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Responses from Imam Griggs and Chaplain Auman


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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Faculty & staff discount at Shorty’s and Bistro ’34 in November

November is Faculty/Staff Appreciation Month at Aramark, which means a 10 percent discount a Shorty’s and Bistro ’34. A Wake Forest University ID is required to take advantage of deal.

As a reminder, faculty and staff­ can add a meal plan to their Deacon One Card for use at a variety of campus dining locations. Visit the dining office at Reynolda Hall, Room 12 or for more information.

‘Friendship families’ needed for international students

globe.300.175This fall, Wake Forest will welcome 124 new international undergraduate students with 99 of them being from China or of Chinese heritage. Many of these students have spent some time in the U.S., either by way of vacations or boarding school, but very few of them have visited Winston-Salem.

The Center for Global Programs and Studies offers a Friendship Family program for international students. Families who sign up are interested in inviting international students to join family activities such as hiking at Hanging Rock or visiting their home for dinner. Some families bring snacks and support to their students during midterms or finals, and some open their homes to students over the Thanksgiving, winter or spring breaks.

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Free tickets to the Winston-Salem Open qualifying session

The Winston-Salem Open is offering Wake Forest faculty and staff free tickets to the Aug. 16 qualifying session. Show your ID at the Box Office and receive two free tickets or help fight hunger and enjoy Winston-Salem Open tennis by participating in Fill the Food Bank, presented by Lowes Foods. Bring three canned food items with you to donate and receive free admission to the qualifying session. Donations benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina.

Wake Forest faculty and staff can use the code WFU14 and receive 20% off on all reserved seats until August 15, 2014.

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The PDC empowers Wake Foresters to learn, grow and have fun

john.champlin.620x350If you’ve taken classes through Wake Forest’s Professional Development Center (PDC), chances are you’ve met John Champlin, manager of recruitment and organizational development. John teaches classes, leads book discussions, and informs and entertains faculty and staff who are either working to earn CORE Certification or just interested in taking a few classes.

In this Q&A, John offers a personal, behind-the-scenes look at how the PDC works to empowers faculty and staff to take charge of their career development.

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Wake Forest Baptist Church announces senior pastor


Reverend Ms. Lia Claire Scholl has been named Senior Pastor at Wake Forest Baptist Church.

Scholl most recently served as Pastor at the Gateway Community Church in Bali, Indonesia. She also served as Senior Pastor of the Richmond Mennonite Fellowship in Richmond, Va., the Minister for Congregational Development at Ravensworth Baptist Church in Annandale, Va., and the Minister of Education at Southside Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala.

Wake Forest Baptist Church was organized in 1956 when Wake Forest College moved from Wake Forest, N.C., to Winston-Salem and holds services in Wait Chapel on Sunday mornings. Church offices are located in Wingate Hall, which also houses the Wake Forest School of Divinity and the Department of Religion.

Amazon Gold wins in Paris

Wake Forest biology professor Miles Silman

Wake Forest biology professor Miles Silman

Amazon Gold, a nationally acclaimed documentary made with the help of Wake Forest faculty and students, is the recipient of the International Environmental Film Festival’s first annual Green Film Network Award.

Sarah DuPont (P ’05), the film’s producer and a member of the College Board of Visitors, and director Reuben Aaronson received the award and a prize of 5,000 euros on Feb. 4 at the opening ceremony of the festival in Paris, France.

Narrated by Academy Award winners Sissy Spacek and Herbie Hancock, Amazon Gold depicts the devastating effects of illegal gold mining in the Amazon forests of South America. Wake Forest faculty and students affiliated with the Sustainability Clinic at the Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (CEES) consulted on the film for scientific content and performed on the ground scouting of locations in Peru.

The film was nominated for the award at the Environmental Film Festival in Washington, D.C. It was one of 11 films nominated by major environmental film festivals around the world to represent the best of environmental documentary filmmaking from each country. An international jury of film professionals selected Amazon Gold as the winner.

Professor of biology and CEES Director Miles Silman, who has spent his career conducting research in the Peruvian rainforest and was a scientific advisor and promoter for the film, said stopping the effects of illegal gold mining in the Amazon is an integral part of slowing the potentially devastating effects of climate change.

“The film has catalyzed a huge change in the politics of gold mining in Peru and internationally,” Silman said. “It is both interesting and hard to overstate its impact.”

Annual crime and safety documents available

The Annual Crime and Fire Safety Compliance documents are available on the Police website at:

These documents contain information regarding campus security and personal safety. They also contain information about crime and fire statistics for the previous three calendar years. Crime statistics are for occurrences on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Wake Forest; and on public property within or immediately adjacent to campus. Fire statistics are for on-campus residence halls.

Information on drug or alcohol-abuse programs required by section 102(a) through (d) of HEA can be found at:

If you are unable to access the website and would like a printed copy, please contact police records at ext. 4566.

Bahnson featured in the Journal

Fred Bahnson, who is the director of the Food, Faith and Religious Leadership Initiative at Wake Forest’s School of Divinity, was featured in the Winston-Salem Journal. Bahnson will be at the Bookmarks book festival this weekend.

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Volunteer this summer in the Campus Garden, Campus Kitchen

James Sims

Jamie Sims

Though summer may be a quiet season on much of the Reynolda Campus, the 18,000 square feet behind 1141 Polo Road comes alive May through August.  On May 19, the gates of the Campus Garden will open for a new crop of summer volunteers.

During weekly volunteer hours (Wednesday from 4-6 p.m. and Sunday from 2-4 p.m.), volunteers participate in the entire gardening process: planting, cultivating, harvesting, and, most important, bringing fresh produce home to eat. Staff and faculty are welcome in the garden year round and are especially appreciated during the summer months, when student gardeners are not available.

Jamie Sims, the Campus Garden intern and Master of Divinity candidate, invites gardeners with all levels of experience to join him this summer. Sims, whose academic and practical concentrations are on food and faith, said, “As the Campus Garden enters its most productive and fruitful season, all are welcome to join in and experience the simple pleasures of dirty fingernails and fresh produce. Volunteers will have the opportunity to learn plenty of new skills or brush up on old ones.”

Families are always welcome in the garden and more experienced gardeners may take ownership of small projects. No advanced sign-up is necessary to participate during garden volunteer hours. Find more information about the Campus Garden here on the Office of Sustainability’s webpage. Email with questions.

If you’d like to keep your extracurriculars indoors this summer, the Campus Kitchen is also seeking Wake Forest faculty, staff, and family members to volunteer for their full calendar of summer shifts. Volunteers may prepare meals, make deliveries, or pick up rescued food from the Fresh Market. Shifts run in the afternoons and evenings every day except on Saturdays. Find out more about Campus Kitchen here and contact Brittany Forniotis at to volunteer.