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Habitat CEO Jonathan Reckford to speak Oct. 20

reckford.200x275Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI), will speak on Oct. 20 at 6 p.m. in Brendle Recital Hall at Scales Fine Arts Center.  HFHI is an ecumenical Christian housing ministry that has helped more than five million people construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes in more than 70 countries.

The event is free and open to the public. The speech will also be livestreamed.

Reckford is coming to Wake Forest for participation in The Leadership Project. This initiative is designed to celebrate the many ways leadership development is taught and inspired at Wake Forest and to engage members of our community with compelling personal leadership stories from a wide range of experiences and perspectives.

Reckford, the author of “Habitat for Humanity: No Hands but Yours,” was appointed CEO of HFHI in 2005. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead Scholar. He earned his MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business before spending much of his career in the for-profit sector.

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Panhellenic Council offers babysitting on Oct. 9

In appreciation of Wake Forest faculty and staff, the University’s Panhellenic Council is hosting a babysitting night for their children.  It will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 9 in Benson University Center, Room 401.

Children ages four to 12 are eligible for participation.  The Panhellenic Council has scheduled a night of games, movies and more for the children.

Click here to register for the babysitting night out.

Important details released regarding Brad Paisley show

This message was distributed by e-mail to students, faculty and staff on Oct. 2 by Communications and External Relations:

Country music performer Brad Paisley will perform free for the Wake Forest community on Manchester Plaza on Saturday, Oct. 10, prompting temporary changes regarding parking, traffic flow, campus access and building access to accommodate the event. Those changes will begin taking effect at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9.  Most remain in place until Sunday morning, Oct. 11.

The concert, which will also include country music performer Eric Paslay, is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. and end at approximately 10 p.m.  It is a rain or shine event.

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Free flu vaccine offered to faculty, staff and more

Wake Forest will offer free flu vaccine to faculty, staff, retirees and others in October at various University locations.

Spouses, domestic partners and dependent children covered by Blue Cross Blue Shield may obtain the free flu vaccine, too.  An insurance card is required for them.

Dates for the flu vaccine clinic are Oct. 5, 6, 8, 12, 13 and 14.  For details and to register, click here.

Anyone with questions may email or call 758-4700.

President to present State of the University Address

President Nathan Hatch will deliver his annual State of the University Address, at the invitation of the Faculty Senate and Senate President Wilson Parker, on Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 4 p.m. in Brendle Recital Hall.  The Senate invites all faculty, staff and students to attend as President Hatch reflects on the past decade, speaks about Wake Forest today, and anticipates opportunities and challenges ahead.

A reception will immediately follow in the lobby of Brendle Recital Hall, to which all are invited.

Being Here: Salaam series of events underway on campus

ALL WFU BannersA series of events known as “Being Here: Salaam” is underway at Wake Forest in September and early October.

The “Being Here: Salaam” project began Sept.  21 at Hanes Art Mezzanine Gallery in Scales Fine Arts Center with an exhibit of photographs by Todd Drake featuring Imam Khalid Griggs, associate chaplain, and other Muslims–many from North Carolina.  The exhibit, which draws from Drake’s “Muslim Self-Portrait” series, will continue until Oct. 9.  In that exhibit, Griggs is the only member of the Wake Forest campus community featured.

This week, portraits of 12 Wake Forest Muslim students by Drake have been hung across campus on large banners in highly visible locations, such as the atrium at Z. Smith Reynolds Library.  On each banner, a student self-identifies in a particular manner.  For example, one banner reads “being here as a linguist,” while another reads, “being here as a scientist.”

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WakeUnited campaign kickoff Sept. 29

Guest post by Allison McWilliams, chair of WakeUnited and director of mentoring and alumni personal & career developing in the Office of Personal and Career Development:

Members of the Wake Forest community are cordially invited to participate in the WakeUnited Campaign Kickoff on Tuesday, Sept. 29, in the Reynolda Hall Green Room during the Provost’s Happy Hour for faculty and staff. WakeUnited is the University’s annual campus campaign, which runs during the month of October, to benefit the United Way of Forsyth County.

The Unbroken Circle – a musical group featuring Wake Forest faculty, staff, and students – will launch the event at 4 p.m. WakeUnited chair Allison McWilliams, Provost Rogan Kersh, and President Nathan O. Hatch will have brief remarks about the campaign at 4:30 p.m. Afterward, enjoy food and beverage and fellowship with colleagues.

The United Way brings together local organizations, agencies, and individuals to work together for the benefit of all in Forsyth County.

You can donate directly to the United Way to support its community-wide efforts to:

  • Raise the local high school graduation rate
  • Decrease chronic homelessness
  • Increase financial stability
  • Increase access to health care and quality of life.

You can also give to the non-profit, human service agency of your choice through United Way of Forsyth County.

This year’s WakeUnited campaign features weekly drawings for raffle prizes and a participation competition to name the 2016 Pro Humanitate Institute/Office of Wellbeing United Way Champions.

For more information about the WakeUnited campaign, visit

Wait Chapel open Sept. 11 for all to remember 9/11

Message from Campus Life:

The events of September 11, 2001 significantly impacted individuals and communities on a local and global scale.  Members of the Wake Forest community who wish to mark the fourteenth anniversary of September 11 are invited to visit Wait Chapel between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

The Office of the Chaplain recognizes the extent of loss and grief experienced by many in our campus community, each form of loss bringing its own pain.  For some, that loss is especially poignant and challenging at this time of the year.  In offering a safe place where all spiritual and religious traditions are welcomed, Wait Chapel can provide solace to those who lost loved ones on 9/11, and those experiencing loss in many different forms.  The carillon will play at 5 p.m. with a special arrangement of songs as we remember the tragic events of 9/11.

Counseling and pastoral care is available to assist students, faculty, and staff experiencing grief and/or distress, or for those who might simply be in need of a place to talk.  For students, the Counseling Center (118 Reynolda Hall) may be reached at 758-5273 and Chaplain’s Office (Suite 22 Reynolda Hall) at 758-5210.  For faculty and staff, there is also the Employee Assistance Program at 716-5493.

Join us: Community Forum on campus climate Sept. 9

A message from Provost Rogan Kersh:

Greetings Wake Foresters!  I hope to see many of you at the Community Forum tomorrow evening, intended to continue shaping a shared WFU culture of inclusivity and meaningful intellectual exchange.  The Forum builds on last year’s ‘Deliberative Dialogue’ and related campus-climate conversations and proposals.  After a brief introduction, students, faculty, and staff will gather in small groups to engage around the thematic opportunities and challenges central to the Dialogue, with particular focus on the commitments emerging from last academic year and summer’s collective efforts.  Thematic areas (such as curricular revisions, campus policing, and student engagement) along with many of our initial commitments are summarized at the ‘Community in Progress’ website, found at

I thank so many of you for affirming through your engagement to date the shared effort to make Wake Forest a place that embraces all who call it home.  This Forum represents another such opportunity for collective involvement.  We will gather tomorrow (Sept. 9) at 7 p.m. in Benson University Center 401.  I look forward to the conversation.

Feeding Change event to be held at Innovation Quarter

Guest post by Molly Davis, assistant general manager, 88.5 WFDD:

88.5 WFDD, the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina, and Wake Forest University’s Pro Humanitate Institute are teaming up to present an interactive community conversation on the issue of hunger in the Piedmont called Feeding Change. The event will take place at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 10, in the Atrium at Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, located at 575 North Patterson Avenue in downtown Winston-Salem. A reception catered by Providence Catering, the catering arm of Second Harvest Food Bank’s Triad Community Kitchen program, will follow the conversation.

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