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Higher Education Notebook: WFU to honor Angelou today

Higher Education Notebook: WFU to honor Angelou today
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WFU to honor

Maya Angelou today

Wake Forest University will honor Maya Angelou, a poet, actress, author and longtime professor, in celebration of what would have been her 90th birthday.

Angelou was a professor of American studies at Wake Forest for more than 30 years and inspired generations of students to become better writers, thinkers and citizens, WFU said in a news release. Angelou died in 2014 at age 86 and would have turned 90 on April 4.

A Maya Angelou Garden Party will be held at 2 p.m. today in Bailey Park, adjacent to Wake Downtown, Wake Forest’s STEM-centric urban campus in the Innovation Quarter. A rain date is set for April 15.

The student-organized event is free and open to the public.

A poetry slam and spoken word performances will honor Angelou’s legacy.

Food trucks, music and lawn games are also part of the celebration.

Former major-leaguer to speak at coliseum

Former major-league pitcher John Trautwein will share his story of personal tragedy — the loss of his teenage son, Will, to suicide — and hope in a speech at 6:30 p.m. April 16 at Joel Coliseum.

It is free and open to the public.

Trautwein’s talk is intended to raise awareness about teen and young adult suicides and to tell those who hear his message of hope and inspiration that it’s OK to talk about feelings of depression, loneliness, sadness and — more important — to ask for help.

Trautwein played for the Boston Red Sox in 1988.

WFU students to personalize desks

Hundreds of Wake Forest University students will gather on Poteat Field at 3 p.m. Thursday to decorate desks for children who attend Old Town Elementary School, the university said in a statement.

Discovering Education through Student Knowledge (D.E.S.K.) is an annual service project that was begun in 2000 by Tierney Kraft and Elizabeth Eubank, who graduated from WFU in 2004. Kraft and Eubank saw a need for the children they tutored to have a special space in their homes for studying and learning.

Wake Forest students representing more than 50 organizations will help paint the desks. Each group is paired with a child and together they personalize the desk the way the child wants it, whether it be hearts, rainbows, superheroes or soccer balls.

The children will also receive donated school supplies.

Green to lead Forsyth Tech’s Foundation

Forsyth Technical Community College has appointed Bill Green as the executive director of Forsyth Tech’s Foundation and the college’s chief development officer.

Green will lead the foundation in building relationships in the community to secure investments for scholarships, professional development grants and technology purchases, Forsyth Tech said in a news release.

“I’m thrilled to be at this remarkable institution to help continue the tradition of support for our students and faculty provided by the Forsyth Tech Foundation,” Green said.

Green comes to Forsyth Tech after a career in banking. Most recently, he worked as the Winston-Salem city executive with High Point Bank & Trust up until the time of its merger with Bank of North Carolina in late 2016.

A native of Columbia, S.C., Green is a graduate of Davidson College and the Flagler School of Business at UNC Chapel Hill. He completed Leadership Winston-Salem’s flagship program in 1996.

Vulcan Materials gives $50,000 to Forsyth Tech

Vulcan Materials Co. has donated $50,000 to Forsyth Technical Community College to pay for revitalizing hydraulic training and equipment, which will be used at the Northwest Forsyth Center, the Transportation Technology Center and the Center for Advanced Manufacturing on the main campus.

“The donation of the needed hydraulic trainers and equipment will allow our diesel and heavy equipment students to experience hands-on training with how a hydraulic system works and how to troubleshoot and make adjustments or repair to hydraulic circuits,” said Todd Bishop, the college’s dean of engineering technology and program coordinator for computer-integrated machining.

Vulcan Materials has worked with Forsyth Tech on numerous initiatives to help encourage students in advanced manufacturing and has referred some of its employees to the college for continuing education and training, Forsyth Tech said.

After its involvement with the Center for Advanced Manufacturing, Vulcan Materials made the commitment to donate money to the college.

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