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Crime update: Second arrest made in off-campus robbery

The Winston-Salem Police Department has arrested a second man in connection with the Sept. 9 armed robbery of Wake Forest male students at a Long Drive house, near Wake Forest. The man was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon. He was identified as Taylor Daryl Roberts.

According to Winston-Salem police, authorities continue their efforts to apprehend a third suspect sought in the robbery.

The University announced to students, faculty and staff on Sept. 9 that students were robbed at the off-campus Long Drive residence. The students told police that two armed men forced their way into their house and robbed them.

The University has taken several steps to respond to the incident, including directly offering assistance and resources to the affected students.

Authorities ask that anyone with information regarding this incident contact the Winston-Salem Police Department at 336-773-7700 or CrimeStoppers at 336-727-2800.

Campus Recreation to hold open forums on Reynolds Gym

Construction continues on phase two of the Reynolds Gym renovation project on Thursday, September 15, 2016.

Construction continues on Reynolds Gym.

The Staff Advisory Council (SAC) and Student Government are sponsoring two open forums Sept. 27 on the extensive renovation of Reynolds Gym.  Students, faculty and staff are invited to both forums on the long-term project known as the Reynolds Gym Transformation.

Organized by Campus Recreation, both forums will be held in Pugh Auditorium, located on the second level of Benson University Center.  The forum sponsored by the SAC will be held at 12 noon.  The Student Government-sponsored forum will be held at 5 p.m.

Architects and University staff will share blueprints and architectural renderings of the Reynolds Gym project, as well as operation plans for the gym once it reopens.

The transformation will bring about extensive changes to the facility, including significant space for fitness/weight training, new locker rooms, an expanded indoor pool, new group exercise areas, an improved Varsity Gym, some classrooms and much more.

The first phase of the transformation was completed with the opening of the Sutton Center, previously.

Message to the Wake Forest campus community

A message from President Nathan O. Hatch

Dear Wake Forest students, faculty and staff,

We are all affected in our own way by the turmoil unfolding in Charlotte. We know many here have strong ties to the Charlotte community, and the safety and well-being of members of our Wake Forest community in Charlotte are foremost in our minds. I hope and pray that goodwill can be restored and justice renewed.

As many of you know, the Wake Forest University Charlotte Center is in the heart of Uptown. We canceled classes last night, and the center remains closed today. We are communicating with those students, faculty and staff directly.

We are grateful to student leaders on the Reynolda Campus who created an opportunity last night to share their personal reflections, as well as the many community members who joined in our weekly Wednesday prayer service to seek solace in troubled times. Wake Forest is committed to helping students grapple with our most pressing social issues and we will continue to provide opportunities to do so. My hope is that we, as a society, can move forward with a strong commitment to ensure all of our citizens are treated with dignity and respect.

WakeUnited campaign kickoff: Work United for WakeUnited in 2016

WakeUnited Campaign Kickoff: Work United for WakeUnited 

Guest post by Roger Beahm, the 2016 chair of WakeUnited, professor of practice in the School of Business, and WestRock Executive Director of the Center for Retail Innovation

Wake Forest School of Business professor Roger Beahm, Tuesday, April 8, 2014.

Roger Beahm

All members of our Wake Forest community are cordially invited to participate in our WakeUnited 2016 Campaign Kickoff on Tuesday, September 27, at 4:00 pm in the Reynolda Hall Green Room during the Provost’s Happy Hour for faculty and staff. WakeUnited is the University’s annual United Way campus campaign to benefit those in greatest need in our community and the surrounding area.

At the kickoff, President Nathan O. Hatch, Provost Rogan Kersh, and I will share briefly on why the United Way is such an important part of our community, our University and our pro humanitate spirit. Afterward, we will enjoy food, beverage and fellowship with colleagues – as well as a chance to experience the school’s new demonstration pavilion (“What’s that?” you ask. Well, come join us, and see!).

The United Way brings together local organizations, agencies, and individuals to work together to address the root causes of our most pressing social issues. Click here to watch a brief video about United Way.

Donations to WakeUnited directly support our community-wide efforts to:

  • Raise local high school graduation rates
  • Decrease chronic homelessness
  • Increase financial stability
  • Increase access to healthcare among those in greatest need.

Our United Way campaign also allows you to designate your WakeUnited pledge to your local United Way, even if you live outside of Forsyth County.

Work United for WakeUnited…and WIN!

This year’s WakeUnited campaign will feature a weekly drawing for prizes, as well as a department participation challenge. By making your pledge during our fall campaign, you will have the opportunity to win:

  • Visa gift cards ($50 and $100)
  • Tickets (4) to the WFU v. Radford basketball game
  • Tickets (2) to the President’s Box for the WFU v. Clemson football game
  • A “Wake-Up United Breakfast” for the department(s) showing the greatest gain over last year (sponsored in partnership with the Pro Humanitate Institute and the Office of Wellbeing).

In addition, you can enter our 2016 WakeUnited weekly social media contest by sharing photos on social media using the hashtag #WAKEUNITED16. Winners will be selected at random, and will receive special Wake Forest themed prizes you can’t get anywhere else!

For more information about this year’s campaign, visit Thanks for helping us Work United for WakeUnited in 2016.

2015 Annual Crime and Fire Safety Report available

This message was emailed to students, faculty and staff on Sept. 21:

The 2015 Annual Crime and Fire Safety Report is available on the Wake Forest University Police website at:

This document contains information regarding campus security and personal safety. It also contains information about crime and fire statistics for the previous three calendar years. Crime statistics are for occurrences on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Wake Forest (including branch campuses); and on public property within or immediately adjacent to campus. Fire statistics are for on-campus residence halls.

Information on drug or alcohol-abuse programs required by section 102(a) through (d) of HEA can be found at:

If you are unable to access the website and/or you would like a printed copy, please contact police records at 336-758-4566.

WFU adds Apple News channel to complement mobile news experience

Wake Forest University on Apple News

On Sept. 16, Wake Forest University introduced its Apple News channel to complement the delivery of its news to mobile devices. The Apple News app, which comes standard on devices running iOS 9, delivers personalized news digests in real-time from news sources around the world – and now Wake Forest.

Users can select from a variety of news sources or topics to appear in their Apple News feed. Now news published to can be automatically delivered to iPhone or iPad users through the app.

Since the launch of the redesigned website in May 2016, more than 51 percent of visitors came to the site using a mobile device or tablet. In 2015, a majority of smartphone owners used their phones to follow breaking news events, according to a report from the Pew Research Center:

  • 68 percent of smartphone owners used their phones to “occasionally” follow breaking news, while 33 percent said they did so “frequently.”
  • 67 percent shared pictures, videos or commentary about local events, while 35 percent did so “frequently.”
  • 56 percent used their phones to learn about community events or activities, while 18 percent did so “frequently.”

“While journalists are the primary audience for our online newsroom, Wake Forest news stories are a great way for students, faculty, parents and alumni to stay connected with what’s happening on campus. Apple News makes it easier than ever for anyone to enjoy the latest from Wake Forest,” said Katie Neal, executive director, news and communications.

To add Wake Forest to your Apple News favorites list, click from an Apple device running iOS 9 or later.

To manually add Wake Forest to your Apple News favorites list, search “Wake Forest University” in the app on your Apple device running iOS 9 or later. Under the “channels” section, locate Wake Forest and tap the plus sign. The Wake Forest channel should now appear in your Apple News favorites tab.

Message: In light of Charlotte, we are called together

Update to this post: Today’s service will be led from the Global Christian tradition.

This message was emailed Sept. 21 to students, faculty and staff on behalf of Vice President Penny Rue and Chaplain Tim Auman:

Dear Members of the Wake Forest Community,

The wave of national unrest between police officers and people of color landed close to home last night. The police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott led to protests that continued into the early morning hours and resulted in several injuries and property damage.

At Wake Forest, we know that we are a community in progress – certainly not perfect, but better when we come together. This afternoon we have an opportunity to come together for a time of prayer and reflection.

Called Together, a weekly prayer service sponsored by the Office of the Chaplain, is a time to gather and pray about the many issues and events that affect our community, nation and world. All members of the community are invited to join us today at 12 noon in Davis Chapel.


Penny Rue, Vice President for Campus Life
Tim Auman, University Chaplain

Kimball to deliver Mitchell Interfaith Lecture Sept. 22

Charles Kimball, former professor at Wake Forest and now Presidential Professor at the University of Oklahoma, will deliver the Carlton Mitchell Interfaith Lecture entitled, “Understanding Religious Extremism among the Children of Abraham,” on Thursday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. in Brendle Recital Hall, Scales Fine Arts Center. The lecture, sponsored by Interfaith Winston-Salem, is free and open to the public.

Kimball will explore the ideological and historical roots of religious extremism within and between the three monotheistic traditions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam – that trace their heritage to the prophet Abraham. He will then offer strategies for countering such extremism in our modern globalized world.

Kimball served as chair of the Department of Religion at Wake Forest University from 1996 to 2008, when he accepted the position of Presidential Professor and director of religious studies at the University of Oklahoma. He is the author of five books, including “When Religion Becomes Lethal: The Explosive Mix of Politics and Religion in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.” Kimball has worked closely on interreligious dialogue between Jews, Christians and Muslims for more than three decades, both in the U.S. and in the Middle East.

The Carlton Mitchell Interfaith Series honors Carlton T. Mitchell (WFU ’43), who taught in the Department of Religion at Wake Forest. Mitchell, who died in 2013, was a leader in building interfaith cooperation and understanding. Interfaith Winston Salem sponsors the series to honor Mitchell’s pioneering efforts by offering lectures, concerts and other activities that help people of Winston Salem better understand the religious differences of their neighbors.

The Wake Forest University School of Divinity, Department for the Study of Religions, and other community partners are co-sponsoring the September 22 lecture.

Wellbeing Office celebrates Dimensions by the Month and more

This is a guest post from the University’s Office of Wellbeing:

The month of September kicks off another series of Dimensions by the Month!  Throughout the academic year, the Office of Wellbeing will partner with campus and community groups to provide skills-focused workshops and engaging programs to create a wellbeing experience. Through Thrive, Wake Forest’s comprehensive approach to wellbeing, these workshops and community programs will engage students, faculty, and staff in a holistic definition of what it means to be well, as well as bring people together from across the Wake Forest community. The themes of each month are:

September “Social” Wellbeing

October “Emotional” Wellbeing

November “Intellectual” Wellbeing

December “Occupational” Wellbeing

January “Physical” Wellbeing

February “Spiritual” Wellbeing

March “Environmental” Wellbeing

April “Financial” Wellbeing

Look out for these events coming up this Fall!

Arrive and Thrive 

September 22 from 4-6 pm on the Lower Quad

“Arrive and Thrive” will feature dozens of fun and thought-provoking activities designed to inform and inspire the campus community about how to lead healthier, more balanced lives! Open to all Students, Faculty, and Staff! Check out the video from last year!

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Online learning resource available to all

This is a guest post from Mur Muchane, associate vice president for information technology and CIO. It was e-mailed to students, faculty and staff Sept. 19:

Information Systems is pleased to announce that, beginning today, September 19th, all Wake Forest University students, faculty and staff have access to the leading online creative and professional skills provider,

The over 4,000 self-paced courses, ranging from Adobe Creative Cloud, Excel, SPSS and MATLAB to Mobile App Development, 3D Animation and Presentation Skills, are:

  • organized in modular, easy to use and manage, 5 to 15 minute segments
  • searchable, so you can identify specific topics without watching an entire course (for example, Create Pivot Tables in Excel or Remove Red-Eye in a Photo)
  • downloadable for offline use via mobile apps for iOS, Android, Windows, AppleTV and Roku.

Three different ways to access the entire library:

–Sign into WFU Google Mail with your Wake Forest email address ( and password. Click the App Launcher (box of dots, top right of inbox), scroll down to the bottom, then click on the Lynda icon.


–Go directly to and, if prompted, enter your WFU email address and password. Bookmark this page for future reference.


–Download a mobile app. To log into the app, enter as your organization.

In the weeks ahead, we will share some of our favorite tips and courses via Twitter and Facebook. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact us at or 336-758-4357 (HELP).