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Update to Off-Campus Shooting

At approximately 2:30 a.m. on June 11, a motorist called Winston-Salem Police with reports of a person lying in the road at the intersection of Polo Road and Brookwood Drive. Winston-Salem Police responded quickly and brought in Wake Forest University Police to assist.

Police found a Wake Forest student with a gunshot wound in the chest. The earlier crime alert email mistakenly identified the victim as a former Wake Forest student.

The student is in stable condition.

Police currently believe the student was shot during a robbery, but the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information that may assist in the investigation is asked to call Winston Salem Police Department at 336-773-7700 or Crimestoppers at 336-727-2800.

Both agencies are increasing patrols on campus and in the surrounding area.

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

Crime Alert

Early this morning, June 11, a former Wake Forest student was shot off-campus near the corner of Polo Road and Brookwood Drive, east of University Parkway. The Winston-Salem Police Department responded and is leading the investigation.

The student is currently being cared for at a local hospital.

No additional details are known at this time. Anyone with information that may assist in the investigation is asked to call University Police at 336-758-5911.

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

Services for Professor Richard Heard

Services for Professor of Music Richard Heard will take place Monday, May 16, at 11 a.m. at Hope Community Church on Brownsboro Road.  The University announced earlier this week that Professor Heard died May 8 in Winston-Salem after a long illness.

The family will receive visitors Sunday, May 15, from 5-7 p.m. at Russell Funeral Home on Carl Russell Avenue.

An obituary appeared May 13 in the Winston-Salem Journal.

A campus memorial service is expected to be held next fall semester.

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

Temporary Closing on Tuesday May 17 of University Parkway Entrance

The University Parkway entrance to Wake Forest will be closed to all traffic starting Tuesday, May 17, and continuing through Saturday, May 21, due to a City of Winston-Salem water main project at that location.

The Reynolda Road and Polo Road campus entrances will operate, as usual.  The Reynolda Road entrance will be open at all times, with the gatehouse staffed from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. every night. The Polo Road entrance will be open, except from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. nightly when the gate there is closed.

The temporary closing of the University Parkway entrance will not affect nearby parking lots.  Parking spaces along Wake Forest Road, in front of Worrell Professional Center, will remain open.

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

Information Regarding Call Ahead Shuttle Service on the Gray Line this Summer

Sent on behalf of WFU Parking and Transportation 

We wish to share the following transportation information regarding Gray Line shuttle summer service.

Service will be on-demand with no fixed route during the summer. This new type of service will be offered beginning Monday, May 9 – August 26. Operating hours of the shuttle are Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m..

The driver will be on standby waiting for rides.When you need a ride, call 336-283-1091 and provide the driver your name, location and pick-up time. You can call ahead to make a reservation days in advance if you wish.

This shuttle will be serving the Reynolda Campus and the following off-campus locations (Bridger Field House, Graylyn, Human Resources, Reynolda Gardens, Reynolda House, Reynolda Village and UCC).

An Update from the Campus Climate Implementation Team

The following message is sent on behalf of Chief Diversity Officer Barbee Oakes and Vice Provost Lynn Sutton:

Dear Campus Community,

With the end of the semester officially coming to a close with the conclusion of final exams, it seems fitting to update students, faculty and staff about Wake Forest’s ongoing efforts to strengthen our community and commitment to inclusion.

Over the past two years, several groups comprised of students, faculty, and staff met to provide recommendations on how to do so. Through the work of our Campus Climate Implementation Team, a collaborative network of University leaders, faculty, staff and students commissioned by Provost Rogan Kersh, we have several notable updates to share:

  • Under the direction of Vice President for Campus Life Penny Rue and the Police Accountability Task Force, the University Police hired new staff and modified policies to ensure better relationships with community members. Significant changes include ongoing unconscious bias training, a new student patrol program, and continued dialogue between students and officers.

These improvements and many more are available at, our redesigned “Community-in-Progress” website that features updates about campus climate and sources feedback from members of the community to share with faculty, staff, and students driving change around diversity and inclusion.

We welcome any questions or comments and plan to provide details about forthcoming changes with community engagement opportunities this fall.

Thank you for your role in our collective and sustained efforts. We move forward only when we all remain committed to the promising work of making Wake Forest a place that truly feels like home to all university members.


Barbee Oakes, Chief Diversity Officer and Lynn Sutton, Vice Provost
Co-Chairs, Campus Climate Implementation Team

San Francisco Bay Area Opportunity for Wake Forest Students

The following message was sent to parents and families of current students in the San Francisco Bay Area by the Office of Personal and Career Development.


Dear parents and families of students in the San Francisco Bay Area:

The Office of Personal and Career Development wanted to make you aware of a special opportunity on May 24th for your students.

If your student is working in the San Francisco Bay Area or is interested in interning or working there this summer, make sure they don’t miss the Wake Forest “Welcome to San Francisco” MeetUp planned for May 24 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tell your student to register here!

We are excited to help your students in their path from college to career. Please encourage your students to use the resources of our office any time.

We hope to see your students on May 24th!


Andy Chan
Vice President for Innovation and Career Development

Brian Mendenhall
Assistant Director, Office of Personal and Career Development

University Police to Test Wake Alert’s Emergency Text Message System May 3

Thousands of students, faculty and staff are scheduled to receive a test text message on Tuesday, May 3, from Wake Forest’s emergency notification system.

The text will be sent as a test by the University Police Department at 5 p.m. to all who have registered online to receive emergency text messages.  Anyone who has not registered may be do so by visiting the University’s Wake Ready web site at  Registration by undergraduates is required. Directions are provided for arranging to receive the messages, including the test message set for May 3.

The content of the text message will be, “This is a test of the WFU Emergency Mobile Phone Alert System.  It is not necessary to reply to this message.”

Wake Forest has several methods for communicating with faculty, staff and students in the event of an emergency.  Those used will depend, largely, on the situation.  Wake Alert, the University’s emergency notification system, provides alerts and updates through the Wake Alert web site at, text messaging, an outdoor warning system, indoor alert systems in some buildings, cable TV, e-mail, voice mail, the Wake Alert Twitter account, other social media and a recorded message on the Wake Forest weather and emergency phone line at 336-758-5935.  Other means may be used, too.

Also, all faculty and staff will receive a voice message on their office phone during the test.


Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

May 2016 Dining Update

ARAMARK/Campus Dining has released its May Dining Update: May 16 Dining Update.

A Message from President Hatch

Dear Wake Forest students, faculty and staff,

The conclusion of spring semester offers an opportunity for reflection. Recently, I’ve been thinking about the nature of our campus – a dynamic learning community that embraces individuals. Together, through face-to-face conversation, we increasingly appreciate differences and engage each other with respect and understanding. Each day, we continue to create a better culture and an institution that is greater than the sum of our parts.

Saturday marked one month since HB2 became state law. This controversial measure limits civil rights protections for members of the LGBTQ community in North Carolina.

The operations of private institutions, like Wake Forest, are not directly affected by this legislation. Our non-discrimination statement provides protection for gender identity and sexual orientation. However, there is no doubting HB2’s negative impact on members of our university community and the greater Winston-Salem and North Carolina community; on our institution, as we seek to recruit, retain and welcome students, faculty, staff and visitors; and on our society, as it works to appreciate differences in an increasingly polarized culture.

A university is a place where academic freedom and freedom of expression are fundamental. It’s place where community members can voice their beliefs – whether progressive or conservative, radical or traditional. It’s a place where we prize diversity, equity and a culture that encourages success and fulfillment for all. It’s a place where we strive to enhance students’ capability to disagree, in a spirit of courtesy and friendship, with those whose opinions they do not understand or appreciate.. And it’s a place where we stand up for one another in the face of discrimination.

It has been well documented that HB2 was passed hastily. Even as lawmakers reconvene today, the pressing question for me – as a citizen and as a university president – is how we seek solutions that affirm the diversity among us. In North Carolina, a state that has long mediated conservative and progressive traditions, it is unfortunate that our leaders have not found common ground in ways that recognize the equality of all of our citizens.

The divisive nature of HB2 is in sharp contrast with the inclusive values of Wake Forest. For this, among other reasons, I wish to make clear my opposition to it. If you haven’t already, I encourage you to read the story on our website about the efforts of our administrators, faculty, staff and students in support of the LGBTQ community on our campus and indeed everywhere. I am grateful for the leadership of Angela Mazaris, who, along with many allies and advocates, works to advance equality and fairness every day. I have great appreciation for her support of our LGBTQ community and her efforts to help educate our entire campus about issues of gender identity and sexual orientation.

Together, we have worked to make Wake Forest more diverse and welcoming, and a place where students learn the art of conversation, practice thoughtful deliberation and engage in meaningful dialogue with one another. As the semester comes to a close, let us continue to do so in the spirit of Pro Humanitate.


Nathan O. Hatch