Police investigating another surge in motor vehicle break-ins

This announcement was e-mailed to students, faculty and staff on Nov. 22 by Wake Forest Communications and External Relations:

After another sudden surge in motor vehicle break-ins, the Wake Forest University Police Department is again urging students, faculty and staff to lock their vehicles on and near campus to help prevent break-ins.  The University Police Department is continuing to take several steps to address the break-ins, but officers ask that the campus community members assist in the effort by locking their vehicles.

Today, Nov. 22, University Police became aware of 20 more vehicle break-ins on and close to campus.  It appears all of the vehicles were unlocked.  Locked vehicles parked nearby were not bothered.  All but one vehicle belonged to students.

The newest break-ins under investigation were discovered this morning. A person who worked on campus overnight realized early this morning that their car had been entered.  When officers responded to that report in Lot B (between Taylor and Davis residence halls), they began checking other vehicles that had doors ajar and interior compartments noticeably left open.  By noon, officers had checked cars across campus and in nearby student lots.

Break-ins were found at the following lots and streets:

  • Lot B, two incidents
  • Lot Q (across Wake Forest Road from Wait Chapel), six incidents
  • Lot Z (off Allen Easley Street, between North Campus Apartments and Student Apartments), five incidents
  • Lot Z 1 (at corner of Polo Road and Rosedale Circle), one incident
  • Allen Easley Street, three incidents
  • Friendship Circle (off Polo Road north of campus), three incidents

Property taken ranged from cash and change to a variety of inexpensive items.

The University Police Department first announced a surge in motor vehicle break-ins in a message emailed to campus on Nov. 7.  Those break-ins were identical to those recently discovered, with vehicles left unlocked and thieves taking similar items.

Wake Forest and Winston-Salem police officers are increasing patrols of parking lots. The University Police Department, also, has increased the hours of security officers working in the Student Drive parking lot.

University Police Department officials have also been consulting with the Winston-Salem Police Department to get updates on similar incidents occurring in the city, especially in areas close to campus.

In addition, the University Police Department encourages students, faculty and staff to promptly report suspicious activity observed on and around campus.  The University Police Department can be reached at 336-758-5911, through the LiveSafe app or online.  The department is located in Alumni Hall.  With immediate concerns, all are encouraged to call the emergency number.

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Verger moving to downtown Winston-Salem

This announcement was e-mailed to faculty and staff on Nov. 22 by Wake Forest Communications and External Relations:

Verger Capital Management (Verger), formerly Wake Forest’s Office of Investments, is moving from its office on campus in Starling Hall to downtown Winston-Salem at 751 West Fourth Street.  Verger manages Wake Forest’s endowment in addition to assets for other non-profit clients.  The move is prompted by Verger’s continued growth.

As of November 26, you may reach Verger at the following address and phone number:

Verger Capital Management
751 W Fourth Street
Suite 410
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
P 336.934.4101
F 336.934.4004

As a result of this move, Verger and its employees will no longer have access to inter-office mail.

All Verger email addresses will remain the same.


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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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