A Message from President Hatch

President Hatch emailed this message to students, faculty and staff on March 23:

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

I learned of an Instagram post last night that has created deep concern and anger among many members of the Wake Forest community and the Winston-Salem State University community. While the intent of the authors may have been a parody of a national issue, it was deeply offensive and unacceptable.

The impact on the community is widespread and harmful, regardless of the original intent. We are gathering details about this incident. What I can share with you at this time is that the student in the image was away for the weekend and did not participate in posting the image. He is not running for Student Government President.  A team led by the Dean of Students is investigating the matter further and will report their findings to me.

I am deeply troubled by this incident and have called my colleague Winston-Salem State University Chancellor Elwood Robinson to express my concern. The message disparaged an institution whose values and mission we embrace and with whom we are building increased collaboration that brings our communities together. Chancellor Robinson is a dear friend.

I would like to thank the students who called the post to our attention through the bias reporting system and am grateful to students, faculty and staff who have shared their personal experiences with me.

I encourage each of us to redouble our efforts in the days ahead to listen to and support those who are hurting.


Nathan O. Hatch

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AirCare helicopter to be on campus March 22 for an event

This announcement was emailed March 21 to students, faculty and staff by Wake Forest Communications and External Relations:

An AirCare helicopter that is part of the team that serves North Carolina and parts of Virginia will land on Poteat Field on March 22 and will remain on the field from 12 to 2 p.m.  The helicopter is coming to campus as part of an event organized by the Wake Forest University EMT squad.

The helicopter crew will be available to explain AirCare and answer questions from students, faculty, staff and others who may stop by while the crew is present.  Anyone is welcome to visit.

Several members of the Wake Forest EMT squad will be present, as well as a Winston-Salem Fire Department truck and its crew.

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President Hatch emailed this message to faculty and staff on March 21:

Dear Wake Forest Faculty and Staff,

Wake Forest is a place that encourages and values conversation and respectful discourse. We are at our best when we share ideas, listen to the thoughts of others and work together to create solutions. In this spirit, we are conducting the University-wide WakeListens faculty and staff survey from March 25 to April 12 to learn more about your experience at Wake Forest. Whether you have been here four months or 40 years, I am eager to hear your thoughts on how we can continue to strengthen our community and create a thriving workplace.

You will receive a link from on March 25, inviting you to complete the survey. This is an opportunity to provide feedback in a confidential manner, and I hope you will contribute your thoughts. While the institution will not be able to identify the results by individual, a high response rate will help ensure our community is accurately represented. At the close of the program, the University will receive summary-level reports, with recommendations about areas on which we can focus to enhance the faculty and staff experience. The results will be shared in forums with leaders across campus, who will take insights back to their schools and departments.

The survey will be administered by ModernThink, through the national Great Colleges to Work For program, which helps foster faculty and staff engagement across academia. The program also recognizes exemplary workplaces through an annual listing in The Chronicle of Higher Education. You may explore more information about the survey on the Human Resources website. Additionally, you may contact with questions, or direct confidential inquiries to ModernThink at

Thank you for your ongoing contributions to the Wake Forest community.


Nathan O. Hatch

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TechXploration to be held March 21

This is a guest post from the organizers of TechXploration:

Mark your calendar! TechXploration 2019 will take place Thursday, March 21, between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in Room 401 of the Benson University Center. This event brings together faculty and staff who want to share their experiences with current technology. TechXploration allows faculty, staff and students to see how technologies are being leveraged in teaching, learning, research, engagement and creative endeavors at Wake Forest.  Last year, we had more than 30 participants showcase their innovative use of technology, such as: 3-D printing, video editing, Slack and more! This year we are adding new features, including speaker sessions, a web page to share information about the event and multiple door prizes.

Come peruse leading edge technology use in the classroom, register to win a door prize and enjoy light refreshments.

Department heads who have faculty/staff eligible to exchange this summer will receive a communication to select the model most appropriate for their needs. So visit TechXploration to view and experience the look and feel of the different computing options for 2019!

We look forward to seeing you!

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Nominations sought for Thrive Dimension Champion Awards

This is a guest post from the Office of Wellbeing:

As a part of the Thrive Initiative, the Office of Wellbeing has opened up nominations for its annual “Thrive Dimension Champion” Awards for faculty and staff for 2018-2019.

Each day, many members of our Wake Forest community demonstrate their commitment to individual and community wellbeing across the eight dimensions: emotional, environmental, financial, intellectual, occupational, physical, social, and spiritual.

“The Office of Wellbeing has the privilege of leading Thrive, Wake Forest University’s comprehensive approach to wellbeing, but the foundation for this initiative is deeply rooted in the scholarship and actions of faculty and staff across this campus. They are the living examples of meaningful, purposeful lives that make the Wake Forest experience,” says Malika Roman Isler, director of wellbeing.

This is an opportunity to nominate a friend or colleague to be recognized for their role in making Wake Forest exceptional.

Thrive Dimension Champions for 2018-2019 will be announced formally at the Thrive Dimension Champion Awards ceremony on April 23, which will include President Nathan Hatch and Vice President Penny Rue. All nominees will receive a Thrive Swag Bag containing Wake Forest and Thrive paraphernalia and a framed Dimension Champion certificate. Winners will additionally receive campus-wide recognition and a Thrive Dimension Champion trophy for display.

A form to nominate someone for the award is available here.

Information about previous winners and the awards is available here.

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