News from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Members of the campus community are invited to honor the legacy of Dr.
Maya Angelou, one of the University's most treasured faculty. On February
17 we will recognize her contribution as an acclaimed teacher, writer, ac-
tress, and civil rights leader with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the residence
hall named in her honor. On February 18, we will host an advance screening
of the award-winning documentary “Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise” in
Broyhill Auditorium. Capacity is limited for both engagements. Please check
the University Calendar for additional details.
In addition, Dr. Herman Eure will receive the Medallion of Merit, the univer-
sity's highest award, at the Founders Day Convocation on February 16.
Dr. Eure, who retired from the Biology department in 2013 after a 39-year
tenure, was the first African-American man to become a full-time faculty
member at Wake Forest.
For more information about these special events, please contact the Office
of Diversity and Inclusion at or by phone (336) 758-3824.
Provost’s Fund for Faculty Travel
The Provost’s Fund for Faculty Travel provides supplementary travel sup-
port for faculty participating in an academic conference, a diversity and
inclusion event, or other select professional events by presenting or dis-
cussing a paper/film/project or chairing a session. The intent of the fund
is not merely attendance at a conference. Awards are available to all full
time faculty in all schools and colleges. Approval by the department chair
or dean is required. This is not a competitive fund and every effort will be
made to reimburse eligible expenses. To ensure that funding is available,
faculty should submit the appropriate Provost’s Fund for Faculty Travel
Form (College and Library) or Provost’s Fund for Faculty Travel Form
(Professional Schools) to the Office of the Provost by March 1. Faculty
will be notified by March 15 if funding is not available. Submissions re-
ceived after March 1 will be subject to funding availability.
Since this is supplementary travel support, departmental funds should be
exhausted before requesting funding from the Provost Office. The Prov-
ost’s Fund for Faculty Travel is limited to $1,000 per academic year for
College and Library faculty. Faculty in the professional schools are eligible
for a match of up to $500 per academic year.
The Nathan and Julie Hatch Research Grant
for Academic Excellence
The Provost’s Office announces a faculty development award to sup-
port one week of research and writing from July 2-9, 2017 at the Sum-
mer Research Institute conducted by Harris Manchester at Oxford
University. All room and board expenses, as well as transportation,
will be covered. All faculty from the Undergraduate College, Z. Smith
Reynolds Library, the Schools of Business, Divinity, Medical and Law
Schools are eligible to apply.
Stephanie Koscak, Rais Rahman and Thomas Frank, the most recent
past winners of the grant, would be happy to answer any questions
about the program. Please submit a CV and a letter of intent describ-
ing the applicant’s current research project by February 24,
2017 to Lynn Sutton, Vice Provost, 204 Reynolda Hall. A schedule and
information about last year’s stay at Harris Manchester College can be
found here.
Joe Bathanti Public Reading
Wednesday, February 22, 3:30 to 4:30; ZSR Library, Auditorium
Poet, novelist, memoirist, and professor of creative writing Jo-
seph Bathanti (Appalachian State University) comes to campus
in his role as Wake Forest University Writer-in-Residence during
the month of February. On Wednesday, February 22, Joseph will
read from his recent poetry and prose as well as answer ques-
Bathanti, a recent Poet Laureate of North Carolina, has pub-
lished over twenty award-winning works including poetry (The
Metal, Restoring Sacred Art, Concertina); short stories and nov-
els (Coventry, The Life of the World to Come); The Anthology of
Black Mountain College Poetry; essays (Half of What I Say is
Meaningless); and memoir. Joseph is an engaging and warm
speaker and a writer of passion and skill. Don't miss this literary
This event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.
Secrest Artists Series presents: Orchestre National de Lyon
Leonard Slatkin, conductor / Gil Shaham, violin
Thursday, February 23, 2017 | 7:30 pm | Wait Chapel
Orchestre de Lyon:
As one of the oldest and most respected orchestras in France, Orchestre National de Lyon (ONL) has performed with numerous soloists including:
Pablo Casals, Arthur Grumiaux, Wilhelm Kempff, Yo-Yo Ma, Martha Argerich, Vadim Repin, Truls Mork, Radu Lupu, Krystian Zimmerman, and Jean
Yves Thibaudet. Now a permanent organization with over a hundred musicians, its tours have taken it to the United States, Japan, and Germany and
international festivals. In 1987 Emmanuel Krivine replaced Serge Baudo as conductor of ONL. Both Baudo and Krivine had strong interest in contem-
porary music, which, perhaps as a result, is ONL one of the few symphony orchestras in the world whose audience is growing consistently younger.
Leonard Slatkin, conductor:
Internationally acclaimed conductor Leonard Slatkin is Music Director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) and the Orchestre National de Lyon
(ONL). He also maintains a rigorous schedule of guest conducting and is active as a composer, author, and educator. Slatkin’s more than 100 record-
ings have garnered seven Grammy awards and 64 nominations. A recipient of the prestigious National Medal of Arts, Slatkin also holds the rank of
Chevalier in the French Legion of Honor. Slatkin has conducted virtually all of the leading orchestras in the world. As Music Director, he has held
posts with the New Orleans, St. Louis, and National symphony orchestras, and he was Chief Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. He has
served as Principal Guest Conductor of London’s Philharmonia and Royal Philharmonic, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philhar-
monic at the Hollywood Bowl, and the Minnesota Orchestra.
Gil Shaham, violin:
Gil Shaham is one of the foremost violinists of our time; his flawless technique combined with his inimitable warmth and generosity of spirit has so-
lidified his renown as an American master. The Grammy Award-winner, also named Musical America’s “Instrumentalist of the Year,” is sought after
throughout the world for concerto appearances with leading orchestras and conductors, and regularly gives recitals and appears with ensembles.
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