Entrepreneurship professor awarded grant from Program for Leadership and Character

Assistant Teaching Professor of Entrepreneurship Ariel D. Smith has been awarded a $4,000 Course Development grant from the Program for Leadership and Character.

Smith is creating a new course for the Center for Entrepreneurship to support students’ character development called Exploring the Meaning of Ownership.

Plans for the course include community partnerships with local entrepreneurs and first-time homebuyers to take an interdisciplinary approach to exploring the meaning of ownership beyond owning a startup. Students will be motivated to consider ownership on an individual and collective level, from thinking about how they own their decisions, to food access, physical agency, political efficacy and community stakeholdership.

For the first time this year, the Leadership and Character Course Development and Redesign Workshop will bring together 15-20 WFU faculty with an additional 10-15 faculty from colleges and universities across the U.S. This diverse group will have a chance to cross-pollinate ideas and experiences in supporting students’ growth as persons, professionals and leaders of character.

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History professor comments on King Charles III's portrait

Stephanie Koscak, associate professor of history, explores the history of royal portraiture in Britain and the symbolism of King Charles III’s new – and very red – official portrait by Jonathan Yeo.

Kosack explains that part of the reason why the portraits and personalities of British rulers are so well remembered today is because the monarchy, going back to at least the Tudors, has paid close attention to their visual representation and the circulation of their images.

“With this portrait we might say that the king is entering his ‘red era’ to borrow some Swiftie vocabulary,” she writes.

Read her recent online essay for Broadsides, published by the North American Conference on British Studies.

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Educating Character Initiative announces Capacity-Building Grant recipients

Wait Chapel columnsThe Educating Character Initiative (ECI), a part of the Program for Leadership and Character at Wake Forest University, has awarded 41 grants of up to $50,000 to institutions nationwide seeking to educate and embed character in their distinctive contexts of higher education.

“We look forward to the ways in which the work of these institutions will deepen collective understanding of character and expand capacity to educate character in undergraduate colleges and universities,” said Beth Purvis, the director of the ECI.

Read more at Wake Forest News.

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Former University relations vice president, Bill Joyner, has died

Bill JoynerRetired Vice President for University Relations, G. William “Bill” Joyner, passed away on June 6 following a period of declining health.

Joyner, a direct descendant of the school’s founder, Samuel Wait, attended Wake Forest College and played men’s basketball for coaches Bones McKinney and Jack Murdock.

He attended graduate school at Wake Forest and taught English at Appalachian State before returning to the University in 1969 to work in fundraising and development. He built an award-winning program that was admired nationally.

Joyner joined the Wake Forest staff as director of alumni affairs. During his 27-year tenure, the University conducted three successful capital campaigns: the One Fifty Fund in the 1970s; the Sesquicentennial Campaign in the 1980s; and the Heritage and Promise Campaign in the 1990s.

He retired as vice president for University Relations in 1996.

We extend our condolences to Joyner’s family and friends and to those who had the opportunity to know him. A memorial service will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, June 11, at 2 p.m. at Centenary United Methodist Church. (646 W. 5th Street)

An obituary is available here.

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