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Ten graduate from University’s Citizens Police Academy

Ten people graduated from the Citizens Police Academy held this spring semester by the University Police Department.

Following a successful second offering of the program, the University Police Department is making plans for more opportunities next fall and spring for members of the Wake Forest community to participate in the academy. Details will be announced at a later date.

The academy was created to give the campus community an opportunity to gain insight into the daily functions and responsibilities of University law enforcement personnel. The overall goal is to improve police and community interactions. The hope of the department is that graduates will share knowledge they gained with others.

In the spring, sessions were presented on executive staff responsibilities, records and technology, administrative/financial/budget matters, Rape Aggressive Defense (RAD), community oriented policing, events/security, detective division, communications 911 center/emergency manager, patrol division.

Participants received a graduation certificate if they attended five of nine sessions.

Bonin receives inaugural Academic Leadership Award from CBOV

Keith Bonin

The College Board of Visitors on April 20 presented Keith D. Bonin with the board’s inaugural Academic Leadership Award at a board dinner on campus.  Bonin, who joined the faculty in 1992, is professor of physics and chair of the physics department.

In the April 24 electronic edition of the Dean’s Office Digest, the Dean of the College Office announced the award:

“The College Board of Visitors award recognizes Keith for embracing a philosophy of academic leadership and community-building. It celebrates Keith’s proven track record of engaging his academic department and academic colleagues in achieving a vision that includes but extends well beyond the Physics Department by pursuing opportunities for collaboration and innovation. His efforts have significantly advanced the goals of Wake Forest College as embodied in our liberal arts tradition.

The award recognizes academic leadership as a valued practice and confirms that departmental and other academic leaders can be effective agents of change on behalf of the institution, students, and colleagues. This award recognizes Keith as a leader who embodies the best qualities of academic leadership, not only of managerial skills, but of institutional vision and an abiding commitment to academic excellence, diversity and inclusion, classroom innovation, and commitment to students and the Wake Forest community.”

At the April 20 event, John Cooper, chair of the College Board of Visitors, presented the following remarks:

“Tonight, the College Board of Visitors honors Dr. Keith Bonin, professor and chair of the Department of Physics, for your outstanding leadership of a vital and thriving department, your advocacy for students, your work to develop a climate where faculty do their best work, and for your visionary leadership and its impact on the college and its future.

Your fingerprints are all over Wake Downtown including the long-term vision to create an engineering department. Dr. Bonin chaired the engineering department search this year, on top of his significant physics department work, leading a process that ensured the recruiting and hiring of the founding members of the engineering department—four faculty members, including a national star for chair.

In accepting the award, Bonin told the audience:

“I am personally humbled to be the recipient of the inaugural College Board of Visitors Academic Leadership Award. So much of what we accomplish is mainly due to the help we receive from others.  And this is especially true in my case where I have benefited from the tight-knit communities that exist at Wake Forest: in the department, in the College, in the Graduate and Professional Schools, and in the university as a whole.”

Miller Fitness Center to close in May

This announcement was emailed to students, faculty and staff on April 25 by Communications and External Relations:

As part of ongoing renovations to Athletics and Campus Recreation facilities, the Miller Fitness Center will stop operating on Wednesday, May 3 at 8 p.m.  That space will be converted to a sports medicine facility for the Department of Athletics.

Until a new campus fitness center opens before the fall semester, Campus Recreation has the following arrangements in place:

–A limited amount of cardio equipment will be available to campus community members on the fourth floor of the Sutton Center starting Friday, May 5.

–Group fitness classes will continue in the Miller Center’s group exercise studios on the building’s fourth floor.

–Locker rooms and showers will also continue to be available on the fourth floor of the Miller Center, as well as on the lower level of the Benson University Center.

Phase Two of the Reynolds Gym transformation and renovation is scheduled to be completed prior to the start of the fall 2017 semester.  The opening of Phase Two will include almost 19,000 square feet of brand new, state-of-the-art cardio and weight equipment.

Tree falls onto residence hall, no one injured

This announcement was emailed to students, faculty and staff on April 24 by Communications and External Relations:

Due to significant rainfall, a pine tree fell today onto the roof of Student Apartments Building B on Allen Easley Street.  No one was injured in the incident.

Tree branches damaged a small section of the building’s roof and one bedroom’s ceiling.  Residence Life and Housing staff are moving the two residents of the affected room to another room.  At this time, it appears no other rooms were impacted.

Facilities and Campus Services staff are inspecting the area around the building as a safety precaution.  Inspections will determine if damage is more extensive than it appears.

The building remains open for students.

Work is expected to be performed on power lines near the building.  Potentially, power will be out at that building and, perhaps, at others nearby when work is underway.  The University will announce by email any power outage.

Wake Forest Fellows announced for 2017-18

Wake Forest Fellows for 2017-18

Nine seniors will remain in the Wake Forest campus community after graduation in May as Wake Forest Fellows. They will work across the campus, including in the offices of the President, the Provost and the Dean of the College.

Since 2008, the Wake Forest Fellows program has provided exceptional Wake Forest college graduates with the opportunity to work in higher education administration for a year. Each fellow will serve as a full-time Wake Forest staff member, starting this summer. In addition to working with top administrators, the fellows will participate in leadership activities and interact with faculty, staff and students to learn about the inner workings of higher education.

The Wake Forest Fellows for 2017-18 are:

  • Campus Life: Allie Chambers, Raleigh, NC
    Major: Psychology; Minors: Health and Human Services, Entrepreneurship & Social Enterprise
  • Information Systems: Elliott McKoy, Silver Spring, MD
    Major: Economics; Minor: Psychology
  • Office of Personal & Career Development: John Idzik, Atlanta, GA
    Major: Psychology; Minor: Health and Human Services
  • Office of the Dean of the College: Anita Patel, Winston-Salem, NC
    Major: Health and Exercise Science; Minors: Chemistry and Psychology
  • Office of the President: Sydney Feinglass, Charlotte, NC
    Major: Economics; Minors: French Studies and Philosophy
  • Office of the Provost: Mia Harris, Chicago, IL
    Major: Biology; Minors: Neuroscience and Psychology
  • Pro Humanitate Institute: Cazandra Rebollar, Elon, NC
    Major: Psychology; Minor: Latin American and Latino Studies
  • Reynolda House: Ashley Laughlin, Reno, NV
    Majors: English and French; Minor: Creative Writing
  • Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center: Frank Dy, Fayetteville, NC
    Major: Economics

Alumni of the Wake Forest Fellows program have pursued careers in many fields, including law, medicine, public policy and more.  Fellows have since received prestigious academic honors such as Rhodes and Fulbright scholarships.

Thrive Dimension Champion Awards presented to eight recipients

President Nathan Hatch spoke at the Thrive Dimension Champion Awards celebration.

The Thrive Dimension Champion Awards were presented to eight faculty and staff members, recently.  The awards are presented annually by the Office of Wellbeing to faculty and staff who demonstrate leadership and commitment to individual and campus-wide wellbeing.

The categories for awards include: emotional, environmental, financial, intellectual, occupational, physical, social and spiritual wellbeing.

The 2017 champions are:

  • Denisha Champion, assistant director for programming and prevention in the University Counseling Center; emotional wellbeing
  • Lee Collette, assistant director of outdoor pursuits in the Campus Recreation Department; environmental wellbeing
  • Barbara Meredith, business manager in the Office of the Provost; financial wellbeing
  • Deborah Newsome, associate professor of counseling; intellectual wellbeing
  • Melanie Bullock, associate director of student leadership and engagement in Campus Life; occupational wellbeing
  • Adam Carlson, system administrator in Information Systems; physical wellbeing
  • Sgt. Lesia Finney, University Police Department; social wellbeing
  • Sylvia Green, chief marketing officer in the School of Business; spiritual wellbeing

Speakers at the award celebration included President Nathan O. Hatch and Vice President for Campus Life Penny Rue.

Comings and goings for March 2017

See a list of employees joining and leaving the University in March 2017:

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April 2017 staff and faculty milestones

See a list of staff and faculty milestones for April 2017:

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Crime Alert: Sexual Offense

This message was emailed to students, faculty and staff on April 17 by Wake Forest Communications and External Relations:

Wake Forest is issuing this crime alert concerning a reported incident that may be of concern to the campus community.

An incident of non-consensual sexual fondling was reported to have occurred at a residence hall on campus on April 1. A student reported the incident to the University Police Department on April 16. The student knows the suspect, who is also a student.

The Wake Forest University Police Department contacted the Winston-Salem Police Department to assist in the investigation. If you have any information that might be helpful in an investigation, contact the Winston Salem Police at 911 or the University Police at (336) 758- 5911 or, if you wish, anonymously through “Silent Witness” at

 Wake Forest is providing resources to assist the individual involved in this incident, and will continue to take actions to maintain the safety and security of the campus community.

It is important for all of us to focus on the things that we can all do to keep ourselves and others safe.

  • Call 911: If you feel uneasy or unsafe, go to a safe location and call a friend or the police at 911. When your safety is at risk or you need a safe escort on campus, contact University Police, available 24 hours at 336-758-5911.
  • Ask a friend who may be in a potentially dangerous situation if they want to leave and then make sure that they get home safely.

If you have experienced a sexual offense, we encourage you to seek support. If you or a friend have questions or concerns about sexual offenses, you can contact the following resources for confidential information and support:

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Hof Milam to present annual financial update April 26

This announcement was emailed to staff and faculty on April 11:

At the invitation of the Faculty Senate, Executive Vice President Hof Milam will give his annual financial update to the University on Wednesday, April 26, at 4 p.m. in Pugh Auditorium.

He will review the Wake Forest budget for next year, as well as provide information on the financial challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.  The Faculty Senate enthusiastically invites all Wake Forest students, staff and faculty to attend.