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A message from President Hatch

This is a message emailed to students, faculty and staff from President Hatch on March 16:

I am saddened to inform you that Richard (Rich) Wolk, a student in the Charlotte Evening Working Professional MBA Program, died March 15 after being fatally injured in a motor vehicle accident that morning in Stanly County.

We extend our condolences to his family and fellow students, as well as faculty and staff who knew him.  His passing is a loss for the entire Wake Forest community. May Rich’s family and friends find comfort and support as they grieve his loss and remember his life.

The University will share information on services for Rich when that information is available.

Each of us is affected by loss in different ways, and there is no right way to grieve.  I encourage you to take care of yourselves and your fellow Deacs during this difficult time.

Wake Forest offers support and counseling services for all students, faculty and staff.  The University Counseling Center may be reached at 758-5273 and the Office of the Chaplain may be contacted at 758-5210.  For faculty and staff, there is also the Employee Assistance Program at 716-5493. Please do not hesitate to seek support.


Nathan O. Hatch


Wake Forest EMS to hold training event on March 19

This message was emailed to students, faculty and staff on March 15 by Communications and External Relations:

The Wake Forest Emergency Medical Services team will participate March 19 in a mass casualty drill at the nearby BB&T University Center.  (The original message incorrectly identified the location by its former name, Reynolda Business Center.)

The drill will run from 8 a.m. to noon in the parking lot at Wake Forest’s BB&T University Center, which is located at 2400 Reynolda Road across from the Reynolda Road entrance to the University.

The Wake Forest EMS team is a student-run organization with about 25 student volunteers who respond as emergency medical technicians (EMTs) to 911 medical calls 24/7 during the academic year.

The drill is intended to provide hands-on training to prepare them for a potential serious accident or other emergency on campus.  The students will be dispatched, in the drill, to a simulated incident and will practice how to call for additional resources to assist them. The student EMTs will unaware of what the incident is until the training occurs March 19 and will conduct themselves as though a mass casualty incident has happened.

The University Police Department, the Winston-Salem Police Department, the University’s Student Health Service, the Winston-Salem Fire Department and the Forsyth County EMS will participate in the drill.

Mobile mammography unit to be on campus April 5

PhysicalWake Forest faculty and staff may register through the Professional Development Center for an appointment with the the Novant Health Breast Center Mobile Mammography Unit, which will be on campus April 5.

To register, visit here.

Limited scholarships are available to assist employees with no medical insurance. If you fall into this category, please contact Kari Reece, in Human Resources, at 758-5688 or or Kristi Wagner at 758-4700. The service is designed to ensure all women have access to high-quality breast health services, regardless of your ability to pay or travel to a full-service imaging center.

Mammograms are covered as preventive screening under most insurance plans. For your convenience, Novant Health will file a claim with your insurance provider on your behalf. Wake Forest’s BCBSNC medical plan provides coverage, at no charge, for one baseline mammogram for any female member between the ages of 35 and 39. Beginning at age 40, one screening mammogram will be covered per female member per calendar year.

All forms must be completed by March 23 in order to participate. Instructions letter and forms are included in the Event Details section during the registration process. This information will also arrive in your confirmation email after you register. Continue reading »

Performance by acrobats to be moved indoors tonight

A performance by the Zuzu African Acrobats will be presented Monday night (March 14) in Brendle Recital Hall, instead of Manchester Plaza (Magnolia Quad).  University organizers decided to move the event indoors due to rain forecast for the night.

The event will take place at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

The performance is part of the University’s Global Wake Week running from March 14-18. The week will be filled with activities, films, food trucks, games and more.  Global Wake Week is intended for faculty, staff and students to celebrate the University’s past global successes and will launch the University’s 10-year Quality Enhancement Plan for strengthening Global Wake Forest.

Fit for Business 5K: Run, fun and feeding those in need

This is a guest post from the School of Business:

What do backpacks and running shoes have in common?

This year, it’s the Fit for Business 5K run on April 16, beginning and ending at the School of Business, Farrell Hall. The School’s Graduate Student Government Association (SGSA) designed the event to promote wellbeing and highlight a problem less than 5K away from campus — hungry schoolchildren.

Proceeds from the race will benefit Forsyth Backpack Program, a local nonprofit that feeds K-12 schoolchildren who don’t have consistent access to food on weekends or school holidays.

“I hope that the 5K rings alarms of awareness though out our community concerning the hunger issues children face daily in this area. One in two children in Forsyth County are on reduced or free lunch [at school] … and experience food insecurity,” said Williams Hawks (MA ’16).  “We must ensure that we are living up to the call of our motto, Pro Humanitate. We must be there to close the gap on local hunger.”

Continue reading »

Political event to be held on campus March 13

This message was emailed by Communications and External Relations to students, faculty and staff on the evening of March 12:

Former President Bill Clinton is planning to visit the Reynolda Campus tomorrow (March 13) to campaign for his wife, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

President Clinton is expected to attend a Get Out the Vote event at 3:45 p.m. on Sunday in the Wake Forest University School of Law Professional Center Library. The event is open to the public; however, space is limited and access is not guaranteed. Doors will open at 3:00 p.m.

The event is organized by the Hillary Clinton campaign.

Traffic on and around the Reynolda Campus is expected to be heavy Sunday afternoon. Due to the number of visitors anticipated, the University encourages students, faculty and staff not planning to attend the event to avoid the area around Worrell Professional Center throughout the afternoon.

Nominations for Campus Sustainability Awards being accepted

This is a guest post from the Office of Sustainability:

Nominations for the Campus Sustainability Awards are now open! Students, faculty and staff who have demonstrated or initiated successful sustainable practices on campus are eligible. Nominate yourself or someone else as a Champion of Change in one of the following categories:

–Resource Conservation
–Academics and Engagement
–Service and Social Action
–Bright Ideas

Nominations will be evaluated based on demonstrated ways the nominee has advanced the Wake Forest campus sustainability goals, measurable impact among constituents and other criteria. To learn more about the award categories, winning criteria and previous winners, click here:

To nominate yourself or someone else, complete the online nomination form by 5 p.m. on March 28. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on April 22.

Aging Re-Imagined symposium begins March 17

The symposium “Aging Re-Imagined” brings leading scholars, artists, medical professionals and researchers together at Wake Forest who will share insights on four key ideas that inform how we age, and how we think and feel about aging: Mobility, Mind (including memory), Mortality, and Meaning.

The symposium begins March 17 at 4 p.m. with a presentation by and Q&A with Liz Lerman, a famed choreographer known for her work with multi-generational ensembles to dispel the idea that dance is only for youth.

Following the keynote by Jay Olshansky at 6 p.m., the aging symposium resumes on March 18 at Bridger Field House with a full schedule of speakers and presentations. More information can be found here.

“Aging Re-Imagined” came about because of associate professor of dance Christina Soriano and her work teaching dance to people living with Parkinson’s Disease. As a member of Wake Forest’s Translational Science Center (TSC), she is one of many faculty from the biochemical, physiological, psychological, behavioral disciplines and the arts whose goal is to improve functional health in aging through research and academic training programs. Continue reading »

Global Wake Week set for March 14-18

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

Wake Forest will be celebrating Global Wake Week on March 14-18. Enjoy a week filled with activities, films, food trucks, games and more as we prepare for the SACSCOC on-site visit. This educational week for faculty, staff and students will celebrate our past global successes and will launch the University’s 10-year Quality Enhancement Plan for strengthening Global Wake Forest, “Transcending Boundaries: Building a Global Campus Community.”

 Faculty and staff are invited to celebrate this week by participating in all of our programming and by enjoying a special dinner in the new Sutton Center in Reynolds Gym on Tuesday, March 15 from 5-6:30 p.m. To RSVP for this event, please visit Limited seating is available.

Events calendar for Global Wake Week

Save the date: Staff Appreciation Picnic to be held June 9

Wake Forest hosts its annual Staff Appreciation Picnic at the Waterfall Field on campus on Wednesday, June 24, 2015.

Wake Forest’s annual Staff Appreciation Picnic at the Waterfall Field in 2015

The University’s 2016 Staff Appreciation Picnic will be held from June 9 at BB&T Field.  The Staff Advisory Council and the Office of Wellbeing are organizing the event, which is free and open to all Reynolda Campus staff.  The picnic will take place from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The picnic’s theme will be “Olympics at the Stadium.”  In addition to American lunch favorites, the picnic will feature Italian, Mexican and Japanese food.

As with previous staff picnics, shuttles will be available to provide transportation to staff wanting to attend.

More information will be announced at a later date, including how to register for the picnic.