WFU in the news: Oct. 24-30

Project Pumpkin celebrates 34 years – bigger and better than ever
By Keri Brown | Wake Forest News
Project Pumpkin, one of Wake Forest’s much-loved traditions, took place on Oct. 25. The student-led Halloween-themed event brought hundreds of children from participating local schools and after-school organizations to Hearn Plaza for trick-or-treating, and fun-filled activities and games. In addition to the on-campus event, volunteers hosted Fall Festivals at five recreation centers in the community. – 10/25/2022

Spectrum News Triad and WSJS Radio covered this event.


What did COVID-19 change about the registrar’s role?
By David Stout, Michelle Newman, Robert Wagner, Matt Imboden | The Evolllution
A few years ago, the world underwent more change than anyone was ready for. Every aspect of higher education was impacted, including the registrar’s office. But the switch to remote learning wasn’t the only thing that registrars had to tackle. How has technology expanded in the registrar’s role? School of Business Chief Student Services Officer Matt Imboden participates in this Q&A. – 10/26/2022

Experts draw lessons learned from Sri Lanka’s economic crisis
Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa resigned in July this year, as his country faced economic ruin and civil unrest. Politics professor Neil DeVotta discussed the proximate causes of the crisis facing Sri Lanka, juxtaposing that with mal-governance over the decades and linking the island’s current problems with its ethnocentric trajectory. – 10/27/2022

“Lived karma: Situating interbeing in society” conference
By Jessica Zu | Buddhist Door
Visiting history professor Daniel Burton-Rose in his presentation “Collective Karma and Concealed Virtue,” examined how the Peng family employed a wide variety of interpretative strategies, including reformulating karma as concealed virtue, to justify and strengthen the Peng family’s social standing – 10/27/2022


Power Player 2022: Susan Wente, Wake Forest University president
By Daniel P. Finnegan | Triad Business Journal
It’s been a busy first 15 months at Wake Forest for Wente, who took over as the school’s 14th president and first woman president in July 2021. Wente has named a new provost (Michele Gillespie) and hired new deans for the schools of medicine (Dr. Ebony Boulware) and business (Annette Ranft) and will soon be naming a new law school dean. – 10/27/2022

No holds barred: The big “return”
By Blair Sabol | New York Social Diary
Psychology professor Christian Waugh, maintains that “anxiety and anticipation are sister emotions. Think about when you’re getting married or having a kid — it’s a jumble of both.” His directions are “when you reappraise anxious things as exciting, it makes you feel better.” – 10/27/2022


Forsyth commissioners approve ‘uncertain’ fix for erosion problem
By John Deem | Winston-Salem Journal
Smith Reynolds Airport will seek a state grant to cover most of the cost to stabilize a section of Brushy Fork Creek where extreme erosion has eaten away at property in an adjacent neighborhood. Wake Forest engineering students are studying the site as part of a senior design project to determine how much of the creek erosion is linked to the loss of trees, said engineering professor Courtney Di Vittorio, who specializes in water management. –10/27/2022

Concerts, exhibits and other events
Winston-Salem Journal
Winston-Salem Symphony Chorus, under the direction of Wake Forest Choir Director Christopher Gilliam, presented a concert featuring “Requiem,” by Composer-in-Residence Dan Locklair. Music professors Bryon Grohman and Elizabeth Pacheco Rose performed as vocal soloists. Locklair’s “Requiem” is quickly becoming a staple of the international choral repertoire. – 10/30/2022

Lam Museum of Anthropology celebrates Day of the Dead’s diversity
By Dalia Razo | Yes! Weekly
For roughly the past 20 years, Wake Forest’s anthropology museum has continuously displayed a variety of Day of the Dead exhibits. Initially small in size and the amount of time this would be on display, the exhibit’s size has grown throughout the years depending on the museum’s gallery space available. This year, the Lam Museum of Anthropology brings back the exhibit in the largest form ever displayed. – 10/26/2022

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