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Sports performance center FAQ $7.5 million gift in support of the Wake Forest Football program from alumnus Bob McCreary (’61) adds momentum to Wake Forest Athletics’ plans to move forward with a 95,000-square-foot sports performance center.

Wake Forest University President Nathan O. Hatch and Director of Athletics Ron Wellman made the announcement when publicly celebrating McCreary’s longtime philanthropy, which includes more than $15 million in lifetime commitments, at last night’s men’s basketball game.

Q: What do plans for the sports performance center entail?
A: Designed to meet the training needs of more than 350 student-athletes who compete in 18 sports, the four-story sports performance center will be located behind Miller Athletic Center on the Reynolda Campus. The new building will serve as the home for the football program, while featuring a robust strength and conditioning facility that enables multiple athletes in different sports to work out simultaneously, improving upon the current Bob McCreary Strength Complex in Manchester Athletic Center. Additionally, the facility will include space for football coaches’ offices, team meeting rooms and other areas designed to enhance recruiting efforts. There will also be space dedicated to enhancing the nutrition program for all Wake Forest student-athletes with convenient access to nutritional resources and grab-and-go food options.

Wellman said, “Our plans will provide a state-of-the-art space for our sports performance staff to improve every aspect of student-athlete recruitment, competitiveness and overall wellbeing.”

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Reynolda Road entrance to close Tuesday, Wednesday

The Reynolda Road entrance to Wake Forest will be closed on Tuesday, Nov. 19, and Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. because of road repaving by the City of Winston-Salem.

Reynolda Road will remain open during repaving at the entrance.

Throughout both days, the entrance will remain open to pedestrians and cyclists.

Detour signs will direct motorists to the Polo Road entrance to the University. The University Parkway entrance will remain open, too.


Exciting news about the future of Wake Forest

Wake Will: The Campaign for Wake ForestThe following is a message from President Nathan Hatch:

Dear Faculty, Staff and Students,

Please join me today (Friday, Oct. 18) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. under the tent on Manchester Plaza to celebrate Wake Will: The Campaign for Wake Forest.

Wake Forest University and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center will significantly increase our impact on the region, the nation and the world by investing $1 billion over the next five years to strengthen and renew our ability to carry out our respective missions. With the help of alumni, parents and friends, the University will invest $600 million in our students, faculty and enhancements to campus life. Wake Forest Baptist will invest $400 million in its mission of patient care, research and education through a complementary campaign to be shared with supporters in the near future.

Wake Will represents the largest mobilization of support for our mission in the institution’s 179-year history.  More important, Wake Will is our promise to prepare students to lead lives that matter. Continue reading »

WIN, Banner, Cognos to be offline

WIN, Banner (our primary administrative computing system) and Cognos reporting will be unavailable beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 11, until 8 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 14. Information Systems staff will perform a required upgrade to Banner during this time.

If you have questions, contact Information Systems at

Possessing a weapon remains illegal at Wake Forest

Possessing any weapon at Wake Forest remains illegal, despite a new North Carolina law that went into effect October 1.

This week, news organizations are announcing a new state law allowing individuals with concealed handgun permits to leave guns in locked cars at various locations, including state college and university campuses.

The same law allows Wake Forest and other private higher education institutions to continue enforcing their own policies against weapons on campus. Weapons are not permitted on the campus or on any other property owned, used or operated by the University.

The Wake Forest policy regarding weapons is available here.

ZSR renews — in your office

Z. Smith Reynolds Library takes the stewardship role of its book collection seriously. However, faculty engaged in long-term research projects may need books longer than the one-year checkout and one-year online renewal. Hauling all of your books back to the library for on-site renewal can be an onerous task.

Therefore, to balance collection oversight with faculty convenience, the library offers renewal service in your office. To request this service, faculty with more than 20 books checked out from ZSR may contact the Circulation Desk at or x4931 to arrange for a time. Have the books already set apart and available. A “roaming” Circulation staff member, armed with a computer, will check the items in and back out to you again, and you can quickly return to your research.

Alternative ways to return books

You can always return books by bringing them to the library, or you can:

  • Use ZSR Delivers to arrange for a pickup from your office.
  • Use one of the three outdoor drop boxes, located on Gulley Drive (with passenger-side drive-up access), near Student Health and right outside the ZSR building’s front entrance.

Wake Forest joins semester online to offer for-credit online courses to top undergraduate students worldwide

After a vote of the College faculty this week, Wake Forest joined the Semester Online Consortium, the first-of-its-kind program to offer for-credit undergraduate courses through a consortium of top-tier universities.

Semester Online offers rigorous, small, online, for-credit courses in real time, to qualified college students from anywhere in the world. Wake Forest joins the Semester Online growing roster of nationally renowned colleges and universities including Boston College, Brandeis University, Emory University, Northwestern University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Notre Dame, and Washington University in St. Louis.

In spring 2014, Wake Forest will offer its first Semester Online course, Introduction to Bioethics, which will be taught by professor of biology Carole Browne. The course will examine contemporary issues in bioethics, including responsible conduct in research, implications of technological advances in biology, environmental issues, and controversies in health care and medical practices.

“Wake Forest’s time-tested model of education, defined by a highly personal approach and a focus on educating the whole person, is characterized by small classes and a tight-knit community,” said Wake Forest Provost Rogan Kersh. “We have engaged in an ongoing campus-wide dialogue about how Wake Forest might best utilize online tools and other technological innovations to effectively enhance our high-touch, face-to-face educational experience. Semester Online is the first online program that is able to offer this level of engagement to our students and faculty.”

The full news release announcing the new initiative is posted on the Wake Forest news site, as well as answers to frequently asked questions.

New Pilot Research Grant program is available

The Provost’s Office and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs have announced a new WFU Pilot Research Grant (WFU-PRG) program to replace the Science Research Fund (SRF) and Social, Behavioral, and Economic Science Research (SBE) Fund.

The new program’s purpose is to help faculty in various disciplines to secure external funding for their research projects. Winning such funding has become more difficult, and proposals with preliminary data are much more competitive. PRG seed money supports preliminary data acquisition to establish feasibility, capability, and promise.

Upon submission of an external proposal, faculty may re-apply to this fund at once, circumventing the previous two-year waiting period, and allowing faculty to use internal awards to sustain continuous research activity.

Proposals should clearly establish the likelihood of obtaining external funding and a specific plan to do so.

General criteria and review procedures remain similar to those for the previous SRF and SBE funds. Basic application information can be found at Direct general questions to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (5888).

New policy for Secrest Artists Series tickets

New this season for the Secrest Artists Series, faculty and staff will only need to show their Wake Forest ID and they, along with one guest, will be admitted to any of the performances. No physical tickets are required.

All performances begin at 7:30 p.m., with Secrest signature pre-performance talks at 6:40 p.m. Additional tickets for faculty and staff may be purchased at

The 2013-2014 series leads-off on Thursday, Sept. 12, with the Carolina Chocolate Drops, an African-American folk string band.

Other events will be:

  • Jerusalem Quartet — Tuesday, Oct. 8, Brendle Recital Hall
  • Cantus — Thursday, Nov. 21, Brendle Recital Hall
  • Orpheus Chamber Orchestra — Wednesday, Feb. 26, Wait Chapel
  • Xiayin Wang — Thursday, April 10, Brendle Recital Hall

Red Hot & Blue will host football watch parties

Red Hot & Blue, a regional chain famous for barbeque, burgers and blues, has reached a multi-year sponsor agreement with IMG College, the nation’s leading collegiate marketing firm, to support Wake Forest football and basketball.

The Red Hot & Blue restaurant at 613 Deacon Blvd. will host watch parties for all of the Demon Deacons’ away football games this fall, beginning with tonight’s contest at Boston College. Kickoff is at 8 p.m.

In addition to eight televisions mounted throughout the restaurant, games will be projected onto a 120-inch screen. All who attend the away game parties will have the chance to win Wake Forest and Red Hot & Blue merchandise and Red Hot & Blue gift cards. Fans will also be entered to win larger, end-of-the-season prizes.

Red Hot & Blue’s CEO is John Walker (’81).

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