President Hatch emailed this message to students, faculty and staff on Feb. 22:
Dear Wake Forest students, faculty and staff,
Last night, there was a campus forum on creating more inclusive climates at Wake Forest. Several students voiced their acute and ongoing hurt, frustration and fatigue surrounding the underrepresented student experience on campus and the slow pace of change in bringing racial equity to our community.
As an institution of higher learning, Wake Forest is called to be a place where every member of our community cares about the treatment of people, seeks to understand the experiences of others and works together to become better. I want students at Wake Forest to know, at a deep and personal level, that you are valued here, even if it doesn’t always feel that way.
Following the forum, Dean of Admissions Martha Allman apologized to the campus community for appearing in a 1982 group photo with the Kappa Alpha Order before the Confederate flag. Since then, she has devoted her professional career to improving Wake Forest, and I have accepted her apology.
I have often spoken of the need to be in conversation with one another, which is why I am meeting with student leaders and University administrators to navigate our path forward.
I am grateful to the students, faculty and staff who have voiced their concerns. I remain committed to pursuing the sense of belonging we want everyone in our community to feel.
Nathan O. Hatch
A guest post by Alex Abrams, Communications Coordinator, Office of the Dean of the College
Ed Wilson sat in a plush chair with a book of poetry in his hands.
Rather than enjoying a quiet evening, Wilson entertained the small crowd that gathered on Oct. 23 inside the renovated house at 2430-A Reynolda Road with poems by former Poet Laureate Billy Collins.
Looking up every so often from his book, he recited Collins’ poem “Schoolsville” about a retired college professor adjusting to life away from the classroom. The crowd laughed as Wilson read aloud.
After all, many of the people in attendance for the grand opening of the College House were retired Wake Forest faculty members – including Wilson, the longtime English professor and provost affectionately known as “Mr. Wake Forest.”
This message was sent earlier today on behalf of Provost Rogan Kersh
Wake Forest Faculty and Staff,
Dean of Admissions Martha Allman (’82, MBA ’92) has accepted a new position as Senior Assistant Provost. Effective July 1, 2019, Allman will join the provost’s office in a role combining advisory and leadership responsibilities, with particular focus on bringing greater coherence to the array of programs and services we offer our students.
As undergraduate admissions dean for nearly two decades, Dean Allman developed extensive knowledge of our students and campus, distinctively enabling her to integrate the services and programs that connect—and transcend—academic disciplines and support offices. Her long-standing relationships across our community with students, faculty, administrators, alumni, parents, and trustees are invaluable in advancing this essential work.
This is a guest post from Alex Abrams, communications coordinator in the Office of the Dean of the College:
A large historical marker stands at the corner of Faculty Drive and Timberlake Lane, just across the street from where Wake Forest University’s Department of Biology is housed inside Winston Hall.
The words “Welcome To Historic Wake Forest Neighborhood – Est. 1956” are etched into the metal historical marker, which has been painted old gold and black like other signs posted around campus.
Just past the marker, one- and two-story houses line the five quiet streets that make up the neighborhood. The houses range in style, with some exteriors made of brick and others covered with wood. Large trees in each yard provide both shade on a hot afternoon and a limb for the occasional tree swing.
Martha Allman, WFU’s Dean of Admissions, got a sense of the neighborhood during her four years living on campus as an undergraduate student. Her freshman advisor had a house on Royall Drive and hosted a dinner for students during Orientation.
“I had this very idealized feeling about that neighborhood and how wonderful it would be to live there,” Allman said.
In 2001, Allman and her husband moved their two young daughters into a yellow house on Faculty Drive. Their neighbors include a “Who’s Who” list of WFU administrators, professors, and staff members who also enjoy living on campus, walking to work, and hosting students in their homes.
The Historic Wake Forest Neighborhood was started the same year WFU moved its campus to Winston-Salem as a place for faculty who had relocated to live. It has since grown into a tight-knit community where dozens of university employees have raised their children just down the street from Wait Chapel for more than 50 years.
“Over here faculty members are our next-door neighbors, and the fact that one faculty member was a historian, another one was a psychologist, another one was a physicist, that’s tremendously important,” said Ed Wilson, the longtime English professor and Provost who is affectionately known as Mr. Wake Forest.
“And of course it made our children grow up with the idea that it was important to go to college, and if they could, it was important to do well.”
Wilson still lives in the same four-bedroom house that he and his wife, Emily, built on Timberlake Lane in 1964. He raised his three children there. He can still remember the different routes he used to walk every day to reach his favorite spots on campus, including his office in Tribble Hall.
Categories: Inside WFU
This is a guest post from Human Resources:
Members of the campus community honored service milestones of more than 200 Wake Forest staff members who celebrated approximately 2,400 combined years of service. These individuals were recognized at the annual Staff Rewards & Recognition Luncheon Oct. 24 at the Sutton Center. Faculty and staff joined a campus-wide reception in the Green Room of Reynolda Hall immediately following the luncheon.
Staff members who have achieved 30 or more years of service are:
- 30 years: Tammie Kiser (Mail Services), Gary Samuels (Facilities & Campus Services)
- 35 years: Martha Allman (Undergraduate Admissions), Debbie Deheck (Graduate School), Teresa Hill (Psychology)
- 40 years: Leigh Lovelace (Financial Aid)
Additionally, Hubert Samuels (Mail Services), who passed away in July, was inducted into the 30-Year Club in memoriam.
Sergeant James Gravely with the University Police and Sarah Wojcik-Gross, the Assistant Director of Client Services in Information Systems, also were recognized as Employees of the Year. They were nominated by faculty and staff for their contributions in the areas of innovation, integrity, accountability, inclusion, and Pro Humanitate.
James Gravely was honored for his leadership in the Police Department. The nomination reads: James is a very trustworthy and honest individual, who always goes the extra mile to make sure his Security team has what they need to be happy and successful at work. He does a great job of finding ways for the Security team he supervises, and the entire University Police department, to better protect the campus, students, and visitors. He makes everyone feel welcome, and continuously steps in to look after others. One of the many examples is how he shuttles individuals to and from Commencement ceremonies if they need assistance.
Sarah Wojcik-Gross was honored for her commitment to Information Systems and the Staff Advisory Council, in which she serves as President. The nomination reads: Sarah continually finds ways to make staff feel appreciated, keeping them motivated by highlighting their strengths and recognizing the ways they go above and beyond for Wake Forest. Sarah manages the campus Help Desk and works hard to make sure students know someone “has their back” when they need support. She truly makes all who come in contact with her feel welcome, embodying the “teacher” spirit of inclusion. She always puts the students’ needs first, and sets a good example of how we can all do our jobs happily and gratefully.
Congratulations to James Gravely, Sarah Wojcik-Gross, and all staff members celebrating milestones.