University Police Department offers Citizens Police Academy in 2020

The University Police Department will begin offering the Citizens Police Academy to the University community in January.

The academy consists of a series of weekly presentations on a wide variety of topics from January through March. It is open to students, faculty, staff, alumni and retirees.

“The police department created the academy as an opportunity for Wake Forest community members to gain insight into the daily functions and responsibilities of the department and those who serve in the department,” said Derri Stormer, a major in the University Police Department.

She added that “graduates will be able to share knowledge gained with others in the community, thereby helping others associated with Wake Forest become more familiar with the University Police Department.”

Some of the topics to be discussed will include community policing, firearms safety, communications, events and record keeping.

The nine meetings of the academy will take place in Alumni Hall, Room 166.  All are at noon to 1 p.m. on the scheduled days.  Lunch will be provided.

A graduation certificate will be presented to participants who attend five sessions.

Online registration is available through the Professional Development Center.  The full schedule is available there, too.

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Reminder: Faculty and staff happy hour set for Wake Downtown Nov. 21

Provost Rogan Kersh invites faculty and staff to a happy hour at Wake Downtown on Nov. 21 to kick off the holiday season and celebrate 1,000 days at Wake Downtown.

The happy hour will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Transportation and Parking: A large shuttle will depart from just outside the Benson circle across from Davis Field every 30 minutes beginning at 3:15 p.m. and running continuously until 5:30 p.m. The standard Wake Downtown shuttle will also be available and departs from in front of Benson every 15 minutes.

Parking is available in the Link Parking Deck and is free for the first hour.

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IS's next Creative Exchange features student Wubetu Shimelash

Wubetu Shimelash

Wubetu Shimelash

This is a guest post from Information Systems:

IS Academic Technology is excited to host our next monthly Creative Exchange on Nov. 22. Creative Exchange is our new initiative to host an informational conversation and lecture series designed to inspire and ignite creativity and community between faculty, staff, and students. Coffee and refreshments are provided!

Friday, November 22, 2019
9:00-10:00 a.m. in the ZSR Auditorium

For November, we welcome Wake Forest student, filmmaker, humanitarian, and entrepreneur Wubetu Shimelash. As an entrepreneur, Wubetu Shimelash is the Co-Founder and CEO of Simien Eco Trek (, a company that provides convenient, efficient and unique tour services in Ethiopia for tourists around the world while empowering locals. As a conscious filmmaker, Wubetu Shimelash has produced, directed, and shot several films that demonstrate unique cultural values and perspectives. Please join us as we screen this personal narrative film, The Gebara Boy. The Gebara Boy is his first personal narrative film that demonstrates his lifestyle growing up as a shepherd boy in the Simien mountains of Ethiopia and his journey to the USA.

Contact Brianna Derr ( with questions.

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Provost Kersh announces progress on Plan for Academic Excellence and upcoming forums

The following announcement from Provost Rogan Kersh was e-mailed to faculty and staff on Nov. 18:

Greetings Wake Forest colleagues—I hope this finds you thriving as the fall semester draws to a close. I write to follow up on my announcements last spring regarding a Plan for Academic Excellence (PAE; originally termed an ‘Academic Master Plan’). The PAE will be a comprehensive statement of our academic mission and programs as they stand at present, and as we strive to shape them for the future.  In preparing this document, we will consider the fast-shifting landscape of higher education as well as highlights and significant developments across our academic practices in recent years.

Over this year, a steering committee (listed below) comprised of faculty and staff from all schools and major academic offices across the Reynolda Campus will affirm our current—and explore evolving—ways of providing learning and producing research and creative work consonant with our core institutional values, in a higher education system undergoing tectonic change. I am deeply grateful to Michele Gillespie (Dean of the College) and Charles Iacovou (Dean of the School of Business) for agreeing to co-chair this project, as I am to faculty and staff colleagues across the university for your willingness to provide advice/counsel, serve on the steering committee, and otherwise help chart our hoped-for future of teaching/learning and scholarship at Wake Forest.

Please join us next week at any of three open forums on the Plan for Academic Excellence. Charles and Michele, along with PAE committee members, will provide a snapshot of their initial planning, and outline the intended process from here. Details about those forums:

Tuesday, November 19 | 10:00-11:00 am, ZSR Auditorium 404

Thursday, November 21 | 12:30-1:30 pm, Farrell Hall A17

Friday, November 22 | 2:00-3:00 pm, Benson 401A

Over the coming weeks, a website and email address will be created and distributed to continue community exchanges as the Plan takes shape. You also will likely see me, Charles, and/or Michele at one of your faculty meetings or staff gatherings to discuss in detail the PAE. Looking forward to engaging with you throughout this vital work.

Yours in Thanksgiving gratitude, Rogan

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Faculty books: October 2019

Bardon, Adrian. (Philosophy). The Truth About Denial: Bias and Self-Deception in Science, Politics, and Religion. Oxford University Press. 2019.

Coyne, Chris J., Michael C. Munger, & Robert M. Whaples, Eds. (Economics). In All Fairness: Equality, Liberty, and the Quest for Human Dignity. Forward by Richard A. Epstein. Independent Institute. 2019.

González, Luis H. (Spanish & Italian). Cómo entender y cómo enseñar por y para. Routledge. 2019.

Gupta, Kristina. (Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality). Medical Entanglements: Rethinking Feminist Debates about Healthcare. Rutgers University Press. 2019.

Morosini, Roberta. (Spanish & Italian). Il Mare salato. Il Mediterraneo di Dante, Petrarca e Boccaccio. Viella. 2019.

Newman, Joel S., Dorothy A. Brown, & Bridget J. Crawford. (Law, Emeritus). Federal Income Taxation: Cases, Problems, and Materials, 7th ed. West Academic Publishing. 2019.

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