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Wake Forest student tested positive for meningitis

This message was emailed to students, faculty and staff on the morning of March 16 on behalf of Joanne Clinch, Clinical Director of the Student Health Service, and Adam Goldstein, Dean of Students:

Dear Wake Forest students, faculty and staff:

Wake Forest University Student Health Service has been informed that an undergraduate student tested positive for bacterial meningitis this morning. The student is currently being treated for this condition at a local hospital. No other recent cases of meningitis have been reported at Wake Forest.

Wake Forest is following the direction of the Forsyth County Health Department and infectious disease experts at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center to minimize the risk of infection to our community. For privacy reasons, the University is not releasing the student’s name, though a team of Campus Life professionals is identifying and notifying individuals who may have had close contact with the student. At the advice of local and state health officials, preventive antibiotics will be promptly provided to the individuals who have been identified.

General information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) about meningitis, how it is spread, and how to protect yourself from infection includes:

  • Meningitis is a medical condition that is caused by inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. It often affects children and young adults, although persons of any age can become infected. A small number of people with this infection will have a serious illness. This disease is most commonly seen in late winter and early spring.
  • Meningitis is NOT a highly communicable disease. It requires direct and extended contact with the saliva, nasal and throat secretions of infected persons. After exposure, symptoms may be seen within 2-10 days.
  • Symptoms may include the following: sudden onset of fever, severe headache, rash, stiff neck, stomach pain, nausea or vomiting. Preventive antibiotic treatment is only recommended for individuals who might have had close contact with the infected student.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, please contact Student Health Service at x5882 (336-758-5882) or your primary care physician right away. If you have general questions about the University’s ongoing response, please call x7500 (336-758-7500). If updates or additional information for the campus community is needed, the Student Health Service website ( will have the latest information.


Joanne Clinch, Clinical Director, Student Health Service
Adam Goldstein, Dean of Students

Outdoor wireless coverage available on Hearn, Manchester plazas

This announcement was emailed to students, faculty and staff on March 15  from Mur Muchane, associate vice president for information technology and chief information officer:

Information Systems is pleased to announce the launch of outdoor wireless computing coverage on Hearn and Manchester Plazas. The new outdoor connectivity is accessible to all students, faculty, staff and campus guests!

The new outdoor coverage:

  • Supports Wi-Fi enabled devices like computers, smartphones and tablets
  • Provides seamless Wi-Fi connectivity between campus buildings and the Plazas
  • Allows secure access by peer-institution guests through eduroam

​As Spring and the end of the semester approaches, you can now use outdoor wireless on Hearn and Manchester Plazas to:

  • Conduct classes ​and club meetings ​​​outside
  • Study with friends on the law​n
  • Enjoy collaborating with others in the fresh air
  • ​Relax, listen to music, browse the internet using wireless access, not your cellular data​

To access, just select WFUwireless in your list of available networks under Wi-Fi Settings.


Provost Kersh to present annual address to the University

This announcement was emailed to staff and faculty on behalf of the Faculty Senate on March 15:

At the invitation of the Faculty Senate, Provost Rogan Kersh will give his annual address to the University on March 27 at 4 p.m. in Pugh Auditorium in Benson University Center.

Provost Kersh will speak about University priorities, along with the challenges and opportunities that face our academic mission and programs.

The Faculty Senate invites all Wake Forest students, faculty and staff to attend the presentation.

Pinder receives Most Promising New Textbook award

The Textbook & Academic Authors Association (TAA) has recognized Associate Professor of Management Jon Pinder with the Most Promising New Textbook award.

The book is entitled “Introduction to Business Analytics Using Simulation Models.”

The award recognizes excellence in first edition textbooks and learning materials. One judge described Pinder’s work as, “an impressive textbook that uniquely uses simulation methods to introduce business students to decision-making under uncertainty, and from beginning to end, wonderfully detailed, illustrative examples make this complex topic accessible to undergraduates.”

The textbook provides a foundation for managerial decision-making and business analytics. The award will be presented during the TAA annual conference on June 9.

Tulip bulbs to be offered to campus community this spring

Tulips bloom outside Alumni Hall on the campus of Wake Forest University las year.

This is a guest post from the Landscape Team in Facilities and Campus Services:

Spring has almost arrived and we will enjoy many colorful beds of tulips planted by the F&CS Landscape Team.

Once the tulips have finished their colorful display they will be pulled from the beds to make way for the summer annual beds.

The Landscape Team would like to share these bulbs with the campus community.  You can take them home and the Landscape Team will give you instructions on how to repurpose your bulbs.  Timing will depend on “spring,” but they will have bulbs for several weeks in late March and April.  If you are interested please send an e-mail to Jim Coffey at

Marian F. Parker

This announcement was emailed to faculty and staff on March 13 by Communications and External Relations:

We are saddened to announce that Marian F. Parker died March 9.  She retired as associate dean for information services, director of the Professional Center Library and professor of law.

A graveside memorial service will be at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Greensboro at 11 a.m. March 17.  Additional information is available here.

We grieve Professor Parker’s death and extend our condolences to her family and friends, as well as those at Wake Forest who had the opportunity to know her.

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.


When snow falls, Wake Forest offers ways to learn about closings

Meteorologists are reminding this area that winter is not quite done, yet.  Potential snowfalls are being mentioned in recent forecasts. At Wake Forest, there are plenty of ways to learn about a University closing or delay prompted by snow or ice.

The University activates some components of its Wake Alert system to announce closings and delays.  They include:

  • Brief announcement across the top of the University’s home page that links to the Wake Alert page, where full details are provided.
  • E-mail to all students, staff and faculty.
  • Voice mail to staff and faculty.
  • Wake Alert Twitter message. Other social media, too.
  • Message on the University Weather and Emergency Phone Line, 336-758-5935.
  • Announcements in local news media, particularly on TV stations’ closings/delays web sites.

At Wake Forest, there is also easily accessed information about the weather, including current conditions and forecasts. That information is available from the WeatherSTEM stations on top of the Miller Center and the scoreboard at BB&T Field.

The WeatherSTEM stations use a combination of weather instruments and sensors to take environmental measurements and offer frequently updated details on temperature, humidity, the heat index, barometric pressure and much more.

Each station includes a sky camera, with one directed toward Kentner Stadium, Farrell Hall and Wait Chapel, while the other camera is directed across BB&T Field.

Anyone with access to the internet can visit the web sites for the weather stations located at the Miller Center and BB&T Field.  Each web site– and–has a link to the other. The links are labeled “WEATHERSTEM UNITS” and can be found at the top right side of the sites.

The stations also offer information through Facebook and Twitter accounts, which are updated through automation.  On Facebook, the accounts are identified as Wake Forest Weatherstem and Wake Forest Football Weatherstem.  On Twitter, the stations can be followed @WakeForestWxSTEM and @WFUFootballWxSTEM.

WeatherSTEM also offers apps for ios and Android.

Of course, weather information is available from many others sources, including local news outlets.

Test of outdoor alert system to take place March 9

The University’s outdoor emergency alert system will be tested today (March 9) at 4 p.m.

Chimes will be heard by people on the Reynolda Campus when the system is tested.  The system is in place at several locations on campus, including at athletic facilities.

No response to the test is required.

The outdoor alert system is part of Wake Alert, the University’s emergency notification system.

If anyone has questions about today’s test, they may contact Wake Forest Emergency Manager August Vernon at 336-758-3377.


Conference to explore frontiers in consciousness research

Leading researchers in the fields of perceptual studies and neurobiology will explore the latest scientific findings on consciousness and near-death experiences at a two-day conference March 22-23 hosted by Wake Forest University and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

“Beyond Being: Frontiers in Consciousness Research: Science, Spirituality, and Wellness,” will bring scientists and thought leaders together to address the profound long-term impacts of these experiences and discuss the emerging research into a post-mortem existence.

This conference, which is free and open to the public, is designed for practitioners and others interested in the intersection of contemplative sciences, spirituality, and wellness, as well as the powerful effects of mindfulness meditation and other cognitive approaches in pain management, healing and related outcomes.

The conference will be live streamed at Additional information about the conference, panelists and sponsors is also available on the website.

More details available here.

Fire alarm systems resume normal operation, police complete move

The University’s fire alarm systems resumed normal operation March 7 as the University Police Department completed moving its communications center into Alumni Hall, where the University Police Department moved its business offices earlier this year.  The communications center, which receives emergency and other calls, was moved from Davis Residence Hall this week.

It is no longer necessary for anyone to call University Police if they hear a fire alarm activated in a University building.  Fire alarm systems in all buildings are operating normally again, meaning that an alarm activation now will automatically alert University Police and the Winston-Salem Fire Department. During the communications center move, there had been a temporary disruption in the automatic alerts of police and firefighters.

The University Police Department’s business offices are open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The communications center can be accessed 24/7.  The entrance to the University Police Department is located along the side of the building facing Carroll Weathers Drive.  At the entrance is a special phone in a yellow box for calling University Police at any time.

If anyone has questions regarding the communications center, they may contact Wake Forest Emergency Manager August Vernon at 336-758-3377