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88.5 WFDD expands Radio Camp lineup

wfddFor the fifth summer, WFDD is hosting several sessions of Radio Camp, a week-long experiential learning camp for middle-school-aged children interested in technology, writing, journalism and the world of radio. This summer, the station is adding two new offerings to its already-popular camp lineup: Rock Radio Camp and Radio Camp for Grown-Ups.

“Since the launch of Radio Camp in 2010, we’ve received multiple requests for a version of Radio Camp for adults,” said WFDD’s Director of Membership and Education Programs Greg Keener. “The audience asked, and we listened. Why should kids have all the fun?” The Radio Camp for Grown-Ups session scheduled for August 2 and 9 is already sold out with a waiting list, but due to the overwhelming demand, the station has added an additional session that will take place on the mornings of Saturday, May 31, and Saturday, June 7. Radio Camp for Grown-Ups will be taught in part by former NPR newscaster and reporter Paul Brown, also a former news director and program director of WFDD. During the camp sessions, participants will learn how to record an interview and narration, edit audio and produce a three-minute oral history radio story. Continue reading »

Salem Band performs their 2014 Winter Concert

The Salem Band, led by Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Eileen Young, performed their 2014 Winter Concert in Brendle Recital Hall on Feb. 4. The band played a variety of pieces including Shostakovich’s “Festive Overture,” the “Morning Star Polka,” Benny Goodman’s “Let’s Dance” and Les Brown’s “Leap Frog” among other favorites. “This concert gives the band a chance to play in a formal hall,” said Young.

The band is made up of 60 musicians varying in age and levels of experience, from Kate Chanas who has only played with Salem for four months to Bob Ward who has been performing for 50 years. “This is another family,” Ward said. “It just speaks a different language.”

The Salem Band, established in 1771, is the oldest, continuous mixed wind ensemble in the nation. During the summertime, concerts are normally held outside in Salem Square.

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Scene & Heard: Before the snow, we were out and about, Winston-Salem Journal

University Police requesting comments on services

regina.lawson.175x175A team of assessors from the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement

Administrators (IACLEA) will arrive on the Reynolda Campus on March 16 to examine all aspects of the Wake Forest University Police Department policy and procedures, management, operation and support services.

Members of the Wake Forest community, agency employees and the public are invited to offer comments on the performance and services of the WFU Police Department on Monday, March 17, either by attending an open forum in Benson University Center, Room 409, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. or by calling 336-758-7160 between 2 and 4 p.m. Comments will be taken by the assessment team.

Telephone comments must address the department’s ability to comply with IACLEA’s standards. A copy of the standards is available at the University Police Communications Center at Davis Hall. Contact Lt. Preston Oldham, accreditation manager for the Wake Forest University Police, at 336-758-7318 or view them online at

Written comments about the Wake Forest University Police Department’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation may be sent to IACLEA Accreditation, 342 North Main Street, West Hartford, CT 06117-2507. Submissions may be sent electronically to the email address:

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March 7: Telephone service outage 6 p.m. – midnight

On Friday, March 7, between 6 p.m. and midnight, Information Systems will perform required maintenance on the University’s telephone system. During this time, there will be two outages lasting up to fifteen minutes each during which telephone services will be disrupted. Telephone services impacted during this outage include desk phones and video conferencing using 4-digit dialing.

Locations impacted include all on-campus and off-campus locations serviced by our telephone system: Graylyn, Reynolda House, Reynolda Village, Bridger Field House, Deacon Tower, Baseball Stadium, Indoor Tennis Center, Cardiac Rehabilitation Center, Russell Building, Joel Coliseum, University Corporate Center, Human Resources House and the Library Warehouse.

During the two 15 minute outages:

  • No telephone service will be available.
  • A phone call or video conference call in progress will drop.
  • No voice mail may be left or retrieved for campus phone extensions.
  • Voice mail will NOT queue for later delivery.
  • No existing messages in your voice mailbox will be lost.
  • In the event of an emergency while the phone system is unavailable, Campus Police can be contacted by dialing 336-759-0443 from a mobile phone.

We appreciate your patience during this time. If you have any questions, please contact us at

Sports performance center FAQ $7.5 million gift in support of the Wake Forest Football program from alumnus Bob McCreary (’61) adds momentum to Wake Forest Athletics’ plans to move forward with a 95,000-square-foot sports performance center.

Wake Forest University President Nathan O. Hatch and Director of Athletics Ron Wellman made the announcement when publicly celebrating McCreary’s longtime philanthropy, which includes more than $15 million in lifetime commitments, at last night’s men’s basketball game.

Q: What do plans for the sports performance center entail?
A: Designed to meet the training needs of more than 350 student-athletes who compete in 18 sports, the four-story sports performance center will be located behind Miller Athletic Center on the Reynolda Campus. The new building will serve as the home for the football program, while featuring a robust strength and conditioning facility that enables multiple athletes in different sports to work out simultaneously, improving upon the current Bob McCreary Strength Complex in Manchester Athletic Center. Additionally, the facility will include space for football coaches’ offices, team meeting rooms and other areas designed to enhance recruiting efforts. There will also be space dedicated to enhancing the nutrition program for all Wake Forest student-athletes with convenient access to nutritional resources and grab-and-go food options.

Wellman said, “Our plans will provide a state-of-the-art space for our sports performance staff to improve every aspect of student-athlete recruitment, competitiveness and overall wellbeing.”

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Indoor emergency alarm tests planned March 10-12

Wake Forest University will soon test an upgraded fire alarm system that will bring seven new voice messages to emergency speakers in halls and lobbies in many of its academic, administrative and residential buildings.

Anyone in those buildings March 10-12 (during Spring Break) likely will hear test messages announcing an active shooter, an armed intruder, a tornado or other threatening weather. Testing will also include shelter in place, building evacuation and all clear messages.

Wake Forest is bringing the new voice messages to 28 buildings, with long-term plans to bring them to additional facilities. Already, the University has fire alarm systems campus-wide; some feature a voice message announcing a fire emergency.

The additional messages are made possible by upgrades to existing fire alarm systems.

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Summer courses now offered in Charlotte

charlotte.centerStarting this summer, Wake Forest will offer summer courses at the Wake Forest Charlotte Center. Four faculty members will teach six courses, two in each of the following disciplines: communication, psychology and English.

This new summer initiative will benefit both students and faculty who live in or near the city, said Randall Rogan, dean of academic programming and planning. “It can be prohibitive for faculty to come to Wake to teach if they don’t live in Winston-Salem,” he added. “We also expect a positive turnout of students since around 300 students initially expressed interest in taking classes in Charlotte.”

The decision has already received positive feedback from faculty members. “Students have the opportunity to study in some other place than Winston-Salem,” says Marina Krcmar, an associate professor in communication who lives in Charlotte. “It also allows me to teach for a summer to both Wake and non-Wake students close to home.” Krcmar will teach two communication courses.

Cathy Seta, professor of psychology; John Petrocelli, associate professor of psychology; and Sharon Raynor, visiting assistant professor in the writing program, will teach the other courses. Classes will run June 2-27.

Outside of the Triad, more Wake Forest alumni live in the Charlotte area than any other geographic region. Rogan said adding undergraduate summer school classes from the College to the business school offerings already available in uptown Charlotte is a natural extension of the University’s commitment to students, faculty, staff and alumni in the area.

By Elizabeth Law (’14), Wake Forest News and Communication Intern

All campus buildings now under new cleaning schedule

The University’s Strategic Resources Initiative Committee recommended that the daily cleaning schedule of offices (including removal of trash and recyclables) in academic and administrative buildings be reduced to one day per week. Faculty and staff requiring more frequent trash removal, especially of any food waste, are asked to use designated waste and recycling receptacles located in each building, or to place their trash container in the hallway outside their office at the end of the day.

The phase in of the revised cleaning program is now complete with Alumni Hall being the last building to transition.

Should you have any questions or need additional assistance, call the Customer Service Center at 336-758-4255 or visit Wake Forest’s custodial website.

NOTE: All common areas (classrooms, conference rooms, hallways, bathrooms, break rooms, etc.) are cleaned daily.

Laptop security services for traveling faculty and staff

If you are a faculty or staff member with plans to travel abroad over spring break, Information Systems is available to help. It is the responsibility of faculty and staff to ensure that their computer data is safe and secure as they travel abroad.

To assist in this process, Information Systems offers two options:

  • Data may be encrypted on the ThinkPad
  • A ThinkPad may be rented from Information Systems with no data

Information about these options, government regulations and traveling with a laptop that contains research project data are explained on this special Web page.

Call for Staff Advisory Council nominations

SAC-logo-FINALThe Staff Advisory Council (SAC) is soliciting nominations for new members.  The SAC, formed in 2006 by President Hatch, is an advisory body tasked with strengthening communication between the staff and administration at Wake Forest University.

The deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. on March 24.

Nominations will be accepted online at Enter your WFU username and password to access the site.

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