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Secrest Artists Series presents Ibragimova and Tiberghien

The Secrest Artists Series presents violinist Alina Ibragimova and pianist Cedric Tiberghien in concert April 6 in Bendle Recital Hall in Scales Fine Arts Center.

The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m.  A pre-concert talk will be held at 6:40 p.m. in Room M208 in Scales Fine Arts Center.

The Russian/English violinist and the French pianist are considered among the finest collaborating musicians in Europe. The London Times concluded its review of the duo’s recital at the Cheltenham Festival with the statement “Both of these players have the potential to conquer the world.” The duo’s concerts at London’s Wigmore Hall were received with great acclaim, and Ibragimova’s many recordings on the Hyperion label have established her as one of the world’s greatest younger violinists.

The program will include the music of Bach, Brahms and Schumann.

Wake Forest faculty, staff and retirees receive free admission for themselves and one guest to each Secrest Artists Series performance. Wake Forest students receive free admission for themselves. All are asked to have their IDs at the door.

Tickets for members of the community range in price from $5-$18.

Tickets and more information at or (336)758-5757.

Gym renovation continues, wellness center memberships planned

Construction continues on the complete renovation of historic Reynolds Gym

When next fall semester arrives, people at Wake Forest will be enjoying a re-opened Reynolds Gym that has returned to the life of this community as a state-of-the-art wellbeing center.  On any given day, students, faculty, staff and others are likely to take advantage of its greatly expanded cardio and weight equipment, dedicated functional training space, personal and small group training, activity courts, climbing and bouldering wall, expanded operating hours, comfortable lounge and meeting space, and much more.  And, Reynolds Gym will offer even more when renovation of the entire facility is completed in spring 2018.

In support of the gym and the University’s extensive wellbeing center facilities, the University is introducing wellness center membership fees for some community members starting September 1.  The membership will be included in the total cost of attendance for all full-time Reynolda undergraduate and graduate students.  Details are available here.

Benefits-eligible faculty and staff will receive a free wellness center membership as an employee benefit, while all other University employees will have an opportunity to purchase a wellness center membership.  Arrangements have also been made for spouses and live-in partners of University students, faculty and staff who have a wellness membership to purchase their own membership.  There are opportunities for dependents ages 18 – 26, too.  Fees would be $30 monthly for eligible spouses, live-in partners and dependents.

The wellness center membership will offer access to wellbeing center facilities that include Reynolds Gym, Sutton Center and Campus Recreation playing fields and equipment.  A partial list of the membership benefits includes:

  • 18,500 square feet of cardio and weight equipment on four floors—more than triple the space and equipment currently in the Miller Center.
  • A new, dedicated functional training area.
  • Personal and small group training.
  • More fitness classes in nicer exercise studios and larger cycle studio.
  • More than double the amount of bouldering wall and a climbing wall.
  • Expanded swimming pool and vortex whirlpool.
  • Dedicated club sport practice and work-out studios.
  • Enlarged and enhanced locker rooms.
  • Comfortable lounges and meeting rooms.

For those wanting to hear more about the Wellbeing Center, an event is scheduled soon where a presentation will be made. Vice President for Campus Life Penny Rue and Joe Cassidy, executive director of Campus Fitness & Recreation, will speak on the Wellbeing Center at the Campus Connections event set for 8:45 to 10 a.m. Monday, March 27, at Benson University Center, Room 401.

Meet former Congresswoman Donna Edwards on campus today

Donna Edwards

This is a guest post of the Office of the President:

Today, President Hatch will host another Leadership Project event – an initiative to champion leadership development at Wake Forest and bring inspiring stories to students from world-class leaders.

Donna Edwards (’80), former Congresswoman and Wake Forest alumna, is the invited speaker for this semester’s program. Edwards served as the U.S. Representative for Maryland’s 4th congressional district from 2008 to 2017 – the first African American woman to do so. While in Congress, Edwards championed human rights and advocated for criminal justice reform, increased access to quality education in low-resourced communities, and affordable healthcare for all.  Earlier in her career, she worked for Lockheed Corporation at the Goddard Flight Space Center and co-founded the National Network to End Domestic Violence, as well as led other non-profit organizations. Edwards is currently on an epic RV road trip promoting awareness of state and national parks.

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to take part in two community programs as part of her visit back to campus. The first is an afternoon “Leadership Project Rally” on the lawn in between Johnson and Bostwick Residence Halls from 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM. Hot dogs, burgers, popcorn, snow cones, hot chocolate and coffee are available free of charge as participants have an opportunity to meet Congresswoman Edwards and learn a bit about her experiences. The Office of Sustainability and Outdoor Pursuits will also take part, sharing valuable resources about our state park system and exploring the outdoors.

Later in the evening, President Hatch will explore Edwards’ life and philosophy at length as part of a keynote conversation in Farrell Hall’s Broyhill Auditorium at 6 p.m. Attendees will also be invited to ask questions.  Through the discussion, President Hatch is hopeful members of the community will take another step in enriching their own approach to leadership.  For more information about today’s events, visit

Comings and Goings for February 2017

See a list of employees joining and leaving the University in February 2017:

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WSTA to begin bus transportation on campus again

Wake Forest officials learned, recently, that the Winston-Salem Transit Authority (WSTA) will begin providing bus transportation on campus again.

The WSTA’s Route 90 will serve the campus on Monday through Friday, starting March 27.  Details are available at the WSTA website.   Questions regarding WSTA service and schedules should be directed to the WSTA.

The bus stop location on campus will be the bus shelter next to Parking Lot W1 near the Worrell Professional Center.

The WSTA stopped picking up or delivering passengers to and from the interior of campus in January, as part of a system-wide overhaul of the WSTA route structure.

Bus riders and University officials asked the WSTA to reconsider the decision to end service on campus.

Parking and Transportation adopts new app for shuttle riders

This announcement was emailed on behalf of the University’s Parking and Transportation Office on March 21 to students, faculty and staff by Communications and External Relations:

Catching Wake Forest’s shuttles has just become easier thanks to new technology.

Wake Forest’s Office of Parking and Transportation adopted a new app (TransLoc Rider) this spring that the office encourages all shuttle riders to download and begin using immediately.  The app is designed to make the shuttle service more convenient for all riders by offering real time tracking.  Riders know where the shuttles are and when they are expected to arrive.

In addition, the app offers enhanced Safe Ride/OnCall service.  Instead of calling for such service, a rider can arrange to be picked up through the app.  Safe Ride/OnCall service is available every day from 5:30 p.m. to 7 a.m. The Safe Ride/OnCall app can also be accessed from the University’s LiveSafe app.

The TransLoc Rider app replaces the Ride the Wake app that has been associated with Wake Forest’s shuttle system for years.  Parking and Transportation asks that shuttle riders drop use of the old app now in favor of using the new one.

To become quickly familiar with the easy-to-use app, Parking and Transportation recommends how-to guides on shuttle tracking and the Safe Ride/OnCall service.

Anyone with questions about the app, after downloading it and reading the how-to guides, may call (336)-758-5344 or email

(Note: On the TransLoc website, there is a place where you can have the app link sent to your mobile device by text message. Scroll down to bottom of the site.)

March 2017 staff and faculty milestones

See a list of staff and faculty milestones:

1 Year

Melanie Nicole Bullock; Associate Director; Student Engagement
Mary Boyd Chenery; Assistant Director; Advncmt:Comm. & External Relations
Perry W Coggins; Maintenance Technician; Graylyn: Maintenance
Luis Eduardo Fernandez; Research Professor; Biology
Christopher Michael Howell; Security Officer; University Police
David Ethan Hunt; Graphic Design Manager; WFUSB-Marketing
Abriana Lesha Kimbrough; Administrative Assistant; Advancement: Alumni Services
Julie G Rice; Medical Office Assistant; Student Health Service
Dorothy Kathryn Shields; Librarian, Reseach & Instruct; Library-ZSR
Stephen Anthony Vance; Synthetic Research Assistant; Chemistry

5 Years

Alvester Fredrick Barren; Shuttle Driver; Parking & Transportation
Edward Lee Goode; Custodian; FACS: Custodial Services
Bryan Keith McKinney; Analyst/Programmer, Sr; IS: Applications Development
Matthew T. Murray; Floor Care Supervisor; FACS: Custodial Services
Rodney Lee Tucker; Custodian, Team Lead; FACS: Custodial Services
Mary Ellen Walter; Operations Manager; Divinity: Admissions

15 Years

Jeffrey Lee Davis; Groundskeeper; FACS: Landscaping Services
Ederma Pelaez De Herrera; Custodian; FACS: Custodial Services
Lawrence Groce Thach; Coordinator, Events & Travel; Law: External Affairs
John Kubel Wise; Assoc VP, Hospitality/Aux Svcs; Graylyn: Admin & General

25 Years

Steven James Folmar; Associate Professor; Anthropology

Where have all the tulips gone?

A recent offer of free tulip bulbs by the University was met with quick and enthusiastic response from many people at Wake Forest.

No more tulip bulbs are available to be distributed.

Recently, the Landscape Team of Facilities and Campus Services announced that it would be distributing free bulbs this spring once they were pulled from campus flower beds.  That announcement on Inside WFU was apparently read by the University’s tulip lovers who made arrangements to obtain all the tulip bulbs to be distributed once they are available.

Update on Wake Forest student diagnosed with meningitis

This message is sent on behalf of Joanne Clinch, Clinical Director of Student Health Service, and Adam Goldstein, Dean of Students:

Dear Wake Forest students, faculty and staff,

Wake Forest University Student Health Service has received updated information about the student who was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis on March 16. The student is in stable condition and expected to make a full recovery. The infection has been confirmed to be Neisseria meningitidis (bacterial meningitis), but results of testing to identify which strain (A, C, W or B) of this bacteria will not be available for a few days.

Student Health Service will continue to work with the Forsyth County Health Department and infectious disease experts at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center to receive information and guidance as it becomes available. All future updates will be provided on the Student Health Service website. If you have any additional questions about the University’s ongoing response, you may call x7500 (336-758-7500) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today.

Working with local and state health officials, Wake Forest Campus Life staff have successfully identified and contacted all known individuals at risk of exposure and provided antibiotics to prevent transmission of this infection. Individuals who have not been contacted by Student Health Service are not at risk and do not need to take any precautions. While all strains of Neisseria meningitidis can be occasionally transmitted from person to person during prolonged close contact, the risk of transmission is quite low. Less than one percent of close contacts may develop infection and this risk can be decreased to zero with an appropriate dose of antibiotics by mouth.

Local and state health officials and the Section on Infectious Diseases at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have advised us that all necessary precautions to reduce the risk of infection to our community have been successfully implemented. They also have provided the following information about immunizations to prevent meningitis:

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Chat with the Chief opportunities set for April and May

Police Chief Regina Lawson at open house for the University Police Department’s new offices in Alumni Hall

Two opportunities are scheduled this spring to visit over lunch with University Police Chief Regina Lawson and discuss issues related to campus safety, security and more.

Registration for the April and May events is available through the Professional Development Center. Registration is  encouraged.

The first event will be from noon to 1 p.m. April 5 at Shorty’s in Benson University Center. The second will be from noon to 1 p.m. May 3 at Zick’s (Underground level).

Lunch will be provided.

The “lunch and learn” chats are arranged by the University Police Department to provide students, faculty and staff with informal opportunities to meet with Lawson.