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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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Founders’ Day Convocation

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Each year, the Wake Forest family gathers for the Founders’ Day Convocation to observe the University’s founding in February of 1834. Wake Forest will hold Founders’ Day Convocation on Thursday, Feb. 19, at 4 p.m. in Wait Chapel.

The Medallion of Merit, the highest honor bestowed by the University, will be awarded at the event. Faculty awards in the areas of advising, teaching and service will also be presented. Three seniors will read their winning orations, and a senior video honoring the Class of 2015 will be screened.

The Office of the Provost will be hosting a reception following the Convocation in Scales Fine Arts Center, Lower Lobby.

Wake Forest celebrates partnership with Suzhou High School

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Harrison and Kersh join Chinese students at the interactive touchscreen kiosk donated by Wake Forest to the Suzhou High School library.

In November, members of Wake Forest University traveled to Suzhou, China, to celebrate a partnership between the Wake Forest Advantage program and Suzhou High School of Jiangsu Province.

Suzhou High School collaborated with the University for the first implementation of Wake Forest Advantage — an on-the-ground curriculum program created to help prepare international students, both academically and culturally, for transition to college in America. Wake Forest Advantage also helps connect Chinese students early in the application process with trusted admissions counselors in the U.S.

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November 2014 comings and goings

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

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Open forum scheduled for ZSR Library dean search

The search committee for the new dean of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library is hosting an open forum for all Wake Forest faculty and staff on Thursday, Dec. 4, from 4 to 5 p.m. in the ZSR Library Auditorium.

In preparation for the gathering, please consider the following questions and  come prepared to share your thoughts.

  1. Which major highlights about our nationally-recognized ZSR Library should be emphasized in order to attract top-notch candidates to the position?
  2. What challenges and opportunities might the next dean face in her or his first three years in this role?
  3. What are the most important professional skills and personal attributes required to be considered a strong candidate?

For those unable to attend the forum, please share your thoughts and suggestions by emailing wfuzsrdean@nullwfu.edu.