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Human Resources announces new long term care benefit

This is a guest post from Human Resources:

Wake Forest is offering a new Genworth long term care benefit for services you or your family receive at home, in the community, or in a nursing facility. Active full-time benefits-eligible faculty and staff may enroll today through November 18, 2016, and will receive more information at their home address. Additionally, Genworth representatives will host information sessions across campus, October 31 – November 2.

When you click to enroll, you will need to enter the following:

  • Group ID: wake
  • Access Code: groupltc

The benefit will be effective January 1, 2017, and will not affect the University’s current coverage or premiums.

WISE 2017: Registration now open

This is a guest post from the WISE Conference:

Nine years ago a small cohort of Wake Forest faculty participated in a small workshop designed for developing intercultural skills and awareness. The Workshop on Intercultural Skills Enhancement, now known as the WISE Conference, has grown into a comprehensive forum hosting more than 270 domestic and international participants. The upcoming event — scheduled for February 8-10, 2017 at the Downtown Winston-Salem Marriott — will feature pre-conference workshops and sessions relevant in preparing educators to help students embrace their study abroad experiences on a deeper level – whether that be outside the U.S. or on the Wake Forest campus.

The main WISE Conference (February 9-10) will feature a plenary and more than 30 sessions covering a wide range of subjects applicable to out-bound and in-bound study abroad. Wake Forest University faculty and staff can attend at no charge, however registration is required.

Pre-Conference workshops are offered on February 8 and require a registration fee. Workshops are facilitated by well-known intercultural faculty/trainers: Steve Folmar, Wake Forest associate professor of anthropology; Tara Harvey; Mick Vande Berg; Adriana Medina-López-Portillo. These seasoned professionals will guide day-long or half-day workshops of a highly experiential nature, providing participants with in-depth perspectives on various intercultural topics.

Visit the Center for Global Programs & Studies’ website for registration and session details at

Hillary Clinton, First Lady Michelle Obama to speak on campus

This message was emailed to students, faculty and staff on Oct. 22:

Hillary Clinton, Democratic presidential candidate, and First Lady Michelle Obama will speak at a campaign rally on Hearn Plaza on Thursday, October 27, at 2 p.m.

The Clinton campaign approached University officials this week to request permission to hold a rally on campus.  In accordance with University policies and practices, we agreed to the use of campus for campaign purposes. We believe this provides students an excellent opportunity to witness democracy in action.

The Reynolda Campus has a long history of hosting U.S. Presidents and presidential candidates, starting with President Harry S. Truman’s participation in Wake Forest’s groundbreaking ceremony in 1951. Notably, Wait Chapel has been home to two presidential debates in 1988 and 2000.

The event is open to the public. The Clinton campaign, which has organized the event, has indicated those who wish to attend may RSVP.

Clinton and the first lady will speak in front of Reynolda Hall on the lawn. A high level of security will be present on Hearn Plaza and in nearby areas. All those attending the program should expect a level of security that is typical for appearances by presidential candidates.

All campus roads and entrances will remain open to vehicles with a Wake Forest parking pass, but some parking areas near Hearn Plaza will be closed Thursday.

We are working with representatives from the Clinton campaign regarding the details of the visit.  An additional email will be distributed to faculty, staff and students providing more information.

Statement from Wake Forest University:  As an educational institution, Wake Forest is committed to promoting the free exchange of ideas, which includes providing a forum for speakers who express a wide variety of political views.  The University’s tax-exempt status, however, requires that it not engage in any political campaign activity, which means the University is prohibited from endorsing or opposing any candidate for public office. Wake Forest takes its obligation in this regard very seriously.  This event does not represent an endorsement by Wake Forest of any candidate for public office.

Office of Communications and External Relations

Crime Alert: Student and companion report abduction, robbery

This announcement was emailed to students, faculty and staff on Oct. 22:

The Wake Forest University Police Department and the Winston-Salem Police Department are investigating the brief abduction and the robbery of a male Wake Forest law student and a female friend that occurred at 8:20 p.m. tonight, Oct. 22, at a Polo Road residence owned by the University.  The man and woman were not injured, were promptly freed by the robber and reported the incident to police at 8:51 p.m.

The victims told police that they had arrived at the Polo Road residence, located close to campus, when a man armed with a pistol got into the car and demanded he be taken to an ATM machine.  They drove the man to a Coliseum Drive ATM machine where both victims obtained money and gave it to the man.

He then had them take him to the intersection of 25th and Thurmond streets, where he got out of the car.

The victims then contacted the Winston-Salem Police Department.

Authorities ask that anyone with information regarding these incidents contact the Wake Forest Police Department at336-758-5911 or the Winston-Salem Police Department at 336-773-7700 or CrimeStoppers at 336-727-2800.

The University and Winston-Salem police are patrolling the area closely and looking for the suspect.

Wake Forest has an onCall late-night van service available for students, faculty and staff who prefer catching a ride with the van instead of walking on and near campus.

Wake Forest’s Parking and Transportation, which runs the University’s shuttle service, offers the onCall service nightly from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. during fall and spring semesters. It is intended entirely for students, faculty and staff. There is no charge to ride.

To get a ride, call 336-283-1091.

Service areas include the Reynolda Campus, the University Corporate Center freshman parking lot, sophomore parking area (Lot Z2), Deacon Station and surrounding campus neighborhoods located on or near Polo Road, Brookwood Drive, Howell Street, University Parkway and Long Drive.

For more information about the onCall service and other transportation options, visit

Wake Forest Office of Communications and External Relations

President to present State of the University Address Nov. 10

President Nathan Hatch will deliver his annual State of the University Address, at the invitation of the Faculty Senate and Senate President James Cotter, on Thursday, Nov. 10 at 3 p.m. in Brendle Recital Hall.

The Senate invites all faculty, staff and students to attend as President Hatch reflects on the past decade, speaks about Wake Forest today, and anticipates opportunities and challenges ahead.

A reception will immediate follow in the lobby of Brendle Recital Hall, to which all are invited.

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Wake Forest delivers hurricane relief supplies to eastern NC


Laura Harrell (left) of the Office of Alumni Engagement greets community members delivering donations for disaster relief.

On Oct. 17, Wake Forest’s Office of Alumni Engagement delivered disaster relief items to a Red Cross shelter in Tarboro for distribution to North Carolinians still suffering from the devastation of Hurricane Matthew.

The office began collecting a wide variety of items on Oct. 14 and 15.  Donations were so generous that two University vehicles–the Streakin’ Deacon and a panel delivery truck–were needed to haul them to Tarboro.  The Streakin’ Deacon is a 42-foot Wake Forest-branded recreation vehicle that will travel the state of North Carolina during the course of the next year.  Operated by the Office of Alumni Engagement, it serves as a meeting place for Wake Forest alumni and friends, as well as a vehicle for Pro Humanitate efforts such as the Hurricane Matthew one.

“The Wake Forest family has been called to serve in the spirit of Pro Humanitate and, as an institution, we support all the communities we touch,” said Mary Tribble (’82), senior advisor for engagement strategies in the Office of Alumni Engagement.  “In light of the devastation of Hurricane Matthew to the eastern part of the state, we’re tapping into the power of our Wake Forest family to gather resources to help.”

Donated materials delivered included bottled water, bedding, baby formula, diapers and clothing.

Crime alert update: third incident of student struck by men

This is an update to a crime alert distributed by email to students, faculty and staff early today, Oct. 15, regarding two students being punched in the head or face by unidentified men in separate incidents near the Polo Road entrance to campus.

Police are now investigating a third incident in which a Wake Forest male student was punched by unidentified men in the same area near campus at approximately the same time.

No serious injuries were reported in any of the three incidents early today.  All incidents were a short distance off campus.  The Winston-Salem Police Department is investigating, with assistance from the University Police Department.

Police officers are increasing patrols in the Long Drive/University Parkway/Polo Road area, in addition to other nearby campus areas.

The investigation expanded today when a Wake Forest student contacted University Police after reading the crime alert distributed earlier today.  He told police that he and a Wake Forest female student were walking on Long Drive at approximately 12:50 a.m. today, toward the Polo Road entrance to campus, when they came across three unidentified men.  One of the unidentified men struck the male student in the face and the men continued walking away.

The struck student and his companion returned to campus, but did not report the incident until late this morning.  The student did not request any medical assistance.

Early this morning, a crime alert announced that in two separate incidents, male students had been struck in the face or head by an unidentified group of three men.

The first incident occurred at 12:30 a.m. when a male student, accompanied by another male student, was punched in the face at the intersection of Polo Road and Long Drive, directly across from the Polo Road campus entrance.  He was checked by student emergency technicians.

The second incident occurred at 12:45 a.m. when a male student, accompanied by a female friend (non-Wake Forest student), was punched in the head.  The student did not request medical attention.

Authorities ask that anyone with information regarding these incidents contact the Winston-Salem Police Department at 336-773-7700 or CrimeStoppers at 336-727-2800.

Wake Forest Office of Communications and External Relations

Crime alert: two students punched near campus

This message was emailed to students, faculty and staff on Oct. 15 by Communications and External Relations:

Two male students, in separate incidents, reported early Saturday morning (Oct. 15) being punched in the face or head by unidentified men near the Polo Road entrance to campus.

No serious injuries were reported.  Both incidents were off campus.  The Winston-Salem Police Department is investigating, with assistance from the University Police Department.

In the first incident, which occurred around 12:30 a.m. Saturday at the Polo Road/Long Drive intersection, an unidentified man punched a male student in the face.  The student, accompanied by another male student, had been preparing to cross Polo Road and walk onto campus when three unidentified men walked up to them on Polo Road.  One of the three unidentified men used his fist to strike the student in the face.  Afterward, the students walked onto campus and later told University Police.

In the second incident, which occurred around 12:45 a.m., a male student accompanied by a female friend (non-Wake Forest student) was punched in the back of the head by one of three unidentified men they came across on Long Drive, near University Drive.  The student and his friend walked onto campus and told University Police.

The two incidents occurred about one block apart.

The student in the first incident was checked by a student emergency technician.  The second student who was struck declined any medical attention.

The Winston-Salem and University police departments increased their patrols of the area after the reported assaults, while looking for the suspects. At the time of this campus message, no suspects had been located and identified.

Authorities ask that anyone with information regarding these incidents contact the Winston-Salem Police Department at 336-773-7700 or CrimeStoppers at 336-727-2800.

Wake Forest Office of Communications and External Relations