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Kim McGrath

Update on Wake Forest student diagnosed with meningitis

This message is sent on behalf of Joanne Clinch, Clinical Director of Student Health Service, and Adam Goldstein, Dean of Students:

Dear Wake Forest students, faculty and staff,

Wake Forest University Student Health Service has received updated information about the student who was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis on March 16. The student is in stable condition and expected to make a full recovery. The infection has been confirmed to be Neisseria meningitidis (bacterial meningitis), but results of testing to identify which strain (A, C, W or B) of this bacteria will not be available for a few days.

Student Health Service will continue to work with the Forsyth County Health Department and infectious disease experts at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center to receive information and guidance as it becomes available. All future updates will be provided on the Student Health Service website. If you have any additional questions about the University’s ongoing response, you may call x7500 (336-758-7500) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today.

Working with local and state health officials, Wake Forest Campus Life staff have successfully identified and contacted all known individuals at risk of exposure and provided antibiotics to prevent transmission of this infection. Individuals who have not been contacted by Student Health Service are not at risk and do not need to take any precautions. While all strains of Neisseria meningitidis can be occasionally transmitted from person to person during prolonged close contact, the risk of transmission is quite low. Less than one percent of close contacts may develop infection and this risk can be decreased to zero with an appropriate dose of antibiotics by mouth.

Local and state health officials and the Section on Infectious Diseases at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have advised us that all necessary precautions to reduce the risk of infection to our community have been successfully implemented. They also have provided the following information about immunizations to prevent meningitis:

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Anthony Atala named 2016 Innovator of the Year

atala-350x175Dr. Anthony Atala, leader of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM), has been named 2016 Innovator of the Year by R&D Magazine. He also recently received a Smithsonian Magazine American Ingenuity Award in life sciences for his efforts to construct living organs using 3-D printing technology.

In the Richard H. Dean Biomedical Research Building on the southern end of Wake Forest Innovation Quarter in Winston-Salem, N.C., Atala and his team of researchers are creating living human tissues and organs.

Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, home to Wake Forest University’s new academic programs in the biomedical sciences will literally and figuratively bring medical and liberal arts education together. Known as Wake Downtown, the new satellite campus opens next month in one of the nation’s fastest growing innovation parks.

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Crime update: Third arrest made in off-campus robbery

Today the Winston-Salem Police Department (WSPD) arrested a third and final suspect in connection with an armed robbery of Wake Forest students at their residence on Long Drive. Jimmy Farley Jr. now faces charges of robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Following his arrest, the WSPD said no other suspects are being sought in this matter.

The University announced to students, faculty and staff on Sept. 9 that students living in an off-campus house were robbed. Authorities ask that anyone with information regarding this incident contact the WSPD at 336-773-7700 or CrimeStoppers at 336-727-2800.

Wake Forest has taken several steps to respond to the incident, including directly offering assistance and resources to the affected students. Police have increased security and patrols on campus and in the surrounding area, including campus entrances, nearby neighborhoods, parking lots and areas of frequent student foot traffic. Students can request extra patrols for off-campus locations from WSPD at 336-773-7700.

Remembering Arnold Palmer

A message from University President Nathan Hatch

Dear Wake Forest students, faculty and staff,

Yesterday Wake Forest University Life Trustee Arnold Palmer passed away at age 87. No alumnus ever has had a bigger impact on the University as an ambassador, role model, benefactor and friend than Arnold Palmer. Julie and I will always remember his kindness, his gracious hospitality, his love for golf and its culture of respect and fair play — as well as his love for Wake Forest. He was a true gentleman.

Mr. Palmer’s charm and genuine care for others transcended his legendary status as one of golf’s greatest champions. He lived humbly in his beloved home in Latrobe, Pa., yet influenced people around the globe. He was a remarkable man who embodied our motto, Pro Humanitate, and we will miss him dearly.

We are offering a place on our website — arnoldpalmer.wfu.edu — for our community to share reflections about our champion and friend and learn more about his unrivaled impact on Wake Forest.

Crime update: Second arrest made in off-campus robbery

The Winston-Salem Police Department has arrested a second man in connection with the Sept. 9 armed robbery of Wake Forest male students at a Long Drive house, near Wake Forest. The man was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon. He was identified as Taylor Daryl Roberts.

According to Winston-Salem police, authorities continue their efforts to apprehend a third suspect sought in the robbery.

The University announced to students, faculty and staff on Sept. 9 that students were robbed at the off-campus Long Drive residence. The students told police that two armed men forced their way into their house and robbed them.

The University has taken several steps to respond to the incident, including directly offering assistance and resources to the affected students.

Authorities ask that anyone with information regarding this incident contact the Winston-Salem Police Department at 336-773-7700 or CrimeStoppers at 336-727-2800.

Message to the Wake Forest campus community

A message from President Nathan O. Hatch

Dear Wake Forest students, faculty and staff,

We are all affected in our own way by the turmoil unfolding in Charlotte. We know many here have strong ties to the Charlotte community, and the safety and well-being of members of our Wake Forest community in Charlotte are foremost in our minds. I hope and pray that goodwill can be restored and justice renewed.

As many of you know, the Wake Forest University Charlotte Center is in the heart of Uptown. We canceled classes last night, and the center remains closed today. We are communicating with those students, faculty and staff directly.

We are grateful to student leaders on the Reynolda Campus who created an opportunity last night to share their personal reflections, as well as the many community members who joined in our weekly Wednesday prayer service to seek solace in troubled times. Wake Forest is committed to helping students grapple with our most pressing social issues and we will continue to provide opportunities to do so. My hope is that we, as a society, can move forward with a strong commitment to ensure all of our citizens are treated with dignity and respect.

Wake Alert emergency preparedness reminder

Cq09g5OWAAAuyg0Even though the impact of Tropical Storm Hermine is expected to be minimal in Winston-Salem, it presents a timely reminder for students, faculty and staff to familiarize themselves with the University’s emergency notification system known as Wake Alert.

Wake Alert provides information and advisories via a number of communication channels, including the Wake Alert website, text messaging, an outdoor warning system, campus cable TV, e-mail, Twitter, a banner across the WFU homepage, voice mail and a recorded message on the Wake Forest Weather and Emergency Phone Line.

The crisis management team recommends members of the Wake Forest community do the following:

  • Register for text alerts available to students, faculty and staff.
  • Bookmark the Wake Alert website (wfu.edu). It will be the go-to site for announcements in emergencies.
  • Follow @WakeAlert on Twitter.
  • Add the Wake Forest Weather/Emergency line (336-758-5935) to phone contacts.
  • Review the emergency preparedness information on the Wake Ready.

Anyone with questions about emergency preparedness should contact Wake Forest’s Emergency Manager August Vernon at x3377 or vernona@nullwfu.edu.

Tragic and troubled times

A message from Nathan O. Hatch, President

The wave of tragic and troubling events of recent days in our country has brought me back to another tumultuous time: the spring and summer of 1968.

I remember it well because I was a college senior about to graduate. I remember the night of April 5 when Julie and I had planned to go into Chicago for an event. Martin Luther King, Jr. had been assassinated the day before in Memphis, and that night, Chicago seethed and exploded: a 28-block stretch of Madison Street was left largely in ruins; 36 major fires were reported; 11 people were killed; 48 were wounded by police gunfire and 90 policemen were injured. In two days 2,150 people were arrested. Thousands of Army troops were sent in to restore order.

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Jones ​reappointed Graduate School Dean

brad.jones.440x220Brad Jones has been reappointed to a second term as Dean of the Graduate Programs in the Arts & Sciences. Jones, a professor of chemistry at Wake Forest since 1989, is also an alumnus, completing his BS degree in chemistry in 1984.

“Dean Jones has proved both a dedicated steward of our wealth of Ph.D. and masters programs on the Reynolda campus, as well as a creative leader during a complex time for graduate education nationally,” said Provost Rogan Kersh. “Launching dynamic new programs, enhancing the School’s budget, and securing the striking new Brookstown space in downtown Winston-Salem: all these add up to a time of real innovation across Dean Jones’s tenure to date.”

“Over the past few years the Graduate School has taken some bold steps that are just beginning to pay off.  As we move forward, I hope to establish a sense of place for a school that embraces disparate programs.  I also aim to create a distinctive edge for our students by communicating their magnificent scholarship via digital storytelling techniques.  This is an exciting time to be in the Graduate School.”

Under the joint supervision of Jones and Dwayne Godwin, Dean of the Graduate Program in the Biomedical Sciences, Wake Forest’s Graduate School now features 30 masters and Ph.D. disciplinary or interdisciplinary programs, and sponsors 12 programs jointly with the schools of Medicine (MD/PhD, MD/MS, MD/MA & MMS/PhD), Business (MBA/PhD), Divinity (MA/MDiv), and College (BS/BA & MA). More than 800 students are enrolled in the graduate school.

In 2015, several Arts & Sciences graduate programs moved all or part of their teaching and research/creative activities to restored mill space at 200 Brookstown Avenue; a number of graduate school administrators moved to Brookstown as well.

Read more about the Graduate School @Brookstown in the news story, “New moves transcend boundaries.”

Update to 6/11 off-campus shooting

A message from Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

The Winston-Salem Police Department has issued additional descriptions of the vehicle and suspects involved in the Saturday morning robbery and shooting of Wake Forest University student Plato Collins “Lins” Barwick IV:

The suspect vehicle has been described as a black colored, full size, sport utility vehicle equipped with chrome trim. The vehicle is believed to be a 2009 or newer model. 

The suspects are described as follows:

Suspect #1 is described as a black male, medium complexion, 17 to 19 years of age, approximately five feet six inches in height. Suspect #1 has small braids or twists in his hair, which are approximately one-inch in length. At the time this incident occurred, Suspect #1 was wearing a flat bill cap and armed with a firearm.

Suspect #2 is described as a black male, approximately six feet tall, with a thin build and very short hair. Suspect #2 was described as wearing a chin strap style beard.

Suspect #3 was described only as a black male and was reportedly the driver of the sport utility vehicle.

The area in which this crime occurred is a residential community. Authorities are optimistic that other residents may have observed the suspect vehicle in the area near the time this incident occurred or that someone will recognize the suspect and suspect vehicle descriptions.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to contact the Winston-Salem Police Department at 336-773- 7700 or CrimeStoppers at 336-727- 2800.

Police are increasing patrols on campus and in the surrounding area.

Timely warning notices are required to contain information that may help others avoid becoming the victim of a similar crime. For information that promotes safety and aids in the prevention of similar incidents, visit:  http://wakeready.wfu.edu/crime-prevention-and-safety-tips/

This information is provided in compliance with federal statute 20 U.S.C. § 1092(f) The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, better known as the Clery Act.