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VP Rue to lead Title IX panel on Capitol Hill

Wake Forest Vice President for Campus Life Penny Rue, in her office in Reynolda Hall, Wednesday, December 14, 2016.

Next week, Vice President for Campus Life Penny Rue will lead a panel discussion on sexual assault on Capitol Hill.

On Jan. 25, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and NASPA, the leading association for student affairs professionals, will be hosting a forum with university presidents and campus life staff entitled “How Do We Address Sexual Assault in the New Congress?” AASCU and NASPA are bringing in several university leaders to Capitol Hill to discuss the challenges of addressing sexual assault on university campuses.

Rue, who has broad responsibility for the safety and well-being of Wake Forest students and their education outside the classroom and currently serves as the Public Policy Division Chair of NASPA, will lead a panel focusing on the topic of Title IX.

In 2015, she testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Higher Education and the Workforce Training about “Preventing and Responding to Sexual Assault on College Campuses.”

“For student affairs professionals nationwide, effectively addressing sexual assault and gender-based violence has been a priority for decades because of our genuine care for the health, safety and well-being of our students,” she testified (video).

Faculty books: December 2016 updates

Anderson, David R., Dennis J. Sweeney, Thomas A. Williams, Jeffrey D. Camm, & James J. Cochran. (Business). Statistics for Business & Economics, 13th ed. Cengage. February 2016.

Baliga, Ram B., & Timo Santalainen. (Business). Escaping Business as Usual: Rethinking Strategy. Talentum Pro. June 2016.

 Coates, David. (Politics & International Affairs). The Progressive Case Stalled. Library Partners Press. December 2016.

West, Page. (Business). Strategic Management: Value Creation, Sustainability, and Performance, 4th ed. Riderwood Publishing [self-published]. July 2016.

Provost Happy Hour at Wake Downtown Jan. 19 for faculty, staff

An exterior view of the new Wake Downtown classroom and research space in a former tobacco manufacturing facility in downtown Winston-Salem, before sunrise on Friday, January 13, 2017.

Wake Downtown

The Office of the Provost is inviting faculty and staff to the “Provost Happy Hour at Wake Downtown” on Jan. 19.

The event will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. at Wake Downtown, 455 Vine St.

Shuttles will be available from the Benson University Center circle to the Wake Downtown event from 2:45 to 6 p.m.  Shuttles will be every 15 minutes.

Parking is available in Parking Lot P8, a 10-minute walk from Wake Downtown.  P8 parking and walking path may be found online.

Questions about the event may be sent to

T-CART grant applications due from faculty Feb. 20

This is a guest post from the Office of the Provost:

The Office of the Provost is pleased to announce the T-CART grant programs, formerly known as the STEP grants, partnering with three separate campus offices to provide faculty with funding to advance their teaching, learning, scholarly, and creative work. All applications are due February 20, 2017. Recipients will be notified by March 3, 2017.

Summer Course (Re) Design

The Office of the Provost and the Teaching and Learning Collaborative (TLC) are pleased to announce a joint program to assist faculty wishing to develop new courses (or redesign already existing courses) that pursue creative and evidence-based approaches to teaching and learning at Wake Forest.

Whether through digital tools, or “hybrid” approaches that re-imagine class as a space for active and collaborative learning (e.g. flipping), pedagogical innovations provide many opportunities for creative change. These novel modes of education allow for the thoughtful exploration of new teaching methods and technologies, course designs, and strategies for promoting participatory learning. They can also result in a comprehensive change in the way the course is taught, and/or how students are given feedback or assessed (for example, using e-Portfolios for learning assessment throughout a course).

For more information about this grant, visit the Call for Proposals for Summer Course (Re) Design.

Blended Online Learning Development (BOLD)

This joint grant, sponsored by the Provost’s Office and the Office of Online Education, is intended to encourage faculty interested in developing high quality online or blended courses in support of the undergraduate mission.

Whether you are looking to create a completely online course, defined as those where greater than 50% of the face-to-face time is replaced by online activities, or a blended course, where 25% to 50% of face-to-face time is replaced with online activities, this grant offers compensation for the time necessary to design and develop a high quality course and ensures the assistance of an instructional designer and technical assistance.

For more information about this grant, visit the Call for Proposals for 2017 Blended and Online Learning Development (BOLD) Grants.

Summer Technology Exploration Program (STEP)

The Office of the Provost and Information Systems are excited to announce the 7th annual STEP grants. This joint grant program provides funding for faculty summer projects to explore new and existing technologies with the potential to enhance teaching, scholarly, and creative work.

This is the opportunity for faculty to explore a range of technologies, devices, and software and to integrate them into their work.  For more information on the grant including examples of technologies to explore visit the Call for Proposals for Summer Technology Exploration Program (STEP).

All applications are due February 20, 2017. Recipients will be notified by March 3, 2017

Wake Forest MLK ‘Building the Dream” award winners announced

Religion professor Derek Hicks and two students Rose O’Brien and Cazandra Rebollar have been named Wake Forest University’s 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. “Building the Dream” award winners.

The award is traditionally presented to a professor or administrator and a student from both Wake Forest and Winston-Salem State University who exemplify King’s qualities and promote diversity within the community. This year, one faculty member and two students were selected as winners at Wake Forest.

Faculty award winner Derek Hicks is an assistant professor of religion and culture in Wake Forest School of Divinity and Department for the Study of Religions, and the Henry Luce Diversity Fellow. He joined Wake Forest in 2011.

Hicks has spoken nationwide and in the Winston-Salem community at various churches and events to discuss and provide insight on current race relations in America. He works closely with community leaders such as Melissa Harris-Perry, Rev. William A. Lawson, Dr. John Mendez, and Wake Forest President Nathan Hatch to ensure meaningful discussions continue that build and enhance community relations.

“It is an honor for the School of Divinity to have the contributions of one of our faculty members recognized with this award,” said Gail O’Day, dean of the divinity school. “Dr. Hicks’s scholarship, teaching, student mentoring, and community engagement do indeed help bring the dream of racial justice closer to a lived reality for all of us.”

More information is available here.

University Police Department moves into Alumni Hall


Alumni Hall

The spring semester has opened with the Wake Forest University Police Department in a new home.  During the winter break, the police department moved into Alumni Hall, where University Advancement and Parking and Transportation are also located.

The police department moved into the area of Alumni Hall formerly occupied by Residence Life and Housing and the Deacon OneCard office, which moved into the newly-built Maya Angelou Residence Hall.

The police department is inviting students, faculty and staff to Alumni Hall on Feb. 1 to help the department celebrate having its first new home since the 1980s.  An open house will be held from 2 to 4 p.m.

Visitors, including off-campus community partners, will be taken on guided tours following brief opening remarks by various speakers and a ribbon cutting formally opening the department’s new offices.  Light refreshments will be served.

“We are pleased to be in our new professional and welcoming space. We can much better serve our community and meet the day to day operational needs of the University Police Department,” said University Police Chief Regina Lawson, who joined the department in 1989.

Until now, Lawson had worked her entire Wake Forest career in the department’s former offices in the H.S. Moore Building located at the far southern end of campus.  They had shared the building with Facilities and Campus Services.

“All of us in the University Police Department hope to see many of our campus community members and off-campus community partners at our open house,” Lawson said.  “As chief, I would like to see our students, faculty, staff and others become familiar with our new home and more familiar with all of us who are committed to serving Wake Forest.”

The police department’s business offices are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. People can call the department 24/7 on its emergency line, 336-758-5911, or its business line, 336-758-5591.

At present, the police department’s communication center remains in Davis Residence Hall.  It is open to receive visitors 24/7.  The center will move into Alumni Hall this spring.

Clery Act training to be held Jan. 17 on campus

The University will present Clery Act compliance training on Jan. 17 at Z. Smith Reynolds Library’s Auditorium.

The basic class will be held from 9-11 a.m.  An advanced class will be held from 1:15 to 4 p.m.

Training will be provided by D. Stafford and Associates.  The training covers the requirements of federal law regarding Campus Security Authorities and the Violence Against Women Act.

Registration for the training is being handled through the Professional Development Center (PDC).  The sessions are entitled Basic Campus Security Authority Course and Clery Compliance Overview and Update for Administrators.  Details are available through the PDC website.

The University encourages Campus Security Authorities to enroll for the training sessions.

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.