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University’s holiday party to be held Dec. 13

Faculty and staff, along with their children and other family members, are invited to attend the University’s annual holiday party on Dec. 13.  The free event will take place from 3-6 p.m. at The Barn.

Refreshments–food and beverages–will be served.

A shuttle service from the University Corporate Center and Benson University Center will be available. Pickup at both locations will begin at approximately 2:45 p.m.

President Nathan O. Hatch e-mailed an invitation to faculty and staff on Nov. 30.

A message from President Hatch

This message was emailed from President Hatch to students, faculty and staff on Dec. 1:

Dear Wake Forest Community,

After the presidential election I emailed you with a personal reflection on one of the most divisive periods in recent American history. I wrote that day, and continue to believe, that our Wake Forest community profoundly values intellectual discourse, diverse viewpoints, and, most importantly, one another. I concluded those reflections by recognizing that the one choice we have every day is how we treat one another.

Those same beliefs underscore my desire to communicate with you now. I recently received petitions signed by members of the Wake Forest community urging me to declare Wake Forest as a sanctuary for students, staff and their family members who believe that they may face potential deportation. I have also been given a petition urging me to follow federal immigration law and cooperate with federal law enforcement. I do not believe adopting the position of either petition will strengthen our community. While I will not sign either statement, I will do everything within my power as the president of Wake Forest University to support every member of our community in their pursuit of an education.

I am prepared to use the resources at my disposal to uphold the values to which I have committed myself as the leader of Wake Forest. To that end, I joined hundreds of other university leaders in signing the petition asking the president-elect to uphold, continue and expand the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy implemented in 2012. Wake Forest is also a member of the “Every Campus a Refuge” program, providing housing and other forms of support for newly-arrived political refugees from around the globe. Our campus is richer for our diverse population and we will continue to provide financial aid, support services, and connection to legal resources for undocumented students.

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Allison McWilliams: (Re)Setting Expectations

Allison McWilliams, director of mentoring and alumni personal and career development in the Office of Personal and Career Development, writes occasional articles for Inside WFU. This is the fourth and final for the fall semester.  In each, she shares observations and suggestions with faculty and staff drawn from her professional experience with students.

Allison McWilliams, the Director of Career Education in the Wake Forest Office of Personal and Career Development on Monday, October 10, 2011.

Each year about this time a particular sense of stress combined with excitement combined with worry moves across our campus. There are only so many days left in the semester. There are finals to take and final papers to submit. There are travel plans to coordinate. There is either excitement or dread about going home for an extended period of time, or about not having a home to go to. There is the relief of a semester finally (almost) behind us, and perhaps some excitement about what next semester may bring. That transition piece, in particular, is something that I love about the academic year: at the end of each semester we get the chance for a re-set, to start anew with new expectations and goals. Nothing else in life is really like that (which is one of the reasons that the transition from college to career can be so jarring for our students), and it is a perk of which we all should take full advantage.

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Lighting of the Quad to be held Dec. 6 on Hearn Plaza

Wake Forest students celebrate the holidays with the Lighting of the Quad ceremony on Hearn Plaza on Tuesday, December 1, 2015. Chaplain Tim Auman talks about the diverse religious celebrations in the month of December.

Students, faculty, staff and off-campus community members are expected to gather on Hearn Plaza on Dec. 6 for the 13th Annual Lighting of the Quad.  The event will begin at 7 p.m. and all are invited.

Organized by the Wake Forest Student Union, the event will feature performances of holiday songs by student a cappella groups, music from Wait Chapel’s carillon, remarks by Chaplain Tim Auman and President Nathan O. Hatch and the official “lighting of the quad.”  Holiday lights on a Christmas tree and other Hearn Plaza trees will be turned on, a menorah will be lit and attendees will form a circle holding candles distributed at the event.

Leading up to the event, the VSC and Student Union are collecting clothing to donate to the Potter’s House in Winston-Salem.  Hats, scarves, gloves, blankets and more are being collected on the second floor of Benson University Center.  Those items can also be brought to the Lighting of the Quad for donation.

In addition to the tree lighting, the University is now hanging dozens of holiday wreaths on buildings across campus.

Gentry Lectures to be presented Nov. 30 and Dec. 1

Mark Newman of the University of Michigan will present the Gentry Lectures on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.

The lectures are free and open to the public.

The first lecture will be presented at 4 p.m. Nov. 30 in Pugh Auditorium, Benson University Center.  The lecture’s title is “Epidemics, Erdos Numbers, and the Internet: The New Science of Networks.”  A reception will be held at 3 p.m. in Manchester Hall, Room 336.

The second will be presented at 11 a.m. Dec. 1 in Kirby Hall, Room B02.  The lecture’s title is “Structure, Phase Transitions, and Belief Propagation in Networks.”

At Michigan, Newman is the Anatol Rapoport Distinguished University Professor of Physics and a professor in the university’s Center for the Study of Complex Systems.  Among other honors, he is a 2016 John S. Guggenheim Fellow in Applied Mathematics and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  He also was the recipient of the 2014 Lagrange Prize.

Annual Wake Forest Artisans’ Fair to be held Dec. 2

This is a guest post from organizers of the annual Wake Forest Artisans’ Fair:

It’s time for the annual Wake Forest University Artisans’ Fair to be held on Friday, Dec. 2 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. in Benson University Center, Room 401. Thirty vendors will show and sell their handcrafted products which include jewelry, woodworking, stitchery, pottery, baked goods, stained glass, etc.


Table built with wood from Reynolds Gym

An exciting new feature to the annual event are items made by Facilities and Campus Services from recycled Wake Forest products! Palmer/Piccolo bed frames have been converted into Adirondack-style chairs, flooring from Reynolds Gym has been transformed into a table, and wooden trivets are designed from the beloved magnolia trees. Products will be on display as silent auction items (some with minimum pricing), with bids taken until 4 p.m. At the close of the event, those with the highest bids will be notified of their winning bids and arrangements made for item pickup. Proceeds from these items will benefit the United Way.

Looking for a special gift? Then check out these vendors!

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Wake Downtown information session to be held Nov. 28 in Pugh

Faculty and staff are invited to attend a Wake Downtown information session to be held at 4 p.m. Nov. 28 in Pugh Auditorium, Benson University Center.

Information presented will relate to the space, classes, new programs, transportation and more.

An information session for students is planned for Nov 29 at 5 p.m. in Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Room 404.

School of Law to offer online certificate in ‘Workplace Legal Fundamentals’

This is a guest post from the School of Law:

Wake Forest Law will offer an online certificate in “Workplace Legal Fundamentals” beginning in January 2017 as part of its Master of Studies in Law degree program. Employees of Wake Forest University as well as Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center receive a 20 percent discount on the certificate that can be completed in just two semesters.

The fully online, part-time Master of Studies in Law (MSL) degree and certificate programs are specially designed for professionals who need to navigate the law to better manage risk in the workplace. While the degree program includes specialized courses in Human Resources and Health Law & Policy, all students benefit from a core curriculum taught by Wake Forest Law faculty. Applications are being accepted for January 2017 starts in either the MSL degree or certificate program.

“The new certificate allows professionals in a wider range of industries to benefit from the market-driven curriculum, helping them become even more valuable assets and reduce overall risk in the workplace, while earning a valuable credential,” says MSL Director Ellen Murphy (JD ’02), assistant dean of instructional design.

The core courses explore the relationship of contract, property and tort law in private business and the economy, the legal systems governing business relationships, as well as regulatory law and the roles of different law enforcers. Developed with input from industry leaders, all courses are specially designed for and taught only to these professional students, focusing on real-world issues that are immediately applicable, and add value, in the workplace.

Current MSL degree student Sean E. Rogers of Ithaca, New York, says he couldn’t be happier that he decided to pursue this program. “I’m very impressed with how well everything is organized, and with the rigor and richness of the content. The professors and staff have been super responsive and available. What you and Wake (Forest) Law have created is very impressive.”

The MSL is a partner degree for Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina’s Blue University. The degree, which can be completed in less than two years, combines the flexibility and accessibility of online learning with the rigor and academic excellence of Wake Forest Law.

For more information or to apply for the January 2017 degree and certificate program start, visit

Two Lovefeast services, a Candle Tea to be held Dec. 4

Wake Forest University hosts its 51st annual Moravian Lovefeast holiday celebration in Wait Chapel on Sunday, December 6, 2015. President Nathan O. Hatch and his wife, Julie, attend the service.

Due to the popularity of Wake Forest’s annual Lovefeast, the University will host two Lovefeast services this year.  The first will be held at 4:30 p.m. and the second at 8 p.m. on Dec. 4, both in Wait Chapel. Traditionally, only one Lovefeast service has been held at Wake Forest each year.

Between the services, the University will hold a Candle Tea in the adjacent Davis Chapel, starting at 5 p.m. and ending just before the 8 p.m. Lovefeast service starts.

The Lovefeast services and the Candle Tea are free and open to the public.

The 4:30 p.m. service, which features a telling of the Christmas story instead of a sermon, will be slightly abbreviated and last about an hour. The traditional service at 8 p.m. will run approximately 90 minutes.

Video of both services will be streamed live. To watch, visit

The Candle Tea will include displays by local artisans of their Christmas crafts.  Those who attend the Candle Tea will have the opportunity to learn about Moravian Christmas traditions while listening to choral and instrumental Christmas music.

November 2016 staff and faculty milestones

See a list of staff and faculty milestones in November 2016:

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