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Statement from President Hatch on Charlottesville

Today Wake Forest University President Nathan O. Hatch issued the following statement:

“There is no place for the bigotry, racism and violence we witnessed in Charlottesville. Wake Forest University extends our condolences to the families and friends grieving the senseless harm and loss of life, as well as all who are devastated by the expressions of hatred. This is a time to stand in support of our colleagues at the University of Virginia and underscore our own continuing commitment to a diverse and inclusive campus community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.”

Secrest Artists Series announces 2017-18 performances

This is a guest post from the Secrest Artists Series:

Branford Marsalis

The Secrest Artists Series at Wake Forest University has announced its performance calendar for the 2017-2018 season. Once again students, faculty, staff and retirees of Wake Forest University and Wake Forest School of Medicine will be able to see world-class performances on the Reynolda Campus for free by showing their WFU I.D.

This year, the series will present five performances that range from jazz master and saxophone player extraordinaire Branford Marsalis to a spellbinding Flamenco dance troupe. Those interested in vocal music will enjoy a concert by a cappella comedy group The Bobs, as well as, Schubert’s Winterreisse” performed by 2016 GRAMMY award-winning tenor Ian Bostridge.

Tickets for members of the community range from $5-$24 per event. A season ticket for all five Secrest Artists Series performances is also available for $95 for adults and $80 for seniors. Tickets are available at secrest.wfu.edu or by calling (336) 758-5757.

More information about performances, dates, venues and tickets is available at the Secrest Artists Series web site.

Mark your calendars now for these unforgettable events.

José Villalba appointed interim chief diversity officer

José Villalba

Wake Forest Provost Rogan Kersh announced Aug. 11 that he has appointed Professor José Villalba as interim chief diversity officer.

The appointment of Villalba follows Chief Diversity Officer Barbee Myers Oakes’ departure to take the same role at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas.

In a message emailed to students, faculty and staff, Kersh wrote that he was “pleased to announce” Villalba’s appointment.

“Dr. Villalba arrived at Wake Forest in 2011 as Associate Professor of Counseling; he has spent the past four years in the Office of the Dean of the College, most recently holding the title of Senior Associate Dean for Faculty, Evaluation, and Inclusivity,” Kersh wrote. “In this role, Dr. Villalba participated in student-facing initiatives, worked with faculty and staff development efforts related to diversity and inclusion, was instrumental in faculty recruitment for the undergraduate College, and proved a key partner for offices and departments across the university. Dr. Villalba will remain in the Dean of the College’s office in an advisory role.”

As interim chief diversity officer, Kersh wrote, “Dr. Villalba will continue to build on our strong foundation for enhancing inclusion and diversity at Wake Forest. His teaching and research expertise is highly relevant for this vital interim role, ranging across health disparities in Latina/o youth, multicultural counseling, and minority populations’ access to and completion of higher education.”

Kersh added that Villalba has expressed “great enthusiasm for joining the talented team in our Office of Diversity and Inclusion as they continue to engage with an increasingly diverse and inclusive Wake Forest community. He is also deeply committed to extend and strengthen partnerships with offices and individuals across the University in the service of seamless support systems for all members of our campus, especially those from historically marginalized groups.”

Villalba praised the achievements of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion team.

“The Leadership Team in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion has provided exemplary and necessary support, guidance, and understanding to the greater Wake Forest Community.  I look forward to serving with this talented and skilled group of colleagues as we strive to value and appreciate the contributions of our community of students and families, faculty, staff, administrators, and alums,” Villalba said.

He came to Wake Forest from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he was an associate professor.  His background also includes a faculty position at Indiana State University.

At the University of Florida, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology, Master of Education and Education Specialist degrees in school guidance and counseling, and a doctorate in counselor education.

21 faculty members to serve as fellows in residence halls

Twenty-one University faculty members will serve as faculty fellows in first-year residence halls in 2017-18.

The faculty fellows program increases faculty-student engagement by promoting informal, regular interactions between students and faculty in the residence halls for first-year students. The program fosters exceptional faculty-student engagement and helps to educate the whole person through enriching the intellectual, cultural, and social lives of the first-year students.

Faculty Fellows work closely with first-year residents throughout the academic year, creating programs, hosting dinners and interacting with students in their assigned residence halls.

2017-18 faculty fellows:

Angelou

Barbara Lentz, senior fellow (School of Law)
John Friedenberg (Theatre and Dance)
Jed Macosko (Physics)

Babcock

Erica Still, senior fellow (English)
Michael Lamb (University Scholar)
Al Claiborne (Chemistry)

Bostwick

John Llewellyn, senior fellow (Communication)
Teresa Sanhueza (Spanish and Italian)
Sam Beck (School of Business)

Collins

Melissa Jenkins, senior fellow (English)
Eric Carlson (Physics)
Molly Knight (German and Russian)

Johnson

Ananda Mitra, senior fellow (Communication)
Swati Basu (Physics)
Brian Calhoun (Counseling)

Luter

Mark Scholl, senior fellow (Counseling)
Darlene May (Spanish and Italian)
Bernadine Barnes (Art)

South

Ron Von Burg, senior fellow (Communication)
Alessandra Von Burg (Communication)
Paul Jones (Chemistry)

Heavy traffic expected near BB&T Field on Aug. 11 due to concert

Traffic is expected to be heavier than usual on Aug. 11 in the area of BB&T Field and other nearby Wake Forest facilities due to a concert to be held that night at the football stadium.  Wake Forest staff, faculty and others not attending the event may want to avoid driving in that area starting that afternoon, according to University staff working with the concert.

A concert featuring rock band Guns N’ Roses is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 11.  Parking lots are expected to begin filling with concertgoers in the afternoon.  Numerous parking areas are being used for the concert, including those at and near BB&T Field and LJVM Coliseum.

Tens of thousands of concertgoers are expected to attend.

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