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Free program supports healthy lifestyle changes for faculty, staff

Walking-picA guest post from the University’s HELPS program:

Fall is a great time to make healthy lifestyle changes that will carry you through into next year. By making changes now, you will create good habits for the holiday season and the upcoming winter months. With the changing of the seasons and the start of the school year comes a renewed mindset. Maybe your goal is to eat a healthier diet, stop smoking, lose weight or walk three miles a day. Whatever your goal, the Therapeutic Lifestyle Change (TLC) program can help you reach it.

What is HELPS TLC? HELPS TLC is a medically directed, professionally supervised program designed to help individuals develop a healthy and active lifestyle using exercise and education.

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Winston-Salem Open has special offers for faculty, staff

A guest post from the Athletics Department:

The Winston-Salem Open would like to offer Wake Forest faculty and staff the following:

Free Tickets to the Aug. 22 Qualifying – enjoy Winston-Salem Open tennis by participating in Fill the Food Bank, presented by Lowes Foods! Bring three canned goods items with you to donate and receive free admission to the qualifying session. Donations benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina.

Use the code WFUFS15 and receive 20% off on all tickets, this discount is for Wake Forest University Faculty and Staff only and is good until August 15, 2015.

For more information on the tournament please go to

Parking Lot E to be closed temporarily for improvements

A guest post from the University’s Parking and Transportation Office:

Improvements to Parking Lot E are scheduled to begin soon, requiring the temporary closing of the lot, which is situated behind Z. Smith Reynolds Library.

The lot closed on July 27 for renovation that will improve safety, access and traffic flow while also adding 26 spaces for staff and faculty.  The number of spaces will increase from 49 to 75. The lot will be re-opened before students arrive in August.

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Police training exercise planned for Taylor Residence Hall July 24

On July 24, Taylor Residence Hall will be the location for a joint training exercise by the University Police Department and the Winston-Salem Police Department. A similar training event occurred recently in Poteat Residence Hall.

Uniformed, armed police officers will participate in the exercise that will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Taylor Residence Hall. The officers will be inside Taylor for much of the exercise, but they will be outside at times.

At certain times, a firearm will be used to fire blanks inside the building as part of the training activity. No live ammunition will be used.

The training will not interfere with normal campus activities on Hearn Plaza or elsewhere.

Anyone with questions about the exercise may call the University Police Department at 758-5591.

88.5 WFDD receives national award for spot news

WFDD logo88.5 WFDD, the public radio station licensed to Wake Forest University, has won another national award for excellence in broadcasting. The station received a first place award for Best Spot News in a Small Newsroom from Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI), an organization committed to the highest standards of journalistic ethics and excellence, which recognizes the best of local public radio news in a wide array of categories.

The award was given for a story by Kathryn Mobley entitled Downtown School Adjusts To The Loss Of Library Access During Renovations. Mobley interviewed students and teachers at Winston-Salem’s Downtown School, which does not have its own library and relied on the Central Library for supplemental classroom materials, about the challenges the closure of the Central Library would bring.

88.5 WFDD’s news director, Emily McCord, said, “WFDD has been investing in its news department over the past year to bring more stories from our community in a way that’s unique to public radio. Every year, the PRNDI awards highlight the best in our industry. It’s truly an honor that WFDD was recognized among that group, and it demonstrates that our investment is beginning to show results.” Continue reading »

University, city police plan training exercises for campus in July

On July 17 and 24, the University Police Department and the Winston-Salem Police Department will conduct a joint training session in the Hearn Plaza area on responding to an “active shooter” report on campus.

Uniformed, armed police officers will participate in the training exercise that will take place at Poteat Residence Hall on July 17 and Taylor Residence Hall on July 24.

On each occasion, the training will not interfere with normal campus activities on Hearn Plaza or elsewhere, although those residence halls will be reserved entirely for the exercise.

“We expect about 30 law enforcement officers to participate in the training on each date,” said University emergency manager August Vernon, “The exercise is intended to prepare them for how to respond most effectively to a situation in which an armed person has been firing a weapon on campus.”

While officers will be armed, no weapons will be fired at any time, said Vernon, who is helping organize the exercise.

He expects the officers to be training inside the buildings, primarily, but they will be outside on occasion.

Police vehicles will be parked nearby.

On each date, the training exercise will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Anyone with questions in advance of the exercise may call August Vernon at 758-3377. During the exercise, calls may be made to the University Police Department at 758-5591.

Online tool for requesting tuition concession available

Human Resources has launched an online tool that replaces the paper form used to request tuition concession for faculty and staff.  In addition to making it more efficient to submit requests, this sustainable solution adds capabilities for faculty and staff to track their tuition reimbursement.

The new online tool is available by logging into the secure WIN portal, accessing “WF@Work,” and clicking “Tuition Concession.”  Pre-recorded presentations and user guides for faculty, staff, managers, and department approvers are available in WIN and on the Human Resources website.  Additionally, individual informational sessions may be scheduled by contacting or 336.758.4700.

18th annual women’s football camp set for July 23

Are you someone who wants to learn more about the fundamentals of football? The 18th annualwomens football camp Wake Forest Women’s Football Camp could be for you.

Head coach Dave Clawson and his staff cordially invite women to join them on Thursday, July 23, beginning at 6 p.m. at Bridger Field House at BB&T Field.

Click here for more information.

Perkins named associate provost for Reynolda House, Gardens

Allison Perkins, the director of the Reynolda House Museum of American Art at Wake Forest University, poses outside the house on Tuesday, June 23, 2015.

In a move that re-unifies management of two historic parts of campus, Wake Forest has named Allison C. Perkins associate provost for Reynolda House and Reynolda Gardens effective Aug. 1, 2015. Perkins has been executive director of Reynolda House Museum of American Art since July 2006.

“Historic Reynolda is an important quadrant of our campus and part of what distinguishes this university from other campuses,” said President Nathan O. Hatch. “Allison is a vocal advocate for the property’s history and its future. It is a great advantage to have a leader with her experience in building and managing consensus among multiple entities and her skill in interpreting collections and historic sites now overseeing this part of our campus.”

Perkins will report to Hof Milam, executive vice president, on matters related to Reynolda Gardens. Milam said that the gardens and surrounding grounds, trails, wetlands, and meadow make up a special part of the University.

“I recall the 2013 photo essay in the Wake Forest Magazine and just how perfectly it captured all that is Reynolda Gardens,” he said. “As a former student and now staff member I share the love of this beautiful part of our campus that the contributors to that article expressed. Our Facilities staff members, led by Associate Vice President for Facilities and Campus Services John Shenette, and the Reynolda Gardens staff, led by Manager Preston Stockton, take excellent care of the grounds and gardens. I have great trust in the leadership of Allison in continuing to work closely with our staff in taking on management of this historic property for the University.”

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Wake Will campaign reaches half-billion dollar mark

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

Two years earlier than projected, Wake Will: The Campaign for Wake Forest has surpassed the half-billion dollar mark in total campaign commitments.

The University received over $100 million in gifts and commitments between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015, following our public launch of the campaign in October 2013.

When we launched Wake Will: The Campaign for Wake Forest, we did so with great ambition and transformational dreams. You can read more about the impact of this tremendous milestone in a related WFU news story, in a Q&A with Campaign Director Jay Davenport on Inside WFU, and on the campaign website.

As we enter year three of Wake Will, I would like to thank our entire campus community for the time, energy and resources you have committed to advance the work of Wake Forest thus far. Your support of Wake Will has moved us closer to fulfilling our mission, and I look forward to continuing the work together.


Nathan O. Hatch