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A message from President Nathan Hatch

A message from President Nathan Hatch to the Wake Forest Community.

Last February, Melvin Washington (’14) delivered a senior oration titled, “Who is Wake Forest?” During Melvin’s provocative remarks about the power of diversity he said, “I walk past the same majestic chapel, wait in the same long lines at Subway, take some of the same classes, and in May I’ll cross the same stage, but our Wake Forests are different. Our Wake Forests are different because our experiences are different. Our experiences are different because we’re all different people. However, there is beauty in that difference and its intersections where we all consider ourselves Deacs.”

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Renewing our commitment to an engaged and inclusive community

A message from Vice President of Campus Life Penny Rue to the Wake Forest community.

In my first year at Wake Forest, many people — students, faculty and staff — took time to tell me what was special about Wake Forest, and for that I am grateful. It helped me begin to know this place in a deeply meaningful way. Others took the time to tell me what they think is wrong about Wake Forest, and for that I am even more grateful. Wake has a quest for excellence, and in that quest we must be fearless in our ability to look honestly and constructively at our community.

One of the most searing moments of my first year was a Town Hall meeting, organized by students last spring, to share concerns about bias and mistreatment from university police. Their stories were poignant and painful, and they underscored what I had already learned: that not all Deacs feel the same sense of inclusion. As one African American student had said to me, “Oh, we feel welcome, Wake is a welcoming place. We just don’t feel valued.” This must change.

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President Hatch establishes Commission on LGBTQ Affairs

ironwork.300x175In another demonstration of Wake Forest’s commitment to creating an inclusive environment for every member of our community, President Nathan Hatch has established the President’s Commission on LGBTQ Affairs, charged with evaluating the status of campus life, climate, and equity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning members of the Wake Forest community.

The Commission follows the 2011 establishment of Wake Forest’s LGBTQ Center, and ongoing Safe Zone Training and is made up of faculty, staff and students convened by President Hatch and charged with evaluating the status of campus life, climate and equity for Wake Forest’s LGBTQ community.

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Important parking information for Sept. 4-5

The University will temporarily close some parking areas to accommodate events planned for Sept. 5.  On that day, the University will kick off its comprehensive approach to wellbeing, called Thrive, and celebrate groundbreaking ceremonies for the Sutton Center at historic W. N. Reynolds Gymnasium and the McCreary Field House.

Parking lots to be affected include F, U and U2:

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Important message to campus from Vice President Rue and Assistant Provost Oakes

ironwork.200x250A message from Vice President for Campus Life Penny Rue and Assistant Provost for Diversity and Inclusion Barbee Oakes

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

The Office of Campus Life and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion are excited to begin the 2014-2015 academic year at Wake Forest. As students, faculty, and staff prepare for the fall semester, each of us must unconditionally renew our commitment to creating an inclusive environment for every member of our community.

This pledge is critically important as Wake Forest continues to build a diverse and global campus. Consider that:

  • Diversity in the undergraduate population has increased by 32 percent since 2008.
  • Twenty four percent of the class of 2013 came from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds.
  • Ten percent of our incoming 2014 undergraduate class are international students representing 28 countries.
  • Our student body is now more diverse than ever; racially, ethnically, culturally, religiously, socio-economically and more.

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Online space scheduling software tagged ‘DeaconSpace’

The University launched Virtual Event Management Software (VEMS) as our new campus wide space scheduling software application on July 31.

This new online tool will be called DeaconSpace (https://rooms.wfu.edu) and is available to all campus constituents to expedite the space reservation process. The link to a majority of University meeting and event locations allows you to view and request available spaces across campus and to be notified of space approval at the click of a button.

Your University login and password will provide access (similar to your WIN access) and links to DeaconSpace can be found on InfoCentral in WIN and other locations across the Wake Forest website.

The reservation request process will place you in direct contact with the specific space managers across campus to handle details of your specific space needs. This process should eliminate the need for telephone questions and frustrations when searching for the right space for your event or meeting.

The PDC will be providing training classes and online tutorials have been developed to help you understand this new tool.

Welcome to a new semester

WFU.band.300x175A message to students, faculty and staff from President Nathan Hatch.

Welcome to a new semester at Wake Forest. Whether you are embarking on your first experience on campus or you’re a familiar face on these grounds, we all approach this beginning with anticipation and uncovered potential. Together, we have the capacity to pursue new intellectual discoveries, create extraordinary relationships and seek to live as a community that cherishes innovation, virtue and civility.

This summer, I have been struck anew at the baffling complexity of our world. One book that I read underscored this reality: My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel by Ari Shavit. A distinguished Israeli journalist, Shavit has lived a most interesting life, serving dutifully in the Israeli military and later as a peace activist.

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Parking lot closure and information on cross-country trails

A message from Facilities and Campus Services

Parking Lot Closures:

Beginning Monday, Aug. 25, Parking Lot X will be closed for 2-3 weeks, pending weather. This parking lot will be closed due to the intramural field renovation project. Parking spaces in Lot X will gradually re-open as the project progresses. Here is a link to the campus parking map for reference to this parking location.

Contact Alex Crist at 336-758-2558 with any questions.

TrailPartial closure of cross-country trails:

The construction for the McCreary Field House has begun. Part of the cross-country trails will remain open during the construction. Access to the trails on campus will be behind The Barn; with the trails from The Barn toward Faculty Drive area open during the construction. There will be barricades and signs on the trail indicating where the trails are closed due to the construction zone. Please do not cross into the construction area for safety reasons.

See the map for barricade locations shown as blue lines. Areas highlighted in yellow indicate trails that are open and accessible to runners.

Contact Wendy Wooten at 336-758-5689 or wootenwr@wfu.edu with any questions.

Jasper Memory Lane closure

Message from Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

Much of Jasper Memory Lane will be closed to motor vehicle traffic from 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, until 3 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, due to a University event planned for first-year undergraduate students.

The road will be closed from Luter Residence Hall to Collins Residence Hall for Friday Night Live, an event that is part of first-year orientation. Access to Faculty Drive will remain open in that area, but no traffic will be allowed in front of the residence halls along Jasper Memory Lane.

Vehicles parked in Lot J, behind Collins and South residence halls, may leave the lot by driving through adjacent Lot H, at the intersection of Jasper Memory Lane and Wingate Road.

All vehicles parked on Jasper Memory Lane must be removed by 5 p.m. on Aug. 22.

Friday Night Live will feature music provided by Wake Radio, food trucks and many outdoor games and activities. Hundreds of first-year students are expected.

Orientation organizers appreciate the community’s cooperation.

Move-in Day: Share the excitement on social with #WFU18

wfu18The Wake Forest homepage, www.wfu.edu, has a special look to celebrate the excitement of move-in! Use the class of 2018’s hashtag, #WFU18, to join in the fun and share your Wake Forest pride with new students, current students, parents, faculty and staff. All are welcome to participate.

Visit the #WFU18 tagboard for a selection of the best tweets, posts and pictures on social media.