WFU in the news: March 20-26, 2023

Selected news clips courtesy of the Wake Forest News & Communications team


Jacqueline Travisano named Executive Vice President
By Cheryl V. Walker | Wake Forest News
Wake Forest University President Susan R. Wente has appointed Jacqueline Travisano, Ed.D., MBA, CPA, as executive vice president and chief financial officer. Identified in a highly competitive national search, Travisano will begin her new role at Wake Forest in July. She currently serves as executive vice president for business and finance and chief operating officer at the University of Miami. – 3/27/2023


Between the Covers
Phoebe Zerwick, Wake Forest journalism professor, sits down to discuss her book, “Beyond Innocence” – the saga of one remarkable life that sheds light on the failures of the American justice system. Zerwick’s book was also featured on The Takeaway. – 3/27/2023

Overincarcerating women and girls can’t be what healing looks like
The Takeaway
“Even as it might seem that the war on drugs is drawing to a close, its brutal policies continue to create havoc in the lives of American women,” said The Takeaway host Melissa Harris-Perry, author of “Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America,” and the Maya Angelou Presidential Chair of Politics and International Affairs at Wake Forest University. – 3/22/2023

3 NC colleges among Top 50 in US
Yahoo News
Three NC schools ranked inside the Top 50 of the U.S. News Best National University Rankings. The list ranks the top schools around the country. Duke University was the highest-ranked school in the state, coming in at 10. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Wake Forest University tied for 29th. – 3/21/2023


Miseducated: The awkward conversation
By Alexander M. Matheson, Ezekiel Greer, Genevieve Amigone, Gavin Lowder | WFDD-FM (Winston-Salem, NC)
According to psychology professor Christy Buchanan, “One of the biggest pieces of advice for parents is to watch movies and shows with adolescents. And when an adult scene comes up, ‘What do you think about that?’ can be a springboard for perhaps more lighthearted conversation about what’s going on.” – 3/20/2023

A golf course superintendent’s guide to success
By Ben Anderson | GCM Online
Each year, professors from Wake Forest University’s School of Business lead interactive classes, providing ideas and tools to help superintendents with daily management and long-term planning. These classes and presentations are geared directly toward our industry and were the most engaging classes I have been a part of, leaving me craving to learn more. – 3/22/2023


Wake Forest students stand up to cancer during Wake ‘N Shake
By Kellina Djanfa Wanteu | WXII-TV (Winston Salem, NC)
More than a thousand Wake Forest University students danced the day and night away on Saturday to raise money for cancer research during Wake ‘N Shake. Organizers told WXII 12 news that dancers raised $248,234.50 just before midnight in the final hour of the dance marathon. – 3/25/2023

Krispy Kreme gains bullish upgrade from Truist Securities analyst
By Richard Craver | Winston-Salem Journal
Partnering with McDonald’s offers Krispy Kreme a new “go-to-market strategy that seems to offer strong upside potential,” said marketing professor Roger Beahm. “This creates much greater access to the market virtually overnight. Consumers won’t need to go so far out of their way to reach a Krispy Kreme sales outlet. While the added convenience could cannibalize some of the Krispy Kreme factory store business, it will likely be more than offset by the incremental gains from the sale of products through McDonald’s restaurants.” – 3/23/2023

Ask SAM: Will the crosswalk safety light on Reynolda Road be repaired?
By Melissa Leonard Hall | Winston-Salem Journal
Cheryl Walker, the executive director of strategic communications (news) for Wake Forest University, told us what happened and what to expect. “We are working on the replacement of the pedestrian crosswalk. An automobile accident on Jan. 30, 2023, damaged one of the Reynolda Road pedestrian crossing poles. We determined that the damaged pole and components could not be fixed, so we ordered a new one. We expect it to be delivered in 8 to 10 weeks.” – 3/20/2023

Religion calendar: March 25
By Melissa Leonard Hall | Winston-Salem Journal
First Baptist Church, 700 Highland Ave., Winston-Salem, will have a Good Friday service at noon April 7. Students at the Wake Forest University School of Divinity will present “The Seven Last Words of Christ.” Live Stream is available at – 3/25/2023

Students stand up to cancer 12-hour dance marathon raises money for cancer research
Yes! Weekly
More than a thousand Wake Forest University students will dance the day and night away on Saturday, March 25 to raise money for cancer research during Wake ‘N Shake. It’s the largest student-led philanthropic event on campus. The event will take place from noon to midnight in the University’s Sutton Center. “We will have dancing, singing, games and inspirational speakers each hour to keep us going,” said Jamie Wander, a junior finance major from Dallas. – 3/24/2023

Business Milestones: On the Move
Winston-Salem Journal
Wake Forest University has named Jackie Krasas as the new dean of the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, effective July 1. A highly-regarded sociology and women’s, gender and sexuality studies scholar, Krasas comes to Wake Forest from Lehigh University, where she currently serves as deputy provost for faculty affairs – 3/26/2023

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