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Reminder: Senior Showcase nominations due March 13

senior-showcase.300x175The Z. Smith Reynolds Library Senior Showcase recognizes exemplary senior thesis research and senior projects completed by Wake Forest undergraduates in their final year.

Selected students will receive a $1,000 prize and share their research or projects with the Wake Forest community at an event hosted by the library on Tuesday, April 21 at 3 p.m.

The deadline for senior showcase nominations is March 13.

Nomination and Selection Process

A committee of library faculty will select up to five students, one from each division of the College, to be honored from a pool of nominees recommended by you. We ask that you please nominate students for this honor using the following criteria:

• Theses or projects completed during the 2014-2015 academic year, and
• Students who are in their final year at Wake Forest

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‘Wake the Ebooks Festival’ to be held in April

wakethebooksDigital Publishing @ Wake will be hosting its inaugural Wake the Ebooks Festival on April 23-24, 2015.

The event will be held at the Z. Smith Reynolds Library.

The Festival’s mission is to serve as a too-rare confluence of authors, readers, librarians and publishers, all coming together to demonstrate the art of content creation, and the too-secret science of content curation.

The Festival’s first half-day will feature the so-called Bookfeast, where a new digital imprint, the Library Partners Press, will be officially “launched.” Throughout the Bookfeast, newly published independent authors will be reading from their selected works. Any and all interested book-lovers are invited to attend the Bookfeast, to learn about the LP Press, to hear some unique voices, and to discover (and maybe feast upon) some newly published books. Continue reading »

January 2015 comings

See a list of employees joining the University in January 2015.

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January 2015 staff milestones

Lacy R. Watson, a maintenance technician at Graylyn, has been a part of the Wake Forest community for 25 years. Below is a list of other staff members celebrating milestones this month.

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January 2015 faculty milestones

Richard WilliamsRichard Williams is celebrating 30 years as a physics professor at Wake Forest. Below is a list of other faculty milestones in January 2015.

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Jeffrey Eller; Head of Acquistions & Descript; Z. Smith Reynolds Library
Jayashree Gokhale; Professor of Practice, Law; Law: School Adm Expense
Kathleen Lotterhos; Assistant Professor; Biology
Mark Scholl; Associate Prof. of Counseling; Counseling
Claudia Vestal; Visiting Assistant Professor; Romance Languages

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A conversation with ‘Mr. Wake Forest': Livestream available

Ed WilsonThe Z. Smith Reynolds Library Lecture Series Committee is proud to kick-off the spring 2015 events by giving Wake Forest students the opportunity to spend an hour with Ed Wilson. This “Oprah-style” hour will be an informal opportunity for students to ask questions and hear reflections from “Mr. Wake Forest” himself.

Wilson is a legendary figure on campus — graduating from Wake Forest in 1943, returning to teach English in 1951, becoming Wake Forest’s first provost in 1967, and receiving numerous accolades along the way. The Wilson Wing of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library is named in his honor.

The event will be held on  Thursday, Jan. 22, at 4 p.m. in the ZSR Library Auditorium. Doors open to the first 100 students at 3:30; open to the general public at 3:55. An overflow room will be set up in Room 204. Though the event is geared for students, faculty and staff are welcome, and livestream viewing is available here.

December 2014 comings and goings

See a list of employees joining and leaving the University in December 2014:

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Wake Forest celebrates partnership with Suzhou High School

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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 2014: Faculty and staff milestones

Annemarie Buwalda, a faculty assistant in the law school, is celebrating 25 years at Wake Forest! See the complete list of faculty and staff milestones for December 2014.

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E-learning at Wake Forest: A Q&A with Kyle Denlinger

kyle.denlinger.175x200The concept of learning is typically thought of as something that happens with strictly tangible objects— with books and papers in a brick-and-mortar building. But with the advent of educational technology, education that is translated through the internet— otherwise known as e-learning— is rapidly gaining pace, not necessarily as a complete replacement for conventional learning, but a supplement to it.

Q: Vision 2020: Charting a Course for Academic Computing at Wake Forest makes three overall recommendations regarding teaching and learning- to align resources, focus our efforts and commit to innovative learning spaces. Where and how does e-learning fit into that?

A: E-learning happens all the time both in and out of the classroom. Professors who deliver content electronically outside of class or who use collaborative or instructional technologies to enhance their face-to-face instruction are engaging their students in at least some form of e-learning. Students who supplement their learning by seeking out materials like YouTube videos or other openly-accessible educational resources are engaging in a kind of informal e-learning. It’s a reality that these technologies are changing how many of us teach and how all of our students learn.

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