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Memorial service for Dan Via

Dan O. Via, who taught in the religion department from 1956 to 1968, died Oct. 12, 2014, in Charlottesville, Va. He was 85.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Oct. 18 at Saint Paul’s Memorial Church in Charlottesville.

A native of Charlottesville, Via graduated from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and received his Ph.D. from Duke University. In 1960, following the arrests of 10 Wake Forest students who participated in a sit-in at F.W. Woolworth in downtown Winston-Salem, Via helped pay the students’ bonds so they could be released from jail.

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Power outage on Reynolda Campus

A Duke Energy power outage has affected part of the western side of the Reynolda Campus and nearby neighborhoods today. Duke Energy is estimating electricity will be restored to the affected areas between 2-4 p.m. today.

The outage is also affecting some nearby traffic lights, including the one at the Polo Road entrance to campus.

On campus, buildings known to be affected include North Campus Apartments, the Porter Byrum Welcome Center and Starling Hall.  Also without electricity are many University-owned residences on and near Polo and Reynolda Roads, as well as on University Parkway near campus. The Human Resources office at Polo and Reynolda Roads is also without electricity.

Duke Energy reports that numerous private residences, as well as University-owned houses, are affected in the area near campus. An initial estimate was that up to 5,000 Duke Energy customers might be without electricity.

The power outage occurred late in the morning today, shortly before noon.

WFU joins The Jed & Clinton Health Matters Campus Program

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144b1acefef7f2e2217ba591a4156b30Wake Forest University is among 56 colleges and universities that have joined The Jed & Clinton Health Matters Campus Program in support of wellbeing and mental health.

The program is designed to help schools prevent the two leading causes of death in young adults — accidents, including those caused by prescription drug overdoses or alcohol poisoning, and suicide.

The Campus Program, which launched in June 2014, is designed to help colleges and universities assess and enhance mental health, substance abuse and suicide prevention programming.

“We’re proud to be a part of The Jed & Clinton Health Matters Campus Program’s efforts to reduce risk while at the same time improving student emotional wellbeing,” said James Raper, interim director of the University Counseling Center. “Denisha Champion, one of our staff counselors, has been spearheading our efforts to become a Jed Foundation certified campus, which has required a thorough self assessment of our campus’s strengths and areas of growth.”

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A message about technology and its future at Wake Forest

A message from:
School of Business Vice Dean of Programs Gordon McCray
Former CIO, Information Systems and Professor of Physics Rick Matthews, and
Vice Provost and Dean of Z. Smith Reynolds Library Lynn Sutton

Dear Wake Forest Faculty, Staff and Students,

In May 2014, a committee of Wake Foresters representing various areas of the University completed a review of the technological landscape in higher education and began the important challenge of exploring what the future of collaborative work might look like in the next five years.

After site visits, interviews and research, the committee produced “Vision 2020: Charting A Course for Academic Computing at Wake Forest,” a white paper that envisions how technology changes already underway can support teaching and learning at Wake Forest.

From an environmental scan to recommendations regarding teaching and learning, the 27-page report offers informative and insightful details on IT-based technology and higher education. We would like to showcase several important points from the paper as people begin to delve more deeply into Vision 2020.

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Annual security and fire safety reports available

The following message is sent on behalf of the University Police Department.

Dear University Community,

The Annual Security and Fire Safety Reports are available on the Wake Forest University Police website at: http://police.wfu.edu/information/annual-crime-reports

These documents contain information regarding campus security and personal safety. They also contain information about crime and fire statistics for the previous three calendar years. Crime statistics are for occurrences on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Wake Forest; and on public property within or immediately adjacent to campus. Fire statistics are for on-campus residence halls. Information on drug or alcohol-abuse programs required by section 102(a) through (d) of HEA can be found at:

http://hr.wfu.edu/files/2011/10/WFU-Section-VI-4-Substance-Abuse-Prevention.pdf

If you are unable to access the website and/or you would like a printed copy, please contact police records at 336-758-4566.

Parking lot closure due to renovation of Reynolds Gym

A message from Facilities and Campus Services

Parking Lot Closure:
Beginning Monday, Sept. 29, Parking Lot L – 12 reserved faculty/staff spaces located on the north side of the parking lot (closest to Leighton Tennis Stadium) will be closed indefinitely during the renovation of Reynolds Gym.

Faculty/Staff Parking Options:
Parking Lot W1 has reserved Faculty/Staff spaces available on a regular basis, which are located on the south end of the parking lot.

Here is a link to the campus parking map for reference to these parking locations.

Contact Alex Crist, director of parking and transportation, at 336-758-2558 with questions.

Wake Forest campus parking lot closures Thursday – Saturday

A message from Facilities and Campus Services on parking lot closures 

Here is a link to the campus parking map for reference to parking locations noted below.

Thursday, Sept. 18

  • Parking Lot B will be closed all day.
  • Parking Lot A will be closed at 3 p.m. Vehicles that are already parked in Lot A prior to 3 p.m. will not need to be moved.

Friday, Sept. 19

  • Parking Lot B will be closed all day.
  • Parking Lot N will be closed at 3 p.m. Vehicles that are already parked in Lot N prior to 3 p.m. will not need to be moved.
  • Parking Lot A will be closed at 3 p.m. Vehicles that are already parked in Lot A prior to 3 p.m. will not need to be moved.

Saturday, Sept. 20

  • Lot N will be closed all day.

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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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