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Wake Forest joins other schools in support of international students

Wake Forest has joined more than 110 colleges and universities in filing an amicus brief in support of international students, Optional Practical Training (OPT) and STEM OPT.

Amicus briefs are legal documents filed by non-litigants with a strong interest in the subject matter. The briefs advise the court of relevant, additional information or arguments that the court might wish to consider.

This case involves a legal challenge to the OPT program. OPT represents valuable experiential learning for international students and scholars, allowing them to obtain practical training that complements and expands on their academic studies.

The University joined this “friend of the court” brief to demonstrate an unwavering support for international students and OPT. International students, scholars and alumni contribute their talent, drive and diversity of perspectives to campuses nationwide.

You can read about the litigation (Washington Alliance of Technology Workers Union vs. U.S. Department of Homeland Security) and download the brief on the NAFASA professional resources website.

The International Students and Scholars division of Global Programs & Studies (116 Reynolda Hall) serves all international students and scholars participating in programs with Wake Forest University. Visit or call 336-758-5938 for help with questions or concerns.

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University uses several methods to announce weather-related closings, delays

Students, faculty and staff at Wake Forest will be informed of any weather-related campus closings and delays this winter by numerous means.

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations will do the following:

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Reynolda House's store offering discounts to Wake Forest faculty, staff

Reynolda House’s gift store will be offering 18 percent discounts on De. 6 and 10 to Wake Forest faculty and staff.

The museum store will be open Dec. 6 until 8 p.m. and until 7 p.m. on Dec. 10.  The museum opens at 9:30 a.m. on those days.

Information about Reynolda House is available here.

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HELPS offering Therapeutic Lifestyle Change program

The following is a guest post from HELPS (Healthy Exercise and Lifestyle Programs):

HELPS at Wake Forest is now offering the Therapeutic Lifestyle Change (TLC) Program.

The TLC program is a three-month long medically directed, professionally supervised Therapeutic Lifestyle Change program that is free to all faculty and staff of the university and designed to develop a healthy and active lifestyle utilizing exercise and education programs.

What will I receive?

  • Individualized assessments, therapies and follow-up. Entry physical activity levels are evaluated with an exercise stress test and physical function measures. This information is used to determine and define the amount of physical activity you need to foster a healthy and active lifestyle.
  • Entry dietary intake is assessed through online food records. Specific calorie, nutrient and food group changes are identified.
  • Supervised exercise sessions at our conveniently located monitored exercise facility. Located close to campus next to BB&T Field in the Health & Exercise Science Clinical Research Center.
  • Weekly small group sessions held in the Worrell Professional Center. These group sessions meet weekly in Worrell, Room 1162 on Mondays from 12 to 1 p.m. starting in February 2020 and will last for three months. These sessions will teach behavioral strategies for
    the management of physical activity and diet. Cognitive  teaching is combined with psychological approaches to take the participant beyond the limits of “willpower.” Personal journals are used as a basis for program development, strategy monitoring
    and evaluation.

Please contact Nikoleté if you are interested in filling out an application. Space
is limited and will be given on a first come first serve basis, so inquire today! Phone: 336-758-5853; fax: 336-758-1996; email:

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Message from Penny Rue, José Villalba and John Currie

On Sunday, we were made aware of an alleged incident involving student-athletes at a theme park in Anaheim, CA. Wake Forest University has since communicated with park officials to discern the facts of the situation.

Following a review of the incident that was completed with the cooperation of park officials, we have determined that there are significant discrepancies among individual perspectives of what transpired. The student-athletes have been very cooperative in clarifying their roles in the alleged incident and they expressed genuine concern about how their actions were portrayed. We have concluded that the allegations on social media were not sufficiently supported by the available information. 

As leaders of Campus Life, Diversity and Inclusion, and Athletics, we take reports of behavior that violates the expectations we have for all members of our community very seriously. Wake Forest is committed to challenging all students to value diversity, inclusion, and equity, along with fostering the development of creative partnerships that signal real progress in visible and intersectional ways on these topics.


Penny Rue, José Villalba and John Currie

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