Pendergraft leads American Classical League as its new president

Mary Pendergraft, professor and chair of Classical Languages, was installed as president of the American Classical League, recently.  As part of her two-year term, she will lead the organization as it approaches its centennial celebration in 2019.

Pendergraft has served as chair of the National Committee for Latin and Greek, president of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South – Southern Section, and president of North Carolina Classical Association. She has been honored for her teaching with awards from the Society for Classical Studies and the Classical Association of the Middle West and South. In 2013, the Classical Association of the Middle West and South also awarded Pendergraft with an Ovatio for her service and dedication to both the organization and the field of Classics.

The American Classical League seeks to promote classical studies to the general public. Established in 1919 to address the needs of classical Greek and Latin teachers, the organization has more than 2,700 members worldwide. The American Classical League produces its annual Summer Institute, as well as the National Latin Exam, National Greek Exam, National Mythology Exam, and Exploratory Latin Exam for students.  The American Classical League also sponsors the National Junior Classical League, a youth organization of 44,000 members dedicated to the encouragement and promotion of the literature and language of classical Greece and Rome. Currently, the American Classical League is beginning its Centennial Year Celebration, which will culminate at its 2019 Summer Institute in New York City.

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Memorial service scheduled for Professor David Coates

This announcement was e-mailed to faculty, staff and students on Aug. 16 by Wake Forest Communications and External Relations:

A memorial service for David Coates, Worrell Professor of Anglo-American Studies, will be held October 2 at 4 p.m. in Brendle Recital Hall.

Dr. Coates died August 7 in Asheville after an illness.

A story about Dr. Coates appears in the online Wake Forest Magazine.  An obituary is expected to appear at a later date in the Winston-Salem Journal.

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New Student Handbook with revised Student Code of Conduct available online; Undergraduate Bulletin online, too

This is a guest post from the Division of Campus Life:

A new Student Handbook has been developed for undergraduate students. The new handbook was created to provide students with important University information, policies, and processes in an online format that’s easy to navigate. While the handbook has a wealth of information, the newly revised Student Code of Conduct comprises much of the content.

The Student Code of Conduct was revised through a process that was intentional, comprehensive, and deliberate, with the goal of allowing thorough consideration of various stakeholder perspectives.

“I have been impressed during the last year and a half by the extensive involvement of students, faculty, and administrators in offering comments and recommendations regarding the proposed code revisions and then deliberating about the best way to make changes in response to this community feedback,” said John Dinan, professor of politics and international Affairs and chair of the Judicial Council.

Additionally, the Undergraduate Bulletin is now published digitally. The Bulletin contains the course offerings and requirements of the undergraduate schools, as well as other important academic policies and procedures.

You may access the Handbook at and the Bulletin at These new online resources are important publications for our community.

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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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