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Year: 2013

Jan 16, 2013

Endowments 101

Most students don't know what an endowment is before they take David Zonderman's popular course on the history of nonprofits. The course, offered through the Institute for Nonprofits, addresses endowments from the perspective of the history of foundations and their connections to the philanthropic world. 

Jan 14, 2013

January 2013 Student of the Month

This month's CHASS student of the month, Victoria Shockley, is a sophomore with an English major and French minor. She writes and edits for various publications, and expects to have a novella published later this year. Victoria is on track to graduate one year early, and stays active on campus while commuting each day from Wake Forest. 

Jan 10, 2013

Dark Charms

Garrison Keillor celebrates the birthday of CHASS faculty member Dorianne Laux, English. 

Jan 7, 2013

Sitting Pretty with Simply Sitting

CHASS alumna Ginny Hager (Communication '08) started babysitting when she was 13. She has continued to hear from parents who struggle to find trustworthy, dependable sitters. So this entrepreneur created Simply Sitting, a service that connects families to the best babysitters in their area. 

Jan 3, 2013

Offhand hobbit comment inspires prankster philanthropy

Some of the most creative fundraising starts with an offhand remark, perhaps even a sarcastic jab, followed by a classic light bulb moment. For example, one person - for the sake of argument, let's say he's a distinguished professor at NC State - might comment via social media about "The Hobbit" that nobody could pay him enough money to see the movie. Bemused friends joke that the challenge should be posted on eBay or Kickstarter. That's when friends quickly organized an online drive to persuade Professor John Kessel, winner of a Nebula Award for science fiction/fantasy writing and a member of the CHASS Department of English, to turn the joke into a serious fundraiser. 

Jan 2, 2013

Teaching Teens Nanotech Ethics

High school students gathered from across the state at Durham's School of Science and Math to learn about the ethical issues surrounding nanotechnologies from political scientist Mike Cobb and chemical engineer Jesse Jur, who encouraged the teens to expand their views about the future of technology. 

Jan 1, 2013

Ten Reasons Being a University Professor is a Stressful Job

A response to a controversial article stating that college professors have the least stressful job in America. David Kroll, English, author (See also related article from