November 26th, 2013 | University Announcement
The following message is from Provost Rogan Kersh and Senior Vice President Hof Milam:
We are pleased to announce that the university plans to implement a centralized, campus-wide license for Event Management System (EMS) for scheduling of non-classroom space on campus. This software will allow us to manage space far more effectively, provide a user-friendly process for reserving conference rooms and other space, and collect/utilize accurate usage data.
As a result of Strategic Resource Initiative (SRI) work this past year, we realized that more than 30 individual space managers across campus were utilizing various practices for scheduling space. After assessing our current processes and costs, EMS was identified as the best solution for efficiency and ease of use. In addition, by consolidating existing EMS licenses and maintenance fees currently held by several groups on campus, we are saving the university thousands of dollars.
A cross-campus implementation team will spend the next 6-8 months working with space managers across campus to implement the software. Our grateful thanks to this team, whose members are:
- Mike Ayuso, IS
- Sean Brittain, Facilities & Campus Services
- James Buckley, Campus Life
- Alisa Elmore, Admissions
- Kettie Fickter, Athletics
- Max Floyd, Campus Life
- Karen Frekko, School of Business
- Beth Hoagland, Provost’s Office
- Trevor Hughes, School of Law
- Mary Beth Lock, ZSR Library
- Sharon Melnik, Conference Services
- Harold Pace, University Registrar
- Randy Rogan, College
- John Wise, Hospitality and Auxiliary Services
We are looking forward to reaping the benefits of this approach to space management.
November 22nd, 2013 | Events
Provost Rogan Kersh and the Wake Forest deans invite you to a faculty and staff happy hour in the Bern Beatty Colloquium (third floor) in Farrell Hall. The event will be Monday, Nov. 25, from 4:30-6 p.m.
Please join your colleagues from across campus for fellowship and fun!
November 21st, 2013 | Events
Please join Provost Rogan Kersh and senior vice president for Finance and Administration Hof Milam for Campus Connections, an opportunity for non-faculty staff to learn about, discuss and provide input about issues at Wake Forest. The event will be Friday, Nov. 22, from 8:45-10 a.m. in Benson 401.
Campus Connections is a chance to gain a greater understanding of campus issues and university changes, while interacting with other staff who work in academic and student life. Enjoy a light breakfast while the Provost, Deans and other administrators discuss current events at the university.
This month’s Campus Connections will feature:
- Mark Petersen, vice president of advancement, who will present on the next steps of Wake Will: The Campaign for Wake Forest;
- Penny Rue, vice president of campus life, who will present her vision of campus life for Wake Forest.
November 20th, 2013 | Events, Faculty News
The Program for Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship invites you to a reception celebrating the launch of the book “Creativity and Entrepreneurship: Changing Currents in Education and Public Life.” The book was edited by Lynn Book, a senior lecturer in theatre, and David Phillips, an associate professor of humanities.
The launch celebration will be Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 5-6:30 p.m. in the Green Room of Reynolda Hall. Provost Rogan Kersh and the editors will be in attendance.
October 9th, 2013 | Events
The following is a message from Provost Rogan Kersh:
I very much hope you plan to join President Hatch and me on Friday, Oct. 18, to celebrate the University’s recent fundraising success and our campaign plans for the future. Feel free to drop in anytime between 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. No need to register.
If your schedule permits, President Hatch and I, along with WFUers from across our community, will be making a short, entertaining presentation at Noon and again at 1:30 p.m.
To support this celebration, and a donor event planned for the prior evening, University Advancement will erect a large tent on Manchester Plaza. The good news is that most of the noisy work will occur over Fall Break when classes are not in session. The bad news is that to be ready in time for our celebration, work will need to start on Manchester Plaza on Thursday, Oct. 10 — though not until late afternoon.
While we will do everything possible to minimize the disruption to Thursday classes, some noise is inevitable. I thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.
Again, food, fun and a look into our future will be served up between classes on Oct. 18 from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. I hope to see you then.Rogan Kersh
September 26th, 2013 | Events
Provost Rogan Kersh invites all faculty and staff to a celebration of the new academic year from 4-5:30 p.m. in the Greene Room of Reynolda Hall.
September 26th, 2013 | University Announcement
The following is a message from President Nathan Hatch:
The fall semester is always a time of enthusiasm among our students and tremendous activity among faculty and staff. I am looking forward to several opportunities over the next couple of months to address issues of importance to our campus community. Continue reading »
September 16th, 2013 | Events
Dear Wake Forest community:
As members of the Commencement Speaker Advisory Committee, we look forward to engaging our graduating students and other members of the university community in the selection process of our 2014 Commencement speaker. As we begin this exciting task, we look to you to provide us with speaker nominations for Commencement 2014.
Please submit your suggestions to CSAC@wfu.edu by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 25. Submissions must include:
- Name of nominee
- Two to three paragraphs answering the following question: “Why do you think this person would be an exceptional Commencement speaker at Wake Forest University?”
- Any contact name(s) for your nomination (if possible) and/or any connection to Wake Forest.
We are especially interested in hearing from graduating students. Suggestions are also gratefully welcomed from faculty and staff.
As you can imagine, persons of this caliber are in high demand. While we hope to host a speaker from suggestions we receive, we cannot guarantee that our invitations will be accepted. Your thoughts will be vital to informing our approach and to selecting a speaker.
This committee is dedicated to the transparency of this process, but please understand that the actual invitation process must remain confidential. Announcement of the Class of 2014’s commencement speaker will follow a similar timeline as in years past.
We look forward to reviewing your nominations.
The Commencement Speaker Advisory Committee
Rogan Kersh, Provost, Chair
Francie Fisher, Wake Forest Fellow, Provost’s Office
Mary Foskett, Professor, Religion
Jim O’Connell, Wake Forest Fellow, President’s Office
Samantha Perrotta, Event and Project Manager, Provost’s Office
Aubrey Peterson, President, Student Union
Mary Pugel, Chief of Staff, President’s Office
Jennifer Richwine, Assistant Vice President, University Events
Jay Sehgal, Student Trustee
Jacqueline Sutherland, Student Government President
Mark Welker, Professor, Chemistry
September 12th, 2013 | News You Can Use, University Announcement
After a vote of the College faculty this week, Wake Forest joined the Semester Online Consortium, the first-of-its-kind program to offer for-credit undergraduate courses through a consortium of top-tier universities.
Semester Online offers rigorous, small, online, for-credit courses in real time, to qualified college students from anywhere in the world. Wake Forest joins the Semester Online growing roster of nationally renowned colleges and universities including Boston College, Brandeis University, Emory University, Northwestern University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Notre Dame, and Washington University in St. Louis.
In spring 2014, Wake Forest will offer its first Semester Online course, Introduction to Bioethics, which will be taught by professor of biology Carole Browne. The course will examine contemporary issues in bioethics, including responsible conduct in research, implications of technological advances in biology, environmental issues, and controversies in health care and medical practices.
“Wake Forest’s time-tested model of education, defined by a highly personal approach and a focus on educating the whole person, is characterized by small classes and a tight-knit community,” said Wake Forest Provost Rogan Kersh. “We have engaged in an ongoing campus-wide dialogue about how Wake Forest might best utilize online tools and other technological innovations to effectively enhance our high-touch, face-to-face educational experience. Semester Online is the first online program that is able to offer this level of engagement to our students and faculty.”
The full news release announcing the new initiative is posted on the Wake Forest news site, as well as answers to frequently asked questions.
September 4th, 2013 | Faculty News, Hot Topics, University Announcement
Wake Forest is delighted to announce the appointment as vice provost of Jennifer Collins, who currently serves as associate provost for academic and strategic initiatives. Collins is also a professor of law, joining the law school faculty in 2003, where her areas of focus are criminal law and family law. She continues to teach courses on gender and the law (to both law students and undergraduates) and legal professionalism; her acclaimed classroom gifts have earned her both of the School’s top teaching awards.
Since taking up the associate-provost role in 2010, Collins has led the successful efforts to establish both the LGBTQ Center and Women’s Center at Wake Forest, organized a visionary year-long series of conversations on campus culture, and this past year spearheaded the university’s new well-being initiative. Last year, she also chaired a campus-wide group discussing expanded use of the WFU Center in Charlotte.
“Jennifer’s remarkable strategic intuition, collaborative gifts, and wide-ranging knowledge of our campus, built on her experience working closely with faculty, students, and staff, makes her an ideal choice as vice provost,” said provost Rogan Kersh. “I’ve been so grateful for her incisive counsel and creative ideas, on everything from online education to our capital campaign, as well as her vision for and profound dedication to enhancing the Wake Forest community.”
In addition to her extensive responsibilities in the provost’s office and law school, Collins serves as a lower-division adviser in the college and was integral to creating the new Faculty Fellows program. She is a valued contributor to Winston-Salem life as well, serving on the board of the Arts Council.
Before arriving at Wake Forest, Collins was a homicide prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, worked in private practice, and clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals’s Ninth Circuit. Collins earned her JD at Harvard and BA at Yale. She is married to fellow-lawyer Adam Charnes; they have three children, Jake, Lily, and Sam.