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WFU students launch The Media to produce digital content

The Media, a student-run digital media group, launched in September with a ceremony in Reynolda Hall’s Magnolia Room featuring Provost Rogan Kersh (’86) and Provost Emeritus Ed Wilson (’43). The Media will be working with members of campus to create digital content with a focus on using iTunesU as an academic distribution channel. The Media plans to add to the global branding of Wake Forest.

Kersh’s remarks focused on the entrepreneurial spirit of the group’s founder, sophomore William Wang, and Kersh also presented badges to the student leaders. Wilson’s remarks focused on the teacher-student relationship through history at Wake Forest, saying: “Normally students learn from teachers at Wake Forest. However, as teachers, we should also learn from them.”

Senior Addison McLamb outlined the goals of the group, and Wang spoke about the hybrid of student creativity and institutional vision from Wake Forest faculty and staff.

“With incredible support from all over the campus, we are hungry to do more in the future,” Wang said. “Our job is to ensure that Wake Forest University thrives in a mobile- and cloud-first world.”

Journeys to Success Speaker Series to feature Dolores Huerta

Labor leader and civil rights activist Dolores Huerta will be the featured speaker Oct. 29 in Carswell Hall for the Journeys to Success Speaker Series hosted by the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

The event is free and open to the public.  It will be held at 6 p.m. in the Annenberg Forum.

Every semester, the Office of Multicultural Affairs hosts the Journeys to Success Speaker Series signature event. The Office seeks established international, national and local professionals of color to share their experiences traversing their respective fields. It brings speakers who will inspire students through sharing the story of their success and challenges.

The Office of Multicultural Affairs shared the following information about Huerta:

“Ms. Huerta is one of the most influential leaders of this country. Early in life, Ms. Huerta realized her lifelong journey towards working to correct economic injustice. As a result, she became a labor leader and civil rights activist who was an early member, along with colleague Cèsar Chávez of the National Farm workers Association, which later became the United Farm Workers (UFW). Ms. Huerta has received numerous awards for her community service and advocacy for workers, immigrants, and women’s rights, including the most prestigious award that a person can receive, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, bestowed to her in 2012 by President Obama. Today, she continues to work tirelessly developing leaders and advocates for the working poor, woman, and children.”

For more information, please contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs at 336-758-5864.

This event is cosponsored by: Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability, Communication Department, Diversity and Collaboration Fund, Divinity School Food, Faith, and Religious Leadership, Latin American and Latino Studies, Organization of Latin American Students, Pro Humanitate Institute, the Women’s Center, and Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies.

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 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, ( / 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