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Central heating plant shut down scheduled for May 18-22

A message from Facilities and Campus Services

Wake Forest University’s annual central heating plant shut down will begin on Monday, May 18 at 3 p.m. The steam outage will disable building heating and domestic hot water systems campus wide. The boilers will be restarted Friday, May 22 at 3 p.m. Barring any delays, steam pressure will be back to normal by 7 p.m. on Friday, May 22.

The steam shutdown to the campus is necessary for inspections and maintenance of the boilers as well as the steam distribution system.

During the central heating plant shutdown calls made to extension 4255 will not be answered after 5 p.m. In the event of an emergency after 5 p.m. and prior to 8 a.m. during the week of May 18-22, contact University Police dispatch at extension 5591.

The University Police emergency number is 5911.

We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any questions, please contact Ed Bullington 336-758-3913.

Important reminders related to Commencement 2015


A message from Executive Vice President Hof Milam

Commencement is the highlight of our academic year. It is a wonderful time for the campus community to come together and celebrate with graduating students and their families. This year’s commencement ceremony will be held Monday, May 18, on Hearn Plaza, beginning at 9 a.m.

It is always important for us to be gracious hosts to our visitors and make sure their access to campus is as easy as possible. To make this the best commencement experience possible for our graduates and guests, please observe the following guidelines:

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Proposals funded: King, Rouse, Waugh

Angela KingCongratulations to Angela King, associate teaching professor of chemistry, whose proposal entitled “Project SEARCH Summer Program in Chemistry” has been funded by the Northwest AHEC.


Congratulations to Jeremy Rouse, assistant professor of mathematics, whose proposal entitled “REU Site: Number Theory hosted by Wake Forest University” has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).


Congratulations to Christian Waugh, assistant professor of psychology, whose proposal entitled “Investigating the neural systems that support the beneficial effects of positive emotion on stress regulation” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under award number 1R15MH106928-01.

ACC honors President Hatch for exemplary service

20120817hatch7709The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) has bestowed the “President’s Award for Exemplary Service to the ACC” to President Nathan O. Hatch.

The award was announced at the ACC’s spring meeting Tuesday evening.

Each year, the outgoing Conference President honors someone for commendable service to the ACC during the year of the president’s term or over an extended period of time.

Martha Putallaz, the 2014-2015 ACC President and faculty representative for Duke University, chose to honor Hatch for demonstrating exceptional leadership during what she called “a most pivotal, challenging and transformative time in the history of intercollegiate athletics.” 

In April 2010, Hatch agreed to represent the ACC on the NCAA Division I Board of Directors and was then elected chair two years later. He served as Division I Board Chair from August 2012 until January 2015.

Under his leadership, the NCAA developed a new, more streamlined and efficient governance structure, raised academic standards, restructured enforcement, increased autonomy for power conferences, and brought student-athletes into the governance process, among other accomplishments.

He also played an instrumental role in the ACC expansion effort that welcomed the University of Notre Dame, where Hatch served as Provost prior to coming to Wake Forest, to the conference.

“President Hatch was able to achieve all that he did because he was a truly effective and patient leader, one who listened and could make all parties feel valued and heard, a man of great integrity trusted by all, and who truly represented the best interests of academics and athletics as a paired endeavor,” said Putallaz.

“It has been a privilege to represent Wake Forest, and all of the member institutions of the ACC, as the NCAA took historic steps to advance and modernize intercollegiate athletics,” said Hatch. “I accept this award with honor and gratitude for the people and institutions that have allowed me to pursue my professional and personal passions as an academic, an administrator and an athletics supporter.”

Roniger delivers keynote speech at the MACLAS Conference


Luis Roniger, Reynolds Professor of Latin American Studies in Wake Forest’s Department of Politics and International Affairs delivered the keynote speech at the 36th Annual Conference of the Middle Atlantic Council of Latin American Studies (MACLAS) held April 17-18.

His address followed the recognition of his co-authored book La política del destierro y exilio en América Latina, which earned the 2014 Arthur P. Whitaker Prize for the best book published by a MACLAS member.

Roniger’s talk dealt with political exile in Latin America, its historical roots and development, and its national and transnational impact. His complete MACLAS Whitacker Price Lecture can be viewed here.

THRIVE Dimension Champions awards


As a part of the Thrive Initiative, the Office of Wellbeing was excited to launch its “Thrive Dimension Champions” Awards for faculty and staff this spring semester.

Each day, many members of our Wake Forest community demonstrate their commitment to individual and community wellbeing across the eight dimensions: emotional, environmental, financial, intellectual, occupational, physical, social, and spiritual.

“The Office of Wellbeing has the privilege of leading Thrive, Wake Forest University’s comprehensive approach to wellbeing, but the foundation for this initiative is deeply rooted in the scholarship and actions of faculty and staff across this campus. They are the living examples of meaningful, purposeful lives that make the Wake Forest experience,” says Malika Roman Isler, director of wellbeing.

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Parking for commencement

A message from Wake Forest’s Office of Parking and Transportation

To prepare for Commencement on May 18, coupled with the renovation of Kitchin Residence Hall during the summer, parking lot N will be closed May 9 – Aug. 8. This closing is occurring at a time that should cause the least disruption to faculty and staff parking choices.

Faculty/Staff Parking Options:

During this time, parking availability can be found in Lots B, P and W1. Here is a link to the parking map for reference.

When parking lots are closed, alternative modes of transportation such as carpooling, bicycles or bus transit are recommended to reduce the demand for parking. If you have any questions, please contact Alex Crist at 336-758-2558.

WFU Police Department focuses on community engagement

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a Presidential Proclamation declaring May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which it falls as National Police Week.

More than 50 years later, as law enforcement officials across the country find their profession under a national spotlight, the Wake Forest University Police Department (WFUPD) has worked to strengthen its commitment to community engagement and building trust.

“Community engagement is our highest priority. We recognize that building – and in some cases regaining – the trust of the campus will be a journey and established simple but critical goals,” said WFUPD Chief Regina Lawson. “We are committed to regaining our community trust one conversation at a time, significantly improving our relationship with all facets of our campus community, and modeling new initiatives for other campus departments.”

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WakeUnited: Live United Brooke Brown



Brooke Brown, alumni giving fellow in the Office of University Advancement, served as the co-chair of Young Leaders United recruitment for the WakeUnited campaign last year. She remains an active YLU member, volunteers frequently and helps generate support for the work that United Way does in Forsyth County.

“My connection to the United Way began when I was younger. I grew up in Atlanta, Ga., and was first introduced to the United Way as a teenager,” says Brown. “They created a summer jobs program that I participated in for three years prior to college. I never forgot how the United Way granted me the opportunity to earn money, become more self-sufficient, acquire new professional skills and learn important lessons in financial literacy.”

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Retiring faculty and staff members

A message from President Nathan Hatch

As we prepare to celebrate Commencement and the achievements of the Class of 2015, we also pause to recognize and honor the outstanding careers of our retiring faculty and staff members.

Please join me in thanking this distinguished group of leaders, colleagues, mentors and friends and congratulating them on more than 500 years of combined service to Wake Forest University:

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