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Tree falls onto residence hall, no one injured

This announcement was emailed to students, faculty and staff on April 24 by Communications and External Relations:

Due to significant rainfall, a pine tree fell today onto the roof of Student Apartments Building B on Allen Easley Street.  No one was injured in the incident.

Tree branches damaged a small section of the building’s roof and one bedroom’s ceiling.  Residence Life and Housing staff are moving the two residents of the affected room to another room.  At this time, it appears no other rooms were impacted.

Facilities and Campus Services staff are inspecting the area around the building as a safety precaution.  Inspections will determine if damage is more extensive than it appears.

The building remains open for students.

Work is expected to be performed on power lines near the building.  Potentially, power will be out at that building and, perhaps, at others nearby when work is underway.  The University will announce by email any power outage.

Hof Milam to present annual financial update on April 26

This announcement was emailed to faculty and staff on April 24 by Communications and External Relations:

At the invitation of the Faculty Senate, Hof Milam, Executive Vice President, will give his annual financial update to the University on Wednesday, April 26, at 4 p.m. in Pugh Auditorium.

He will review the Wake Forest budget for the next year, as well as provide information on the financial challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.  The Senate enthusiastically invites all students, staff and faculty to attend.

Miller to deliver A.C. Reid Chair Inaugural Lecture

Christian B. Miller

Christian B. Miller, A.C. Reid Professor of Philosophy, will deliver the A.C. Reid Chair Inaugural Lecture on April 25.

The topic of Miller’s lecture will be “The Neglected Virtue of Honesty: Is Anyone Honest These Days, and What Does ‘Honesty’ Even Mean?”

Miller will speak at 4 p.m. in Tribble Hall’s DeTamble Auditorium with a reception to follow in the Philosophy Library (Room B 316) in Tribble Hall.

In his presentation, Miller will focus, in part, on the philosophical question of what makes someone an honest person.  He will also speak on recent studies in psychology on cheating.

The lecture is supported by the A.C. Reid Fund.

‘Big concerts’ bring music, ministry to campus April 22

Two faith-based singing groups at Wake Forest will bring ministry and music to campus April 22.  The Wake Forest Gospel Choir and Chi Rho, the all-male Christian a cappella group, will perform in separate concerts.

Both concerts are free and open to the public.

More information.

Wake Forest Fellows announced for 2017-18

Wake Forest Fellows for 2017-18

Nine seniors will remain in the Wake Forest campus community after graduation in May as Wake Forest Fellows. They will work across the campus, including in the offices of the President, the Provost and the Dean of the College.

Since 2008, the Wake Forest Fellows program has provided exceptional Wake Forest college graduates with the opportunity to work in higher education administration for a year. Each fellow will serve as a full-time Wake Forest staff member, starting this summer. In addition to working with top administrators, the fellows will participate in leadership activities and interact with faculty, staff and students to learn about the inner workings of higher education.

The Wake Forest Fellows for 2017-18 are:

  • Campus Life: Allie Chambers, Raleigh, NC
    Major: Psychology; Minors: Health and Human Services, Entrepreneurship & Social Enterprise
  • Information Systems: Elliott McKoy, Silver Spring, MD
    Major: Economics; Minor: Psychology
  • Office of Personal & Career Development: John Idzik, Atlanta, GA
    Major: Psychology; Minor: Health and Human Services
  • Office of the Dean of the College: Anita Patel, Winston-Salem, NC
    Major: Health and Exercise Science; Minors: Chemistry and Psychology
  • Office of the President: Sydney Feinglass, Charlotte, NC
    Major: Economics; Minors: French Studies and Philosophy
  • Office of the Provost: Mia Harris, Chicago, IL
    Major: Biology; Minors: Neuroscience and Psychology
  • Pro Humanitate Institute: Cazandra Rebollar, Elon, NC
    Major: Psychology; Minor: Latin American and Latino Studies
  • Reynolda House: Ashley Laughlin, Reno, NV
    Majors: English and French; Minor: Creative Writing
  • Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center: Frank Dy, Fayetteville, NC
    Major: Economics

Alumni of the Wake Forest Fellows program have pursued careers in many fields, including law, medicine, public policy and more.  Fellows have since received prestigious academic honors such as Rhodes and Fulbright scholarships.

Thrive Dimension Champion Awards presented to eight recipients

President Nathan Hatch spoke at the Thrive Dimension Champion Awards celebration.

The Thrive Dimension Champion Awards were presented to eight faculty and staff members, recently.  The awards are presented annually by the Office of Wellbeing to faculty and staff who demonstrate leadership and commitment to individual and campus-wide wellbeing.

The categories for awards include: emotional, environmental, financial, intellectual, occupational, physical, social and spiritual wellbeing.

The 2017 champions are:

  • Denisha Champion, assistant director for programming and prevention in the University Counseling Center; emotional wellbeing
  • Lee Collette, assistant director of outdoor pursuits in the Campus Recreation Department; environmental wellbeing
  • Barbara Meredith, business manager in the Office of the Provost; financial wellbeing
  • Deborah Newsome, associate professor of counseling; intellectual wellbeing
  • Melanie Bullock, associate director of student leadership and engagement in Campus Life; occupational wellbeing
  • Adam Carlson, system administrator in Information Systems; physical wellbeing
  • Sgt. Lesia Finney, University Police Department; social wellbeing
  • Sylvia Green, chief marketing officer in the School of Business; spiritual wellbeing

Speakers at the award celebration included President Nathan O. Hatch and Vice President for Campus Life Penny Rue.

Comings and goings for March 2017

See a list of employees joining and leaving the University in March 2017:

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April 2017 staff and faculty milestones

See a list of staff and faculty milestones for April 2017:

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Crime Alert: Sexual Offense

This message was emailed to students, faculty and staff on April 17 by Wake Forest Communications and External Relations:

Wake Forest is issuing this crime alert concerning a reported incident that may be of concern to the campus community.

An incident of non-consensual sexual fondling was reported to have occurred at a residence hall on campus on April 1. A student reported the incident to the University Police Department on April 16. The student knows the suspect, who is also a student.

The Wake Forest University Police Department contacted the Winston-Salem Police Department to assist in the investigation. If you have any information that might be helpful in an investigation, contact the Winston Salem Police at 911 or the University Police at (336) 758- 5911 or, if you wish, anonymously through “Silent Witness” at

 Wake Forest is providing resources to assist the individual involved in this incident, and will continue to take actions to maintain the safety and security of the campus community.

It is important for all of us to focus on the things that we can all do to keep ourselves and others safe.

  • Call 911: If you feel uneasy or unsafe, go to a safe location and call a friend or the police at 911. When your safety is at risk or you need a safe escort on campus, contact University Police, available 24 hours at 336-758-5911.
  • Ask a friend who may be in a potentially dangerous situation if they want to leave and then make sure that they get home safely.

If you have experienced a sexual offense, we encourage you to seek support. If you or a friend have questions or concerns about sexual offenses, you can contact the following resources for confidential information and support:

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Financial update on University to be presented April 26

At the invitation of the Faculty Senate, Executive Vice President Hof Milam will give his annual financial update to the University on Wednesday, April 26, at 4 p.m. in Pugh Auditorium.

He will review the Wake Forest budget for next year, as well as provide information on the financial challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.  The Faculty Senate enthusiastically invites all Wake Forest students, staff and faculty to attend.