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Wake Forest University Press to host housewarming reception

This is a guest post from the Wake Forest University Press:

Wake Forest University Press is hosting a housewarming reception on Friday, Nov. 3, to celebrate a new office space at 2518 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27106. The press will be open to the public for a come-and-go gathering from 4:30–6:30 p.m., and light hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served. Provost Emeritus Ed Wilson will open the reception with a poem, Celtic duo CandelFirth will provide festive live music, and memorabilia from 40 years of WFU Press history will be on display. RSVPs are appreciated by Oct. 27. Email or call 336-758-5448.

Wake Forest University Press has made its name as the premier publisher of Irish poetry in North America. The press was founded in 1975 by former Professor of English Dillon Johnston with the help of then Provost Ed Wilson and the university administration. It has published some of the most distinguished poets from Ireland, including Ciaran Carson, Michael Longley, Medbh McGuckian, and Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, among others, and brought many a poet to Winston-Salem for readings over the years.

The WFU Press office has been located on the Wake Forest campus throughout its 40-year history, most recently in the basement of Tribble Hall. In spring 2017, the university granted the press a new space just off the Reynolda campus. The new building accommodates all of the WFU Press staff, as well as warehousing space for books and a room for small events and poetry readings.

For more information, contact press manager Amanda Keith at or telephone 336-758-5448.

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National leaders gathering at Wake Forest to "Rethink Community"

For three days in October, Wake Forest is bringing together national thought-leaders across the ideological spectrum to discuss what it means to live in a society that is more diverse, polarized, global and virtual than at any time in the past.

Called the Rethinking Community Conference, it will take place Oct. 19-21.  Registration details for the conference are available at its website.  The website offers information on the conference schedule, dates and times of events, as well as locations.

Hosted by the Eudaimonia Institute and the Pro Humanitate Institute, the conference will feature timely discussions about free speech and safe spaces, the fight to end or defend DACA, a conversation about free press and fake news, and the powerful interplay of politics and sports today.  Journalists, politicians, scholars and public intellectuals will participate in the discussions.

A University news release about the conference is available here.  A separate news release focuses on a conference panel discussion that will explore the role of sports in community and address related tensions.

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Remembering Trustee John Medica

With great sadness, President Nathan Hatch has informed the Board of Trustees of the passing of University Trustee and dear friend John Medica. He died peacefully Friday in Reston, Virginia, surrounded by his wife, Megan, and his family and friends. He was 59 years old.

Medica received his MBA from Wake Forest in 1983, and enjoyed a dynamic career in the high tech industry at the leading edge of innovation. John met the love of his life, Megan Salzman (MA ’83), at Wake Forest and they were married in 1985. He joined the Business School Board of Visitors in 2001, and became a member of Board of Trustees in 2009.

“We are all stunned and suddenly bereft of someone who, in his unique way, formed a special friendship with all of us. John Medica has made deep and lasting contributions to every cause with which he has been associated, and certainly to Wake Forest. He will be dearly missed,” Hatch said.

Wake Alert to operate during computing network maintenance Oct. 12

This announcement was emailed to students, faculty and staff on Oct. 9 by Wake Forest Communications and External Relations:

During computing network maintenance at Wake Forest on Oct. 12, the Wake Alert emergency notification system will remain operating.  Some temporary changes will be in place with Wake Alert during the maintenance scheduled to occur between 5 p.m. and midnight.

As Information Systems announced, recently, all University network and computing services will be unavailable. On campus, students, faculty and staff using the University network will not be able to reach Internet-based services such as Google mail and Sakai. Voice mail, WIN and more will not be available.

The Oct. 12 maintenance work, which will begin at 5 p.m., is expected to be completed by midnight, if not earlier.

If an emergency were to occur, the University Police Department (WFUPD) will be able to send text alerts to all registered to receive them and activate the University’s outdoor alert equipment.

Fire alarms and indoor alerts will function, as always.

Communications and External Relations (CER) will make arrangements to use other Internet providers so as to post alerts to the University website, including the Wake Alert website and the University home page, and to send emails to students, faculty and staff.  CER will also use social media, such as the Wake Alert Twitter account (@WakeAlert).

Those on campus will need to use alternative methods to access CER’s emergency notifications through the Internet. For instance, on campus, students, faculty and staff may use their mobile devices connected to the Internet by AT&T, Verizon or other Internet providers.

CER will not be able to send voice mail messages to faculty and staff campus phones.

Detailed information on the Wake Alert system is found at 

Secrest Series presents Noche Flamenca Oct. 19

This is a guest post from the Secrest Artists Series:

The Secrest Artists Series will present Noche Flamenca on Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Brendle Recital Hall (Scales Fine Arts Center).

Hailed by critics everywhere for its colorful and deeply emotional performances, Noche Flamenca is today’s most authentic touring company in the field of flamenco—the thrilling national dance form of Spain. Formed in 1993 by Martín Santangelo and his Bessie award-winning wife, Soledad Barrio, Noche Flamenca regularly tours around the globe, including performance seasons in New York City and Buenos Aires.

Due to the popularity of this performance, the Secrest Artist Series encourages you to arrive early for the best seating selection. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Enrich your concert-going experience by joining a pre-performance talk at 6:40 p.m. in M208, adjacent to Brendle Recital Hall. This evening’s talk will be led by José Luis Venegas, associate professor of Romance languages and interdisciplinary humanities. His lecture explores the role of flamenco music and dance in Spanish history and culture. It traces the genre’s development and discusses how it has been transformed by the social, cultural, and political forces that have shaped and defined collective identities in Spain and its southern region, Andalusia, from the late 1800s to the present. A block of seats will be reserved for those who attend the pre-performance talk.

Tickets for the community are $5-$24. Festival seating; Doors open at 7PM.

Wake Forest University and Medical School faculty, staff and retirees receive free admission for themselves and one guest to each Secrest Artists Series performance. Wake Forest students and Medical School students receive free admission for themselves. Simply show your Wake Forest I.D. at the door.

More information at or 336-758-5757.

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