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Winter concerts: ‘Across the Blue Ridge: Old Sounds, New Trails’

blue.ridge.pkwy.winter.300x17588.5 WFDD, the public radio station licensed to Wake Forest University, and the Blue Ridge Music Center, operated by The National Park Service and in partnership with the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, are presenting a winter concert tour, Across the Blue Ridge: Old Sounds, New Trails. The concert series is funded in part by a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.

The tour will include four music concerts in cities around the Piedmont and High Country (Mount Airy, West Jefferson, Greensboro, and Winston-Salem), each of which will be emceed by radio host Paul Brown and will include a variety of mountain music styles such as Old-Time Bluegrass, Country Blues, Americana, and Folk. Paul Brown & His Piedmont Pals (Terri McMurray and Craig Smith) will perform at all four of the shows in addition to musical guests.

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Wake Forest hires August Vernon as Emergency Manager

vernon.300x175August Vernon has been named Wake Forest’s inaugural, full-time emergency manager. He begins his new role today, Jan. 5.

Vernon was most recently the operations officer at the Forsyth County Office of Emergency Management. He brings more than 24 years of varied public safety service experience to the University, including 15 years of experience integrating emergency services, crisis management, operations and training at the local, regional, state and federal levels.

At Wake Forest, he will lead the crisis management team and oversee emergency planning, coordinating responses, and training of staff, faculty, students and community partners on emergency management response and programs.

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Construction underway on Worrell Hall

worrell.300x175Temporary fencing is in place on Carroll Weathers Drive near Worrell Hall as construction begins on a three-story addition — soon to be the new home for Wake Forest’s Department of Health and Exercise Science (HES).

The construction, which started on the west side of Worrell Hall in December with underground utility work, will continue through Jan. 2016. During this time, the Wake Forest community can expect:
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Computing network maintenance scheduled for Jan. 3

On Saturday, Jan. 3, between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m, Information Systems will perform maintenance on the computing network. Between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m., the wireless network will be unavailable. Between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., there will be sporadic wired and wireless network outages. The sporadic outages may last up to three seconds. You may have to reconnect to wireless should you experience a brief outage.

Information Systems apologizes for any inconvenience that this outage may cause. If you have questions regarding the outage, please contact us at or 336-758-HELP (4357).

WFU launches online interactive map

300x175.2.campusmapWake Forest has launched a new online interactive map in order to bring the University’s campus to life for those wanting to explore it virtually.

The new map (available at is built on top of Google Maps and includes 3D models, 2D graphic overlays, photos and is mobile friendly. It covers the Reynolda Campus, including facilities along Reynolds Boulevard, as well as Reynolda House, Reynolda Gardens and Graylyn. The University’s digital communication team in Communications and External Relations (CER) teamed with concept3D and their Campus Bird platform for the project.

The map will be enhanced during spring of 2015 with videos, audio, 360-degree photos and virtual tours. The University now can edit the map to reflect changes on campus.

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Wake Forest celebrates partnership with Suzhou High School


Harrison and Kersh join Chinese students at the interactive touchscreen kiosk donated by Wake Forest to the Suzhou High School library.

In November, members of Wake Forest University traveled to Suzhou, China, to celebrate a partnership between the Wake Forest Advantage program and Suzhou High School of Jiangsu Province.

Suzhou High School collaborated with the University for the first implementation of Wake Forest Advantage — an on-the-ground curriculum program created to help prepare international students, both academically and culturally, for transition to college in America. Wake Forest Advantage also helps connect Chinese students early in the application process with trusted admissions counselors in the U.S.

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Gladding delivers keynote speech for counselors in Asia

Samuel Gladding

Sam Gladding, professor of counseling, keynoted the 20th Biennial Conference of Association of Psychological and Educational Counselors in Asia (APECA) on Dec. 4 in Singapore. His topic was “Creativity within Counseling: A Contemporary and Evidence-based Approach to Health and Healing.” APECA is composed of counseling professionals from India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, the Philippines, Australia, Korea, Thailand, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.

Rue establishes Police Accountability Task Force

To support and advance Wake Forest’s commitment to creating a safe and inclusive environment for every member of the campus community, Vice President for Campus Life Penny Rue has established the Police Accountability Task Force.

The Task Force, which includes faculty, student and alumni representatives, is charged with overseeing the implementation of recommendations related to University Police made in a report by independent consultants following a review in Spring 2014 of concerns regarding racial bias.

In addition, the Task Force will work to identify other initiatives related to University Police that could contribute to a safe and inclusive environment.

“In our ongoing work to build community, the formation of this group is an important step,” said Rue.

Professor of Law Kami Simmons has been named chair of the Task Force.

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November 2014 comings and goings

See a list of employees joining and leaving the University in November 2014:

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December 2014: Faculty and staff milestones

Annemarie Buwalda, a faculty assistant in the law school, is celebrating 25 years at Wake Forest! See the complete list of faculty and staff milestones for December 2014.

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