December 23rd, 2014 | Events
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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December 10th, 2014 | Events
December 3rd, 2014 | University Announcement
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.
- Which major highlights about our nationally-recognized ZSR Library should be emphasized in order to attract top-notch candidates to the position?
- What challenges and opportunities might the next dean face in her or his first three years in this role?
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 30th, 2014 | University Announcement
Wake Forest has named Mur Muchane Associate Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer (CIO). He will assume his duties in January.
Muchane, who currently serves as CIO and Executive Director of Information Technology (IT) Services at Davidson College in Davidson, N.C., is known for his creative leadership in exploring opportunities for managing campus needs through advances in technology.
In addition to improving transparency, service levels and responsiveness in IT Services, Muchane re-shaped the IT landscape at Davidson and expanded the sense of what to expect from this field. He led the effort to upgrade the campus to a fiber optic network, providing the capacity and performance necessary to meet Davidson’s rapidly growing needs of voice, video, data, high-end research and collaboration. He also helped forge Davidson’s partnership with edX — joining universities such as Harvard, University of Chicago, MIT and Georgetown — to produce a series of online courses and high school Advanced Placement online modules.
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October 15th, 2014 | Events
October 14th, 2014 | Faculty News
The following is a message from Provost Rogan Kersh:
I’m pleased to issue this call for nominations of our faculty director for the new Pro Humanitate Institute.
As described previously on Inside WFU, the Institute consolidates Wake Forest’s various community engagement efforts, including the former Institute for Public Engagement, which sponsored engaged teaching and research along with local community outreach, as well as the former Office of Service and Social Action, which facilitated opportunities for students to connect with the community, serve others and explore social-justice issues.
A terrific staff team, helmed by co-directors Norma-May Isakow and Mary Gerardy, will work closely with the faculty director in advancing various Pro Humanitate programs, initiatives and research/creative collaboration across campus and beyond.
Nominations (of oneself or another Reynolda Campus faculty member) may be submitted to Kimberly Quick, Fellow in the Office of the Provost, at email@example.com. They should include a current CV, and be received by October 24.
Questions may be addressed to Lynn Sutton, Vice Provost, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 25th, 2014 | University Announcement
A message from Provost Rogan Kersh
“Pro Humanitate” has long served as a guiding principle in all aspects of life at Wake Forest, reflecting our deep commitment to the betterment of humankind. In that spirit I am pleased to announce the creation of a new Pro Humanitate Institute whose mission will be to enable students, faculty and staff to live out the many dimensions of the University’s motto.
Pro Humanitate at Wake Forest is a dynamic concept that grows and changes with the University to meet each new generation’s needs. The launch of the Pro Humanitate Institute is a signature next step in affirming our motto.
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July 14th, 2014 | University Announcement
The recent announcement that Wake Will: The Campaign for Wake Forest has surpassed the $400 million mark is a vital milestone along our path towards raising the $600 million that will support our University in many essential ways.
These funds are predominantly directed to strengthening and renewing our ability to carry out our core academic mission. If you haven’t already, I encourage you to read about the impact of the campaign on the Wake Will website. The most recent stories focus on our URECA Center for faculty-mentored undergraduate research, the cross-University approach to wellbeing, and a piece featuring eight generations of faculty members over two centuries, from Samuel Wait to Mary Dalton, who successively taught one another.
Since the launch of the Wake Will campaign last fall, we have regularly showcased ways in which the campaign relates to the vital work that faculty and staff do every day. Below I address some frequently asked questions about Wake Will from our faculty, staff, students, and alumni, further exploring how the funds raised support WFU’s commitment to academic excellence and our teacher-scholar ideal.
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June 12th, 2014 | Faculty News
Wake Forest Provost Rogan Kersh will speak on Generation Y at a June 25 event at Wake Forest Biotech Place. Free and open to the public, the event will be presented by the Technology Council of the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce. Online registration is requested.
Kersh’s presentation is titled “Generation Y: A Field Guide and Business Impact.”
The event will start at 9 a.m. Following Kersh’s presentation, there will be a 15-minute period for attendees to ask questions. The program, expected to last approximately one hour, will be held in the auditorium.
Kersh’s talk is part of the Tech Council’s Speaker Series, which features discussions on topics related to Winston-Salem’s innovation-based economy. In part, the events are intended to offer opportunities to meet people involved and interested in developing Winston-Salem’s future.
Wake Forest Biotech Place is at 575 N. Patterson Ave. in the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter. Parking is available in the lot directly north of Biotech Place.
May 14th, 2014 | University Announcement
Dean of Z. Smith Reynolds Library Lynn Sutton has been appointed Vice Provost. Effective July 1, Sutton will move into the role currently held by Jennifer Collins, who will become the dean of Southern Methodist University’s law school.
As ZSR dean since 2008, Sutton has been a dynamic leader who helped elevate our library to national prominence, emphasizing close connections with faculty and students. In 2011, Wake Forest won the national Excellence in Academic Libraries Award from the Association of College and Research Libraries , and remains among the smallest universities ever to receive this prominent award in the university category. Among her many transformative accomplishments, Sutton has presided over the conversion of ZSR librarians to faculty members; led the adoption of advanced technology that includes our signature ZSRx online courses for specialized audiences such as WFU alumni and parents of current undergraduates; and raised funds to enable the expansion and significant renovation of the library space. Thanks to her leadership, the library is known campus-wide as a hospitable environment for everything from a conversation with colleagues at Starbucks to a quiet nook for research/writing to the perfect place for a Friday-night zombie hunt.
“Lynn’s remarkable creative spirit and her proven ability to work with constituents from every quarter to achieve ambitious goals across academic, student-focused, and research/creative areas made her an obvious choice,” said Provost Rogan Kersh. “She also has developed very strong professional relationships with many key stakeholders across the Wake Forest community, so can swiftly shoulder an immense range of existing activities and programs as well as generating innovative solutions to issues we face—all of which is essential given the kaleidoscope of changes affecting universities nationwide.”
Sutton has held many leadership positions throughout her career and just completed a term as President of the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries. Her scholarly interests range from intellectual freedom and leadership theory to the future of libraries and library collaboration across university campuses. She received her AB and AMLS degrees from the University of Michigan and holds a Ph.D. in Education from Wayne State University, where she was later associate dean of their library system.
Sutton will remain in her library dean position during the coming year, with members of her wonderfully capable senior library staff assuming more day-to-day responsibilities for ZSR operations. A search advisory committee will be formed in the fall to choose a successor as dean of ZSR Library.