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Campus Connections to be held Feb. 8

Guest post from the Office of the Provost:

We look forward to seeing you Monday, Feb. 8, at 8:45 a.m. for our first Campus Connections of the new year.

If you are unable to be with us in Benson Center, Room 401, we hope that you will join us over WebEx.

In order to do so, please:

Campus Connections

Week of Sleep workshops begin Feb. 8


This is a guest post from the Office of Wellbeing:

In collaboration with various offices and student groups, the Office of Wellbeing would like to present the Week of Sleep, a series of daily workshops Feb. 8-12  at 4 p.m. in Benson University Center to raise awareness of the importance of sleep related to our physical and emotional wellbeing leading up to the Sleep Challenge! Faculty, staff, and students who come get a free sleep gear prize (while supplies last, first come first serve).

-Join the Learning Assistance Center on Monday Feb. 8 from 4-5 p.m. in Benson Center, Room 401C to learn about sleep and its effects on your cognition, focus, and concentration!

-Join Wake Forest Neurology Feb. 9 from 4-5 p.m. in Benson Center, Room 409 to learn about sleep disorders!

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Herndon-Edmunds, Williams appointed to new roles at University

Shayla Herndon-Edmunds, Diversity Education Program Manager, Wake Forest University Human Resources, Tuesday, December 3, 2013.

Shayla Herndon-Edmunds

In the University’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Shayla Herndon-Edmunds has been appointed director of diversity education and J. Matthew Williams has been appointed director of communication.

Barbee Oakes, chief diversity officer and assistant provost for diversity and inclusion, described the appointments as supporting Wake Forest’s ongoing commitment to improve the campus climate and build an inclusive community.

Herndon-Edmunds joined Wake Forest’s staff in 2006.  Most recently, she was manager of diversity of education.

In her expanded role, Herndon-Edmunds will develop strategies to strengthen the cultural competence and intercultural skills of faculty, staff and students, giving special attention to the first-year experience for college students and new faculty development.

She will also oversee a cadre of volunteers trained to deliver the Gatekeepers Workshop Initiative, Wake Forest’s signature diversity education program. Since its inception, more than 1,900 faculty, staff and students have participated in the four-part series.

Additionally, her role includes strategic partnership with University Police, Academic Advising, Residence Life and Housing, the Pro Humanitate Institute, graduate and professional schools and other areas of the University.

Herndon-Edmunds received a Bachelor of Arts in English and Business Administration from George Mason University.  A licensed professional life coach, she is certified in emotional intelligence, unconscious bias and intercultural development.

Matt Williams, the new Associate Director, Marketing and Communications, in the WaKe Forest Office of Personal and Career Development, in the OPCD offices in Reynolda Hall on Thursday, August 29, 2013.

Matt Williams

Williams joined Wake Forest’s staff in 2011.  Most recently, he was associate director of marketing and communication in the University’s Office of Personal and Career Development.

In his new role, Williams will oversee communication for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, as well as provide consultative support to the Intercultural Center, Women’s Center, LGBTQ Center and Diversity Education.  His position also includes strategic partnership with University Advancement (and its Communications and External Relations staff) and the Office of the President, where he will work with their leadership teams to elevate the University’s commitment to and promotion of diversity and inclusion to all University constituents.

Williams received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication at Wake Forest and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in communication at the University.  His research centers on the intersections of digital media, identity and social justice.

For more information about Diversity and Inclusion, visit


Application period open for Move More program

Move more Move OftenSpring semester applications are being accepted through Feb. 12 for the wellbeing project called Move More. Move Often.

The project, which is a research program (IRB# IRB00022164), is open to students, faculty and staff.

To apply, visit

It is designed as an eight-week step challenge to encourage individuals to increase their daily physical activity. Using Fitbit activity trackers, participants can monitor their daily steps and activity. Throughout the eight-week challenge, participants can access performance incentives, receive supplemental resources and materials, as well as discounts.

Participants will be required to attend a one-hour orientation session. A Fitbit will be provided to participants. Participants may also use their own Fitbit, instead.

At the conclusion of the challenge, prizes will be awarded on an individual basis for significant improvement in the number of average daily steps. Following each challenge, participants will have the opportunity to re-enroll for additional challenges to keep improving their daily physical activity and potentially win more prizes.

The website offers additional information about Move More. Move Often. The site includes a list of resources and an FAQ section, for instance.

This project is co-sponsored by Office of Wellbeing, Campus Life, Health and Exercise Science, Environmental Health and Safety, Hospitality & Auxiliary Services, Residence Life and Housing, Information Technology, PDC Run, Forest, Run (Walk Forest), Therapeutic Lifestyle Change, Aramark, Campus Recreation.

New police leadership team members at special event Feb. 4

Two new members of the University Police Department leadership team, Major Derri Stormer and Capt. Joe Dixon, will be introduced at “Coffee with a Cop” Feb. 4 from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Reynolda Hall’s Green Room.

Both joined the department in January.

Stormer previously served on the police department at East Carolina University and Dixon was with the police department at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

The event is hosted by Student Government, the Police Advisory Board and the Division of Campus Life.

Student Health Service offers Zika information on its website

The University’s Student Health Service has posted information on its website about the Zika virus outbreak in several countries in the Western Hemisphere, especially in South America, Central America and the Caribbean region. It includes links to informative websites maintained by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Zika virus outbreak has received considerable coverage, recently, in the news media.

In addition, the University’s Center for Global Programs and Studies is contacting students planning to travel to affected regions.  And, information is being shared with students already abroad in areas where an outbreak of the Zika virus has been reported.

Hopkins receives ‘Dare to Make a Difference’ award

Beth Hopkins, the Director of Outreach at the Wake Forest University School of Law, in the Worrell Professional on Friday, July 23, 2010.Beth Hopkins, director of outreach and professor of practice in the School of Law, was honored with the Martin Luther King Jr. “Dare to Make a Difference” Award in recognition of her efforts for human and civil rights on Jan. 18 at the Benton Convention Center.

Since 1981, an observance has been held annually at noon to commemorate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., according to event founder Mütter D. Evans, former owner and general manager of WAAA Radio, who continues to organize it.

This year’s event featured Congresswoman Alma Adams of North Carolina’s 12th District as the keynote speaker.

Three individuals — Hopkins, Nigel D. Alston and Rodney Sumler (posthumously) — were honored with the MLK “Dare to Make a Difference” Award in recognition of their efforts for human and civil rights.

University clothing drive supports overflow shelter project

Wake Forest’s Pro Humanitate Institute is sponsoring a University clothing drive in support of overflow shelters for the homeless in Winston-Salem.

The drive seeks to collect new or used winter clothing, such as winter coats, wool hats/caps, gloves and socks.  Items may be taken to the Pro Humanitate Institute office in Benson University Center, Room 506, or to the institute’s office building at Polo and Reynolda roads.

City with Dwellings, an umbrella social service group working with several local churches, has set up overflow night shelters in Winston-Salem.  The clothing will be distributed through the shelters.

For more information, contact Mike Ford at, Fahim Gulamali at or Kelly Larrimore at

Reynolda House names Archer director of program, interpretation


Phil Archer

Reynolda House Museum of American Art has named Phil Archer the Betsy Main Babcock Director of Program and Interpretation. Archer was director of public programs at the museum since 2002. He brings nearly 20 years of experience to the position when he begins the new role Feb. 1.

“Phil’s curiosity for learning and passion for this place is transmitted to all who experience Reynolda,” said Allison Perkins, the museum’s executive director and Wake Forest associate provost for Reynolda House and Reynolda Gardens. “He is the right person to lead the program for this museum and this historic site into its next century.”

Archer joined Reynolda House in 1997 and has immersed himself in all aspects of the museum. He has held positions in managing special projects and public programs, and served as the museum’s representative to oversee the design and construction of the Mary and Charlie Babcock Wing from 2002-2005. In August 2015, he was named the interim director of the curatorial and education division, following the departure of Elizabeth Chew.

Programs held under Archer’s direction have included free community days featuring collaborations with organizations like the Winston-Salem Festival Ballet and the Guilford Native American Association; Cinema Under the Stars, the popular outdoor film series co-presented with the University of North Carolina School of the Arts entering its 11th season in 2016; and community forums addressing current topics such as downtown development and the creative economy. He launched the museum’s Portals of Discovery continuing education series in 2004, and he has curated or served as managing curator for three exhibitions including “Wonder and Enlightenment: Artist-Naturalists in the Early American South.”

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University Police offers lunch/learn series to campus community

The University Police Department in February will begin offering to the campus community the Citizen Police Academy Lunch & Learn series.  The department has designed the 10-part series to offer students, faculty and staff a close-up view of the department and its officers.

Registration is available through the Professional Development Center.

Each session will be held in Reynolda Hall’s Heritage Room from 12 noon to 1 p.m.  The series begins on Wednesday, Feb. 10, and will be held on a succession of Wednesdays (except for the week of Spring Break).

Several different members of the police department will participate and make presentations during the series, including Chief Regina Lawson and two new senior leaders in the department–Major Derri Stormer and Capt. Joe Dixon.

“The overall goal of the academy is to improve police and community interaction,” according to Sgt. Lesia Finney, the series’ coordinator. “Graduates will be able to share knowledge gained with others in the community, thereby helping others become more familiar with University Police.”

Topics to be presented include executive staff responsibilities, records and technology, administration/financial budget, rape aggression defense (RAD), community oriented policing, events/security, detectives division, communications 911 center/emergency manager, and patrol division.

Those who attend six of the 10 sessions will receive a graduation certificate.

While snacks will be served, attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunch.