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Rue establishes Police Accountability Task Force

To support and advance Wake Forest’s commitment to creating a safe and inclusive environment for every member of the campus community, Vice President for Campus Life Penny Rue has established the Police Accountability Task Force.

The Task Force, which includes faculty, student and alumni representatives, is charged with overseeing the implementation of recommendations related to University Police made in a report by independent consultants following a review in Spring 2014 of concerns regarding racial bias.

In addition, the Task Force will work to identify other initiatives related to University Police that could contribute to a safe and inclusive environment.

“In our ongoing work to build community, the formation of this group is an important step,” said Rue.

Professor of Law Kami Simmons has been named chair of the Task Force.

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‘Myths about Female Leadership’

charlotte.centerWake Forest’s Charlotte Center and The Charlotte Observer recently sponsored a discussion on “Myths about Female Leadership” featuring some of Charlotte’s top business leaders.

Panelists included Susan DeVore from Premier, a health solutions company headquartered in Ballantyne; Duke Energy CEO Lynn Good; Rodgers Builders CEO Pat Rodgers; and Andrea Smith, global head of human resources at Bank of America. Observer publisher Ann Caulkins was the moderator.

Participants answered questions on topics such as asking for a raise, mentoring, dispelling stereotypes and taking chances.

Read The Charlotte Observer’s “Charlotte female CEOs offer leadership insights” for an overview of the discussion.

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Messages on weather-related closings at WFU

Snow on campusIn the event of severe weather that prompts a delay or closing, Wake Forest will use several methods to alert students, faculty and staff to schedule changes.

On occasion, because of snowy or icy weather conditions, Wake Forest officials have announced a decision to close the campus for the day or delay the start of classes and the opening of offices. In such cases, the University will use the following communication channels:

  • The Wake Alert website at wakealert.wfu.edu.
  • On @WakeAlert, @WFNewsCenter  @InsideWFU and @WakeForest1834
  • A headline across the top of the University home page at wfu.edu. It will link to the Wake Alert website.
  • An email message to faculty, staff and students.
  • A voice mail message to faculty and staff.
  • A message on the University’s weather/emergency phone line (336-758-5935).
  • Announcements on radio stations WFDD (88.5 FM) and WSJS (600 AM).
  • Announcements on TV stations WXII, WGHP, WFMY and News 14 Carolina.

E-learning at Wake Forest: A Q&A with Kyle Denlinger

kyle.denlinger.175x200The concept of learning is typically thought of as something that happens with strictly tangible objects— with books and papers in a brick-and-mortar building. But with the advent of educational technology, education that is translated through the internet— otherwise known as e-learning— is rapidly gaining pace, not necessarily as a complete replacement for conventional learning, but a supplement to it.

Q: Vision 2020: Charting a Course for Academic Computing at Wake Forest makes three overall recommendations regarding teaching and learning- to align resources, focus our efforts and commit to innovative learning spaces. Where and how does e-learning fit into that?

A: E-learning happens all the time both in and out of the classroom. Professors who deliver content electronically outside of class or who use collaborative or instructional technologies to enhance their face-to-face instruction are engaging their students in at least some form of e-learning. Students who supplement their learning by seeking out materials like YouTube videos or other openly-accessible educational resources are engaging in a kind of informal e-learning. It’s a reality that these technologies are changing how many of us teach and how all of our students learn.

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President’s Holiday Open House

President and Mrs. Hatch invite you to join them for a Holiday Open House


Tuesday, December 9
1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. (drop-in)

The President’s Home
1000 Kearns Avenue
Winston-Salem 27106
(parking & shuttle information below)

Hope to see you there! Happy Holidays!


Parking at the President’s Home is extremely limited, so we ask that you take the provided campus shuttle or carpool.

Reynolda Campus shuttles will run from Parking Lot A (behind Wait Chapel) at the bottom of the stairs leading from Hearn Plaza to the President’s Home beginning at 12:45 p.m. until the last shuttle departs the President’s Home at 5 p.m.

Shuttles will run from the front door of the University Corporate Center (UCC) to the President’s Home beginning at 12:45 p.m. until the last shuttle departs the President’s Home at 5 p.m.

Athletics staff members with offices off-campus can utilize the shuttles running from the University Corporate Center (UCC) to the President’s Home beginning at 12:45 p.m. until the last shuttle departs the President’s Home at 5 p.m.

Reynolda House and Human Resources staff (in off-campus HR building) will be allowed to park on-campus the afternoon of 12/9 and utilize the shuttle running from Parking Lot A (behind Wait Chapel) beginning at 12:45 p.m. until the last shuttle departs the President’s Home at 5 p.m.

All shuttles will run approximately every 15 minutes throughout the afternoon.

Non-exempt staff attending this Holiday Open House will be provided a maximum of one hour of paid release time.

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WakeUnited: Live United Victoria Lawton

victoria.lawton.150x150Senior sociology major Victoria Lawton spent her summer working for the Community Intake Center (CIC) for United Way of Forsyth County as part of her participation in Wake Forest’s Nonprofit Immersion Program. The CIC serves as the central point for all homeless individuals to get access to funding for housing and is part of a growing national movement to provide a quicker, coordinated method for helping individuals who are homeless.

“The CIC was less than a year old when I began working with them, so it was an incredibly small organization,” says Victoria. “Thus, I had the ability to be involved in almost all aspects of the organization.”

Through her internship, Victoria came to realize that coordination among organizations is the best way to help the community. Many of these organizations provide great services individually, but when they come together through United Way, they can pool resources and energy to achieve fast and effective change.

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H.S. “Pete” Moore, retired director of the physical plant, dies

Pete Moore (at right) with assistant Melvin “Molly” Layton (’47).

Moore (right) with assistant Melvin “Molly” Layton

By Kerry M. King (’85), Wake Forest Magazine

No one knew the Reynolda Campus better than Pete Moore, who helped build the new campus in the 1950s and oversaw its growth and development into one of the most beautiful campuses in the country.

Moore, who retired as director of the physical plant in 1991, died on Nov. 5, 2014, in Winston-Salem. He was 93.

Moore was named superintendent of buildings and grounds in 1953 when the new campus consisted of little more than red mud and steel skeletons of Wait Chapel and Reynolda Hall. Then President Harold W. Tribble said that no one was better suited in “training and experience and temperament” than Moore to direct the herculean task of building a campus from scratch and moving a 122-year-old College 110 miles west to a new campus.

Memorial Service

  • A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Dec. 13, in Wait Chapel at 11 a.m. A reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations to Hospice Care of Winston-Salem are appreciated.

For the next 40 years, Moore oversaw the maintenance of a constantly growing campus, the landscaping plan and construction of numerous buildings — including Tribble Hall, the Scales Fine Arts Center, the Benson University Center and several residence halls. The physical facilities building was named in his honor when he retired. When Wake Forest acquired Casa Artom in Venice and Worrell House in London in the 1970s, Moore traveled to each and organized renovations to both houses.

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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