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WFU dedicates residence hall that honors poet and author Maya Angelou

February 20, 2017   |  Winston-Salem Journal

Sitting at a baby grand piano in a new residence hall at Wake Forest University on Friday, performing artist Valerie Ashford Simpson played and sang “Reach Out & Touch” in honor of the late Maya Angelou.

“I think it speaks to what she’s done for all of us and what she wants us to do – to continue to reach out and touch,” Simpson said of the song she and Nickolas Ashford wrote.
Many of the nearly 100 people gathered in the resident hall’s “parlor” for students held hands and sang along with her: “Reach out and touch somebody’s hand. Make this world a better place if you can.”

Angelou, who was a poet, author, professor, civil rights activist and former resident of Winston-Salem, taught students at Wake and was its Reynolds Professor of American Studies from 1982 until her death in 2014. On Friday, Feb. 17, Wake Forest held a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony for Maya Angelou Hall, a residence hall named for Angelou.

The story ran on the national AP wire and appeared in many media outlets across the country, including U.S. News and World Report, Diverse Issues in Higher Education, the Lexington Herald Leader, Washington Times, the Miami Herald, the Idaho Statesman, the News & Observer, the Charlotte Observer, WBTV, the Greenville Reflector, WSLS, WLOS, WXII, WGHP, WFMY, TWC News, and WSOC.

How to make strategic big bets

February 20, 2017   |  The Chronicle of Higher Education

The Chronicle of Higher Education prominently featured Wake Forest University in its new section – Idea Lab – about colleges and universities solving problems. This week’s topic – “How Colleges Make Strategic Big Bets” – spotlights Wake Downtown and University leaders’ intentional approach to developing engineering and biomedical sciences academic programs in Wake Forest Innovation Quarter. Following conversations President Nathan Hatch and Provost Rogan Kersh had with the reporter, Wake Forest was highlighted as a positive example in three of the four stories in the series in the series. These include: “How to Make Strategic Big Bets,” “Faculty Can Help Make a Project Fly” and “Tips for Turning a Big Idea Into a Successful Strategic Initiative.”

Stream Protection Rule declared (almost dead): Now what?

February 20, 2017   |  Bloomberg BNA

Environmentalists could also try to challenge the CRA resolution in court. But no such plans are in the works yet, and the odds of success are long, because courts have historically approved congressional legislation “as long as there’s some conceivable rational basis for it,” said Sidney Shapiro, an administrative law professor at Wake Forest University.

Meet the people making money on Charlotte's grocery delivery service

February 20, 2017   |  Charlotte Observer

Increased competition in the gig economy can make for better customer service – and more opportunities for workers, said Wake Forest finance professor Ajay Patel. “As long as people can rate them, you get a little comfort knowing the service provider is going to do a good job.”

Media Report for Feb. 11-19, 2017

February 20, 2017   |  WFU News & Communications

The Wake Forest News Media Report for Feb. 11-19, 2017 is now available online.

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