Wake in the News

How pop culture misrepresents educators

March 6, 2017   |  The Atlantic

The new documentary “Teacher of the Year” pushes against Hollywood’s hack-or-hero portrayals of the profession. It premiered March 2 at the Teachers, Teaching, and Media Conference organized by communication professor Mary Dalton and hosted at Wake Forest University.

The story was covered by the Associated Press and ran on the national wire in media outlets around the country including U.S. News & World Report, the Miami Herald, the Lexington Herald-Leader, the Modesto Bee, the Wichita Eagle, and many others.

Academic Minute: Religion and guns

March 6, 2017   |  Inside Higher Ed and WAMC

In a two-minute podcast, Wake Forest sociology professor David Yamane shares findings from his research on connections between gun ownership and religions. Yamane said, “When President Obama made his infamous comment about people clinging to their guns and religion, he was summarizing the existing research on the topic. Scholars have repeatedly found that Protestants are more likely to own guns than other Americans. But Protestants themselves are a diverse group and religious tradition is also just one way to understand a person’s religiosity.”

Could fake news affect your finances?

March 6, 2017   |  US News & World Report

Crowdsourcing websites, where consumers can learn more about stocks, sometimes serve up fake news, points out Wake Forest finance professor Ajay Patel. On these sites, “it then becomes easy for a person to use different pseudonyms and push out fake news articles that appear to be legit because multiple sources are indicating the same story,” he said.

The story also ran on Yahoo!Finance.

Media Report for Feb. 25 - March 3, 2017

March 6, 2017   |  WFU News & Communications

The Wake Forest News Media Report for Feb. 25 – March 3, 2017 is now available online.

Mary Dalton: Film gives teachers credit they're due

February 28, 2017   |  Winston-Salem Journal

Communication professor and media expert Mary Dalton discusses the new documentary “Teacher of the Year,” that explores the demands of being a career educator. The film focuses on the reality of teaching and the toll it takes on Angie Scioli, a high-school teacher in Raleigh.

Dalton writes, “It is time to reclaim a complex and human incarnation of the good teacher in popular culture and to give real teachers in classrooms the resources and respect they need to prepare students to become responsible and engaged citizens.”

“Teacher of the Year” will premier at Wake Forest on March 2 as part of the interdisciplinary Teachers, Teaching and Media Conference organized by Dalton.

And She Still Rises: Dr. Maya Angelou the subject of new documentary

February 28, 2017   |  Parade

In a story about a new documentary on Maya Angelou, writer Stephanie Stephens describes meeting the acclaimed poet as a teenager.

“I was visiting my ‘other mother,’ my beloved Aunt Lib, the late Dr. Elizabeth Phillips, professor emerita of Wake Forest University, one of my alma maters. One memorable night, a friend with an undeniable aura came over for dinner. It was Dr. Maya Angelou, and there was just something so mesmerizing about her. We all spent a glorious evening talking about dance, the theater and show business, and about life, which for me at the time, seemed all too complex. It was clear our guest had many wise things to say about it all, and I was captivated.…

She first came to the school on a speaking engagement in 1973, received an honorary degree from Wake Forest in 1977 and later became its first Reynolds Professor of American Studies in 1982. Throughout her time at the University, she taught, directed theater, delivered a commencement address and shared her wisdom with faculty and students alike.”

Olga Pierrakos appointed engineering chair at Wake Forest

February 28, 2017   |  Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Olga Pierrakos has been appointed founding chair of the Department of Engineering at Wake Forest University. She is program director of the Division of Undergraduate Education at the National Science Foundation (NSF). Pierrakos earned a bachelor’s and a master’s from Virginia Tech, and a doctorate from the Virginia Tech-Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering & Sciences.

Peter Thiel thinks you should skip college

February 28, 2017   |  Newsweek

A story on Peter Thiel, the billionaire who gives $100,000 grants to students who want to skip college to start a business, mentions that John Marbach (’15) left Wake Forest to become a Thiel Fellow then decided to return and earn his degree. “I could get access to any CEO or VC, which was great, but I couldn’t find anyone to hang out with.”

Media Report for Feb. 19-24, 2017

February 28, 2017   |  WFU News & Communications

The Wake Forest News Media Report for Feb. 19-24, 2017 is now available online.

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.

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