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A message from President Hatch to faculty, staff & students

My wife, Julie, and I stood on Hearn Plaza at 12:45 this morning with heavy hearts. Following the announcement from the grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri, a small group of people entered the Quad and threw toilet paper into our trees. While we do not know the identity of these individuals or their intentions, we are saddened that this unacceptable behavior caused harm to our community.

Wake Forest has always been a place where we set our passions to work toward a common good. This community – like so many – is imperfect, but we have demonstrated a studied resolve to find common ground, to look at ourselves honestly, and to work to make the Wake Forest of today better than it was yesterday. We are undeterred in our efforts to make this a place that embraces all who call it home.

At this moment, it is important that we continue our thoughtful campus-wide conversations and forums, that we continue our commitment to diversity and inclusion, and that we continue to strive for respectful discourse in an era of polarized, fragmented polemics.

As we part ways for the Thanksgiving holiday, may we – as a community – pause to recommit to build a stronger campus based on face-to-face dialogue and a charitable spirit worthy of our motto, Pro Humanitate. Let me offer my deepest appreciation to so many who work diligently to uphold the best of Wake Forest. May you all cherish the time with family and friends this holiday.

With gratitude,

Nathan O. Hatch, President

Interruption to shuttle service during Thanksgiving

20100426shuttle3796Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, there will be no service from the Reynolda Campus to the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center campus beginning Thursday, Nov. 27 through Friday, Nov. 28.

Shuttle service will resume on Monday, Dec. 1, at 8:15 a.m.

October 2014 comings and goings

See a list of employees joining and leaving the University in October 2014.

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Giving thanks every day, not just on Thanksgiving

richwine.175x275A guest post by Jennifer Richwine, University Advancement’s executive director of the Washington, D.C., office.

Thank you notes were non-negotiable in my house growing up. My mother was a stickler on writing thank you notes when we received gifts for birthdays or holidays, and often we weren’t even allowed to enjoy the gift until the thank you note was written, stamped and in the mail. Like most children, I balked at the idea and hated trying to come up with the right thing to say.

As an adult I moved into my first job, my first apartment, my first time truly on my own and became more disconnected from the people who had always been so prevalent in my life. I realized how much I missed these friends and family and wondered if they understood just how important they were to me.

With Gratitude

  • Jennifer Richwine’s “With Gratitude: The Power of the Thank You Note” is available on Amazon, which recently named it the number one new release in business etiquette. It was published through CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform with help from Wake Forest’s digital publishing expert Bill Kane. The book is also available as e-book through Wake Forest Digital Publishing.

So one Thanksgiving, I decided to make a list of the people who had been important influences in my life over the past year, and I proceeded to write thank you notes to every single person on that list, thanking them for a kindness, a friendship, a piece of well-timed advice. And as I wrote, I began to feel like I was bursting with joy for all of these people I had in my life. I never realized just how fortunate I was until I actually put onto paper and into words why I was thankful for them.

As the notes began arriving in mailboxes, my phone started ringing. Friends and colleagues and family were delighted, surprised, thankful themselves, to receive my notes of thanksgiving. Common phrases were “I didn’t know it meant so much to you,” or “I can’t believe you took the time to write that,” or “I’ve never been thanked for just being me before.” It quickly became clear that something special was happening.

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5 Wake Foresters named to list of Triad’s most influential people

hatch.mostinfluential.300x175President Nathan Hatch and four other Wake Forest leaders have been recognized among the “Triad’s Most Influential People.” The Triad Business Journal’s special publication, now in its 10th edition, is devoted to recognizing the importance of the region’s pivotal leaders.

The following have been named to the list:

  • Anthony Atala, Director of Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine; and Chairman, Department of Urology, Wake Forest School of Medicine
  • David Carroll, Director of Wake Forest’s Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials and Professor of Physics
  • Nathan Hatch, President, Wake Forest University
  • John McConnell, CEO, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
  • Eric Tomlinson, Chief Innovation Officer, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and President, Wake Forest Innovation Quarter

The Triad Business Journal chooses individuals who have made leadership — in their organization and in their community — a priority. Leaders on this list have given sacrificially of their time, talents and resources to make a difference in this region.

Reynolda Campus holiday party to be held Dec. 11

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3 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 11, in The Barn.

The festive atmosphere will include crafts, food, and a visit from Santa Claus. The event should be especially fun for young children.

Shuttles will continuously run from the Benson University Center Traffic Circle, Lot P by the entrance to Wingate Hall, and by the Wake Forest Road entrance to Lot W1.

Optional donations of the following items to benefit Samaritan Ministries will be collected at the door:

  • New men’s and women’s socks
  • New men’s and women’s undershirts and thermals
  • Travel sized hygiene items (shampoo, toothpaste, lotion, etc.)
  • Packaged and transportable snacks (crackers, canned fruit with a pop top, peanut butter, etc.)

Please contact John Allen Riggins in the Office of the President at (336) 758-4061 or riggja0@nullwfu.edu if you have any questions.

November 2014 staff milestones

Elide Vargas, administrative coordinator in Politics and International Affairs, is celebrating her 30 year milestone this month. See the complete list of faculty and staff milestones for November 2014.

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Thonhauser to lead program at SciWorks on alternative fuels

Timo Thonhauser

Thonhauser

Timo Thonhauser, associate professor of physics, will conduct an interactive outreach program at SciWorks science museum Friday, Nov. 21 from 9 -10 a.m. to teach school children about using alternative fuels like hydrogen. One of the highlights is a hydrogen fuel cell car that allows students to separate water into hydrogen and oxygen to form a gas that will power the car across the floor. Students from local and regional schools will be in attendance.

Thonhauser is a condensed matter theorist whose research is supported by a prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER Award, which recognizes a select few junior faculty nationwide who excel as teacher-scholars.

Wake the eBooks: Audio Books, Ad Hoc

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ZSR’s digital publishing administrator Bill Kane is offering “Wake the eBooks: Audio Books, Ad Hoc” through the the PDC on Tuesday, Dec. 2, from 2-4 p.m.

The course will cover how Digital Publishing @ Wake can turn digital documents into highly accessible, highly consumable, and highly mobile-friendly “listen-able” texts — enhancing teaching, learning, and reading across the classroom, campus and community.

Audio samples are available online: “Talking Text: A Readspeaker + Tizra Test Document Collection.”

For more information, contact Bill Kane at kanewp@nullwfu.edu or 336-758-6181.

Roniger serves on international academic committee

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Roniger

Luis Roniger served on the international academic committee of the University of the Republic (Uruguay) and the National University of La Plata (Argentina) organizing the Second International Congress on Southern Cone Exile, held in Montevideo on Nov. 5-7.

He was also invited by the Brazilian Political Science Association (ABCP) and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation to participate in a central panel on the politics of memory and human rights at the IX Meetings of the ABCP held on Aug. 4-7 in Brasilia.

Roniger has published the book Destierro y exilio en América Latina. Nuevos estudios y avances teóricos (University Press of Buenos Aires – EUDEBA, September 2014) and co-authored “Tres estudios sobre el exilio. Condición humana, experiencia histórica y significación política (Madrid: EDAF and Mexico: Universidad de Puebla, September 2014).