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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, 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.

Wake Forest hosts public forums on key election issues

From foreign policy to education policy, Wake Forest University will host “Election 2016: Debating the Issues,” a three-day series of forums featuring national and regional experts offering different perspectives on key election issues. Free and open to the public, the sessions will be held Oct. 25, 26, and 27.

“The purpose of the conference is to leave the audience better briefed on key issues now in debate in this election, and better informed about the various candidates’ policy positions on these issues,” said David Coates, professor of politics and international affairs and one of the organizers of the event.

Conservative and liberal voices are represented on panels moderated by Wake Forest professors. Speakers include members of the Council on Foreign Relations, immigration policy analysts from the Cato Institute and the Center for American Progress, a member of President Obama’s economic team, an economics columnist from the American Enterprise Institute, an education policy researcher, leading journalists covering North Carolina politics and a high school teacher.

Two 90-minute moderated panels ending with a question-and-answer session will be held each day beginning in the late afternoon.  All sessions will be held in Pugh Auditorium in Benson University Center on the Wake Forest campus.  The schedule is below.  Additional details are posted on the conference website.


 Foreign Policy and National Security

4 – 5:30 p.m.

Moderator: David Coates, politics professor at Wake Forest


Jennifer Harris is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and co-author of “War by Other Means: Geoeconomics and Statecraft.”  She previously served on the policy planning staff at the U.S. Department of State and was responsible for global markets, geoeconomic issues and energy security. She is a Wake Forest graduate.

Henry Nau, professor at George Washington University, is a Council on Foreign Relations member and author of “Conservative Internationalism: Armed Diplomacy Under Jefferson, Polk, Truman and Reagan.” He served on President Ronald Reagan’s National Security Council and currently co-directs the U.S.-Japan-South Korea Legislative Exchange Program which organizes semiannual meetings with members of the U.S. Congress, Japanese Diet and Korean National Assembly.

Economic Policy

6:30 – 8 p.m.

Moderators:  Robert Whaples and Todd McFall, Wake Forest economics professors


Jared Bernstein, senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, served as chief economist and economic advisor to Vice President Joseph Biden from 2009 to 2011, executive director of the White House Task Force on the Middle Class, and a member of President Obama’s economic team.

James Pethokoukis is a columnist and blogger at the American Enterprise Institute.  He has previously served as the Washington columnist for Reuters Breakingviews, the opinion and commentary wing of Thomson Reuters and as business editor and columnist for U.S. News & World Report.

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Free flu shots being offered now to faculty, staff, retirees

Wake Forest is sponsoring free flu shots for faculty, staff and retirees much of October. Registration through the Professional Development Center (PDC) is encouraged.

Spouses, partners and dependent children (at least four years old) who are enrolled in the University’s Blue Cross Blue Shield medical plan are welcome to participate.   They are not required to register.

All receiving the shot are asked to bring their Blue Cross Blue Shield card to verify coverage.

The shots are being offered through October 20 at various University locations. Location details are available on the registration site.

Piscetelli, Williams received Winston Under 40 Leadership Awards

The Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce has named Michael Piscetelli, associate athletic director of development, and Matthew Williams, director of communication in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Winston Under 40 Leadership Award winners.

They were among 20 who were presented the award this month at a Winston-Salem event.

According to the Chamber, the winners are “actively influencing the growth, prosperity, and quality of life in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County.”

Winston Under 40, started three years ago, is the Chamber group “that’s committed to attracting and retaining young professionals in our community.”

A message from President Hatch concerning Hurricane Matthew

This message was emailed by President Hatch to students, faculty and staff on Oct. 10:

In the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, Wake Forest University offers its support to students, alumni, parents, faculty and staff who have loved ones in affected areas.

While Winston-Salem was outside the storm’s direct impact and those on our campus are safe, we are concerned about people along the Eastern seaboard, including eastern North Carolina, and are mindful that many in our campus community have family and friends that were in the storm’s path.

We encourage you to contact the following resources, should the need arise:

  • The University Counseling CenterChaplain’s Office, Campus Life and resident advisers are available to listen to students who need to speak with someone here.
  • Parents are encouraged to contact the Office of Family Engagement at should the University need to be aware of any extraordinary circumstances affecting their students.
  • And, as always, our Alumni Office is here to assist with the needs of Wake Forest graduates.

For those wishing to volunteer time or donate to relief efforts, the North Carolina VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) has links to agencies supporting disaster relief.

The University will continue to monitor recovery efforts and determine what specifically we can do to help students here as well as the greater Wake Forest family.


Nathan O. Hatch

WakeUnited: O’Rourke focused on community impact

Wake Forest faculty and staff headshots, Tuesday, October 4, 2016. Kathleen O'Rourke, HR.

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

When Kathleen O’Rourke was in college she got a firsthand look at the difference community organizations make.

“During college I volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters,” says O’Rourke, Human Resources representative at the University. “Having the opportunity to see the incredibly positive impact that organization had on youth within the community, I knew I wanted to continue to be a part of something equally inspiring after I graduated.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters, a volunteer supported mentoring network focused on helping children who face adversity, was a United Way agency. When the opportunity came to become involved with the United Way through WakeUnited, O’Rourke jumped at it.

“I knew that was my opportunity to engage in an organization that also helps empower communities to thrive,” she says.

She believes that United Way’s focus on innovation and collaboration is especially important, as no single organization can address all the challenges Forsyth County and the rest of the Triad face. That mirrors the University’s focus on finding innovative ways to provide people in the community with the resources they need to succeed.

“The United Way is always brainstorming ways to collaborate with local partners in an effort to obtain the most success possible,” she notes.

As a member of the United Way campaign cabinet, O’Rourke now has an opportunity to multiply the impact of her community engagement at the University. She would like you to join her.

“No matter how small or large your donation may be, ultimately, you are still making a difference in the lives of those around you,” she says. “We all have the chance to be a part of something that will strengthen our community.”

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