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National leaders gathering at Wake Forest to "Rethink Community"

For three days in October, Wake Forest is bringing together national thought-leaders across the ideological spectrum to discuss what it means to live in a society that is more diverse, polarized, global and virtual than at any time in the past.

Called the Rethinking Community Conference, it will take place Oct. 19-21.  Registration details for the conference are available at its website.  The website offers information on the conference schedule, dates and times of events, as well as locations.

Hosted by the Eudaimonia Institute and the Pro Humanitate Institute, the conference will feature timely discussions about free speech and safe spaces, the fight to end or defend DACA, a conversation about free press and fake news, and the powerful interplay of politics and sports today.  Journalists, politicians, scholars and public intellectuals will participate in the discussions.

A University news release about the conference is available here.  A separate news release focuses on a conference panel discussion that will explore the role of sports in community and address related tensions.

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Remembering Trustee John Medica

With great sadness, President Nathan Hatch has informed the Board of Trustees of the passing of University Trustee and dear friend John Medica. He died peacefully Friday in Reston, Virginia, surrounded by his wife, Megan, and his family and friends. He was 59 years old.

Medica received his MBA from Wake Forest in 1983, and enjoyed a dynamic career in the high tech industry at the leading edge of innovation. John met the love of his life, Megan Salzman (MA ’83), at Wake Forest and they were married in 1985. He joined the Business School Board of Visitors in 2001, and became a member of Board of Trustees in 2009.

“We are all stunned and suddenly bereft of someone who, in his unique way, formed a special friendship with all of us. John Medica has made deep and lasting contributions to every cause with which he has been associated, and certainly to Wake Forest. He will be dearly missed,” Hatch said.

Minor correction made to 2016 Annual Crime and Fire Report

This announcement was emailed to students, faculty and staff on Oct. 13 by Wake Forest Communications and External Relations:

The Wake Forest University Police Department announced Oct. 13 that a formatting error has been found in the 2016 Annual Crime and Fire Report.  The police department corrected the error and updated the report.  The revised report is available at

The error resulted in a blank on a crime chart in the report.  The correction has placed a zero in that space in the report.

Deacs' Day at the Zoo set for Nov. 4

Faculty and staff are invited to join alumni and others at a special Deacs’ Day at the Zoo  at the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro on Nov. 4.

Arranged by the Office of Alumni Engagement, the event includes a catered cookout at lunch featuring barbecue chicken, burgers, hot dogs and sides. Games, activities, a live animal encounter and a visit from the Deacon are planned for the event.

Details regarding Deacs’ Day at the Zoo, including how to purchase cookout tickets and discounted zoo tickets, are available here.

Anyone with questions about the event may contact Laura Crump Harrell in the Office of Alumni Engagement at

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Wake Alert to operate during computing network maintenance Oct. 12

This announcement was emailed to students, faculty and staff on Oct. 9 by Wake Forest Communications and External Relations:

During computing network maintenance at Wake Forest on Oct. 12, the Wake Alert emergency notification system will remain operating.  Some temporary changes will be in place with Wake Alert during the maintenance scheduled to occur between 5 p.m. and midnight.

As Information Systems announced, recently, all University network and computing services will be unavailable. On campus, students, faculty and staff using the University network will not be able to reach Internet-based services such as Google mail and Sakai. Voice mail, WIN and more will not be available.

The Oct. 12 maintenance work, which will begin at 5 p.m., is expected to be completed by midnight, if not earlier.

If an emergency were to occur, the University Police Department (WFUPD) will be able to send text alerts to all registered to receive them and activate the University’s outdoor alert equipment.

Fire alarms and indoor alerts will function, as always.

Communications and External Relations (CER) will make arrangements to use other Internet providers so as to post alerts to the University website, including the Wake Alert website and the University home page, and to send emails to students, faculty and staff.  CER will also use social media, such as the Wake Alert Twitter account (@WakeAlert).

Those on campus will need to use alternative methods to access CER’s emergency notifications through the Internet. For instance, on campus, students, faculty and staff may use their mobile devices connected to the Internet by AT&T, Verizon or other Internet providers.

CER will not be able to send voice mail messages to faculty and staff campus phones.

Detailed information on the Wake Alert system is found at