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Locklair’s ‘Requiem’ to be broadcast Jan. 31 on WFDD

Dan Locklair

The first two movements of last year’s world premiere performance of Professor of Music Dan Locklair’s “Requiem” will be featured on the Jan. 31 national radio broadcast of the program With Heart and Voice, which can be heard on 88.5 WFDD at 7 a.m.

Performers included the choir of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Winston-Salem, guest soloists and string orchestra members of the Winston-Salem Symphony Orchestra, conducted by John Cummins, organist/choirmaster of St. Paul’s.  Choir members included two University staff members: Bill Wells, director of financial aid, and Jill Carson, senior designer in Communications and External Relations.

The broadcast will also include a recording of Locklair’s “Remembrance,” performed by the Choirs of the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta.

Recently, a CD of Locklair’s “Requiem” became available through and at St. Paul’s book store.

University clothing drive supports overflow shelter project

Wake Forest’s Pro Humanitate Institute is sponsoring a University clothing drive in support of overflow shelters for the homeless in Winston-Salem.

The drive seeks to collect new or used winter clothing, such as winter coats, wool hats/caps, gloves and socks.  Items may be taken to the Pro Humanitate Institute office in Benson University Center, Room 506, or to the institute’s office building at Polo and Reynolda roads.

City with Dwellings, an umbrella social service group working with several local churches, has set up overflow night shelters in Winston-Salem.  The clothing will be distributed through the shelters.

For more information, contact Mike Ford at, Fahim Gulamali at or Kelly Larrimore at

Reynolda House names Archer director of program, interpretation


Phil Archer

Reynolda House Museum of American Art has named Phil Archer the Betsy Main Babcock Director of Program and Interpretation. Archer was director of public programs at the museum since 2002. He brings nearly 20 years of experience to the position when he begins the new role Feb. 1.

“Phil’s curiosity for learning and passion for this place is transmitted to all who experience Reynolda,” said Allison Perkins, the museum’s executive director and Wake Forest associate provost for Reynolda House and Reynolda Gardens. “He is the right person to lead the program for this museum and this historic site into its next century.”

Archer joined Reynolda House in 1997 and has immersed himself in all aspects of the museum. He has held positions in managing special projects and public programs, and served as the museum’s representative to oversee the design and construction of the Mary and Charlie Babcock Wing from 2002-2005. In August 2015, he was named the interim director of the curatorial and education division, following the departure of Elizabeth Chew.

Programs held under Archer’s direction have included free community days featuring collaborations with organizations like the Winston-Salem Festival Ballet and the Guilford Native American Association; Cinema Under the Stars, the popular outdoor film series co-presented with the University of North Carolina School of the Arts entering its 11th season in 2016; and community forums addressing current topics such as downtown development and the creative economy. He launched the museum’s Portals of Discovery continuing education series in 2004, and he has curated or served as managing curator for three exhibitions including “Wonder and Enlightenment: Artist-Naturalists in the Early American South.”

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University Police offers lunch/learn series to campus community

The University Police Department in February will begin offering to the campus community the Citizen Police Academy Lunch & Learn series.  The department has designed the 10-part series to offer students, faculty and staff a close-up view of the department and its officers.

Registration is available through the Professional Development Center.

Each session will be held in Reynolda Hall’s Heritage Room from 12 noon to 1 p.m.  The series begins on Wednesday, Feb. 10, and will be held on a succession of Wednesdays (except for the week of Spring Break).

Several different members of the police department will participate and make presentations during the series, including Chief Regina Lawson and two new senior leaders in the department–Major Derri Stormer and Capt. Joe Dixon.

“The overall goal of the academy is to improve police and community interaction,” according to Sgt. Lesia Finney, the series’ coordinator. “Graduates will be able to share knowledge gained with others in the community, thereby helping others become more familiar with University Police.”

Topics to be presented include executive staff responsibilities, records and technology, administration/financial budget, rape aggression defense (RAD), community oriented policing, events/security, detectives division, communications 911 center/emergency manager, and patrol division.

Those who attend six of the 10 sessions will receive a graduation certificate.

While snacks will be served, attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunch.

University Police Department hires officers for leadership roles

Two law enforcement officers with extensive experience in community policing at North Carolina universities have joined the Wake Forest University Police Department in senior leadership roles.

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Derri Gaskins Stormer

Derri Gaskins Stormer, formerly with East Carolina University’s police department, comes to Wake Forest as a major.  Joe Larkin Dixon joins Wake Forest as a captain after serving in the police department at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Both started their new jobs on Jan. 25.  The campus community is invited to meet them and other University Police officers at “Coffee with a Cop” on Feb. 4 from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Reynolda Hall’s Green Room.

“Derri Stormer and Joe Dixon are outstanding additions to our department and our university community,” Wake Forest Police Chief Regina Lawson said.

“They have devoted their careers to service in higher education communities,” Lawson said.  “They bring a deep understanding of effective and progressive policing in a university environment.”

“Wake Forest is very attractive to accomplished, energetic and innovative law enforcement officers,” Lawson said.  “We were able to hire from an impressive candidate pool.”

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Memorial service for Jordan Thomas Bayer set for Feb. 5

A memorial service honoring the life of Jordan Thomas Bayer (’17) will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, February 5, in Wait Chapel.

The service will be followed by a bench dedication outside of Farrell Hall.

January 2016 faculty and staff milestones

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How you can learn about weather-related closings, delays

In the event of severe weather that prompts a delay or closing, Wake Forest will use several methods to alert students, faculty and staff to schedule changes.

On occasion, because of snowy or icy weather conditions, Wake Forest officials have announced a decision to close the campus for the day or delay the start of classes and the opening of offices. In such cases, the University will use the following communication channels:

  • The Wake Alert website at
  • A headline across the top of the University home page at It will link to the Wake Alert website.  The same banner will appear across the top of many other University web pages.
  • An email message to faculty, staff and students.
  • A voice mail message to faculty and staff.
  • A message on the University’s weather/emergency phone line (336-758-5935).
  • Announcements on radio stations WFDD (88.5 FM) and WSJS (600 AM).
  • Announcements on TV stations WXII, WGHP, WFMY and News 14 Carolina.
  • Social media, including the @WakeAlert Twitter account.

December 2015 comings and goings

See a list of employees joining and leaving the University in December 2015:

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Grand Opening Jan. 27 for Reynolds Gymnasium Transformation

This message is sent on behalf of the Office of Wellbeing and Campus Recreation:

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

On Wednesday, Jan. 27, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m., the Office of Wellbeing and Campus Recreation will be hosting the Grand Opening of Phase I of the Reynolds Gymnasium Transformation and Expansion.

Both new gymnasiums, connector spaces and the new Outdoor Pursuits Suite will be dressed in a welcoming decor, open for the campus community to experience.  There will be light food and refreshments served throughout the event as well as special appearances by several campus organizations.

President Nathan Hatch and Vice President Penny Rue will be speaking at 4:45 p.m., followed by a video, a gallery walk, demonstrations from four different dance groups, four club sports teams and some special contests by Outdoor Pursuits and Intramural Sports.

The very first basket will be celebrated, as well as several other firsts to be enjoyed by all.  Vendors and various information tables will be on site showcasing current services and opportunities, including free massages, aromatherapy experiences, and nutritional consults.  Giveaways, contests, demonstrations, food, fellowship and fun are promised.

Come be a part of a very special time in the life of our campus.  It is a once in a lifetime scene. Come see the first phase of the three-phase program which will bring exciting wellbeing, recreation and student health opportunities to every student, faculty member and staff member. Come Thrive with us!


Malika Roman Isler

Director, Office of Wellbeing

Max Floyd

Director, Campus Recreation