University Announcement Archive

A message about the flu from the Student Health Service

This announcement was emailed to students, faculty and staff on behalf of the Student Health Service on Feb. 12:

The Student Health Service has begun to see large numbers of students with influenza, “the flu.”  Typical symptoms include sudden onset of fever, body aches, headaches, sore throat, cough, and fatigue.  Influenza is typically a self-limiting illness that lasts from 5-7 days.  Influenza is a highly contagious illness that is easily spread in a classroom setting.

The purpose of this e-mail is to inform faculty, staff and students of this outbreak and to encourage appropriate public health measures with respect to class attendance and participation in other mandated activities.

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommends that anyone with symptoms of influenza stay home from work and/or school until the fever associated with the illness has been resolved for at least 24 hours. These individuals should stay home from work, school, travel, shopping, social events, and public gatherings.

To reduce the spread of this illness, students who are experiencing symptoms of the flu should not attend class, labs, or other gatherings in other settings including social gatherings, the library and eating in public dining venues. Meal Tickets are available and can be obtained from your RA or the dining services website. Please read the Student Health Service’s FAQ about the Flu for more information.

The Student Health Service and CDC are strongly encouraging individuals to get the flu vaccine. The “flu shot” is still the most effective way to become protected against the flu. Flu vaccines are available at the Student Health Service Monday- Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. without an appointment. The vaccine can also be obtained at local pharmacies.

In addition to receiving your vaccine, the following tips can help prevent spreading the flu:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • If you are sick, avoid close contact with others.

Please visit for information about the flu, how to care for yourself (medications), meal tickets and prevention of illness.

Additional general information about the flu can be found from the CDC:


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Former director of historical association joins Reynolda House

Amber Albert

This is a guest post from Reynolda House Museum of American Art:

Reynolda House Museum of American Art has hired Amber Albert as its new manager of community and academic learning. Albert was previously the executive director of the Historical Association of Catawba County and an independent consultant for history museums. She joined the teaching and learning team at Reynolda on Jan. 7.

Reynolda presents scores of programs and events each year that are open to the public, ranging from outdoor films and gallery talks to art workshops and Christmas tours. In her new role, Albert will work closely with colleagues across Reynolda and Wake Forest as well as with community partners across the Piedmont Triad in planning programs that connect to Reynolda’s collections, landscape, and history.

Albert is new to Reynolda but not to Winston-Salem and its deep commitment to the arts and historic preservation. Her husband, Gary Albert, is editorial director and adjunct curator of silver & metals at the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts. At Reynolda, Albert says she’s most looking forward to helping new audiences make meaningful memories.

“Much has changed in the century of Reynolda’s existence, but guests today still experience the essence of Katharine Reynolds’s original vision,” Albert says. “That’s what excites me about coming into this role, the ability to make Reynolda’s collections and history relevant to people today.”

Reynolda’s Deputy Director Phil Archer says Albert’s experience in interpretation, place-based programs and fundraising make her an ideal addition to the Reynolda team. In Catawba County, she managed two projects that illuminated the cultures of the region. One exhibit, “Unpacking: How Many Cultures Make Catawba Home” received funding from the United Arts Council of Catawba County, and the National Endowment for the Humanities supported another.

“Amber brings a depth of experience in building relationships with the people who make up the community in which she works,” Archer says. “Developing those relationships with our audience and evolving with the needs and interests of our visitors is a critical priority for us at Reynolda. Amber will play an important role in achieving this.”

The public is invited to meet Albert at two upcoming events. In partnership with Wise Man Brewing’s Healthy, Wealthy & Wise program, Reynolda is hosting informational evenings at the brewery each Tuesday in January from 6 to 8 p.m. At the final evening, Jan. 29, Albert will be available to talk with guests about upcoming programs. On Tuesday, Feb. 5, Reynolda will host the African American Read-In at noon. The event, held in partnership with the annual African American Read-In, is free and open to the public. Albert will join other participants in reading from a favorite book or writing by an African-American author.

Albert has published numerous articles and presented about historic sites, and she serves on a subcommittee of the North Carolina Preservation Consortium. She holds a Ph.D. in public history from Middle Tennessee State University, a master’s degree in American history from the College of Charleston and a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Appalachian State University. She and her husband live in Winston-Salem with their son, Tice.

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Timely Warning: Assault Investigation

This announcement was emailed to students, faculty and staff on Jan. 18 by Wake Forest Communications and External Relations:

In order to promote safety on the Wake Forest University campus, the University is issuing this Timely Warning Notification concerning a possible threat to the community.

The Winston-Salem Police Department and the Wake Forest University Police Department are investigating a student’s report of being assaulted on campus last night, possibly near the Subway on Hearn Plaza.

The incident is reported as occurring between 11:23 p.m. January 17 and 1:50 a.m. January 18.

The University Police Department is requesting information from anyone who might be able to provide more details about the alleged incident. The emergency number for University Police is 336-758-5911; non-emergency is 336-758-5591. A person may provide information anonymously by using the University Police Department’s Silent Witness form.

It is important for all of us to focus on the things that we can all do to keep ourselves and others safe.

  • Call 911: If you feel uneasy or unsafe, go to a safe location and call a friend or the police at 911. When your safety is at risk or you need a safe escort on campus, contact University Police, available 24 hours at 336-758-5911.
  • Download the Live Safe Mobile app
  • Ask a friend who may be in a potentially dangerous situation if they want to leave and then make sure that they get home safely.

The following resources are available to students, faculty and staff for confidential information and support:

Safe Office: [Confidential]
Helpline 24/7: 336-758-5285, Reynolds Gymnasium, B104-107

Student Health Service: [Confidential]
336-758-5218, Lower Level of Reynolds Gymnasium

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center [Confidential]
Medical Center Blvd, Winston-Salem, NC 27157

University Counseling Center: [Confidential]
336-758-5273, Reynolda Hall, Room 117

Office of the Chaplain: [Confidential]
336-758-5017, Reynolda Hall, Suite 8

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Zhu appointed assistant dean for global initiatives in Graduate School

Chaowei Zhu has been appointed assistant dean for global initiatives in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Zhu, whose appointment was effective Jan. 1, joined the Graduate School in 2015.

He serves as co-director of the Chinese tracks in the Interpreting and Translation Studies Program in the school.  Zhu is also an assistant teaching professor.

“It is a privilege to be part of the leadership team at the Graduate School,” said Zhu. “I have expertise in both business administration and higher education and I look forward to applying my knowledge and experience to advance the Graduate School’s strategic goals and fulfill its educational mission.”

He added that he is “most excited about promoting the Graduate School to attract more talented and diverse students, and looking forward to forging new relationships with many prestigious universities around the world.”

Zhu earned his MBA and doctorate from Renmin Business School at Renmin University of China in Beijing.  At Wake Forest, he earned a master’s in intercultural studies in health care.

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Nominations sought for student trustee candidates

The Wake Forest Committee on Student Life is inviting faculty, staff and students to nominate candidates for the position of student trustee on the Wake Forest Board of Trustees.  Nominations must be received by 5 p.m. Feb. 4, 2019.

The student trustee position is open to rising full-time junior and senior students at Wake Forest.

Nomination forms are available here.

The selection process will take place this spring semester.  The new student trustee will be announced at the Board of Trustees’ April meeting.

The committee also welcomes students to apply for the position, directly. Student applications are due by 5 p.m. on Monday, February 11, 2019.

Please go to The Student Trustee Position webpage for more information.

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