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Higher Education Notebook: WFU to honor Angelou

Higher Education Notebook: WFU to honor Angelou
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WFU to celebrate Maya Angelou’s birthday

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 statement. Angelou died in 2014 at 86 and would have turned 90 on Wednesday.

A Maya Angelou Garden Party will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 8 in Bailey Park, adjacent to Wake Downtown, Wake Forest’s STEM-centric urban campus in the Innovation Quarter. A rain date is set for Sunday, April 15.

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

On Tuesday, in remembrance of Angelou’s 90th birthday and the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination — both of which fall on Wednesday — the Wake Forest Humanities Institute will host a teach-in for Wake Forest students. Three informal lectures and discussions will be led by experts from the history department, English department and Wake Forest’s School of Divinity.

On Wednesday, the University will hold a private event to celebrate Angelou’s life and her years at Wake Forest. The event will serve as a mutual commitment between Wake Forest and Angelou’s family and friends to continue Angelou’s legacy at the University.

Company donates $50,000 to WSSU center

North Carolina-based Family Fare Convenience Stores is investing in entrepreneurship with a $50,000 matching gift to the Winston-Salem State University Foundation.

The contribution will support the educational programs offered through WSSU’s Center for Entrepreneurship and will be matched with institutional funding for a total impact of $100,000, WSSU said in a news release.

“We are extremely grateful to Family Fare Convenience Stores and its franchisees for their generous contribution to WSSU’s Center for Entrepreneurship,” said Notis Pagiavlas, senior associate dean of the WSSU College of Arts Sciences, Business and Education and the center’s founding director. “The gift will allow us to continue to enhance the programs we offer WSSU students with critical financial resources to support student research and engagement with the community via high impact practice learning methods.”

Lee Barnes, president of North Carolina-based Family Fare Convenience Stores, announced the gift in December. This gift is the result of an agreement among Family Fare franchisees from the Piedmont Triad, and is part of Family Fare’s Shared Purpose Initiative.

Shirwaiker to speak

at Forsyth Tech

Rohan A. Shirwaiker will speak at 1 p.m. Thursday during the monthly SciTech Lecture Series at Forsyth Technical Community College.

Shirwaiker will deliver his lecture at the Strickland Center auditorium at the main campus of Forsyth Tech. His topic will be “3D Bioprinting = Materials + Manufacturing + Medicine.”

Shirwaiker is an associate professor in the Fits Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering and an associate faculty of the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering at N.C. State University. His team focuses on design and scalable manufacturing technologies for engineered tissues.

The event is free and open to the public.

Surry Community College hires viticulture instructor

Surry Community College students returned from winter break to find a new face in their viticulture classes. Viticulture instructor Sarah Bowman of Thurmond has brought a fresh perspective and a wealth of experience, the college said in a news release.

Bowman’s interest in viticulture began while enrolled in a university wine appreciation course, the college said. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 2010 from Southern Illinois University, she quickly leaped into the field of viticulture as a graduate student.

She received a master’s degree in horticulture from Southern Illinois in 2013, where she is also doctoral candidate in agricultural science. She worked and studied in the field of viticulture for 10 years, and throughout that time was involved in co-managing a vineyard, conducting workshops, and starting her own consulting business. She was also hired as the Illinois State viticulturist.

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