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‘Steps Toward Peace: A Living Vigil’ set for Nov. 16

This message was sent by e-mail on behalf of the Office of the Chaplain to students, faculty and staff:

The horrific events in Paris and Beirut have awakened many to the pervasive acts of terror that have plagued communities around the world for months. In response to the widespread pain and violence, the Office of the Chaplain welcomes the Wake Forest community to “Steps Toward Peace: A Living Vigil.”

Vigils are periods of purposeful wakefulness maintained for the sake of others.  While there is great power in grieving together, our vigil cannot end there. Our work is to turn grief into growth. We must not sleep on our individual and collective tendencies toward self-centeredness and complicity.  We must stay awake to the role we each play in harming the vulnerable in our world. If we only grieve but do not grow, we have grieved in vain.

We invite Wake Forest to join in “Steps Toward Peace: A Living Vigil” on Monday, November 16th, on Hearn Plaza, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. We invite you to walk, to contemplate, to pray and to keep vigil both now and as we continue to live our lives.  We will not let the lives lost to terror be only a memory, but a catalyst towards individual and collective growth.

Periodically throughout the day Wait Chapel will be open for facilitated prayer gatherings. We welcome those who practice prayer to gather at scheduled times to pray for the victims, the families of the victims, the enactors of terror, and their families. We gather in Pro Humanitate.

Prayer Gatherings in Wait Chapel:

11:00 am – Led by Catholic Community/Liz Orr

Noon – Led by Chaplain Tim Auman

1:00 pm – Led by Episcopal Student Fellowship/James Franklin

2:00 pm – Led by Jewish Community/Gail Bretan

4:00 pm – Led by K. Monet Rice-Jalloh in the Black Church Tradition

Let there be Peace on Earth and let it begin with me.

The Office of the Chaplain

Update regarding Wake Forest students in France

This message was e-mailed today to students, faculty and staff by Communications and External Relations:

Wake Forest officials continue monitoring the situation in Paris this weekend following terrorist attacks Friday, but at this point officials have not heard of any student who has been harmed or is in danger.

University officials learned by Friday night that all Wake Forest students studying in France were safe.  They have also heard from students who had traveled to Paris for the weekend from elsewhere in France and Europe.  All were safe.

Wake Forest students studying in Wake Forest and affiliated programs throughout Europe have been checking in with University officials in various ways, informing them that they are safe.  The University will continue actively seeking to hear from every student who is in Europe.

In addition, there is no indication of any Wake Forest faculty or staff member who has been harmed or is in danger, either, in France.

Friday’s attacks prompted the University on Friday to initiate its protocol for meeting the needs of students who are in a foreign country when such an incident occurs. The safety of all Wake Forest students in the Paris area and elsewhere in Europe is of utmost concern to the University.

Wake Forest will continue to identify and offer support to those on the Reynolda Campus who have been most affected by this tragedy.

At Wake Forest’s Reynolda Campus, the University Counseling Center and the Chaplain’s Office are available to students there who need to speak with someone.  The Counseling Center may be reached at 758-5273.   The Chaplain’s Office may be reached at 758-5210.  For faculty and staff, there is also the Employee Assistance Program at 716-5493.

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

Important message on Wake Forest students in France

This message was e-mailed to students, faculty and staff on the evening of Nov. 13:

As a result of the terrorist attacks in Paris today, Wake Forest officials are actively contacting all of the University’s undergraduate students who are studying in Paris or who have travelled to Paris for the weekend.

At this time, Wake Forest has contacted all of those who are studying in Paris and have verified their safety.  Most had left the city for weekend travel before the attacks.

At this point, Wake Forest is not aware of any Wake Forest student—undergraduate, graduate or professional—who has been harmed or is in danger this weekend.  There is no indication of any Wake Forest faculty or staff member who has been harmed or is in danger, either.

The attacks prompted Wake Forest to initiate its protocol for meeting the needs of students who are in a foreign country when such an incident occurs. The safety of all Wake Forest students in the Paris area and elsewhere in Europe is of utmost concern to the University.  Wake Forest officials will monitor the situation in Paris until the situation is resolved.

The University will continue checking with all of its students who are studying in France until this period of uncertainty has subsided. The University will also continue efforts to contact any students who may have travelled to Paris for the weekend. Wake Forest officials are contacting its programs and its affiliated programs.

Wake Forest will announce an update on its students on Saturday before noon.  The announcement will be distributed by e-mail to faculty, staff and students and posted on the University web site.

Death of Eddie Bullington announced; celebration of his life planned

This message was e-mailed to faculty and staff today by Communications and External Relations:

We are saddened to report that Eddie Bullington, assistant director of engineering and utilities services, died November 11.

Since 2008, he had been a member of the University’s Facilities and Campus Services staff.

We grieve Mr. Bullington’s death and extend our condolences to his family and friends, as well as those at Wake Forest who had the opportunity to know him. Continue reading »

A message from President Hatch regarding equity and inclusion

This is a message e-mailed by President Hatch to faculty, students and staff today:

Dear Members of the Wake Forest Community,

Colleges and universities have been in the national spotlight this week as students, faculty and staff at Missouri, Yale, Ithaca and other institutions have protested and demanded corrective action against bigotry, racism and injustice.

If you are feeling similar pain and tension on our campus, you are not alone. If you think the pain and tension experienced by others – at Wake Forest and on campuses across the country – do not affect you, I invite you to reconsider. As a nation and as a community of higher learning, we must make progress in handling issues of diversity, inclusion and equity.

Wake Forest’s commitment to an equitable and inclusive campus culture is unwavering. Making that a reality for everyone is overdue. I am, however, encouraged by the efforts of countless University leaders, faculty, staff and students.

Today in Washington, D.C., Wake Forest is co-hosting a daylong summit with the White House Council on Women and Girls on Advancing Equity for Women and Girls of Color. This morning, Provost Rogan Kersh announced that Wake Forest is part of a collaborative that has committed $18 million to support and improve related academic research. I encourage you to read more about this significant step toward closing the research deficit and its implications for policymaking.

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Proposals funded: Griffith, Jayawickreme, Jurchescu, Rice-Jalloh

Wake Forest economics professor Amanda Griffith, Thursday, August 9, 2012.


Congratulations to Amanda Griffith, associate professor of economics, whose proposal entitled “An Engineer Like Me: How perceived Similarity and Peer Effects Influence Major Choice” has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and by [subaward/subcontract from] Purdue University (WFU funding agency).


Eranda Jayawickreme


Congratulations to Eranda Jayawickreme, assistant professor of psychology, whose proposal entitled “Promoting Intellectual Humility Among Middle-School Students: Developing and Educational Film & Preliminary Intervention Strategy” has been funded by the Templeton Foundation.




Congratulations to Oana Jurchescu, associate professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Organic/Inorganic Hybrid Perovskite FETs for Electronically-Injected Laser Action” has been funded by the Office of Naval Research (ONR).



K. Monet Rice


Congratulations to Kellee Rice-Jalloh, associate university chaplain, whose proposal entitled “Recruitment for Ministry” has been funded by the Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE).


Provost Office awards grants

The Provost’s Office awarded the following grants for fall 2015:

Provost’s Fund for a Vibrant Campus

Tom Phillips, Words Awake2! A Literary Festival and Celebration of Wake Forest Writers and Writing, $5,000

Kevin Bowen, Wind Ensemble Commission and Guest Artist Residency for WFU Emerging Wind Band Composer Series, $ 4,000.

Melissa Harris-Perry and Marianne Magjuka, Ari Berman Address to Campus Student Leaders on Voting -Rights Issues, $3,868

Jeff Holdridge and Ryan Shirey, Campus Visit and Public Reading by Ciaran Carson, $2,992

Elizabeth Clendinning and Brandon Robinson, Perspectives on Integration: Music at Little Rock Central High and Beyond, $2,000

Provost’s Fund for Academic Excellence

Christina Soriano, Dani Kim-Shapiro, Stephen Krichevsky, Kate Mewhinney, Aging Re-imagined: Art Science and Policy, $10,000

Mary Dalton, Teachers, Teaching, and the Movies Conference, $10,000

Sandeep Mazunder, Liberal Arts Macroeconomic Workshop, $5,574.34

Jessie Laurita-Spanglet, Cross-Disciplinary Collaborative Project with Performance Outcomes, $4,750

Provost’s Fund for Academic Innovation

Sunggu Yang and Veronice Miles, Festival Week of Prophetic Ministry, $5,000

Hu Womack, Writers Camp @ZSR, $1,496

Staff recognized for service milestones; Employees of the Year named

This is a guest post from Human Resources:


Employees of the Year Darlene Starnes and Ken Bennett

Members of the Reynolda Cabinet honored service milestones of 213 Wake Forest staff members who were celebrating more than 2,780 years of combined service. These individuals were recognized at a luncheon on Nov. 10 at Bridger Field House.

Those recognized with 30 or more years of service included:

  • 30 years: Anita Hughes, Jay Lawson, Karen Bennett, Lynn Ebert, Scott Adair, Carol Anderson, Kathy Hines, Sandy Boyles, Mary Gerardy, Jim Carlin, and Lynne Heflin.
  • 35 years: Preston Stockton and Reid Morgan
  • 40 years: Doug Bland
  • 45 years: Carolyn Potts

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Human Resources message: Holiday schedule and pay reminder

This is a guest post from Human Resources:

Best wishes for a safe and enjoyable holiday season! Please note the following regarding Reynolda Campus holidays, Paid Time Off and pay schedule ​through the end of the calendar year:


Wednesday, November 25:  Departments who choose to offer early dismissal at 3 p.m. or two hours before the end of the regularly-scheduled shift may count this time as administrative leave.

Thursday, November 26 – Friday, November 27:  Thanksgiving Holiday – University Closed.

Monday, December 21 – Wednesday, December 23:  University open, with early release at 3 p.m. or two hours before the end of the regularly-scheduled shift on December 23. Staff employees may count two hours on December 23 as administrative leave. In cases where the entire department has agreed to close for these three days, each individual in the department will count the three days as PTO. December 23 is the last day to use PTO in 2015.

Thursday, December 24 – Thursday, December 31:  Winter Break – University Closed.

Friday, January 1, 2016:  New Year’s Holiday – University Closed.


2015 final pay date for all Wake Forest Reynolda Campus employees will be Wednesday, December 23, 2015​.

Best wishes for a safe and enjoyable holiday season!

Rallings chairs foreign language conference

Yasuko Takata Rallings, Wright Family Faculty Fellow and associate professor of the practice in Japanese in the Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures, chaired the 49th Annual Fall Conference of the Foreign Language Association of North Carolina in late October in Durham.

Approximately 700 world language educators from across the state were in attendance. Among the presenters were Wake Forest faculty members Mary Lynn Redmond, professor and chair of education; Mary Pendergraft, professor of classical languages; T.H.M. Gellar-Goad, assistant professor of classical languages; Alyssa Howards, associate professor of German & Russian; and Claudia Vestal, visiting assistant professor of Romance Langues. (Romance Languages).