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Livestreaming planned for Black History Month events

Livestreaming is planned this week for two major events associated with Black History Month.

On Feb. 16, the keynote event for Black History Month will be a panel discussion featuring the national co-chairs of the recent Women’s March in Washington, D.C. Tamika Mallory, Linda Sarsour and Carmen Perez will participate in a moderated discussion in Wait Chapel at 7 p.m.

Livestreaming for the keynote event will be available here.  The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required.  Tickets can be reserved here.

A ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony for Maya Angelou Hall will be livestreamed on Feb. 17. It will be livestreamed here. The event begins at 3 p.m.

The residence hall, which opened this semester, is named in honor of world-renowned writer, professor and civil rights activist Maya Angelou, who was Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest until her death in 2014.

Livestreaming planned for Maya Angelou Hall ceremony

A ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony for Maya Angelou Hall will be available for anyone to view through livestreaming on Feb. 17. It will be livestreamed at go.wfu.edu/angelouhall.

The residence hall, which opened this semester, is named in honor of world-renowned writer, professor and civil rights activist Maya Angelou, who was Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest until her death in 2014.

The 3 p.m. ceremony will include remarks by Angelou’s grandson, Elliott Jones.  Legendary singer and songwriter Valerie Ashford Simpson will perform a musical tribute.

Wake Forest leaders–including President Nathan Hatch, Vice President for Campus Life Penny Rue, Maya Angelou Presidential Chair Melissa Harris-Perry, Dean of Residence Life and Housing Donna McGalliard and Chief Diversity Officer Barbee Oakes–will also speak at the event open to the Wake Forest community.

Full announcement available here.

WFU leaders attend Dr. Maya Angelou’s stamp dedication ceremony

Melissa Harris-Perry and Maya stampWake Forest University faculty, staff and alumni were among those present for the dedication ceremony of the Dr. Maya Angelou Forever Stamp in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Apr. 7. They included Melissa Harris-Perry (’94), who served as the master of ceremonies; Barbee Myers Oakes (’80); Wade Stokes (’83); and Robby Gregg (’83).

Angelou was the Reynolds Professor of American Studies for more than 30 years until her death in 2014 at the age of 86.

Harris-Perry shared personal memories about her teacher, friend and mentor at the star-studded event, which also included remarks from First Lady Michelle Obama, media mogul Oprah Winfrey and Ambassador Andrew Young.

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May 2014 comings and goings

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

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Preparations for Dr. Maya Angelou’s memorial service

As Wake Forest assists in preparing for Dr. Maya Angelou’s memorial service, event planners are striving to meet the substantial security, parking and traffic management and other important needs associated with Saturday’s service.  Dr. Angelou’s family appreciates the generous support and cooperation demonstrated in recent days by our campus community.

Event planners need the help and flexibility of University faculty and staff to create a successful service. Event planners have attempted to identify all activities planned to take place on campus between 6 p.m. Friday, June 6 and 2 p.m. Saturday, June 7. Activities planned between these hours are likely to experience significant disruption due to security measures preventing easy access to campus and causing traffic and parking issues.

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Private memorial service for Dr. Maya Angelou to be held in Wait Chapel

maya.angelou.300x175Dr. Maya Angelou’s family has arranged a private memorial service in Wake Forest University’s Wait Chapel on Saturday, June 7 at 10 a.m.

Due to limited seating capacity, the family has decided to have a closed service for family and friends only. Wake Forest University will livestream the service for the public at go.wfu.edu/angeloumemorial.

Dr. Angelou touched the lives of her Wake Forest students, colleagues and friends in a personal and profound way. For more than 30 years, she inspired them to be courageous and embrace life fully. To read reflections on Dr. Angelou’s impact on the Wake Forest community and beyond, a guest book is available on her remembrance page.

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WFDD and Office of Diversity and Inclusion win national award

From left: Matt Williams, David Matthews, Tom Dollenmayer and Barbee Oakes.

From left: Matt Williams, David Matthews, Tom Dollenmayer and Barbee Oakes.

WFDD general manager Tom Dollenmayer recently presented a plaque to the Office of Diversity and Inclusion in recognition of the first place journalism award the station received for the piece it produced as part of Wake Forest’s Faces of Courage series.

WFDD and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion worked in collaboration to record, produce, and broadcast the stories of the pioneers of Wake Forest’s integration in 1962. One piece, a commentary from David Matthews (’62), was recognized during the Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI) national award competition and received first place in the documentary category.

Campus Celebration

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.

Matthews’s commentary can be heard at WFDD’s website:  http://wfdd.org/post/breaking-family-tradition. In it, Matthews describes how history classes about British colonialism and Africa shattered his long-held prejudices about African Americans.

“We were thrilled when Matt Williams from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion approached us about working with him on the Faces of Courage project,” Dollenmayer said. ” To have that collaboration result in a first place national journalism award is an honor for both departments, and for Wake Forest University.”

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.

‘Lay My Burden Down’ conference examines the meaning of freedom

Paul EscottTo 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.

September 2012 faculty milestones

See a list of employment milestones reached by faculty in September 2012:

30 years
Maya Angelou; Reynolds Prof/American Studies

William Selden Hamilton; Professor, German & Russian

35 years
Andrew V. Ettin; Professor, English

Allan Louden; Chair/Assoc Professor, Communication

Teresa Radomski; Professor, Music

Cecilia H. Solano; Assoc Chair/Assoc Professor, Psychology

40 years
James J. Kuzmanovich; Professor, Mathematics

45 years
Ronald E. Noftle; Professor, Chemistry