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A message from President Hatch

This message was emailed from President Hatch to students, faculty and staff on Dec. 1:

Dear Wake Forest Community,

After the presidential election I emailed you with a personal reflection on one of the most divisive periods in recent American history. I wrote that day, and continue to believe, that our Wake Forest community profoundly values intellectual discourse, diverse viewpoints, and, most importantly, one another. I concluded those reflections by recognizing that the one choice we have every day is how we treat one another.

Those same beliefs underscore my desire to communicate with you now. I recently received petitions signed by members of the Wake Forest community urging me to declare Wake Forest as a sanctuary for students, staff and their family members who believe that they may face potential deportation. I have also been given a petition urging me to follow federal immigration law and cooperate with federal law enforcement. I do not believe adopting the position of either petition will strengthen our community. While I will not sign either statement, I will do everything within my power as the president of Wake Forest University to support every member of our community in their pursuit of an education.

I am prepared to use the resources at my disposal to uphold the values to which I have committed myself as the leader of Wake Forest. To that end, I joined hundreds of other university leaders in signing the petition asking the president-elect to uphold, continue and expand the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy implemented in 2012. Wake Forest is also a member of the “Every Campus a Refuge” program, providing housing and other forms of support for newly-arrived political refugees from around the globe. Our campus is richer for our diverse population and we will continue to provide financial aid, support services, and connection to legal resources for undocumented students.

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Wake Downtown information session to be held Nov. 28 in Pugh

Faculty and staff are invited to attend a Wake Downtown information session to be held at 4 p.m. Nov. 28 in Pugh Auditorium, Benson University Center.

Information presented will relate to the space, classes, new programs, transportation and more.

An information session for students is planned for Nov 29 at 5 p.m. in Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Room 404.

School of Law to offer online certificate in ‘Workplace Legal Fundamentals’

This is a guest post from the School of Law:

Wake Forest Law will offer an online certificate in “Workplace Legal Fundamentals” beginning in January 2017 as part of its Master of Studies in Law degree program. Employees of Wake Forest University as well as Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center receive a 20 percent discount on the certificate that can be completed in just two semesters.

The fully online, part-time Master of Studies in Law (MSL) degree and certificate programs are specially designed for professionals who need to navigate the law to better manage risk in the workplace. While the degree program includes specialized courses in Human Resources and Health Law & Policy, all students benefit from a core curriculum taught by Wake Forest Law faculty. Applications are being accepted for January 2017 starts in either the MSL degree or certificate program.

“The new certificate allows professionals in a wider range of industries to benefit from the market-driven curriculum, helping them become even more valuable assets and reduce overall risk in the workplace, while earning a valuable credential,” says MSL Director Ellen Murphy (JD ’02), assistant dean of instructional design.

The core courses explore the relationship of contract, property and tort law in private business and the economy, the legal systems governing business relationships, as well as regulatory law and the roles of different law enforcers. Developed with input from industry leaders, all courses are specially designed for and taught only to these professional students, focusing on real-world issues that are immediately applicable, and add value, in the workplace.

Current MSL degree student Sean E. Rogers of Ithaca, New York, says he couldn’t be happier that he decided to pursue this program. “I’m very impressed with how well everything is organized, and with the rigor and richness of the content. The professors and staff have been super responsive and available. What you and Wake (Forest) Law have created is very impressive.”

The MSL is a partner degree for Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina’s Blue University. The degree, which can be completed in less than two years, combines the flexibility and accessibility of online learning with the rigor and academic excellence of Wake Forest Law.

For more information or to apply for the January 2017 degree and certificate program start, visit

October 2016 staff and faculty milestones

See a list of staff and faculty milestones in October 2016:

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Wake Forest partnering with red24 for traveler safety

switzerland-300x175In partnership with risk management provider, red24, Wake Forest University (WFU) has initiated TravelTracker, Safety Confirmation Service (SCS), and GlobalAssist for all international travelers. These new services provide pre-departure details, such as health and safety information, political conditions and security issues. They also ensure that if a significant safety or security incident happens in your area of travel, the University can confirm your wellbeing.

Wake Forest requires all individuals traveling internationally on Wake Forest funds to submit a set of forms and information to the Center for Global Programs and Studies (GPS) Studies at least one month before individual travel begins. This includes individuals traveling to international conferences, international research trips, international trips funded through grants, etc., who study or work on Reynolda Campus.

When travel is registered with the University, the details and itinerary will be uploaded to the TravelTracker system managed by Wake Forest and red24.

How TravelTracker works

The TravelTracker system will automatically email you a link to red24’s safety and security ratings and information on the country to which you are traveling. Travelers will also be signed up to receive email alerts for the country of travel. The alerts cover notable safety, security and travel issues. Travelers are signed up from three days before departure until one day after return.

Safety confirmation process

  • If a significant safety or security incident occurs in or near your area of travel, you will be required to confirm your safety. You will receive an email notification of the issue by an alert, followed by an SMS and email requesting you to confirm your safety.
  • You will need to confirm your safety as soon as you receive the safety confirmation request. This can be done either by clicking on the link provided in the safety confirmation email or phoning red24.If safety is not confirmed, a Crisis Support specialist from red24 will attempt to make contact. If contact cannot be made, Wake Forest Security Managers will be alerted. An appropriate course of action will then be considered depending on the nature of the situation. If required, a security response will be initiated.


  • GlobalAssist is a mobile application that includes an SOS button that can be used globally in an emergency. The app is paired with a control dashboard which is monitored by crisis support personnel.
  • Once travel is registered with Wake Forest, travelers will receive a separate email with instructions on how to download and set up the app.

As TravelTracker is a duty of care to ensure employee and student wellbeing, travelers cannot be unsubscribed. Traveler email addresses and mobile numbers are captured when you register your travel with the University. It is therefore important that your updated details are always provided.

For questions or for more information contact David F. Taylor, director of Global Abroad Programs, in the Center for Global Programs and Studies at

Faculty publications: October 2016 updates

Burg, Jennifer, Jason Romney, & Eric Schwartz. (Computer Science). Digital Sound & Music: Concepts, Applications, and Science. Franklin, Beedle & Associates. October 2016.

Escott, Paul David. (History). Paying Freedom’s Price: A History of African Americans in the Civil War (The African American History Series). Rowman & Littlefield. October 2016.

Goldschmidt, Tyron, & Scott Stapleford. (Philosophy). Berkeley’s Principles: Expanded and Explained. Routledge. September 2016.

Harlan, Susan. (English). Memories of War in Early Modern England: Armor and Militant Nostalgia in Marlowe, Sidney, and Shakespeare. Palgrave Macmillan. September 2016.

Mitra, Ananda. (Communication). India on the Western Screen: Imaging a Country in Film, TV, and Digital Media. Sage. October 2016.

Salam, Akbar. (Chemistry). Non-Relativistic QED Theory of the van der Waals Dispersion Interaction (SpringerBriefs in Molecular Science). Springer. October 2016.

Yang, Sunggu. (Divinity). Evangelical Pilgrims from the East: Faith Fundamentals of Korean American Protestant Diasporas (Asian Christianity in the Diaspora series). Palgrave Macmillan. October 2016.

Wake Forest’s weight management program offered in January

This is a guest post from the Health and Exercise Science Department:

weight-management-imageUnlike the Therapeutic Lifestyle Change (TLC) program, also being offered in January, our six-month weight management program will go beyond healthy lifestyle modification, with a laser focus on weight loss. This program will offer a combination of weight loss strategies and techniques to help individuals reach their goals.

Applications are now being accepted for participation in our group starting in January. Initial assessments and testing will began in December and will be performed prior to the start of our first weekly session. Weekly group sessions will be held here on campus in Worrell Professional Center, Room 1162 on Thursdays from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. starting on Thursday, Jan. 26.

Here are few highlights of the weight management program:

–Six months of weekly group sessions
–Geared specifically for weight loss
–Initial & six-month assessments
–Initial & six-month DEXA total body composition scans
–Formal assessment and follow-up with a dietitian
–Weekly food diary evaluations and feedback
–Physical activity tracking & exercise guidance
–Specific quality nutrient guidelines
–Behavior modification & mindfulness

This program is designed for participants who meet the following criteria:

–Individuals with weight loss needs (BMI >25)
–Able to attend weekly sessions held on Thursdays at 11:30 am
–Able to commit to personal dietary and exercise changes
–Full-time, permanent WFU Employee

If you are interested in participating or have questions, please contact Andrea Cox at or at 336-758-5853 for more information. Space is limited.

HES dedicates lab to mentor Henry Miller

The Health and Exercise Science Department recently dedicated the Henry S. Miller Cardiovascular Function Laboratory in its new academic building. More than 60 former students, faculty/staff and close colleagues from around the country joined in the celebration of their mentor, colleague and friend, Henry S. Miller, M.D., professor emeritus, Wake Forest School of Medicine.

Miller, a distinguished cardiologist and past president of the American College of Sports Medicine, provided the medical leadership vital for the development of the cardiac rehabilitation program at the School of Medicine, the first such program in North Carolina and one of the first in the nation. He served as medical director of the program which served as the model, from the mid-70s till the mid-90s, for nearly 100 new cardiac rehabilitation programs across the state and country.

Miller, a graduate of Wake Forest (’51) and the Wake Forest School of Medicine (’54), spent most of his professional life as a medical educator, teaching in the areas of internal medicine, cardiology and cardiac rehabilitation.

For more information, read a tribute written by HES professor Pete Brubaker for the ACSM newsletter.

Reynolda Road entrance closed until about 9 a.m.

This message was emailed to students, faculty and staff on Nov. 10:

The Reynolda Road entrance to campus is closed temporarily this morning due to a truck fire outside the Porter Byrum Welcome Center.  Wake Forest Road in that area is expected to reopen at approximately 9 a.m.

A Wake Forest truck used in leaf collection caught fire earlier this morning at the entrance to the Welcome Center.  Winston-Salem firefighters and other first responders  have responded and are extinguishing the truck fire. Their vehicles are blocking Wake Forest Road there.

No injuries occurred.  No other damage occurred.

Motorists and others are advised to stay away from that immediate area on the west side of campus and use other roads to enter campus.


Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

Gilliland promoted to vice president for finance

Brandon Gilliland, Vice President for Finance, Wake Forest University, Wednesday, November 9, 2016.

Brandon Gilliland has been promoted to vice president for finance at Wake Forest.

Gilliland has served as the University’s controller since he joined the University’s staff in 2007, with primary responsibilities over accounting and financial reporting, internal controls and financial operations.

His promotion to vice president is in recognition for increased responsibilities he has taken, including leadership over procurement, finance systems, investments and debt management, campus financial services, risk management and staffing multiple Board of Trustees committees such as the Finance, Investment, and Audit & Compliance committees.

“I am grateful for my time at Wake Forest, for the opportunities to increase my contribution toward the University’s mission, for working with so many Wake Foresters committed to the University’s values and future, and for leading a talented Financial Services team,” Gilliland said.  “I am also grateful for the guidance and support (Executive Vice President) Hof Milam has provided to me over the years. He has provided me with many opportunities and has been a great mentor.”

Gilliland added that in Financial Services, the department strives “to deliver highly valued financial and business services benefiting the University’s mission, financial objectives and our community.”

“In my new role, innovative and efficient business solutions will continue to be a high priority with an intense focus to further improve our services,” Gilliland said.

Gilliland formerly was controller at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and worked in various positions at Indian River Community College, Ernst and Young, Oklahoma State University at Tulsa and the City of Tulsa.

He received a Master of Business Administration degree at the University of Tulsa and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree at Northeastern University.