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Sociology class uses 1950 Census to create work history family trees

May 6, 2022  |   Faculty, For Alumni, For Parents, Humanities, Student, Top Stories

When Wake Forest sophomore Gabi Overcast-Hawks searched the 1950 U.S. Census records, she found her grandfather’s handwritten name, along with his mother and father and seven brothers and sisters. Place of birth: Carroll County, Virginia. Occupation: farmer. She and the other students in Professor of Sociology Ana-Maria Gonzalez Wahl’s “Sociology of Work, Conflict and Change” class, used the demographic snapshots of people in their own family trees to better understand bigger picture societal trends.

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University holds Commemoration of the Enslaved

April 27, 2022  |   Community, Community in Progress, Events, For Alumni, For Parents, Top Stories

Members of the Wake Forest community gathered at the steps of Wait Chapel this afternoon to commemorate the enslaved individuals who worked for or were sold to benefit the institution that would become Wake Forest University. 

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Michele Gillespie to succeed Rogan Kersh as Provost

April 5, 2022  |   Alumni, Faculty, For Alumni, For Parents, Provost, Top Stories, University Announcement, Wake Forest College

Wake Forest University President Susan R. Wente has appointed Michele Gillespie, current Dean of Wake Forest’s College of Arts and Sciences, to succeed Rogan Kersh as University Provost, effective July 1, 2022.

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Garden Party celebrates the birthday of Maya Angelou

March 31, 2022  |   Community, Community in Progress, Events, For Alumni, For Parents, Top Stories

Wake Forest University is hosting the annual Maya Angelou Garden Party this Sunday, April 3, from 2-4 p.m. in Bailey Park in Innovation Quarter. The event celebrates Angelou’s April 4 birthday, is always held on the Sunday closest to it and is free and open to the public.

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Wake Forest holds inauguration for President Susan R. Wente

March 25, 2022  |   Events, For Alumni, For Parents, President, Top Stories

Wake Forest celebrated the inauguration of Susan R. Wente on March 25 in Wait Chapel. In her speech, Wente drew on her experience as a scientist to connect the transformative power of education to cell biology and described Wake Forest as a “catalyst for good.”

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Wake Forest hosts day of service during presidential inauguration week

March 24, 2022  |   For Alumni, For Parents, President, Pro Humanitate, Top Stories

Wake Forest University students, faculty, staff and alumni volunteered at “kit-packing” events on March 23 in a day of service that coincided with the upcoming presidential inauguration and will benefit local schoolchildren and homeless women.

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Virtual event to highlight local historical figures of color

March 22, 2022  |   Community in Progress, Events, For Alumni, For Parents

Last year, as part of IdeasCityWS, The Winston-Salem Monuments Project showcased augmented reality monuments to local figures of historical significance during the October festival that featured live music, panel discussions and interactive exhibits from two dozen local creative organizations representing progressive contributions in art, technology, design and culture. Today that work is being advanced through MONUMENTAL: Technology, Social Studies and Shaping Public Memory, which is re-engaging the creative work accomplished by Movers & Shakers, Wake Forest and local artists to explore ways in which technology is used to make diverse, historical narratives more accessible and inclusive.

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WFU, Guilford College co-hosting Universities Studying Slavery Symposium

March 21, 2022  |   Community in Progress, Events, For Alumni, For Parents, Top Stories

Wake Forest University and Guilford College are co-hosting the spring Universities Studying Slavery (USS) Conference, expected to bring scholars from throughout the country to the Triad. The four-day conference, titled “Pandemics, Protests and the Legacies of Slavery,” runs from Wednesday, March 30, to Saturday, April 2.

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Wake students to dance, raise money for cancer research

March 15, 2022  |   Campus Life, Events, For Alumni, For Parents, Student, Top Stories

At age 5 months, Wake Forest sophomore Gabrielle Peko was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the most common childhood cancer. After undergoing chemotherapy treatments and some surgeries, she was pronounced in remission at age 2. On Saturday, March 19, Peko will join more than 1,000 Wake students at Wake ‘N Shake, an annual dance marathon that raises money for the Brian Piccolo Cancer Research Fund of the Comprehensive Cancer Center of Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist. The event runs from noon to midnight in the Sutton Center.

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Wake Forest names Annette L. Ranft as Dean of the School of Business

March 3, 2022  |   For Alumni, For Parents, School of Business, Top Stories, University Announcement

Wake Forest University has named Annette L. Ranft as the next Dean of the School of Business. Ranft comes to Wake Forest from Auburn University, where she serves as Dean and Wells Fargo Professor at the Harbert College of Business.

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