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Traffic, parking information about student move-in starting Aug. 23

This message was emailed to faculty and staff Aug. 16 on behalf of Residence Life and Housing:

New Wake Forest students move into their residence halls in 2016

Wake Forest will welcome a new freshman class on Wednesday, August 23, when new student move-in begins at 8:00 a.m. For faculty and staff scheduled to be on campus that busy morning, the University has recommendations for where to enter campus and park.

On August 23, the University asks that faculty and staff enter campus through the Polo Road entrance. New students and their families will be encouraged to enter campus via the University Parkway and Reynolda Road entrances.

Traffic is expected throughout the day and will begin around 7 a.m. as families arrive for move-in. Due to the increased traffic, faculty and staff seeking to park on campus are encouraged to arrive on campus early. The Hearn Plaza lots will be available for faculty and staff parking. However, the University asks that faculty and staff avoid parking on South Campus (Lots E, F, G and J) and in Lots Q and W1/W2 to allow parking for our new students and their families.

Faculty and staff may park in the lots on either side of Long Drive, near Winston-Salem First Church and Polo Road.  A shuttle bus will provide transportation to and from those lots and campus from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. The University will continue to run the Gray Line shuttle that will be operating on an on-call demand schedule on Wednesday, August 23.

Additionally, the University will welcome back returning students on Friday and Saturday, August 25 and 26. Parking for faculty/staff in the Hearn Plaza lots (Lots A, B, C, M, N, P) will be limited due to move-in. Additionally, faculty and staff are encouraged to avoid Lots Q, R and Z to allow our returning students a smooth move-in.

For Friday, August 25, additional parking for faculty and staff will be available in the lots on either side of Long Drive, near Winston-Salem First Church and Polo Road.  A shuttle bus will provide transportation to and from those lots and campus from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

To aid with traffic management, the University asks that departments instruct vendors to assist by not delivering to campus until after noon on August 23; vendors are asked to park only in designated parking spaces and to remove their own trash from campus. Delivery vehicles larger than a box truck should not plan to enter campus on August 23 due to limited parking and increased traffic. Deliveries taking place on August 25 thru 27 should expect slower travel due to limited parking and increased traffic as well.

The University is committed to making the move-in experience the best possible time for our students and their families, and as convenient as possible for faculty and staff. Thank you in advance for your assistance and flexibility as we welcome the newest Demon Deacons to campus!

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Statement from President Hatch on Charlottesville

Today Wake Forest University President Nathan O. Hatch issued the following statement:

“There is no place for the bigotry, racism and violence we witnessed in Charlottesville. Wake Forest University extends our condolences to the families and friends grieving the senseless harm and loss of life, as well as all who are devastated by the expressions of hatred. This is a time to stand in support of our colleagues at the University of Virginia and underscore our own continuing commitment to a diverse and inclusive campus community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.”

Secrest Artists Series announces 2017-18 performances

This is a guest post from the Secrest Artists Series:

Branford Marsalis

The Secrest Artists Series at Wake Forest University has announced its performance calendar for the 2017-2018 season. Once again students, faculty, staff and retirees of Wake Forest University and Wake Forest School of Medicine will be able to see world-class performances on the Reynolda Campus for free by showing their WFU I.D.

This year, the series will present five performances that range from jazz master and saxophone player extraordinaire Branford Marsalis to a spellbinding Flamenco dance troupe. Those interested in vocal music will enjoy a concert by a cappella comedy group The Bobs, as well as, Schubert’s Winterreisse” performed by 2016 GRAMMY award-winning tenor Ian Bostridge.

Tickets for members of the community range from $5-$24 per event. A season ticket for all five Secrest Artists Series performances is also available for $95 for adults and $80 for seniors. Tickets are available at secrest.wfu.edu or by calling (336) 758-5757.

More information about performances, dates, venues and tickets is available at the Secrest Artists Series web site.

Mark your calendars now for these unforgettable events.

José Villalba appointed interim chief diversity officer

José Villalba

Wake Forest Provost Rogan Kersh announced Aug. 11 that he has appointed Professor José Villalba as interim chief diversity officer.

The appointment of Villalba follows Chief Diversity Officer Barbee Myers Oakes’ departure to take the same role at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas.

In a message emailed to students, faculty and staff, Kersh wrote that he was “pleased to announce” Villalba’s appointment.

“Dr. Villalba arrived at Wake Forest in 2011 as Associate Professor of Counseling; he has spent the past four years in the Office of the Dean of the College, most recently holding the title of Senior Associate Dean for Faculty, Evaluation, and Inclusivity,” Kersh wrote. “In this role, Dr. Villalba participated in student-facing initiatives, worked with faculty and staff development efforts related to diversity and inclusion, was instrumental in faculty recruitment for the undergraduate College, and proved a key partner for offices and departments across the university. Dr. Villalba will remain in the Dean of the College’s office in an advisory role.”

As interim chief diversity officer, Kersh wrote, “Dr. Villalba will continue to build on our strong foundation for enhancing inclusion and diversity at Wake Forest. His teaching and research expertise is highly relevant for this vital interim role, ranging across health disparities in Latina/o youth, multicultural counseling, and minority populations’ access to and completion of higher education.”

Kersh added that Villalba has expressed “great enthusiasm for joining the talented team in our Office of Diversity and Inclusion as they continue to engage with an increasingly diverse and inclusive Wake Forest community. He is also deeply committed to extend and strengthen partnerships with offices and individuals across the University in the service of seamless support systems for all members of our campus, especially those from historically marginalized groups.”

Villalba praised the achievements of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion team.

“The Leadership Team in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion has provided exemplary and necessary support, guidance, and understanding to the greater Wake Forest Community.  I look forward to serving with this talented and skilled group of colleagues as we strive to value and appreciate the contributions of our community of students and families, faculty, staff, administrators, and alums,” Villalba said.

He came to Wake Forest from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he was an associate professor.  His background also includes a faculty position at Indiana State University.

At the University of Florida, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology, Master of Education and Education Specialist degrees in school guidance and counseling, and a doctorate in counselor education.

Proposals funded: Muday, Silman, King, Beavers, Marsh

Congratulations to Gloria K. Muday, professor of biology, whose proposal entitled “Ethylene Signaling and Transcriptional Networks that Control Root Development” has been funded by the National Science Foundation.

Congratulations to Miles R. Silman, professor of biology, whose proposal entitled “Monitoring Protected Areas in Peru to Increase Forest Resilience to Climate Change” has been funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and by (subaward/subcontract from) University of Leeds (WFU funding agency).

Congratulations to Bruce King, professor of chemistry, whose proposal entitled “New Oxidation Sensing Probes to Evaluate Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Lung Jury” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and by (subaward/subcontract from) Wake Forest University Health Sciences (WFU funding agency).

Congratulations to Kristen Beavers, assistant professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Effect of Exercise Modality During Weight Loss on Bone Health in Older Adults” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Congratulations to Anthony P. Marsh, professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Trial of Vitamin D Supplementation and Neuromuscular Function in Older Adults” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and by (subaward/subcontract from) Wake Forest University Health Sciences (WFU funding agency).

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