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Welcome to a new semester

WFU.band.300x175A message to students, faculty and staff from President Nathan Hatch.

Welcome to a new semester at Wake Forest. Whether you are embarking on your first experience on campus or you’re a familiar face on these grounds, we all approach this beginning with anticipation and uncovered potential. Together, we have the capacity to pursue new intellectual discoveries, create extraordinary relationships and seek to live as a community that cherishes innovation, virtue and civility.

This summer, I have been struck anew at the baffling complexity of our world. One book that I read underscored this reality: My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel by Ari Shavit. A distinguished Israeli journalist, Shavit has lived a most interesting life, serving dutifully in the Israeli military and later as a peace activist.

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Develop your personal spiritual wellbeing through mindfulness

tim.auman.300x175A guest post by Chaplain Tim Auman

If there is a secret to spiritual wellbeing, it is this: when we are present, when our attention is fully in the moment, our lives are deepened and transformed.

The idea of developing mindfulness in the midst of our crazy, chaotic world, might be perceived as dubious. Think about the number of distractions that characterize most of our lives. We have emails to read, texts to send, pictures to post on Facebook. It seems that every academic year leads to an exponential increase in the distractions that occupy our minds, and absorb our attention, energy and exuberance for life.

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Tribble’s return to WFU brings Pro Humanitate focus to alumni engagement

mary.tribble.150x225Facilitating meaningful connections for alumni has always been a hallmark of Wake Forest.

Today, with eyes focused on the future and feet rooted in tradition, the University is blazing a new trail in creating and nurturing long-lasting and transformative relationships with our nearly 65,000 alumni, particularly as it relates to our motto, Pro Humanitate.

Mary Tribble (’82) has joined the University Advancement team as Senior Advisor for Engagement Strategies to lead Wake Forest in these significant efforts. We are thrilled to welcome Mary back to her alma mater after a remarkable career as a nationally recognized, award-winning special event planner and a sought-after communications consultant.

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Exterior window washing scheduled

Message from Facilities and Campus Services

Facilities and Campus Services is pleased to announce a new three (3) year contract for exterior window washing. The following buildings are scheduled for Phase I of the contract:

Dance Studio
Scales Fine Arts Center
Starling Hall
Byrum Welcome Center and Admissions
Winston Hall
Z. Smith Reynolds Library
Presidents House
Olin Physical Laboratory
Salem Hall

Donnie Adams will be scheduling the work and will answer any questions or concerns. You may reach him at 336-758-4599.

Parking lot closure and information on cross-country trails

A message from Facilities and Campus Services

Parking Lot Closures:

Beginning Monday, Aug. 25, Parking Lot X will be closed for 2-3 weeks, pending weather. This parking lot will be closed due to the intramural field renovation project. Parking spaces in Lot X will gradually re-open as the project progresses. Here is a link to the campus parking map for reference to this parking location.

Contact Alex Crist at 336-758-2558 with any questions.

TrailPartial closure of cross-country trails:

The construction for the McCreary Field House has begun. Part of the cross-country trails will remain open during the construction. Access to the trails on campus will be behind The Barn; with the trails from The Barn toward Faculty Drive area open during the construction. There will be barricades and signs on the trail indicating where the trails are closed due to the construction zone. Please do not cross into the construction area for safety reasons.

See the map for barricade locations shown as blue lines. Areas highlighted in yellow indicate trails that are open and accessible to runners.

Contact Wendy Wooten at 336-758-5689 or wootenwr@wfu.edu with any questions.

ACA names National Award after Gladding

Sam GladdingThe American Counseling Association (ACA), the world’s largest association representing professional counselors in various practice settings with over 55,000 members, has set up a new award in honor of Professor of Counseling Samuel T. Gladding (’67, MAEd ’71).

The award will be called the Samuel T. Gladding Unsung Heroes Award and will recognize professional counseling practitioners who often serve without any type of peer recognition.

The first individual to receive the Gladding Award will be announced in March, 2015, at the ACA National Awards ceremony in Orlando, Fla. The award carries an honorarium of $1,000.

Gladding is a past president of the American Counseling Association and a past chair of the American Counseling Association Foundation. He served as chair of the counseling department from January 2003, when the department was established, until July 2014.

Jasper Memory Lane closure

Message from Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

Much of Jasper Memory Lane will be closed to motor vehicle traffic from 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, until 3 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, due to a University event planned for first-year undergraduate students.

The road will be closed from Luter Residence Hall to Collins Residence Hall for Friday Night Live, an event that is part of first-year orientation. Access to Faculty Drive will remain open in that area, but no traffic will be allowed in front of the residence halls along Jasper Memory Lane.

Vehicles parked in Lot J, behind Collins and South residence halls, may leave the lot by driving through adjacent Lot H, at the intersection of Jasper Memory Lane and Wingate Road.

All vehicles parked on Jasper Memory Lane must be removed by 5 p.m. on Aug. 22.

Friday Night Live will feature music provided by Wake Radio, food trucks and many outdoor games and activities. Hundreds of first-year students are expected.

Orientation organizers appreciate the community’s cooperation.

Move-in Day: Share the excitement on social with #WFU18

wfu18The Wake Forest homepage, www.wfu.edu, has a special look to celebrate the excitement of move-in! Use the class of 2018’s hashtag, #WFU18, to join in the fun and share your Wake Forest pride with new students, current students, parents, faculty and staff. All are welcome to participate.

Visit the #WFU18 tagboard for a selection of the best tweets, posts and pictures on social media.

Wake Forest welcomes a new freshman class, traffic expected

movein.620x350The following message is sent on behalf of Residence Life and Housing.

Wake Forest will welcome a new freshman class early on Thursday, Aug., 21, when new student move-in begins at 8 a.m. For faculty and staff scheduled to be on campus that busy morning, the University has recommendations for where to enter campus and park.

The University is committed to making the move-in experience the best possible time for our students and their families, and as convenient as possible for faculty and staff. Thanks in advance for your assistance and flexibility as we welcome the newest Demon Deacons to campus!

New student move-in traffic and parking

On Aug. 21, faculty and staff should enter campus through the Polo Road entrance. New students and their families will be encouraged to enter campus via the University Parkway and Reynolda Road entrances.

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The Arnett and Buckley ‘Top 10 Ways to Get Social at WFU’

rolling.the.quad.300x175A guest post by Kathy Arnett, director of the Student Union and James Buckley, director of the Benson University Center

Social wellbeing is the result of our positive and regular interactions with others in a variety of settings. Studies have shown that development and sustenance of our relationships is vital to happiness.

Contrary to pop-culture-fueled perceptions, social interaction isn’t just for kids anymore. In fact, the older you are, the more you need it.

Below is the Arnett and Buckley “Top 10 Ways to Get Social at WFU” where faculty and staff can enjoy some time with each other and with students. Think about your top 10 and get busy being social.

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