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Wake Forest news for faculty and staff

Marian F. Parker

This announcement was emailed to faculty and staff on March 13 by Communications and External Relations:

We are saddened to announce that Marian F. Parker died March 9.  She retired as associate dean for information services, director of the Professional Center Library and professor of law.

A graveside memorial service will be at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Greensboro at 11 a.m. March 17.  Additional information is available here.

We grieve Professor Parker’s death and extend our condolences to her family and friends, as well as those at Wake Forest who had the opportunity to know her.

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.


When snow falls, Wake Forest offers ways to learn about closings

Meteorologists are reminding this area that winter is not quite done, yet.  Potential snowfalls are being mentioned in recent forecasts. At Wake Forest, there are plenty of ways to learn about a University closing or delay prompted by snow or ice.

The University activates some components of its Wake Alert system to announce closings and delays.  They include:

  • Brief announcement across the top of the University’s home page that links to the Wake Alert page, where full details are provided.
  • E-mail to all students, staff and faculty.
  • Voice mail to staff and faculty.
  • Wake Alert Twitter message. Other social media, too.
  • Message on the University Weather and Emergency Phone Line, 336-758-5935.
  • Announcements in local news media, particularly on TV stations’ closings/delays web sites.

At Wake Forest, there is also easily accessed information about the weather, including current conditions and forecasts. That information is available from the WeatherSTEM stations on top of the Miller Center and the scoreboard at BB&T Field.

The WeatherSTEM stations use a combination of weather instruments and sensors to take environmental measurements and offer frequently updated details on temperature, humidity, the heat index, barometric pressure and much more.

Each station includes a sky camera, with one directed toward Kentner Stadium, Farrell Hall and Wait Chapel, while the other camera is directed across BB&T Field.

Anyone with access to the internet can visit the web sites for the weather stations located at the Miller Center and BB&T Field.  Each web site– and–has a link to the other. The links are labeled “WEATHERSTEM UNITS” and can be found at the top right side of the sites.

The stations also offer information through Facebook and Twitter accounts, which are updated through automation.  On Facebook, the accounts are identified as Wake Forest Weatherstem and Wake Forest Football Weatherstem.  On Twitter, the stations can be followed @WakeForestWxSTEM and @WFUFootballWxSTEM.

WeatherSTEM also offers apps for ios and Android.

Of course, weather information is available from many others sources, including local news outlets.

Test of outdoor alert system to take place March 9

The University’s outdoor emergency alert system will be tested today (March 9) at 4 p.m.

Chimes will be heard by people on the Reynolda Campus when the system is tested.  The system is in place at several locations on campus, including at athletic facilities.

No response to the test is required.

The outdoor alert system is part of Wake Alert, the University’s emergency notification system.

If anyone has questions about today’s test, they may contact Wake Forest Emergency Manager August Vernon at 336-758-3377.


Conference to explore frontiers in consciousness research

Leading researchers in the fields of perceptual studies and neurobiology will explore the latest scientific findings on consciousness and near-death experiences at a two-day conference March 22-23 hosted by Wake Forest University and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

“Beyond Being: Frontiers in Consciousness Research: Science, Spirituality, and Wellness,” will bring scientists and thought leaders together to address the profound long-term impacts of these experiences and discuss the emerging research into a post-mortem existence.

This conference, which is free and open to the public, is designed for practitioners and others interested in the intersection of contemplative sciences, spirituality, and wellness, as well as the powerful effects of mindfulness meditation and other cognitive approaches in pain management, healing and related outcomes.

The conference will be live streamed at Additional information about the conference, panelists and sponsors is also available on the website.

More details available here.

Fire alarm systems resume normal operation, police complete move

The University’s fire alarm systems resumed normal operation March 7 as the University Police Department completed moving its communications center into Alumni Hall, where the University Police Department moved its business offices earlier this year.  The communications center, which receives emergency and other calls, was moved from Davis Residence Hall this week.

It is no longer necessary for anyone to call University Police if they hear a fire alarm activated in a University building.  Fire alarm systems in all buildings are operating normally again, meaning that an alarm activation now will automatically alert University Police and the Winston-Salem Fire Department. During the communications center move, there had been a temporary disruption in the automatic alerts of police and firefighters.

The University Police Department’s business offices are open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The communications center can be accessed 24/7.  The entrance to the University Police Department is located along the side of the building facing Carroll Weathers Drive.  At the entrance is a special phone in a yellow box for calling University Police at any time.

If anyone has questions regarding the communications center, they may contact Wake Forest Emergency Manager August Vernon at 336-758-3377

Discussion session on internationalization of WFU to be held March 16

Faculty and staff are invited to participate in a discussion focused on the internationalization of Wake Forest.  The event offered through the Professional Development Center is called “The Internationalization of the Wake Forest Community: Transcending Campus Spaces by Transforming the Institution.”

It will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. March 16 at Wingate Hall’s Lower Auditorium.  Afterward, a reception will be held until 6 p.m.

The following is a guest post about the discussion session from the sponsors–the Office of the Dean of the College and the International Students and Scholars Division of Global Programs and Studies:

Join colleagues from around the Reynolda Campus as we discuss and expand on the Internationalization of Wake Forest University, particularly our student body.

The past decade has seen rapid growth and change in our campus community, leading to transformative and sometimes challenging experiences in the classroom and throughout campus spaces. As the student body has become more international in scope, so have efforts throughout campus to support our international students and scholars. This session, as part of the College’s MIMA (Maximizing Inclusivity + Minimizing Apathy) series, will present information and knowledge on the experiences of international students and scholars as they seek to become active members of our community and campus climate.

Furthermore, specific classroom and student services best practices will be shared. The session is designed to allow for ample questions and discussion throughout the three-hour workshop, and a reception will immediately follow. As with other MIMA workshops, attendees are welcome to come when they can and stay as long as they can.

Finally, this particular session will be co-sponsored by the International Students and Scholars Division of Global Programs and Studies and the Office of the Dean of the College.

Anyone with questions about the program may contact Karen McCormick at or 336-758-5835.

Staff Advisory Council meeting to feature presentation on CARE Team

The Staff Advisory Council meeting on March 9 will feature a presentation on the University’s Campus Assessment, Response, and Evaluation Team (CARE).

Presenters will be Team members August Vernon, the University’s emergency manager, and Sarah Tooley, case manager for the CARE Team.

Staff are invited to the meeting, which will be held at 9 a.m. in Benson University Center, Room 401 B/D.

Reminder: Police communications center to move March 6

This message was emailed to students, faculty and staff on March 3 by the Office of Communications and External Relations:

Early next week, the University Police Department is asking for the campus community’s help if a fire alarm is activated in a University building.

Between approximately 7 a.m. March 6 and 7 a.m. March 7, community members who become aware of an activated fire alarm are asked to call the University Police Department immediately at 336-758-5911 (911 from a University phone).

During that 24-hour time, the University Police Department will be moving its communications center from Davis Residence Hall to Alumni Hall.  Fire alarms will sound in buildings during the move, but the automatic system that alerts the University Police Department and the Winston-Salem Fire Department will not work. Without a call from community members, the University Police Department and the Winston-Salem Fire Department may not be aware of the alarm activation.

Once the alarm systems in buildings resume operating normally, an email will be sent to students, faculty and staff.

Fire alarms in the following buildings will be affected:

–All Reynolda Campus buildings
–Athletic Facilities off campus, including Bridger Field House, the Indoor Tennis Center, the Clinical Research Center and the east concourse of BB&T Field
–Graylyn Center buildings, including the Manor House, Bernard Cottage, the Mews, the Gardener’s Cottage and the Management House
–Houses associated with Wake Forest on Polo Road (1109, 1115, 1125, 1141-B, 1145, 1157 and 1210) and Rosedale Circle (109/111)

Responses to emergency and non-emergency calls will not be affected during the move.  A non-emergency number at the police department is 336-758-5591 (5591 from a University phone).

If anyone has questions about the move of the communications center to Alumni Hall, they may contact Wake Forest Emergency Manager August Vernon at 336-758-3377.

Proposals funded: Rejeski, Williams

Congratulations to Jack Rejeski, professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Patient-Centered Home Exercise Intervention to Improve Outcomes in PAD” has been funded by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and by (subaward/subcontract from) Northwestern University (WFU funding agency).

Congratulations to Richard T. Williams, professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Improvement of Scintillators mainly Experimental WFU subcontract from Lawrence Berkeley National Lab” has been funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and by (subaward/subcontract from) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (WFU funding agency).

Discounts offered to student, faculty staff for Irish Tenors performance

This is a guest post from the Athletic Department and the Coliseum:

The Wake Forest University Athletic Department and the LJVM Coliseum is proud to present The Five Irish Tenors direct from Dublin, Ireland on Tuesday, March 21st (7:00 p.m.) at the LJVM Coliseum. Wake Forest University faculty, staff and students can purchase a select number of tickets at a discounted rate of $25 by entering the promo code WFUTENORS on the Ticketmaster website.

To purchase tickets, visit and enter the promo code WFUTENORS.   Please contact the LJVM Coliseum at 336-758-2410 with any questions.