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Updated information regarding Clinton campaign event

This message was emailed to students, faculty and staff Oct. 27:

For today’s (Oct. 27) Hillary Clinton campaign event at the Coliseum, organizers have set aside a designated entrance on the East Side of the Coliseum’s Main Lobby for Wake Forest students, faculty and staff.  In addition, inside the Coliseum, there will be a designated space for Wake Forest students, faculty and staff.

Special transportation arrangements for Wake Forest students, faculty and staff have been made, too.  The Hillary Clinton campaign has made arrangements for buses to shuttle Wake Forest students, faculty and staff to and from the campaign event to be held at 2 p.m. today.  Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and First Lady Michelle Obama will be at the event.  Doors will open at approximately 11 a.m.

Starting at 10:30 a.m. in Parking Lot P (east side of Wait Chapel), buses will begin taking students, faculty and staff to the coliseum.  The buses will continue transporting campus community members from the campus to the Coliseum until the event begins.

After the event, people returning to campus can board buses at the same Coliseum location where they had been dropped off earlier.

Anyone attending the event is encouraged by the Clinton campaign to RSVP.

The Clinton campaign has announced that people should expect airport-style security at the event.  Prohibited items include homemade signs, placards, umbrellas, large bags, alcohol, weapons or noisemakers.  No food or drinks are allowed inside the event. Water will be provided.

Thousands of people are expected to attend the event.  Traffic in the Coliseum area will be heavy today.

Statement from Wake Forest University:  As an educational institution, Wake Forest is committed to promoting the free exchange of ideas, which includes providing a forum for speakers who express a wide variety of political views.  The University’s tax-exempt status, however, requires that it not engage in any political campaign activity, which means the University is prohibited from endorsing or opposing any candidate for public office. Wake Forest takes its obligation in this regard very seriously.  This event does not represent an endorsement by Wake Forest of any candidate for public office.

Presidential Chairs support, retain outstanding faculty

A Wake Forest Presidential Chair supports recruiting and retaining faculty who are both outstanding researchers in their field as well as dedicated teachers.

President Nathan Hatch announced the Presidential Chair initiative in 2012 – an initiative made possible through Wake Will: The Campaign for Wake Forest. The initial goal to establish 10 chairs has been met.

“An endowed chair is an enduring tribute to the person who established it and is the highest academic award that can be bestowed on a faculty member,” Hatch said. “Our Presidential Chair program seeks to reward, retain and recruit those teacher-scholars who most embody the ideals that Wake Forest has for faculty: brilliant and committed scholars who have a profound ability and commitment to teach and mentor students.”

For the first $1 million donated to each Presidential Chair, the University matches those funds to provide additional support for faculty. Four of the 10 chairs have been named to faculty.

  • The Rubin Chair of Jewish and Israeli Studies – established by Mike (MALS ’13) and Debbie (MAEd ’83, MALS ’05) Rubin of Winston-Salem. Debbie, a trustee, worked as a counselor in the University Counseling Center for several years; held by Professor Barry Trachtenberg, department of History.
  • The Andrew Sabin Family Foundation Presidential Chair in Conservation Biology – established through the family foundation of Wake Forest parent Andrew Sabin (P ‘17) to support environmental programs around the world; held by Professor Miles Silman, department of Biology.
  • The Thomas W. Smith Foundation Presidential Chair in Business Ethics – supports a faculty member committed to the exploration of the relationship between business, government and society; held by Jim Otteson, executive director of the BB&T Center for the Study of Capitalism, School of Business.
  • The Inmar Presidential Chair of Analytics at the School of Business – established by the Winston-Salem-based company that is known for operating intelligent commerce networks; held by Jeffrey Camm, Associate Dean of Business Analytics, School of Business
  • The Donna A. Boswell Presidential Chair of Health Care Innovation – established by Boswell (’72, MA ’74), a university trustee, to promote teaching and scholarship that fosters a more comprehensive understanding of the political and economic factors that promote innovation in health care and health care delivery.
  • The David C. Darnell Presidential Chair in Principled Leadership – established by Bank of America as a retirement gift to Darnell following a 36-year career.
  • The William T. Wilson, III, Presidential Chair for Business Law – established by Wilson, a 1980 law school graduate who is a local attorney best known for his work in commercial real estate.
  • The Katherine and Dickerson Wright Presidential Chair in Computer Science and Entrepreneurship – established by Wake Forest parents who were founding partners of the Office of Personal and Career Development. Kathy, a University Trustee, serves on the Wake Will Campaign CORE Committee and the Wake Will Campaign California Bay Area Regional Committee.
  • The Burchfield Presidential Chair of Political Economy – established by Bobby Burchfield (’76), a former vice chair of the board of trustees and a prominent Washington, D.C., attorney
  • The Larry J. and LeeAnn Merlo Presidential Chair for Communications and Entrepreneurship – established by the Merlos, Wake Forest parents. As president and CEO of CVS Health, Larry has taken strong steps in his organization’s commitment to public health.

Changes in campus parking, traffic flow this week

This message was emailed to students, faculty, staff on Oct. 26:

Some changes in campus parking and traffic flow will occur this week as the University celebrates Homecoming.

Changes scheduled:

Thursday, October 27

  • Gulley Drive will close at 6 a.m.  It will reopen Saturday, October 29.
  • Nearby Lots E and J will be available for faculty/staff parking.
  •  Lots M and W1 will close at 2 p.m. Vehicles will not have access to those lots after 2 pm.  A portion of Lot W2 (20 spaces) will be closed.
  •  Lot P will be closed.
  • The upper portion of Davis Field will be available for faculty/staff parking, but those vehicles must be out of the area by 5:30 p.m.

Thursday and Friday, October 27 and 28

  • Lots B, C and N will be closed both days.
  • Upper area of Davis Field available for faculty/staff parking.

Friday, October 28

  • Lot F will close at 3 p.m.
  • Twenty spaces in Lot W2 will be closed from 7-11 a.m.

For locations of lots, consult the University parking map.

Buses to shuttle students, faculty and staff to campaign event

The Hillary Clinton campaign has made arrangements for buses to shuttle Wake Forest students, faculty and staff to and from a campaign event to be held at 2 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Coliseum. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and First Lady Michelle Obama will be at the event.

Starting at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 27 in Parking Lot P (east side of Wait Chapel), buses will begin taking students, faculty and staff to the coliseum.  The buses will continue transporting campus community members from the campus to the Coliseum until the event begins.

After the event, people returning to campus can board buses at the same Coliseum location where they had been dropped off earlier.

Anyone attending the event is encouraged by the Clinton campaign to RSVP.  The Clinton campaign will send additional details to those who RSVP.

Statement from Wake Forest University:  As an educational institution, Wake Forest is committed to promoting the free exchange of ideas, which includes providing a forum for speakers who express a wide variety of political views.  The University’s tax-exempt status, however, requires that it not engage in any political campaign activity, which means the University is prohibited from endorsing or opposing any candidate for public office. Wake Forest takes its obligation in this regard very seriously.  This event does not represent an endorsement by Wake Forest of any candidate for public office.

Dean Franco named director of Humanities Institute

dean.franco.300x175Professor of English Dean J. Franco has been named director of the Wake Forest University Humanities Institute beginning January 2017. The Institute, which was established in 2010, supports humanities scholarship which draws on disciplines like philosophy, literature, religion, history, and other fields to interpret the human experience, understand our world, and engage the issues of our time.

In the past six years, nearly 200 College faculty from 35 departments and programs across the humanities, natural and social sciences, and the arts, and 30 faculty from law, medicine, divinity and business, have collaborated with the Institute — helping bring together top scholars and leaders to produce new scholarship, inspire new directions in teaching, and demonstrate how the humanities can inform and impact important issues of our time, such as:

  • Envisioning a community that protects the world’s citizens from the effects of climate change — especially the poorest countries and communities.
  • Addressing the challenges of mass incarceration and the criminal justice system.
  • Recognizing the importance of humanities training for the future of medicine and exploring holistic healing through storytelling and narrative medicine.

Franco along with Mary Foskett, Wake Forest Kahle Professor of Religious Studies; Sally Barbour, professor of Romance Languages; and David Phillips, associate professor of Interdisciplinary Humanities — laid the groundwork and secured the funding that made the Institute possible.

“Having played a leading role in the Humanities Institute since its inception, Dean is perfectly poised to become the Institute’s next director,” said Foskett, the Humanities Institute founding director. “He will not only carry on its mission, which he helped craft, he will infuse the Institute with his unique combination of brilliance, creativity, vision, and energy. I can’t wait to see what the Humanities Institute will do with Dean leading it forward.”

The Institute has also supported transformational programming in the College such as the Interdisciplinary Humanities Pathway to Medicine Program, which offers guaranteed admission to Wake Forest School of Medicine for up to five undergraduates majoring in the humanities or fine arts, and new interdisciplinary initiatives like a growing digital humanities community at Wake Forest.

Wake Forest was recently awarded a $650,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in support of engaged humanities – teaching, learning, mentoring and real-world problem solving that moves beyond the classroom. With support from this grant, the Humanities Institute will offer new programming in narrative medicine and will collaborate with Reynolda House Museum of American Art to host new scholarly conferences.

“I am excited about working with Reynolda House to implement the Mellon Grant funded Reynolda Conferences in 2018 and 2019,” Franco said. “This is a dream scenario — the opportunity to assemble scholars working on the same sets of questions for extended, deep learning.”

Franco joined Wake Forest 2001. He directs the Jewish Studies minor, has recently served as associate chair of the English department, and was the Scott Family Faculty Fellow from 2012-2014. He researches and publishes on race and literature.

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Hillary Clinton campaign event moved to the Coliseum

This message was emailed to students, faculty and staff on Oct. 25:

The Hillary Clinton campaign announced today that it will move an Oct. 27 campaign rally featuring Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and First Lady Michelle Obama to the Coliseum.  Initially, the Clinton campaign announced that the event would be held on Hearn Plaza.  The potential for inclement weather on Oct. 27 was cited by the Clinton campaign as the reason for moving to the Coliseum.

The event will begin at 2 p.m. in the Coliseum. Doors will open at approximately 11 a.m.

Anyone attending is encouraged to RSVP as soon as possible.  The Clinton campaign will send additional details to all who RSVP, approximately 12 hours before the event. Tickets are not required.

The Clinton campaign has made arrangements for Wake Forest students, faculty and staff to be bused from campus to the Coliseum for the campaign rally.  Starting at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 27 in Parking Lot P (east side of Wait Chapel) buses will begin taking students, faculty and staff to the event.  The buses will continue transporting campus community members to the Coliseum until the campaign rally begins.  After the event, the buses will return students, faculty and staff to campus. More details will be announced by the University later.

Those attending the rally are encouraged by the Clinton campaign not to bring bags onto the bus or into the Coliseum.  No signs or banners will be permitted by the Clinton campaign on buses or in the Coliseum.  All people attending the event are encouraged to limit personal items taken onto the bus or into the Coliseum. Anything carried is subject to being searched at the Coliseum, slowing entry into the Coliseum.

A high level of security will be present at the Coliseum before and during the Clinton event.  All those attending should expect a level of security that is typical for appearances by presidential candidates.

An additional email will be sent by the University to students, faculty and staff as more details are made known by the Clinton campaign.

The Clinton campaign approached University officials, recently, to request permission to hold a rally at Wake Forest.  In accordance with University policies and practices, the University agreed to the use of a University location for campaign purposes. After initially settling on Hearn Plaza as a location, the Clinton campaign decided to move the rally to the University’s Coliseum.

Statement from Wake Forest University: As an educational institution, Wake Forest is committed to promoting the free exchange of ideas, which includes providing a forum for speakers who express a wide variety of political views.  The University’s tax-exempt status, however, requires that it not engage in any political campaign activity, which means the University is prohibited from endorsing or opposing any candidate for public office.  Wake Forest takes its obligation in this regard very seriously.  This event does not represent an endorsement by Wake Forest of any candidate for public office.

Wake Forest Office of Communications and External Relations

 

Wake Forest trustee Al Hunt to participate in ‘Election’ forums

Journalist Al Hunt, a Wake Forest trustee and alumnus, will participate in “Election 2016: Debating the Issues,” a three-day series of forums at Wake Forest featuring national and regional experts offering different perspectives on key election issues.  Free and open to the public, the sessions will be held Oct. 25, 26 and 27 in Pugh Auditorium in Benson University Center.

Hunt, who oversees Bloomberg’s coverage of U.S. elections and other political news, will speak at 3 p.m. Oct. 26.  His presentation is entitled, “Al Hunt: An Insider’s Perspective on American Politics Today.”

Conservative and liberal voices are represented on panels moderated by Wake Forest professors.

More information is available here.

Human Resources announces new long term care benefit

This is a guest post from Human Resources:

Wake Forest is offering a new Genworth long term care benefit for services you or your family receive at home, in the community, or in a nursing facility. Active full-time benefits-eligible faculty and staff may enroll today through November 18, 2016, and will receive more information at their home address. Additionally, Genworth representatives will host information sessions across campus, October 31 – November 2.

When you click to enroll, you will need to enter the following:

  • Group ID: wake
  • Access Code: groupltc

The benefit will be effective January 1, 2017, and will not affect the University’s current coverage or premiums.

WakeUnited: Tang supports engaging the community for change

This is the third of a series of pieces written about Wake Forest community members who are committed to WakeUnited, the United Way campaign at Wake Forest.

Wake Forest faculty and staff headshots, Tuesday, October 4, 2016. Anthony Tang.

As alumni coordinator at Wake Forest, Anthony M. Tang is responsible for the execution of Pro Humanitate initiatives across the country. His involvement in WakeUnited is a natural extension of that desire to help others.

“The United Way focuses on how we can be a part of positive changes in our community and the ways in which we can provide a positive influence for the people of Winston-Salem,” Tang explains.

Since graduating in 2011 with a bachelor of arts in communication, Tang has continued to be involved in the University community. In 2014 he joined the Office of Alumni Engagement, and that same year, he created the Wake Forest Athletic Band Fund to help pay for the band to travel to sporting events.

Tang chose to invest his time in United Way because of its outward focus. “A truly inclusive society begins in our local communities, and the work the United Way is invested in seeks to bring different, unique and dynamic people together to make a positive difference in Winston-Salem.”

Tang sees the partnership between Wake Forest University and United Way as an opportunity to be a catalyst for positive change in the Winston-Salem community. “At Wake Forest, we are focused on making better people. Our desire is to see everyone grow academically, professionally and personally,” Tang says. “These same traits can be applied to the United Way.”

He adds, “This is our opportunity to show Winston-Salem how truly invested we are in the city in which our university is located.”

 The 2016 WakeUnited campaign encourages faculty and staff to pledge support for United Way and its critical mission in the community. A personalized pledge link has been sent to your email, or you can make your pledge at unitedway.wfu.edu.

 

WISE 2017: Registration now open

This is a guest post from the WISE Conference:

Nine years ago a small cohort of Wake Forest faculty participated in a small workshop designed for developing intercultural skills and awareness. The Workshop on Intercultural Skills Enhancement, now known as the WISE Conference, has grown into a comprehensive forum hosting more than 270 domestic and international participants. The upcoming event — scheduled for February 8-10, 2017 at the Downtown Winston-Salem Marriott — will feature pre-conference workshops and sessions relevant in preparing educators to help students embrace their study abroad experiences on a deeper level – whether that be outside the U.S. or on the Wake Forest campus.

The main WISE Conference (February 9-10) will feature a plenary and more than 30 sessions covering a wide range of subjects applicable to out-bound and in-bound study abroad. Wake Forest University faculty and staff can attend at no charge, however registration is required.

Pre-Conference workshops are offered on February 8 and require a registration fee. Workshops are facilitated by well-known intercultural faculty/trainers: Steve Folmar, Wake Forest associate professor of anthropology; Tara Harvey; Mick Vande Berg; Adriana Medina-López-Portillo. These seasoned professionals will guide day-long or half-day workshops of a highly experiential nature, providing participants with in-depth perspectives on various intercultural topics.

Visit the Center for Global Programs & Studies’ website for registration and session details at http://global.wfu.edu/wise/