"Steve Virgil" Archive

Magjuka and Virgil recognized as civic engagement leaders by NC Campus Compact

Marianne Magjuka and Steve Virgil were each honored by North Carolina Campus Compact during its annual Pathways to Achieving Civic Engagement (PACE) conference, winning the Civic Engagement Professional of the Year and Engaged Faculty Award. This is the first time that one institution has claimed both awards in the same year.

Magjuka, assistant dean of students and executive director of the Office of Civic and Community Engagement (OCCE), was named 2021 Civic Engagement Professional of the Year.

Headshot of Marianne Magjuka, Wake Forest University assistant dean of students and executive director of the Office of Civic and Community Engagement

Marianne Magjuka

The award recognizes a North Carolina higher education administrator who works to realize a campus-wide vision of service, supports the engagement of faculty and students and forms innovative campus-community partnerships. As the  founding executive director of the OCCE, , Magjuka provides visionary and strategic leadership to institutionalize civic engagement at Wake Forest. She has established and advanced many of the University’s  foundational programs related to social justice, civic learning and democratic engagement.

Virgil, executive director of experiential education and clinical professor of law, received the 2021 Engaged Faculty Award.

Headshot of Steve Virgil, Wake Forest University executive director of experiential education and clinical professor of law

Steve Virgil

The award recognizes one faculty member in the state for exemplary engaged teaching and scholarship, including leadership that advances students’ community and civic learning, conducting community-based research, fostering reciprocal community partnerships and building institutional commitments to service-learning and community engagement.

Since joining the Wake Forest School of Law in 2008, Virgil’s impact has been felt throughout the regional nonprofit and social enterprise spaces through the creation of in-house clinics and field placement courses, which provide students first-hand legal experience. Virgil founded the Community Law & Business Clinic and the Veterans Legal Clinic, through which Wake Forest law students have provided thousands of hours of pro bono services to help address the legal needs of underserved populations in the state.

Visit the OCCE website to learn more.

Free, online webinar on housing loss in Forsyth County

A guest post by Wake Forest University News:

Last week, the University news office posted a story sharing Wake Forest’s research contribution to a groundbreaking study on housing loss. The study was conducted by New America, an organization based in Washington, DC. The report looks at housing loss nationwide and spotlights Forsyth County, (one of three deep-dive counties in the study) to determine who is most impacted and why. The Environmental Law and Policy Clinic at Wake Forest Law and the Department of Anthropology were key contributors to the project. Several apartment buildings with cars parked on the street outside

For those interested in the research findings and how they may be used to inform policies to help reduce eviction, foreclosures and housing loss, New America has scheduled a free webinar.

“Displaced in Forsyth County: Economic Mobility, Concentrated Poverty & Home Loss” will be held Thursday, Sept. 17, from 12 to 1:30 p.m. More information and registration are available on the New America website here.

Anthropology professor and housing policy expert Sherri Lawson Clark and Steve Virgil, professor and executive director of Experiential Education in the law school are among the panelists. The “Displaced in America” report and data are available here.

Faith-based nonprofit leadership program to be offered online

This is a guest post from the School of Law and School of Divinity:

Wake Forest Law Professor Steve Virgil, director of experiential learning, is partnering with School of Divinity Professor John Senior to offer a 12-week, online Faith-Based Nonprofit Leadership Certificate Program open to Wake Forest students as well as non-students beginning in January 2017.

“This is a very good example of a cross-campus, multi-disciplinary effort that connects to the non-Wake Forest community as well,” Virgil says.

According to the program website, the course is ideal for participants who are:
1) Current and aspiring leaders of nonprofits (staff, board members, or volunteers);
2) Interested in forming a new nonprofit, among others.

Wake Forest faculty and staff who volunteer on community or other nonprofit boards are encouraged by the professors to take the course as well as share information about it with others they think might be interested.

Certificates will be awarded through the Wake Forest School of Divinity following completion of all sessions.

Learn more on the Divinity School website http://divinity.wfu.edu/nonprofitleadership/ or contact Lance Henry, certificate program assistant, at henrlj11@wfu.edu

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Provost Office grants announced

This is a guest post from the Office of the Provost:

The Provost’s Office is pleased to announce the following grants for Spring 2016

Nathan and Julie Hatch Research Grant for Academic Excellence

Stephanie Koscak, Royal Subjects: Mass Media and the Reinvention of Reverence in England, 1649-1760, Week at the Summer Research Institute , Harris Manchester College, Oxford University

Provost’s Fund for Academic Innovation

Melissa Harris-Perry, Marianne Magjuka, Dani Parker, Fahim Gulamali, Pro Humanitate Institute, Wake the Vote, Part II

Amanda Gengler, Sociology, Food & Inequality in Global Context

Steve Virgil, Law; John Senior, Divinity, Public Leadership and Professional Identity

Provost’s Fund for Academic Excellence

Mike Green, Law, World Tort Law Society: Comparative Study of Liability Law for Road Traffic Accidents

Tanya Zanish-Belcher, Z. Smith Reynolds Library, University Archives Research Internship

Morna O’Neill, Art, Lost Art: Photography and Display

Provost’s Fund for a Vibrant Campus

Katie Wolf, Hanes Art Gallery, Alexander T. Oleksyn: The Confined Line

Provost’s Grant for Academic Excellence

Jeff Eller, Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Saving Born Digital ebooks in Libraries

Olga Valbuena, English, Southeastern Renaissance Conference – Shakespeare Quadricentennial 

Lucas Johnston, Religion, Placing Pedagogy: Teaching Religion and Nature in the South

School of Law launches Veterans Legal Clinic

This is a guest post from the School of Law:

The Veterans Legal Clinic launched at Wake Forest this fall with the mission to provide legal services to veterans with legal issues stemming from or relating to their military service that are currently underserved by existing programs.

The clinic began with four students working under the supervision of Professor Steve Virgil, who has spent the past two years researching and working with a group of interested law students, most of whom are veterans.

Professor Virgil, who is executive director of the law school’s experiential education programs, says the clinic seeks to serve North Carolina military personnel including active duty service members, reservists, veterans and non-affiliated veterans.

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