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SAC meeting on Sept. 24 to include President Susan R. Wente and more

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The next Staff Advisory Council (SAC) meeting will be held Friday, Sept. 24, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Topics and speakers include:


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President Wente visits Wake Forest classes

Wente visits Wake Downtown engineering class.

On Sept. 3, Wake Forest President Susan R. Wente took a seat in the EGR 211 Materials and Mechanics class at Wake Downtown to learn about the electronic conductivity of metals and semiconductors and get a student’s view of the academic experience at Wake Forest.

It is one of several classes Wente has visited so far this semester.  She plans to join a divinity school class in the next few weeks and looks forward to additional classroom and lab visits later this year.

“One of the foremost attractions of Wake Forest for me was the commitment to academic excellence that the faculty embrace and students seek,” Wente said. “Discovery and exploration of knowledge is at the heart of the University, and I am so pleased to see how Wake Forest delivers on those elements of the academic mission.” Read more

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Reflecting on Recent Campus and Community Events

Recent events on and near campus, including concerns about sexual assault policies, instances of racial profiling and a shooting at a high school near campus have caused unease in the Wake Forest community. Many community members have expressed concerns about safety and are asking for support and access to resources and information as they navigate these issues and challenges.

“We have had to deal with so much during the first few weeks of this academic year. While all of us are excited to be back on campus, there is a palpable sense of both psychological and emotional fatigue,” said President Susan R. Wente. “I feel it, too. COVID-19 remains with us and continues to challenge us. We are all continuing to process events on campus and in our local community, our country and around the world. Our community is also mourning the loss of a student in last week’s school shooting at Mount Tabor High School.

“It is understandable that in the wake of these challenges some community members are feeling less safe and welcome on campus, which is unacceptable. We must condemn in the strongest terms acts of sexual and relationship violence, as well as acts of racism and racialized threats at Wake Forest. I am deeply committed to creating a safe, welcoming campus for all Wake Forest community members, and we will work collaboratively to address any gaps or challenges the past several weeks have revealed.” Read more

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Julia Jackson-Newsom named senior advisor for planning and partnerships

Julia Jackson-Newsom has been named Senior Advisor for Planning and Partnerships in the Office of the President. Jackson-Newsom comes to Wake Forest from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she has served as the associate chancellor for strategy and policy in the chancellor’s office for the past six years. Headshot of Julia Jackson-Newsom, Senior Advisor for Planning and Partnerships in the Office of the President

A Wake Forest alumna, Jackson-Newsom double-majored in psychology and religion. She earned a master’s and PhD in human development and family studies from the Pennsylvania State University.

“Julia brings extensive strategic planning experience and has proven her exceptional skills in analyzing data, setting metrics and leading important initiatives,” said Wake Forest President Susan R. Wente. “She will be a valued partner as Wake Forest moves forward.” Read more

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Update to On-Campus Mask Policy and Fall Semester

Dear Wake Forest community,

As the first day of classes for the majority of campus nears, we write to share both our enthusiasm for the start of this semester and a few important updates to our COVID-19 response. We will be fully in-person and operating all aspects of the University with the trademark dedication to our mission. The adjustments we will share below reflect our commitment to that end and to ensuring a successful start to the year.

As a residential community founded on the teacher-scholar model, we thrive on meaningful connection with one another animated by close collaboration among students, faculty and staff — collaboration that is at its best when it is in person. Our high vaccination rate among faculty, staff and students is the most important step for returning to and maintaining normal operations during the fall semester. While our position is strong, the most recent information regarding transmission of the Delta variant requires some temporary modifications.

Indoor masks to begin the semester

We will start the semester with all of us, regardless of vaccination status, wearing a mask indoors, with exceptions that are defined below. We anticipate this will be a temporary measure to allow for a smooth transition back to the classroom and campus environment. We will evaluate this decision weekly and make adjustments accordingly. Beginning Monday, August 16, masks are required indoors except while actively eating and drinking and with the following exceptions: Read more

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