With the diversification of our student body over the last several years, we have dedicated great attention to cultivating a greater appreciation of how diverse constituencies enrich our community. The primary goal of the ‘Dignity and Respect Campaign’ is to embed the message ‘You Belong Here’ into the very fabric of our campus.”

Faculty and staff are welcome to encourage students, family and friends to attend.

WFU featured in local media

Current and former Wake Forest faculty and staff have made a number of appearances in local news outlets recently. Here’s a roundup of some of the mentions:

  • Gloria Stickney, a business manager in physics, was featured in the Winston-Salem Journal for her business, Sew Fabulous, which makes Wake Forest quilts, among other items. Read more »
  • Winston Blair, who works with Mail Services, was featured in Winston-Salem Monthly for his collection of political memorabilia focused on Ronald Reagan. Read more » (Blair also was featured in the Winston-Salem Journal in 2012.)
  • Phoebe Zerwick, a lecturer in English, was featured in the Winston-Salem Journal for her work on “The Story of My Life,” a new exhibit at the Sawtooth School for Visual Arts that follows the lives of six developmentally disabled adults who are residents of Group Homes of Forsyth County. Read more »
  • Mary Dalton, a professor of communication, film studies and women’s and gender studies, was featured in the Shelby Star in a story about Martha Mason, who graduated from Wake Forest despite spending most of her life in an iron lung because of polio. Read more »
  • Several professors were featured in the Winston-Salem Chronicle for their work on a new book, “Trauma and Resilience in American Indian and African American Southern History,” which was edited by ethnic study professors Anthony Parent and Ulrike Wiethaus. Read more »
  • Former volleyball coach Heather Holmes was featured in the Journal for her battle against breast cancer. Read more »
  • Former soccer coach George Kennedy was featured in the Journal for his induction into the N.C. Soccer Hall of Fame. Read more »

Thursdays at Byrum

Thursdays at Byrum HallThe 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.