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2015 Annual Crime and Fire Safety Report available

This message was emailed to students, faculty and staff on Sept. 21:

The 2015 Annual Crime and Fire Safety Report is available on the Wake Forest University Police website at:

This document contains information regarding campus security and personal safety. It also contains information about crime and fire statistics for the previous three calendar years. Crime statistics are for occurrences on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Wake Forest (including branch campuses); and on public property within or immediately adjacent to campus. Fire statistics are for on-campus residence halls.

Information on drug or alcohol-abuse programs required by section 102(a) through (d) of HEA can be found at:

If you are unable to access the website and/or you would like a printed copy, please contact police records at 336-758-4566.

WFU adds Apple News channel to complement mobile news experience

Wake Forest University on Apple News

On Sept. 16, Wake Forest University introduced its Apple News channel to complement the delivery of its news to mobile devices. The Apple News app, which comes standard on devices running iOS 9, delivers personalized news digests in real-time from news sources around the world – and now Wake Forest.

Users can select from a variety of news sources or topics to appear in their Apple News feed. Now news published to can be automatically delivered to iPhone or iPad users through the app.

Since the launch of the redesigned website in May 2016, more than 51 percent of visitors came to the site using a mobile device or tablet. In 2015, a majority of smartphone owners used their phones to follow breaking news events, according to a report from the Pew Research Center:

  • 68 percent of smartphone owners used their phones to “occasionally” follow breaking news, while 33 percent said they did so “frequently.”
  • 67 percent shared pictures, videos or commentary about local events, while 35 percent did so “frequently.”
  • 56 percent used their phones to learn about community events or activities, while 18 percent did so “frequently.”

“While journalists are the primary audience for our online newsroom, Wake Forest news stories are a great way for students, faculty, parents and alumni to stay connected with what’s happening on campus. Apple News makes it easier than ever for anyone to enjoy the latest from Wake Forest,” said Katie Neal, executive director, news and communications.

To add Wake Forest to your Apple News favorites list, click from an Apple device running iOS 9 or later.

To manually add Wake Forest to your Apple News favorites list, search “Wake Forest University” in the app on your Apple device running iOS 9 or later. Under the “channels” section, locate Wake Forest and tap the plus sign. The Wake Forest channel should now appear in your Apple News favorites tab.

Message: In light of Charlotte, we are called together

Update to this post: Today’s service will be led from the Global Christian tradition.

This message was emailed Sept. 21 to students, faculty and staff on behalf of Vice President Penny Rue and Chaplain Tim Auman:

Dear Members of the Wake Forest Community,

The wave of national unrest between police officers and people of color landed close to home last night. The police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott led to protests that continued into the early morning hours and resulted in several injuries and property damage.

At Wake Forest, we know that we are a community in progress – certainly not perfect, but better when we come together. This afternoon we have an opportunity to come together for a time of prayer and reflection.

Called Together, a weekly prayer service sponsored by the Office of the Chaplain, is a time to gather and pray about the many issues and events that affect our community, nation and world. All members of the community are invited to join us today at 12 noon in Davis Chapel.


Penny Rue, Vice President for Campus Life
Tim Auman, University Chaplain

Kimball to deliver Mitchell Interfaith Lecture Sept. 22

Charles Kimball, former professor at Wake Forest and now Presidential Professor at the University of Oklahoma, will deliver the Carlton Mitchell Interfaith Lecture entitled, “Understanding Religious Extremism among the Children of Abraham,” on Thursday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. in Brendle Recital Hall, Scales Fine Arts Center. The lecture, sponsored by Interfaith Winston-Salem, is free and open to the public.

Kimball will explore the ideological and historical roots of religious extremism within and between the three monotheistic traditions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam – that trace their heritage to the prophet Abraham. He will then offer strategies for countering such extremism in our modern globalized world.

Kimball served as chair of the Department of Religion at Wake Forest University from 1996 to 2008, when he accepted the position of Presidential Professor and director of religious studies at the University of Oklahoma. He is the author of five books, including “When Religion Becomes Lethal: The Explosive Mix of Politics and Religion in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.” Kimball has worked closely on interreligious dialogue between Jews, Christians and Muslims for more than three decades, both in the U.S. and in the Middle East.

The Carlton Mitchell Interfaith Series honors Carlton T. Mitchell (WFU ’43), who taught in the Department of Religion at Wake Forest. Mitchell, who died in 2013, was a leader in building interfaith cooperation and understanding. Interfaith Winston Salem sponsors the series to honor Mitchell’s pioneering efforts by offering lectures, concerts and other activities that help people of Winston Salem better understand the religious differences of their neighbors.

The Wake Forest University School of Divinity, Department for the Study of Religions, and other community partners are co-sponsoring the September 22 lecture.

Wellbeing Office celebrates Dimensions by the Month and more

This is a guest post from the University’s Office of Wellbeing:

The month of September kicks off another series of Dimensions by the Month!  Throughout the academic year, the Office of Wellbeing will partner with campus and community groups to provide skills-focused workshops and engaging programs to create a wellbeing experience. Through Thrive, Wake Forest’s comprehensive approach to wellbeing, these workshops and community programs will engage students, faculty, and staff in a holistic definition of what it means to be well, as well as bring people together from across the Wake Forest community. The themes of each month are:

September “Social” Wellbeing

October “Emotional” Wellbeing

November “Intellectual” Wellbeing

December “Occupational” Wellbeing

January “Physical” Wellbeing

February “Spiritual” Wellbeing

March “Environmental” Wellbeing

April “Financial” Wellbeing

Look out for these events coming up this Fall!

Arrive and Thrive 

September 22 from 4-6 pm on the Lower Quad

“Arrive and Thrive” will feature dozens of fun and thought-provoking activities designed to inform and inspire the campus community about how to lead healthier, more balanced lives! Open to all Students, Faculty, and Staff! Check out the video from last year!

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Online learning resource available to all

This is a guest post from Mur Muchane, associate vice president for information technology and CIO. It was e-mailed to students, faculty and staff Sept. 19:

Information Systems is pleased to announce that, beginning today, September 19th, all Wake Forest University students, faculty and staff have access to the leading online creative and professional skills provider,

The over 4,000 self-paced courses, ranging from Adobe Creative Cloud, Excel, SPSS and MATLAB to Mobile App Development, 3D Animation and Presentation Skills, are:

  • organized in modular, easy to use and manage, 5 to 15 minute segments
  • searchable, so you can identify specific topics without watching an entire course (for example, Create Pivot Tables in Excel or Remove Red-Eye in a Photo)
  • downloadable for offline use via mobile apps for iOS, Android, Windows, AppleTV and Roku.

Three different ways to access the entire library:

–Sign into WFU Google Mail with your Wake Forest email address ( and password. Click the App Launcher (box of dots, top right of inbox), scroll down to the bottom, then click on the Lynda icon.


–Go directly to and, if prompted, enter your WFU email address and password. Bookmark this page for future reference.


–Download a mobile app. To log into the app, enter as your organization.

In the weeks ahead, we will share some of our favorite tips and courses via Twitter and Facebook. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact us at or 336-758-4357 (HELP).

Wilkinson receives Best Book Award

Betina Wilkinson, assistant professor of politics and international affairs, was presented with the Best Book Award for Inter-Race Relations at the Sept. 2 annual meeting of the Racial and Ethnic Politics Section of the American Political Science Association.

Wilkinson’s book is entitled, “Partner or Rivals? Power and Latino, Black and White Relations in the 21st Century.” It was published by the University of Virginia Press in 2015.

Her research has been published in several political science and multidisciplinary journals.  She joined the Wake Forest faculty in 2010.

Memorial service for Professor Heard on Sept. 18

A memorial service celebrating the life of Professor of Music Richard Heard will be held on Sunday, Sept. 18, at 4 p.m. in Brendle Recital Hall (Scales Fine Arts Center).

Professor Heard died last May in Winston-Salem after a long illness.

Proposals funded: Beavers, Bonin, Carroll, Rejeski



Congratulations to Kristen Beavers, assistant professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “MediFast for Seniors Study” has been funded by (a private sponsor).



Keith Bonin


Congratulations to Keith Bonin, professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Predicting therapy-induced leukemia in breast cancer patients [Cayuse 16-0040]” has been funded by the Wake Forest University Health Sciences.



David Carroll


Congratulations for David Carroll, professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Sustainable Water Purification” has been funded by the NASA and by [subaward/subcontract from] Streamline Automation (WFU funding agency).



Jack Rejeski


Congratulations to Jack Rejeski, professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Cooperative Lifestyle Intervention Program in Knee Osteoarthritis Patients (CLIP-OA)” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under award number 1R01AG050725-01A1 and by [subaward/subcontract from] Ohio State University (WFU funding agency).



‘Symposium on Narrative in Medicine’ to be held Oct. 1

Wake Forest’s Humanities Institute is sponsoring a symposium called “Story, Health, and Healing: A Symposium on Narrative in Medicine.”  It will be held Oct. 1 in Benson University Center.

The opening keynote address, “Cultural Competence: Poetry and the Importance of Voice in Diverse Illness Experience,” will be given by Rafael Campo, renowned American poet, doctor and author from Medical School. The closing keynote, “Art and Soul,” will be given by Linda Friedlaender, pioneer of “The Observational Skills Workshop” and senior curator of education of the British Art Center at Yale University.

A description of the event, the full schedule, and descriptions of the break-out sessions can be found here: