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Faculty, staff: Free tickets available for soccer game

Faculty and staff can claim free tickets to watch No. 1 Wake Forest take on No. 16 Indiana in a third-round game of the NCAA Tournament. The matchup will be at 1 p.m. on Sunday at Spry Stadium, with a free festival for kids on the practice fields from 11 a.m.-noon, including a bounce house, pickup soccer games and an appearance by the Deacon.

Faculty and staff can pick up tickets at the Benson information desk from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. today and 9 a.m.-noon Wednesday with a valid WFU ID. A maximum of six tickets can be claimed per ID. Tickets are only good for Alumni Hill. Additional tickets can be purchased for the hill or bleachers on or by calling 336.758.3322.

Knox to discuss upcoming international climate talks in Paris

road map to parisThis is a guest post from the University’s Office of Sustainability:

The world will be watching the international climate talks in Paris Nov. 30-Dec. 11. Join Wake Forest faculty expert John Knox on Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. in Farrell Hall’s Broyhill Auditorium for a guided tour of the likely trajectory of these talks.

Knox is Henry C. Lauerman Professor of International Law in the School of Law. He participated in the Conference of Parties (COP) last year in Lima, Peru, and will attend this year’s talks (COP21) in Paris.

Knox, who also serves as UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights and the Environment, will discuss what form the agreements are taking, the likelihood that countries will meet their commitments, and whether the fairly massive promises of financial assistance to poorer countries are actually going to be carried out.

After the event, Ben & Jerry’s Save our Swirled Scoop Tour will provide free ice cream from a retrofitted Tesla! More information is available here.

This event is sponsored by the Office of Sustainability and the Center for Energy, Environment, and Sustainability.

Reynolda Village Annual Holiday Stroll to be held Nov. 21

The Reynolda Village Annual Holiday Stroll will be held Nov. 21 from 5-8 p.m.

Reynolda Village will be decorated for a festive evening including a visit from Santa Claus, carolers and carriage rides.

Shops in Reynolda Village are extending their business hours for the annual event.

Each year, on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, Reynolda Village holds the holiday stroll.

The event is free.

Veterans Day ceremony to be held on campus Nov. 11

A Veterans Day ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Nov. 11 at the flagpole in Parking Lot B between Davis Residence Hall and Benson University Center.  There will be a wreath laying ceremony in honor of veterans and all those currently serving in the military.  Limited seating will be available.

The event is sponsored by Army ROTC.

Bard Center’s Goodstein to speak about Clean Power Plan

This is a guest post from the Office of Sustainability:

Eban Goodstein, director of the Bard Center for Environmental Policy, will speak at 7 p.m. Nov. 10 in the Z. Smith Reynolds Library auditorium.

Goodstein will be at Wake Forest to introduce the Power Dialog, an effort to mobilize 10,000 students to engage in face-to-face dialogue with state-level regulators about implementing the Clean Power Plan. Goodstein will meet with staff and faculty to talk about the ways they can support students in developing a voice in critical decisions that will determine their future, and the future of the earth.

Information about this event and the ways to get involved is available here. It is sponsored by the Office of Sustainability and the Center for Energy, Environment, and Sustainability.

Ta-Nehisi Coates to deliver Voices of Our Time address Nov. 17

coates.for.insidePresident Hatch sent a message to faculty, staff and students regarding the Nov. 17 Voices of Our Time.

Dear Faculty, Staff and Students,

I’m pleased to share that Ta-Nehisi Coates, a national correspondent for the Atlantic and author of The New York Times bestseller, “Between the World and Me,” will speak Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. in Wait Chapel as part of the Voices of Our Time speaker series.

Coates is a finalist for the National Book Award and was recently named a 2015 MacArthur “Genius” grant winner.

The event is free, though tickets are required. They can be reserved online at or by calling 336-758-5237. Wake Forest faculty, staff and students have an opportunity to reserve tickets in advance of the public announcement tomorrow, Nov. 4.

Voices of Our Time is a guest speaker series that exposes students, the Wake Forest community and the general public to some of the world’s leading thinkers — including scholars, scientists, writers, business and public policy leaders, activists and religious leaders — for discussions about timely national and international issues.

I hope you will join me in welcoming Ta-Nehisi Coates on Nov. 17.

Annual WFU Artisans’ Fair Call For Vendors

artisansfairIt’s time for vendor signups for the annual Artisans’ Fair, an event that showcases the artistic talents of WFU employees (staff or faculty), spouses of WFU employees, retirees or students. Items are all handmade by the representatives.

To register, you must complete this form, and turn in your $10 (cash only) to one of the committee members: Dana Hutchens (758.5246, Farrell, Room A54), Gale Newport (758.5230, Benson, Room 139), or Gloria Stickney (758.4971, Olin, Rom 305A).

All registrations MUST BE received by Nov. 4, and spots are on a first-come, first-served basis. Only 32 vendors spots open!

“Fall in Love” campus photo contest opens

Fall in Love posterFaculty and staff are invited to join students in a photography contest designed to capture the beauty of Wake Forest’s campus in the fall. Recently, the campus has been recognized as the “Most Beautiful College in the Fall” and has appeared on numerous web sites as one of the top 50 most beautiful campuses overall.

To celebrate, you can share your fall campus pictures as part of the “Fall in Love with Wake Forest” competition, organized by student group The Media. To enter by the Oct. 31 deadline, email your photos to or share on social media using the hashtag #FALLINLOVEWFU.

All photos will be evaluated by a selection committee to select at least 25 finalists. Finalist’s photos will be exhibited in the ZSR Library, and the photo receiving the highest number of votes will be printed on a vinyl banner and hung on the Upper Quad.


  • 1st Place: Prize worth $100 with a signed thank you card from Provost Rogan Kersh
  • 2nd Place: Prize worth $50
  • 3rd Place: Prize worth $20
  • Other finalists will receive a prize worth $10.

Transportation Fair to be held Oct. 21 at Benson Center

a051309c35037e9bbd975eab6254dbfdbb8c56bfGuest post from Office of Sustainability and Office of Parking and Transportation:

Stop by the Benson Center patio on Oct. 21 between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. to learn more about many of the transportation options that yield better air quality and increase wellbeing.

Whether you need a bike tune-up, want to check out electric vehicle options, or want to find a fun hiking and biking trail, a variety of resources will be available.

Community and campus partners will be there to answer your questions.

  • Ken’s Bike Shop
  • City of Winston-Salem Department of Transportation
  • Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation (PART)
  • Paul’s Cycling and Fitness
  • WFU Outdoor Pursuits
  • WFU Cycling Team

The fair is co-hosted by the Office of Sustainability and the Office of Parking and Transportation.

Click here for more information.

Poet Ciaran Carson to give campus reading Nov. 4

Wake Forest University Press will host Ciaran Carson for a lively reading on Nov. 4. The reading will begin at 7 p.m. in the Ring Theatre of Scales Fine Arts Center, and Carson will be available for a meet & greet and book signing following the reading.  Refreshments will be served.

The poet Ciaran Carson in Royal Avenue, Belfast, N.Ireland.

The poet Ciaran Carson in Royal Avenue, Belfast, N.Ireland.

Carson is a highly acclaimed Irish poet, prose writer, translator, scholar of the Irish oral tradition, and traditional musician. His black humor, satire, and playful and serious interests in wordplay make him, as Ben Howard described in a retrospective of Carson’s career in Shenandoah, “one of the most gifted poets now writing in England and Ireland.”

He is the author of fifteen collections of poems, including the critically acclaimed Belfast Confetti (1989); First Language (1994), which won the first ever T.S. Eliot Prize; and Breaking News (2003), which won the prestigious Forward Prize for Best Collection. His most recent volume, From Elsewhere (2015), contains translations of the French poet Jean Follain paired with original responses, creating a unique conversation between two poets across time and space.

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