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Love My Library event set for Oct. 2

Tim Pyatt, Dean of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library at Wake Forest University, poses for a portrait in the library atrium on Thursday, August 27, 2015.

Tim Pyatt, new dean of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library, will be formally introduced to the Wake Forest community and others at the “Love My Library” event Oct. 2 at 1 p.m. in the library’s atrium.

Remarks will be presented by Pyatt, Provost Rogan Kersh, Provost Emeritus Ed Wilson, former faculty member Jenny Puckett and John Cooper of the library’s Council of Advocates. Refreshments will be served.

Pyatt joined Wake Forest as dean of the library in August. Previously, he served as the Dorothy Foehr Huck Chair and head of the Eberly Family Special Collections Library at Pennsylvania State University.

Two new associate deans and one new director join Dean’s Office

The new academic year has begun with two new associate deans and one new director in the Office of the Dean of Students led by Dean and Associate Vice President Adam Goldstein.

Tim Wilkinson joined the Office as associate dean for student engagement. In his role, Wilkinson will work with community members to strengthen support for student leaders, the events they plan and the risks they manage.

Wilkinson came to Wake Forest after a 10-year stint at Lehigh University where he was senior assistant dean of students/director of fraternity and sorority affairs. Recently, the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors announced Wilkinson as one of its 2015 individual award recipients. Annually, the organization recognizes outstanding contributions by its members. The award will be presented to Wilkinson in December.

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A welcome back message from President Hatch for 2015-2016

A message from President Hatch to students, faculty and staff:

Welcome to the 2015-2016 academic year. I can still remember coming to Wake Forest for the first time ten years ago. The same excitement and optimism that filled me then returns at the start of each new fall semester. From year to year, there are plans and surprises, but what I’ve come to know about this community is that it approaches challenges with great passion and careful consideration. With that in mind, let me offer three thoughts to contemplate as we begin a new year together.

LEARN TOGETHER
I encourage you to follow your curiosity this year. Ask “What if…?” Take a course that you might not have considered at first glance. Consider and challenge the ideas of your peers. Seek out the expertise of our talented faculty. Enjoy the discussions in your classes and take advantage of the moments outside the classroom.

SERVE TOGETHER
Even as we learn together, we serve together, investing our skills and knowledge in each other and in our community. Giving back is an important part of the Wake Forest experience. Perhaps that means you will feed others through Campus Kitchen, or maybe you will fight for a more just world through community engagement opportunities. Your service might take you across campus, across town or across the globe.

LIVE LIFE TOGETHER
Another part of the Wake Forest experience is simply living life together. Spend a Saturday with your roommates at BB&T Field cheering on the Demon Deacons. Celebrate our victories by rolling the Quad. Meet a friend for a conversation over coffee. Exchange your favorite book recommendations. Attend the Lighting of the Quad and Lovefeast. One of the first opportunities to live life together comes today at “Arrive and Thrive” on Manchester Plaza, where we will encourage each other to seek holistic wellbeing.

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Panel discussion on Confederate flag to be held Sept. 2

The University’s Pro Humanitate Institute will host a panel discussion called “The Flag: Navigating Southern Identity, Race and Symbolism” on Sept. 2 from 6-7 p.m. in Wait Chapel.

The panel will include:

  • Katon Dawson – Dawson was first elected Chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party in 2002, was unanimously re-elected twice, and served on the Republican National Committee from 2002-2009. A leading voice in removing the flag from the South Carolina state capitol, he is now president of Dawson Public Affairs.
  •  Alicia Garza – An organizer, writer, and freedom dreamer, Garza is Special Projects Director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance, the nation’s leading voice for dignity and fairness for the millions of domestic workers in the United States. She is also the co-creator of #BlackLivesMatter.
  • Bree Newsome – A filmmaker, singer, songwriter and community organizer, Newsome made headlines when she climbed a flagpole and removed the Confederate flag flying at the state capitol in Columbia, S.C.
  •  James Ian Tyson– Tyson is a grassroots organizer who was arrested alongside Bree Newsome after they removed the flag from the South Carolina state capitol grounds.

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Winston-Salem Journal recognizes President’s 10th anniversary

nathan.hatch.300x175The Winston-Salem Journal has published a feature story about Dr. Hatch and his 10 years of service to Wake Forest as president. It is entitled, “Dynamic Decade: Hatch reshapes university with eye toward future.”

The Aug. 2 article reflects on Dr. Hatch’s time in the President’s Office so far and explores his hopes and plans for his future years at Wake Forest’s helm.

In the piece, Dr. Hatch comments on the University’s goals, saying, “We want to be the best face-to-face liberal arts residential community.” He adds,“We want to be the best place for college-to-career transition.”

Dr. Hatch became Wake Forest’s 13th president on July 1, 2005.

Police training exercise set for Poteat Residence Hall July 17

Starting in the morning on July 17, the University Police Department and the Winston-Salem Police Department will conduct a joint training session in the Hearn Plaza area on responding to an “active shooter” report on campus.

Uniformed, armed police officers will participate in the training exercise that will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in and around Poteat Residence Hall. The officers will be inside the building for most of the exercise, but they will be outside at times.

The training will not interfere with normal campus activities on Hearn Plaza or elsewhere.

The exercise is intended to prepare police officers for how to respond most effectively to a situation in which an armed person has been firing a weapon on campus. While officers will be armed, no weapons will be fired at any time.

Anyone with questions in advance of the exercise may call August Vernon at 758-3377. During the exercise, calls may be made to the University Police Department at 758-5591.

A similar training exercise is scheduled to take place at Taylor Residence Hall on July 24.

Catanoso reports on Pope’s encyclical from Latin America

Journalism program director Justin Catanoso is spending two weeks in Latin America on assignment from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting to assess the potential impact of Pope Francis’ new encyclical on climate change in the Catholic leader’s home region.

Justin Catanoso, left, with Enrique Ortiz of Lima, Peru, an expert in environmental policy.  Photo by Emilia Rose Catanoso.

Justin Catanoso, left, with Enrique Ortiz of Lima, his guide and interpreter while in Peru. Photo by Emilia Rose Catanoso

Catanoso left for Peru July 10 and will remain until July 23, spending time in the capital of Lima, as well as the region of Arequipa. The encyclical is the Vatican’s first-ever teaching document on a secular issue as controversial as climate change. Catanoso said he chose Peru because in many ways the country is Ground Zero in the battle over global warming, where mining, deforestation, rapid development and environmental protection come in conflict in the Amazon and along the Pacific coast. Catanoso has reported from Peru twice before, most recently during last December’s 20th U.N. Climate Summit held in Lima.

“Among the biggest stories in the world in recent weeks has been Pope Francis’ much-anticipated encyclical, or teaching document, on climate change,” said Catanoso, an expert in Catholicism who was in Rome for the release, and attended the two-hour Vatican press conference. “The Pope left no room for doubt on where he stands on this issue, and those he sees linked – poverty, water quality, jobs, biodiversity, run-amok consumerism and too much short-term thinking among business leaders.”

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University, city police plan training exercises for campus in July

On July 17 and 24, the University Police Department and the Winston-Salem Police Department will conduct a joint training session in the Hearn Plaza area on responding to an “active shooter” report on campus.

Uniformed, armed police officers will participate in the training exercise that will take place at Poteat Residence Hall on July 17 and Taylor Residence Hall on July 24.

On each occasion, the training will not interfere with normal campus activities on Hearn Plaza or elsewhere, although those residence halls will be reserved entirely for the exercise.

“We expect about 30 law enforcement officers to participate in the training on each date,” said University emergency manager August Vernon, “The exercise is intended to prepare them for how to respond most effectively to a situation in which an armed person has been firing a weapon on campus.”

While officers will be armed, no weapons will be fired at any time, said Vernon, who is helping organize the exercise.

He expects the officers to be training inside the buildings, primarily, but they will be outside on occasion.

Police vehicles will be parked nearby.

On each date, the training exercise will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Anyone with questions in advance of the exercise may call August Vernon at 758-3377. During the exercise, calls may be made to the University Police Department at 758-5591.

A conversation with ‘Mr. Wake Forest’: Livestream available

Ed WilsonThe Z. Smith Reynolds Library Lecture Series Committee is proud to kick-off the spring 2015 events by giving Wake Forest students the opportunity to spend an hour with Ed Wilson. This “Oprah-style” hour will be an informal opportunity for students to ask questions and hear reflections from “Mr. Wake Forest” himself.

Wilson is a legendary figure on campus — graduating from Wake Forest in 1943, returning to teach English in 1951, becoming Wake Forest’s first provost in 1967, and receiving numerous accolades along the way. The Wilson Wing of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library is named in his honor.

The event will be held on  Thursday, Jan. 22, at 4 p.m. in the ZSR Library Auditorium. Doors open to the first 100 students at 3:30; open to the general public at 3:55. An overflow room will be set up in Room 204. Though the event is geared for students, faculty and staff are welcome, and livestream viewing is available here.

Responses from Imam Griggs and Chaplain Auman

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The following is an open letter to the Wake Forest community from Imam Khalid Griggs, Associate Chaplain for Muslim Life:

It is with heartfelt emotion that I express my genuine appreciation for the overwhelming expressions of support that I have received in the aftermath of the unconscionable act directed at me, and by default, Muslim Life at Wake Forest University. The student initiated flower and card campaign has led to literally dozens of flowers, plant arrangements, and cards being delivered to my office door by students, faculty, staff, food service workers, campus police, and campus administrators. These deliveries often cause my eyes to water, especially when students, heretofore unknown to me, hand me cards or flowers while tearfully articulating their sorrow and regret that such an incident had occurred. Frequently, an entire departmental staff has brought me tidings of support.

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