Faculty, staff, students invited to participate in a UNITY project

Wake Forest University students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in a UNITY project to create an interactive public art project celebrating uniqueness and strengthening ties to one another.

This larger-than-life structure is intended to raise consciousness about the labels people give themselves and others and to explore how these labels both support and limit opportunities to build interconnected, interesting communities.

The project is 41 feet in diameter and consists of 32 15-foot posts each marked with an identifier. Examples include: I’m a parent. I speak English as a second language. I identify as LGBTQ.

Participants tie colorful yarn between the posts that reflect their chosen identities. The yarn intertwines to create a web and is a physical representation that each participant is connected in some way with another.

The UNITY project will be located outside of the front entrance to Z. Smith Reynolds Library. Individuals and groups will be participating at various times between August 16 – 29.

The project will be staffed for participants as follows:

  • August 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 and 29: 10 a.m. to noon and 3 to 5 p.m.
  • August 23: Noon to 1 p.m. and 3 to 4 p.m.
  • August 24: from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Members of the Wake Forest community can participate individually or as a group. Those who wish to participate as a group should contact Shannon Ashford ( or ext. 4604) for more information.

UNITY is sponsored by Wake Forest’s Intercultural Center, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion – Diversity Education, the Office of Wellbeing and a host of campus partners.

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Faculty books: July 2018

Camm, Jeffrey D., James J. Cochran, Michael J. Fry, Jeffrey W. Ohlmann, & David R. Anderson. (Business). Business Analytics, 3rd ed. Cengage Learning. March 2018.

Coughlin, Christine, & Joan Malmud Rocklin. (Law). A Lawyer Writes: A Practical Guide to Legal Analysis, 3rd ed. Carolina Academic Press. July 2018.

Knake, Renee Newman, & M. Ellen Murphy. (Law). Legal Ethics for the Real World: Building Skills through Case Study. Foundation Press. June 2018.

Morosini, Roberta. (Spanish & Italian). Dante, il Profeta e il Libro: La leggenda del toro dalla Commedia a Filippino Lippi, tra sussurri di colomba ed echi di Bisanzio. L’erma di Bretschneider. June 2018.

Venegas, José Luis. (Spanish & Italian). The Sublime South: Andalusia, Orientalism, and the Making of Modern Spain. Northwestern University Press. July 2018.

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Proposals funded: Von Burg, Rejeski

Congratulations to Ronald Von Burg, associate professor of communication, whose proposal entitled “Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute – 2018” has been funded by the U.S. Department of State.

Congratulations to Jack Rejeski, professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Long-term function and health effects of intentional weight loss in obese elders” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and by (subaward/subcontract from) Wake Forest University Health Sciences.

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Gross' paper presented Best Diversity Paper Award

A paper written by Michael D. Gross, associate professor of engineering, and two Olin College of Engineering faculty members has been presented the 2018 Best Diversity Paper Award by the Educational Research and Methods Division of the American Society for Engineering Education.

The paper’s title is “Gender, Motivation, and Pedagogy in the STEM Classroom: A Quantitative Characterization.” It was published in the Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education 2018 Annual Meeting.

The award was presented at the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference.

Other authors of the paper include Jonathan D. Stolk and Yevgeniya V. Zastavker of Olin College.

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NEH awards grant to Reynolda House Museum of American Art

This is a guest post from Reynolda House Museum of American Art:

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded Reynolda House Museum of American Art a $420,482 grant to help repair and replace the iconic green-tile roof of the house at the center of the Reynolda estate. The 100-year-old structure listed on the National Register of Historic Places is home to a nationally renowned collection of American art on view in the restored interiors of R.J. and Katharine Reynolds’s 34,000-square-foot bungalow. This is the first NEH grant awarded to Reynolda House and the largest federal grant in the museum’s history.

Read more here.

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