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Neal wins second ‘Under Forty’ award


CER staff members Kevin Cox, Katie Neal, Brett Eaton and Bonnie Davis attended the Feb. 19 awards ceremony.

The Triad Business Journal has named Katie Neal (’03), executive director of news and communications, to its annual list of “40 Leaders Under Forty.” She was recognized at a ceremony in Greensboro on Feb. 19.

The awards honor 40 remarkable individuals, all under the age of 40, who have distinguished themselves in their careers as well as in their communities.

Neal was recognized for overseeing media relations for Dr. Maya Angelou’s memorial service in Wait Chapel; spearheading the University’s strategy and response to widespread media attention when journalist Jill Abramson was fired by The New York Times only five days before commencement ceremony; and leading efforts within the Junior League of Winston-Salem to enhance the membership experience.

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Denlinger named to ALA’s Emerging Leaders Class

Kyle DenlingerZSR eLearning Librarian Kyle Denlinger has been named to the American Library Association (ALA) Emerging Leaders Class of 2014.

The Emerging Leaders program is designed to enable library staff and information workers to participate in project planning workgroups; network with peers; gain an inside look into ALA structure and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity early in their careers.

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Redmond elected president of ACTFL

Mary Lynn RedmondMary Lynn Redmond, professor of education, has been elected president of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). Redmond was nominated and elected by her peers from across the nation. She is serving this year as president-elect and will serve as president from Jan. 1, 2014, to Dec. 31, 2015.

ACTFL was established in 1968 as the only national organization that represents teachers and administrators of all languages and at all levels from pre-kindergarten to post-graduate. Representing more than 12,000 members, ACTFL is led by a Board of Directors consisting of 15 educators from across the country and includes prominent members of the language profession. Members of the foreign language teaching profession, educational institutions, and state and national government agencies look to ACTFL as the leader in standards development for foreign language proficiency and instruction in the U.S. ACTFL conducts an annual meeting each year with more than 600 educational sessions attended by more than 7,000 foreign language educators from across the U.S. and the world.

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.”

Leonard honored by alma mater

Bill LeonardBill Leonard, the Dunn Professor of Baptist Studies and a professor of Church History in the School of Divinity, received the Distinguished Alumni Medal from his alma mater, Texas Wesleyan University, at a dinner in Fort Worth, Texas, in October.

Leonard was the founding dean of the School of Divinity. After retiring as dean in 2010, Leonard has continued to teach church history in the divinity school and the religion department.

Manning, Herndon-Edmunds named Employees of the Year

At the Staff Rewards and Recognition Luncheon, Travis Manning and Shayla Herndon-Edmunds were named Employees of the Year.

Travis ManningManning, the circulation manager at Z. Smith Reynolds Library, has been described as patient and kind to everyone, demonstrating a commitment to improving services every day. He has a great ability to build a bridge of understanding between people and provides superlative, exceptional service and always has a smile. He is the first to volunteer when there is a call for assistance, and he truly leads by example. As a problem-solver and supervisor of student workers, he helps scholars transition to university life and guides them through the uncertainty of starting a new job in a new place.

Shayla Herndon-EdmundsHerndon-Edmunds, the manager of diversity education in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, has built a reputation on campus for giving honest feedback and helping people understand how to approach others with the assumption of good intent. By conceptualizing an idea and forming a plan to implement that idea, she has introduced an education series that impacts all levels of the institution. She exhibits dedication to serving others and making a difference – both in the Wake Forest community and globally. By teaching others to understand themselves, those around them, and why we should value similarities and our differences, she has helped create a more inclusive environment for faculty, staff and students.

“The Staff Rewards & Recognition events enable our campus community to celebrate and appreciate our dedicated staff, whether they have been here for 5 or 35 years,” said Carmen Canales, chief human resources officer. “By honoring Employees of the Year, we further recognize exceptional service in the areas of integrity, accountability, inclusion, dedication to excellence, and Pro Humanitate.”

Brown honored by UNCG

Wanda BrownWanda Brown, an associate dean at Z. Smith Reynolds Library, has been selected as a recipient of the 2013-2014 Outstanding Achievement Alumni Award from the UNC-Greensboro School of Education. This honor is awarded to School of Education alumni earning state, national or international distinction in their career.

Bryner elected to vice-chair position

Kyle BrynerKyle Elizabeth Bryner, the registrar and collections manager at the Museum of Anthropology, has been elected as the vice-chair of the Southeastern Registrars Association (SERA).

The Southeastern Registrars Association (SERA) encourages high standards of museum practice and fosters professional growth among museum registrars in the southeastern region of the United States. SERA promotes the exchange and dissemination of information and ideas through educational seminars, publications and other means. SERA initiates and supports activities and projects which help create an atmosphere of cooperation and communication among and between registrars, other museum professionals, and those in related service fields, and pursues further development of professional practices in the field.

Dunn named to top 100 list

Jim DunnChief Investment Officer Jim Dunn has been named to aiCIO’s 2013 Power 100 List. This is the second year that aiCIO, an international finance magazine, has published its list of the 100 most influential asset owners. Dunn is one of only 10 endowment managers to make the list.

The list appeared in the magazine’s October issue.

To compile the list, the magazine looks at positive trends in the industry, specifically risk-factor approaches, infrastructure investments and novel advances in risk management. The aiCIO team interviews industry professionals for their thoughts on these questions: Who are the CIOs leading the charge in these areas? Who is taking the risks that other, more timid CIOs, refuse to?

“Because we’re benchmark agnostic and use a factor-based asset allocation model, we don’t have traditional asset class ‘buckets’ to fill,” Dunn said. “We are able to be creative and opportunistic in our investment choices.”

Dunn also made aiCIO’s Power List in 2012.

Kocze wins award from Woodrow Wilson Center

Angela Kocze, a visiting assistant professor in sociology, will receive the 2013 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Kocze is a leading Hungarian Roma rights activist and scholar and is a research fellow at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

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Angela KoczeKocze was recently featured on the Washington Post blog, “She The People.”
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Kocze has an international reputation for interdisciplinary approach, combining political activism and policy-making with in-depth participatory research studies on the Roma situation in Hungary and elsewhere. Kocze also worked as a founding director of the European Roma Information Office (ERIO) in Brussels (2003-2004), as well as the former director of the human rights education program at the European Roma Rights Centre (1998-2003) in Budapest. Kocze was the founding director of the Romaversitas program (1996) in Budapest, which offers a scholarship and mentorship for underprivileged Roma minority university students.

Established in 2005, the Ion Ratiu Democracy Award (IRDA) aims to bring visibility and international recognition to the ideas, ideals and accomplishments of individuals around the world who are working on behalf of democracy. It brings recognition to the importance of the work carried out by democracy activists around the world. The event expresses the deep commitment to democracy of the late Ion Ratiu through his contributions as a Romanian politician as well as his interest in democratic change worldwide.

Kocze will be hosted in Washington, D.C., by the Wilson Center for up to one month to allow for broad and in-depth interaction with representatives of Washington’s policy, NGO and academic communities. She will present the results of her experience at a workshop at the Wilson Center on Dec. 5.

For more information, visit the IRDA website