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Yo-Yo Ma to join virtual Face to Face Speaker Forum event on May 4

Yo-Yo Ma, cellist, cultural ambassador and U.N. Messenger of Peace will join Wake Forest’s Face to Face Speaker Forum for a virtual preview event on Tuesday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m. He will be in conversation with President Nathan Hatch discussing why humans turn to the arts in periods of uncertainty. In addition to their talk, there will be a special performance for this event. Headshot of Yo-Yo Ma standing with a cello

The event is free for Face to Face Speaker Forum season subscribers and students, faculty and staff at Wake Forest, as well as students and faculty in the Winston-Salem area. To register, visit go.wfu.edu/yoyoma.

The 2021 Face to Face Speaker Forum season schedule can be found here. An in-person Face to Face Speaker Forum event with Yo-Yo Ma has been rescheduled for February 16, 2022, due to the pandemic.

Visit the University news site to read more about Yo-Yo Ma and the Face to Face Speaker Forum.

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Updates from HR: COVID-19 updates, wellbeing, employee events

COVID-19 Update

As announced, beginning May 1 University gate access will return to normal operations. Those who requested an exemption from the SneezSafe daily wellness screening will have their Deacon OneCard access automatically reinstated May 1. Faculty and staff should continue to monitor their health daily and utilize SneezSafe when they need help determining whether they should proceed to campus. Rows of pink, white, and yellow tulips blooming in Reynolda Gardens

Campus Redensification

As we near the end of the semester and plan for in-person classes this fall, colleagues who are still working remotely may have questions about their return to on-site work. Colleagues should expect the summer to be a transitional period during which leaders will engage teams and individuals in conversations about staffing plans that prioritize student- and employee-facing interactions. To aid in this process, we have developed these Campus Redensification Guidelines to help managers initiate these conversations.

With commencement less than three weeks away, now is a time to celebrate the numerous accomplishments of our campus community. Colleagues can anticipate receiving an update the week following commencement with additional redensification guidance, 2021-2022 Paid Time Off (PTO) carryover plans, and revised COVID-19 policies. We appreciate your patience as we continue to refine the University’s plans for the fall.

Weekly Wellbeing Tip: Email Timing

Intentional work correspondence can have a big impact on employee morale. Teams can strengthen and respect work-life balance by discussing what email best practices their teams should adhere to. Consider scheduling emails to send during work hours only and turning off notifications during non-working hours.

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Isabel Wilkerson, author of “Caste,” to participate in virtual Face to Face Speaker Forum event

Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend a talk with Isabel Wilkerson, author of “Caste: The Origins of our Discontents,” on Wednesday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m. Informational for Isabell Wilkerson's speaking event as part of Wake Forest University's Face to Face Speaker Forum. It includes a headshot of Wilkerson, the Speaker Forum logo, and text that says "April 14, 2021" and "Isabel Wilkerson, Bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize and National Humanities Award winner."The event will include a talk by Wilkerson followed by a conversation with Dean of Wake Forest School of Divinity Jonathan Lee Walton.

Pre-programming will begin at 7 p.m.

Wilkerson won the Pulitzer Prize for her narrative writing while serving as Chicago Bureau Chief of The New York Times in 1994, making her the first black woman in the history of American journalism to win a Pulitzer Prize and the first African American to win for individual reporting. In 2016, President Barack Obama awarded Wilkerson the National Humanities Medal for “championing the stories of an unsung history.”

The event is free to students, faculty and staff at Wake Forest, as well as students and faculty in the Winston-Salem area. To register, visit go.wfu.edu/facetoface. Tickets for the general audience are $10.

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An invitation from President Hatch: Character and the Professions Conference

The following message was emailed to the Wake Forest community on March 15 on behalf of University President Nathan O. Hatch. 

Dear Wake Forest community,

I write to invite you to participate in the virtual conference on Character and the Professions hosted on March 18-20 by the Program for Leadership and Character at Wake Forest and the Oxford Character Project at the University of Oxford.

The conference will kick off on Thursday evening, March 18, with a keynote session with former U.S. Secretaries of State Dr. Madeleine K. Albright and Gen. Colin L. Powell. This event, in partnership with the Face to Face Speaker Forum, will feature a conversation about leadership and character in public life. Read more

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Leadership and Character conference to explore character in the professions

Poster for the "Character and the Professions" conference March 18-20, 2021 with the text "A virtual conference hosted by Wake Forest University and the Oxford Character Project" and the title "The Program for Leadership and Character" and the seven-pointed star logo

Leading scholars will join physicians, attorneys, religious leaders, government leaders, engineers, educators, business executives and other professionals to explore the role of character in the professions at a three-day virtual conference.

“Character and the Professions,” hosted by the Program for Leadership and Character at Wake Forest University and the Oxford Character Project at the University of Oxford, will be held Thursday, March 18 through Saturday, March 20.

In partnership with the Face to Face Speaker Forum, the conference will feature an opening keynote session with former U.S. Secretaries of State, Madeleine K. Albright (1997-2001) and General Colin L. Powell (Ret.) (2001-2005), who will discuss leadership and character in public life. This virtual session will be held Thursday, March 18, at 7 p.m. and moderated by President Nathan Hatch. The conversation is a preview to Albright and Powell’s re-scheduled in-person event on Nov. 9 at Wake Forest.

In addition to prominent scholars from around the world, conference speakers will include former U.S. Representative Donna Edwards, General Electric CEO Larry Culp, former CEO of Catholic Relief Services Caroline Woo and many others across various professional fields.

Wake Forest School of Divinity Dean Jonathan L. Walton will deliver the March 19 keynote address on “Character and Religious Leadership.”

The conference is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

Visit Wake Forest News for more information about the Character and the Professions conference and the Nov. 9 Face to Face Speaker Forum event.

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