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Rev. Bob McGee

We are saddened to inform you that the Rev. Bob McGee died in Winston-Salem today, August 30. Rev. McGee was the Episcopal campus minister at Wake Forest for more than 30 years.

We grieve Rev. McGee’s death and extend our condolences to his family and friends, as well as those at Wake Forest who had the opportunity to know him.

A service is expected to be held in Wait Chapel.  The University will announce details when they are available.

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

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Important Message to Campus from Vice President Rue and Assistant Provost Oakes

A letter from Vice President for Campus Life Penny Rue and Assistant Provost for Diversity and Inclusion Barbee Oakes to the campus community.

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff:

The Office of Campus Life and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion are excited to begin the 2014-2015 academic year at Wake Forest. As students, faculty, and staff prepare for the fall semester, each of us must unconditionally renew our commitment to creating an inclusive environment for every member of our community.

This pledge is critically important as Wake Forest continues to build a diverse and global campus. Consider that:

  • Diversity in the undergraduate population has increased by 32 percent since 2008.
  • Twenty four percent of the class of 2013 came from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds.
  • Ten percent of our incoming 2014 undergraduate class are international students representing 28 countries.
  • Our student body is now more diverse than ever; racially, ethnically, culturally, religiously, socio-economically and more.

Consistent with Wake Forest’s commitment to creating a safe and inclusive environment, University Police, along with the Office of Campus Life and Office of Diversity and Inclusion, spent this summer reviewing concerns expressed by students related to perceived racial bias on campus and event management practices at parties held in the Barn and Reynolds Gym.

University Police engaged independent consultants to conduct an examination of these concerns. The consultants reviewed police records, analyzed arrest data, and interviewed dozens of students, as well as University employees.  The results of the consultants review included recommendations to:

  • Improve the cultural awareness and sensitivity of our university police department and campus community;
  • Increase the timeliness of complaint investigations;
  • Enhance University Police and Community Relations; and
  • Evaluate risk management practices at NPHC events and lounge parties.

The report can be found at http://go.wfu.edu/biasreport.

Among our early action steps, we created a tool to report incidents of bias. The Report Bias website offers an effective way for students, faculty, and staff to bring an incident – suffered or witnessed – to the attention of University administrators.

The Bias Incident Review Group, led by the dean of students, Adam Goldstein, and the assistant provost for diversity and inclusion will review all submitted reports of bias. Upon review of each incident, the group will assemble a team to support individuals involved and help take steps toward resolution. These steps may include strategies for addressing environmental factors that would reduce the likelihood of future incidents. Special training for the Bias Incident Response Team and key stakeholders is being planned as well as general community information sessions.

Additionally, a social event management working group has been active this summer developing a plan for evaluating risks associated with student events where more than 200 people are expected to attend. This approach defines a richer partnership between students and staff regarding event and risk management.

In collaboration with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, University Police and other Campus Life partners will participate in additional training by Cook Ross, a nationally known consulting firm, to raise awareness of unconscious bias. In addition, we plan to host the first collegiate “Trust Talks” program in partnership with the City of Winston-Salem Human Relations Commission.  Trust Talks: Human Relations Approach to Police and Community Dialogue is based on programs utilized in other communities in the United States that have proven to be successful in breaking down barriers and improving communication between the police and the communities they serve. This Trust Talks program will be a three-hour facilitated session with University Police, the Winston-Salem Police Department, and guests from the five other colleges and universities located in Winston-Salem.

The entire campus will also be encouraged to participate in existing cultural competence education programming, which include the GateKeepers Workshop Series, Safe Zone Training, and other training and development opportunities offered throughout our community.  To learn more about upcoming workshops and training, visit pdc.wfu.edu.

As a liberal arts institution, Wake Forest’s purpose is to facilitate academic diversity by maintaining an atmosphere of mutual respect and intellectual pluralism. Every one of us in the Wake Forest community has a vital role in building an inclusive environment in which to learn, work and play.

We look forward to working with the members of our community to “wed knowledge, experiences, and service that lift the human spirit” — words that President Hatch describes as the heart of our motto, Pro Humanitate, and our University’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Sincerely,

Penny Rue
Vice President for Campus Life

Barbee Oakes
Assistant Provost for Diversity and Inclusion 

Important Request from Student Health Service for Entire Campus Community

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

The Wake Forest Student Health Service, in conjunction with the Forsyth County Health Department, is monitoring the presence of the Ebola virus disease in West Africa.  The risk of the disease affecting our campus is low, but the Student Health Service is taking steps now to educate our campus community, identify individuals who may be at risk due to recent travel to certain West African countries and respond to those individuals.

The county health department recently advised the university to identify students, faculty or staff who traveled within the last month to any of the following four countries:  Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.  Ebola is not being reported anywhere else in the world, according to U.S. health officials.

The Student Health Service asks students, faculty and staff to contact it promptly if they have been to any of those countries within the last month (as the disease’s incubation period is 21 days).  They may call 336-758-5218 at any time.

At present, it appears few at Wake Forest have been to the countries of concern this summer, especially in recent weeks.  The Student Health Service has consulted with the University’s Center for Global Programs and Studies for assistance in identifying campus community members who traveled to those countries, recently.  No one has been identified who appears at risk of contracting the illness.

The Student Health Service, along with the county health department, will assess any risk to students, faculty and staff who visited Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone within the past month.  Anyone on campus planning to travel to those countries is encouraged to contact the Student Health Service before leaving.

Meanwhile, the Student Health Service will continue monitoring updates from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization and local public health officials.

Additional details about Ebola and steps taken by the Student Health Service are available on the service’s web site.  Information on the disease is also available on the CDC’s web site.

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

A Message from President Hatch

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

Welcome to a new semester at Wake Forest. Whether you are embarking on your first experience on campus or you’re a familiar face on these grounds, we all approach this beginning with anticipation and uncovered potential. Together, we have the capacity to pursue new intellectual discoveries, create extraordinary relationships and seek to live as a community that cherishes innovation, virtue and civility.

This summer, I have been struck anew at the baffling complexity of our world. One book that I read underscored this reality: My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel by Ari Shavit. A distinguished Israeli journalist, Shavit has lived a most interesting life, serving dutifully in the Israeli military and later as a peace activist. He gives a compelling case for the rightful identity of a homeland for the Jewish people, but at the same time objects strenuously to the ways Israel has disposed the Palestinians and continues to build settlements in occupied territory. The book offers great insight, but no easy answers. I came away with a deeper sense of the complexity of the issues and the limitations of my own understanding.

At times, I reach a similar conclusion about our own society. There seem to be no easy answers to the polarization of politics at home and a sluggish economy that makes it difficult for young people to find meaningful work. Racial tension continues to divide this country a full half-century after passage of major civil rights legislation. And as a society, we seem hamstrung in addressing the country’s major problems — whether immigration reform, the national debt, our crumbling infrastructure or declining educational standards.

Abroad, the world seems to lurch from one crisis to the next — in the Middle East, in Eastern Europe and in Africa. For so many problems, there are no ready solutions. Old dogmas, left or right, seem incapable of resolving chronic problems.

We, at Wake Forest, are in the business of trying to make a difference in the world — to lead lives that transcend mere self-interest. We aim to commit ourselves to larger purposes — Pro Humanitate. Yet that is not easy in a world of problems that seem mounting and intractable. Where does one find a place to stand, a place of leverage from which one can begin to speak and act and make a difference?

At such times, I am grateful for the tradition and the promise of a liberal arts education. What we need, more than ever, is understanding; and that can only come through serious study and engaged inquiry. We need firmer grounding in history and the social sciences, literature and the arts, religion and philosophy, science and economics. We need greater understanding of ourselves and our own assumptions and beliefs. We need empathy to understand the convictions of others and communication skills to engage them with civility.

At the beginning of another academic year, I am grateful that we have these resources of the liberal arts to begin to plumb the complex world of today. To understand more fully will liberate us to act more wisely. I am also grateful for the distinguished traditions of professional education that Wake Forest enjoys — in law, medicine, business and divinity. Those disciplines, too, have shaed the modern world and are necessary to grasp its complexity.

I have a simple personal hope for this year: to use the great resources of Wake Forest to grow in understanding. Please join me on this journey.

Here are some ways to gain understanding this semester:

  • Celebrate the launch of Thrive on September 5. This event is an invitation to redefine what wellbeing means on this campus by exploring eight distinct dimensions of wellbeing.
  • Engage in larger national conversations. Contribute to the dialogue by attending Wake Forest’s Voices of our Time and Leadership Project lectures.
  • Commemorate a voice of unity. Provost Kersh is coordinating discussions among campus stakeholders on ways to celebrate the life and legacy of the late Wake Forest professor and national treasure Maya Angelou.
  • Connect with the Wake Forest community. This year, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Lovefeast. Enjoy one of the University’s most memorable traditions with your Wake Forest family.

I look forward to learning from and with you this year. May this semester be one of adventure, creativity, kindness and understanding.

Best regards,

Nathan O. Hatch
President

Communication with Students about Orientation Activities

Penny Rue, Vice President for Campus Life, and Christy Buchanan, Associate Dean for Academic Advising, have sent a message to incoming first-year students about Orientation and other campus activities this weekend.

Steve Hirst, Director of Student Engagement, and Annie Carlson-Welch, Associate Director of Student Engagement, have sent a message to fraternity and sorority leaders about on-campus events this weekend.

We wanted parents and families to have the same information that has been shared with the students.  Their messages are below.

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Message to Incoming Students
Orientation 2014
Distributed: August 21, 2014

Welcome to our newest Demon Deacons!

We are delighted you have arrived for New Student Orientation. The Orientation program is designed to provide a strong foundation for your college experience and meaningfully connect you with the people and resources you will need to succeed at Wake Forest University. It is important that you spend your first days in our community fully engaged with the Orientation program and other members of the Class of 2018. For these reasons, it is our expectation that you attend only those events listed on the Orientation schedule.

So that returning students can reconnect, the University has allowed student organizations to host their own on-campus social events on Sunday night. However, these events conflict with Orientation activities and are therefore closed to new students. We have asked our returning students to respect the importance of your involvement in Orientation, and decline from involving you in these events. For the best interest of all involved, we ask that you respect this boundary. There will be plenty of time for you to meet and connect with returning students following Orientation.

We strongly believe that your full participation in the Orientation program is important to your success in College and will help you start your Demon Deacon experience off on a positive note. We hope you have a great experience as you move in to your new home.

Go Deacs!

Penny Rue, Vice President for Campus Life

Christy Buchanan, Associate Dean for Academic Advising

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Message to Returning Leaders
Orientation 2014
Distributed: August 22, 2014

Fraternity and Sorority Leaders,

As a fraternity and sorority community, it is important that we start the year strong and promote a positive image of fraternity and sorority life at Wake. To do this, we need to work together to responsibly plan and manage social events in a way that minimizes the risk of harm or disruption in the community. With students returning to Wake while a campus-wide orientation program is in progress, this is an especially important task.

In an effort to avoid behavioral and safety concerns that clouded our community last year, we have several expectations to set the right tone for the year:

- Please help us ensure that first year students are not attending parties on or off campus prior to Friday, August 29th (first night for campus-wide parties), inclusive of communication and marketing events that coincide with orientation.

- Please do not shuttle first year students to off campus parties. This is dangerous for everyone involved.

- Please take active steps to minimize disruption to Wake’s new students who are on campus for the orientation program. We strongly believe that their full participation in planned programs and activities is important to their success at Wake Forest University. For this reason, we have actively discouraged them from participating in any event that conflicts with the orientation schedule. For the best interest of all involved, we ask for your help in respecting this boundary.

- On campus events are permitted for returning students on Sunday, August 24th from 10pm-2am. We encourage you to view this opportunity as a gathering to reconnect with friends and discourage you from viewing these events as the first back to school bash. Given the very tight timeline, all events must be registered no later than 10am Saturday, August 23rd. The binders will be available by Sunday at noon outside the entrance to the new Office of the Dean of Students on the first floor of Benson (on the same floor as mail services). This is an important opportunity for our chapters to demonstrate the capacity to manage safe events. As such, please ensure your organization is following the event management guidelines and registering the events with only previously trained and certified event hosts. For your convenience, we have attached the list of certified event hosts from last spring that are approved to assist with events occurring this Sunday.

As your advisors, we ask for your leadership and assistance with these concerns. We are excited to welcome you back to campus and look forward to an important year for our fraternity and sorority community. As always, we remain committed to helping each of you achieve your goals as leaders in our community and look forward to a great year with you!

Best,

Annie and Steve

 

FERPA Proxy Access Now Available for Students

New Wake Forest students received the following email from the Registrar’s office about proxy access for FERPA (Family Educational Right to Privacy Act).

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Dear New Student,

Starting today, a new online service, Proxy Access is available to you in WIN.  This service replaces the paper “FERPA form” that granted access to your academic information.  If you have completed a FERPA form and submitted it to the Office of the University Registrar in the past, you must now complete your “proxy access” selections online. The paper FERPA form is no longer used.

In Proxy Access, you can grant each proxy that you select online access to view any combination of the following pieces of your information:

  • View Transcript (chronological view of courses completed and grades earned)
  • Course Schedule (by term)
  • Check Holds and Registration Status
  • Mid-term Grades (by term)
  • Final Grades (by term)
  • Current Degree Audit (degree plan view of all course work) 

The most common scenario is for you to grant a parent or parents access, but you are not limited in the number of individuals you grant access.  It is important for you to understand that by granting proxy access you are giving Wake Forest permission to share the information you have selected with that individual.  This permission is necessary to comply with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (http://registrar.wfu.edu/services/privacy/).

You can set-up your Proxy Access now by going to WIN>Virtual Campus>Proxy Services and selecting Proxy Management.    If you have any questions, detailed information, instructions, and FAQ’s are available at http://registrar.wfu.edu/proxyaccess/

I hope you are enjoying your first days at Wake Forest and your Orientation.

Best wishes for a wonderful first semester.

Harold Pace
University Registrar

Orientation Schedule and Some Orientation Slide Shows Online

The Orientation schedule is available online.  Activities listed in gold are for parents and families, activities listed in black are for students.

Additional paper copies of the schedule are available on a first-come, first-served basis outside the Office of Academic Advising (Reynolda Hall 125).

Also, the University is making some of the Orientation materials available online.   We are piloting a recording of some of the Friday, August 22 sessions and hope to have them up in a week pending a quality review.

 

August Dining Update

Campus Dining has posted the August 2014 Dining Update.

Welcome, New Parents and Families!

parents are deacs tooWelcome to all our new parents and families of the Class of 2018!

The Parent Programs office will be available between 8am-4 pm in Benson University Center room 401 on Thursday, August 21st.  Please stop in and say hello at our table!

We wish you and your new students a wonderful Move-In and Orientation expererience!  Go Deacs!

Jasper Memory Lane Closed to Traffic on Aug. 22

Much of Jasper Memory Lane will be closed to motor vehicle traffic from 5 p.m. Friday, August 22, until 3 a.m. Saturday, August 23, due to a University event planned for first-year undergraduate students.

The road will be closed from Luter Residence Hall to Collins Residence Hall for Friday Night Live, an event that is part of first-year orientation.

Access to Faculty Drive will remain open in that area, but no traffic will be allowed in front of the residence halls along Jasper Memory Lane.

Vehicles parked in Lot J, behind Collins and South residence halls, may leave the lot by driving through adjacent Lot H, at the intersection of Jasper Memory Lane and Wingate Road.

All vehicles parked on Jasper Memory Lane must be removed by 5 p.m. on August 22.

Friday Night Live will feature music provided by Wake Radio, food trucks and many outdoor games and activities.  Hundreds of first-year students are expected.

Orientation organizers appreciate the community’s cooperation.

 

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations