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Miller Center bridge/sidewalk temporarily closed

The Miller Center bridge/sidewalk will be closed (no access), beginning Wednesday, Dec 17 and will remain closed until Friday, Dec. 19.

Construction crews will be making utility connections in this location and all pedestrian access will be restricted for safety purposes. Pedestrians should use the upper gate on the concourse to Kentner Stadium to access campus from Lots U, U2, U3 and V or can choose to park in an alternate location on campus.

Coach Manning announces faculty & staff Appreciation Day

This message was sent to faculty and staff on behalf of Basketball Coach Danny Manning:

20140125basketball4102Dear Faculty and Staff,

During my short time at Wake Forest I have appreciated the focus on health and well-being as well as the commitment to build community and spirit across campus.

We want to help make Wake Forest a special place by encouraging communication and engagement with one another. To assist with this goal, I would like to invite you to attend our home basketball game at the Coliseum at 7 p.m. on Dec. 22 versus Bucknell. Each faculty and staff employee will receive tickets and Wake Forest Athletics t-shirts for their immediate family.

Tickets will be distributed starting at 5:30 p.m. at tables marked Faculty/Staff in the Coliseum’s main lobby. Staff and faculty may come to the tables to show their Wake Forest ID card to request the number of tickets needed for their family.

I hope to see you at the game. Go Deacs!

Reynolda campus temperature setback during the holiday period

A message from Facilities and Campus Services:

To conserve energy over the winter holiday period, the facilities department will be implementing a temperature setback program of campus buildings starting the night of Dec. 23 until the morning of Jan. 2.  The setback program will maintain building temperatures at no less than 55 degrees during the holiday period. Since the University will be largely unoccupied during the nine day period, we anticipate the lower temperatures will not cause undue hardship. At the same time, this program will generate significant cost savings through reduced energy consumption. The program has saved over $241,000.00 in energy costs over the last six years.

Beginning at 2 a.m. on Jan. 2, heating systems will gradually return the buildings to comfortable conditions. We intend for all buildings to be at 70 degrees by the time employees arrive at work on Jan. 2. Facilities technicians will arrive early on that date to ensure building heating systems reactivate as scheduled.

Staff or faculty who intend to visit or work on campus during the holiday period are advised to wear appropriately warm clothing and consider bringing a light jacket or sweater to work.

For departments that would like an exemption from this temperature setback for justifiable cause, please contact Ed Bullington at bullinew@nullwfu.edu or 758-3913 as soon as possible.

Thank you for supporting this effort to save energy during the holiday period.

Cross country trails closed Dec. 15 through Jan. 9

A message from Facilities and Campus Services:

As part of the McCreary Fieldhouse Project, improvements are being made to the cross country trails. These include re-grading and leveling the trails. New soil and washed stone will be added to improve the surface of the trails. This work will be done over winter break, so all of the cross country trails will be closed from Dec. 15 – Jan. 9.

We apologize for any inconvenience. If you have any questions, contact Wendy Wooten at 336-758-5689.

Messages on weather-related closings at WFU

Snow on campusIn the event of severe weather that prompts a delay or closing, Wake Forest will use several methods to alert students, faculty and staff to schedule changes.

On occasion, because of snowy or icy weather conditions, Wake Forest officials have announced a decision to close the campus for the day or delay the start of classes and the opening of offices. In such cases, the University will use the following communication channels:

  • The Wake Alert website at wakealert.wfu.edu.
  • On @WakeAlert, @WFNewsCenter  @InsideWFU and @WakeForest1834
  • A headline across the top of the University home page at wfu.edu. It will link to the Wake Alert website.
  • 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.

Message from Student Health Service to Wake Forest Community

As Wake Forest’s winter break approaches, University officials encourage students, faculty and staff to contact the Student Health Service if any are planning travel to a country where Ebola has prompted a public health crisis.

The reminder comes at a time when Wake Forest continues closely monitoring the international Ebola situation.

In accordance with guidelines by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there is still no Wake Forest funded or sponsored travel to regions with an Ebola travel advisory in place.  While the University does not have a policy restricting personal travel to countries affected by this virus, the CDC has issued a Level 3 Travel Warning recommending against non-essential travel, including travel for educational purposes to Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.  The Student Health Service is prepared to meet with students, faculty and staff considering personal travel to those countries.

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H.S. “Pete” Moore, retired director of the physical plant, dies

Pete Moore (at right) with assistant Melvin “Molly” Layton (’47).

Moore (right) with assistant Melvin “Molly” Layton

By Kerry M. King (’85), Wake Forest Magazine

No one knew the Reynolda Campus better than Pete Moore, who helped build the new campus in the 1950s and oversaw its growth and development into one of the most beautiful campuses in the country.

Moore, who retired as director of the physical plant in 1991, died on Nov. 5, 2014, in Winston-Salem. He was 93.

Moore was named superintendent of buildings and grounds in 1953 when the new campus consisted of little more than red mud and steel skeletons of Wait Chapel and Reynolda Hall. Then President Harold W. Tribble said that no one was better suited in “training and experience and temperament” than Moore to direct the herculean task of building a campus from scratch and moving a 122-year-old College 110 miles west to a new campus.

Memorial Service

  • A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Dec. 13, in Wait Chapel at 11 a.m. A reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations to Hospice Care of Winston-Salem are appreciated.

For the next 40 years, Moore oversaw the maintenance of a constantly growing campus, the landscaping plan and construction of numerous buildings — including Tribble Hall, the Scales Fine Arts Center, the Benson University Center and several residence halls. The physical facilities building was named in his honor when he retired. When Wake Forest acquired Casa Artom in Venice and Worrell House in London in the 1970s, Moore traveled to each and organized renovations to both houses.

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Open forum scheduled for ZSR Library dean search

The search committee for the new dean of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library is hosting an open forum for all Wake Forest faculty and staff on Thursday, Dec. 4, from 4 to 5 p.m. in the ZSR Library Auditorium.

In preparation for the gathering, please consider the following questions and  come prepared to share your thoughts.

  1. Which major highlights about our nationally-recognized ZSR Library should be emphasized in order to attract top-notch candidates to the position?
  2. What challenges and opportunities might the next dean face in her or his first three years in this role?
  3. What are the most important professional skills and personal attributes required to be considered a strong candidate?

For those unable to attend the forum, please share your thoughts and suggestions by emailing wfuzsrdean@nullwfu.edu.

Support needed for the Chaplain’s Emergency Fund

unnamedDid you know, the Chaplain’s Emergency Fund (CEF) regularly assists members of the Wake Forest community (faculty, staff and students) who find themselves in urgent need for food, shelter or public services.

Individuals receive limited financial assistance for essential expenses due to temporary hardship or an emergency situation. Those needing additional resources are then connected to community partners.

Recently, the CEF has experienced a decrease in available funds. Donations will allow the fund to continue to assist our community, and further the spirit of Pro Humanitate to those in need right on our campus.

For those looking for a holiday gift to recognize a colleague, student, friend or loved one, donations may be made in any amount. The honoree will receive a note indicating the gift-giver’s name and contact information.

Holiday donations can be made online at WakeWill: The Campaign for Wake Forest.

Information on campus power outage

UPDATE, 2:25 p.m.: Power has been restored to Wake Forest’s campus this afternoon.  All campus buildings affected by an earlier outage today have power now. Operations on campus have returned to normal. With the power back on, the card reader system in buildings has returned to normal operation.

Wake Forest’s Reynolda Campus has experienced a major power outage today and more than half of the campus buildings in the central and north sections of campus are affected.

Crews are working on site to identify the cause of the problem and restore power as quickly as possible.  There is not currently an estimated time when power will be restored.

The card reader system in residence halls is also affected by this power outage, which means students, faculty and staff will not be able to access these buildings using their Wake Forest ID cards.

Those who need access to the following residence halls should contact University Police at 336-758-5591 (the non-emergency number): Davis, Dogwood, Efird, Huffman, Kitchin, Magnolia, Martin, North Campus Apartment Buildings 1-10, Polo, Poteat, Student Apartments A & B,  Taylor, and 1210 Polo Road.

The power outage occurred around noon today. The University will provide an update when more information is available.