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Wake Forest, WSSU host celebration in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

mlk-350x175Each year, Wake Forest and Winston-Salem State University collaborate to host a major celebration to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The theme of this year’s program is “On Common Ground: A Dream Deferred.”

On Monday, Jan. 16, comedian, political commentator, radio show host and actor, D.L. Hughley will present the 17th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day keynote speech at 7 p.m. in K.R. Williams Auditorium at Winston-Salem State University. The event is free and open to the public.

Earlier in the evening, Wake Forest will host an invitation-only banquet where students and faculty/staff from both Winston-Salem State and Wake Forest will receive the “Building the Dream” award in recognition of their efforts toward improving social justice and building community.

For more information on the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. joint celebration, contact the Wake Forest Intercultural Center at 336-758-5864, or Winston-Salem State University Student Activities and Engagement at 336-750-3351.

Additional MLK Weekend Events

On Saturday, Jan. 14, Wake Forest University will host the seventh annual MLK Day Read-In in the Benson University Center, Room 401 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The event is being organized by Girl Talk Triad Chapter, HandsOn Northwest North Carolina, Salem College, UNC School of the Arts, Wake Forest, and Winston-Salem State University. The Read-In promotes King’s legacy of service, literacy and community empowerment to children ages 4-10. Parents and guardians are requested to fill out the following online or paper-based forms. For additional information, please contact Kyle Gassaway at 336-724-2866 or

On Sunday, Jan. 15, Wake Forest will host the 12th Annual GospelFest at 3 p.m. in Brendle Recital Hall, Scales Fine Arts Center. This year the Intercultural Center will host Gospel recording artist Kierra “KiKi” Sheard and the Wake Forest University Gospel Choir.

Tickets are available at For more information on GospelFest, contact the Wake Forest Intercultural Center at 336-758-5864.

A message from President Hatch: Welcome to a new semester

President Hatch sent this message to students, faculty and staff on Jan. 10:

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

Welcome to 2017 and a promising new semester! As was noted by many news outlets, social media channels and other sources in the past several weeks, we said goodbye to a great number of people in 2016. Some we knew by the characters they portrayed or the songs they wrote; others we knew for the fame they had achieved; and still, there were a few – like Arnold Palmer – who we knew as family. This loss of many brought to mind New York Times columnist David Brooks’ idea of “resume virtues” versus “eulogy virtues” – or the professional skills we acquire versus the type of people we become.

At Wake Forest, we have committed to be a community that educates the whole person. Our academic mission is central to what we do, whether conveying the principles of economics or teaching theories of political thought or understanding the composition of molecular compounds. Our mission also calls us to a higher purpose. We are a place that asks us to face challenges so that we may develop humility, gratitude, resilience, honesty, compassion and kindness. And after those tests and lessons, we ask you to take your knowledge and your character and better the world.

The value of education is not simply found in what we are able to learn, but who we become in the process. The lessons we learn are not isolated to textbooks and classrooms; each person and situation we encounter offers us something. I will never forget the thoughtfulness of John Murrin, my doctoral director. On the very weekend he was moving, in stifling hot St. Louis weather with his apartment piled high with boxes, he took the time to read and carefully critique my first dissertation chapter. It was a great gift to a nervous aspiring historian, and a meaningful example of some of the qualities I wanted to emulate.

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Applications being accepted for Move More! Move Often!

This is a guest post from the Office of Wellbeing:

mmmoBreak in the New Year with the Move More! Move Often! Spring Program. Applications for the Spring Program are being accepted now. The enrollment period runs from January 4 through January 20. The program will officially begin on February 20 and will run through April 9.

The Move More! Move Often! is an 8-week step challenge to encourage individuals to increase their daily physical activity.  Using Fitbit activity trackers, participants can monitor daily steps.  Throughout the challenge, participants can access performance incentives, receive supplemental resources and materials and discounts to help them reach their physical activity goals.

Beginning this Spring, the program will offer two options for participation – our traditional walking groups as well as a progressive walk-to-run program designed to help beginners make the transition from walking to running.  Participants will even have the opportunity to celebrate their progress by participating in the Fit For Business 5k in April.  The Move More! Move Often! program will provide trackers at a discounted rate for program participants.  Tracker options are listed here.

This program is open to current Wake Forest University students, faculty and staff. You can apply here.

Participants will be required to attend a one-hour orientation the week of February 13.  Applications are also open to participants who own their personal Fitbit.  Previous participants are welcome to re-enroll.

Staff Advisory Council to meet this week

Members of the Staff Advisory Council will participate in a roundtable discussion at 9 a.m. Jan. 12 regarding a variety of topics important to the University community. The members-only session will take place in Benson University Center.

Any staff members with issues they would like the SAC to discuss can speak to their SAC representatives prior to the meeting, or use the options on the SAC Contact Us website to bring any thoughts, issues, questions to the SAC’s attention  for discussion at the meeting.

WFU’s Reynolda Campus to operate on regular schedule Tuesday Jan. 10

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

The Reynolda Campus of Wake Forest University will operate on its regular schedule Tuesday, January 10. This includes Wake Downtown.

Conditions will vary in the region, so please use your best judgment regarding your own safety.

Vehicles with off-campus parking permits must be relocated to their appropriate parking location by 8 a.m. Tuesday.

University shuttles will be operating tonight, Jan 9, including the onCall shuttle service and the Gray shuttle line.

Shuttles will operate on their regular schedule Tuesday.

Please see the Wake Alert website at for any other announcements that may be made.

Updated DeaconSpace available now

This is a guest post from Information Systems:

On Jan. 7, DeaconSpace, the online space scheduling software, was updated with a more intuitive interface. The new DeaconSpace is built specifically to meet the needs of everyday users – students, faculty and staff who simply want to book a meeting or reserve a space to meet, work, practice, or study with minimal effort. The new interface allows you to accomplish these tasks with the fewest possible clicks, in the least amount of time possible, without any training or help (although we’ll provide some of that too).

The new DeaconSpace delivers a faster and easier way to check availability and schedule meetings, rooms and workspaces. It also includes a single view of meetings so that users can visualize all of their bookings on a single screen. Additionally, it is better optimized for mobile devices which enables users to schedule on-the-go.

Additional changes include the consolidation of many request forms to make it easier for users to find the spaces you want to request. For more information and documentation, please visit:

Wake Forest’s Reynolda Campus to open 12 noon Monday Jan. 9

This message was emailed to students, faculty and staff by Communications and External Relations on Jan. 8:

The Reynolda Campus of Wake Forest University will open at 12 noon Monday, January 9.

Classes will not meet on campus until noon.  Offices will open at noon.

University business operations and classes will end by 4 p.m.

The University’s Black and Gold shuttle line and Innovation Quarter shuttle will begin at 11 a.m.

Conditions will vary in the region, so please use your best judgment regarding your own safety.

Please see the Wake Alert website at for any other announcements that may be made.

University preparing for wintry weather this weekend

This message was emailed to students, faculty and staff on Jan. 6 by Communications and External Relations:

The Winston-Salem area is under a winter storm warning, with the National Weather Service predicting several inches of snow and freezing temperatures arriving tonight.  Low temperatures are predicted to continue for several days.  Similar weather is predicted for other parts of North Carolina.

Wake Forest is implementing its plan for severe winter weather, which includes Facilities and Campus Services preparing to remove snow at several campus locations, as best as possible.  Such work would begin this weekend, if snow arrives tonight and Saturday, and continue as needed.

Several inches of snow and freezing temperatures will create hazardous conditions for motor vehicle travel, as well as walking.  Travel conditions on and off campus may remain hazardous throughout the weekend.

Local and state officials encourage drivers to remain off roads and highways in the event of severe winter weather.  Campus officials recommend that all on campus use caution when walking or driving in such conditions.

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to stay alert to weather forecasts in the days ahead through the news media—online, broadcast and print.

In the event of severe weather that prompts a delay or closing, Wake Forest will use several methods to alert students, faculty and staff:

–The Wake Alert website at
–A headline across the top of the University home page at It will link to the Wake Alert website.  The same banner will appear across the top of many other University web pages.
–An email message to faculty, staff and students.
–A voice mail message to faculty and staff.
–A message on the University’s weather/emergency phone line (336-758-5935).
–Announcements on radio stations WFDD (88.5 FM) and WSJS (600 AM).
–Announcements on TV stations WXII, WGHP, WFMY and News 14 Carolina.
–Social media, including the @WakeAlert Twitter account.

WSTA route changes affect service to campus

Starting on Jan. 2, the Winston-Salem Transit Authority (WSTA) stopped picking up or delivering passengers from or to the interior of Wake Forest’s campus.  The change is part of a system-wide overhaul of the WSTA route structure, as reported by the Winston-Salem Journal.

To assist those traveling to and from campus on WSTA buses, the University’s Office of Parking and Transportation is researching opportunities to diminish the impact of these changes made by the WSTA.  More information about these University efforts will be shared once more details are finalized.

The University’s Office of Parking and Transportation is not associated with the WSTA, a public transportation service.

As of now, the WSTA continues to provide service to the campus vicinity, including the edges of campus.  According to the WSTA, its routes are scheduled to operate on the University Parkway and Reynolda Road sides of campus.

Below is a summary of routes that will operate near campus, based on WSTA information:

Route 89 will operate on the University Parkway side of campus, with scheduled service every hour.
–Bus service from downtown toward Wake Forest will stop on University Parkway in the northbound lane across from the entrance to campus.  Caution is encouraged when crossing University Parkway to reach campus.
–Bus service from Wake Forest southbound toward downtown will be located outside the University Parkway entrance to campus.

Route 88 will operate on the Reynolda Road side of campus with service scheduled every hour.
–Bus service from downtown toward Wake Forest will stop on Reynolda Road in the northbound lane, outside the Reynolda Road entrance to campus.
–Bus service from Wake Forest southbound toward downtown will be located on the southbound lane of Reynolda Road, by the BB&T University Center.

For more information regarding the WSTA and all new routes, visit here.

Residence halls to open on Jan. 6, a day earlier than planned

This message was distributed by Residence Life and Housing on Jan. 5 to students who live in University residence halls:

Dear Resident,

Due to the inclement weather forecast for the Winston-Salem community and some other Eastern US areas, Residence Life and Housing will open residence halls for the spring semester one day early, Friday, January 6 at 9:00 a.m. We encourage you to consider safety of travel as you make plans to return to campus, knowing that weather conditions may improve prior to classes beginning on Tuesday, January 10.

Please be aware that because the University does not officially reopen until Saturday, January 7, some services may be limited.

Dining services will be operating the Fresh Food Company (The Pit) on reduced hours on Fridayfor lunch and dinner using food dollars, cash or credit cards only. Meal plans (swipes) will begin on Saturday, January 7.  Please see the Campus Dish website for specific hours of operation of The Pit and other retail outlets.

Additionally, Facilities and Campus Services crews may continue to be in the residence halls completing routine work that occurs during the winter break period. If you have a facilities need upon arrival, please contact Facilities and Campus Services at campus extension 4255.

For students who need urgent or emergency medical care, personnel from Wake Forest Emergency Medical Services (Wake EMS) will be available beginning at 9:00 a.m. January 6. Call 911 if medical assistance is needed. The Student Health Service will open on Monday, January 9 at 8:30 a.m.

Please contact the Office of Residence Life and Housing at 336.758.5185 or if you have any questions.

Safe travel Deacs!