December 3rd, 2013 | Faculty News
Mary 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.
November 27th, 2013 | Faculty News, Hot Topics
On 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.”
November 25th, 2013 | Faculty News
Bill 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.
November 22nd, 2013 | Staff News, University Announcement
At the Staff Rewards and Recognition Luncheon, Travis Manning and Shayla Herndon-Edmunds were named Employees of the Year.
Manning, 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.
Herndon-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.”
November 15th, 2013 | Faculty News
Wanda 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.
November 15th, 2013 | Staff News
Kyle 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.
November 12th, 2013 | Staff News
Chief 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.
November 8th, 2013 | Faculty News
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.
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 www.wilsoncenter.org/ratiu.
November 6th, 2013 | Staff News
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.
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.”
November 5th, 2013 | Faculty News
Terry Blumenthal recently was named the president of the Society for Psychophysiological Research, an international organization of neuroscientists. The appointment came while he was attending the group’s annual meeting, held this year in Florence, Italy.
Blumenthal is a professor of psychology who has taught at Wake Forest since 1987.