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Wake Forest MLK ‘Building the Dream” award winners announced

Religion professor Derek Hicks and two students Rose O’Brien and Cazandra Rebollar have been named Wake Forest University’s 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. “Building the Dream” award winners.

The award is traditionally presented to a professor or administrator and a student from both Wake Forest and Winston-Salem State University who exemplify King’s qualities and promote diversity within the community. This year, one faculty member and two students were selected as winners at Wake Forest.

Faculty award winner Derek Hicks is an assistant professor of religion and culture in Wake Forest School of Divinity and Department for the Study of Religions, and the Henry Luce Diversity Fellow. He joined Wake Forest in 2011.

Hicks has spoken nationwide and in the Winston-Salem community at various churches and events to discuss and provide insight on current race relations in America. He works closely with community leaders such as Melissa Harris-Perry, Rev. William A. Lawson, Dr. John Mendez, and Wake Forest President Nathan Hatch to ensure meaningful discussions continue that build and enhance community relations.

“It is an honor for the School of Divinity to have the contributions of one of our faculty members recognized with this award,” said Gail O’Day, dean of the divinity school. “Dr. Hicks’s scholarship, teaching, student mentoring, and community engagement do indeed help bring the dream of racial justice closer to a lived reality for all of us.”

More information is available here.

University Police Department moves into Alumni Hall


Alumni Hall

The spring semester has opened with the Wake Forest University Police Department in a new home.  During the winter break, the police department moved into Alumni Hall, where University Advancement and Parking and Transportation are also located.

The police department moved into the area of Alumni Hall formerly occupied by Residence Life and Housing and the Deacon OneCard office, which moved into the newly-built Maya Angelou Residence Hall.

The police department is inviting students, faculty and staff to Alumni Hall on Feb. 1 to help the department celebrate having its first new home since the 1980s.  An open house will be held from 2 to 4 p.m.

Visitors, including off-campus community partners, will be taken on guided tours following brief opening remarks by various speakers and a ribbon cutting formally opening the department’s new offices.  Light refreshments will be served.

“We are pleased to be in our new professional and welcoming space. We can much better serve our community and meet the day to day operational needs of the University Police Department,” said University Police Chief Regina Lawson, who joined the department in 1989.

Until now, Lawson had worked her entire Wake Forest career in the department’s former offices in the H.S. Moore Building located at the far southern end of campus.  They had shared the building with Facilities and Campus Services.

“All of us in the University Police Department hope to see many of our campus community members and off-campus community partners at our open house,” Lawson said.  “As chief, I would like to see our students, faculty, staff and others become familiar with our new home and more familiar with all of us who are committed to serving Wake Forest.”

The police department’s business offices are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. People can call the department 24/7 on its emergency line, 336-758-5911, or its business line, 336-758-5591.

At present, the police department’s communication center remains in Davis Residence Hall.  It is open to receive visitors 24/7.  The center will move into Alumni Hall this spring.

Clery Act training to be held Jan. 17 on campus

The University will present Clery Act compliance training on Jan. 17 at Z. Smith Reynolds Library’s Auditorium.

The basic class will be held from 9-11 a.m.  An advanced class will be held from 1:15 to 4 p.m.

Training will be provided by D. Stafford and Associates.  The training covers the requirements of federal law regarding Campus Security Authorities and the Violence Against Women Act.

Registration for the training is being handled through the Professional Development Center (PDC).  The sessions are entitled Basic Campus Security Authority Course and Clery Compliance Overview and Update for Administrators.  Details are available through the PDC website.

The University encourages Campus Security Authorities to enroll for the training sessions.

Wake Downtown: Important details for the University community

This is a message emailed to students, faculty and staff on Jan. 10:

Dear Wake Forest community,

Today marks the first day of classes being held at Wake Downtown! We are looking forward to the entire Wake Forest community seeing the space located at 455 Vine Street in downtown Winston-Salem just three miles from the Reynolda Campus. Below you will find important information regarding Wake Downtown; please read this e-mail in its entirety for recently updated information as it relates to this new space.


  • Shuttle service to/from Wake Downtown and WFU is every 15 minutes on weekdays (8:00 am-11:00 pm) and every 30 minutes on weekends (10:00 am-6:00 pm). Travel time is 15 minutes however students should allow 30 minutes; pickup/drop off locations are the Benson University Center and the Vine Street entrance to Wake Downtown. The full schedule can be found on the Parking and Transportation website.
  • The GPS TransLoc Rider app is available for real time tracking to your smart phone. Download the app at
  • Shuttles are ADA compliant with wheelchair lifts. They are also equipped with bicycle racks and WiFi.


  • Business hours of Wake Downtown are Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-6:00 pm. Wake Forest University faculty, staff and students will have access to Wake Downtown outside of business hours by using their Deacon OneCard.
  • ALL Wake Forest University faculty, staff and students will be required to visibly display their Deacon OneCard while at Wake Downtown. Badge must be worn above the waist with photo and name clearly visible. Wake Downtown wearable badge holders and sleeves are available on the Wake Downtown shuttles as well as in the Wake Downtown administrative suite.
  • Visitors will be required to check in at the security desk and will be given a visitor badge to display.
  • Weapons are strictly prohibited at Wake Downtown.
  • Phone number for the Innovation Quarter Security Communications Center is (336) 713-1568.


  • Address Intercampus envelope as follows:

Faculty/Staff Member Name
Wake Downtown

  • Address Regular and Express mail as follows:

Faculty/Staff Member Name
Wake Downtown
455 Vine Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Wireless access

  • WFU faculty, staff and students: choose SSID ‘WakeDowntown’ and log on using your WFU username and password
  • Guests: choose the password-free SSID ‘IQGuest’ and accept the agreement when prompted

Food and vending

  • Students will be able to use Food Dollars with certain vendors within the Innovation Quarter including Medical Grounds in the Bowman Gray Center for Medical Education (connected to Wake Downtown) and Cafe Brioche in Biotech Place.
  • Vending options are also available on the lower level of Wake Downtown (all vending options will be installed within the coming weeks).

Stay connected

  • Follow Wake Downtown on Twitter and Instagram (@WakeDowntown) and like our page on Facebook for important updates and programming information!
  • To stay up to date, we also recommend that you bookmark

If you have any questions, please email

The Wake Downtown Team


A message from President Hatch: Welcome to a new semester

President Hatch sent this message to students, faculty and staff on Jan. 10:

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

Welcome to 2017 and a promising new semester! As was noted by many news outlets, social media channels and other sources in the past several weeks, we said goodbye to a great number of people in 2016. Some we knew by the characters they portrayed or the songs they wrote; others we knew for the fame they had achieved; and still, there were a few – like Arnold Palmer – who we knew as family. This loss of many brought to mind New York Times columnist David Brooks’ idea of “resume virtues” versus “eulogy virtues” – or the professional skills we acquire versus the type of people we become.

At Wake Forest, we have committed to be a community that educates the whole person. Our academic mission is central to what we do, whether conveying the principles of economics or teaching theories of political thought or understanding the composition of molecular compounds. Our mission also calls us to a higher purpose. We are a place that asks us to face challenges so that we may develop humility, gratitude, resilience, honesty, compassion and kindness. And after those tests and lessons, we ask you to take your knowledge and your character and better the world.

The value of education is not simply found in what we are able to learn, but who we become in the process. The lessons we learn are not isolated to textbooks and classrooms; each person and situation we encounter offers us something. I will never forget the thoughtfulness of John Murrin, my doctoral director. On the very weekend he was moving, in stifling hot St. Louis weather with his apartment piled high with boxes, he took the time to read and carefully critique my first dissertation chapter. It was a great gift to a nervous aspiring historian, and a meaningful example of some of the qualities I wanted to emulate.

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WFU’s Reynolda Campus to operate on regular schedule Tuesday Jan. 10

This message was emailed to students, faculty and staff on Jan. 9 by Communications and External Relations:

The Reynolda Campus of Wake Forest University will operate on its regular schedule Tuesday, January 10. This includes Wake Downtown.

Conditions will vary in the region, so please use your best judgment regarding your own safety.

Vehicles with off-campus parking permits must be relocated to their appropriate parking location by 8 a.m. Tuesday.

University shuttles will be operating tonight, Jan 9, including the onCall shuttle service and the Gray shuttle line.

Shuttles will operate on their regular schedule Tuesday.

Please see the Wake Alert website at for any other announcements that may be made.

Wake Forest’s Reynolda Campus to open 12 noon Monday Jan. 9

This message was emailed to students, faculty and staff by Communications and External Relations on Jan. 8:

The Reynolda Campus of Wake Forest University will open at 12 noon Monday, January 9.

Classes will not meet on campus until noon.  Offices will open at noon.

University business operations and classes will end by 4 p.m.

The University’s Black and Gold shuttle line and Innovation Quarter shuttle will begin at 11 a.m.

Conditions will vary in the region, so please use your best judgment regarding your own safety.

Please see the Wake Alert website at for any other announcements that may be made.

University preparing for wintry weather this weekend

This message was emailed to students, faculty and staff on Jan. 6 by Communications and External Relations:

The Winston-Salem area is under a winter storm warning, with the National Weather Service predicting several inches of snow and freezing temperatures arriving tonight.  Low temperatures are predicted to continue for several days.  Similar weather is predicted for other parts of North Carolina.

Wake Forest is implementing its plan for severe winter weather, which includes Facilities and Campus Services preparing to remove snow at several campus locations, as best as possible.  Such work would begin this weekend, if snow arrives tonight and Saturday, and continue as needed.

Several inches of snow and freezing temperatures will create hazardous conditions for motor vehicle travel, as well as walking.  Travel conditions on and off campus may remain hazardous throughout the weekend.

Local and state officials encourage drivers to remain off roads and highways in the event of severe winter weather.  Campus officials recommend that all on campus use caution when walking or driving in such conditions.

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to stay alert to weather forecasts in the days ahead through the news media—online, broadcast and print.

In the event of severe weather that prompts a delay or closing, Wake Forest will use several methods to alert students, faculty and staff:

–The Wake Alert website at
–A headline across the top of the University home page at It will link to the Wake Alert website.  The same banner will appear across the top of many other University web pages.
–An email message to faculty, staff and students.
–A voice mail message to faculty and staff.
–A message on the University’s weather/emergency phone line (336-758-5935).
–Announcements on radio stations WFDD (88.5 FM) and WSJS (600 AM).
–Announcements on TV stations WXII, WGHP, WFMY and News 14 Carolina.
–Social media, including the @WakeAlert Twitter account.

WSTA route changes affect service to campus

Starting on Jan. 2, the Winston-Salem Transit Authority (WSTA) stopped picking up or delivering passengers from or to the interior of Wake Forest’s campus.  The change is part of a system-wide overhaul of the WSTA route structure, as reported by the Winston-Salem Journal.

To assist those traveling to and from campus on WSTA buses, the University’s Office of Parking and Transportation is researching opportunities to diminish the impact of these changes made by the WSTA.  More information about these University efforts will be shared once more details are finalized.

The University’s Office of Parking and Transportation is not associated with the WSTA, a public transportation service.

As of now, the WSTA continues to provide service to the campus vicinity, including the edges of campus.  According to the WSTA, its routes are scheduled to operate on the University Parkway and Reynolda Road sides of campus.

Below is a summary of routes that will operate near campus, based on WSTA information:

Route 89 will operate on the University Parkway side of campus, with scheduled service every hour.
–Bus service from downtown toward Wake Forest will stop on University Parkway in the northbound lane across from the entrance to campus.  Caution is encouraged when crossing University Parkway to reach campus.
–Bus service from Wake Forest southbound toward downtown will be located outside the University Parkway entrance to campus.

Route 88 will operate on the Reynolda Road side of campus with service scheduled every hour.
–Bus service from downtown toward Wake Forest will stop on Reynolda Road in the northbound lane, outside the Reynolda Road entrance to campus.
–Bus service from Wake Forest southbound toward downtown will be located on the southbound lane of Reynolda Road, by the BB&T University Center.

For more information regarding the WSTA and all new routes, visit here.

Residence halls to open on Jan. 6, a day earlier than planned

This message was distributed by Residence Life and Housing on Jan. 5 to students who live in University residence halls:

Dear Resident,

Due to the inclement weather forecast for the Winston-Salem community and some other Eastern US areas, Residence Life and Housing will open residence halls for the spring semester one day early, Friday, January 6 at 9:00 a.m. We encourage you to consider safety of travel as you make plans to return to campus, knowing that weather conditions may improve prior to classes beginning on Tuesday, January 10.

Please be aware that because the University does not officially reopen until Saturday, January 7, some services may be limited.

Dining services will be operating the Fresh Food Company (The Pit) on reduced hours on Fridayfor lunch and dinner using food dollars, cash or credit cards only. Meal plans (swipes) will begin on Saturday, January 7.  Please see the Campus Dish website for specific hours of operation of The Pit and other retail outlets.

Additionally, Facilities and Campus Services crews may continue to be in the residence halls completing routine work that occurs during the winter break period. If you have a facilities need upon arrival, please contact Facilities and Campus Services at campus extension 4255.

For students who need urgent or emergency medical care, personnel from Wake Forest Emergency Medical Services (Wake EMS) will be available beginning at 9:00 a.m. January 6. Call 911 if medical assistance is needed. The Student Health Service will open on Monday, January 9 at 8:30 a.m.

Please contact the Office of Residence Life and Housing at 336.758.5185 or if you have any questions.

Safe travel Deacs!