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Proposals funded: Beavers, Gendrich, Rejeski

Congratulations to Kristen Beavers, assistant professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Incorporating Nutrition, Vests, Education, and Strength Training in Bone Health (INVEST in Bone Health) has been funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Congratulations to Cindy Gendrich, professor of theatre and dance, whose proposal entitled “Served: Forklift Danceworks at Wake Forest University” has been funded by the New England Foundation for the Arts.

Congratulations to Jack Rejeski, research professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Molecular transducers of physical activity consortium coordinating center (CCC)” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and by (subaward/subcontract from) the University of Florida.

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Secrest Artists Series presents Chick Corea Trilogy on Oct. 24

Chick Corea Trilogy

This is a guest post from the Secrest Artists Series:

As part of the Secrest Artists Series, the Chick Corea Trilogy will perform Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Wait Chapel.  A pre-conference talk will be presented at 6:40 p.m.

Chick Corea has attained iconic status in music. The keyboardist, composer and bandleader is a DownBeat Hall of Famer and NEA Jazz Master, as well as the fourth-most nominated artist in Grammy Awards history with 63 nods – and 22 wins, in addition to a number of Latin Grammys. From straight-ahead to avant-garde, bebop to jazz-rock fusion, children’s songs to chamber and symphonic works, Corea has touched an astonishing number of musical bases in his career since playing with the genre-shattering bands of Miles Davis in the late ’60s and early ’70s.

Yet, Corea has never been more productive than in the 21st century, whether playing acoustic piano or electric keyboards, leading multiple bands, performing solo or collaborating with a who’s who of music. Underscoring this, he has been named Artist of the Year three times this decade in the DownBeat Readers Poll. Born in 1941 in Massachusetts, Corea remains a tireless creative spirit, continually reinventing himself through his art. As The New York Times has said, he is “a luminary, ebullient and eternally youthful.”

We expect this concert to be very popular. Reserved seating is now being offered. To ensure admittance, make reservations on the Secrest Artists Series web site or call 336-758-5757.  Walk-up seating is still offered, but not guaranteed.

Tickets for the community are $5 to $24.  Free with Wake Forest ID.  Wake Forest University and School of Medicine faculty, staff and retirees receive free admission for themselves and one guest to each Secrest Artists Series performance. Wake Forest students and School of Medicine students receive free admission for themselves.

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WFU's Slavery, Race and Memory Project underway

Over the past few years, Wake Forest University has been committed to acknowledging and understanding the role slavery played in its past. In 2016, Wake began taking a deep dive into its history, and in 2017 it joined Universities Studying Slavery (USS), a consortium of colleges and universities that are examining the role slavery played on their campuses. Out of that work came the Slavery, Race and Memory Project, for which a website was unveiled this summer.

“There are many universities that have, over the past couple of decades, begun grappling with their relationship and connections to slavery,” said Kami Chavis, associate provost for academic initiatives and co-chair of the Steering Committee for the Project. “It’s important to understand those relationships because they can and do have implications for today.”

The Steering Committee has identified several core elements to this multi-year project, including:

  • Creating a lecture series to broaden awareness about topics related to the Project’s mission.
  • Developing or enhancing courses that incorporate the role of slavery in higher education.
  • Supporting student and faculty research on related topics.
  • Examining how to transform some of Wake’s traditions to better reflect a more comprehensive history.

“It is critical for this Project to be imbued with the principles of truth, integrity, legitimacy and transparency, around which we’ve agreed to work,” said Chavis.

Visit the University news page to read more about “Understanding Wake Forest’s history with slavery.”

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'From the Ground Up' showcased facilities staff and their contributions to campus

Housekeeping staff, arborists, turf crew members, locksmiths and carpenters were among the nearly 70 participants performing on Hearn Plaza in the original dance piece “From the Ground Up.” Performances were held on Oct. 3, 4 and 5.

Click here to download the program.

More than two-and-a-half years in the making, “From the Ground Up” was a collaboration between Wake Forest and Forklift Danceworks, a dance company based in Austin, Texas, whose mission is to use creative dance to build community. Cindy Gendrich, theatre professor and director of the University’s Interdisciplinary Performance and Liberal Arts Center (IPLACe); Christina Soriano, dance professor and associate provost for the arts and interdisciplinary programs at Wake Forest; and John Shenette, vice president, facilities and campus services, were the forces that helped move the project forward.

For more information and a video about the production, visit here.

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Faculty books: July-September 2019

 Nielsen, Linda. (Education). Father-Daughter Relationships: Contemporary Research and Issues, 2nd ed. Routledge. 2019.

Palmiter, Alan, Frank Partnoy, & Elizabeth Pollman. (Law). Business Organizations: A Contemporary Approach, 3rd ed. West Academic Publishing. 2019.

 Gladding, Samuel T. (Counseling). Groups: A Counseling Specialty, 8th ed. Pearson. 2019.

Gladding, Samuel T., & Kevin G. Alderson. (Counseling). Choosing the Right Counselor for You. American Counseling Association. 2019.

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