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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

Executive Vice President Hof Milam to Present Annual Financial Update

The following message is sent on behalf of the Faculty Senate:


At the invitation of the Faculty Senate, Hof Milam, executive vice president, will give his annual financial update to the University on Tuesday, April 26, at 4 p.m. in Pugh Auditorium (Benson University Center).

Mr. Milam will review the Wake Forest University budget for the next year, as well as provide information on the financial challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. The Senate enthusiastically invites all Wake Forest University students, staff and faculty to attend.


Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

Shipping and/or Storing Belongings for the Summer

Residence Life and Housing and the Parent Programs office have received several questions about available options for storing and/or shipping students’ belongings for the summer.  Residence Life and Housing has the following list of vendors below.  it is always suggested that students take valuables or items that can’t be replaced home for the summer.

University Storage Solutions
(WF student entrepreneurship program)
phone 336-253-8474


University Mail Services
Packing supplies are available from the University Post Office in Benson University Center. Students may ship their belongings home using USPS, FedEX Ground and UPS. You may be able to arrange for them to pick up your student’s boxes and ship them home for you. Please contact them at 336-758-5281for more information.


Local Storage Companies
The local storage companies listed below are not affiliated with the University but are convenient to campus and have been used by students in the past.

All Pro Self Storage
3975 University Parkway
Extra Space Storage
2720 University Parkway
Moore Self Storage
3125 University Parkway
Reynolda Storage & Business Center
3590 Yadkinville Road

Eboo Patel to Deliver Commencement Address

From the Wake Forest News Service:

“Eboo Patel, a leading voice for interfaith cooperation and the founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), will deliver Wake Forest University’s commencement address on Monday, May 16.

‘Eboo Patel is recognized around the world for bridging divisions among people of different faiths,’ said Wake Forest University President Nathan O. Hatch. ‘At a time when so much global conflict is rooted in religious difference and the need for interfaith cooperation is so great, I am pleased he will be Wake Forest’s commencement speaker.’

Patel, who served on President Barack Obama’s inaugural Faith Council, is the author of ‘Acts of Faith,’ ‘Sacred Ground,’ and the forthcoming ‘Interfaith Leadership’. He is a regular contributor to the public conversation around religion in America and a frequent speaker on the topic of religious pluralism. He holds a doctorate in the sociology of religion from Oxford University, where he studied on a Rhodes scholarship. For more than 15 years, Patel has worked with governments, social sector organizations, and college and university campuses to help realize a future where religion is a bridge of cooperation rather than a barrier of division.

He regularly contributes to the Washington Post, USA Today, Huffington Post, NPR and CNN….

Also joining Wake Forest for the commencement weekend will be Baccalaureate speaker: The Reverend Dr. M. Craig Barnes, president and professor of pastoral ministry at Princeton Theological Seminary.

‘Rev. Barnes’ ministry, writing and academic leadership reflect his thoughtful and widely informed approach to religious ministry and theological formation that is well suited to changing times,’ Hatch said. ‘He has superbly led large urban congregations and is a wonderful communicator, deeply human and hopeful in his approach and his words.'”

Read the full article online.

Meal Plan Promotion

ARAMARK/Campus Dining announces the following meal plan promotion:

If your student is running low on food dollars right before exams, have no fear! If he/she buys $50 or more in food dollars, he/she will get a 10% bonus for free from now until April 22nd.

April Dining Update

ARAMARK/Campus Dining has shared a dining update for April in this document: Apri 2016 Dining Update

Wake Forest University Board of Trustees Approves Tuition for 2016-2017

The Wake Forest University Board of Trustees has approved a 3.16 percent increase in the total cost of attendance for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Undergraduate tuition will increase 3.45 percent from the current $47,120 to $48,746 next year. With changes in room, board and other fees, the overall cost is expected to be $66,582.