Guest Post Archive

Traffic, parking information about student move-in starting Aug. 23

This message was emailed to faculty and staff Aug. 16 on behalf of Residence Life and Housing:

New Wake Forest students move into their residence halls in 2016

Wake Forest will welcome a new freshman class on Wednesday, August 23, when new student move-in begins at 8:00 a.m. For faculty and staff scheduled to be on campus that busy morning, the University has recommendations for where to enter campus and park.

On August 23, the University asks that faculty and staff enter campus through the Polo Road entrance. New students and their families will be encouraged to enter campus via the University Parkway and Reynolda Road entrances.

Traffic is expected throughout the day and will begin around 7 a.m. as families arrive for move-in. Due to the increased traffic, faculty and staff seeking to park on campus are encouraged to arrive on campus early. The Hearn Plaza lots will be available for faculty and staff parking. However, the University asks that faculty and staff avoid parking on South Campus (Lots E, F, G and J) and in Lots Q and W1/W2 to allow parking for our new students and their families.

Faculty and staff may park in the lots on either side of Long Drive, near Winston-Salem First Church and Polo Road.  A shuttle bus will provide transportation to and from those lots and campus from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. The University will continue to run the Gray Line shuttle that will be operating on an on-call demand schedule on Wednesday, August 23.

Additionally, the University will welcome back returning students on Friday and Saturday, August 25 and 26. Parking for faculty/staff in the Hearn Plaza lots (Lots A, B, C, M, N, P) will be limited due to move-in. Additionally, faculty and staff are encouraged to avoid Lots Q, R and Z to allow our returning students a smooth move-in.

For Friday, August 25, additional parking for faculty and staff will be available in the lots on either side of Long Drive, near Winston-Salem First Church and Polo Road.  A shuttle bus will provide transportation to and from those lots and campus from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

To aid with traffic management, the University asks that departments instruct vendors to assist by not delivering to campus until after noon on August 23; vendors are asked to park only in designated parking spaces and to remove their own trash from campus. Delivery vehicles larger than a box truck should not plan to enter campus on August 23 due to limited parking and increased traffic. Deliveries taking place on August 25 thru 27 should expect slower travel due to limited parking and increased traffic as well.

The University is committed to making the move-in experience the best possible time for our students and their families, and as convenient as possible for faculty and staff. Thank you in advance for your assistance and flexibility as we welcome the newest Demon Deacons to campus!

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

Secrest Artists Series announces 2017-18 performances

This is a guest post from the Secrest Artists Series:

Branford Marsalis

The Secrest Artists Series at Wake Forest University has announced its performance calendar for the 2017-2018 season. Once again students, faculty, staff and retirees of Wake Forest University and Wake Forest School of Medicine will be able to see world-class performances on the Reynolda Campus for free by showing their WFU I.D.

This year, the series will present five performances that range from jazz master and saxophone player extraordinaire Branford Marsalis to a spellbinding Flamenco dance troupe. Those interested in vocal music will enjoy a concert by a cappella comedy group The Bobs, as well as, Schubert’s Winterreisse” performed by 2016 GRAMMY award-winning tenor Ian Bostridge.

Tickets for members of the community range from $5-$24 per event. A season ticket for all five Secrest Artists Series performances is also available for $95 for adults and $80 for seniors. Tickets are available at or by calling (336) 758-5757.

More information about performances, dates, venues and tickets is available at the Secrest Artists Series web site.

Mark your calendars now for these unforgettable events.

Museum of Anthropology undertaking renovations

This is a guest post from the Museum of Anthropology:

Thanks to the generosity of the University administration and the MOA Friends, the Museum of Anthropology will undertake two renovation projects this August, resulting in the temporary closure of the Museum’s public spaces from July 31 to Sept. 4.

The first project is a complete remodel of the front desk area of the Museum. The existing built-in furniture will be replaced with a new front desk and student work space that will have a smaller footprint and result in more flexible use space. The entire Museum will also be re-carpeted as part of this project.

Secondly, during this time, the permanent exhibit space that currently houses “How Do They Know? The Science of Archaeology in the Yadkin River Valley” will be renovated. The exhibit will taken down and the gallery will be modified to prepare it for the installation of a new permanent exhibit covering the four fields of anthropology in North Carolina. The Museum staff will be working regular hours during this time period and can be contacted by phone or email.

New Home for Wake Forest University Press

This is a guest post from Wake Forest University Press:

When Wake Forest University Press got started in 1975, our Founder Dillon Johnston ran the press out of his office in the English Department. As operations grew, we moved into Carswell Hall, and then later into the old bomb shelter in the basement of Tribble Hall. A bomb shelter seemed particularly appropriate for a poetry press, and we were happy there for more than 15 years. However, with 40 years’ worth of publishing Irish poetry, we were quickly running out of space, and the university administration proposed a move into a wonderful house just off campus. We couldn’t be more thrilled with our new home and the continued support of Wake Forest.

Our new location includes enough space for all our staff, interns, warehousing needs, and small events. (And we have windows!) Our address has changed, but our mission remains: to be the premier publisher of Irish poetry in North America. Be sure to update our contact information in your address book, and stop in to say hello if you’re in the area.

Wake Forest University Press
2518 Reynolda Rd.
Winston-Salem, NC 27106
Phone: (336) 758-5448
New fax: (336) 842-3853

Farewell reception honoring Barbee Oakes

Barbee Oakes

This email was sent to faculty and staff on July 19 by the Office of the Provost:

Please join us on Tuesday, Aug. 1 between 3-5 p.m. for a reception honoring Dr. Barbee Oakes in the Green Room of Reynolda Hall. Remarks will be at 4 p.m.

Barbee Oakes was recently named Chief Diversity Officer at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) and will begin that role in September. Dr. Oakes, a graduate of Wake Forest, has served as the University’s Chief Diversity Officer since 2015 and has been the Assistant Provost for Diversity and Inclusion since 2009. Since coming back to the University in 1989 as an assistant professor in the health and exercise science department, she has led collaborative initiatives, authored the Wake Forest strategic plan to enhance diversity and inclusion, and has been a leader in higher education.

We look forward to seeing you on August 1 as we wish her the best of luck on this new journey!