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Wake Forest in ‘Class of 2016’ for reaffirmation of accreditation

The University is evaluated on nearly 100 standards including those areas pictured in this slide.

The University is evaluated on nearly 100 standards, including the areas above.

Wake Forest is in the process of completing a reaffirmation of the University’s accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) — the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states.

Phil Handwerk, director of institutional research describes the process as an opportunity for self-examination that touches the entire University.

“The reaffirmation process allows us to look at how well we are doing at sustaining and supporting our institution and to determine what things we would like to improve to help us better meet our educational objectives and support the University’s mission,” says Handwerk.

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Space available for upcoming Safe Zone training sessions

Safe-Zone-Sticker-FINAL3-791x1024Space is available for Safe Zone training sessions on Thursday, May 28 and Wednesday, June 24. The Safe Zone program is an in-depth, interactive presentation designed to educate Wake Forest faculty, staff and students about the LGBTQ community. Anti-LGBTQ bias and prejudice affects all members of a community, and we all have the opportunity to work against it.

Participants learn what it means to be an ally—a person who supports and stands up for the rights of LGBTQ people—as well as how to create a Safe Zone.

Allies who have completed the training program will be given a Safe Zone sticker, identifiable to the entire campus, which may be displayed on the ally’s door to designate it as a safe place for all members of the community.

Register for either class at the PDC website.

April 2015 comings and goings

See a list of employees joining and leaving the University in April 2015:

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CER raises the bar for Commencement 2015

Screen Shot 2015-05-20 at 7.05.21 AMFor Wake Forest Communications and External Relations (CER), commencement planning begins early. All of CER — events, creative, digital, news and photography — begin laying the groundwork for graduation months in advance.

This year, University events, in addition to handling the distribution of 13,788 commencement tickets and managing a production schedule around campus renovation work, the team was responsible for overseeing a new commencement experience for graduates and their guests. Geni Greiner, who joined Wake Forest in February 2015, managed Commencement with her new team for the first time this year.

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Provost’s office spring grants

The Provost’s Office awarded the following grants for spring 2015:

Provost’s Fund for a Vibrant Campus:

  • Amanda Gengler and David Yamane, Health Inequalities: Social Foundations and Social Consequences, $3,360.00
  • Ulrike Wiethaus, Margaret Bender, Ross Griffith, A Cherokee Celebration and Commemoration: President James Ralph Scales and the Cherokee Heritage of Wake Forest University, $5,000.

Provost’s Fund for Academic Excellence:

  • Angela Mazaris, Wake Forest LGBTQ Alumni Conference, $10,000.

Provost’s Fund for Academic Innovation:

  • John Pickel, Art Department Trip to Washington, DC, $6,403.
  • Neil Walls, Muslim-Christian Dialogues: An Egyptian Pilgrimage, $12,000.
  • Kyle Denlinger, ZSRx WakeHistory: A Massive Online Learning Event for Connecting with and Contributing to our Institution’s Story, $20,000.

For more information, please visit

Staff appreciation ‘Luau by the Falls’ scheduled for June 24

unnamedEat, listen to music, play games and bask in the sun. Come join your fellow staff members for some tropical fun!

The Staff Advisory Council and THRIVE invites all staff members to the 2015 Wake Forest Staff Appreciation Event on Wednesday, June 24.

Drop by any time between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Waterfall Field located in lower Reynolda Village and enjoy:

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Kentner Stadium Gray Line shuttle stop temporarily closed

Due to construction, the Gray Line shuttle stop located near Kentner Stadium will temporarily be closed. Beginning Thursday, May 21, the Gray Line shuttle will drop-off and pick-up in parking Lot P, which is located on the east side of Wait Chapel. Lot P will be utilized throughout the summer and additional information will be communicated when the location near Kentner re-opens.

The summer Gray Line schedule will remain as is and can be found here.

Attached is a map identifying the exact location of the temporary stop.

Here is a link to the parking map for reference to parking locations.

If you have any questions, please contact Alex Crist at 336-758-2558.

Campus wireless computing network upgrade tonight

This evening, May 20, between 6 and 9 p.m., Information Systems will perform an upgrade to the campus wireless computing network.

What is changing?

  • WFUadmin, WFUstudent, WFUfacultystaff wireless will no longer exist. A single option, WFUwireless, will replace the three options. The wireless login process will remain the same.
  • WFUvisitor sponsor portal will have an upgraded look and feel. The Web address will remain the same:
  • After 9 p.m. on May 20, a new service at will allow users to connect devices to WFUvisitor that were not able to connect prior to the upgrade. This means that you can now connect your Smart TVs, Roku boxes, Google Chromecast, gaming systems, Apple TVs and other devices to the wireless network. You can only register one of these devices at a time using this new service.

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Faculty development award

Rais1M. Raisur Rahman of the history department has been selected as the next recipient of the Nathan and Julie Hatch Prize for Academic Excellence. Rahman will spend a week at the Summer Research Institute conducted by Harris Manchester at Oxford University to work on his research proposal, “Bombay Muslims: A History of Diversity and Cosmopolitanism in Modern India.”

Previous recipients of the Nathan and Julie Hatch Prize include Sam Gladding (CNS), Thomas Frank (HST) and Kendall Tarte (ROM).

April 2015 faculty publications

Ekstrand, Eric. (English). Laodicea. Omnidawn. April 2015. Winner of the Omnidawn 1st/2nd Poetry Book Prize

Miller, Marc L., & Ronald F. Wright. (Law). Criminal Procedures: Cases, Statutes, and Executive Materials, 5th ed. (Aspen Casebook Series). Wolters Kluwer Law & Business. January 2015.

Miller, Marc L., & Ronald F. Wright. (Law). Criminal Procedures: The Police: Cases, Statutes, and Executive Materials, 5th ed. (Aspen Casebook Series). Wolters Kluwer Law & Business. February 2015.

Miller, Marc L., & Ronald F. Wright. (Law). Criminal Procedures: Prosecution and Adjudication: Cases, Statutes, and Executive Materials, 5th ed. (Aspen Casebook Series). Wolters Kluwer Law & Business. February 2015.

Mulcahy, C.M., D.E. Mulcahy, and D.G. Mulcahy. (Education). Pedagogy, Praxis and Purpose in Education (Routledge Research in Education Policy and Politics series). Routledge. January 2015.

Palmiter, Alan R. (Business). Corporations: Examples & Explanations, 8th ed. Wolters Kluwer Law & Business. February 2015.