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University clothing drive supports overflow shelter project

Wake Forest’s Pro Humanitate Institute is sponsoring a University clothing drive in support of overflow shelters for the homeless in Winston-Salem.

The drive seeks to collect new or used winter clothing, such as winter coats, wool hats/caps, gloves and socks.  Items may be taken to the Pro Humanitate Institute office in Benson University Center, Room 506, or to the institute’s office building at Polo and Reynolda roads.

City with Dwellings, an umbrella social service group working with several local churches, has set up overflow night shelters in Winston-Salem.  The clothing will be distributed through the shelters.

For more information, contact Mike Ford at, Fahim Gulamali at or Kelly Larrimore at

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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Faculty, staff invited to participate in Wake ‘N Shake

Mike Ford at Wake 'N ShakeFaculty and staff are invited to participate in Wake ‘N Shake 2013. Wake ‘N Shake is a 12-hour dance marathon during which participants pledge to stay on their feet for 6 or 12 hours to raise money for the WFUBMC Comprehensive Cancer Center. The event will be held on March 23rd from noon-midnight in Reynolds Gym.

In past years, faculty and staff have not participated in the event; however, that will change this year. In true Wake Forest fashion, this year’s event will be open to the entire community.

A faculty/staff sign-up portal has been created which offers a unique opportunity to participate. Since engagements which may prevent you from staying at the event for an extended time period, registration is designed to fit your needs. Any length of participation is welcome, even if that is only stopping by for an hour. Please see the instructions below to register:

  • Go to
  • Click “Sign Up” – faculty and staff version
  • Fill in your information & choose “faculty/staff team” from the drop-down box
  • Pay the registration fee ($20), which will cover your team shirt, food for the event and facility costs (allowing 100% of donations to go directly to the Comprehensive Cancer Center)

If you are unable to participate in the event, you can still show your support though alternative methods. Please consider the following options:

  • Support a student dancer with a donation
  • Donate to the cause though the regular donation portal

If you have any questions about faculty and staff involvement, email for more information.

Ford honored by Samaritan Ministries

Mike FordMike Ford, associate dean for Campus Life, was honored by Samaritan Ministries on Sept. 22 with the first “Good Samaritan Philanthropy Award,” honoring an individual or group who has made significant contributions to Samaritan. Ford is a former member of Samaritan’s Board of Directors and longtime volunteer and active supporter of the ministry. Ford was honored at the annual “SAM & Eggs” fundraising breakfast at Bridger Field House at BB&T Field.

Dedicated Deacons

Thanks to Mary Gerardy, Mike Ford and Meghan Haenn for going above and beyond to be a resource for our students, particularly those in their first year. Each of them have been incredibly helpful to our Parent Programs office in connecting students to others on campus for advice and counsel. Through their good work, they have helped parents see how much we care for our students. — from Betsy Chapman, Associate Director, Parents Programs