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Parking Registration Begins in August

Parking registration will take place in early August; the date registration opens depends on your student’s classification as on- or off-campus.

Please see Parking and Tranportation information here.

Please be sure your students are aware of the parking registration process, particularly for seniors living off campus.  The website states that for commuter students “Limited availability sold on a first come, first serve basis” – that applies to on-campus parking for seniors as well as the off-campus designated commuter lots.

Tragic and Troubled Times

The following message was emailed to the campus community on Thursday, July 21st.


Dear Wake Forest Community, 

The wave of tragic and troubling events of recent days in our country has brought me back to another tumultuous time: the spring and summer of 1968. 

I remember it well because I was a college senior about to graduate. I remember the night of April 5 when Julie and I had planned to go into Chicago for an event. Martin Luther King, Jr. had been assassinated the day before in Memphis, and that night, Chicago seethed and exploded: a 28-block stretch of Madison Street was left largely in ruins; 36 major fires were reported; 11 people were killed; 48 were wounded by police gunfire and 90 policemen were injured. In two days 2,150 people were arrested. Thousands of Army troops were sent in to restore order. 

The summer before I had worked with teenagers in the Cabrini-Green Homes on Chicago’s Near North Side. I lived in a largely African-American church community. I felt comfortable joining pick-up games on the asphalt basketball courts and visiting families in these high-rise apartments. After the spring of 1968, gunfire became commonplace from the upper floors of Cabrini-Green, and deep racial tensions made my normal kind of coming and going impossible.   

On the Saturday of our graduation weekend, June 5, 1968, I awoke to learn that Bobby Kennedy had just been assassinated in Los Angeles after winning the California Democratic Primary. I can remember a deep sense that our nation seemed to be splitting apart – a fear that seemed to be coming true when the Democratic National Convention met later that summer in Chicago and spiraled into chaos. Ten thousand demonstrators gathered outside and were met by 23,000 police and National Guard members. These violent clashes were broadcast live to the nation.   

The current moment in America reminds me of 1968: the heightened racial tension, repeated incidents of violence, denunciations and defense of police – all against the backdrop of an overheated political season. Then, many young people felt alienated from the system and found little hope in either candidate of the major parties.   

In such troubled times, what are we to think? How are we to act? I have no grand answers to our deep problems as a nation and as a society. The fact is there are no easy answers. But what can we do here, as a Wake Forest community? What can I do? Here is what I am committing myself to, as best I can:

  1. Acknowledge hard truths. The dilemmas of race continue to plague our society. Racial disparity and racial conflict are serious problems that we must not ignore. Instead, we must rededicate ourselves to the unfinished work before us: shaping a society in which everyone, created as equals, receives treatment as such.
  2. Listen and learn. I am convinced that party lines and pat answers are not sufficient to address such troublesome times. We must listen to voices other than accustomed ones. We must be open to adjusting our thinking and our behavior. We must push ourselves beyond what is comfortable, broadening our network of friends and deepening our capacity for empathy. How long has it been since we have, even imaginatively, seen the world through the eyes of someone very different than ourselves?
  3. Start a conversation. A place like Wake Forest must foster honest, face-to-face conversation, however difficult, in the classroom, in residence halls, and in structured and unstructured occasions. Do the hard work of dialogue with those with whom we disagree.
  4. Retain hope. The United States has a wonderful – and deeply flawed – history. As the historian Edmund Morgan has emphasized, we were a nation founded both in liberty and in slavery. Whatever progress has been made in race relations and attitudes, racism is still a troubling reality. Today, we must redouble our efforts in the noble quest for which so many have given their lives: to build a society where life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness remain within the grasp of everyone.

In 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. implored those who would listen. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that,” he said. “Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” As we walk through what feels like another dark hour, let us be people who carry the light and let us be people who choose to love.

Nathan O. Hatch
President

News About Reynolds Gym’s Transformation for Students, Faculty and Staff

The following message is sent on behalf of Joe Cassidy, executive director for campus fitness and recreation:

A fully transformed Reynolds Gym is closer than we originally expected, thanks to a recent change in the construction project’s schedule. The entire project is now expected to be finished by March 2018, approximately six months early.  That means all of the facility will be available for students, faculty and staff earlier than we once expected.  And, the University will realize significant cost savings with the new schedule.

The project is broken into three phases.  Phase I was completed with the opening of the Sutton Center.  Phase II is under construction and will be completed in August 2017, as originally planned. The phase will bring significant space for fitness and weight training, new locker rooms and new offices for the Office of Wellbeing.

Phase III will bring even more, including an expanded indoor pool, new pool area locker rooms, new group exercise areas, new varsity volleyball locker and training spaces, an improved Varsity Gym, new offices for Campus Recreation (including intramurals), and some classrooms.

Work on Phase III will begin August 1, bringing about immediate changes for gym users.  The pool will be closing down on Wednesday, July 27 at 1 p.m.  All remaining areas of the gym will close on July 31, with the exception of Sports Medicine and the varsity soccer locker rooms, which will close next January 2017.

The Phase III-related closings will affect all remaining Campus Recreation office and club areas, classrooms, the Varsity Gym, the pool, faculty/staff locker rooms and the faculty/staff fitness room. Campus Recreation staff have moved to the lower level of the Sutton Center.  Parking Lot L (between the Manchester Athletic Center and Reynolds Gym) will also close, but a sidewalk will be maintained between Manchester and Reynolds Gym to permit access to the Miller Center.

The Sutton Center will continue current operations and hours. The current fitness area on the first floor of the Miller Center will continue to be available to students, faculty and staff.  Also open will be the Miller Center’s group fitness studio on the fourth floor.

While construction is underway, limited locker and shower facilities will be available in the restrooms on the 4th floor of the Miller Center and lower level of the Benson Center.

Campus Recreation recognizes that the construction of this wonderful facility will bring about temporary inconveniences for our campus community.  In the long run, we will all have a facility that will serve students, faculty and staff for many years to come with amenities on a level we have never experienced in past years.

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

 

Special Gathering on Campus Today at 2 p.m. in Davis Chapel

Wake Forest is holding a gathering at 2 p.m. today, July 8, in Davis Chapel (Wingate Hall) to engage in dialogue regarding the violence and resulting grief that continues to impact both our community and many others.  All Wake Forest students, faculty and staff are invited to attend.

Wake Forest Office of Communications and External Relations

Update regarding off-campus robbery July 3

As the Winston-Salem Police Department investigates the July 3 off-campus robbery of a Wake Forest University student, the University Police Department encourages students, faculty and staff to review safety information on the University’s web site.

No action or inaction by a crime survivor makes that person responsible for his or her victimization. Perpetrators are responsible for crimes and their effects. The following suggestions may help reduce the possibility of experiencing such a crime, or may improve opportunities to receive prompt assistance.

Detailed information that promotes safety and aids in the prevention of crime is available on the University’s Wake Ready web site at http://wakeready.wfu.edu/crime-prevention-and-safety-tips/

The online information offers recommendations on matters ranging from consistently locking doors to downloading the University’s LiveSafe app.

The July 3 robbery occurred shortly before 5 a.m. at the Deacon’s Station apartment complex off Polo Road.  Two men entered an unlocked apartment and stole a small amount of cash and a cell phone directly from a female student who lives there and quickly fled. The student was not injured.

The Winston-Salem Police Department informed University officers that thefts also occurred from unlocked cars at the apartment complex around the same time.  The Winston-Salem police are investigating the robbery and other thefts.

Anyone with information that may assist in the Winston-Salem Police Department investigation is asked to call the Winston-Salem Police Department at 336-773-7700, or Crimestoppers at 336-727-2800.

Meanwhile, the University Police Department recommends that students, faculty and staff contact police immediately if they see anything suspicious.  On-campus incidents should be reported to the University Police Department at 336-758-5911.  Off-campus incidents in Winston-Salem should be reported to the Winston-Salem Police Department at 911.

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

 

 

Wake Forest Crime Alert: Off-Campus Robbery

Early Sunday morning, July 3, a Wake Forest University student was robbed in an off-campus apartment at Deacon’s Station, an apartment complex off Polo Road.  The student was not injured.

An investigation by the Winston-Salem Police Department is ongoing, with assistance from the Wake Forest University Police Department.

Shortly before 5 a.m., the student contacted the Wake Forest University Police Department to report that she had just been robbed by a man who entered her unlocked apartment, kicked in the locked door of the bathroom where she was located and took a small amount of cash and her cell phone.  She described the robber as a black male with a slender build, wearing a green hoodie. She reported he appeared to have a firearm.  A second male intruder entered the apartment with the robber.

University Police and Winston-Salem Police immediately responded to the call.

Anyone with information that may assist in the investigation is asked to call the Winston-Salem Police Department at336-773-7700, or Crimestoppers at 336-727-2800.

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

A Message from Vice President Penny Rue

Dear Parents,

As you may know, this weekend a Wake Forest student was shot in an attempted robbery off-campus. The good news is that the student, while still hospitalized, is in stable condition and improving. Our campus community of students, faculty and staff has been kept informed through a series of email updates, including one from President Hatch, which have also been posted to the parents’ page of the Wake Forest website.

Incidents like this are unsettling for everyone. I am writing you today to assure each of you that Wake Forest has no greater priority than the safety of our students. Our leadership team is working closely with law enforcement to prevent similar incidents in the future. Because the shooting took place off-campus, the Winston-Salem Police Department is taking the lead, with support from Wake Forest University Police, in investigating the incident and searching for the suspects. Patrols of the area, both by the WFUPD and the WSPD, have increased on campus and in the surrounding area. Updated descriptions of the suspects and their vehicle have been shared with the media and public at large, as well as our students, faculty and staff.

While this is an unusual incident for our community, the caring response from students, parents, alumni and others within our campus community is very much in the Pro Humanitate spirit. Many have provided much-needed support for our injured student, his family and his friends during a most difficult time.

Unfortunately, this weekend served as a reminder that even places we consider to be safe are not immune to violence. You may wish to talk openly and frankly with your students about ways they can increase their own awareness regarding their safety and the safety of others. Our Wake Ready website offers information that promotes safety and aids in the prevention of crime. If you feel it would be helpful, please encourage your students to seek support and counseling services from the Counseling Center (336-758-5273) or the Chaplain’s Office (336-758-5210).

Sincerely,

Penny Rue, Vice President for Campus Life

WSPD Update on Off-Campus Shooting

The Winston-Salem Police Department has issued additional descriptions of the vehicle and suspects involved in the Saturday morning robbery and shooting of a Wake Forest University student:

The suspect vehicle has been described as a black colored, full size, sport utility vehicle equipped with chrome trim. The vehicle is believed to be a 2009 or newer model.

The suspects are described as follows:

Suspect #1 is described as a black male, medium complexion, 17 to 19 years of age, approximately five feet six inches in height. Suspect #1 has small braids or twists in his hair, which are approximately one-inch in length. At the time this incident occurred, Suspect #1 was wearing a flat bill cap and armed with a firearm.

Suspect #2 is described as a black male, approximately six feet tall, with a thin build and very short hair. Suspect #2 was described as wearing a chin strap style beard.

Suspect #3 was described only as a black male and was reportedly the driver of the sport utility vehicle.

The area in which this crime occurred is a residential community. Authorities are optimistic that other residents may have observed the suspect vehicle in the area near the time this incident occurred or that someone will recognize the suspect and suspect vehicle descriptions.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to contact the Winston-Salem Police Department at 336-773- 7700 or CrimeStoppers at 336-727- 2800.

Police are increasing patrols on campus and in the surrounding area.

Timely warning notices are required to contain information that may help others avoid becoming the victim of a similar crime. For information that promotes safety and aids in the prevention of similar incidents, visit: http://wakeready.wfu.edu/crime-prevention-and-safety-tips/

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

This information is provided in compliance with federal statute 20 U.S.C. § 1092(f) The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, better known as the Clery Act.

Update on Off-Campus Shooting

Early Saturday morning, June 11, a Wake Forest University student was shot during an apparent robbery. The student is currently being treated in a local hospital and is expected to recover.

The police investigation is ongoing.

The Winston-Salem Police Department has issued a description of the suspects and their vehicle. They are looking for a large, black sport utility vehicle seen in the vicinity of Polo Road and Brookwood Drive early Saturday morning around, or before, 2:30 a.m.

The victim described one suspect as a black male at least 17 years old, no facial hair, and wearing a flat-bill baseball style hat. Hair protruding from under the hat may have had small braids or twists. There may have been additional passengers in the vehicle.

Anyone with information that may assist in the investigation is asked to call the Winston-Salem Police Department at 336-773-7700, or Crimestoppers at 336-727-2800.

Police are increasing patrols on campus and in the surrounding area.

Timely warning notices are required to contain information that may help others avoid becoming the victim of a similar crime. For information that promotes safety and aids in the prevention of similar incidents, visit: http://wakeready.wfu.edu/crime-prevention-and-safety-tips/

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

This information is provided in compliance with federal statute 20 U.S.C. § 1092(f) The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, better known as the Clery Act.

Community of Support

Dear Wake Forest faculty, staff, and students-

Like many of you, I woke up this morning to shocking news of a shooting near campus.  A Wake Forest student was shot in the chest during an apparent robbery. I have reached out to the student’s family to offer support on behalf of the Wake Forest community.  I am pleased to share that the initial surgery went well and the student is in stable condition.

I want to offer my gratitude to the Winston-Salem Police Department and our own University Police for their quick response and their efforts in the ongoing investigation. I am also grateful for the many members of the campus community currently working in support of this student and the family.  They appreciate all of the thoughts and prayers directed their way.

Wake Forest offers support and counseling services for all students, faculty and staff.  The Counseling Center may be reached at 336-758-5273, the Chaplain’s Office at 336-758-5210.  For faculty and staff, there is also the Employee Assistance Program at 336-716-5493.

Sincerely,

President Nathan O. Hatch