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Students with Diabetes Group is Re-forming

A Students with Diabetes group is re-establishing its chapter on campus.  Their first meeting will be April 5 at 6 pm in the Student Health Conference Room.  See the flyer for more information:  Students with Diabetes Flyer.

A Message from President Hatch

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

On April 5, I invite you to join me for a conversation with Charles Best, CEO of DonorsChoose.org, as we engage in a meaningful discussion as part of The Leadership Project series, a program designed to showcase inspiring stories from leaders who represent a variety of professional paths and to celebrate the many ways leadership development is taught and inspired at Wake Forest.

DonorsChoose.org is a nonprofit organization that provides a simple way to address educational inequity. At DonorsChoose.org, public school teachers create classroom project requests and donors can choose the projects they want to support. Best launched the organization in 2000 out of a Bronx public high school where he taught history. Since then, more than 715,000 projects totaling nearly $420 million have been funded nationwide.

In honor of Best’s participation in The Leadership Project, Wake Forest will host a philanthropic flash mob on March 29 as part of the DonorsChoose.org #BestSchoolDay movement. Students, faculty and staff are invited to pick up a free $25 DonorsChoose.org gift card to support a K-12 classroom project. One thousand gift cards will be available at various locations across campus from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. The University’s goal is to have 100 percent redemption by the end of the day, totaling $25,000 of support for classroom projects in our community and across the country.

Please help make Wake Forest’s #BestSchoolDay a community success by picking up and redeeming a $25 gift card on March 29, and then let’s gather on April 5 at 6 p.m. in Broyhill Auditorium in Farrell Hall to hear Charles Best share his leadership philosophy and innovative approach to improve education.  More information is available at lead.wfu.edu.

Thank you,

Nathan O. Hatch
President

 

Study Skills Group to be Offered in April

The Learning Assistance Center graduate assistants are planning a three-week study skills group to help students prepare for final exams. Please see this flyer for more information: Study skills group Spring 2016.

Upcoming Activities Surrounding the Jewish Holidays

The following information was passed on to me by Dr. Gail Bretan, Director of Jewish Life, about activities surrounding upcoming Jewish holidays.

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Wednesday (March 23):

WFU Purim Open House.  4- 5 pm. Hillel Lounge. Collins A001.   

Join your friends for a joyous gathering to enjoy Purim sweets (Hamantashen) in the Hillel Lounge.

(Sponsored by WFU Hillel – the Jewish Student Organization)

Purim Services are available around the community.

  1. Temple Emanuel Winston-Salem, Purim Services.

5:30 p.m. Lasagna Dinner (No cost, but please RSVP to frontdesk@nulltemplemanuel.com

6:15 p.m. Sisterhood Hamantaschen Bake-off

6:30 p.m. Megillah Madness “Jew-pardy” style.  Rabbi Mark gives the answers, you provide the question.

  1. For info about other synagogue offerings (Conservative or Chabad -in the Greensboro area), check with Gail or go to:http://jewishlife.wfu.edu/local-jewish-community/

Thursday (March 24):

Happy Purim!!!  Purim is one of the happiest holidays of the year!

  1. Enjoy this music video by the Maccabeats acapella group in honor of Purim: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgJInVvJSZg
  2. Here is an explanation of Purim as presented by the Union for Reform Judaism: http://www.reformjudaism.org/jewish-holidays/purim

 

Services at various synagogues in Greensboro (but not in Winston Salem or WFU).

For info about other synagogue offerings in the area, check with Gail or go to:

http://jewishlife.wfu.edu/local-jewish-community/

 

Special Lecture: “Building a More Inclusive Society.” By Naeem Baig, President of the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA).7 pm. Wait Chapel.

Under Naeem’s leadership ICNA has increased its interfaith involvement, addressed the national Islamophobia phenomenon, and expanded its general public education about Islam.

(Sponsored by the Office of the Chaplain, Dept. of Religion, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, THRVE, and the Muslim Student Association)

Friday (March 25):

No Classes. WFU Good Friday Observance Holiday.

No classes. Offices Closed. Sunday is Easter.

Upcoming Events: 

Thursday, March 31:

Special Jewish Studies Speaker, Ben Schreier. 4 pm in DeTamble.

Ben Schreier, editor of the journal Studies in American Jewish Literature, and professor of English and Jewish Studies at Penn State, will speak on “The history of Jewish American literary history.”

Dean Franco adds: Ben is super smart and very witty.  More to the point, his work challenges the very field of which he is ostensibly a leader, questioning all the identity-based assumptions underwriting the category “Jewish American literature.”  I don’t always agree with him, but I think his work is powerful and pathbreaking (I’ve been at several conferences with him wherein he’s sparked major debates among senior scholars).  (Sponsored by the WFU Jewish Studies Dept.). For more info: francodj@nullwfu.edu

MSA/ Hillel Shabbat dinner. Friday, April 1

Our annual Shabbat diner with our Muslim family. 5:45 pm. Hillel Lounge.  

Join us for our wonderful MSA/ Hillel Shabbat dinner. Good fellowship and good food.

(Sponsored by WFU Hillel and Muslim Student Association)

Gann Academy High Schoolers Visit to WFU. Monday, April 4:

Come meet and dine with the Gann Academy (Waltham, MA) high school students who will be in town for a service (Habitat for Humanity Build) project. 5:30 pm.  Hillel Lounge.

Join us at 5:30 pm in the Hillel Lounge as we take 13 students and 2 staff from Gann Academy on a tour of our campus. After the tour, we will enjoy a kosher dairy “pasta bar” dinner together as we chat with the students. (Sponsored by WFU Jewish Life Department and Hillel)http://www.gannacademy.org/

Interfaith Student Seder. Tuesday, April 5:

Interfaith Student Seder. 6 pm. Hillel Lounge and Collin Campus Ministry Lounges

Join us for a student Interfaith Passover Seder filled with blessings, stories, and food, and as we explore our common connection to social justice and freedom. Sign up at: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0B4AAAAB29A5FB6-interfaith

(Sponsored by WFU, Hillel and Jewish Life Department, Muslim Student Association, WF Catholic Community, Baptist Student Union, Episcopal Student Fellowship, Lutheran Student Movement,  Presbyterian Student Fellowship, Hindu Student Association, and Secular Humanists)

 

Project D.E.S.K. Wednesday, April 12:

Join the “Interfaith United” team as we paint a desk for a Winston Salem Student in need. Mag Quad. 3 – 7 pm. Sign up through Hillel – contact Jamie Eisner, Hillel President.

Discovering Education through Student Knowledge (D.E.S.K.) is an annual WFU community service project to provide restored desks for selected Old Town Elementary students. (http://phi.wfu.edu/programs/desk/ ).  Sign up through WFU Hillel – e-mail Jamie at eisnje13@nullwfu.edu that you want to be involved. (Spearheaded by Pro Humanitate Institute; Our DESK is sponsored by our WFU Interfaith Team)

 

Jewish Graduation. Friday, April 15:

Jewish Graduation ceremony is Friday night, April 15 at 5:15 pm, followed by a Shabbat reception at 5:45 pm. Hillel Lounge. Special alumni speaker is Dave Rosenblatt (’77).

An opportunity to highlight the journey and learning of our WFU Jewish graduates and to hear about/ envision an amazing life journey after graduation.  (Sponsored by the WFU Jewish Life Department)

 

Kasher the Kosher Kitchen for Passover. Wednesday, April 20):

Cleaning and ceremony at 3 pm.

Find out about the feather …

Passover Seders. Friday and Saturday Nights (April 22/ 23):

WFU Passover Seders. Magnolia Room and Heritage Room. 5 pm.

The whole (but abbreviated to less than ½ hour) Passover Seder experience with our own WFU Haggadah, Seder plates with all the goodies, blessings, and songs, followed by dinner.  More info to follow, but make sure to save these dates now.  (Sponsored by the WFU Jewish Life Department and Hillel)

 

Kosher for Passover Food Available. April 22 – 29:

Passover foods will be in the Hillel Lounge. Reynolda 17 Chaplain’s lounge), and in the PIT dining hall throughout Passover.

Let Gail know if you have a special request, or if you run out of food. bretangh@nullwfu.edu  (Sponsored by WFU Jewish Life Department)

Birthright Trip:

Birthright Trips to Israel – registration for summer is open now!

http://freeisraeltrip.hillel.org/  or   http://www.birthrightisrael.com/Pages/default.aspx

 

 

Thank yous: 

  • Thank you to the following people for their very generous support:

o   Ronald and Lauren Bahar, in honor of Ethan (’19)

o   Stanley and Frances Daitch, in honor of their granddaughter, Loni Cohen (’17)

o   Edwin J. & Barbara R. Berkowitz Family Foundation, in honor of Hannah (’12)

o   Jonathan and Wendy Eisner, in honor of Jamie (’17)

o   Ellen Farber, in celebration of her son Blake Kurtzman (’18)

o   Mike and Siobhan Hollander, in honor of Zach (’17)

o   Richard and Carol Kalikow, in honor of Max (’17)

o   Harriet R. Mann, in honor of her son, Andrew, who works at WFU in Events Operation at the Coliseum.

o   Michael and Evelyn Pollak, who are so proud of the students. Evelyn is a nurse in WFU Student Health.

o   A. D. and Zoe Scheinman, in honor of Sophie (’19)

o   George and Barbara Sommerfeld, in honor of their granddaughter, Jesse Jordan

o   Mark and Greta Walker, in honor of Margaux (’19)

These donations are used to directly benefit our students, who are our greatest investment in the future.

  • Thank you to The Rosenblatt Family Fund for WFU Hillel which helps support many of our on-going Hillel activities.

 

We could not offer our fabulous programs and events without your generous support. Thank you for your investment. To donate:https://secure.wfu.edu/giving?designation=other&comment=Jewish%20Life

 

Enjoy your week,

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Jewish WFU Social Media/ Ways to Connect:

  1. WFU Jewish ALUMNI LinkedIn Group: Closed Group. For WFU Jewish students to network and share employment opportunities with WFU alumni & parents, and each other.  https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8484092
  2. WFU Hillel Instagram: @Hillel_WFU
  3. WFU Hillel Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Wake-Forest-University-Hillel-191537370882611/?fref=ts
  4. 4. WFU Jewish Life Website http://jewishlife.wfu.edu/
  5. WFU Hillel Web Store. Show your WFU Hillel pride by wearing your t-shirts, carrying your mugs, displaying your phone case, hanging in your blanket, using your mouse pads, etc. with the WFU Hillel Logo on it, with WFU in English and /or Hebrew  Twenty percent (20 %) of all proceeds are donated back to WFU Hillel to use for our programs.  https://www.agpestores.com//createdpromo/groupproducts.php?prodgroup_id=6777&prodgroupbypass=true

A Message from the Office of the Dean of Students

The following message is from the Office of the Dean of Students.

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Dear Greek Community Parents and Families,

Wake Forest University strives to work with students and parents to ensure a safe and healthy campus community. One aspect of the physical and emotional wellbeing of our students that Wake Forest’s Office of the Dean of Students is concentrating on is hazing prevention. One of the primary challenges regarding hazing prevention on college campuses is understanding and utilizing the resources on campus to combat hazing, and knowing how to connect with these resources.

This message is being shared with you to outline the resources available to you or your students should you have a concern about hazing or other aspects of the Greek experience.  We hope this provides further clarity to help parents and families work with the Wake Forest community. 

The Wake Forest University Counseling Center (UCC) (Confidential)
The University Counseling Center (UCC) is a place students can go for confidential counseling and consultation regarding any personal concern, including experiencing or witnessing hazing.  However, due to confidentiality laws, anything shared by a client of the University Counseling Center cannot be shared with anyone else (unless there is concern about serious and imminent harm) without the client’s written permission.

The UCC is located in 118 Reynolda Hall and is open 8:30 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday for scheduled and emergency walk-in appointments, and can be reached at (336) 758-5273. After hours and weekend crisis response is available when school is in session by calling the Student Health Service at (336) 758-5218. UCC services are free to all full-time undergraduate, graduate, and professional students on the Reynolda Campus.

Wake Forest University Hazing Hotline
The Wake Forest University hazing hotline at 336-758-HAZE (4293) is for members of the Wake Forest community, including parents and families, who wish to report student behavior which may be of a hazing nature. If the report being submitted is an emergency, it is recommended that you first call the following emergency numbers:

Wake Forest University Police, (336) 758-5591

Emergency (on campus), (336) 758-5911

Emergency (off campus), 911

The Office of the Dean of Students
The Office of the Dean of Students works with students and student organizations in a number of ways to combat hazing. The Office of Student Engagement, which is a sub-department within the Office of the Dean of Students, works directly with the fraternity and sorority community to enhance positive traditions and educational initiatives that focus on the positive effects of brotherhood and sisterhood. Additionally, Student Engagement has a number of programs and educational opportunities to assist chapters in making positive choices regarding anti-hazing, high risk alcohol use, and bystander initiatives. For information, call Student Engagement at (336) 758-5226.

Who investigates and adjudicates student conduct reports?
The Student Conduct Office upholds standards of conduct to promote a positive and safe campus community. The Student Conduct Office investigates and adjudicates individual and organizational cases involving hazing, as well as punitive and educational follow-up. For more information, please call (336) 758-5226.

The Office of Residence Life and Housing
The Office of Residence Life and Housing (RL&H) is comprised of professional staff, graduate hall directors and student Resident Advisors trained to work with individual students on recognizing and reporting hazing. Additionally, RL&H staff work collaboratively with other departments to make sure that allegations of hazing are reported and investigated. For more information, please call (336) 758-5185.

We all share the goal of academic and personal success for our students and we strive to provide the highest quality campus environment that is conducive to that success. We are committed to maintaining a strong Greek life program with high standards for leadership, community and academic development, while ensuring the health and safety of students and chapters.  Please continue to call us at (336) 758-5226 if you have questions about Greek life or other student inquires.

Sincerely,

Dr. Adam Goldstein, Dean of Students and Associate Vice President for Campus Life

Tim Wilkinson, Associate Dean of Students, Student Engagement

 

Notice Regarding Area Water

This week, the City of Winston-Salem announced that maintenance of a city water tank at Wake Forest on March 17 and 18 may cause temporary discoloration of water on campus and in other areas, including Northwest Winston-Salem.  The water may appear red, brown or yellow.

Although discolored, the water will remain safe, the city’s Utilities Division announced. Anyone experiencing discoloration should refrain from washing clothes as any discolored water could stain light-colored clothing.

The water tank will be taken out of service at 8 a.m. March 17 to prepare for a wash out and inspection.  The tank is scheduled to return to service around8 a.m. March 18.

When the tank is taken out of service and then placed back into service, changes in flow patterns in the city’s water distribution system could temporarily result in discolored water.  The affected area will be limited to west of U.S. 52 and north of Business 40 and could include portions of the North, Northwest, West and Southwest wards of the city.

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

Richard Wolk

Dear Wake Forest Students, Faculty and Staff,

I am saddened to inform you that Richard (Rich) Wolk, a student in the Charlotte Evening Working Professional MBA Program, died March 15 after being fatally injured in a motor vehicle accident that morning in Stanly County.

We extend our condolences to his family and fellow students, as well as faculty and staff who knew him.  His passing is a loss for the entire Wake Forest community. May Rich’s family and friends find comfort and support as they grieve his loss and remember his life.

The University will share information on services for Rich when that information is available.

Each of us is affected by loss in different ways, and there is no right way to grieve.  I encourage you to take care of yourselves and your fellow Deacs during this difficult time.

Wake Forest offers support and counseling services for all students, faculty and staff.  The University Counseling Center may be reached at 758-5273 and the Office of the Chaplain may be contacted at 758-5210.  For faculty and staff, there is also the Employee Assistance Program at 716-5493. Please do not hesitate to seek support.

Sincerely,

Nathan O. Hatch
President

Interim Housing Application for Students Staying On Campus

If your student is participating in or attending WFU’s 2016 Commencement, or is staying for any other reason besides graduation before or beyond May 16, 2016, he/she must request Interim Housing.

To request Interim Housing, your student must apply through WIN>Virtual Campus>Residence Life and Housing before May 2nd at 8 AM.

Interim Housing (unless you are a graduating senior, a sibling of a graduating senior, or a student marshal) is $36 per night.

For questions, please contact Erin Angel at angeleg@nullwfu.edu.

Poteat and Huffman Halls closing on May 6th at 7 PM

The following message was sent to residents of Poteat and Huffman Halls by Residence Life and Housing.

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Dear Poteat and Huffman Hall Residents –

Welcome back and we hope you enjoyed the break!

You received the me​ssage below on January 11th, but we wanted to send it again and ask for you to review it as we approach the end of the semester.

This message has some very important information regarding the spring 2016 closing process. Please read it carefully. Work on Poteat and Huffman Hall improvements are set to begin on May 7, 2016, which means the building will close on May 6, 2016.

If you do not need housing beyond May 6, 2016 at 7:00 PM
Please be sure to follow all instructions regarding our closing process provided by your Hall Staff, check out of your room in Poteat or Huffman Halls, and turn in your keys prior to 7:00 PM on Friday, May 6, 2016.​

In order for us to plan accordingly, we would ask that you please email Zach Blackmon, Residence Life Coordinator, at blackmzr@nullwfu.edu by April 29 if you do not need housing beyond May 6 at 7:00 PM.

If you need housing after May 6, 2016
If you will need to be on campus beyond May 6, you will need to move to interim housing located in Babcock Hall. Please be sure that you complete the 2016 Interim Housing Request, which will be available starting March 4, 2016, through WIN by visiting WIN> Virtual Campus> Residence Life and Housing by May 2 at 8:00 AM.

Additional information will be sent ​soon to seniors and others officially involved in commencement regarding your transition.

As these dates get closer, we will send you further communication regarding check-in and check-out for your interim housing room.Prior to May 6, you should follow all instructions provided by your Hall Staff regarding our closing process. You will need to check out of your current assignment in Poteat or Huffman Halls and turn in your keys prior to 7:00 PM on Friday, May 6.​

Please let us know if you have any questions. You may contact us at housing@nullwfu.edu or 336-758-5185.

Thank you,

Wake Forest University        

Residence Life and Housing
336-758-5185

Wake Forest EMS Team to Hold Training Event on March 19

The Wake Forest Emergency Medical Services team will participate March 19 in a mass casualty drill at the nearby Reynolda Business Center.

The drill will run from 8 a.m. to noon in the parking lot at the Univesity’s Reynolda Business Center, which is located at 2815 Reynolda Road across from the Reynolda Road entrance to the University. 

The Wake Forest EMS team is a student-run organization with about 25 student volunteers who respond as emergency medical technicians (EMTs) to 911 medical calls 24/7 during the academic year.

The drill is intended to provide hands-on training to prepare them for a potential serious accident or other emergency on campus.  The students will be dispatched, in the drill, to a simulated incident and will practice how to call for additional resources to assist them. The student EMTs will be unaware of what the incident is until the training occurs March 19 and will conduct themselves as though a mass casualty incident has happened.

The University Police Department, the Winston-Salem Police Department, the University’s Student Health Service, the Winston-Salem Fire Department and the Forsyth County EMS will participate in the drill.

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations