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Provost’s office spring grants

The Provost’s Office awarded the following grants for spring 2015:

Provost’s Fund for a Vibrant Campus:

  • Amanda Gengler and David Yamane, Health Inequalities: Social Foundations and Social Consequences, $3,360.00
  • Ulrike Wiethaus, Margaret Bender, Ross Griffith, A Cherokee Celebration and Commemoration: President James Ralph Scales and the Cherokee Heritage of Wake Forest University, $5,000.

Provost’s Fund for Academic Excellence:

  • Angela Mazaris, Wake Forest LGBTQ Alumni Conference, $10,000.

Provost’s Fund for Academic Innovation:

  • John Pickel, Art Department Trip to Washington, DC, $6,403.
  • Neil Walls, Muslim-Christian Dialogues: An Egyptian Pilgrimage, $12,000.
  • Kyle Denlinger, ZSRx WakeHistory: A Massive Online Learning Event for Connecting with and Contributing to our Institution’s Story, $20,000.

For more information, please visit http://provost.wfu.edu/current-faculty/faculty-resources/grants-and-funding/

Campus wireless computing network upgrade tonight

This evening, May 20, between 6 and 9 p.m., Information Systems will perform an upgrade to the campus wireless computing network.

What is changing?

  • WFUadmin, WFUstudent, WFUfacultystaff wireless will no longer exist. A single option, WFUwireless, will replace the three options. The wireless login process will remain the same.
  • WFUvisitor sponsor portal will have an upgraded look and feel. The Web address will remain the same: https://netguest.wfu.edu/
  • After 9 p.m. on May 20, a new service at https://mydevices.wfu.edu/ will allow users to connect devices to WFUvisitor that were not able to connect prior to the upgrade. This means that you can now connect your Smart TVs, Roku boxes, Google Chromecast, gaming systems, Apple TVs and other devices to the wireless network. You can only register one of these devices at a time using this new service.

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Retiring faculty and staff members

A message from President Nathan Hatch

As we prepare to celebrate Commencement and the achievements of the Class of 2015, we also pause to recognize and honor the outstanding careers of our retiring faculty and staff members.

Please join me in thanking this distinguished group of leaders, colleagues, mentors and friends and congratulating them on more than 500 years of combined service to Wake Forest University:

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March 2015 faculty and staff comings and goings

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

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April 2015 faculty and staff milestones

Jeffrey Adair, manager at ZSR Library, and Anita Hughes, executive assistant to Provost Rogan Kersh, are celebrating 30 years of service to Wake Forest. Find out who else is celebrating a milestone anniversary this month.

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2015-16 Wake Forest Fellows named

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By Madeline Stone, News and Communications Intern

Ten seniors will remain at Wake Forest following graduation as Wake Forest Fellows, working in the President’s Office, Information Systems, University Advancement and in other offices around campus.

Since 2008, the Wake Forest Fellows program has provided exceptional graduates with a chance to work in higher education administration for a year. Each fellow will serve as a full-time University employee for a year. In addition to working with top administrators in a particular department, the fellows will participate in leadership activities and interact with faculty, staff and students to learn about the inner workings of higher education.

“I am excited about welcoming aboard this class of new Fellows,” said Marybeth Wallace, special assistant to the President. “They are a tremendously talented group and they’ve been involved in every aspect of the life of Wake Forest and making it a better place. My hope for them is that they continue to learn all they can as Fellows and that they grow personally and professionally.”

The Wake Forest Fellows for 2015-16 are:

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Senior Showcase to highlight student work on April 21

senior-showcase-announcement-2015The 6th Annual Senior Showcase, a program that honors up to five undergraduates in their final year at Wake Forest for exemplary honors theses or projects, will be held on April 21 at 3 p.m. in the ZSR Library Auditorium.

The Showcase was founded in 2010 upon the suggestion of a former Wake Forest undergrad who was impressed by his fellow students’ research and disappointed that there was no platform for sharing their work broadly with the campus community.

Faculty advisors nominate students for the Showcase, and the nominees are reviewed by a panel of five library faculty judges. Up to five students are selected, one per division of the College. Since the program began, the library has had 53 faculty from 20 departments nominate students.

A list of the 2015 student presenters and their projects can be found here.

More information, including the criteria, links to articles about past Showcases, and a video can be found here.

March 2015 staff milestones

Congratulations to James Reid Morgan, senior vice president and general counsel, for 35 years of service to Wake Forest! Below is a complete list of March 2015 staff milestones.

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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 »