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Emergency manager to speak at SAC meeting Nov. 10

August Vernon, Wake Forest’s emergency manager, will speak on disaster and crisis prevention at the Staff Advisory Council meeting on Nov. 10.

The meeting will run from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in Z. Smith Reynolds Library’s auditorium on the fourth floor.

All staff members are invited to attend the SAC’s monthly meetings.

Wake Forest experts weigh in on Election Day with news media

During this election cycle, several Wake Forest faculty and staff have shared their expertise and insights with a variety of broadcast, print and online media outlets from the local level to international.

Today, on Election Day, you can catch political science professor John Dinan live on Fox News’ Happening Now show at 1 p.m. Dinan has been a frequent resource for reporters to explain why North Carolina has been such a battleground state, especially for the senate and gubernatorial races. And tonight, Dinan will join WXII in the studio for the evening newscasts at 5 p.m., 6 p.m., 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. to talk about election returns.

Communication professor Allan Louden joins WSJS radio at 7:36 p.m. to talk about political campaigns.

LGBTQ Center Director Angela Mazaris will be interviewed on WFDD radio at 9:35 p.m. about House Bill 2 and its impact on the governor’s race.

To see other election experts, check out this expert site at Wake Forest News.

Wake Forest University named Employer of the Year

This is a guest post from Human Resources:

The Winston-Salem Mayor’s Council for Persons of Disabilities has named Wake Forest University the Employer of the Year for the second time. Wake Forest received this award in 2012 and is honored once again for improving employment opportunities for persons with disabilities.

“We need more partners like Wake Forest,” wrote Debbie Doub, who nominated the University. Doub works as a Job Coach for the Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools Occupational Course of Study. She partners with Wake Forest and Graylyn through the WFU Satellite Program, helping students gain real-world experience in paid positions.

Doub states that the Wake Forest faculty and staff are “compassionate and dedicated to [ensuring] that these young adults have a successful experience while working under their supervision.” Additionally, she cited the Satellite Program’s high graduation and employment rates.

The Winston-Salem Mayor’s Council for Persons of Disabilities also honored Marc Jones, Manager of Custodial Services, with the “Helping Hands” award. Doub wrote the following about Jones in the nomination: “It constantly amazes me to witness the care and true compassion Mr. Jones shares with his staff. If one person has made a difference in the lives of these young adults, it is Marc Jones.”

October was Disability Employment Awareness Month, which emphasizes the value of an inclusive workforce. Continue to celebrate the contributions of workers with disabilities using #InclusionWorks across social media.

President Hatch to deliver State of the University Address

This message was e-mailed to faculty and staff on Nov. 7 by Communications and External Relations:

President Nathan Hatch will deliver his annual State of the University Address, at the invitation of the Faculty Senate and Senate President James Cotter, on Thursday, Nov. 10 at 3 p.m. in Brendle Recital Hall.

The Senate invites all faculty, staff and students to attend as President Hatch reflects on the past decade, speaks about Wake Forest today, and anticipates opportunities and challenges ahead.

A reception will immediately follow in the lower lobby in Scales fine Arts Center, to which all are invited. (Original message inaccurately announced the location as the lobby of Brendle Recital Hall.)

WakeUnited: Pugel encourages working in harmony for change

This is the fourth of a series of pieces written about Wake Forest community members who are committed to WakeUnited, the United Way campaign at Wake Forest.

Wake Forest President's office chief of staff Mary Pugel, Thursday, January 28, 2016.

As Chief of Staff for President Hatch, Mary Pugel coordinates a lot of moving parts – from organizing meetings with senior administrators to overseeing the staff of the President’s Office. It’s not surprising, then, that she sees her work as a perfect fit with her commitment to United Way, which coordinates community responses to challenges in Forsyth County.

“Wake Forest’s spirit of Pro Humanitate and United Way’s mission are beautifully aligned,” Pugel explains. “Our active commitment to and engagement with our local community is part of the Wake Forest DNA.”

She likes the proactive approach United Way takes in helping the most vulnerable members of the community, “through educational support, improving access to health care and improving the means to financial security – to name a few.” Pugel believes that by addressing such systemic issues, United Way is making tangible, measurable community changes where they are needed the most.

“As a member of the Women’s Leadership Council my annual United Way gift has allowed me to invest in our community with the assurance that my gift is being targeted to our community’s greatest needs,” Pugel says. One of those areas is education – the Council’s goal is to increase the Forsyth County high school graduation rate from a previous low of 71 percent to 90 percent by 2018.

Pugel’s work with United Way is an integral part of her commitment to Wake Forest University and Forsyth County. As she explains, “Support of the United Way campaign seems like a natural and easy fit!”

Mary serves on the 2016 WakeUnited campaign cabinet and notes, “This year we have reached over 80 percent of our goal with three weeks remaining in the campaign. It’s not too late for those members of our campus community who have not yet given, to contribute. We hope everyone will do their part as we raise the remaining $70,000 and help ensure everyone in our community has the opportunity to thrive.”

The 2016 WakeUnited campaign encourages faculty and staff to pledge support for United Way and its critical mission in the community. A personalized pledge link has been sent to your email, or you can make your pledge at


Electricity restored to all buildings except Manchester Athletic Center

This message was emailed to students, faculty and staff on Nov. 4 as an update to earlier messages sent about a power outage on campus:

Electricity has been restored to all but one building affected by today’s early morning power outage on campus.

Manchester Athletic Center is the only campus building without electricity at this point.  It is estimated that electricity will not be restored until noon or later to Manchester Athletic Center.

The Pit in Reynolda Hall was set to open by 7 a.m.

Starting around 3 a.m., a power outage occurred in several campus buildings.  Work began immediately to restore electricity.

Wake Forest Office of Communications and External Relations

Work underway this morning on partial campus power outage

A version of this message was e-mailed to students, faculty and staff shortly before 5 a.m. Nov. 4:

Work is underway early this morning to restore electrical power to some campus buildings that lost power starting around 3 a.m.

By 8 a.m., it is expected that all power will be restored to all affected buildings except Manchester Athletic Center.  It is estimated that it might be approximately 10 a.m. before power is restored to Manchester Athletic Center.

Other buildings that lost electrical power early this morning included Kitchin Residence Hall, Reynolda Hall, Greene Hall, the Calloway Center (Kirby Hall/Manchester Hall) and the Facilities department buildings nearby.  Kitchin Residence Hall is the only residence hall affected by the power outage.  Electrical power is expected to be restored by about 6 a.m. to Kitchin Residence Hall.  The other buildings in the above list are expected to have power restored by 8 a.m.

Air conditioning in campus buildings might not be at full capacity early this morning, but is expected to be back to normal early today.

Additional information will be sent to students, faculty and staff this morning before 8 a.m

Wake Forest Office of Communications and External Relations

Rock musician, conservationist Chuck Leavell coming to campus

Bonnie's releaseRolling Stones’ long-time keyboardist Chuck Leavell, who has also become a leading conservationist, will visit Wake Forest University Nov. 10 and 11 for a two-day event filled with music, education and a tree planting.

The legendary musician arrives on campus Thursday, Nov. 10 for a 2:30 p.m. tree planting with members of the Office of Sustainability and the Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (CEES), which are sponsoring his visit in conjunction with the “More Barn” series in the historic Reynolda Village.

Later that day, an evening of songs and stories with Leavell and Miles Silman, biology professor and CEES director, will take place in Brendle Recital Hall from 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The celebration of environmental stewardship and land conservation continues on Friday, Nov. 11 with a solo concert at The Barn at Reynolda Village. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and the solo concert begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Seating is primarily general admission with limited reserved table seating.

Leavell toured with the Rolling Stones for more than 25 years and is one of the most respected keyboardists in the world of rock’ n’ roll. His piano and keyboard work has also been heard on the works of Eric Clapton, John Mayer, The Black Crowes, George Harrison, The Allman Brothers Band, and many more.

A conservationist, sustainable development advocate, and tech entrepreneur, in 2009 Leavell co-founded The Mother Nature Network, a website devoted to environmental news, information and education. He is the author of four books: “Forever Green: The History and Hope of the American Forest,” an autobiography “Between Rock and a Home Place,” “The Tree Farmer,” a children’s book, and his most recent, “Growing A Better America.”

He and his wife, Rose Lane Leavell, live on their 3,000-acre award-winning tree farm, Charlane Plantation, near Macon, Ga. Twice named Outstanding Tree Farmer for Georgia, and National Outstanding Tree Farmer in l999, he has also been recognized by the National Arbor Day Foundation, the Georgia Conservancy, and many other conservation organizations. His name is well known on Capitol Hill for his advocacy work on behalf of the environment

President Hatch to present State of University address

President Nathan O. Hatch will deliver his annual State of the University Address, at the invitation of the Faculty Senate and Senate President James Cotter, on Thursday, Nov. 10 at 3 p.m. in Brendle Recital Hall.

The Senate invites all faculty, staff and students to attend as President Hatch reflects on the past decade, speaks about Wake Forest today, and anticipates opportunities and challenges ahead.

A reception will immediately follow in the lobby of Brendle Recital Hall, to which all are invited.

President Hatch: A message about CARE

This message was emailed from President Hatch to faculty and staff on Nov. 2.  A similar message was emailed to all students.

At Wake Forest University the Campus Assessment, Response and Evaluation (CARE) Team is a vital resource for all students, faculty, and staff in the community.  The CARE Team is available for any community member who is worried about a student, colleague, or any individual that is connected with our campus.  Knowing more about the role of this important resource is a good way to help support the wellbeing of all members in our community.

Our CARE Team assesses, responds to, and provides ongoing evaluation of disruptive, troubling, or threatening behaviors brought to the attention of the team. The CARE Team’s actions are focused on connecting people in need of help with support services. As a result of these connections, individuals are more likely to find themselves feeling better about their work and relationships and more aware of the resources and personal support available to them.

Campus safety and personal wellbeing remain core values at Wake Forest, and you play an important role in bringing this commitment to fruition.  Early identification and communication of behaviors of concern is vital to maintaining the health of our community.

I encourage each of you to listen to your students and colleagues and pay attention to those around you. We want Wake Forest to be a welcoming and supportive community – a place in which we all feel comfortable expressing care and concern for each other.

If you become aware of disruptive or threatening behaviors, or are concerned about someone affiliated with the university, I ask that you contact any CARE Team member office or send a message to Please note that if you are concerned about the possibility of imminent violence, you should immediately contact University Police (911 from a University land line or 336-758-5911 from a cell phone). Or, you may call the Winston-Salem Police Department (911 from a cell phone or off-campus land line).

Once contacted, our CARE Team acts discreetly to assess the reported behavior(s) and provide an appropriate level of support. For more information about the CARE Team, including contact information, team composition, and descriptions of behaviors of concern, please visit

Thank you for your assistance in assuring that our campus remains a safe place for all members of the community to live, learn, and work together in the spirit of Pro Humanitate.


Nathan O. Hatch