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Wake Alert emergency preparedness reminder

Cq09g5OWAAAuyg0Even though the impact of Tropical Storm Hermine is expected to be minimal in Winston-Salem, it presents a timely reminder for students, faculty and staff to familiarize themselves with the University’s emergency notification system known as Wake Alert.

Wake Alert provides information and advisories via a number of communication channels, including the Wake Alert website, text messaging, an outdoor warning system, campus cable TV, e-mail, Twitter, a banner across the WFU homepage, voice mail and a recorded message on the Wake Forest Weather and Emergency Phone Line.

The crisis management team recommends members of the Wake Forest community do the following:

  • Register for text alerts available to students, faculty and staff.
  • Bookmark the Wake Alert website ( It will be the go-to site for announcements in emergencies.
  • Follow @WakeAlert on Twitter.
  • Add the Wake Forest Weather/Emergency line (336-758-5935) to phone contacts.
  • Review the emergency preparedness information on the Wake Ready.

Anyone with questions about emergency preparedness should contact Wake Forest’s Emergency Manager August Vernon at x3377 or

LGBTQ Center increases facilitators for Safe Zone Program

This is a guest post from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion:

June 2016 Safe Zone Facilitators

Safe Zone facilitators at Wake Forest

This summer Wake Forest’s LGBTQ Center welcomed a new cadre of facilitators to their Safe Zone Program, increasing the volunteer support to 19. The facilitators represent various administrative and academic departments across the university and bring a wealth of experience, including intercultural competence, understanding of LGBTQ issues, and a commitment to facilitation and dialogue.

Since its inception in the Spring of 2012, approximately 1,000 members of the Wake Forest community have completed the Safe Zone training program. This academic year the Center will introduce a new curriculum, advanced workshops, and a lunch and learn series that will offer education around special topics such as transgender identities, LGBTQ History at WFU, intersectionality, among others developed by Kayla Lisenby, Program Coordinator for the Center.

“Safe Zone is important because it dispels misconceptions and answers questions about how people can support members of the LGBTQ community,” said Lisenby. “Our new facilitators greatly expand our capacity and better positions the Center to offer programs, resources, and services that enhance the skills and support for members of our community.”

For a list of upcoming Safe Zone Workshops and for updates about LGBTQ Center programs and offerings, visit the WFU Professional Development Center website or the LGBTQ Center website and subscribe to the Center list serv. Departments and campus organizations are also encouraged to reach out to the Center to request personalized trainings for their group.

Staff and faculty interested in becoming a Safe Zone faciliator should email the Center at, and members can stay updated on new developments and happenings by following the Center on social media @LGBTQWFU

The complete list of Safe Zone facilitators and the departments they represent is below:

–Celina Alexander, Assistant Director, Intercultural Center
–Glenn Bergesen, Administrative Assistant, College Development
–Zach Blackmon, Residence Life Coordinator,  Residence Life and Housing
–Christie Dalton, Assistant Director of Development and Alumni Relations, University Advancement
–Elizabeth Dam-Regier, Manager of Project Office,  Human Resources
–Susan Garcia, Graduate MS Clinical Counseling & Addiction
–Fahim Gulamali, Assistant Director of Student Engagement and Programming, Pro Humanitate Institute
–Kayla Lisenby, Program Coordinator, LGBTQ Center
–Colleen Lofton, Program Coordinator, Women’s Center
–Sarah Magness, Residence Life Coordinator, Residence Life and Housing
–Angela Mazaris, Director, LGBTQ Center
–Shannon McKinney, Academic Counselor, Office of Academic Advising
–Tracy Mills-Howell, Learning Specialist, Information Systems
–Carol Ann Moore Harris, Administrative Coordinator, University Advancement
–Kaitlyn Ruhf, Assistant Director, Special Events Athletics
–Shelley Sizemore, Director of Academic Programs and Community Engaged Research,  Pro Humanitate Institute
–Erica Still, Associate Professor, English
–Rolisa Tutwyler, Business Manager and Liaison to Executive Director, Pro Humanitate Institute
–Matt Williams, Director of Communication, Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Clifford named associate dean of students for student conduct

Matt Clifford, the Associate Dean of Students for Student Conduct, Wake Forest University, Tuesday, August 30, 2016.

Matt Clifford

Matt Clifford has been named Wake Forest’s associate dean of students for student conduct.

Clifford, who joined Wake Forest’s staff in 2010, previously was director of Residence Life and Housing and director of Campus Life Projects.

As associate dean, Clifford will be responsible for the administrative management of the student code of conduct and serve as the primary hearing officer for non-academic reports received by the Office of the Dean of Students.

“He will partner with students, faculty and staff to fulfill this responsibility and to design educational resources and programs that advance the standards of our community,” said Dean of Students Adam Goldstein.

Goldstein said he is “very excited” about Clifford joining his senior leadership team.

“He has the skills and experiences we need to strengthen our student conduct system in ways that support student learning and respect for our Honor Code,” Goldstein added.

Since joining Wake Forest, Goldstein said, Clifford has been a key figure in developing the Faculty Fellows program in Residence Life and Housing, the University’s Biased Incident Reporting System and the Division of Campus Life’s learning outcomes and assessment initiatives.

“He has a strong reputation among students as someone that cares about their experience, and among faculty and staff as a skilled professional and reliable partner,” Goldstein said.

Clifford received a doctorate in education from the University of North Florida, a master of education degree from the University of South Carolina and a bachelor of arts degree at Davidson College.

Previously, Clifford held a number of positions at Jacksonville University, including director of residential life, and worked at MIT.

Staff Advisory Council meeting set for Sept. 8, staff invited

This is a guest post from Staff Advisory Council President Sarah Wojcik-Gross and Vice President Jennifer Abbinett:


We are excited to announce that the 2016-2017 Staff Advisory Council meetings have been scheduled, and will be starting with a bang on September 8, where we will welcome Sophia Bredice and Mike Greco, from the Information Systems Department.  They will speak on two huge initiatives currently being rolled out, WakeWare and Software@WFU.

The meeting will be held in Z. Smith Reynolds Library, fourth floor auditorium.

It is our goal to build on the wonderful foundation that was already built for us and work to reinvigorate staff surrounding our purpose and initiatives.  One noted change is the date and time that we will be meeting each month.  The 2016-2017 SAC meetings will be held the second Thursday of every month from 9  to 10:30 a.m.  Our hope is that we are able to bring speakers to our meetings that you want to hear from, and to learn more about the exciting events and initiatives happening at Wake Forest. We look forward to a wonderful year and hope that you will join us! As always, non-SAC members are welcome to attend the meetings.

Please do not hesitate to contact us ( with your concerns and ideas.  We want to hear from you!

Montague wins American Accounting Association award


This is a guest post from the School of Business:

Norma Montague, assistant professor of accounting in Wake Forest’s School of Business, received the Issues in Accounting Education Best Paper Award at the AAA annual meeting in New York City on August 10. Montague, at the far left in the photo, co-authored “Witnessing Your Own Cognitive Bias: A Compendium of Classroom Exercises” with Rebecca G. Fay of East Carolina University. The award is presented to the best paper published each calendar year.

The case contains a collection of exercises that enables faculty members to teach students how to identify bias in their own judgements. It highlights five frequently occurring biases that may cloud business judgements, using psychology literature to spark student interest.

AAA is an organization of more than 7,000 members around the world and is celebrating its centennial year.

Hatch to participate in September panel discussions

Wake Forest President Nathan O. Hatch gives his annual State of the University address in Brendle Recital Hall on Tuesday, October 6, 2015.

Wake Forest President Nathan O. Hatch

Wake Forest President Nathan O. Hatch is scheduled to participate in two Triad panel discussions in September.  Both are ticketed events open to the public.

On Sept. 12, Hatch will join presidents of five North Carolina universities and colleges in a free-flowing discussion of the present and future course of higher education at The Governor Morehead Forum.  The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the historic Carolina Theatre in Greensboro, 310 Greene St.

D.G. Martin, an educator and host of “Bookwatch” on UNC-TV, will moderate a wide-ranging 90-minute exchange with Hatch; Richard Broadhead, Duke University; Jane Fernandes, Guilford College; Phyllis Worthy Dawkins, Bennett College; Leo Lambert, Elon University; and Carol Quillen, Davidson College.

Additional information about the event is here.  Arrangements have been made for Wake Forest alumni to obtain tickets and sit in a block.

On Sept. 13, Hatch will participate in a luncheon event presented by the Winston-Salem Tech Council as part of its annual speaker series.  The “From Tobacco to Technology Book Launch” event will celebrate the publication of author Frank Elliot’s book titled “From Tobacco to Technology.”  The event will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 pm. at Wake Forest Biotech Place, 575 N. Patterson Ave., in Wake Forest Innovation Quarter.

Discussion participants will include Hatch; Elliot; Vernon George, principal of George, Henry, George Partners; Michael Adler, director of the Office of Technology Transfer at Brigham Young University; Eric Tomlinson, chief innovation officer of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and president of Wake Forest Innovation Quarter; and John McConnell, CEO, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

More details are available here.

Comings and Goings for July 2016

See a list of employees joining and leaving the University in July 2016:

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A message from President Hatch

This message was e-mailed from Wake Forest President Nathan O. Hatch today to students, faculty and staff:

Welcome to the Fall 2016 semester at Wake Forest! Some of you are returning from months abroad, others are coming from eye-opening internships, several have been refreshed by time with friends and family, and many are just starting their college experience. As we welcome new faces and reunite with familiar ones, I look forward to what we will do together as a campus community this semester.

At Wake Forest, we are surrounded by opportunity. It is up to each one of us to decide if we will take advantage of it or let it pass by, if we will respond to it with enthusiasm or indifference. It is up to each one of us how we will allow it to shape us.

In our approach to work, we champion the exploration of ideas, celebrate the depths of curiosity and relish the pursuit of excellence. So ask questions – of professors, colleagues, friends and strangers. Meet new people; share your thoughts; consider others’ perspectives.

And just as we share knowledge and chase after ideas in the classroom, let us apply that same interest to one another. Engage in hard conversations with kindness and respect. Laugh and find enjoyment in the company of friends and neighbors. Learn life lessons from voices with experience.

At the beginning of this semester, let me draw your attention to a few events and opportunities that might be of interest.

  • The Voices of our Time Lecture Series presents “An Evening of Perspective with Peggy Noonan” on Thursday, September 8 at 6 p.m. in Brendle Recital Hall. In the midst of a contentious presidential election season, I invite you to hear from someone who has been on the front lines of politics. Ms. Noonan is a former presidential speechwriter as well as an acclaimed columnist for The Wall Street Journal. Click here for more information.
  • Arrive and Thrive on Thursday, September 22. As we start a new semester, let us find ways to achieve balance in all aspects of our lives. Join us on Manchester Plaza to explore eight dimensions of wellbeing. Learn more here.
  • Family Weekend. Introduce your family to life on campus through various activities occurring October 7-9. Click herefor more information.

Undoubtedly, there are many more opportunities on the calendar, in your classes and in your many conversations. I hope you will take advantage of what might be natural for you, and what might challenge you in new ways.

I’m looking forward to a great semester. Welcome back!


Nathan O. Hatch, President

August 2016 staff milestones

See of list of staff milestones for August 2016: Continue reading »

Wake Forest Crime Announcement: Indecent exposure reported

This is a message emailed to students, faculty and staff on Aug. 29 by Communications and External Relations:

The Wake Forest University Police Department is investigating two incidents today in which an unidentified man exposed himself shortly after 9:30 a.m. to students walking along the paved walking trail that leads from campus to Reynolda Village. On campus, the trail to the Village begins next to Parking Lot S2, across Faculty Drive from Winston Hall.

The man fled on foot immediately after the incidents, which occurred approximately a minute apart.  With the assistance of a University security camera on the trail, University Police investigators have reviewed recorded video of the incidents and have obtained a detailed description of the man.

He is described as a slender white man in his 20s with shoulder-length brown hair, a mustache and a close-cut beard.  Much of his left arm is tattooed.  At the time of the incidents, he was wearing gray shorts and a red sweatshirt.  After the incidents, he ran away toward Reynolda Village.  He took off the sweatshirt and placed it in a black backpack. While running away, he had a dark t-shirt on, in addition to his shorts.

According to police, the first incident occurred at 9:34 a.m. when a female graduate student was walking on the trail toward campus.  Near a small bridge on the trail, a man came out of a wooded area and exposed himself.  The woman continued walking toward campus.

About a minute later, another female graduate student walking toward campus came across the man at the same location, where he exposed himself to her.  She screamed and ran, catching up to the other woman.  In a few minutes, they came across a University Police officer and reported the incident.

The University Police Department asks anyone with information that may assist in the investigation to call University Police at 336-758-5591.  They may also use the police department’s Silent Witness online reporting system or theUniversity LiveSafe app.  If someone sees a man they suspect is the perpetrator, they are urged to call the department’s emergency number at 336-758-5911.