University Announcement Archive

Memorial service scheduled for Dr. O'Day

This announcement was e-mailed to students, faculty and staff on Sept. 25 by Wake Forest Communications and External Relations:

A memorial service honoring the life of Dr. Gail R. O’Day will take place on Monday, Oct. 8, at 1:30 p.m. in Wait Chapel.

Dr. O’Day was the former dean of the Wake Forest University School of Divinity.  She died on Sept. 22.

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Test of Wake Alert set for Sept. 25

This announcement was e-mailed to faculty and staff on Sept. 24 by Wake Forest Communications and External Relations:

Wake Forest will conduct a test of its Wake Alert emergency notification system on Sept. 25 at 6 p.m. that will involve only University desk phones (land lines).  Cell phones will not be included.

The test message Sept. 25 will clearly state that it is being sent as part of a test of Wake Alert.  No action will be required by any recipient.  The sender of the test message will be identified as Wake Alert.

Testing of Wake Alert is being conducted as Wake Forest prepares to launch a new mass notification software acquired this summer to improve Wake Alert.

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Gail R. O'Day

This message from President Hatch was e-mailed to students, faculty and staff on Sept. 22:

It is with great sadness that I share with you that former Wake Forest University School of Divinity Dean, Gail R. O’Day, died this morning. Dr. O’Day served as Dean from 2010 until June 30, 2018.

For more than 35 years, Dr. O’Day offered her leadership as a scholar, teacher and administrator to theological schools and the broader world of theological education. When she arrived at Wake Forest, she led the School of Divinity into its second decade, establishing innovative programming and initiating curricular revisions that strengthened the School’s identity as a place where leaders are equipped for ministries and the work of justice, reconciliation, and compassion.

Dr. O’Day was wonderfully creative in her ability to relate the work of the School of Divinity with other dimensions of the University, resulting in new programs that responded to existing needs and were attractive to students and faculty alike. The School now emphasizes critical historical and public issues, such as race and class, gender and sexuality, and religious pluralism, and encourages students to explore ways to connect these concerns with their identities as Gospel proclaimers, pastoral care providers, and teachers.

Dr. O’Day was beloved by the School of Divinity community, especially students. The vision she shared through her writing, teaching, and leadership continues to influence them as they follow their own vocational pathways, carrying her transformative spirit into the wider world.

To honor the life and leadership of Dr. O’Day, we have established a remembrance website – – where members of our community can share memories, leave condolences and learn more about Dr. O’Day’s remarkable scholarship and contributions to Wake Forest.

We hold her family and friends in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

Details about a memorial service will be posted when they become available.


Nathan O. Hatch

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Timely Warning: Sexual Offense Reported

This timely warning was e-mailed to students, faculty and staff on Sept. 17 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 Wake Forest University Police Department received two anonymous reports on the night of Sept. 16 alleging sexual assault occurred late last Friday night or early Saturday morning at 1101 Polo Road, a private property immediately off campus. University Police officials do not know if the two anonymous reports are about one alleged incident or two separate alleged incidents.

One report was made through the Silent Witness website, the other report was made by an anonymous phone call. Neither report identified the victim, possible assailants or witnesses.

It is not known if anyone involved is associated with Wake Forest.

The University Police Department is requesting information from anyone who might be able to provide more details about the alleged incident or incidents.  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.

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Theatre and Dance 2018-19 Season Tickets available

A guest post from Wake Forest Theatre and Dance

It’s time to buy season tickets for theatre and dance productions for the 2018-19 performance season.

Theatre season subscription passes are $40 for adults, $32 for senior citizens and WFU faculty/staff, and $20 for students. (Prices include NC sales tax.)

SEASON BENEFITS • Savings of at least 35% off single ticket prices • Opportunity to reserve your performance date and seat location before single tickets go on sale to the general public • Receive email notices about other Theatre events • Subscribers are invited to opening weekend receptions to meet the cast and production staff • Bonus free admission to student-produced spring Studio Series •

PURCHASE YOUR PASS TODAY • Call (ext. 5295) or visit the University Theatre Box Office Tuesday through Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. • Online through at • Email the Audience Services Coordinator at for more information •

Dance season subscription passes are available for $27 for adults, $22 for senior citizens, and $11 for students (NC sales tax to be charged at the end of the sale.)

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