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Wake Downtown: Important details for the University community

This is a message emailed to students, faculty and staff on Jan. 10:

Dear Wake Forest community,

Today marks the first day of classes being held at Wake Downtown! We are looking forward to the entire Wake Forest community seeing the space located at 455 Vine Street in downtown Winston-Salem just three miles from the Reynolda Campus. Below you will find important information regarding Wake Downtown; please read this e-mail in its entirety for recently updated information as it relates to this new space.


  • Shuttle service to/from Wake Downtown and WFU is every 15 minutes on weekdays (8:00 am-11:00 pm) and every 30 minutes on weekends (10:00 am-6:00 pm). Travel time is 15 minutes however students should allow 30 minutes; pickup/drop off locations are the Benson University Center and the Vine Street entrance to Wake Downtown. The full schedule can be found on the Parking and Transportation website.
  • The GPS TransLoc Rider app is available for real time tracking to your smart phone. Download the app at
  • Shuttles are ADA compliant with wheelchair lifts. They are also equipped with bicycle racks and WiFi.


  • Business hours of Wake Downtown are Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-6:00 pm. Wake Forest University faculty, staff and students will have access to Wake Downtown outside of business hours by using their Deacon OneCard.
  • ALL Wake Forest University faculty, staff and students will be required to visibly display their Deacon OneCard while at Wake Downtown. Badge must be worn above the waist with photo and name clearly visible. Wake Downtown wearable badge holders and sleeves are available on the Wake Downtown shuttles as well as in the Wake Downtown administrative suite.
  • Visitors will be required to check in at the security desk and will be given a visitor badge to display.
  • Weapons are strictly prohibited at Wake Downtown.
  • Phone number for the Innovation Quarter Security Communications Center is (336) 713-1568.


  • Address Intercampus envelope as follows:

Faculty/Staff Member Name
Wake Downtown

  • Address Regular and Express mail as follows:

Faculty/Staff Member Name
Wake Downtown
455 Vine Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Wireless access

  • WFU faculty, staff and students: choose SSID ‘WakeDowntown’ and log on using your WFU username and password
  • Guests: choose the password-free SSID ‘IQGuest’ and accept the agreement when prompted

Food and vending

  • Students will be able to use Food Dollars with certain vendors within the Innovation Quarter including Medical Grounds in the Bowman Gray Center for Medical Education (connected to Wake Downtown) and Cafe Brioche in Biotech Place.
  • Vending options are also available on the lower level of Wake Downtown (all vending options will be installed within the coming weeks).

Stay connected

  • Follow Wake Downtown on Twitter and Instagram (@WakeDowntown) and like our page on Facebook for important updates and programming information!
  • To stay up to date, we also recommend that you bookmark

If you have any questions, please email

The Wake Downtown Team


Allison McWilliams: Storytelling builds effective mentoring relationships

Allison McWilliams, director of mentoring and alumni personal and career development in the Office of Personal and Career Development, writes occasional articles for Inside WFU. This is the first for the spring semester.  In each, she shares observations and suggestions with faculty and staff from her professional experience with students.

Allison McWilliams, the Director of Career Education in the Wake Forest Office of Personal and Career Development on Monday, October 10, 2011.

In 2015 we created a set of Mentoring Learning Outcomes that describe the practices and strategies that effective mentors employ in their mentoring relationships. Throughout spring semester in this space we will be exploring four of these key strategies, beginning with the practice of storytelling.

One of the first and most important roles of an effective mentor is to actively create a supportive, intentional relationship with his or her mentee. This relationship should be based on mutual trust, respect, and accountability and create a safe space for the mentee to work towards personal learning goals. A key strategy that effective mentors use to establish and maintain that safe space is the act of storytelling.

In a previous post we discussed how storytelling can set the stage for belonging with students, helping them to connect to shared experiences and lessen feelings of isolation and the imposter syndrome. In telling their own stories, and sharing their own experiences, mentors role model for mentees this act of disclosure and actively demonstrate that the mentoring relationship is a space to be vulnerable and to share challenges and successes. Some of our best learning moments come from direct experience; by encouraging students to reflect upon their experiences mentors improve students’ abilities to make those connections.

The act of storytelling in a mentoring relationship walks a fine line between disclosure of one’s own story and eliciting the stories of the other. Say too little and the mentee is not going to feel comfortable speaking up and being completely open and honest. Say too much and you risk dominating the conversation and robbing the mentee of his or her ability to learn from his or her own experiences. No one, after all, likes the person who is always starting a conversation with, “Back when I was a student…”

When I think of someone who is a master at getting other people to share their stories, I often think of Terry Gross, the host of NPR’s Fresh Air. In this New York Times profile piece she notes, ‘‘I try not to make it about me. I try to use my experiences to help me understand my guests’ experiences, but not to take anything away from them.’’ This is, I think, great advice for any mentoring conversation, as well. Use your experience to create a safe space and to build trust, but always keep the focus on the mentee.

A message from President Hatch: Welcome to a new semester

President Hatch sent this message to students, faculty and staff on Jan. 10:

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

Welcome to 2017 and a promising new semester! As was noted by many news outlets, social media channels and other sources in the past several weeks, we said goodbye to a great number of people in 2016. Some we knew by the characters they portrayed or the songs they wrote; others we knew for the fame they had achieved; and still, there were a few – like Arnold Palmer – who we knew as family. This loss of many brought to mind New York Times columnist David Brooks’ idea of “resume virtues” versus “eulogy virtues” – or the professional skills we acquire versus the type of people we become.

At Wake Forest, we have committed to be a community that educates the whole person. Our academic mission is central to what we do, whether conveying the principles of economics or teaching theories of political thought or understanding the composition of molecular compounds. Our mission also calls us to a higher purpose. We are a place that asks us to face challenges so that we may develop humility, gratitude, resilience, honesty, compassion and kindness. And after those tests and lessons, we ask you to take your knowledge and your character and better the world.

The value of education is not simply found in what we are able to learn, but who we become in the process. The lessons we learn are not isolated to textbooks and classrooms; each person and situation we encounter offers us something. I will never forget the thoughtfulness of John Murrin, my doctoral director. On the very weekend he was moving, in stifling hot St. Louis weather with his apartment piled high with boxes, he took the time to read and carefully critique my first dissertation chapter. It was a great gift to a nervous aspiring historian, and a meaningful example of some of the qualities I wanted to emulate.

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Applications being accepted for Move More! Move Often!

This is a guest post from the Office of Wellbeing:

mmmoBreak in the New Year with the Move More! Move Often! Spring Program. Applications for the Spring Program are being accepted now. The enrollment period runs from January 4 through January 20. The program will officially begin on February 20 and will run through April 9.

The Move More! Move Often! is an 8-week step challenge to encourage individuals to increase their daily physical activity.  Using Fitbit activity trackers, participants can monitor daily steps.  Throughout the challenge, participants can access performance incentives, receive supplemental resources and materials and discounts to help them reach their physical activity goals.

Beginning this Spring, the program will offer two options for participation – our traditional walking groups as well as a progressive walk-to-run program designed to help beginners make the transition from walking to running.  Participants will even have the opportunity to celebrate their progress by participating in the Fit For Business 5k in April.  The Move More! Move Often! program will provide trackers at a discounted rate for program participants.  Tracker options are listed here.

This program is open to current Wake Forest University students, faculty and staff. You can apply here.

Participants will be required to attend a one-hour orientation the week of February 13.  Applications are also open to participants who own their personal Fitbit.  Previous participants are welcome to re-enroll.

Updated DeaconSpace available now

This is a guest post from Information Systems:

On Jan. 7, DeaconSpace, the online space scheduling software, was updated with a more intuitive interface. The new DeaconSpace is built specifically to meet the needs of everyday users – students, faculty and staff who simply want to book a meeting or reserve a space to meet, work, practice, or study with minimal effort. The new interface allows you to accomplish these tasks with the fewest possible clicks, in the least amount of time possible, without any training or help (although we’ll provide some of that too).

The new DeaconSpace delivers a faster and easier way to check availability and schedule meetings, rooms and workspaces. It also includes a single view of meetings so that users can visualize all of their bookings on a single screen. Additionally, it is better optimized for mobile devices which enables users to schedule on-the-go.

Additional changes include the consolidation of many request forms to make it easier for users to find the spaces you want to request. For more information and documentation, please visit:

Coach Manning: Free tickets for faculty/staff for LSU game

This announcement was emailed on Dec. 14 to faculty and staff on behalf of Coach Danny Manning:

The Wake Forest family is a group I hold very dear to my heart. The faculty and staff at Wake Forest are second to none, not only with our men’s basketball team, but with the entire athletic department. Thank you for all that you do to make Wake Forest University a fantastic place.

Next Thursday, December 22 we host LSU from the SEC and I want to invite you to attend the game with your family.

Wake Forest Athletics is offering free tickets and t-shirts to faculty and staff members and their families.  The game is set for 9 p.m. at LJVM Coliseum.

Tickets will be distributed starting at 7:30 p.m. at tables marked Faculty/Staff in the coliseum’s main lobby at the east entrance.  Staff and faculty may come to the tables and show their Wake Forest ID card to request the number of tickets needed for their family.  Athletics staff will distribute tickets at that time.

I hope to see you at the game.

Go Deacs!

Coach Danny Manning


Faith-based nonprofit leadership program to be offered online

This is a guest post from the School of Law and School of Divinity:

Wake Forest Law Professor Steve Virgil, director of experiential learning, is partnering with School of Divinity Professor John Senior to offer a 12-week, online Faith-Based Nonprofit Leadership Certificate Program open to Wake Forest students as well as non-students beginning in January 2017.

“This is a very good example of a cross-campus, multi-disciplinary effort that connects to the non-Wake Forest community as well,” Virgil says.

According to the program website, the course is ideal for participants who are:
1) Current and aspiring leaders of nonprofits (staff, board members, or volunteers);
2) Interested in forming a new nonprofit, among others.

Wake Forest faculty and staff who volunteer on community or other nonprofit boards are encouraged by the professors to take the course as well as share information about it with others they think might be interested.

Certificates will be awarded through the Wake Forest School of Divinity following completion of all sessions.

Learn more on the Divinity School website or contact Lance Henry, certificate program assistant, at

WakeUnited: Keslar strives to help others succeed

This is the fifth of a series of pieces written about Wake Forest community members who are committed to WakeUnited, the United Way campaign at Wake Forest.

Vicki Keslar, Executive Assistant in the Wake Forest University Office of Personal and Career Development, Thursday, May 19, 2011.

Vicki Keslar’s drive to help others succeed is clear, not just through her work at the Office of Personal & Career Development (OPCD), but also through her involvement in WakeUnited.

As operations manager for OPCD at Wake Forest, she helps students find meaningful careers that reflect their values and allow them to become involved members of the community.

Through her investment in WakeUnited, Keslar works to support the success of all who live in Forsyth County.

“It all goes back to community and the responsibility of each of us to do what we can to continue improving it, not only for ourselves but for our neighbors as well,” Keslar says.

She feels fortunate to live and work in a community that understands how the United Way supports local agencies that help people in need.

“The United Way provides hope for the people in our community who, often, do not feel like there is any left,” she says. “They provide opportunities that have seemed unlikely or impossible.”

Keslar has been involved with the United Way since she started working at Wake Forest University in 2009; this is her third year as a member of the Women’s Leadership Council. She sees the university’s support of the United Way as a “natural overlap” with its vision of shaping ethically informed leaders to serve humanity.

It is an opportunity to take our university’s spirit of Pro Humanitate and broaden it beyond our campus,” she explains. “It is the support from our fellow Wake Forest friends that make such important investments in our community possible.”

The 2016 WakeUnited campaign encourages faculty and staff to pledge support for United Way and its critical mission in the community. A personalized pledge link has been sent to your email, or you can make your pledge at

Allison McWilliams: (Re)Setting Expectations

Allison McWilliams, director of mentoring and alumni personal and career development in the Office of Personal and Career Development, writes occasional articles for Inside WFU. This is the fourth and final for the fall semester.  In each, she shares observations and suggestions with faculty and staff drawn from her professional experience with students.

Allison McWilliams, the Director of Career Education in the Wake Forest Office of Personal and Career Development on Monday, October 10, 2011.

Each year about this time a particular sense of stress combined with excitement combined with worry moves across our campus. There are only so many days left in the semester. There are finals to take and final papers to submit. There are travel plans to coordinate. There is either excitement or dread about going home for an extended period of time, or about not having a home to go to. There is the relief of a semester finally (almost) behind us, and perhaps some excitement about what next semester may bring. That transition piece, in particular, is something that I love about the academic year: at the end of each semester we get the chance for a re-set, to start anew with new expectations and goals. Nothing else in life is really like that (which is one of the reasons that the transition from college to career can be so jarring for our students), and it is a perk of which we all should take full advantage.

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Annual Wake Forest Artisans’ Fair to be held Dec. 2

This is a guest post from organizers of the annual Wake Forest Artisans’ Fair:

It’s time for the annual Wake Forest University Artisans’ Fair to be held on Friday, Dec. 2 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. in Benson University Center, Room 401. Thirty vendors will show and sell their handcrafted products which include jewelry, woodworking, stitchery, pottery, baked goods, stained glass, etc.


Table built with wood from Reynolds Gym

An exciting new feature to the annual event are items made by Facilities and Campus Services from recycled Wake Forest products! Palmer/Piccolo bed frames have been converted into Adirondack-style chairs, flooring from Reynolds Gym has been transformed into a table, and wooden trivets are designed from the beloved magnolia trees. Products will be on display as silent auction items (some with minimum pricing), with bids taken until 4 p.m. At the close of the event, those with the highest bids will be notified of their winning bids and arrangements made for item pickup. Proceeds from these items will benefit the United Way.

Looking for a special gift? Then check out these vendors!

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