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University appoints director of graduate programs in sustainability

USEPA Photo by Eric Vance. Public domain image

Stan Meiburg

Wake Forest has appointed alumnus and former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) official Stan Meiburg (’75) as director of graduate programs in sustainability.

Meiburg served as Acting Deputy Administrator for the EPA from 2014 to 2017, capping a 39-year career with the agency.

He is known for leading efforts to protect the nation’s air and water, clean up hazardous and toxic waste sites, build collaborative relationships with state and tribal environmental programs, and promote sound management in EPA.

At Wake Forest, he will lead the master of arts in sustainability program and associated dual degree and certificate programs.  He will work with the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the Center for Energy, Environment, and Sustainability (CEES). Meiburg will join Wake Forest on July 1.

Full announcement available here.

It’s time to nominate people for Champions of Change Award

This is a guest post from the Office of Sustainability:

Do you know an individual who has made an impact on campus sustainability during their time at Wake Forest? Nominate him or her for a 2017 Champions of Change Award.

This year’s winners will be recognized at the fourth annual Campus Sustainability Awards ceremony on March 22.

Staff, faculty, and students are all eligible for this awards program, and nominations can be made in the following categories: resource conservation, academics and engagement, service and social action, leadership, and bright ideas. Nominate yourself or someone else as a Champion of Change for campus sustainability by Friday, March 3, 2017.

The Champions of Change will be recognized at a ceremony on March 22 in the Reynolda Hall Green Room at 4 p.m. We look forward to celebrating the work of sustainable change agents across campus. For more information, visit the Office of Sustainability website.

Panel discussion planned Feb. 3 on refugee, immigration policy

A moderated panel discussion on “The New Administration’s Refugee and Immigration Policy” will be held at Benson University Center’s Pugh Auditorium on Feb. 3 at 3 p.m.  Three Wake Forest faculty members and a Winston-Salem attorney will participate.

Panelists will be Hana Brown, associate professor of sociology; Hank Kennedy, professor of politics and international affairs; Margaret Taylor, professor of law; and Winston-Salem immigration attorney Helen Parsonage.  The moderator will be Phoebe Zerwick, associate professor of the practice in the Department of English.

The event is sponsored by the programs in Middle East and South Asia Studies and American Ethnic Studies.

New program offers opportunities for faculty in China

This is a guest post from the Center for Global Programs and Studies:

During the winter break Jon Smart, assistant teaching professor in Wake Forest’s Writing Program, traveled to Qingdao, China, to teach an academic writing course to eleven Chinese high school students who plan to study in the United States upon graduation.


Jon Smart teaching in China

The course was the result of a yearlong effort in the Center for Global Programs and Studies to provide Wake Forest faculty additional opportunities for meaningful cross-cultural interaction with international students in their home culture. Benefits of cross-cultural interaction include:

  • Greater ability to interpret events from multiple perspectives
  • Greater ability to communicate across difference to formulate solutions to complex problems
  • Increased self-awareness and understanding of how one interacts with others

For Smart, whose work focuses second language writing, the opportunity to visit Qingdao was a chance to become more familiar with the learning contexts and experiences of Chinese high school students.  It gave him a chance to interact with students, their instructors, and their parents, and he hopes to apply what he learned from teaching the course to his approaches to teaching at Wake. Continue reading »

Police Department’s open house to be held Feb. 1

From 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 1, the University Police Department will host an open house at Alumni Hall, where it recently moved its administrative offices from the H.S. Moore Building.

The police department is inviting students, faculty and staff to Alumni Hall to help the department celebrate having its first new home since the 1980s.

Visitors, including off-campus community partners, will be taken on guided tours following brief opening remarks by speakers and a ribbon cutting formally opening the department’s new offices.  Light refreshments will be served.

Speakers include President Nathan O. Hatch and Vice President for Campus Life Penny Rue.

University Police Department offers Citizens Police Academy

The University Police Department in February will begin offering to the University community the Citizens Police Academy, which consists of a nine-part series of weekly presentations on a wide variety of topics.  The learning opportunity is open to students, faculty, staff, alumni and retirees.

Registration is available through the Professional Development Center.  The first session will be held Feb. 15.

Each session will be held at the University Police Department in Alumni Hall, Room 104. Several members of the department will participate in the academy.

Police Sgt. Lesia Finney said the “overall goal of the academy is to improve police and community interaction.”

Those who attend the sessions will gain insight into police department’s daily functions and responsibilities.

Topics to be presented include: executive staff responsibilities, records and technology, administration/financial/budget, rape aggression defense, community-oriented policing, events/security/detectives division, communications 911 center/emergency manager, patrol division/evidence/property management and victim advocacy, graduation ceremony.

People who attend five sessions will receive a graduation certificate.

Contact information:

  • Robin McNeill:
  • Lesia Finney:

A message from President Hatch to the Wake Forest community

This message was emailed by President Hatch to students, faculty and staff on Jan. 30:

Dear Wake Forest students, faculty and staff,

On Friday, President Trump signed an executive order suspending entry of all refugees to the United States for 120 days and barring entry for 90 days for citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. While we are unaware of any Wake Forester detained as a result of the travel ban, we are reaching out to students potentially affected, and we know that faculty and students from other colleges and universities have been affected. We continue to closely monitor developments, and to communicate internally and externally our foundational concern to maintain a safe learning environment for all our students.

I deeply empathize with all of you concerned for your personal safety and the security of your family. I reaffirm my commitment to do everything within my power as the president of Wake Forest University to support every member of our community in their pursuit of an education.

We now have an opportunity to reaffirm our values. Wake Forest stands for the respect and dignity of all people, for the diversity that enriches a community of learning and for the spirit of inclusion that makes a community feel like home. Wake Forest stands for creating opportunity for the betterment of ourselves and our neighbors. Wake Forest stands for Pro Humanitate – in every sense of the word.

All students, faculty and staff are urged to monitor the changing situation to make informed decisions about travel, particularly travel outside of the United States. Wake Forest has a number of resources for students, faculty and staff to help navigate the turbulent times. Many of these resources have been collected on the Community in Progress website.

We will continue to work with individuals, student groups and advocacy groups representing the full political and social spectrum. You can expect additional guidance from Wake Forest administrators on how we will help our community navigate the uncertainty surrounding changes to immigration law. I am confident that we can uphold Wake Forest’s most time-honored values through civil discourse and a true willingness to learn from one another.


Nathan O. Hatch

Comings and goings for December 2016

See a list of employees joining and leaving the University in December 2016: Continue reading »

Black History Month events begin Feb. 1; new website offers details

bhmstickerWake Forest’s Intercultural Center and the Black History Month Committee have announced a month of Black History Month events and activities on the center’s website.

Kicking off the month will be a Feb. 1 event in The Pit featuring student performers, notable University black alumni displays and cuisine from the African Diaspora.  The event will start at 6 p.m.

The month’s keynote event will feature the national co-chairs of the recent Women’s March in Washington, D.C.  The event will take place at 7 p.m. Feb. 16 in Wait Chapel.  Participating in a moderated discussion will be Tamika Mallory, Linda Sarsour and Carmen Perez.

Other events and activities planned for February include a Black Professionals Forum; an opportunity to have a conversation with Dr. Greg Ellison, author of “Cut Dead But Still Alive: Caring for African American Young Men,” a book; an address by Payton Head, who was the student government president at the University of Missouri during the 2015 campus protests; a dedication ceremony at Maya Angelou Residence Hall; and much more.

For details, visit

Faculty, staff invited to nominate candidates for student trustee

The Wake Forest Student Life Committee (SLC) is inviting faculty, staff and students to nominate candidates for the position of student trustee on the Wake Forest Board of Trustees. Nominations must be received by 5 p.m. Feb. 8.

The student trustee position is open to rising, full-time junior and senior students at Wake Forest.

Nomination forms are available at

Candidates for the student trustee position on the 2017-18 board of trustees will be informed of their nomination and asked to consider submitting an application.  The applications must be completed and submitted by 5 p.m. Feb. 10. Application are available at

Annually, the Student Life Committee screens applicants and selects finalists for consideration by the trustees.  The new student trustee will be named in April and will begin serving on the board during summer 2017.