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Wake Downtown: Important details for the University community

This is a message emailed to students, faculty and staff on Jan. 10:

Dear Wake Forest community,

Today marks the first day of classes being held at Wake Downtown! We are looking forward to the entire Wake Forest community seeing the space located at 455 Vine Street in downtown Winston-Salem just three miles from the Reynolda Campus. Below you will find important information regarding Wake Downtown; please read this e-mail in its entirety for recently updated information as it relates to this new space.


  • Shuttle service to/from Wake Downtown and WFU is every 15 minutes on weekdays (8:00 am-11:00 pm) and every 30 minutes on weekends (10:00 am-6:00 pm). Travel time is 15 minutes however students should allow 30 minutes; pickup/drop off locations are the Benson University Center and the Vine Street entrance to Wake Downtown. The full schedule can be found on the Parking and Transportation website.
  • The GPS TransLoc Rider app is available for real time tracking to your smart phone. Download the app at
  • Shuttles are ADA compliant with wheelchair lifts. They are also equipped with bicycle racks and WiFi.


  • Business hours of Wake Downtown are Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-6:00 pm. Wake Forest University faculty, staff and students will have access to Wake Downtown outside of business hours by using their Deacon OneCard.
  • ALL Wake Forest University faculty, staff and students will be required to visibly display their Deacon OneCard while at Wake Downtown. Badge must be worn above the waist with photo and name clearly visible. Wake Downtown wearable badge holders and sleeves are available on the Wake Downtown shuttles as well as in the Wake Downtown administrative suite.
  • Visitors will be required to check in at the security desk and will be given a visitor badge to display.
  • Weapons are strictly prohibited at Wake Downtown.
  • Phone number for the Innovation Quarter Security Communications Center is (336) 713-1568.


  • Address Intercampus envelope as follows:

Faculty/Staff Member Name
Wake Downtown

  • Address Regular and Express mail as follows:

Faculty/Staff Member Name
Wake Downtown
455 Vine Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Wireless access

  • WFU faculty, staff and students: choose SSID ‘WakeDowntown’ and log on using your WFU username and password
  • Guests: choose the password-free SSID ‘IQGuest’ and accept the agreement when prompted

Food and vending

  • Students will be able to use Food Dollars with certain vendors within the Innovation Quarter including Medical Grounds in the Bowman Gray Center for Medical Education (connected to Wake Downtown) and Cafe Brioche in Biotech Place.
  • Vending options are also available on the lower level of Wake Downtown (all vending options will be installed within the coming weeks).

Stay connected

  • Follow Wake Downtown on Twitter and Instagram (@WakeDowntown) and like our page on Facebook for important updates and programming information!
  • To stay up to date, we also recommend that you bookmark

If you have any questions, please email

The Wake Downtown Team


Allison McWilliams: Storytelling builds effective mentoring relationships

Allison McWilliams, director of mentoring and alumni personal and career development in the Office of Personal and Career Development, writes occasional articles for Inside WFU. This is the first for the spring semester.  In each, she shares observations and suggestions with faculty and staff from her professional experience with students.

Allison McWilliams, the Director of Career Education in the Wake Forest Office of Personal and Career Development on Monday, October 10, 2011.

In 2015 we created a set of Mentoring Learning Outcomes that describe the practices and strategies that effective mentors employ in their mentoring relationships. Throughout spring semester in this space we will be exploring four of these key strategies, beginning with the practice of storytelling.

One of the first and most important roles of an effective mentor is to actively create a supportive, intentional relationship with his or her mentee. This relationship should be based on mutual trust, respect, and accountability and create a safe space for the mentee to work towards personal learning goals. A key strategy that effective mentors use to establish and maintain that safe space is the act of storytelling.

In a previous post we discussed how storytelling can set the stage for belonging with students, helping them to connect to shared experiences and lessen feelings of isolation and the imposter syndrome. In telling their own stories, and sharing their own experiences, mentors role model for mentees this act of disclosure and actively demonstrate that the mentoring relationship is a space to be vulnerable and to share challenges and successes. Some of our best learning moments come from direct experience; by encouraging students to reflect upon their experiences mentors improve students’ abilities to make those connections.

The act of storytelling in a mentoring relationship walks a fine line between disclosure of one’s own story and eliciting the stories of the other. Say too little and the mentee is not going to feel comfortable speaking up and being completely open and honest. Say too much and you risk dominating the conversation and robbing the mentee of his or her ability to learn from his or her own experiences. No one, after all, likes the person who is always starting a conversation with, “Back when I was a student…”

When I think of someone who is a master at getting other people to share their stories, I often think of Terry Gross, the host of NPR’s Fresh Air. In this New York Times profile piece she notes, ‘‘I try not to make it about me. I try to use my experiences to help me understand my guests’ experiences, but not to take anything away from them.’’ This is, I think, great advice for any mentoring conversation, as well. Use your experience to create a safe space and to build trust, but always keep the focus on the mentee.

Wake Forest, WSSU host celebration in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

mlk-350x175Each year, Wake Forest and Winston-Salem State University collaborate to host a major celebration to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The theme of this year’s program is “On Common Ground: A Dream Deferred.”

On Monday, Jan. 16, comedian, political commentator, radio show host and actor, D.L. Hughley will present the 17th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day keynote speech at 7 p.m. in K.R. Williams Auditorium at Winston-Salem State University. The event is free and open to the public.

Earlier in the evening, Wake Forest will host an invitation-only banquet where students and faculty/staff from both Winston-Salem State and Wake Forest will receive the “Building the Dream” award in recognition of their efforts toward improving social justice and building community.

For more information on the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. joint celebration, contact the Wake Forest Intercultural Center at 336-758-5864, or Winston-Salem State University Student Activities and Engagement at 336-750-3351.

Additional MLK Weekend Events

On Saturday, Jan. 14, Wake Forest University will host the seventh annual MLK Day Read-In in the Benson University Center, Room 401 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The event is being organized by Girl Talk Triad Chapter, HandsOn Northwest North Carolina, Salem College, UNC School of the Arts, Wake Forest, and Winston-Salem State University. The Read-In promotes King’s legacy of service, literacy and community empowerment to children ages 4-10. Parents and guardians are requested to fill out the following online or paper-based forms. For additional information, please contact Kyle Gassaway at 336-724-2866 or

On Sunday, Jan. 15, Wake Forest will host the 12th Annual GospelFest at 3 p.m. in Brendle Recital Hall, Scales Fine Arts Center. This year the Intercultural Center will host Gospel recording artist Kierra “KiKi” Sheard and the Wake Forest University Gospel Choir.

Tickets are available at For more information on GospelFest, contact the Wake Forest Intercultural Center at 336-758-5864.

A message from President Hatch: Welcome to a new semester

President Hatch sent this message to students, faculty and staff on Jan. 10:

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

Welcome to 2017 and a promising new semester! As was noted by many news outlets, social media channels and other sources in the past several weeks, we said goodbye to a great number of people in 2016. Some we knew by the characters they portrayed or the songs they wrote; others we knew for the fame they had achieved; and still, there were a few – like Arnold Palmer – who we knew as family. This loss of many brought to mind New York Times columnist David Brooks’ idea of “resume virtues” versus “eulogy virtues” – or the professional skills we acquire versus the type of people we become.

At Wake Forest, we have committed to be a community that educates the whole person. Our academic mission is central to what we do, whether conveying the principles of economics or teaching theories of political thought or understanding the composition of molecular compounds. Our mission also calls us to a higher purpose. We are a place that asks us to face challenges so that we may develop humility, gratitude, resilience, honesty, compassion and kindness. And after those tests and lessons, we ask you to take your knowledge and your character and better the world.

The value of education is not simply found in what we are able to learn, but who we become in the process. The lessons we learn are not isolated to textbooks and classrooms; each person and situation we encounter offers us something. I will never forget the thoughtfulness of John Murrin, my doctoral director. On the very weekend he was moving, in stifling hot St. Louis weather with his apartment piled high with boxes, he took the time to read and carefully critique my first dissertation chapter. It was a great gift to a nervous aspiring historian, and a meaningful example of some of the qualities I wanted to emulate.

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Applications being accepted for Move More! Move Often!

This is a guest post from the Office of Wellbeing:

mmmoBreak in the New Year with the Move More! Move Often! Spring Program. Applications for the Spring Program are being accepted now. The enrollment period runs from January 4 through January 20. The program will officially begin on February 20 and will run through April 9.

The Move More! Move Often! is an 8-week step challenge to encourage individuals to increase their daily physical activity.  Using Fitbit activity trackers, participants can monitor daily steps.  Throughout the challenge, participants can access performance incentives, receive supplemental resources and materials and discounts to help them reach their physical activity goals.

Beginning this Spring, the program will offer two options for participation – our traditional walking groups as well as a progressive walk-to-run program designed to help beginners make the transition from walking to running.  Participants will even have the opportunity to celebrate their progress by participating in the Fit For Business 5k in April.  The Move More! Move Often! program will provide trackers at a discounted rate for program participants.  Tracker options are listed here.

This program is open to current Wake Forest University students, faculty and staff. You can apply here.

Participants will be required to attend a one-hour orientation the week of February 13.  Applications are also open to participants who own their personal Fitbit.  Previous participants are welcome to re-enroll.

Staff Advisory Council to meet this week

Members of the Staff Advisory Council will participate in a roundtable discussion at 9 a.m. Jan. 12 regarding a variety of topics important to the University community. The members-only session will take place in Benson University Center.

Any staff members with issues they would like the SAC to discuss can speak to their SAC representatives prior to the meeting, or use the options on the SAC Contact Us website to bring any thoughts, issues, questions to the SAC’s attention  for discussion at the meeting.

WFU’s Reynolda Campus to operate on regular schedule Tuesday Jan. 10

This message was emailed to students, faculty and staff on Jan. 9 by Communications and External Relations:

The Reynolda Campus of Wake Forest University will operate on its regular schedule Tuesday, January 10. This includes Wake Downtown.

Conditions will vary in the region, so please use your best judgment regarding your own safety.

Vehicles with off-campus parking permits must be relocated to their appropriate parking location by 8 a.m. Tuesday.

University shuttles will be operating tonight, Jan 9, including the onCall shuttle service and the Gray shuttle line.

Shuttles will operate on their regular schedule Tuesday.

Please see the Wake Alert website at for any other announcements that may be made.

Updated DeaconSpace available now

This is a guest post from Information Systems:

On Jan. 7, DeaconSpace, the online space scheduling software, was updated with a more intuitive interface. The new DeaconSpace is built specifically to meet the needs of everyday users – students, faculty and staff who simply want to book a meeting or reserve a space to meet, work, practice, or study with minimal effort. The new interface allows you to accomplish these tasks with the fewest possible clicks, in the least amount of time possible, without any training or help (although we’ll provide some of that too).

The new DeaconSpace delivers a faster and easier way to check availability and schedule meetings, rooms and workspaces. It also includes a single view of meetings so that users can visualize all of their bookings on a single screen. Additionally, it is better optimized for mobile devices which enables users to schedule on-the-go.

Additional changes include the consolidation of many request forms to make it easier for users to find the spaces you want to request. For more information and documentation, please visit:

Wake Forest’s Reynolda Campus to open 12 noon Monday Jan. 9

This message was emailed to students, faculty and staff by Communications and External Relations on Jan. 8:

The Reynolda Campus of Wake Forest University will open at 12 noon Monday, January 9.

Classes will not meet on campus until noon.  Offices will open at noon.

University business operations and classes will end by 4 p.m.

The University’s Black and Gold shuttle line and Innovation Quarter shuttle will begin at 11 a.m.

Conditions will vary in the region, so please use your best judgment regarding your own safety.

Please see the Wake Alert website at for any other announcements that may be made.

University preparing for wintry weather this weekend

This message was emailed to students, faculty and staff on Jan. 6 by Communications and External Relations:

The Winston-Salem area is under a winter storm warning, with the National Weather Service predicting several inches of snow and freezing temperatures arriving tonight.  Low temperatures are predicted to continue for several days.  Similar weather is predicted for other parts of North Carolina.

Wake Forest is implementing its plan for severe winter weather, which includes Facilities and Campus Services preparing to remove snow at several campus locations, as best as possible.  Such work would begin this weekend, if snow arrives tonight and Saturday, and continue as needed.

Several inches of snow and freezing temperatures will create hazardous conditions for motor vehicle travel, as well as walking.  Travel conditions on and off campus may remain hazardous throughout the weekend.

Local and state officials encourage drivers to remain off roads and highways in the event of severe winter weather.  Campus officials recommend that all on campus use caution when walking or driving in such conditions.

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to stay alert to weather forecasts in the days ahead through the news media—online, broadcast and print.

In the event of severe weather that prompts a delay or closing, Wake Forest will use several methods to alert students, faculty and staff:

–The Wake Alert website at
–A headline across the top of the University home page at It will link to the Wake Alert website.  The same banner will appear across the top of many other University web pages.
–An email message to faculty, staff and students.
–A voice mail message to faculty and staff.
–A message on the University’s weather/emergency phone line (336-758-5935).
–Announcements on radio stations WFDD (88.5 FM) and WSJS (600 AM).
–Announcements on TV stations WXII, WGHP, WFMY and News 14 Carolina.
–Social media, including the @WakeAlert Twitter account.