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Nominations sought for commencement 2020 speaker

The Office of the Provost e-mailed this announcement to students, faculty and staff on Sept. 24:

Dear Wake Forest Community,

As members of the Commencement Speaker Advisory Committee, we look forward to engaging our graduating students and other members of the university community in the selection process of our 2020 Commencement speaker. As we begin this exciting task, we look to you to provide us with speaker nominations for Commencement 2020.

Please submit your suggestions to CSAC@nullwfu.edu by 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4. Submissions must include:

  • Name of nominee
  • A response to the question: “Why do you think this person would be an exceptional Commencement speaker at Wake Forest University?”
  • Any contact name(s) for your nomination (if possible) and/or any connection to Wake Forest

We are especially interested in hearing from graduating students and of nominations with a Wake Forest connection. Suggestions are also gratefully welcomed from faculty and staff.

As you can imagine, people of this caliber are in high demand. While we hope to host a speaker from suggestions we receive, we cannot guarantee that our invitations will be accepted.  Your thoughts will be vital to informing our approach and to selecting a speaker.

This committee is dedicated to the transparency of this process, but please understand that the actual invitation process must remain confidential. Announcement of the Class of 2020’s commencement speaker will follow a similar timeline as in years past.

We look forward to reviewing your nominations.

Sincerely,

The Commencement Speaker Advisory Committee

Rogan Kersh, Provost and Professor of Politics and International Affairs
Kyle Adams, Class of 2021 and Student Trustee
Shannon Dubuisson, Executive Director of University Events
Michele Gillespie, Dean of the College and Presidential Endowed Chair of Southern History
Eranda Jayawickreme, Associate Professor of Psychology
Mark Knudson, President of the Faculty Senate and Professor of Family Medicine
Sophie Leruth, Wake Forest Fellow in the Office of the Provost
Mellie Mesfin, Class of 2020 and President of Student Government
Julia Mroz, Class of 2020 and President of Student Union
Matt Schlosser, Wake Forest Fellow in the Office of the President
Harold Pace, Assistant Provost for Academic Administration and University Registrar
Samantha Perrotta Turner, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Office of the Provost
Mary Pugel, Chief of Staff, Office of the President
Christina Soriano, Associate Provost for the Arts and Interdisciplinary Initiatives and Associate Professor of Dance

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Proposals funded: Williams, Fernandez, Jayawickreme

Congratulations to Richard Williams, professor emeritus of physics, whose proposal entitled “Improvements of Scintillators mainly Experimental WFU subcontract from Lawrence Berkeley National Lab” has been funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and by (subaward/subcontract from) the University of California.

Congratulations to Luis Fernandez, assistant professor of biology, whose proposal entitled “PRO-Agua Project: Peru” has been funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and by (subaward/subcontract from) the Board of Trustees of Leland Stanford Junior University.

Congratulations to Eranda Jayawickreme, associate professor of psychology, whose proposal entitled “Strengthening Character Through Challenge and Failure” has been funded by the John Templeton Foundation and by (subaward/subcontract from) Arizona State University.

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Faculty promotions 2018

Congratulations to Wake Forest faculty who have received promotions, effective July 1.

Promotion to Full Professor

Fred Chen, Economics
Adam Friedman, Education
Jed Macosko, Physics
Rebecca Morrow, School of Law
Lynn Neal, Study of Religions
Wayne Pratt, Psychology
Sarah Raynor, Mathematics and Statistics
Fred Salsbury, Physics
Michelle Voss Roberts, School of Divinity

Promotion to Associate Professor

Mark Alan Brown, Education
Amy Catanzano, English
Benjamin Coates, History
Chanchal Dadlani, Art
Sara Dahill-Brown, Politics and International Affairs
Robert Erhardt, Mathematics & Statistics
Eranda Jayawickreme, Psychology
Eric Jones, Anthropology
Zak Lancaster, English
Ronald Neal, Study of Religions
John Oksanish, Classical Languages
Jennifer Priem, Communication
Ron Von Burg, Communication
Ke Zhang, Biology

Promotion to Full Professor of Legal Writing

Harold Lloyd, School of Law
Abigail Perdue, School of Law

Promotion to Senior Librarian

Steve Kelley, Z. Smith Reynolds Library

Promotion to Associate Teaching Professor

Eric Ekstrand, English
Heath Greene, Psychology
Anna Kate Lack, Biology
Eric Stottlemyer, English
Brian Warren, Classical Languages
Elisabeth Whitehead, English

Promotion to Full Professor of the Practice

Justin Green, Communication

Promotion to Associate Professor of the Practice

Chris Martin, Theatre and Dance

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Proposals funded: Jayawickreme, Kim-Shapiro, Carroll, Salsbury, Williams

Congratulations to Eranda Jayawickreme, assistant professor of psychology, whose proposal entitled “Strengthening Character Through Challenge and Failure” has been funded by the John Templeton Foundation and by (subaward/subcontract from) Arizona State University.

Congratulations to Daniel Kim-Shapiro, professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Antidote for inhaled CO poisoning based on mutationally engineered neuroglobin” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and by (subaward/subcontract) the University of Pittsburgh.

Congratulations to David Carroll, professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy for Accelerating Peripheral Nerve Regeneration and Preserving Neuromuscular Junctions” has been funded by the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP) and by (subaward/subcontract from) WFU Health Sciences.

Congratulations to Fred Salsbury, associate professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Computational Biosciences Support” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and by (subaward/subcontract from) WFU Health Sciences.

Congratulations to Richard Williams, professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Improvement of Scintillators mainly Experimental WFU subcontract from Lawrence Berkeley National Lab” has been funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and by (subaward/subcontract from) the University of California.

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Proposals funded: Katula, Jayawickreme, Rejeski

Congratulations to Jeffrey Katula, associate professor of health and exercise science, who proposal entitled “HELP DI II” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and by ((subaward/subcontract from) Wake Forest University Health Sciences.

Congratulations to Eranda Jayawickreme, assistant professor of psychology, whose proposal entitled “Strengthening Character Through Success and Failure [Cayuse 16-0106]” has been funded by the Templeton Foundation and by (subaward/subcontract from) Arizona State University (WFU funding agency).

Congratulations to Jack Rejeski, professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Molecular transducers of physical activity consortium coordinating center (CCC) [Cayuse 16-0072]” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and by (subaward/subcontract from) University of Florida (WFU funding agency).

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