"Pro Humanitate" Archive

WFU receives 'Silver Seal for Excellence in Student Voter Engagement'

News from the Office of Civic and Community Engagement

Wake Forest University received a “Silver Seal for Excellence in Student Voter Engagement” at the 2019 ALL IN Challenge Awards Ceremony held to recognize colleges and universities committed to increasing college student voting rates.

“Wake Forest is thrilled to receive this recognition, and our students get the credit for taking the actions that spurred these increases,” said Penny Rue, vice president for campus life. “ A Wake Forest education in the spirit of Pro Humanitate is designed to foster civic engagement, and our students are better prepared to be active citizens through the engaged liberal arts.”

Student participation in elections increased from the 2014 midterm election to the recent 2018 midterm election. According to the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement, an initiative of Tufts University’s Institute for Democracy & Higher Education, voter turnout at the more than 1,000 institutions participating in the study increased by 21 points from 19% to 40%

Read more on the Office of Civic and Community Engagement website.

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Proposals funded: Senior, Duchac, Shugoll

Congratulations to John Senior, assistant teach professor in the School of Divinity, whose proposal entitled “Thriving in Ministry Initiative 2018” has been funded by the Lilly Endowment.

Congratulations to Jonathan Duchac, professor in the School of Business, whose proposal entitled “Fund for Peace: Divestiture Project” has been funded by the Fund for Peace.

Congratulations to Brad Shugoll, assistant director of the Pro Humanitate Institute, whose proposal entitled “Campus Kitchen Summer Feeding Site” has been funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and by (subaward/subcontract from) the N.C. Department of Public Instruction.

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Cross-country Tour De Frank raises thousands for Chaplain's Emergency Fund

Left to right, John Champlin, his mother Betty Champlin, his aunt Sally Wassom. John holds a cutout of friend and alumnus Roddey Player.

John Champlin, assistant director of the Professional Development Center, raised more than $5,000 for the Chaplain’s Emergency Fund on a nationwide hot dog tour.

Fueled by his love for the simple frankfurter and a desire to support community members in need, Champlin drove from Virginia Beach, Va., to Marina Del Ray, Calif., on a Tour De Frank” from May 24 to June 2.  He concluded his adventure in Las Vegas.

Tour stops ranged from restaurants participating in the hot dog renaissance to classic hot dog joints, including Hillbilly Hot Dogs in Huntington, W. Va., which was featured on the Food Network show “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.”

“When selecting where to stop, I really wanted a mix of old school and new school; places that only have a few traditional toppings and some with more unusual options like mac and cheese, alfredo pasta, and even kimchi,” said Champlin.

The hot dog tasting tour connected Champlin’s food passion with the University’s motto, Pro Humanitate (For Humanity).  One hundred percent of donations to the Tour De Frank #HotDogHumanitate support the Chaplain’s Emergency Fund at Wake Forest.

“The fund is important because it provides limited financial assistance to Wake Forest community members in times of disaster or personal emergency,” said University Chaplain Tim Auman. “Every dollar we receive makes a difference.”

Champlain launched “tourdefrank” on Instagram in 2014, where he has been sharing pictures of the hot dogs he samples. Details of the trip can be read at tourdefrankhotdog.blogspot.com.

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Categories: Inside WFU

President Hatch: Leadership Project speaker and event registration

President Hatch emailed this message to students, faculty and staff on Aug. 30:

Dear Wake Forest  Students, Faculty and Staff,

Chris Paul

Three years ago, we launched the Leadership Project to engage members of the Wake Forest community with inspiring stories from leaders who represent a variety of professional paths, span age groups and embrace diverse worldviews. By inviting speakers with various perspectives and engaging them in conversation, we seek to explore the wide range of leadership qualities and styles that others have found successful.

It is my pleasure to announce that Chris Paul (’07), a Demon Deacon standout and one of the most talented and respected players in the NBA, will kick off Wake Forest’s 2017 fall Leadership Project.

An admired leader among his teammates and competitors, Chris was elected and has served as president of the National Basketball Players Association since August 2013. His leadership in his community through the Chris Paul Family Foundation and the evidence of his spirit of Pro Humanitate have earned him the NBA Community Assist Award five times, the 2016 ESPY’s “Humanitarian of the Year” award, and the 2016 Mannie Jackson Human Spirit Award from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Chris and his foundation also created two scholarships at Wake Forest – one for academics and one for athletics – in honor of his late grandfather, Nathaniel Jones.

Chris will join us in Wait Chapel on Wednesday, September 13 at 5 p.m. for a conversation about leadership. To make sure our students are able to hear from him, this event will be closed to the public, and tickets will be required for entry.

Students interested in attending should register for tickets by visiting lead.wfu.edu. Registration will open on Tuesday, September 5 at 7 a.m.

Faculty and staff interested in attending should register for tickets by visiting lead.wfu.edu. Registration will open on Wednesday, September 6 at 7 a.m.

If you cannot join us in person, this event will also be live streamed at go.wfu.edu/wfuleads.

You can follow Wake Forest’s Leadership Project on social media at #WFULeads. There will be a time for Q&A at the end of the conversation in Wait Chapel. Questions can be submitted in advance at #WFULeads on Twitter.

We look forward to an engaging conversation from a Winston-Salem native, a son of Wake Forest and a leader in community engagement and the world of professional athletics.

I hope you can join us.


Nathan O. Hatch

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A message from President Hatch to the Wake Forest community

This message was emailed by President Hatch to students, faculty and staff on Jan. 30:

Dear Wake Forest students, faculty and staff,

On Friday, President Trump signed an executive order suspending entry of all refugees to the United States for 120 days and barring entry for 90 days for citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. While we are unaware of any Wake Forester detained as a result of the travel ban, we are reaching out to students potentially affected, and we know that faculty and students from other colleges and universities have been affected. We continue to closely monitor developments, and to communicate internally and externally our foundational concern to maintain a safe learning environment for all our students.

I deeply empathize with all of you concerned for your personal safety and the security of your family. I reaffirm my commitment to do everything within my power as the president of Wake Forest University to support every member of our community in their pursuit of an education.

We now have an opportunity to reaffirm our values. Wake Forest stands for the respect and dignity of all people, for the diversity that enriches a community of learning and for the spirit of inclusion that makes a community feel like home. Wake Forest stands for creating opportunity for the betterment of ourselves and our neighbors. Wake Forest stands for Pro Humanitate – in every sense of the word.

All students, faculty and staff are urged to monitor the changing situation to make informed decisions about travel, particularly travel outside of the United States. Wake Forest has a number of resources for students, faculty and staff to help navigate the turbulent times. Many of these resources have been collected on the Community in Progress website.

We will continue to work with individuals, student groups and advocacy groups representing the full political and social spectrum. You can expect additional guidance from Wake Forest administrators on how we will help our community navigate the uncertainty surrounding changes to immigration law. I am confident that we can uphold Wake Forest’s most time-honored values through civil discourse and a true willingness to learn from one another.


Nathan O. Hatch

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