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Reaffirming support for our transgender community

This message was emailed to students, faculty and staff on Feb. 23 by University administrators Rogan Kersh, Penny Rue and Barbee Oakes:

Dear Wake Forest students, faculty and staff:

We have reviewed new guidance from the Department of Education and the Department of Justice regarding transgender students. This Dear Colleague Letter rolled back significant guidance issued last May delineating institutional responsibility to treat trans students according to their gender identity.

On behalf of Wake Forest University, we are in full support of our transgender community. We invite you to read the thoughtful message, prepared by LGBTQ Center Director Angela Mazaris and Program Coordinator Kayla Lisenby, which affirms our values and support for all people. We are fortunate to have such caring leadership in our LGBTQ Center, which has been at the forefront of providing education, advocacy, and support to the campus community around issues of gender identity and sexual orientation since its inception in 2011.

In addition, our Transgender Policies Workgroup formed last fall aims to ensure that Wake Forest provides the best possible experience of inclusion for trans members of our community – students, faculty, staff, and visitors – and it will continue to do so. The recently released Dear Colleague Letter does nothing to change our steadfast commitment to helping create a safe and supportive educational and work environment for trans students and colleagues. Leaders across the University share our affirmation.

Now is the time to reach out and provide support to members of our transgender community as we seek to create an inclusive, welcoming and supportive campus. Our LGBTQ Center, Counseling Center, Student Health, Dean of Students Office, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Chaplain’s Office and many other campus resources are all ready and eager to help students navigate the shifting legal landscape and claim their place here at Wake.

Sincerely,

Rogan Kersh, Provost
Penny Rue, Vice President for Campus Life
Barbee Oakes, Chief Diversity Officer

WakeUnited campaign kickoff: Work United for WakeUnited in 2016

WakeUnited Campaign Kickoff: Work United for WakeUnited 

Guest post by Roger Beahm, the 2016 chair of WakeUnited, professor of practice in the School of Business, and WestRock Executive Director of the Center for Retail Innovation

Wake Forest School of Business professor Roger Beahm, Tuesday, April 8, 2014.

Roger Beahm

All members of our Wake Forest community are cordially invited to participate in our WakeUnited 2016 Campaign Kickoff on Tuesday, September 27, at 4:00 pm in the Reynolda Hall Green Room during the Provost’s Happy Hour for faculty and staff. WakeUnited is the University’s annual United Way campus campaign to benefit those in greatest need in our community and the surrounding area.

At the kickoff, President Nathan O. Hatch, Provost Rogan Kersh, and I will share briefly on why the United Way is such an important part of our community, our University and our pro humanitate spirit. Afterward, we will enjoy food, beverage and fellowship with colleagues – as well as a chance to experience the school’s new demonstration pavilion (“What’s that?” you ask. Well, come join us, and see!).

The United Way brings together local organizations, agencies, and individuals to work together to address the root causes of our most pressing social issues. Click here to watch a brief video about United Way.

Donations to WakeUnited directly support our community-wide efforts to:

  • Raise local high school graduation rates
  • Decrease chronic homelessness
  • Increase financial stability
  • Increase access to healthcare among those in greatest need.

Our United Way campaign also allows you to designate your WakeUnited pledge to your local United Way, even if you live outside of Forsyth County.

Work United for WakeUnited…and WIN!

This year’s WakeUnited campaign will feature a weekly drawing for prizes, as well as a department participation challenge. By making your pledge during our fall campaign, you will have the opportunity to win:

  • Visa gift cards ($50 and $100)
  • Tickets (4) to the WFU v. Radford basketball game
  • Tickets (2) to the President’s Box for the WFU v. Clemson football game
  • A “Wake-Up United Breakfast” for the department(s) showing the greatest gain over last year (sponsored in partnership with the Pro Humanitate Institute and the Office of Wellbeing).

In addition, you can enter our 2016 WakeUnited weekly social media contest by sharing photos on social media using the hashtag #WAKEUNITED16. Winners will be selected at random, and will receive special Wake Forest themed prizes you can’t get anywhere else!

For more information about this year’s campaign, visit http://unitedway.wfu.edu. Thanks for helping us Work United for WakeUnited in 2016.

WFU students launch The Media to produce digital content

Provost Rogan Kersh, Provost Emeritus Ed Wilson and the student leaders of The MediaThe Media, a student-run digital media group, launched in September with a ceremony in Reynolda Hall’s Magnolia Room featuring Provost Rogan Kersh (’86) and Provost Emeritus Ed Wilson (’43). The Media will be working with members of campus to create digital content with a focus on using iTunesU as an academic distribution channel. The Media plans to add to the global branding of Wake Forest.

Kersh’s remarks focused on the entrepreneurial spirit of the group’s founder, sophomore William Wang, and Kersh also presented badges to the student leaders. Wilson’s remarks focused on the teacher-student relationship through history at Wake Forest, saying: “Normally students learn from teachers at Wake Forest. However, as teachers, we should also learn from them.”

Senior Addison McLamb outlined the goals of the group, and Wang spoke about the hybrid of student creativity and institutional vision from Wake Forest faculty and staff.

“With incredible support from all over the campus, we are hungry to do more in the future,” Wang said. “Our job is to ensure that Wake Forest University thrives in a mobile- and cloud-first world.”

Feeding Change event to be held at Innovation Quarter

Guest post by Molly Davis, assistant general manager, 88.5 WFDD:

88.5 WFDD, the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina, and Wake Forest University’s Pro Humanitate Institute are teaming up to present an interactive community conversation on the issue of hunger in the Piedmont called Feeding Change. The event will take place at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 10, in the Atrium at Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, located at 575 North Patterson Avenue in downtown Winston-Salem. A reception catered by Providence Catering, the catering arm of Second Harvest Food Bank’s Triad Community Kitchen program, will follow the conversation.

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Suzanne Reynolds Named Wake Forest School of Law Dean

suzanne.reynolds.300x175A message from President Nathan Hatch

Dear Wake Forest Faculty, Staff and Students,

I am pleased to announce that Suzanne Reynolds (JD ’77) has accepted my invitation to serve as the next Dean of the Wake Forest University School of Law, effective July 1. Guided by members of the Board of Trustees, Board of Visitors, faculty and staff, Provost Rogan Kersh chaired a national search. After evaluating many excellent candidates, the committee selected Dean Reynolds, currently serving as interim dean, as the best choice for Wake Forest.

Dean Reynolds, who joined the Wake Forest law faculty in 1981, has served as interim dean for the past year. She is the first woman to head the law school.

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Wake Forest celebrates partnership with Suzhou High School

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Harrison and Kersh join Chinese students at the interactive touchscreen kiosk donated by Wake Forest to the Suzhou High School library.

In November, members of Wake Forest University traveled to Suzhou, China, to celebrate a partnership between the Wake Forest Advantage program and Suzhou High School of Jiangsu Province.

Suzhou High School collaborated with the University for the first implementation of Wake Forest Advantage — an on-the-ground curriculum program created to help prepare international students, both academically and culturally, for transition to college in America. Wake Forest Advantage also helps connect Chinese students early in the application process with trusted admissions counselors in the U.S.

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Open forum scheduled for ZSR Library dean search

The search committee for the new dean of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library is hosting an open forum for all Wake Forest faculty and staff on Thursday, Dec. 4, from 4 to 5 p.m. in the ZSR Library Auditorium.

In preparation for the gathering, please consider the following questions and  come prepared to share your thoughts.

  1. Which major highlights about our nationally-recognized ZSR Library should be emphasized in order to attract top-notch candidates to the position?
  2. What challenges and opportunities might the next dean face in her or his first three years in this role?
  3. What are the most important professional skills and personal attributes required to be considered a strong candidate?

For those unable to attend the forum, please share your thoughts and suggestions by emailing wfuzsrdean@nullwfu.edu.

Mur Muchane named Assoc. VP for Information Technology & CIO

Mur.Muchane.300x175Wake Forest has named Mur Muchane Associate Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer (CIO). He will assume his duties in January.

Muchane, who currently serves as CIO and Executive Director of Information Technology (IT) Services at Davidson College in Davidson, N.C., is known for his creative leadership in exploring opportunities for managing campus needs through advances in technology.

In addition to improving transparency, service levels and responsiveness in IT Services, Muchane re-shaped the IT landscape at Davidson and expanded the sense of what to expect from this field. He led the effort to upgrade the campus to a fiber optic network, providing the capacity and performance necessary to meet Davidson’s rapidly growing needs of voice, video, data, high-end research and collaboration. He also helped forge Davidson’s partnership with edX — joining universities such as Harvard, University of Chicago, MIT and Georgetown — to produce a series of online courses and high school Advanced Placement online modules.

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