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A message from Wake Forest University President Nathan Hatch

Dear Wake Forest faculty, staff, and students,

Like many of you, I woke up this morning to shocking news of a shooting near campus. A Wake Forest student was shot in the chest during an apparent robbery. I have reached out to the student’s family to offer support on behalf of the Wake Forest community. I am pleased to share that the initial surgery went well and the student is in stable condition.

I want to offer my gratitude to the Winston-Salem Police Department and our own University Police for their quick response and their efforts in the ongoing investigation. I am also grateful for the many members of the campus community currently working in support of this student and the family. They appreciate all of the thoughts and prayers directed their way.

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.

Major construction to begin on the south side patio around Reynolda Hall

This message is from Sam Binkley, Senior Project Manager, Facilities & Campus Services:

The patio on the South Side of Reynolda Hall directly beside the entrance doors to the Pit cafeteria will be under hardscape renovations for the remainder of the summer until mid-August.

Demolition of the existing concrete patio will begin as early as Monday, June 13.

Portions of the stairs from Manchester Plaza, stairs from the upper terrace and portions of the patio will be temporarily closed at times.  Access will remain to the Pit with safe passage through the construction area.  There will be initial periods of demolition noise, followed by installation of the renovated patio sub-base materials, including stone and new concrete.  The renovated patio will feature new pavement including brick pavers, granite banding, bluestone and new ramp configurations to the entry doors to the Pit.

We apologize for any inconvenience in navigating around the construction areas.

Proposals funded: Pauca, Silman, Von Burg

Paul Pauca


Congratulations to Paul Pauca, associate professor of computer science, whose proposal entitled “2016 Boeing Analytics Research Scholar Program” has been funded by the Boeing Company.


Miles Silman


Congratulations to Miles Silman, professor of biology, whose proposal entitled “Amazonian Center for Environment Research and Sustainability (ACERS) project” has been funded by the USAID.

Ron Von Burg

Von Burg


Congratulations to Ron Von Burg, assistant professor of communication, whose proposal entitled “Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute – 2016” has been funded by the US Department of State.

Update on the upcoming closure of Business 40

The North Carolina Department of Transportation and the Wake Forest University Police Department invite faculty and staff to attend a campus stakeholders’ update about the upcoming closure of Business 40 on Monday, June 13 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in the ZSR Library Auditorium (room 404).

N.C. Department of Transportation representatives will provide a project overview, including:

– Plans for the new Business 40
– Timeline
– Communications
– Potential impacts on the Reynolda Campus and Wake Downtown

All faculty and staff are welcome. Those planning to attend should indicate their interest to August Vernon ( in advance.

Future sessions on campus are anticipated as additional details become available.

More information about the future of Business 40, including information about voting and naming the roadway, is available here.

Floyd named NCAA Division I Baseball Championship site rep

Max Floyd, the director of recreational sports at Wake Forest University, on campus on Monday, September 22, 2014.

Max Floyd, director of campus recreation, was selected to work the Ole Miss Men’s Baseball Regional in Oxford, Miss., from June 3 – 6. It is the sixth consecutive time that Floyd has been chosen for this opportunity.

Site representatives are selected by the NCAA Championships & Alliances Office and are charged with several tasks. Floyd’s responsibilities included assisting in overall management of the regional site; enforcing NCAA operational guidelines; conducting pre-conference meetings with coaches, umpires, grounds crew and operations staff; overseeing drug testing, concussion management and ruling on timing, inclement weather or any other on-field related decisions.

Floyd also worked with ESPN on commercial breakaways and mid-game coach interviews.

Heavy construction in Reynolda Hall is underway this week

This message is from Sam Binkley, Senior Project Manager with Facilities & Campus Services:

The second floor main corridor of Reynolda Hall is under abatement this week. Abatement work includes corridor ceilings, vinyl asbestos tile and duct insulation; lighting will be disconnected in the corridor; air conditioning will be shut down as the air handler and ductwork are removed; smoke detectors will be disconnected during the abatement. The main bathrooms off the entry corridor will also be closed.

Signage is posted to restrict entry into the abatement and construction areas.

There will be times of noise disruption, and workers will be moving in and out of the building to dispose of waste.

After abatement work is completed by June 13, the area will be closed off for construction until the end of July impacting the legal office suites 202 and 231, the Heritage Room, the Magnolia Room, the Little Mag room, the Autumn Room and the main corridor.

We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any questions, please contact Sam Binkley at 336-758-4899

Proposals funded: Carroll, Katula, Marsh, Rejeski

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


Jack Rejeski


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.

April 2016 comings and goings

See a list of employees joining and leaving the University in April 2016:

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Technology at WFU | 2015-2016 Year in Review

Message from Mur Muchane, Associate Vice President for Information Technology & CIO

The end of the academic year seems like an appropriate time to pause and reflect. On behalf of my Information Systems (IS) colleagues, I am pleased to share the 2015-2016 Technology at Wake Forest University Year in Review. We hope that you will not only look at the content but also click on the links in this interactive report for a broad view of the many ways IS partnered and collaborated with the campus community this past year, as well as the on-going technology strategic planning effort.

We invite you to view the interactive PDF report here using the Tizra digital publishing platform.

*Note: Please click the above link and use the gray arrow on the directed page to the right of the screen to scroll through all content. The document may also be printed using the fifth icon to the left on the directed page.

Gladding publishes column on being a good ancestor

On May 6, the Winston-Salem Journal published a guest column by Professor of Counseling Sam Gladding titled “Be a good ancestor: the power of words and deeds.”

In the piece, Gladding wrote,”I believe the efforts associated with ‘being a good ancestor’ lead in a positive direction. It is a lifestyle with depth, purpose and meaning, often never recognized by anyone outside of oneself.  Yet it accomplishes two important things: it makes us on a personal level better as human beings while contributing to the good of the world in a lasting way.”