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School of Business faculty receive awards, recognition

The following School of Business faculty have been recognized recently for their achievements:

Assistant Professor of Accounting Andrea Kelton received the Best Paper Award at the 2016 Accounting Information Systems Midyear Meeting held January 22-23. The award was for a paper she co-authored with Robin Pennington at N.C. State entitled “If you tweet, they will follow: CEO tweets, social capital and investor say-on-pay judgements.”

Assistant Professor of Accounting Norma Montague received the 2016 Innovation in Auditing and Assurance Award from the American Accounting Association. Montague and her co-author Rebecca Fay of East Carolina University received the award January 15 for a case they developed entitled “Witnessing Your Own Cognitive Bias: A Compendium of Classroom Exercises.”

Providing a rundown of the “who’s who” of the tax world, the International Tax Review’s Global Tax 50 recognizes individuals and organizations that have had a significant impact on taxation. The group named Coca-Cola Fellow and Associate Professor of Accounting Ya-wen Yang for her research. The recognition mentions her research with Assistant Professor of Accounting Andrea Kelton on the relationships between gender diversity in the boardroom and c-suite, and levels of abusive tax behavior.

Intercultural, LGBTQ and Women’s centers announce expansions

In March, the Intercultural Center, LGBTQ Center and Women’s Center offices will begin renovations to increase the size and visibility of their spaces.

The decision to expand the centers is a result of ongoing conversation between senior administrators and students, faculty and staff around how best to create an equitable environment that meets the needs of our diverse campus community.

“The Benson University Center is an incubator of student development, creativity and involvement,” said Barbee Oakes, chief diversity officer at Wake Forest. “Expanding our cultural spaces and aligning them alongside our units responsible for student wellbeing and engagement centers identity and cultural competence in the deep, holistic experience we want to create for our students.”

The Intercultural Center, formerly known as the Office of Multicultural Affairs, will remain in Suite 346. The expansion includes additional office space for more staff as the department evolves to strengthen the intercultural communication skills of all students and provide support for domestic and international underrepresented students.

The Intercultural Center will also have a larger lounge space for students, faculty and staff to convene for intercultural exchange, caucus sessions and campus presentations. A portion of the space will include a conference room and work room for student organizations to host meetings and develop collaborative projects.

The LGBTQ Center and Women’s Center will relocate to Suite 311 in Benson University Center, formerly the home of the Pro Humanitate Institute. While support for gender identity and equality is a value shared by both departments, the space is being modified to keep the offices separate and honor the distinctive nature of their identity development work.

Both the LGBTQ and Women’s Center expansions include larger lounge spaces for students, faculty and staff to gather for center programs and additional office space for staff members. The centers will share a work room that will also be open to student organizations.  The current LGBTQ Center space located in Suite 218 in the Benson University Center will be converted to a meeting and co-working space for student organizations.

All of the centers will host focus groups for students to share their creative insight on space design and utilization. Please visit the center websites for more information.

Forum set for update on Innovation Quarter

On Monday, February 29, the Office of the Provost and the Committee on Academic Planning jointly invite you to a forum to discuss plans for academic programs, logistics from transportation to security, and timelines. This forum is open to all faculty and staff; a separate forum for students will be held in March.

We look forward to seeing you on Monday, February 29 from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Z. Smith Reynolds Library Auditorium (room 404).

Hopkins receives ‘Dare to Make a Difference’ award

Beth Hopkins, director of outreach and professor of practice in the School of Law, was honored with the Martin Luther King Jr. “Dare to Make a Difference” Award in recognition of her efforts for human and civil rights on Jan. 18 at the Benton Convention Center.

Since 1981, an observance has been held annually at noon to commemorate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., according to event founder Mütter D. Evans, former owner and general manager of WAAA Radio, who continues to organize it.

This year’s event featured Congresswoman Alma Adams of North Carolina’s 12th District as the keynote speaker.

Three individuals — Hopkins, Nigel D. Alston and Rodney Sumler (posthumously) — were honored with the MLK “Dare to Make a Difference” Award in recognition of their efforts for human and civil rights.

WFDD announces program changes to begin in February

88.5 WFDD, the public radio station licensed to Wake Forest, recently announced programming changes, slated to begin in February. Included in these changes is combining the Triad Arts and News teams into one unit.

WFDD News Director Emily McCord said that bringing the Triad Arts staff into the News Department will allow more flexibility in news and arts reporting and it paves the way for new projects that will deepen our relationship with the community. “We’re excited about the opportunity to find amazing stories and share them with our audience in the way only public radio can,” said McCord.

In addition, the station announced some new programs being added to the schedule, while others will be heard at new times. Assistant General Manager Molly Davis said, “We hope that our listeners have had a chance to hear new episodes of Across the Blue Ridge with Paul Brown. Starting on Feb. 6, Mountain Stage will join the weekend lineup, creating a nice block of roots and traditional music on Saturday and Sunday evenings.” The station has also added Bullseye with Jesse Thorn, described as a curated guide to culture, on Sunday afternoons.

Programs moving time slots include The Tavis Smiley Show, Fresh Air Weekend, Marketplace Weekend, and Ask Me Another. Listeners will now hear Here and Now, the live midday news program from NPR and WBUR, from noon until 2 p.m., Monday through Friday.

WFDD General Manager Tom Dollenmayer said, “WFDD carefully studies audience data and listening trends. These changes are an effort to integrate arts coverage into our news coverage and to add oft-requested programs to our schedule.”

WFDD’s complete program schedule is available at wfdd.org.