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Repaving at Reynolda House Museum

Starting Sunday, June 18, the driveway and parking lots surrounding Reynolda House Museum of American Art will be repaved, restriped and enhanced for improved vehicular, pedestrian and bicycle traffic.

The project is expected to be complete by June 23. The museum will remain open with regular hours during this work.

Visitors on foot, bicycle, or in vehicles should use caution accessing the main driveway off of Reynolda Road during this time. At times, the main entrance to Reynolda House will be used as entrance and exit; on other days the exit near Reynolda Village will be used for exit and entrance. Access to the Perimeter Trail may be blocked near the main entrance at times. Work crews and officers from the Winston-Salem Police Department will direct traffic around the paving.

The work is one of the final projects the museum is completing in preparation for Reynolda’s centennial year, which kicks off this summer. The museum is also painting the entire exterior of the 1917 house and 2005 Babcock Wing, a project expected to be complete by late July.

Updates on the work will be posted on the museum’s social media, including the Reynolda House Facebook page and Twitter @CurateReynolda.

Griffin Bennetti

Dear Wake Forest Students, Faculty and Staff,

I am saddened to inform you that Griffin Bennetti, a junior from Moorpark, California, died unexpectedly on Saturday, June 10, at his home in California. Griffin was a physics major and a history minor.

We extend our condolences to Rich and Maureen Bennetti (his parents), family, and fellow students, as well as faculty and staff who knew him. His passing is a loss for the entire Wake Forest community. May Griffin’s family and friends find comfort and support as they grieve his loss and remember his life.

The funeral service is scheduled for Saturday, June 24, at 11 a.m. at The Village Church, 24802 Alderbrook Drive, Santa Clarita, California. A campus memorial service is expected to be held in the fall.

Each of us is affected by loss in different ways, and there is no right way to grieve. I encourage you to take care of yourselves and your fellow Deacs during this difficult time.

Wake Forest offers support and counseling services for all students, faculty and staff. The University Counseling Center may be reached at 336-758-5273 and the Office of the Chaplain may be contacted at 336-758-5210. For faculty and staff, there is also the Employee Assistance Program at 336-716-5493. Please do not hesitate to seek support. The resources above are available for the entire WFU community, including current and recently graduated students, and those who are not currently in Winston-Salem. If you are in need, please call for assistance in providing support in your local area.


Nathan O. Hatch

Wake Forest updates homepage

The new University homepage has been updated to feature more in-depth stories designed to capture the Wake Forest experience. The stories will be updated throughout the year. While the user-experience has been revised, most of the information from the previous iteration will be remain intact.

View the new site here.

Decaying Willow Oak removed from Lot P

This is a guest post from the Office of Sustainability and Landscape Services:

On June 8, Wake Forest’s Landscape Services team began removing a Willow Oak in Parking Lot P, across from Farrell Hall. According to University Arborist Jim Mussetter, this Willow Oak has extensive root decay and has been in decline for many years. Previous efforts to aid the survival of the Willow Oak resulted in a 50 percent reduction of the tree’s canopy.

A new tree will not be replanted at this site. Instead, Landscape Services is considering a redesign to better accommodate foot traffic between Farrell Hall, Lot P, and Hearn Plaza.

A second declining Willow Oak in Lot P will also be removed in the month of June. Another Willow Oak will be planted in its place.

For up-to-date news on campus tree removals, interested individuals can view a list of all tree removals and justifications on the Office of Sustainability’s website.

Check WeatherStem for forecasts about showers and storms

As spring advances closer to summer, it is the time of year when weather forecasters tell us to be prepared for showers, thunderstorms and, occasionally, storms that threaten to cause significant damage.

If you are wondering what kind of weather to expect, you can get your answer in detail thanks to WeatherSTEM stations on top of the Miller Center and the scoreboard at BB&T Field.

The WeatherSTEM stations use a combination of weather instruments and sensors to take environmental measurements and offer frequently updated details on temperature, humidity, the heat index, barometric pressure and more.

Each station includes a sky camera, with one directed toward Kentner Stadium, Farrell Hall and Wait Chapel, while the other camera is directed across BB&T Field.

The stations also offer information through Facebook and Twitter accounts, which are updated through automation.  On Facebook, the accounts are identified as Wake Forest Weatherstem and Wake Forest Football Weatherstem.  On Twitter, the stations can be followed @WakeForestWxSTEM and @WFUFootballWxSTEM.

WeatherSTEM also offers apps for ios and Android.

Wake Alert update: tornado warning removed for Forsyth County

This Wake Alert update was posted on the Wake Alert page shortly after 6 p.m. on May 24:

The tornado warning for Forsyth County has been changed to a watch until midnight.  Watch local news for future updates.

Wake Alert announcement: Hazardous Weather Update

This message was emailed to students, faculty and staff on May 24 by Communications and External Relations:

Wake Alert. Tornado warning issued. A tornado has touched down in East Bend, N.C. northwest of Winston-Salem. The tornado is moving northeast at 25 MPH. Monitor local weather reports on radio or TV for further information and Wake Alert web site for potential updates.

Stay alert to weather reports due to hazardous weather Wednesday

This message was emailed to students, faculty and staff on the afternoon of May 24 by Communications and External Relations:

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to stay alert to weather conditions today due to unstable weather conditions and reports of tornado warnings and watches in this area.  Tornado warnings for Forsyth County and other counties were issued late this afternoon.

Weather information is readily available on TV stations, various news media web sites and elsewhere.

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

Deacons chasing spring championships

Wake Forest tennis doubles teamThis weekend promises to be full of excitement as Wake Forest’s spring sports continue the quest for ACC and national championships.

The Demon Deacon baseball team hosts Pittsburgh at David F. Couch Ballpark tonight at 6 p.m. and Saturday at noon.

Thursday night’s 7-4 win improved the Deacons’ ACC record to 18-10, setting a record for the most conference wins in a season. In addition, senior right-hander Parker Dunshee broke the school record with his 313th career strikeout. At 37-16, Wake Forest has assured itself of a top-four seed in next week’s ACC Tournament and could secure the No. 3 seed with one more victory over Pittsburgh.

Thursday, the men’s tennis team continued its quest for a national championship by shutting out 17-time national champion Stanford 4-0 in Athens, Ga.  at the NCAA Tennis Championships. The Deacons, the No. 1 seed, have reached the Elite Eight in men’s tennis for the first time in school history and will face ACC foe North Carolina on Saturday at 4 p.m. for the right to advance to the Final Four. The Deacs beat the Tar Heels in March in a regular-season match.

Jennifer Kupcho, a sophomore, won the NCAA Athens Regional women’s golf individual title and has started play in the NCAA Women’s Golf Championship today at Rich Harvest Farms outside of Chicago. 

Next week, Will Zalatoris will represent Wake Forest in the NCAA Men’s Golf Championship, also at Rich Harvest Farms. Zalatoris has three career individual wins and earned ACC Player of the Year honors this spring. 

Links to follow all Wake Forest teams in championship action can be found on

Go Deacs!

May 2017 staff milestones

See a list of staff milestones for May 2017:

1 Year

Victoria Bailey; Asst Director, Call Center; Advancement: Wake Forest Fund
Ryan Patrick Bauder; Director of Operations; Athletics: Basketball – Women
Neel Parker Brooks; Assistant Director; WFUSB – MS Analytics
Christopher Thomas Coulter; Recruiting Asst – Fellowship; Athletics: Football
Peter G Duncan; President; Verger
Kyle Jay Huffman; Carpenter; FACS: Construction
Brandon Xavier Kennedy; Laundry Attendant; Graylyn: Rooms
Peter James Nowak; Dir, Creative Comm – Digital; Advancement: Digital Communications
Linda A. Shaytar; Administrative Coordinator; Advancement: University Development
Melissa D. Walker; Medical Office Manager; Student Health Service

5 Years

Forrest Earl Allred; Head Horticulturist; Reynolda Gardens
Christopher Edward Boston; Groundskeeper; FACS: Landscaping Services
Shan Bernard Brodie; Custodian; FACS: Custodial Services
Randy Scott Casstevens; Sr. Associate AD-CFO; Athletics: Administration
Barbara Dean Cochran; Transportation Assistant; Graylyn: Guest Services
James Leon Farrow; Night Audit Clerk; Graylyn: Rooms
Trina Nicole Brown Forrest; Custodian; FACS: Custodial Services
Jennifer Lane Hoover; Head Coach; Athletics: Basketball – Women
Ernold Johnson; Custodian; FACS: Custodial Services
Sam Tony Jordan; Custodian; Reynolda Village
Sandra Marie Kokkonos; Executive Assistant; Provost’s Office
Willie E Lennon; Custodian, Team Lead; FACS: Custodial Services
Brenda Esi McGrail; Executive Assistant; Vice President for Campus Life
Noel Walter Melton; Network Analyst, Senior; IS: Infrastructure
Michael Douglas Terry; Assistant Coach; Athletics: Basketball – Women

10 Years

10; Susan West Parrott; Certification Administrator; Registrar’s Office
10; Joy Truluck Scheidt; Asst Director, Law Development; Advancement: Law School Development

15 Years

15; Travis G. Asbury; Groundskeeper; FACS: Landscaping Services
15; Jenny Elizabeth Bush; Property Administrator; Real Estate

20 Years

20; Sharon Bohannon Melnik; Assistant Director; Conference Services
25; Prentice E. Armstrong; Accountant; Library – ZSR