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Wake Forest delivers hurricane relief supplies to eastern NC

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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.

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

Staff recognized for milestones, Employees of the Year announced

This is a guest post from Human Resources:

Members of the campus community honored service milestones of more than 250 Wake Forest staff members who were celebrating approximately 2,800 combined years of service. These individuals were recognized at the 16th annual Staff Rewards & Recognition on Tuesday, October 11 at Bridger Field House. Later in the day, a campus-wide reception was open to all faculty and staff in the Green Room of Reynolda Hall.

Staff members celebrating 30 or more years of service included:

  • 30 years: Cathy Chinlund (Advancement), Sherman Hart (Reynolda House), Gale Newport (Benson University Center), Beth Tedford (Z. Smith Reynolds Library)
  • 35 years: Janet Cromer (School of Law), Cindy Davis (Biology), Mike Ford (Campus Life), Dallas Nifong (Facilities & Campus Services)
  • 40 years: Michael Bottoms (University Police), Carrnell Covington (Facilities & Campus Services), Ann Knox (Parking & Transportation)
Wake Forest President Nathan O. Hatch presents staff member Betsy Chapman with the Employee of the Year plaque on Tuesday, October 11, 2016.

President Hatch presents staff member Betsy Chapman with the Employee of the Year plaque

Betsy Chapman, Director of Parent Giving, and Patty Kennedy, Administrative Assistant in the Department of Health and Exercise Science, were also recognized as Employees of the Year. They were nominated by faculty and staff for their contributions in the areas of innovation, integrity, accountability, inclusion, and Pro Humanitate.

Chapman was honored for mentoring students and helping parents feel part of the Wake Forest experience. The Daily Deac blog she authors was cited throughout her award nomination as a highly effective way to connect parents with the campus community. As the nomination reads, “Betsy is a valuable asset to Wake Forest, and her professionalism and genuine love for the university and its students should be commended!”

Wake Forest President Nathan O. Hatch presents staff member Patty Kennedy with the Employee of the Year plaque on Tuesday, October 11, 2016.

President Hatch presents staff member Patty Kennedy with the Employee of the Year plaque

Kennedy was recognized for embracing new ideas and serving as a positive role model for new staff members. The award nomination states, “Patty is always thinking of creative ways to deal with problems, with the goal of making positive changes for everyone. She is well aware of the need to serve both the department and the community.” Kennedy has demonstrated this community service through her work with the United Way and Arts Council.

Campus Climate Team announces new measures strengthening campus community

On behalf of the Campus Climate Implementation Team, this message was emailed to students, faculty and staff on Oct. 13:

Dear Wake Forest Community,

It is with great enthusiasm that the Campus Climate Implementation Team reports several community improvements.  Commissioned by Provost Rogan Kersh in the fall of 2015, the team is responsible for coordinating action items that resulted from the advocacy of student leaders and a series of campus dialogues to foster a more inclusive campus environment.

The team’s efforts, in partnership with campus departments across the university, have produced some promising outcomes including:

  • Scholarships from the Wake Will campaign totaling more than $55 million that will help reduce indebtedness of students receiving financial aid and support LGBTQ students;
  • Enhanced intercultural education offerings, including a faculty summer institute and first-year experience with sessions focused on diversity and inclusion, and a pilot first-year course with a major component on how to live in community;
  • Expanded and renovated spaces for students, including lounges and our Intercultural, Women’s, and LGBTQ Centers;
  • Innovative and ongoing training on unconscious bias and diversity for law enforcement on campus;
  • A comprehensive assessment plan is being developed to ensure accountability for advancing diversity and inclusion across the university

These are only a few of the changes that have happened as a result of the engagement and collective efforts of leaders in our community.  Members of the community are invited to ask questions and learn more over a meal with team members at one of the community meetings sponsored by the Campus Climate Implementation team. Registration is available under the Events tab at community.wfu.edu, in addition to a full list of campus improvements on the site.

Thank you for your support and commitment.

In partnership,

Dr. Barbee Oakes, Chief Diversity Officer
Dr. Lynn Sutton, Vice Provost

Co-Chairs of Campus Climate Implementation Team

House bill 2 public forum to be held Oct. 15 in Tribble Hall

A public forum on North Carolina House Bill 2 will be held Oct. 15 from 1:45-3:15 p.m. in Tribble Hall’s DeTamble Auditorium.

It is free and open to the University community and public.

“North Carolina House Bill 2: Privacy or Discrimination?” is an event of the AMINTAPHIL Conference on Privacy at Wake Forest.  AMINTAPHIL is the American Section of the International Association of Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy.

Panelists will include:

  • Kristina Gupta, Wake Forest assistant professor of women, gender and sexuality studies
  • Win-chiat Lee, Wake Forest professor of philosophy
  • Harold Lloyd, associate professor of law
  • Leslie Francis, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Law at the University of Utah

The forum is co-sponsored by the philosophy department; the women, gender and sexuality studies department; and the law school.

 

Faculty publications: September 2016 updates

Chapman, Gary, & Shannon Warden. (Counseling). Things I Wish I’d Known Before We Became Parents. Northfield Publishing. September 2016.

Pinder, Jonathan P. (Business). Introduction to Business Analytics Using Simulation. Academic Press. September 2016.

Voss Roberts, Michelle, Ed. (Divinity). Comparing Faithfully: Insights for Systematic Theological Reflection. Fordham University Press. September 2016.