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Updated DeaconSpace available now

This is a guest post from Information Systems:

On Jan. 7, DeaconSpace, the online space scheduling software, was updated with a more intuitive interface. The new DeaconSpace is built specifically to meet the needs of everyday users – students, faculty and staff who simply want to book a meeting or reserve a space to meet, work, practice, or study with minimal effort. The new interface allows you to accomplish these tasks with the fewest possible clicks, in the least amount of time possible, without any training or help (although we’ll provide some of that too).

The new DeaconSpace delivers a faster and easier way to check availability and schedule meetings, rooms and workspaces. It also includes a single view of meetings so that users can visualize all of their bookings on a single screen. Additionally, it is better optimized for mobile devices which enables users to schedule on-the-go.

Additional changes include the consolidation of many request forms to make it easier for users to find the spaces you want to request. For more information and documentation, please visit:

Wake Forest’s Reynolda Campus to open 12 noon Monday Jan. 9

This message was emailed to students, faculty and staff by Communications and External Relations on Jan. 8:

The Reynolda Campus of Wake Forest University will open at 12 noon Monday, January 9.

Classes will not meet on campus until noon.  Offices will open at noon.

University business operations and classes will end by 4 p.m.

The University’s Black and Gold shuttle line and Innovation Quarter shuttle will begin at 11 a.m.

Conditions will vary in the region, so please use your best judgment regarding your own safety.

Please see the Wake Alert website at for any other announcements that may be made.

University preparing for wintry weather this weekend

This message was emailed to students, faculty and staff on Jan. 6 by Communications and External Relations:

The Winston-Salem area is under a winter storm warning, with the National Weather Service predicting several inches of snow and freezing temperatures arriving tonight.  Low temperatures are predicted to continue for several days.  Similar weather is predicted for other parts of North Carolina.

Wake Forest is implementing its plan for severe winter weather, which includes Facilities and Campus Services preparing to remove snow at several campus locations, as best as possible.  Such work would begin this weekend, if snow arrives tonight and Saturday, and continue as needed.

Several inches of snow and freezing temperatures will create hazardous conditions for motor vehicle travel, as well as walking.  Travel conditions on and off campus may remain hazardous throughout the weekend.

Local and state officials encourage drivers to remain off roads and highways in the event of severe winter weather.  Campus officials recommend that all on campus use caution when walking or driving in such conditions.

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to stay alert to weather forecasts in the days ahead through the news media—online, broadcast and print.

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

–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.

WSTA route changes affect service to campus

Starting on Jan. 2, the Winston-Salem Transit Authority (WSTA) stopped picking up or delivering passengers from or to the interior of Wake Forest’s campus.  The change is part of a system-wide overhaul of the WSTA route structure, as reported by the Winston-Salem Journal.

To assist those traveling to and from campus on WSTA buses, the University’s Office of Parking and Transportation is researching opportunities to diminish the impact of these changes made by the WSTA.  More information about these University efforts will be shared once more details are finalized.

The University’s Office of Parking and Transportation is not associated with the WSTA, a public transportation service.

As of now, the WSTA continues to provide service to the campus vicinity, including the edges of campus.  According to the WSTA, its routes are scheduled to operate on the University Parkway and Reynolda Road sides of campus.

Below is a summary of routes that will operate near campus, based on WSTA information:

Route 89 will operate on the University Parkway side of campus, with scheduled service every hour.
–Bus service from downtown toward Wake Forest will stop on University Parkway in the northbound lane across from the entrance to campus.  Caution is encouraged when crossing University Parkway to reach campus.
–Bus service from Wake Forest southbound toward downtown will be located outside the University Parkway entrance to campus.

Route 88 will operate on the Reynolda Road side of campus with service scheduled every hour.
–Bus service from downtown toward Wake Forest will stop on Reynolda Road in the northbound lane, outside the Reynolda Road entrance to campus.
–Bus service from Wake Forest southbound toward downtown will be located on the southbound lane of Reynolda Road, by the BB&T University Center.

For more information regarding the WSTA and all new routes, visit here.

Residence halls to open on Jan. 6, a day earlier than planned

This message was distributed by Residence Life and Housing on Jan. 5 to students who live in University residence halls:

Dear Resident,

Due to the inclement weather forecast for the Winston-Salem community and some other Eastern US areas, Residence Life and Housing will open residence halls for the spring semester one day early, Friday, January 6 at 9:00 a.m. We encourage you to consider safety of travel as you make plans to return to campus, knowing that weather conditions may improve prior to classes beginning on Tuesday, January 10.

Please be aware that because the University does not officially reopen until Saturday, January 7, some services may be limited.

Dining services will be operating the Fresh Food Company (The Pit) on reduced hours on Fridayfor lunch and dinner using food dollars, cash or credit cards only. Meal plans (swipes) will begin on Saturday, January 7.  Please see the Campus Dish website for specific hours of operation of The Pit and other retail outlets.

Additionally, Facilities and Campus Services crews may continue to be in the residence halls completing routine work that occurs during the winter break period. If you have a facilities need upon arrival, please contact Facilities and Campus Services at campus extension 4255.

For students who need urgent or emergency medical care, personnel from Wake Forest Emergency Medical Services (Wake EMS) will be available beginning at 9:00 a.m. January 6. Call 911 if medical assistance is needed. The Student Health Service will open on Monday, January 9 at 8:30 a.m.

Please contact the Office of Residence Life and Housing at 336.758.5185 or if you have any questions.

Safe travel Deacs!

Unbroken Circle to perform at Byrum Center for Shalom Project

Wake Forest hosts the annual Festival on the Quad as part of Homecoming 2016, on Saturday, October 29, 2016. The Unbroken Circle performs.

Members of The Unbroken Circle performing at Wake Forest’s 2016 Homecoming.

Bluegrass string band The Unbroken Circle will perform two shows at Wake Forest in February in support of The Shalom Project.

“The benefit for The Shalom Project is an event we look forward to the entire year,” said Martha Allman, band member and Wake Forest’s dean of admissions.  “We love sharing our music with such enthusiastic crowds and for such a great cause.”

The shows will be open to the public.  Donations offered during the shows by the local band will support the programs and initiatives of The Shalom Project, based in Winston-Salem.

Each show will start at 7 p.m. on Feb. 3 and 4 in the Kulynych Auditorium of the Byrum Welcome Center at Wake Forest.

“We are looking forward to another fabulous show from this talented group of caring musicians who are so willing to share their time and talents to raise funds and awareness for the work of The Shalom Project,” said Lynn Brown, executive director of The Shalom Project.

For more information, contact The Shalom Project.

Reynolds Professor Emeritus Dudley Shapere

This message was emailed to faculty and staff from Communications and External Relations on Jan. 3:

We are saddened to announce that Dudley Shapere, Reynolds Professor Emeritus of the Philosophy and History of Science, died Dec. 26.

A Winston-Salem Journal obituary announced on Dec. 29 that a memorial service will be held in the summer of 2017.

Dr. Shapere joined Wake Forest in 1984 as Reynolds Professor.  He retired in 2002.

We grieve Dr. Shapere’s death and extend our condolences to his family and friends, as well as those at Wake Forest who had the opportunity to know him.

Wake Forest offers support and counseling services for all students, faculty and staff.  The Counseling Center may be reached at 336-758-5273, the Chaplain’s Office at 336-758-5210. For faculty and staff, there is also the Employee Assistance Program at 336-716-5493.

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

President Hatch: Wake Forest prepares to launch Workday

This message was emailed from President Hatch to faculty and staff on Jan. 3:

Dear Faculty and Staff Colleagues,

After a thorough assessment process that included your input, the University selected Workday to replace Banner as our financial, human capital management, budget and planning software. This will be a key year for Wake, as we collectively work toward implementation of this solution that will significantly enhance the service level provided to the Wake Forest community and replace a range of expensive-to-maintain and difficult-to-use standalone systems. Workday is scheduled to launch by mid-2018, led by Executive Vice President Hof Milam, along with the dedicated efforts of a project team representing multiple academic and administrative campus areas.

Significant work has taken place already. We are currently in the “architect” phase of the project, in which we have begun to upload and review Wake Forest data within Workday. Next steps will include several more uploads, development of end-user reports, and testing the system. Importantly, we will continue to deliver “in-time” training to all users.

In the coming months, additional information will be communicated and resources will be made available to you in community forums and online. You are invited to share your ideas or submit questions to Thank you for your collaboration as we upgrade our administrative technology to better support you.


Nathan O. Hatch

Anthony Atala named 2016 Innovator of the Year

atala-350x175Dr. Anthony Atala, leader of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM), has been named 2016 Innovator of the Year by R&D Magazine. He also recently received a Smithsonian Magazine American Ingenuity Award in life sciences for his efforts to construct living organs using 3-D printing technology.

In the Richard H. Dean Biomedical Research Building on the southern end of Wake Forest Innovation Quarter in Winston-Salem, N.C., Atala and his team of researchers are creating living human tissues and organs.

Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, home to Wake Forest University’s new academic programs in the biomedical sciences will literally and figuratively bring medical and liberal arts education together. Known as Wake Downtown, the new satellite campus opens next month in one of the nation’s fastest growing innovation parks.

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Proposals funded: Anderson, Gengler, Kiang, Rejeski

T. Michael Anderson


Congratulations to Michael Anderson, associate professor of biology, whose proposal entitled “Environmental Monitoring of the Serengti Ecosystem” has been funded by The Grumeti Fund and by [subaward/subcontract from] The University of Glasgow (WFU funding agency).


Amanda Gengler


Congratulations to Amanda Gengler, assistant professor of sociology, whose proposal entitled “Turning Science Fiction into “Science Fact:” Selling the Promise of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine” has been funded by the American Sociological Association (ASA).


Lisa Kiang


Congratulations to Lisa Kiang, associate professor of psychology, whose proposal entitled “Gratitude, Well-being, and the Decline of Materialism; A Cross-cultural Study of Character Formation in Children and Adolescents” has been funded by the Templeton Foundation and by [subaward/subcontract from] UNC-Greensboro (WFU funding agency).


Jack Rejeski


Congratulations to Jack Rejeski, professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “LIFE DMAQC (Data Management, Analysis, and Quality Control Center)” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and by [subaward/subcontract from] Wake Forest University Health Sciences (WFU funding agency).