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10-digit dialing begins April 23

This is a guest post from Information Systems:

Beginning Saturday, April 23, 2016, 10-digit dialing (area code + the seven-digit telephone number) will be necessary for local and expanded local calls to be completed. This requirement is the result of a new area code being introduced for the Piedmont region of North Carolina. Our local 336 area code is not going away. Only new numbers will be assigned a 743 area code. The same dialing procedure will apply to telephone numbers assigned to the new 743 area code.

What you need to know

  • Campus to campus calls using 4 digits will not change

  • Campus callers using a landline must first dial 9 to access an outside line, and then the full 10-digit telephone number when calling other 336 telephone numbers

  • Long distance dialing to other area codes will not change

  • Websites and printed materials should provide the full 10-digit telephone number

  • Telephone speed dial settings using 7 digit dialing for 336 telephone numbers must be updated to use 10-digit telephone numbers

  • Equipment such as fax machines or modems may need to be reprogrammed or updated to use the 10-digit telephone number

  • Some mobile phone service providers already require 10-digit dialing, such as AT&T. Check with your service provider about the use of 10-digit dialing

  • Three-digit numbers that are currently available in our community or from your provider, such as 211, 311, 511, 611, 711 or 811, will not change

Start using 10-digit dialing TODAY! You can begin using the full 10-digit dialing before it becomes necessary on April 23rd.

If you have questions concerning this message or need assistance, please contact us at or 336-758-4357 (HELP).

Information Systems Service Desk

Staff Advisory meeting April 13

Three speakers are scheduled for the April 13 meeting of the Staff Advisory Council.

Speakers will include Andrea Ellis, assistant vice president for innovation; Ellen Murphy, assistant dean of instructional technologies and design; and a representative of Human Resources.

All staff are invited to the meeting, which will run from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Benson University Center, Room 401 B/D.

University dedicates new McCreary Field House

Wake Forest formally opened McCreary Field House, the University’s new indoor practice field for Demon Deacon athletics on Feb. 24.

McCreary Field House, an 80,000-square foot structure, features a 120-yard football field and weightlifting facilities for the Deacon football team.

It is the first phase of a planned $58 million project that will include the Sports Performance Center.  Read more here.

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.

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.

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.

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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