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Gathering today at noon in Davis Chapel to honor victims in Orlando

A statement from the LGBTQ Center, University Chaplain, and Dean of Students

On behalf of the LGBTQ Center, the Office of the Dean of Students, and the Office of the Chaplain, we condemn the violence that occurred in Orlando last night. The shooting at the Pulse Nightclub, one of Orlando’s largest gay establishments, left over 50 people dead and dozens more wounded. We mourn the individuals who lost their lives and offer our deepest sympathy to their family and friends, as well as to LGBTQ communities across the country.  We also wish to offer our support to Muslim communities across America, who often face backlash and hatred when acts of violence are committed by other Muslims.  Finally, we recognize that for LGBTQ-identified Muslims, the Orlando shooting represents a profound attack on multiple intersections of their identity. We encourage the Wake Forest University community to stand together in allyship and support with both Muslim and LGBTQ individuals and communities during this time.

The Chaplain’s Office, in collaboration with the LGBTQ Center and the Office of the Dean of Students, invites members of the Wake Forest community to a brief gathering tomorrow (Monday, 6/13) at noon in Davis Chapel to honor the pain that is a result of this violence. Please see below for information about additional support services available to members of the community.

In solidarity,

Angela Mazaris, Director, LGBTQ Center
Adam Goldstein, Dean of Students, Associate Vice President
Tim Auman, University Chaplain

Information about Receiving and Providing Support:  You do not need to be a survivor or know a victim of violence to experience the emotional and physical effects of violent action.  The impact of violence can be immediate for some, and for others can not appear until some time has passed.  For some, talking about the event with others, acknowledging the resulting feelings, and focusing on helping others can assist with reducing the negative emotional impact of violence.  For others, talking with a mental health professional is a useful step in moving through the pain.  Wake Forest University students can speak with a mental health professional by contacting the University Counseling Center at (336) 758-5273, Monday-Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm. WFU faculty and staff can find counseling and support through the university’s Employee Assistance Program (336) 716-5493.

Additional resources:

Update on 6/11 off-campus shooting

A message from Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

Early morning, June 11, a Wake Forest University student was shot during an apparent robbery. The student is currently being treated in a local hospital and is expected to recover.

The police investigation is ongoing.

The Winston-Salem Police Department has issued a description of the suspects and their vehicle. They are looking for a large, black sport utility vehicle seen in the vicinity of Polo Road and Brookwood Drive early Saturday morning around, or before, 2:30 a.m.

The victim described one suspect as a black male at least 17 years old, no facial hair, and wearing a flat-bill baseball style hat. Hair protruding from under the hat may have had small braids or twists. There may have been additional passengers in the vehicle.

Anyone with information that may assist in the investigation is asked to call the Winston-Salem Police Department at 336-773-7700, or Crimestoppers at 336-727-2800.

Police are increasing patrols on campus and in the surrounding area.

Timely warning notices are required to contain information that may help others avoid becoming the victim of a similar crime. For information that promotes safety and aids in the prevention of similar incidents, visit:

This information is provided in compliance with federal statute 20 U.S.C. § 1092(f) The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, better known as the Clery Act.

Community of support

A message from Wake Forest University President Nathan Hatch

Dear Wake Forest faculty, staff, and students,

Like many of you, I woke up this morning to shocking news of a shooting near campus. A Wake Forest student was shot in the chest during an apparent robbery. I have reached out to the student’s family to offer support on behalf of the Wake Forest community. I am pleased to share that the initial surgery went well and the student is in stable condition.

I want to offer my gratitude to the Winston-Salem Police Department and our own University Police for their quick response and their efforts in the ongoing investigation. I am also grateful for the many members of the campus community currently working in support of this student and the family. They appreciate all of the thoughts and prayers directed their way.

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.

Major construction to begin on the south side patio around Reynolda Hall

This message is from Sam Binkley, Senior Project Manager, Facilities & Campus Services:

The patio on the South Side of Reynolda Hall directly beside the entrance doors to the Pit cafeteria will be under hardscape renovations for the remainder of the summer until mid-August.

Demolition of the existing concrete patio will begin as early as Monday, June 13.

Portions of the stairs from Manchester Plaza, stairs from the upper terrace and portions of the patio will be temporarily closed at times.  Access will remain to the Pit with safe passage through the construction area.  There will be initial periods of demolition noise, followed by installation of the renovated patio sub-base materials, including stone and new concrete.  The renovated patio will feature new pavement including brick pavers, granite banding, bluestone and new ramp configurations to the entry doors to the Pit.

We apologize for any inconvenience in navigating around the construction areas.

Proposals funded: Pauca, Silman, Von Burg

Paul Pauca


Congratulations to Paul Pauca, associate professor of computer science, whose proposal entitled “2016 Boeing Analytics Research Scholar Program” has been funded by the Boeing Company.


Miles Silman


Congratulations to Miles Silman, professor of biology, whose proposal entitled “Amazonian Center for Environment Research and Sustainability (ACERS) project” has been funded by the USAID.

Ron Von Burg

Von Burg


Congratulations to Ron Von Burg, assistant professor of communication, whose proposal entitled “Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute – 2016” has been funded by the US Department of State.

Update on the upcoming closure of Business 40

The North Carolina Department of Transportation and the Wake Forest University Police Department invite faculty and staff to attend a campus stakeholders’ update about the upcoming closure of Business 40 on Monday, June 13 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in the ZSR Library Auditorium (room 404).

N.C. Department of Transportation representatives will provide a project overview, including:

– Plans for the new Business 40
– Timeline
– Communications
– Potential impacts on the Reynolda Campus and Wake Downtown

All faculty and staff are welcome. Those planning to attend should indicate their interest to August Vernon ( in advance.

Future sessions on campus are anticipated as additional details become available.

More information about the future of Business 40, including information about voting and naming the roadway, is available here.

Floyd named NCAA Division I Baseball Championship site rep

Max Floyd, the director of recreational sports at Wake Forest University, on campus on Monday, September 22, 2014.

Max Floyd, director of campus recreation, was selected to work the Ole Miss Men’s Baseball Regional in Oxford, Miss., from June 3 – 6. It is the sixth consecutive time that Floyd has been chosen for this opportunity.

Site representatives are selected by the NCAA Championships & Alliances Office and are charged with several tasks. Floyd’s responsibilities included assisting in overall management of the regional site; enforcing NCAA operational guidelines; conducting pre-conference meetings with coaches, umpires, grounds crew and operations staff; overseeing drug testing, concussion management and ruling on timing, inclement weather or any other on-field related decisions.

Floyd also worked with ESPN on commercial breakaways and mid-game coach interviews.

Heavy construction in Reynolda Hall is underway this week

This message is from Sam Binkley, Senior Project Manager with Facilities & Campus Services:

The second floor main corridor of Reynolda Hall is under abatement this week. Abatement work includes corridor ceilings, vinyl asbestos tile and duct insulation; lighting will be disconnected in the corridor; air conditioning will be shut down as the air handler and ductwork are removed; smoke detectors will be disconnected during the abatement. The main bathrooms off the entry corridor will also be closed.

Signage is posted to restrict entry into the abatement and construction areas.

There will be times of noise disruption, and workers will be moving in and out of the building to dispose of waste.

After abatement work is completed by June 13, the area will be closed off for construction until the end of July impacting the legal office suites 202 and 231, the Heritage Room, the Magnolia Room, the Little Mag room, the Autumn Room and the main corridor.

We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any questions, please contact Sam Binkley at 336-758-4899

Proposals funded: Carroll, Katula, Marsh, Rejeski

David Carroll


Congratulations to Dave Carroll, professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Novel Energy Harvesting Fabric” has been funded by the Army Research Office (ARO) and by [subaward/subcontract from] Streamline Automation (WFU funding agency).


Jeff Katula


Congratulations to Jeffrey Katula, associate professor of health & exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Maya Angelou Center for Health-Project 1-(WFUHS PI:Bertoni)” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and by [subaward/subcontract from] Wake Forest University Health Sciences (WFU funding agency).


Tony Marsh


Jack Rejeski


Congratulations to Anthony Marsh, professor of health & exercise science, and Jack Rejeski, professor of health & exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Cooperative Lifestyle Intervention Project (CLIP II)” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under award number 4R18HL076441-10.

April 2016 comings and goings

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

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