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Two ‘Campus Day’ events will bring visitors to campus

unnamedWake Forest’s Office of Admissions has scheduled two “Campus Day” events. The first will be held Friday, April 17, and the second on Friday, April 24.

During these two days, admitted students and their families will be visiting Wake Forest. Although no parking lots or roads will be closed, pedestrian and vehicular traffic on these days will be heavy. Parking for visitors will be on Davis Field and in the admissions office parking lot.

As visitors are finding their way around campus, they always appreciate the warm Wake Forest welcome that comes along with directions around campus.

Integrated care — is it for you?


Christine Borst, PhD, LMFT, Associate Director, Center of Excellence for Integrated Care in Cary, NC.

The counseling department’s annual continuing education seminar will be held on Friday, April 17, from 1-4:30 p.m. This year’s spring seminar, “Integrated Care—Is It For You?,” will feature Dr. Christine Borst, associate director of the Center for Excellence in Integrated Care in Cary, N.C.

The event will be held in Carswell Hall, Room 208. Registration is free to University students, faculty and staff. For additional information or to register for the seminar, contact Louise Schatz at

Borst holds a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from Purdue and a Ph.D. in medical family therapy from East Carolina. Prior to joining the Center of Excellence team, she spent nearly two years working in a rural community health center to set up and implement an integrated care model. Her research interests include brief behavioral interventions for use in medical settings, and identification of the needs of children and their families in rural integrated care.

The seminar schedule is as follows:

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Senior Showcase to highlight student work on April 21

senior-showcase-announcement-2015The 6th Annual Senior Showcase, a program that honors up to five undergraduates in their final year at Wake Forest for exemplary honors theses or projects, will be held on April 21 at 3 p.m. in the ZSR Library Auditorium.

The Showcase was founded in 2010 upon the suggestion of a former Wake Forest undergrad who was impressed by his fellow students’ research and disappointed that there was no platform for sharing their work broadly with the campus community.

Faculty advisors nominate students for the Showcase, and the nominees are reviewed by a panel of five library faculty judges. Up to five students are selected, one per division of the College. Since the program began, the library has had 53 faculty from 20 departments nominate students.

A list of the 2015 student presenters and their projects can be found here.

More information, including the criteria, links to articles about past Showcases, and a video can be found here.

Administrator Lu Leake mixed dignity with a sense of humor

img014Lula M. “Lu” Leake came to Wake Forest as dean of women in 1964, two decades after the University opened its doors to undergraduate women during World War II, and served the University for 33 years.

Leake, who retired in 1997 as associate vice president for academic affairs, died April 13 in Winston-Salem. She was 89.

She served as dean of women for 20 years before becoming Wake Forest’s assistant vice president for administration and planning in 1984 and also serving as dean of the summer session.

In 1996 Wake Forest presented Leake with the Medallion of Merit, the University’s highest award for service. “She led our students through what was arguably the most significant era of change for women in the history of this nation,” said Thomas K. Hearn Jr., president of Wake Forest when the award was presented to her.

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Associate VP for Academic Affairs Emerita Leake dies

We are saddened to report that Lula M. (Lu) Leake, associate vice president for academic affairs emerita, died April 13 in Winston-Salem.

Ms. Leake joined Wake Forest as dean of women in 1964. Before retiring in 1997, she held several other positions in her Wake Forest career, including assistant vice president for planning and dean of the summer school.  In 1996, Wake Forest presented her with the Medallion of Merit, the University’s highest award.

We grieve Ms. Leake’s death and extend our condolences to her family and friends, as well as those at Wake Forest who had the opportunity to know her.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 18, in Wait Chapel.  Visitation with the family will follow at the Chapel, afterward.

Wake Forest offers support and counseling services for all students, faculty and staff.   The Counseling Center may be reached at 758-5273, the Chaplain’s Office at 758-5210.  For staff and faculty, there is also the Employee Assistance Program at 716-5493.

Parking Lot Closures this week

Parking and Transportation shares the following parking closure information and provides these parking recommendations/options for faculty and staff for Thursday and Friday, April 16 and 17.

Whenever parking lots are closed, we recommend alternative modes of transportation such as carpooling, bicycles or mass transit to reduce the demand for parking during these times.

Parking Lot Closures:

  • Thursday, April 16 – Parking Lot B and C will closed for event parking all day.
  • Friday, April 17 – Parking Lot B will be closed for event parking until 1:30 p.m.

Faculty/Staff Parking Options:
During these two days, we recommend using parking lots A, J, Q and there frequently are angled parking spaces available on Wake Forest Rd. as well.

Here is a link to the parking map for reference to parking locations:

If you have any questions, please contact Alex Crist at X-2558.

Harriger awarded one week residency to work on new book

Katy HarrigerPolitical science professor Katy Harriger has been awarded a one week residency at the Wildacres Retreat in Little Switzerland, N.C.

The Wildacres Residency program supports writers and artists. Harriger will be using the week to work on a book project she is pursuing while on sabbatical this year. She will take the residency in the first week of May.

Leonard presents lecture at Harvard divinity school

Bill LeonardBill Leonard, Dunn Professor of Baptist Studies and Church History in the School of Divinity presented the William James Lecture on Religious Experience at Harvard Divinity School, March 30.

Entitled “William James and the Protestant Conversion Crisis,” the lecture dealt with James’ approach to religious conversion as a guide for interpreting Protestant conversion processes and practices, past and present.

Atchison wins debate honor

Jarrod.Atchison.300x175Jarrod Atchison, assistant professor of communication and director of debate at Wake Forest, has been awarded the George Ziegelmueller Award, which is presented annually to a faculty member who has distinguished himself or herself in the communication profession while coaching teams to competitive success at the National Debate Tournament. Previous Wake Forest winners include Allan Louden (2000) and Ross Smith (2009).

In other debate news, Wake Forest is hosting the revival of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Debate Championship April 11 -12, which brings together debate teams from member schools. The proposition to be debated: Student athletes should receive monetary compensation for participating in athletic competitions.

Atchison said that when the ACC signed its new television deal the agreement included financial support for a non-athletic competition. Provosts from across the ACC submitted proposals and Wake Forest’s proposal to revive the debate championship was selected as the winner. “It’s very exciting that our proposal was selected, and we’re happy to be bringing debate back to the ACC as an official event,” said Atchinson.

Mass casualty drill, outdoor alert test on Saturday, April 11

Wake Forest Emergency Medical Services will soon be conducting a mass casualty drill to test campus resources in case of a serious accident.

Those on campus during the morning of April 11 will likely see a simulated incident and student EMTs responding to the incident. The incident will include patients with varying degrees of simulated injuries. Emergency vehicles will be on campus and some traffic may occur.  The drill will run from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

On the same day, Wake Forest University will be testing its outdoor alert equipment that is part of the University’s Wake Alert emergency notification system. Anyone outside on campus will likely hear chimes followed by test messages announcing an active shooter, an armed intruder, a tornado or other threatening weather. This test will occur between 10 and 11 a.m.

No action is required by anyone who hears these test messages. If an actual emergency were to occur, the numerous test messages would not be used.

Anyone with questions about the mass casualty drill or testing may call emergency manager August Vernon at 336-758-3377.