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Graduate School of
Arts and Sciences’
downtown presence

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May-August
Faculty
Publications

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FY17 Budget calendar
released

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Provost’s
Newsletter

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S P E C I A L D A T E S O F
I N T E R E S T :

September
18: World
Cultur-
al Festival |
Manchester Plaza
|
5:30—8:00 pm

September
29: Faculty/Staff
Happy Hour and
United
Way
Campaign
Kickoff |
Green
Room|
4:00 p.m.

October
15: Campus
Connec-
tions
|
Benson
401 |

8:45—10:00 am

October
22: Secrest
Artists
Series
presents
Mariza,
Portu-
guese
singer |
Wait
Chapel
|
7:30 pm

October
23-24: Rising
Voices:
A
Wake
Forest Alumni
LGBTQIA
Conference |
WFU

Message from the Provost...

Summertime
on
campus,
for those
who
can
remember an
earlier WFU era,
has grown
considerably
bus-
ier of late. In recent weeks we welcomed three new deans along with a wealth of new faculty and staff;
celebrated faculty
publications,
grants,
and
creative
works; and
continued
labors
on
a
range
of
campus-
wide
priorities.
All this
in
addition
to
submitting WFU’s
massive
ten-year
SACS reaccreditation
report;
running summer-school classes
and
camps
of
every
description,
and
launching a
month-long ‘early
ori-
entation’ for international and
other interested
new
frosh.
I’ll briefly
alight on
each
of
the
three
areas
mentioned
above.
New
Deans.
Michele Gillespie
(College), Tim
Pyatt
(ZSR Library), and
Suzanne
Reynolds
(Law) all be-
gan
formally
settling into
their roles
in
July—just as Charles Iacovou
(Business) completed
his
first year
on
the
job.
This
quartet joined
on
our Deans’ Council
Gail O’Day
(Divinity), Brad
Jones
and
Dwayne
Godwin
(Graduate
School), and
Ed
Abraham (Medical School). I am already
enjoying working with
this
distinguished
and
creative
group; please
join
me
in
greeting our new
decanal colleagues when
you
see
them
on
campus.

Faculty
Accomplishments. The
annual spring ZSR-hosted celebration
of faculty
creative
works
and
publications
was,
as
ever,
a
year’s
highlight. Over the summer I picked
up
English
professor Eric Wil-
son’s
Keep
it
Fake after a glowing NYT
review
and,
cliché
though
it
be,
couldn’t
put it down; what
a
pro-
vocative
revaluation
of
our ‘keep
it
real’ culture.
Also
atop
my
summer books list: Divinity
professor Jill
Crainshaw’s
beautifully composed
They
Spin
With
Their Hands,
detailing women’s
ordination
rites,
and
Jim
Otteson’s
(Business
School) deeply
learned
economic-history
study
The End
of
Socialism.
Just this week we
lauded
the past year’s
sponsored-research
and
other academic
grant awards. In
splendid
news
on
that
front,
Steve Messier and
a
team of
HES colleagues
won
the
largest WFU
grant
ever,
a
$6 million
award from the
National Institutes
of
Health
to
study
knee
osteoarthritis.
Another
WFU
team,
helmed
by
psychology
professors
Will Fleeson
and
Mike Furr,
won
a
$3.9 million
Templeton
Foundation
grant for their study
of
exemplary
moral character.
Focus
on
Priorities.
Future newsletters,
as well as
plentiful other communications
from
my
and
vari-
ous
deans’ offices,
will report progress
on
various
priorities
advanced
during summer.
Our dedicated
effort last year
to
deepen
and
broaden
Wake
Forest’s
commitment to
an
inclusive
community,
embrac-
ing all those
who
call our campus
home,
has continued
as
a top-of-mind
(and –action) focus.
If
you
haven’t visited the ‘Community
in
Progress’ website
lately, we
continue
to
add
updates; visit at

http://
community.wfu.edu/

.
Developing Reynolda Campus
programs
at WF Innovation
Quarter downtown
continues
apace, thanks to
a
dedicated
team of faculty
(most notably
chemistry
professor Rebecca Alex-
ander,
who’s
graciously
accepted
the
IQ faculty-director role) and
staff working with
building designers.
Faculty
development programs
remain
a
third
major emphasis,
gaining momentum
thanks to
extended
conversation
during faculty
meetings
at most of
our WFU schools
last spring.
Wake Forest summers
were
never exclusively
long, languid,
carefree
days.
But the
pace has visibly
picked
up
with
the
campus-wide
return
of
students
and
classes; a fond ‘welcome
back’ to
all who
spent
significant time
away. Hope
you
will find
your way
to
the
Green
Room/ Magnolia Patio on
September
29, as we
collectively
toast the
new
academic year,
greet new
faculty
and
staff, and
affirm
our commit-
ment to
the
2016 United Way
campaign.

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