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Message from Student Health Service to Wake Forest Community

As Wake Forest’s winter break approaches, University officials encourage students, faculty and staff to contact the Student Health Service if any are planning travel to a country where Ebola has prompted a public health crisis.

The reminder comes at a time when Wake Forest continues closely monitoring the international Ebola situation.

In accordance with guidelines by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there is still no Wake Forest funded or sponsored travel to regions with an Ebola travel advisory in place.  While the University does not have a policy restricting personal travel to countries affected by this virus, the CDC has issued a Level 3 Travel Warning recommending against non-essential travel, including travel for educational purposes to Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.  The Student Health Service is prepared to meet with students, faculty and staff considering personal travel to those countries.

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President’s Holiday Open House

President and Mrs. Hatch invite you to join them for a Holiday Open House

Tuesday, December 9
1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. (drop-in)

The President’s Home
1000 Kearns Avenue
Winston-Salem 27106
(parking & shuttle information below)

Hope to see you there! Happy Holidays!

Parking at the President’s Home is extremely limited, so we ask that you take the provided campus shuttle or carpool.

Reynolda Campus shuttles will run from Parking Lot A (behind Wait Chapel) at the bottom of the stairs leading from Hearn Plaza to the President’s Home beginning at 12:45 p.m. until the last shuttle departs the President’s Home at 5 p.m.

Shuttles will run from the front door of the University Corporate Center (UCC) to the President’s Home beginning at 12:45 p.m. until the last shuttle departs the President’s Home at 5 p.m.

Athletics staff members with offices off-campus can utilize the shuttles running from the University Corporate Center (UCC) to the President’s Home beginning at 12:45 p.m. until the last shuttle departs the President’s Home at 5 p.m.

Reynolda House and Human Resources staff (in off-campus HR building) will be allowed to park on-campus the afternoon of 12/9 and utilize the shuttle running from Parking Lot A (behind Wait Chapel) beginning at 12:45 p.m. until the last shuttle departs the President’s Home at 5 p.m.

All shuttles will run approximately every 15 minutes throughout the afternoon.

Non-exempt staff attending this Holiday Open House will be provided a maximum of one hour of paid release time.

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WakeUnited: Live United Victoria Lawton

victoria.lawton.150x150Senior sociology major Victoria Lawton spent her summer working for the Community Intake Center (CIC) for United Way of Forsyth County as part of her participation in Wake Forest’s Nonprofit Immersion Program. The CIC serves as the central point for all homeless individuals to get access to funding for housing and is part of a growing national movement to provide a quicker, coordinated method for helping individuals who are homeless.

“The CIC was less than a year old when I began working with them, so it was an incredibly small organization,” says Victoria. “Thus, I had the ability to be involved in almost all aspects of the organization.”

Through her internship, Victoria came to realize that coordination among organizations is the best way to help the community. Many of these organizations provide great services individually, but when they come together through United Way, they can pool resources and energy to achieve fast and effective change.

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H.S. “Pete” Moore, retired director of the physical plant, dies

Pete Moore (at right) with assistant Melvin “Molly” Layton (’47).

Moore (right) with assistant Melvin “Molly” Layton

By Kerry M. King (’85), Wake Forest Magazine

No one knew the Reynolda Campus better than Pete Moore, who helped build the new campus in the 1950s and oversaw its growth and development into one of the most beautiful campuses in the country.

Moore, who retired as director of the physical plant in 1991, died on Nov. 5, 2014, in Winston-Salem. He was 93.

Moore was named superintendent of buildings and grounds in 1953 when the new campus consisted of little more than red mud and steel skeletons of Wait Chapel and Reynolda Hall. Then President Harold W. Tribble said that no one was better suited in “training and experience and temperament” than Moore to direct the herculean task of building a campus from scratch and moving a 122-year-old College 110 miles west to a new campus.

Memorial Service

  • A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Dec. 13, in Wait Chapel at 11 a.m. A reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations to Hospice Care of Winston-Salem are appreciated.

For the next 40 years, Moore oversaw the maintenance of a constantly growing campus, the landscaping plan and construction of numerous buildings — including Tribble Hall, the Scales Fine Arts Center, the Benson University Center and several residence halls. The physical facilities building was named in his honor when he retired. When Wake Forest acquired Casa Artom in Venice and Worrell House in London in the 1970s, Moore traveled to each and organized renovations to both houses.

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Open forum scheduled for ZSR Library dean search

The search committee for the new dean of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library is hosting an open forum for all Wake Forest faculty and staff on Thursday, Dec. 4, from 4 to 5 p.m. in the ZSR Library Auditorium.

In preparation for the gathering, please consider the following questions and  come prepared to share your thoughts.

  1. Which major highlights about our nationally-recognized ZSR Library should be emphasized in order to attract top-notch candidates to the position?
  2. What challenges and opportunities might the next dean face in her or his first three years in this role?
  3. What are the most important professional skills and personal attributes required to be considered a strong candidate?

For those unable to attend the forum, please share your thoughts and suggestions by emailing

Holiday concerts to include compositions by Locklair

Professor and Wake Forest’s Composer-in-Residence Dan Locklair’s “Canzona for the Music Makers” for 15 players will be performed by the University Orchestra with David Hagy conducting tonight, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m.

Locklair’s “O Magnum Mysterium” (from his Three Christmas Motets), will be performed by the University Concert Choir, led by Brian Gorelick, on Thursday, Dec. 4, at 7:30 p.m.

“Canzona for the Music Makers” was commissioned by the Charlotte Symphony as part of the orchestra’s educational partnership with the school. More about the music and the project is available here.

Three Christmas Motets, which were recorded and broadcast (BBC Radio 3) by the BBC Singers last December, is one of Locklair’s most popular choral works. The piece was originally composed for and has been dedicated to the Wake Forest Concert Choir and Brian Gorelick.

Both performances will be held in Brendle Recital Hall and the events are free and open to the public.

Support needed for the Chaplain’s Emergency Fund

unnamedDid you know, the Chaplain’s Emergency Fund (CEF) regularly assists members of the Wake Forest community (faculty, staff and students) who find themselves in urgent need for food, shelter or public services.

Individuals receive limited financial assistance for essential expenses due to temporary hardship or an emergency situation. Those needing additional resources are then connected to community partners.

Recently, the CEF has experienced a decrease in available funds. Donations will allow the fund to continue to assist our community, and further the spirit of Pro Humanitate to those in need right on our campus.

For those looking for a holiday gift to recognize a colleague, student, friend or loved one, donations may be made in any amount. The honoree will receive a note indicating the gift-giver’s name and contact information.

Holiday donations can be made online at WakeWill: The Campaign for Wake Forest.

Celebrate the 10th year of the Artisan’s Fair

artisansfairThe 2014 Artisans’ Fair will be held on Friday, Dec. 5, in Benson 301 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year is the 10th anniversary of the event.

Dana Hutchens, employer experience manager in the Office of Personal and Career Development, helped launch the first Artisan’s Fair in 2004 to build community among Wake Foresters. Each year approximately 30 vendors participate in the Artisan’s Fair to showcase their crafts. Vendors must be Wake Forest affiliated: staff, faculty, student, retiree, or a spouse of a staff member, and the products must be handmade or personally produced.

“In my 23 years at the University, I have become acquainted with many Wake Foresters and learned about their artistic talents, not normally seen in the typical workday,” said Hutchens who has helped plan the event each year, though never participated as a vendor. “Even after the hustle and bustle of their nine-to-five jobs, it is amazing to see how many Wake Foresters go home and put on their creative hats! Some turn into wood workers, some painters, some potters, and some jewelry makers. They become artisans in many different forms, and this event is a showcase of that talent.”

Gale Newport, operations manager for the Benson Center and Gloria Stickney, the physics department’s business manager have entered the Artisan’s Fair every year since the first year. Retiree Betty Hauser and the medical center’s Paul Ross have also displayed their crafts since the fair’s beginning.

The Artisans’ Fair participants wish to thank the Benson University Center, which has graciously opened its doors to host the event in a centralized location on campus every year.

Participating vendors and their crafts include…

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Information on campus power outage

UPDATE, 2:25 p.m.: Power has been restored to Wake Forest’s campus this afternoon.  All campus buildings affected by an earlier outage today have power now. Operations on campus have returned to normal. With the power back on, the card reader system in buildings has returned to normal operation.

Wake Forest’s Reynolda Campus has experienced a major power outage today and more than half of the campus buildings in the central and north sections of campus are affected.

Crews are working on site to identify the cause of the problem and restore power as quickly as possible.  There is not currently an estimated time when power will be restored.

The card reader system in residence halls is also affected by this power outage, which means students, faculty and staff will not be able to access these buildings using their Wake Forest ID cards.

Those who need access to the following residence halls should contact University Police at 336-758-5591 (the non-emergency number): Davis, Dogwood, Efird, Huffman, Kitchin, Magnolia, Martin, North Campus Apartment Buildings 1-10, Polo, Poteat, Student Apartments A & B,  Taylor, and 1210 Polo Road.

The power outage occurred around noon today. The University will provide an update when more information is available.

Holiday schedule and pay reminder

A message from Wake Forest University Human Resources:

Best wishes for a safe and enjoyable holiday season! Please note the following regarding the Reynolda campus holiday, PTO and pay schedule through the end of the calendar year:


  • Wednesday, Nov. 26:  Departments who choose to offer early dismissal at 3 p.m. or two hours before the end of the regularly-scheduled shift may count this time as administrative leave.
  • Thursday, Nov. 27 – Friday, Nov. 28:  Thanksgiving Holiday – University Closed.
  • Monday, Dec. 22 – Tuesday, Dec. 23:  University open, with early release at 3 p.m. on Dec. 23. Staff employees may count two hours on Dec. 23 as administrative leave. In cases where the entire department has agreed to close for these two days, each individual in the department will count the two days as PTO.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 24 – Wednesday, Dec. 31:  Winter Break – University Closed.
  • Thursday, Jan. 1:  New Year’s Holiday – University Closed.


  • Tuesday, Dec. 23: Final pay date for all WFU Reynolda Campus faculty and staff.