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Kim McGrath

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.

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.”