Incoming Class of Fall 2016
This fall the School of Divinity welcomes 41 new Master of Divinity students. Of those 41, five are complefng a joint degree (2 in educafon,
1 in sustainability, 1 in sustainability). The class ranges in age from 21 to 62, comes from 13 states, 3 countries, and 33 undergraduate col-
leges and universifes, and represents more than 18 religious affiliafons. Over fifty percent of the class is female, 43% idenffy as ethnic mi-
nority, and nearly eighty percent are 30 or younger. The incoming class attended New Student Orientafon in late August, themed Piecing
Food, Health, and Ecological Well-Being Expansion
In 2012, Wake Forest University School of Divinity idenffied this need and created the Food, Faith, and Religious Leadership Inifafve. Our
goal was to help faith leaders create more redempfve food systems: local, equitable food economies that create health for bothpeople and
planet. Here on campus we created a Food & Faith concentrafon for students enrolled in our Master of Divinity program. But our work
doesn’t stop there. The confnuing educafon workshops and retreats sponsored by this Inifafve have attracted hundreds of faith leaders
from across North Carolina. Interest has spread beyond North Carolina to include representafves from 17 states stretching fromArizona to
Washington, D.C.; from 10 colleges (Wake Forest University to Exeter University in England); and from more than a dozen Chrisfan denomi-
nafons. We gained support from such nafonal foundafons as Kalliopeia, Opaline
Fund, and the Byron Fellowship Educafonal Foundafon. We created a pilot fellowship
program for young religious leaders working in the areas of food jusfce and sustaina-
ble agriculture; convened four summer courses in Food, Faith, and Ecology in the
North Carolina mountains; and confnue to host confnuing educafon events in central
and western North Carolina.
After four years, it’s fme to expand and deepen our work. In order to reflect the holisfc nature of our program we have become the Food,
Health, and Ecological Well-Being Program. We are excited to see where the coming years will lead us.
Big Data and Privacy
As we become more and more connected, we generate more and more data. How to handle Big Data in a data-driven business world isthe
focus of the BB&T Center for the Study of Capitalism’s panel discussion“Personal Concierge or Big Brother: Balancing the Possibilifes of Big
Data with the Need for Privacy”at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday,September 15in Broyhill Auditorium. Innovafons such as better algorithms, the
Internet of Things, and social media have privacy implicafons that affect almost all of us. Assistant Professor of IS and Analyfcs Lauren Rhue
will serve as moderator. Guests Morgan Reed, execufve director of ACT, and Alessandro Acquisf, professor of informafon technology and
public policy, will serve as panelists. They’ll discuss these privacy issues and offer ideas on balancing innovafon with privacy.
M.S. in Business Analytics: Our first class begins
The inaugural class (pictured right) of the M.S. in Business Analyfcs (MSBA) at
the School of Business presents some compelling numbers: students from 27
colleges and universifes around the world, more than a dozen different majors,
nine Double Deacs, and two veterans. But this is not the whole story. Beyond
these impressive stafsfcs are even more impressive students. Meet some of
them in the accompanying video and learn more on our website.
WFU School of Business MBA students develop nanotechnology to fight lung
Accelerated NanoTech, a startup medical device company founded by a team of
Wake Forest School of Business MBA students, has proposed a new, faster, and
more reliable test for non-small cell lung cancer. This sharply reduces both costs
to pafents from hundreds of dollars to $10 and diagnosis fme from days to
hours. For their innovafon, the Wake Forest team was named finalists in the Nanotechnology Startup Challenge. The Challenge features
invenfons conceived and developed by scienfsts at the Nafonal Insftutes of Health, and business plans developed by teamstoaccelerate
and increase the volume of commercialized cancer nanotechnology to market through startups.
BEM Table Top Tradeshow
More than 100 Business and Enterprise Management (BEM) interns will demonstrate what they learned in more than 90 companies across
the United States, China, Ecuador, El Salvador, and the United Kingdom. The BEM internship is a rigorous requirement for graduafon with
faculty advisor check-ins, weekly contacts, reflecfve paper, and the presentafon to a panel of judges. The Table Top Tradeshow will be held
September 15 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Benson University Center. Judges award prizes for Best in Show and other spotlight categories to
students for their exemplary work.