We are saddened to announce that Wake Forest staff member Antonio A. Broom died April 3.
He worked in Facilities and Campus Services for 28 years.
A funeral service was held April 6.
We grieve Mr. Broom’s death and extend our condolences to his family and friends, as well as those at Wake Forest who had the opportunity to know him.
Wake Forest offers support and counseling services for all students, faculty and staff. The Counseling Center may be reached at 336-758-5273, the Chaplain’s Office at 336-758-5210. For faculty and staff, there is also the Employee Assistance Program at 336-716-5493.
Former Wake Forest staff member Wanda Suttle Duncan will visit campus May 1 to promote her newly-published memoir, “Cracker Gothic: A Florida Woman’s Memoir.”
The book tells the story of her return to her small, rural hometown in Florida from North Carolina to care for her aging mother. A description for the book states that her “essays of her Cracker heritage and of rural Florida in the 21st century provide a glimpse of an old and authentic Florida that most tourists miss. Her stories of caring for an aging parent while dealing with personal grief speak to how place can heal a heart.”
Duncan’s book launch event will take place at 5:30 p.m. at Kulynych Auditorium in the Byrum Welcome Center. There will be a reception followed by a book reading, a Q&A and a book signing. The book, published by Library Partners Press, will be available for purchase at the event. It can be purchased, also, on Amazon.
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For her book, Duncan is the first recipient of the David Coates Non-Fiction Award. It grew out of her master’s thesis written at Wake Forest for her MALS degree. She completed her degree in 2013.
At Wake Forest, Duncan was a staff member with the MALS program and the Lifelong Learning Program. She served as assistant director for the programs.
Michael Lamb, director of the Program for Leadership & Character at Wake Forest, will speak at the April 9 meeting of the Staff Advisory Council (SAC).
The meeting will be held from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in Benson University Center, Room 401 B/D. The meeting is open to all staff and others.
Lamb, who is also assistant professor of politics, ethics & interdisciplinary humanities, recently played a major role in organizing the three-day “Arts of Leading” international conference at Wake Forest. The interdisciplinary conference brought together leading scholars from classics, history, literature, philosophy, religion and the visual and performing arts to showcase what can be learned about leadership from the liberal arts.
The meeting and event schedule for the SAC is available on its website.
Wake Forest University Police Chief Regina Lawson was honored as the Southeast Region Police Chief of the Year at the March 28 regional conference of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) in Raleigh. The region includes the southeastern United States.
Lawson has been chief of the Wake Forest Police Department since 1992. She joined the department in 1989. During her leadership, the department has received recognition on a number of occasions for its achievements. Lawson, who has held numerous national and state-level leadership roles in IACLEA, has been recognized, previously, by various groups for her accomplishments as a law enforcement leader.
The department is also accredited by IACLEA; it was among the first to achieve the accreditation.
“There is no higher honor than being recognized by your peers,” Lawson said. “This means a lot to me.”
Referring to her law enforcement peers nationwide, Lawson added, “I think all of us would agree that it is all about keeping our campuses safe. That is what is really important.”
Lawson encourages others in her profession to get involved with IACLEA in any way they can.
“For those who are newer to IACLEA, I encourage you to get involved and lead where you are,” said said. “You do not have to be a regional director. You can serve on committees or task forces, host training and webinars and meetings, volunteer to assist at conferences and more.”
In the three decades since she came to Wake Forest, Lawson has been, essentially, the face of the University Police Department, as she has spoken to countless student groups, participated in innumerable University events, and led police department efforts to establish and maintain strong connections to the entire campus community.
IACLEA’s mission, as described on its website, is to advance “public safety for educational institutions by providing training, research, advocacy, accreditation, education, and professional services.” IACLEA has members at more than 1,000 colleges and universities across the United States and in 15 countries.
Wake Forest and Forklift Danceworks are co-creating “From the Ground Up” – a dance featuring the movement and stories of custodial, maintenance and utilities, landscaping, construction, and waste reduction employees.
Through a series of residencies, Forklift artists are partnering with Wake Forest Facilities and Campus Services staff on a large-scale performance to take place on Hearn Plaza on Oct. 4 and 5.
Wake Forest’s Interdisciplinary Performance and Liberal Arts Center (IPLACe) has been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New England Foundation for the Arts to help fund the interdisciplinary collaboration with Forklift Danceworks – a dance company based in Austin, Texas, that activates communities through a collaborative creative process.
More information is available here.