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President Hatch to present State of University address

President Nathan O. Hatch will deliver his annual State of the University Address, at the invitation of the Faculty Senate and Senate President James Cotter, on Thursday, Nov. 10 at 3 p.m. in Brendle Recital Hall.

The Senate invites all faculty, staff and students to attend as President Hatch reflects on the past decade, speaks about Wake Forest today, and anticipates opportunities and challenges ahead.

A reception will immediately follow in the lobby of Brendle Recital Hall, to which all are invited.

President Hatch: A message about CARE

This message was emailed from President Hatch to faculty and staff on Nov. 2.  A similar message was emailed to all students.

At Wake Forest University the Campus Assessment, Response and Evaluation (CARE) Team is a vital resource for all students, faculty, and staff in the community.  The CARE Team is available for any community member who is worried about a student, colleague, or any individual that is connected with our campus.  Knowing more about the role of this important resource is a good way to help support the wellbeing of all members in our community.

Our CARE Team assesses, responds to, and provides ongoing evaluation of disruptive, troubling, or threatening behaviors brought to the attention of the team. The CARE Team’s actions are focused on connecting people in need of help with support services. As a result of these connections, individuals are more likely to find themselves feeling better about their work and relationships and more aware of the resources and personal support available to them.

Campus safety and personal wellbeing remain core values at Wake Forest, and you play an important role in bringing this commitment to fruition.  Early identification and communication of behaviors of concern is vital to maintaining the health of our community.

I encourage each of you to listen to your students and colleagues and pay attention to those around you. We want Wake Forest to be a welcoming and supportive community – a place in which we all feel comfortable expressing care and concern for each other.

If you become aware of disruptive or threatening behaviors, or are concerned about someone affiliated with the university, I ask that you contact any CARE Team member office or send a message to Please note that if you are concerned about the possibility of imminent violence, you should immediately contact University Police (911 from a University land line or 336-758-5911 from a cell phone). Or, you may call the Winston-Salem Police Department (911 from a cell phone or off-campus land line).

Once contacted, our CARE Team acts discreetly to assess the reported behavior(s) and provide an appropriate level of support. For more information about the CARE Team, including contact information, team composition, and descriptions of behaviors of concern, please visit

Thank you for your assistance in assuring that our campus remains a safe place for all members of the community to live, learn, and work together in the spirit of Pro Humanitate.


Nathan O. Hatch

onCall van service to expand hours starting Nov. 6

This message was emailed by Communications and External Relations to students, faculty and staff on Nov. 2:

Wake Forest’s onCall late-night van service will expand its operating hours Nov. 6. The van service will begin running at 5:30 p.m. nightly, instead of 10 p.m.  It will continue each night until 7 a.m.

Last September, Wake Forest launched the OnCall service, which is intended for students, faculty and staff.  There is no charge to use it.

Wake Forest’s Parking and Transportation office operates the van service, as well as the University’s shuttle service.  It will operate each fall and spring semester.

To get a ride, call 336-283-1091.

Service areas include the Reynolda Campus, the University Corporate Center freshman parking lot, sophomore parking area (Lot Z2), Deacon Station and surrounding campus neighborhoods located on or near Polo Road, Brookwood Drive, Howell Street, University Parkway and Long Drive.

Beyond the onCall van service, Parking and Transportation offers nightly shuttle service with the Gray Line.  The Gray Line Night Route is on a fixed schedule Sunday – Thursday from 7:30 p.m. – 2:30 a.m.

For more information about the onCall service and other transportation options, visit

Author, filmmaker Jose Vargas to speak in Benson Center

Pulitzer Prize-winning author and filmmaker Jose Vargas will speak at Wake Forest on Thursday, Nov. 3 at 6 p.m. in Benson University Center’s Pugh Auditorium. The event is part of the Wake Forest’s ‘Journeys to Success’ speaker series.

Vargas’s work centers on the changing American identity. He is the founder of Define American, a nonprofit media and culture organization that seeks to elevate the conversation around immigration and citizenship in America and #EmergingUS, a multimedia news platform that focuses on race, immigration and the complexities of multiculturalism.

The event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 5 p.m. for Wake Forest University community members with a WFU ID and at 5:30 p.m. for the public.

Dedication set Nov. 4 for Intercultural, LGBTQ, Women’s Centers

New offices for Wake Forest’s Intercultural, LGBTQ and Women’s Centers will be dedicated on Nov. 4 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at Benson University Center.  The offices opened last summer on the third floor of Benson Center, but a dedication ceremony had not been held until now.

Remarks from Provost Rogan Kersh and others will begin at 3:15 p.m. in the third-floor rotunda of Benson Center.  Afterward, all are invited to visit the centers’ new spaces on the east side of Benson Center.

Barbee Myers Oakes, chief diversity officer, said the event is an opportunity for the campus community to hear information about new programs, listen to remarks by students and center directors, and hear about the centers’ plans to enrich the community shared by students, faculty, staff and others.

Allison McWilliams: Building your EQ through mentoring

Allison McWilliams, director of mentoring and alumni personal and career development in the Office of Personal and Career Development, writes occasional articles for Inside WFU.  This is the third for the fall semester.  In each, she shares observations and suggestions with faculty and staff drawn from her professional experience with students.

Allison McWilliams, the Director of Career Education in the Wake Forest Office of Personal and Career Development on Monday, October 10, 2011.

Research has argued that emotional intelligence, or EQ, can matter up to twice as much as both IQ and expertise in predicting career success. Sounds important, doesn’t it? So what is it and how do you do it? In short, EQ is your ability to recognize and understand emotions in yourself and others and your ability to use this awareness effectively to manage your behavior and relationships. More specifically, EQ has four components:

  • Self-awareness: your ability to recognize your emotions and mood and how it impacts others
  • Self-management: your ability to manage your impulses, moods, and to think before acting or reacting
  • Social awareness: your ability to gauge accurately the emotions of others through listening and observing
  • Relationship management: your ability to build rapport, build networks, inspire trust

The great news is that the four key components of EQ are all key components in effective mentoring relationships. To be an effective mentor it is important that you have a deep understanding of self and a honed ability to develop trusting, empathetic relationships with others. By engaging in mentoring relationships, you will continue to develop these skills over time. Effective mentors are always in learning and self-development mode. Effective mentors understand that they are not perfect but a work in progress, constantly looking for ways that they can grow and develop their skills, abilities, knowledge, and talents. Effective mentors share successes as well as failures, create safe spaces for sharing and risk-taking, practice listening and respond well to feedback. As a bonus, by doing so, you role model EQ to your mentees, as well.

Try a few of these tips to develop your EQ:

  • Pay attention to your emotional, verbal, and physical responses. Write down your responses to different work and life experiences. What patterns do you start to notice over time?
  • Practice not responding. The next time you have the urge to jump in argue a point, try taking a step back. What were you going to say and why? How does it feel to sit one out? What was the result of you not making yourself heard?
  • Seek out feedback. Ask a trusted friend or colleague to observe you in different situations and to give you feedback on how you engage with others and how you manage your own responses. Try to resist the urge to defend yourself, but simply listen and ask questions for clarification, and then reflect on what you heard.

Secrest Artists Series presents Savion Glover

Savion_Glover3Tony Award-winning tap dancer and choreographer Savion Glover brings his unprecedented talents and creativity to Wake Forest on Nov. 10.  His performance will be presented by the Secrest Artist Series.

Doors will open at 7 p.m. in Wait Chapel.  The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Ticket information is available here.  The show is free to Wake Forest students, faculty, staff and retirees with their University ID.

Due to the popularity of this performance, the Secrest Artist Series encourages people to arrive early for the best seating selection.

A pre-performance talk will be led by Nina Lucas, chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance and artistic director of the Wake Forest dance company.

For more information, call  336-758-5757.

Crime Alert: Student reports being struck in face on Hearn Plaza

This message was emailed to students, faculty and staff on Oct. 30:

A female student reported to University Police that she was struck in the face by two men as she walked alone on Hearn Plaza at approximately 2 a.m.  Oct. 30.

The University Police Department is investigating.

No serious injury was reported.  Student emergency technicians checked the student. She declined additional treatment.

She told police that she left Zick’s on Hearn Plaza shortly before it closed and began walking south on a Hearn Plaza sidewalk. Police estimate the time as being around 2 a.m.

At one point, three men were walking behind her.  Two of the men spoke briefly to her as she continued walking.  One punched her in the face several times.  Another slapped her one time.  The men immediately ran away and she continued toward the southern section of campus.

Accompanied by a friend, she came to the University Police office in Davis Residence Hall at 3:49 a.m. to report the incident.

At the time of this message, no suspects had been located as University Police searched campus.

Authorities ask that anyone with information about the incident contact the University Police at 336-758-5911 or use University Police’s Silent Witness process.  The LiveSafe app may also be used.

Wake Forest Office of Communications and External Relations

Wondering about the weather? Check out WeatherSTEM

If you are wondering what kind of weather to expect this weekend, you can get your answer in detail thanks to WeatherSTEM stations on top of the Miller Center and the scoreboard at BB&T Field. They were installed earlier this year.

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.

The weather stations were obtained from WeatherSTEM in Tallahassee, Fla.  The company describes itself as providing “an integration of weather stations, collected and distributed atmospheric data and STEM-based curriculum for grades K-12.

In addition to its safety applications, WeatherSTEM also provides an online library of educational materials.

To learn more:

–Visit the University’s WeatherSTEM stations.

–Download a WeatherSTEM mobile app

–Follow the social media accounts for the University’s weather stations.

Message from President Hatch: Wake Will Lead

This message was emailed by President Hatch on Oct. 27:

Dear Wake Forest alumni, parents, and friends / students, faculty, and staff,

During Homecoming Weekend in 2013, we celebrated the launch of Wake Will: The Campaign for Wake Forest with the belief that alumni, parents, and friends would rally behind our vision of preparing students to lead lives that matter. We planned to invest a total of $600 million in the Reynolda Campus by 2018.

More than 50,000 of us have made a financial gift to Wake Will. We funded 300 new scholarships, 327 new student aid funds, endowed ten new faculty chairs, created 30 new funds supporting academic departments, and enabled the renovation of the core of the Wake Forest campus and given rise to vital new facilities.

Wake Will has fueled impressive momentum for our University:

  • The current U.S. News rankings mark 21 consecutive years among the top-30 national universities, a top-5 ranking for our commitment to undergraduate teaching, and we are first among national universities in the proportion of students who earn academic credit while studying abroad.
  • This fall, we welcomed the Class of 2020 to campus – joining the most competitive and diverse student body in Wake Forest history. These students will benefit from new international, joint-degree, and cross-school programs that create opportunities to transcend the boundaries of campus, culture and academic discipline.
  • We have enhanced our ability to produce champions on and off the field with new athletic facilities and support for our student-athletes.
  • Our schools of business, divinity, and law are realizing the benefits of new and renovated physical spaces, support for faculty, and new sources of student aid.
  • Wake Forest is the only top-30 institution to offer for-credit career development courses to all students, resulting in 98.5% of graduates employed or accepted into graduate school within six months of graduation – and prepared for a lifetime of career changes.

I share the following news with great gratitude for what we have accomplished together: our Wake Forest community has donated more than $625 million, exceeding our original Wake Will campaign goal two years ahead of schedule.

The future for Wake Forest is bright, the possibility of what we can achieve is unbounded, and the responsibility we owe to future generations of Wake Foresters weighs heavy. Over the past three years, I have been asked on numerous occasions to answer the question inspired by our campaign, “What, exactly, will Wake do?”

Our current trajectory allows me to answer with great confidence, Wake Will Lead.

Wake Will Lead by investing in our signature strengths and emerging opportunities that prepare students to thrive in an unpredictable and dynamic world. When applied to our personal model of education, these signatures reflect closely held Wake Forest traditions, yet evoke questions only answered by innovation and an investment of philanthropic resources. How can Wake Forest enhance our ability to:

  • Ensure every student has a meaningful, mentored educational experience?
  • Prepare students for jobs that don’t yet exist?
  • Educate students in important new fields of study, offered in dynamic new locations?
  • Help students transcend the boundaries of geography, culture, and personal circumstances?
  • Prepare students for the inevitable and everyday tests of leadership and character?
  • Prepare worthy professionals with a commitment to serve their congregations, customers and clients, as well as their industries and communities?

 Wake Will Lead provides answers to these questions and promises Wake Forest will claim a leadership position in signature strengths and emerging opportunities.

Each dean and campus leader – to include those leading the undergraduate college, the graduate school, professional schools, campus life, Reynolda House and athletics department – has accepted the challenge to identify how they will lead in their respective fields as we seek to invest $400 million beyond our original goal in the Reynolda Campus by 2020. By raising a total of $1 billion in a decade, Wake Will Lead us into a new era where philanthropy can fuel Wake Forest’s aspirations and reduce our dependence on student tuition.

I am enthusiastic about what a commitment to lead makes possible for our community of learning and grateful for your continuous support. Please join me in celebrating our promising future.


Nathan O. Hatch