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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.

Gathering today at noon in Davis Chapel to honor victims in Orlando

A statement from the LGBTQ Center, University Chaplain, and Dean of Students

On behalf of the LGBTQ Center, the Office of the Dean of Students, and the Office of the Chaplain, we condemn the violence that occurred in Orlando last night. The shooting at the Pulse Nightclub, one of Orlando’s largest gay establishments, left over 50 people dead and dozens more wounded. We mourn the individuals who lost their lives and offer our deepest sympathy to their family and friends, as well as to LGBTQ communities across the country.  We also wish to offer our support to Muslim communities across America, who often face backlash and hatred when acts of violence are committed by other Muslims.  Finally, we recognize that for LGBTQ-identified Muslims, the Orlando shooting represents a profound attack on multiple intersections of their identity. We encourage the Wake Forest University community to stand together in allyship and support with both Muslim and LGBTQ individuals and communities during this time.

The Chaplain’s Office, in collaboration with the LGBTQ Center and the Office of the Dean of Students, invites members of the Wake Forest community to a brief gathering tomorrow (Monday, 6/13) at noon in Davis Chapel to honor the pain that is a result of this violence. Please see below for information about additional support services available to members of the community.

In solidarity,

Angela Mazaris, Director, LGBTQ Center
Adam Goldstein, Dean of Students, Associate Vice President
Tim Auman, University Chaplain

Information about Receiving and Providing Support:  You do not need to be a survivor or know a victim of violence to experience the emotional and physical effects of violent action.  The impact of violence can be immediate for some, and for others can not appear until some time has passed.  For some, talking about the event with others, acknowledging the resulting feelings, and focusing on helping others can assist with reducing the negative emotional impact of violence.  For others, talking with a mental health professional is a useful step in moving through the pain.  Wake Forest University students can speak with a mental health professional by contacting the University Counseling Center at (336) 758-5273, Monday-Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm. WFU faculty and staff can find counseling and support through the university’s Employee Assistance Program (336) 716-5493.

Additional resources:

Update on 6/11 off-campus shooting

A message from Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

Early morning, June 11, a Wake Forest University student was shot during an apparent robbery. The student is currently being treated in a local hospital and is expected to recover.

The police investigation is ongoing.

The Winston-Salem Police Department has issued a description of the suspects and their vehicle. They are looking for a large, black sport utility vehicle seen in the vicinity of Polo Road and Brookwood Drive early Saturday morning around, or before, 2:30 a.m.

The victim described one suspect as a black male at least 17 years old, no facial hair, and wearing a flat-bill baseball style hat. Hair protruding from under the hat may have had small braids or twists. There may have been additional passengers in the vehicle.

Anyone with information that may assist in the investigation is asked to call 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.

Community of support

A message from Wake Forest University President Nathan Hatch

Dear Wake Forest faculty, staff, and students,

Like many of you, I woke up this morning to shocking news of a shooting near campus. A Wake Forest student was shot in the chest during an apparent robbery. I have reached out to the student’s family to offer support on behalf of the Wake Forest community. I am pleased to share that the initial surgery went well and the student is in stable condition.

I want to offer my gratitude to the Winston-Salem Police Department and our own University Police for their quick response and their efforts in the ongoing investigation. I am also grateful for the many members of the campus community currently working in support of this student and the family. They appreciate all of the thoughts and prayers directed their way.

Wake Forest offers support and counseling services for all students, faculty and staff. The Counseling Center may be reached at 336-758-5273, the Chaplain’s Office at 336-758-5210. For faculty and staff, there is also the Employee Assistance Program at 336-716-5493.

WFU statement on recent N.C. legislation

Today Wake Forest University issued the following statement regarding House Bill 2, legislation recently enacted by the North Carolina legislature:

“Wake Forest University’s commitment to diversity and inclusion remains unwavering and our non-discrimination statement includes protection for gender identity and sexual orientation. The new law does not apply to private institutions and will not impact Wake Forest’s employment practices, educational programs or campus activities in any way. Wake Forest underscores its commitment to creating an inclusive environment for all members of the University community as well as visitors to our campus.”

New Unbroken Circle CD brings holiday cheer & supports local nonprofits

61xM+cRK+hL._SS280The Unbroken Circle, Wake Forest University’s multi-generational string band has released its debut bluegrass and old-time music album, “Songs from the Hearth.” The CD is available for $10 through Piano vs. Poverty, and the music is also available on iTunes.

Songs include bluegrass favorites like “Ridin’ That Midnight Train,” familiar folk tunes like “Shady Grove” and “The Erie Canal,” and gospel standards like “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” and “Will the Circle Be Unbroken.” Also featured on the album is a recitation of W.B. Yeats’ poem, “The Fiddler of Dooney,” by Wake Forest legend Ed Wilson.

Piano vs. Poverty will distribute one hundred percent of the proceeds it receives from the sale of the CD to charitable agencies working to alleviate the effects of poverty.

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‘Project Pumpkin’ to be held in Reynolds Gymnasium

Due to rain in the forecast, Project Pumpkin will be held in Reynolds Gym on Wed., Oct. 28., from 3 to 6 p.m.

More than 800 Winston-Salem area children are expected to attend Wake Forest’s annual Halloween festival. This year’s festival will have an “Under the Sea” theme based on popular movies and television shows such as The Little Mermaid, Finding Nemo and Spongebob Squarepants.

In 1989, Wake Forest students started a Halloween festival on campus for local children. Twenty-seven years later, Project Pumpkin has become a Wake Forest tradition that participating schools and agencies look forward to each year. This year, more than 550 Wake Forest volunteers are welcoming the children for games, crafts and trick-or-treating.

Children of faculty and staff are welcome to attend.

Shasta Bryant, professor emeritus of Romance Languages, dies

201506125703bryantshastaA message from Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

We are saddened to report that Shasta Monroe Bryant, professor emeritus of Romance Languages, died June 10 in Winston-Salem. Dr. Bryant joined the Wake Forest faculty in 1966 and retired as chairman of the Romance Languages department in 1987.

We grieve Dr. Bryant’s death and extend our condolences to his family and friends, as well as those at Wake Forest who had the opportunity to know him.

A memorial service will be held June 20 at 1 p.m. at Parkway United Church of Christ. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home at 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103. Additional details are available in an obituary from Moody Funeral Services.

Wake Forest offers support and counseling services for all students, faculty and staff.  The Counseling Center may be reached at 758-5273, the Chaplain’s Office at 758-5210. For faculty and staff, there is also the Employee Assistance Program at 716-5493.

Physics grad student named Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow

Physics graduate student Jeremy W. Ward, who successfully defended his thesis in April, has been selected as the 2015-2016 MRS/TMS Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow.

Ward’s thesis, “Enhancing the Electrical Performance of Organic Field-Effect Transistors Through Interface Engineering,” was completed under the direction of assistant professor of physics Oana Jurchescu.

“This is a wonderful accomplishment for Jeremy and very well deserved. Jeremy was an excellent graduate student and I owe him much of the success of my newly established research program,” Jurchescu said. “In addition, for the last three years of his graduate studies he was supported by a National Science Foundation fellowship, a highly selective honor given to less than 10 percent of the applicants.”

Ward was selected to serve a one-year term working as a special legislative assistant on the staff of a member of Congress or congressional committee by The Materials Research Society (MRS) and The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS).

He will begin his fellowship in early September in Washington, D.C.

“Science, to me, is more than the culmination of facts and equations,” said Ward. “It is the combination of those, with the ability to view a problem from a variety of perspectives and then use those perspectives to generate creative solutions.”

The purpose of the Congressional Fellowships program is to bring technical and scientific backgrounds and external perspectives to the decision-making process in Congress.