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University’s news team launches broadcast television studio

 on a television broadcast in the new studio in ZSR.

Faculty experts and campus newsmakers who work with the University’s News and Communications office have a new resource available to them when it comes to media interviews.

The news office now operates a fully equipped, professional television studio that is capable of transmitting broadcast-quality HD video to broadcast news media organizations around the world. Now when media seek commentary on timely news topics, faculty and other experts can share their expertise for live and pre-recorded interviews in high-definition with the latest technology right here on campus.

“We are excited to have this resource as part of our media relations arsenal, especially for breaking news,” said Katie Neal, Executive Director, News and Communications. “The studio now makes it possible for us to broadly promote Wake Forest’s range of expertise while quickly and easily meeting the needs of 24-hour news networks and broadcast media outlets.”

The television studio is conveniently located in the heart of campus in Z. Smith Reynolds Library, behind The Bridge.

While the news staff members serve as the main point of contact for media outlets, reporters and producers often reach out directly to individuals. If this happens, the news office asks that those individuals please promptly direct them to a member of the news team to facilitate the request in a timely manner. The entire team can be reached at or (336) 758-5237.

The studio was made possible as part of a generous donation from the Clark Family Foundation, as part of Wake Will: The Campaign for Wake Forest.

An open house for faculty and staff will be held in the studio from 3 – 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 21.

Additional information about the studio is available here.

Tedford explains how library supports student research


Rosalind (Roz) Tedford, director of research and instruction at Z. Smith Reynolds Library, was interviewed, recently, by SAGE Connection about how the library supports the student research process.

The piece is titled, “Connecting with the Community: Roz Tedford on Librarians’ support of the Research Process.”

August 2015 comings and goings

See a list of employees joining and leaving the University in August 2015:

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September 2015 staff milestones

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Being Here: Salaam series of events underway on campus

ALL WFU BannersA series of events known as “Being Here: Salaam” is underway at Wake Forest in September and early October.

The “Being Here: Salaam” project began Sept.  21 at Hanes Art Mezzanine Gallery in Scales Fine Arts Center with an exhibit of photographs by Todd Drake featuring Imam Khalid Griggs, associate chaplain, and other Muslims–many from North Carolina.  The exhibit, which draws from Drake’s “Muslim Self-Portrait” series, will continue until Oct. 9.  In that exhibit, Griggs is the only member of the Wake Forest campus community featured.

This week, portraits of 12 Wake Forest Muslim students by Drake have been hung across campus on large banners in highly visible locations, such as the atrium at Z. Smith Reynolds Library.  On each banner, a student self-identifies in a particular manner.  For example, one banner reads “being here as a linguist,” while another reads, “being here as a scientist.”

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ZSR Library Associate Dean Wanda Brown wins award

20738597059_477033abed_zCongratulations to ZSR Library Associate Dean Wanda Brown, who was recently presented the Demco/Black Caucus 2015 Award for Excellence in Librarianship.

This is an annual award of a framed print and a cash award made possible by a grant from DEMCO, Inc. of Madison, Wisconsin, and presented to the librarian who has made significant contributions to promoting the status of African Americans in the library profession. Specific contributions may include, but are not limited to, research and scholarship, recruitment, professional development, planning or implementation of programs, or advocacy (public relations).

Proposals funded: Comstock-Ferguson, Smith, Zanish-Belcher

Congratulations to Lindsay Comstock-Ferguson, associate professor of chemistry, whose proposal entitled “RNA modification and antibiotic resistance” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under the award number 2R01A1088025-06 and by [subaward/subcontract from] Emory University (WFU funding agency).

Congratulations to William Smith, Babcock professor of botany in biology, whose proposal entitled “Using elevational treelines to predict climate change effects on the future size and distribution of mountain forests” has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Congratulations to Tanya Zanish-Belcher, director of special collections and archives at Z.Smith Reynolds Library, whose proposal entitled “EZ Digitization Grant: Digitizing Archival Materials from the NC Baptist Historic-Collection” has been funded by the Institute of Museum & Library Services (IMLS) and the State Library of North Carolina (WFU funding agency).

August 2015 staff milestones

See a list of staff milestones for August 2015:

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July 2015 staff milestones

See a list of staff milestones for July 2015. (The wrong list was posted earlier, briefly.)

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Library offers ZSR 101

ZSR LibraryRecently, the Professional Development Center asked the Z. Smith Reynolds Library to lead a “ZSR 101″ workshop for staff as part of the CORE program.

Here is the blog post about the class, provided by library staff member Hu Womack.