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Being Here: Salaam series of events underway on campus

A series of events known as “Being Here: Salaam” is underway at Wake Forest in September and early October.

The “Being Here: Salaam” project began Sept.  21 at Hanes Art Mezzanine Gallery in Scales Fine Arts Center with an exhibit of photographs by Todd Drake featuring Imam Khalid Griggs, associate chaplain, and other Muslims–many from North Carolina.  The exhibit, which draws from Drake’s “Muslim Self-Portrait” series, will continue until Oct. 9.  In that exhibit, Griggs is the only member of the Wake Forest campus community featured.

This week, portraits of 12 Wake Forest Muslim students by Drake have been hung across campus on large banners in highly visible locations, such as the atrium at Z. Smith Reynolds Library.  On each banner, a student self-identifies in a particular manner.  For example, one banner reads “being here as a linguist,” while another reads, “being here as a scientist.”

Cindy Gendrich, director of the Interdisciplinary Performance and the Liberal Arts Center (IPLACe)  and professor of theatre, remarked that, “Students, faculty, and staff have been beautifully collaborative in putting together this project. It’s so important to embrace our shared humanity, and we hope this week’s ‘Being Here: Salaam’ events help reinforce what a wonderful community we can have when we do that. In fact, in order to make that idea visible, we’re having a community hug this Friday, October 2, at 2 p.m. on Hearn Plaza.  We hope everyone will join us there.”

At 5 p.m. October 2, an event will be held at the Hanes Mezzanine gallery that includes poetry readings by members of Wake Forest’s Can I Poet, and a commissioned dance created by Amy Beasley and performed by Wake Forest student dancers. Beasley is an adjunct member of the theatre and dance faculty.

Remarks will also be presented by Griggs and Michaelle Browers, associate professor of politics and international studies. Browers also directs the Middle East and South Asia Studies program at Wake Forest.

The “Being Here: Salaam” series of events is sponsored by IPLACe and by the Office of the Provost. Special help has also been provided by the Chaplain’s Office, and by Paul Bright and Katie Wolf of the Hanes Art Gallery.

Employee of the Year nominations sought

Each year, we present two staff Employee of the Year awards to individuals who have gone above and beyond in their dedication to the University community.  As a faculty or staff member, you are invited to submit your nominations by Wednesday, October 7.  All staff employees who work at least 1,000 hours annually with five or more years of continuous University service are eligible for nomination.

Staff Advisory Council representatives will review the nominations and select the two recipients.  These recipients will be recognized with a plaque and $1,000 award at the Staff Rewards & Recognition Luncheon on Nov. 10.  A campus-wide dessert reception also will honor these recipients, and we hope you will join the celebration on Nov. 10 at 4 p.m. in the Green Room of Reynolda Hall.

Please contact HR at 336.758.4700 or AskHR@nullwfu.edu with any questions.

Soliciting Nominations for Both Student and Faculty Shoonmaker Awards

We are now accepting nominations for the 2016 recipients of the Schoonmaker Faculty and Student Prizes for Community Service.  A committee comprised of faculty, administrators and alumni will meet this fall to determine this year’s recipients.  Please send your nominations to Kelly McConnico by Thursday, October 15, 2015.

Through this award, the Alumni Council seeks to honor faculty members whose records for community service are exemplary. Community service for this award is defined as service to the greater community, the University community or a combination of the two. In the summer of 1993, the award was named in memory of the late Don Schoonmaker ‘60, Professor of Politics and the 1993 recipient of the Faculty Prize for Community Service.

The student award was established in 2007 by the family and friends of Professor Schoonmaker. With the student award, the university also recognizes those students with outstanding community service records.

Please include specific information about how your nominee has served the Wake Forest community and/or the community at large. Selection will be based on the following criteria:  amount of involvement, actions taken, achievements and impact on the community.  Please limit the information submitted for each candidate to no more than two pages.  You may re-nominate any candidate from a previous year whom you would like to have considered again by simply updating your letter. Please keep in mind that nominees typically are not selected on the first attempt and we encourage you to submit the name again.

Thank you very much for the many nominations we received last year for the Schoonmaker Faculty Prize for Community Service.  The past recipients of The Schoonmaker Faculty Award are Professor, Mary Dalton, Professor Ulrike Wiethaus, Professor Anne Boyle, Professor Herman Eure, Professor Emeritus Jack Fleer, Professor Susan H. Borwick, Professor Ellen Kirkman, Professor Paul Ribisl, Professor Katy Harriger, Professor Stephen Boyd, Professor Charles Richman, Professor Thomas Taylor, Professor Andrew Ettin, Professor Richard Sears, Professor Willie Pearson, Professor Peter Weigl, Professor John Litcher, Professor Howell Smith, Professor Donald Frey, Professor Richard Barnett, Professor Deborah L. Best, Professor John Earle, Professor Marcellus Waddill, Professor J. Edwin Hendricks, the late Professor Donald L. Schoonmaker, Professor Ivey Gentry, Professor Herman Eure and Professor Anne Boyle. Past student awardees are Bentrice Jusu (’13), Amy Liang (’12), Lisa Northrop (’11), A. J. Warr (’10), Grace Johnson (’09), Jordan A. Jones (’08), Sebastian Ehreiser (’07) and Emily Goodson (’07),.

The recipients of the 2016 awards will be announced to members of the Wake Forest community during Founders’ Day Convocation. Cash awards will also accompany both honors.

Please feel free to contact Patricia Boone, (boonepm@nullwfu.edu / x4278) if you have questions concerning the nomination process. Thank you for your support of theSchoonmaker Faculty and Student Prizes for Community Service.

Best regards,

Rebecca Thomas                                                                              Kelly Meachum McConnico (’00)

Senior Associate Dean of Faculty                                                 Executive Director, Alumni Engagement


A Cherokee Celebration and Commemoration: President James Ralph Scales and the Cherokee Heritage of Wake Forest University

Friday, November 13th, 2015, Byrum Welcome Center, Wake Forest University, 9:30 am to 6:30 pm

 This symposium honors the rich legacy of President James Ralph Scales, a member of the Cherokee Nation and a champion of Wake Forest University’s commitment to civil rights and inclusivity. Dr. James Ralph Scales served as President of Wake Forest University from 1967 to 1983. As the first and at this point, only minority President in the history of Wake Forest, President Scales was a proud and active member of the Cherokee Nation. His ancestors walked the “Trail of Tears” when Cherokee were removed from their homelands in the Southeast to Oklahoma.  Scheduled at the Porter Byrum Welcoming Center for November 13th, 2015 in honor of American Indian Heritage month, the event will include a series of panel discussions and presentations by notable Cherokee scholars, elders, and community educators, Wake Forest University administrators who worked with President Scales, and a luncheon in honor of President Scales’ legacy with a keynote address by Ms. Jude Burnham. Ms. Burnham, who generously donated archival materials related to President Scales’ life and accomplishment to Wake Forest University.  A student panel with reflections on President Scales and the meaning of his legacy for today’s diverse student populations at WFU will complete the day of celebrations.

There were many outstanding accomplishments during the Scales’ administration on our campus.  As the first President inaugurated on the “new campus” in Winston-Salem, Dr. Scales was responsible for the building of the outstanding “Scales Fine Arts Center” and the purchase of Wake Forest houses for unprecedented study abroad programs in Venice and London respectively.   Dr. Scales was President when the Office of Minority Affairs was founded at Wake Forest in 1978.  This office is regarded as the first of its kind established in the Atlantic Coast Conference universities of which Wake Forest is a member.  Dr. Scales assumed the presidency just five years after the integration of African-American students at Wake Forest.

 WFU Presenters

  • Edwin Wilson – Provost Emeritus who served under Dr. Scales’ entire administration.  Dr. Wilson is the author of The History of Wake Forest University Volume V 1967-1983 (Dr. Scales’ years as President)
  • Beth Norbrey Hopkins, Director of Outreach for the School of Law who studied as an undergraduate student with President Scales
  • Jude Burnham – First Cousin of Dr. Scales, retired public school teacher and educated at Northeastern State University (originally Cherokee National Female Seminary).  She has the same Cherokee lineage as Dr. Scales and inherited much of his archival materials. She has subsequently donated many of these important papers to the Wake Forest University Library.
  • Reid Morgan – Vice President and Legal Counsel at Wake Forest.  He lived with the Scales’ family as a student and worked in Legal Affairs while Dr. Scales was President.
  • Ross Griffith – Served directly under President Scales as Director of Equal Opportunity 1977-1983.  He worked at Wake Forest in different capacities during President Scales’ entire tenure at Wake Forest.
  • Hayes McNeil – Served as Dr. Scales’ Administrative Assistant during Dr. Scales’ tenure as President Emeritus at Wake Forest.  Hayes received his B.A. and M.A. at Wake Forest during Dr. Scales’ presidency.

 Cherokee Scholars, Elders, and Community Educators

  • Trey Adcock (Cherokee Nation), Ph.D. Assistant Professor. Director of American Indian Outreach, and Coordinator of Social Studies Licensure at UNC-Asheville. His Ph.D. in Culture, Curriculum and Change is from UNC-Chapel Hill.
  • Roseanna Belt (Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians) has served as the Director of the WCU/EBCI Cherokee Center in Cherokee, NC, since June, 2001. She received her bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she worked for ten years as a university counselor, and earned her master’s degree in Counseling and Consulting Psychology from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education.
  • Tom Belt (Cherokee Nation) is the Program Coordinator for Western Carolina’s Cherokee Language Program. He has developed curricula and taught Cherokee language classes for all ages and levels for over twenty years.  He is also a respected elder, invited all across the U.S.to speak on Cherokee culture.
  • Julia Coates (Cherokee Nation), Ph.D. Coates has a PhD from the University of New Mexico, and for over six years was the Project Director and lead instructor for the award-winning Cherokee Nation History Course, which brought her into personal contact with most of the employees of the Cherokees Nation, along with thousands of Cherokees in northeastern Oklahoma communities and throughout the country.
  • Ellen Cushman (Cherokee Nation), Ph.D. is a Literacy and English Education professor in the Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures Department at Michigan State University. Her PhD is from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Rhetoric and Communication. She has recently published a book on the Cherokee syllabary with the University of Oklahoma Press.  She has also served as a Cherokee Nation Sequoyah Commissioner.

 Wake Forest University Student Panelists: TBA


Office of the President, Office of the Provost, Office of the Dean, Office of Multicultural Affairs, American Ethnic Studies Program, Department of Anthropology, Department of History, Department for the Study of Religions, and the Humanities Institute with support from a major grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities

Office of Online Education launches new website

The Office of Online Education just launched their new, user-friendly website, oe.wfu.edu. Take a look around to learn about their services, partners, and online and blended teaching resources!