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Provost’s Office

Provost’s office spring grants

The Provost’s Office awarded the following grants for spring 2015:

Provost’s Fund for a Vibrant Campus:

  • Amanda Gengler and David Yamane, Health Inequalities: Social Foundations and Social Consequences, $3,360.00
  • Ulrike Wiethaus, Margaret Bender, Ross Griffith, A Cherokee Celebration and Commemoration: President James Ralph Scales and the Cherokee Heritage of Wake Forest University, $5,000.

Provost’s Fund for Academic Excellence:

  • Angela Mazaris, Wake Forest LGBTQ Alumni Conference, $10,000.

Provost’s Fund for Academic Innovation:

  • John Pickel, Art Department Trip to Washington, DC, $6,403.
  • Neil Walls, Muslim-Christian Dialogues: An Egyptian Pilgrimage, $12,000.
  • Kyle Denlinger, ZSRx WakeHistory: A Massive Online Learning Event for Connecting with and Contributing to our Institution’s Story, $20,000.

For more information, please visit http://provost.wfu.edu/current-faculty/faculty-resources/grants-and-funding/

Retiring faculty and staff members

A message from President Nathan Hatch

As we prepare to celebrate Commencement and the achievements of the Class of 2015, we also pause to recognize and honor the outstanding careers of our retiring faculty and staff members.

Please join me in thanking this distinguished group of leaders, colleagues, mentors and friends and congratulating them on more than 500 years of combined service to Wake Forest University:

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Staff Advisory Council announces 2015 election results

SAC-logo-FINALThe Staff Advisory Council (SAC) is pleased to announce the results of the 2015 spring election. Thirteen new SAC representatives from across the University staff have been elected. New council members are: Landon Burrow (FACS: Maintenance Team 4), James Coffey (FACS: Custodial Services), Lou Gusbar (School of Business- Student Academic Services), Lauren Largen (Graylyn: Ads & Promotions), Sherry Long (Athletics: Student Athletes Services), Ellie Shannon (Athletics: Administration), Shelley Sizemore (Campus Life), Darlene Starnes (Multicultural Affairs), Barbara Stephens-Macri (Human Resources), Amanda Tingle (Dean of Wake Forest College), Amalia Wagner (Office of the Provost), Sandra Whicker (Admissions: Undergraduate), and Sarah Wojcik-Gross (Information Systems).

In addition to newly elected representatives, Artanzia Yates (Information Systems) and Scott Spernoga (Athletics: Sports Medicine) have been re-elected to serve an additional term. Each SAC representative will serve a term of three years and may be re-elected to serve one additional term.

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April 2015 faculty and staff milestones

Jeffrey Adair, manager at ZSR Library, and Anita Hughes, executive assistant to Provost Rogan Kersh, are celebrating 30 years of service to Wake Forest. Find out who else is celebrating a milestone anniversary this month.

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2015-16 Wake Forest Fellows named

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By Madeline Stone, News and Communications Intern

Ten seniors will remain at Wake Forest following graduation as Wake Forest Fellows, working in the President’s Office, Information Systems, University Advancement and in other offices around campus.

Since 2008, the Wake Forest Fellows program has provided exceptional graduates with a chance to work in higher education administration for a year. Each fellow will serve as a full-time University employee for a year. 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.

“I am excited about welcoming aboard this class of new Fellows,” said Marybeth Wallace, special assistant to the President. “They are a tremendously talented group and they’ve been involved in every aspect of the life of Wake Forest and making it a better place. My hope for them is that they continue to learn all they can as Fellows and that they grow personally and professionally.”

The Wake Forest Fellows for 2015-16 are:

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A message from Wake Forest’s new Dean of the College

michele.gillespie.300x175A message to faculty and staff from Wake Forest’s new Dean of the College Michele Gillespie

Dear Colleagues,

By now, the news has been shared that I will be taking on a new role at Wake Forest. It is a privilege to be selected as the next dean of the College.

I am eager to support the faculty in our pursuit of the teacher-scholar ideal and to support the staff in their commitment to our community.

I think we all embrace what is timeless and true about our liberal arts tradition—the quest for knowledge, the open exchange of ideas, independent thought, appreciation for diversity and difference, and commitment to the collective good. Such an education nurtures exploration, imagination and creativity—indispensable qualities in our increasingly complex 21st century world.

Wake Forest is a special place. We are a community of passionate educators, gifted researchers and talented staff. We pursue academic excellence. We cherish our community. We embrace Pro Humanitate.

I am grateful for this new opportunity, and I look forward to working together with those faculty and staff who have been with Wake Forest for many years and those who are newer to our community in pursuit of academic excellence and the education of the whole person.

Michele Gillespie named Dean of the College

A message from Provost Rogan Kersh

michele.gillespie.275x275President Hatch and I are delighted to report that, after an extensive national search, Wake Forest’s Presidential Endowed Professor of Southern History Michele Gillespie has been named the new Dean of the College. She will officially assume leadership of the College on July 1. I am immensely grateful to my search-committee colleagues who provided valuable insights throughout this process.

Dr. Gillespie joined the Wake Forest faculty in 1999. She was named Kahle Family Professor of History in 2003 and served as associate provost for academic initiatives from 2007-2010. In 2013, she was the first Wake Forest faculty member to be honored with an endowed Presidential Chair, which recognizes and supports faculty who excel in both academic leadership and outstanding scholarship. She also currently serves as the faculty representative to the Advancement Committee of our Board of Trustees and is a member of the University Senate.

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Faculty & staff ‘happy hour’ Monday

unnamedCome celebrate the arrival of spring at the first faculty and staff happy hour of the semester!

Monday, March 23, 4 – 5:30 p.m. at Zick’s!

Please join colleagues from across campus, and make sure to be there for a special announcement from the Arts Council of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County.

WFU hosts first of three conferences on Meiji Restoration

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On January 30-31, Wake Forest University hosted “The Civil Wars of Japan’s Meiji Restoration & National Reconciliation: Global Historical Perspectives” the initial conference in a multiyear, tri-continental (North America, Europe and Asia) project to facilitate international and interdisciplinary discussions in advance of the 150-year commemoration of Japan’s Meiji Restoration.

The 1868 Meiji Restoration was a crucial moment in Japanese and modern world history. The samurai-dominated feudal regime was overthrown, and the new regime, advocating adoption of Western models, quickly revamped political, economic, military, religious, and social structures, transforming 250 semi-autonomous feudal fiefs into a unified nation-state. Within a few decades, Japan rivaled Western nations in military and economic prowess.

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Arts Council campaign update

A message from President Nathan Hatch to Wake Forest faculty and staff:

All of us at Wake Forest University benefit from being part of Winston-Salem, the “city of arts and innovation.” One major factor behind this area’s vibrancy – and a cause that we hope you’ll join in supporting – is the Arts Council of Winston-Salem.

Wake Forest University officially comes to faculty and staff twice a year for major fundraising campaigns outside of our own development efforts: one is for the United Way, and the other is for the Arts Council. We hope you will take a moment to consider supporting the 2015 Arts Council Campaign by clicking on this link to make your own tax-deductible contribution.

I am pleased that Erica Still, Associate Professor of English, has agreed to join me in leading our campus Arts Council campaign this year. In accepting my request to give leadership to this effort, Erica stated in a particularly compelling way why she supports the arts in our community:

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