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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.

WakeUnited: Tang supports engaging the community for change

This is the third of a series of pieces written about Wake Forest community members who are committed to WakeUnited, the United Way campaign at Wake Forest.

Wake Forest faculty and staff headshots, Tuesday, October 4, 2016. Anthony Tang.

As alumni coordinator at Wake Forest, Anthony M. Tang is responsible for the execution of Pro Humanitate initiatives across the country. His involvement in WakeUnited is a natural extension of that desire to help others.

“The United Way focuses on how we can be a part of positive changes in our community and the ways in which we can provide a positive influence for the people of Winston-Salem,” Tang explains.

Since graduating in 2011 with a bachelor of arts in communication, Tang has continued to be involved in the University community. In 2014 he joined the Office of Alumni Engagement, and that same year, he created the Wake Forest Athletic Band Fund to help pay for the band to travel to sporting events.

Tang chose to invest his time in United Way because of its outward focus. “A truly inclusive society begins in our local communities, and the work the United Way is invested in seeks to bring different, unique and dynamic people together to make a positive difference in Winston-Salem.”

Tang sees the partnership between Wake Forest University and United Way as an opportunity to be a catalyst for positive change in the Winston-Salem community. “At Wake Forest, we are focused on making better people. Our desire is to see everyone grow academically, professionally and personally,” Tang says. “These same traits can be applied to the United Way.”

He adds, “This is our opportunity to show Winston-Salem how truly invested we are in the city in which our university is located.”

 The 2016 WakeUnited campaign encourages faculty and staff to pledge support for United Way and its critical mission in the community. A personalized pledge link has been sent to your email, or you can make your pledge at


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.

Comings and Goings for September 2016

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October 2016 faculty and staff milestones

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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.

Proposals funded: Lachgar, Mihalko, Silman, Williams

Congratulations to Abdessadek Lachgar, professor of chemistry, whose proposal entitled “Empowering Pakistani Women through Scientific Research, Technology Development, and Entrepreneurship: Waste-to-Energy Technology Development” has been funded by the USAID and by [subaward/subcontract from] National Academy of Sciences (WFU funding agency).


Congratulations to Shannon Mihalko, associate professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Understanding and Predicting Fatigue, CV Decline and Events After Breast Cancer Treatment” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and by [subaward/subcontract from] Wake Forest University Health Sciences (WFU funding agency).


Congratulations to Miles Silman, professor of biology, whose proposal entitled “FESD Type 1: The Dynamics of Mountains, Landscape, and Climate in the Distribution and Generation of Biodiversity in the Amazon/Andean Forest” has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and by [subaward/subcontract from] Duke University (WFU funding agency).


Congratulations to Richard T. Williams, professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Collaborative Research: ARI-MA: Realizing High Performance Inorganic Scintillators at Low Cost” has been funded by the US Department of Homeland Security.