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Wake Forest MLK ‘Building the Dream” award winners announced

Religion professor Derek Hicks and two students Rose O’Brien and Cazandra Rebollar have been named Wake Forest University’s 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. “Building the Dream” award winners.

The award is traditionally presented to a professor or administrator and a student from both Wake Forest and Winston-Salem State University who exemplify King’s qualities and promote diversity within the community. This year, one faculty member and two students were selected as winners at Wake Forest.

Faculty award winner Derek Hicks is an assistant professor of religion and culture in Wake Forest School of Divinity and Department for the Study of Religions, and the Henry Luce Diversity Fellow. He joined Wake Forest in 2011.

Hicks has spoken nationwide and in the Winston-Salem community at various churches and events to discuss and provide insight on current race relations in America. He works closely with community leaders such as Melissa Harris-Perry, Rev. William A. Lawson, Dr. John Mendez, and Wake Forest President Nathan Hatch to ensure meaningful discussions continue that build and enhance community relations.

“It is an honor for the School of Divinity to have the contributions of one of our faculty members recognized with this award,” said Gail O’Day, dean of the divinity school. “Dr. Hicks’s scholarship, teaching, student mentoring, and community engagement do indeed help bring the dream of racial justice closer to a lived reality for all of us.”

More information is available here.

Faith-based nonprofit leadership program to be offered online

This is a guest post from the School of Law and School of Divinity:

Wake Forest Law Professor Steve Virgil, director of experiential learning, is partnering with School of Divinity Professor John Senior to offer a 12-week, online Faith-Based Nonprofit Leadership Certificate Program open to Wake Forest students as well as non-students beginning in January 2017.

“This is a very good example of a cross-campus, multi-disciplinary effort that connects to the non-Wake Forest community as well,” Virgil says.

According to the program website, the course is ideal for participants who are:
1) Current and aspiring leaders of nonprofits (staff, board members, or volunteers);
2) Interested in forming a new nonprofit, among others.

Wake Forest faculty and staff who volunteer on community or other nonprofit boards are encouraged by the professors to take the course as well as share information about it with others they think might be interested.

Certificates will be awarded through the Wake Forest School of Divinity following completion of all sessions.

Learn more on the Divinity School website http://divinity.wfu.edu/nonprofitleadership/ or contact Lance Henry, certificate program assistant, at henrlj11@nullwfu.edu

Comings and goings for November 2016

See a list of employees joining and leaving the University in November 2016:

 Comings

Beale, Seth William; Tutor; Athletics: Student Athletes Svcs
Black, Kathy C; Protection Officer; Reynolda House: Security
Fleet, Gary Norman; Truck Driver; Athletics: Football
Jordan, Christopher Derrick; Director; Reynolda House: Public Programs
Madenyika, Tanyaradzwa Beverley; Coordinator; Law: LL.M. Program
McNear, Marla Lenise; Procurement Specialist II; Procurement Services
Merrill, Kimberly Himan; Director; WFUSB-Charlotte Program Admin
Ramsey, Mary Anne; Protection Officer; Reynolda House: Security
Rice, Diahann Carol; Administrative Assistant; Advancement: Divinity Sch Develop
Siverson, Dawn Michelle; Operations Manager; Real Estate
Watson, Golden Alan; Service Technician II; FACS: Maintenance & Utilities Oper.
Wicker, Preston B; Communications Officer; University Police
Womack, Katherine Lee; Assistant Director; Reynolda House: Collections Mgt
Wray, Leigh Anne; Administrative Assistant; College: Academic Support

Goings

Connelly, Belinda F.; FACS: Custodial Services
Espenschied, Thomas M.; Reynolda House: Event/Program Mgmt
Gibson, Felicia Ann; Graylyn: Food Services
Gomersall, Daryl ; Graylyn: Admin & General
Quinn, Laura J; History
Shah, Lopa Bansi; WFDD – Development
Sheff, Catherine E.; President’s Home

 

 

Faculty publications: October 2016 updates

Burg, Jennifer, Jason Romney, & Eric Schwartz. (Computer Science). Digital Sound & Music: Concepts, Applications, and Science. Franklin, Beedle & Associates. October 2016.

Escott, Paul David. (History). Paying Freedom’s Price: A History of African Americans in the Civil War (The African American History Series). Rowman & Littlefield. October 2016.

Goldschmidt, Tyron, & Scott Stapleford. (Philosophy). Berkeley’s Principles: Expanded and Explained. Routledge. September 2016.

Harlan, Susan. (English). Memories of War in Early Modern England: Armor and Militant Nostalgia in Marlowe, Sidney, and Shakespeare. Palgrave Macmillan. September 2016.

Mitra, Ananda. (Communication). India on the Western Screen: Imaging a Country in Film, TV, and Digital Media. Sage. October 2016.

Salam, Akbar. (Chemistry). Non-Relativistic QED Theory of the van der Waals Dispersion Interaction (SpringerBriefs in Molecular Science). Springer. October 2016.

Yang, Sunggu. (Divinity). Evangelical Pilgrims from the East: Faith Fundamentals of Korean American Protestant Diasporas (Asian Christianity in the Diaspora series). Palgrave Macmillan. October 2016.

Proposals funded: Kugler, Nixon, O’Day, Plemmons

Congratulations to Sara Kugler, director of external partnerships & initiatives at the Anna Julia Cooper Center, whose proposal entitled “Collaborative Research: AGEP Transformation Alliance: Bridging the PhD to Postdoc to Faculty Transitions for Women of Color in STEM” has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Congratulations to Pat Nixon, professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Pre-natal Events, Post-natal Consequences II (Competitive Renewal)” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and by [subaward/subcontract from] Wake Forest University Health Sciences (WFU funding agency).

Congratulations to Gail O’Day, dean and professor of the School of Divinity, whose proposal entitled “Financial Well-Being for Pastoral Leaders” has been funded by the Lilly Endowment.

Congratulations to Bob Plemmons, professor of mathematics and statistics, whose proposal entitled “Innovations in Statistical Image Analysis and Applications to 3D Imaging for Improved SSA” has been funded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) and by [subaward/subcontract from] University of New Mexico (WFU funding agency).

October 2016 faculty and staff milestones

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Faculty publications: September 2016 updates

Chapman, Gary, & Shannon Warden. (Counseling). Things I Wish I’d Known Before We Became Parents. Northfield Publishing. September 2016.

Pinder, Jonathan P. (Business). Introduction to Business Analytics Using Simulation. Academic Press. September 2016.

Voss Roberts, Michelle, Ed. (Divinity). Comparing Faithfully: Insights for Systematic Theological Reflection. Fordham University Press. September 2016.

August 2016 comings and goings

See a list of employees joining and leaving the University in August 2016:

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WFU law school to host discussion on community/police tension

closetohomeA campus-wide discussion, “Close to Home: Comprehending Community/Police Tension in Charlotte,” will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. tonight, Sept. 28, in the Worrell Professional Center, Room 1312.

The event is free and open to the public. A live webcast will be available here.

A panel discussion from 5 to 6:30 p.m. focusing on recent events of police brutality and public unrest — including last week’s police shooting in Charlotte and the subsequent riots — will be followed by a student leadership roundtable and small group discussions. Light refreshments will be served.

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Kimball to deliver Mitchell Interfaith Lecture Sept. 22

Charles Kimball, former professor at Wake Forest and now Presidential Professor at the University of Oklahoma, will deliver the Carlton Mitchell Interfaith Lecture entitled, “Understanding Religious Extremism among the Children of Abraham,” on Thursday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. in Brendle Recital Hall, Scales Fine Arts Center. The lecture, sponsored by Interfaith Winston-Salem, is free and open to the public.

Kimball will explore the ideological and historical roots of religious extremism within and between the three monotheistic traditions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam – that trace their heritage to the prophet Abraham. He will then offer strategies for countering such extremism in our modern globalized world.

Kimball served as chair of the Department of Religion at Wake Forest University from 1996 to 2008, when he accepted the position of Presidential Professor and director of religious studies at the University of Oklahoma. He is the author of five books, including “When Religion Becomes Lethal: The Explosive Mix of Politics and Religion in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.” Kimball has worked closely on interreligious dialogue between Jews, Christians and Muslims for more than three decades, both in the U.S. and in the Middle East.

The Carlton Mitchell Interfaith Series honors Carlton T. Mitchell (WFU ’43), who taught in the Department of Religion at Wake Forest. Mitchell, who died in 2013, was a leader in building interfaith cooperation and understanding. Interfaith Winston Salem sponsors the series to honor Mitchell’s pioneering efforts by offering lectures, concerts and other activities that help people of Winston Salem better understand the religious differences of their neighbors.

The Wake Forest University School of Divinity, Department for the Study of Religions, and other community partners are co-sponsoring the September 22 lecture.