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Temporary closing of University Parkway entrance set for May 17

This message was emailed to students, faculty and staff May 11 by Communications and External Relations:

The University Parkway entrance to Wake Forest will be closed to all traffic starting Tuesday, May 17, and continuing through Saturday, May 21, due to a City of Winston-Salem water main project at that location.

The Reynolda Road and Polo Road campus entrances will operate, as usual.  The Reynolda Road entrance will be open at all times, with the gatehouse staffed from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. every night. The Polo Road entrance will be open, except from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. nightly when the gate there is closed.

The temporary closing of the University Parkway entrance will not affect nearby parking lots.  Parking spaces along Wake Forest Road, in front of Worrell Professional Center, will remain open.

88.WFDD announces WAKE Radio broadcast on HD3 channel

correct WFDD logoThis is a guest post from 88.5 WFDD:

88.5 WFDD, the public radio station licensed to Wake Forest University, recently announced that it will begin broadcasting WAKE Radio on its HD3 channel. WAKE Radio is Wake Forest University’s student-run college radio station. WFDD General Manager Tom Dollenmayer said that bringing WAKE Radio onto the HD3 channel will save money for the university and expose WAKE Radio to a wider audience.

Over the last year, 88.5 WFDD has assisted WAKE Radio with upgrading its systems to provide more consistent programming and provided guidance and broadcast instruction to WAKE Radio student managers. “We’re excited to continue our commitment to student engagement through our work with WAKE Radio,” said Dollenmayer.

Wake Forest University Provost Rogan Kersh said, “It’s big news that WFDD is broadcasting Wake Radio on HD3; as a longtime fan (my brother was a Wake Radio deejay back in the 1990s), I’m thrilled that Wake Radio will expand its reach . . . and that our students have a chance to work even more closely with the brilliant professionals at WFDD.”

WAKE Radio can now be heard 24/7 on WFDD HD3 via online streaming or an HD Radio, and will soon be available on iTunes Radio.

88.5 WFDD, Public Radio for the Piedmont, is a broadcast service of Wake Forest University and is the only public radio station of its kind located in the Piedmont Triad. It broadcasts news, information, and public affairs programming covering the arts, people, and institutions in the area from its Winston-Salem studios. The state’s charter NPR® member, 88.5 WFDD is the longest continuously-broadcasting public radio station in North Carolina.

Parking and traffic information for commencement

This message was emailed to faculty and staff May 10 on behalf of Executive Vice President Hof Milam:

Dear Reynolda Campus Faculty and Staff:

Commencement is the highlight of our academic year.  It is a wonderful time for the campus community to come together and celebrate with graduating students and their families.  This year’s commencement ceremony will be held Monday, May 16, on Hearn Plaza, beginning at 9 a.m.

It is always important for us to be gracious hosts to our visitors and make sure their access to campus is as easy as possible.  To make this the best commencement experience possible for our graduates and guests, please observe the following guidelines:

–Faculty and staff should not attempt to park on campus prior to 1 p.m. on the day of commencement. Passes, which have been issued to graduates and their families, will be required for all cars entering campus

–Faculty and staff who need parking should park at Bridger Field House and ride the shuttle to campus. Enter the stadium parking lot through the Reynolds Boulevard entrance and follow the signs to the parking area and the shuttle pickup point. Shuttles will run continuously throughout the day from 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. A Wake Forest ID will be needed to access the shuttle.

–Faculty and staff may park on campus after 1 p.m.

–Reynolda Campus staff who do not have a direct commencement responsibility need not report for work until 9:30 a.m. on Monday, unless otherwise required by their department.

Please have your Wake Forest I.D. with you at all times on campus during commencement.

In case of rain, the commencement ceremony will be held at Joel Coliseum, beginning at 9:30 a.m.  Parking on campus will not be affected if the ceremony is held at the coliseum.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.


Hof Milam, Executive Vice President

Biology professor and students win national competition

Wake Forest biology professor Gloria Muday, Thursday, June 13, 2013.

Gloria Muday

Biology professor Gloria Muday, and students Bethany Pan and Par Ranjbar, both senior biology majors, recently won an international contest, the Plant Teaching Tools competition, sponsored by the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB).

In Muday’s fall semester course, Pan and Ranjbar developed teaching tools (slides and accompanying text) that can be used in high school and college level biology courses to teach about the effects of climate change, drought, and water deficit on plants. Together this team is editing these tools and combining them with active-learning exercises that highlight how agricultural researchers use traditional plant-breeding and genetic engineering approaches to yield plants with increased drought tolerance.

This teaching tool will be peer reviewed and appear in the ASPB published journal entitled “The Plant Cell.”

“Participating in research and contributing to a research focused journal article is a valuable learning process for students,” Muday said. “Developing tools to be used in teaching is a complementary way for students to learn to be teacher-scholars.”

Professor of Music Richard Heard

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

We are saddened to announce that Richard Heard, professor of music, died May 8 in Winston-Salem after a long illness.

Dr. Heard joined Wake Forest’s faculty in 1996.  He was an accomplished concert singer who had performed many years across the country and in Europe.  In his extensive career, he had received numerous awards.

We grieve Dr. Heard’s death and extend our condolences to his family and friends, as well as those at Wake Forest who had the opportunity to know him.

Information about a service for Dr. Heard will be announced to faculty, staff and students once his family has made arrangements.  A campus memorial service is expected to be held next fall semester.

Wake Forest offers support and counseling services for all students, faculty and staff.  The Counseling Center may be reached at 336-758-5273, the Chaplain’s Office at 336-758-5210.  For faculty and staff, there is also the Employee Assistance Program at 336-716-5493.

Proposals funded: Carroll, Katula, Marsh

David Carroll


Congratulations to Dave Carroll, professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Novel Energy Harvesting Fabric” has been funded by the Army Research Office (ARO) and by [subaward/subcontract from] Streamline Automation (WFU funding agency).



Jeff Katula


Congratulations to Jeffrey Katula, associate professor of health & exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Maya Angelou Center for Health-Project 1-(WFUHS PI:Bertoni)” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and by [subaward/subcontract from] Wake Forest University Health Sciences (WFU funding agency).



Tony Marsh


Congratulations to Anthony Marsh, professor of health & exercise science, and Jack Rejeski, professor of health & exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Cooperative Lifestyle Intervention Project (CLIP II)” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under award number 4R18HL076441-10.

Deadline for annual benefits enrollment is May 6

This is a guest post by Human Resources:

The Annual Benefits Enrollment deadline is today (Friday, May 6) at 11:59 p.m. ET. If you have not already enrolled, please take a few minutes to do so. You will need to enroll if you are an eligible* faculty or staff member who is:

  • Making a change to your benefit elections,
  • Adding or removing a dependent(s),
  • Covering an eligible spouse on the medical plan, and/or
  • Planning to participate in a Flexible Spending Account (you must actively enroll each year if you intend to continue your participation).

If you are adding a spouse and/or dependent child(ren) to the medical, dental, and/or vision plan(s), and you have not provided dependent verification documentation, you will need to submit a copy to Human Resources by the end of the day.

Contact the Benefits team at or 336.758.6404 with questions.

*Includes individuals eligible for medical coverage through the Affordable Care Act.

Learning Assistance Center, Disability Services director named

Michael Shuman, associate director of the Wake Forest Learning Assistance Center, poses in the Z. Smith Reynolds Library on Thursday, August 18, 2011.

Michael Shuman

Michael Shuman has been promoted to director of Wake Forest’s Learning Assistance Center and Disability Services (LAC-DS).

As director, Shuman is responsible for providing leadership and vision in the areas of academic support and disability services for the University community. He manages the clinical and administrative operations of the LAC-DS, implements accommodations for students with disabilities and coordinates a comprehensive academic coaching and peer tutoring program for students.

Shuman had served since last July as interim director of the LAC-DS. Since joining the office’s staff in 1997, he had held several positions, including associate director, assistant director, and academic counselor and coordinator of special services.

“Having worked for over 18 years at Wake Forest, I have a deep understanding of our campus culture–both its challenges and accolades–and have come to love and value the Wake Forest community,” Shuman said.

“I am passionate about providing the support and resources that college students need to become successful, resilient and engaged learners, and I am both thrilled and grateful to be named director of the Learning Assistance Center and Disability Services,” he added. “I am so proud of what we do for our students and the greater Wake Forest community in the LAC-DS, and I am excited to continue to lead the office in our commitment to our mission of providing opportunities for all students to achieve academic success.”

The LAC-DS is part of the University’s Division of Campus Life.

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Update from Campus Climate Implementation Team

This message was e-mailed to students, staff and faculty May 5 on behalf of Chief Diversity Officer Barbee Oakes and Vice Provost Lynn Sutton:

Dear Campus Community,

With the end of the semester officially coming to a close with the conclusion of final exams, it seems fitting to update students, faculty and staff about Wake Forest’s ongoing efforts to strengthen our community and commitment to inclusion.

Over the past two years, several groups comprised of students, faculty, and staff met to provide recommendations on how to do so.

Through the work of our Campus Climate Implementation Team, a collaborative network of University leaders, faculty, staff and students commissioned by Provost Rogan Kersh, we have several notable updates to share:

  • Under the direction of Vice President for Campus Life Penny Rue and the Police Accountability Task Force, the University Police hired new staff and modified policies to ensure better relationships with community members. Significant changes include ongoing unconscious bias training, a new student patrol program, and continued dialogue between students and officers.

These improvements and many more are available at, our redesigned “Community-in-Progress” website that features updates about campus climate and sources feedback from members of the community to share with faculty, staff, and students driving change around diversity and inclusion.

We welcome any questions or comments and plan to provide details about forthcoming changes with community engagement opportunities this fall.

Thank you for your role in our collective and sustained efforts. We move forward only when we all remain committed to the promising work of making Wake Forest a place that truly feels like home to all university members.


Barbee Oakes, Chief Diversity Officer and Lynn Sutton, Vice Provost

Co-Chairs, Campus Climate Implementation Team


Meet Wake Forest’s bike-riding parking enforcement officer


This is a guest post from the Office of Sustainability:

Wake Forest’s new parking enforcement officer, Kathy Kullman, is much like others in the Parking and Transportation Office.  She strives to be friendly and approachable throughout the day to those she meets on the job. But, there is something different about her.

What sets her apart is not hard to notice.  Her favorite means of getting around campus is human-powered. Kullman is often on a bicycle when she is on the job.

Kullman has committed to biking throughout a significant portion of her workday. After previously working as a bicycle patrol officer for a school in California, it was a “no-brainer” when Alex Crist, director of Parking and Transportation, asked about her preference on biking.

“Having a parking enforcement officer on a bike is great for our campus,” says Crist. “We are saving money on fuel, reducing our carbon footprint, and providing an invaluable resource of increased accessibility to our campus community.”

Parking enforcement officers can, unfortunately, generate negative perceptions at times. Enabling officers to patrol on a bike can help break down these barriers and increase engagement with community members. Kullman, who has been on her bike for approximately one month, recalls countless positive interactions with students, faculty and staff while biking. One such interaction involved a faculty member applauding her for her efforts.

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