"Inside WFU" Archive

Vice Provost Kami Chavis heading to William & Mary

Vice Provost Kami Chavis, a nationally known criminal justice expert and a professor on the School of Law faculty, has been named the R. Hugh and Nolie Haynes Professor of Law at William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Chavis, who has worked at Wake Forest for 15 years, will serve as the founder and director of the Center for Criminal Justice Policy and Reform. The Center will focus on issues including democratic policing, prosecutorial ethics, and law enforcement and technology.

She will remain at Wake Forest until July 1, when she begins working at William & Mary.

“I have enjoyed working at Wake Forest, unequivocally one of the best institutions in the nation,” Chavis said. “During my tenure at Wake, I have had the joy of teaching alongside distinguished colleagues in the law school,  developing initiatives for the criminal justice program and, as vice provost, working with other leaders across campus on important issues. 

“Yet what will remain most dear to me about my career at Wake Forest are the wonderful friendships I have made,” Chavis continued. “While I am excited about what lies ahead at William & Mary, I will carry in my heart a deep affinity for Wake Forest University.”

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Weather-related updates for Reynolda Campus and Wake Downtown

icy magnoliaDue to icy travel conditions locally in some areas in the morning, Reynolda Campus and Wake Downtown classes will continue in remote learning mode for Wednesday, Jan.19. The ability to offer remote classes helps to maintain the continuity of the academic calendar and is less disruptive to the continuity of classes throughout the day.

Campus support services and offices will open by 10 a.m.  With approval from supervisors, staff with the ability to work remotely may choose to do so. Staff who are asked to report on-site and are concerned about traveling should contact their supervisor.

Note that the Pit will be open by 8 a.m. Other dining venues will open as staffing permits. The ZSR Library will update its website if an earlier opening is possible.

Shuttles will operate beginning at 10 a.m. A link to the shuttle schedule can be found here.

Henry Luce Foundation grant to fund public discourse on race, justice and religion

Wake Forest University has received $250,000 from the Henry Luce Foundation to commission and produce two original plays to be presented at the 2024 National Black Theatre Festival.

The project, “Finding Holy Ground: Performing Visions of Race and Justice in America,” is a collaboration among the School of Divinity, the North Carolina Black Repertory Company and Wake the Arts.

“Performance art expands our moral imaginations. It can enrich our sense of love, empathy and compassion. Thus we are grateful for the Luce Foundation’s generous support of our efforts.” said Jonathan Lee Walton, dean of the School of Divinity. “This collaboration between Wait Chapel, Wake the Arts, and the North Carolina Black Repertory Theatre represents our commitment to reach across traditional divides to pursue a common good.”

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Wait Chapel expands programming, strengthens community

Wait Chapel, Wake Forest University’s most iconic building, has hosted religious services, academic ceremonies, concerts, lectures, weddings and other events for more than 60 years. Jonathan Lee Walton, who joined the University in 2019 as Dean of the Divinity School and the inaugural Dean of Wait Chapel, is working diligently to ensure its continued relevance. Through collaborations on and off campus, Walton is implementing programming to bring more vibrancy to the building that’s situated near the center of campus.

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Winter Storm Warning

icy magnoliaA Winter Storm Warning is in effect from midnight tonight through midnight Sunday evening. Precipitation will initially begin as snow before changing to a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain. 

  • Snow accumulations of 2 to 3 inches and ice accumulations of one-third of an inch are predicted.
  • Wind gusts up to 45 mph are expected. Tree damage is likely due to the ice and wind.
  • Widespread power outages are likely.
  • Travel will be dangerous with snow and ice accumulations.
  • According to the N.C. Department of Transportation, there may be delays in snow removal after the storm because of staffing shortages. Plan accordingly.

Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to stay alert to weather forecasts. Visit Wake Ready for instructions on how to add or update your cell phone number to receive messages and alerts.

University employees scheduled to work on Saturday evening and Sunday morning should use their best judgment when deciding whether to come to campus. If you are scheduled to work from campus and are concerned about traveling, contact your supervisor. Wake Forest work-study students living off-campus who are scheduled to work on Sunday morning should contact their supervisors with any weather-related travel concerns.

Some services will likely need to adjust hours of operations based on weather conditions. Students should check individual campus service websites for any change in hours of operation this evening and tomorrow.  Keep devices charged in case of a power outage.

In the event of snow, ice or freezing rain:

  • Remain inside as much as possible.
  • Stay clear of icy trees, rooftops and power lines as falling ice is dangerous.
  • Do not walk near ice and snow removal equipment.
  • Watch for slick spots as you walk.

Current COVID-19 campus health and safety measures remain in place. As a reminder, the Reynolda Campus will be closed on Monday, Jan. 17, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. There are no classes. 

In the event of any emergency:

On-Campus: Wake Forest University Police 336-758-5911
Off-Campus: Contact 911

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Student Life Committee seeks applicants and nominations for Student Trustee

The Wake Forest University Student Life Committee is seeking applicants and nominations for the Student Trustee position on the 2022 – 2023 Board of Trustees.

The Student Trustee position is open to all rising, full-time junior and senior students (i.e. current sophomores and juniors) at Wake Forest University who are not on academic or social probation. The selection process will take place during spring semester 2022. The new Student Trustee will be finalized at the Board of Trustees’ April meeting and will begin their term at the summer 2022 meeting, or at the first meeting of the fall semester 2022.

When identifying candidates, the Student Life Committee considers many factors including:

  • a nominee’s experience and success in and outside of the classroom
  • a clear vision of what constitutes the Wake Forest University community, and
  • a desire to make positive change within the Wake Forest University community

Student Trustee Applications
Applications for the Student Trustee position are available here. Applications must be completed by 5 p.m. on Monday, February 14, 2022.

Student Trustee Nominations
The Student Life committee also encourages all members of the University community to nominate students for the role of Student Trustee on the 2022 – 2023 Board of Trustees. Nomination forms are available here. All nominees will be informed of their nomination and asked to consider submitting an application. Nominations must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, January 24, 2022.

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