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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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Open forum scheduled for ZSR Library dean search

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.

  1. Which major highlights about our nationally-recognized ZSR Library should be emphasized in order to attract top-notch candidates to the position?
  2. What challenges and opportunities might the next dean face in her or his first three years in this role?
  3. 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 wfuzsrdean@nullwfu.edu.

Wake the eBooks: Audio Books, Ad Hoc

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ZSR’s digital publishing administrator Bill Kane is offering “Wake the eBooks: Audio Books, Ad Hoc” through the the PDC on Tuesday, Dec. 2, from 2-4 p.m.

The course will cover how Digital Publishing @ Wake can turn digital documents into highly accessible, highly consumable, and highly mobile-friendly “listen-able” texts — enhancing teaching, learning, and reading across the classroom, campus and community.

Audio samples are available online: “Talking Text: A Readspeaker + Tizra Test Document Collection.”

For more information, contact Bill Kane at kanewp@nullwfu.edu or 336-758-6181.

Open access: What is it? Why do we need it?

molly.keener.300x175By Sara Hendricks, Wake Forest News Office intern

Access to scholarship has traditionally been reserved for those who subscribe to academic journals or those who attend or work at an institution with subscriptions. A personal subscription can cost upwards of $1,000 per year. Library subscriptions run much higher, with ZSR’s most expensive journals costing tens of thousands of dollars.

But what if academic research could become more accessible, more immediate and less impenetrable? This is the goal of the open access movement, which aims to provide “free, immediate, online availability of research articles, coupled with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment,” according to the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition.

Learn more about open access

In 2010, the Z. Smith Reynolds Library Librarians’ Assembly adopted an open access policy. However, it applies only to library faculty scholarship, not all faculty scholarship, so there’s room to grow.

Misperceptions that publishing in an open access journal is less prestigious than publishing in a traditional journal abound, but Scholarly Communication Librarian Molly Keener says some of the most respected journals are published open access.

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