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Kim McGrath

Information on campus power outage

UPDATE, 2:25 p.m.: Power has been restored to Wake Forest’s campus this afternoon.  All campus buildings affected by an earlier outage today have power now. Operations on campus have returned to normal. With the power back on, the card reader system in buildings has returned to normal operation.

Wake Forest’s Reynolda Campus has experienced a major power outage today and more than half of the campus buildings in the central and north sections of campus are affected.

Crews are working on site to identify the cause of the problem and restore power as quickly as possible.  There is not currently an estimated time when power will be restored.

The card reader system in residence halls is also affected by this power outage, which means students, faculty and staff will not be able to access these buildings using their Wake Forest ID cards.

Those who need access to the following residence halls should contact University Police at 336-758-5591 (the non-emergency number): Davis, Dogwood, Efird, Huffman, Kitchin, Magnolia, Martin, North Campus Apartment Buildings 1-10, Polo, Poteat, Student Apartments A & B,  Taylor, and 1210 Polo Road.

The power outage occurred around noon today. The University will provide an update when more information is available.

A message from President Hatch to faculty, staff & students

My wife, Julie, and I stood on Hearn Plaza at 12:45 this morning with heavy hearts. Following the announcement from the grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri, a small group of people entered the Quad and threw toilet paper into our trees. While we do not know the identity of these individuals or their intentions, we are saddened that this unacceptable behavior caused harm to our community.

Wake Forest has always been a place where we set our passions to work toward a common good. This community – like so many – is imperfect, but we have demonstrated a studied resolve to find common ground, to look at ourselves honestly, and to work to make the Wake Forest of today better than it was yesterday. We are undeterred in our efforts to make this a place that embraces all who call it home.

At this moment, it is important that we continue our thoughtful campus-wide conversations and forums, that we continue our commitment to diversity and inclusion, and that we continue to strive for respectful discourse in an era of polarized, fragmented polemics.

As we part ways for the Thanksgiving holiday, may we – as a community – pause to recommit to build a stronger campus based on face-to-face dialogue and a charitable spirit worthy of our motto, Pro Humanitate. Let me offer my deepest appreciation to so many who work diligently to uphold the best of Wake Forest. May you all cherish the time with family and friends this holiday.

With gratitude,

Nathan O. Hatch, President

Giving thanks every day, not just on Thanksgiving

richwine.175x275A guest post by Jennifer Richwine, University Advancement’s executive director of the Washington, D.C., office.

Thank you notes were non-negotiable in my house growing up. My mother was a stickler on writing thank you notes when we received gifts for birthdays or holidays, and often we weren’t even allowed to enjoy the gift until the thank you note was written, stamped and in the mail. Like most children, I balked at the idea and hated trying to come up with the right thing to say.

As an adult I moved into my first job, my first apartment, my first time truly on my own and became more disconnected from the people who had always been so prevalent in my life. I realized how much I missed these friends and family and wondered if they understood just how important they were to me.

With Gratitude

  • Jennifer Richwine’s “With Gratitude: The Power of the Thank You Note” is available on Amazon, which recently named it the number one new release in business etiquette. It was published through CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform with help from Wake Forest’s digital publishing expert Bill Kane. The book is also available as e-book through Wake Forest Digital Publishing.

So one Thanksgiving, I decided to make a list of the people who had been important influences in my life over the past year, and I proceeded to write thank you notes to every single person on that list, thanking them for a kindness, a friendship, a piece of well-timed advice. And as I wrote, I began to feel like I was bursting with joy for all of these people I had in my life. I never realized just how fortunate I was until I actually put onto paper and into words why I was thankful for them.

As the notes began arriving in mailboxes, my phone started ringing. Friends and colleagues and family were delighted, surprised, thankful themselves, to receive my notes of thanksgiving. Common phrases were “I didn’t know it meant so much to you,” or “I can’t believe you took the time to write that,” or “I’ve never been thanked for just being me before.” It quickly became clear that something special was happening.

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5 Wake Foresters named to list of Triad’s most influential people

hatch.mostinfluential.300x175President Nathan Hatch and four other Wake Forest leaders have been recognized among the “Triad’s Most Influential People.” The Triad Business Journal’s special publication, now in its 10th edition, is devoted to recognizing the importance of the region’s pivotal leaders.

The following have been named to the list:

  • Anthony Atala, Director of Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine; and Chairman, Department of Urology, Wake Forest School of Medicine
  • David Carroll, Director of Wake Forest’s Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials and Professor of Physics
  • Nathan Hatch, President, Wake Forest University
  • John McConnell, CEO, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
  • Eric Tomlinson, Chief Innovation Officer, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and President, Wake Forest Innovation Quarter

The Triad Business Journal chooses individuals who have made leadership — in their organization and in their community — a priority. Leaders on this list have given sacrificially of their time, talents and resources to make a difference in this region.

Search for Z. Smith Reynolds Library Dean is underway

ZSR libraryA message from Provost Rogan Kersh

I write to you with an update on the start of the ZSR dean search. A search of this magnitude requires a prompt start to the committee’s work.  The Committee members are listed below; I know you all join me in thanking this group of colleagues for their dedicated labors. Our engagement is now getting underway.

We will soon announce a time for an open forum for University-wide discussion of opportunities and challenges facing the next Dean of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library, as well as of the qualities we seek in that person. As with all other senior academic leadership (and faculty) searches at Wake Forest in recent years, we are conducting a national search for this vital position.

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Open access: What is it? Why do we need it?

molly.keener.300x175By Sara Hendricks, Wake Forest News Office intern

Access to scholarship has traditionally been reserved for those who subscribe to academic journals or those who attend or work at an institution with subscriptions. A personal subscription can cost upwards of $1,000 per year. Library subscriptions run much higher, with ZSR’s most expensive journals costing tens of thousands of dollars.

But what if academic research could become more accessible, more immediate and less impenetrable? This is the goal of the open access movement, which aims to provide “free, immediate, online availability of research articles, coupled with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment,” according to the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition.

Learn more about open access

In 2010, the Z. Smith Reynolds Library Librarians’ Assembly adopted an open access policy. However, it applies only to library faculty scholarship, not all faculty scholarship, so there’s room to grow.

Misperceptions that publishing in an open access journal is less prestigious than publishing in a traditional journal abound, but Scholarly Communication Librarian Molly Keener says some of the most respected journals are published open access.

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Attracting and keeping young talent in Winston-Salem

winston-salem.skyline.300x175Attracting young talent to Winston-Salem businesses and retaining that talent will be addressed in a panel discussion Nov. 18 presented by the Technology Council of the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce.

Moderated by Maria Henson, associate vice president and editor-at-large of Wake Forest Magazine, the event will be held from 8-9:30 a.m. at Milton Rhodes Center, Reynolds Place, 251 Spruce Street. Paid parking is available at the center or on the street.

Registration is requested.

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WFU to host conference for diversity & inclusion professionals

On Nov. 21, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion will serve as host to the North Carolina Diversity and Inclusion Partners (NCDIP) Annual Fall Conference. Convened by Assistant Provost Barbee Oakes, this year’s conference will explore the meanings and manifestations of implicit bias in everyday professional life.

NCDIP is a consortium of diversity and inclusion, equity, human resources and multicultural affairs professionals from public and private institutions of higher education across the state. Member institutions include Duke, UNC Chapel Hill, North Carolina State, East Carolina, UNC Charlotte, UNC Wilmington and Craven Community College.

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Mary Robinson to speak at spring ‘Voices of Our Time’ event

mary.robinson.300x175Mary Robinson, President of the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice will speak at Wake Forest University at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 26 in Wait Chapel as part of the University’s Voices of Our Time speaker series, which recently featured acclaimed civil rights lawyer, advocate and legal scholar Michelle Alexander.

Robinson’s address is being presented in conjunction with a two-day interdisciplinary symposium, “The Human Face of Environmental Inequality,” jointly sponsored by the Wake Forest University Humanities Institute, the University’s Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability, and the Human Rights and Global Justice research group, an affiliate of the Humanities Institute. The symposium will be held at Wake Forest on March 26 and 27.

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Celebrate fall

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Provost Kersh invites you to a faculty and staff happy hour in the Green Room of Reynolda Hall on Thursday, Nov. 13, 4-5:30 p.m.

Please plan to join colleagues from across campus to enjoy fall at Wake Forest!