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Grant Madison Backerman

Dear Wake Forest Students, Faculty and Staff,

I am saddened to inform you that Grant Madison Backerman, a senior from Concord, Mass., passed away unexpectedly today at his off-campus residence in Winston-Salem.

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 Grant’s family and friends find comfort and support as they grieve his loss and remember his life.

Grant was a chemistry and physics major.

The University will share information on services for Grant 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. Please visit the Counseling Center web site for helpful guidance.

Professional staff from the University Counseling Center and Chaplain’s Office will be available to meet with students in the Green Room of Reynolda Hall, main level, at 8 p.m. tonight. The staff will be available also between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday to meet with students in Benson University Center, Room 410.

In addition, the Counseling Center may be reached at 758-5273 and Chaplain’s Office 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

Additional Information Regarding Investigation of Campus Assaults

Following assault reports by two students early today, the University Police Department is beginning immediately to increase patrols of the campus and the immediate area around campus.  In addition, the Winston-Salem Police Department is intensifying patrolling of the neighborhood around campus.

Meanwhile, shuttle service hours are being expanded tonight to provide additional opportunities for students to ride the shuttle instead of walking.  The Gray Line evening schedule is expanded so that the last loop on and around campus will end at 4:55 a.m. daily.   The expanded shuttle schedule is effective through Sunday, May 3, but may be expanded beyond that date.

The University Police Department is investigating the two assaults that occurred in the early morning hours in the same general area of campus today.

One student reported at 3:19 a.m. that he was knocked to the ground, punched and kicked by an unidentified group of men he encountered about an hour earlier near Farrell Hall and North Campus Dining Hall on the driveway leading to Lot Q.  They took his phone and warned him not to alert police before walking away from the area.

A person of interest in the assault and robbery is described as a man with dark skin wearing a white t-shirt and blue jeans.  He is also described as having shoulder-length braids and gold caps on his teeth.

The second student reported at 4:47 a.m. that he was knocked to the ground when punched by an unidentified man who was with a group of men and women at about 3 a.m.  The student came across the group as he walked along a sidewalk on Wingate Road just south of Pascal Drive.

A person of interest in the second assault is described as a man with very dark skin wearing a black sweatshirt and black shorts.  He was described as six feet tall, 170 pounds, with short, slightly shaven hair.

Both students had just walked onto campus minutes earlier from the Polo Road gate area.

The first student was taken to Student Health Service for treatment, while the other declined treatment.  Injuries were minor in each incident.

Anyone with information that may assist in the investigation is asked to call 336-758-5911 or 758-5591.  Or, they may use University Police’s online Silent Witness system to report information anonymously.

 

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

Second Wake Alert: Another student assaulted on campus today

This is a Wake Alert message:

The University Police Department is investigating a second report of a student being punched today (April 30) by an unidentified assailant.

The student was punched once in the face and knocked to the ground by a man accompanied by a group of men and women at approximately 3 to 3:15 a.m. today.  He called University Police at 4:47 a.m. to report the incident.

The student declined medical treatment.  Injury appeared minor.

The student told University Police that he was walking onto campus from the Polo Road entrance when he encountered a group of people walking onto campus, too.  While walking on the sidewalk along Wingate Road, just south of Pascal Drive, one of the men in the group hit him.  The group continued onto campus. Nothing was taken from the student.

Earlier today, another student was assaulted in approximately the same general area.  An alert regarding that incident was distributed by e-mail today at 5:30 a.m.  In that incident, the student said he was walking onto campus from the Polo Road gate area around 2:15 a.m. when he was struck by several men and robbed of his phone.

The University Police Department is investigating both incidents today.  The department is taking several immediate steps to respond, including increasing police patrols of the area.

Anyone with information that may assist in the investigation is asked to call 758-5911 or 758-5911.  Or, they may use University Police’s online Silent Witness system to report information anonymously.

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

Wake Alert: Student Assaulted, Robbed on Campus

This is a Wake Alert message:

At approximately 2:15 a.m. today (April 30), a group of men punched and kicked a Wake Forest student and stole his phone from him near Farrell Hall and North Campus Dining Hall.

The student was taken to the Student Health Service after reporting the incident to University Police at 3:15 a.m.  He appeared slightly injured.

The University Police and Winston-Salem Police Departments checked closely the campus and nearby areas, but found no one suspected of being involved.

The student told University Police that he was walking alone when a group of men approached him and then punched and kicked him many times at several places on his body, including his head.  They grabbed his phone and left on foot.

He reported that he was attacked while walking near Farrell Hall and North Campus Dining Hall along the driveway that leads into Lot Q.  He was walking from the Polo Road area at the time.

Anyone with information that may assist in the investigation is asked to call 336-758-5911 or 758-5591.  Or, they may use University Police’s online Silent Witness system to report information anonymously.

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

Encourage Recycling at Move-Out via Deacs Donate

The Office of Sustainability encourages you to remind your Deac to give away items at move-out via Deacs Donate instead of throwing them away.  Any small unwanted goods should be placed in the blue Goodwill bins in residence hall lobbies.  Larger items can be placed outside the residence hall by the Deacs Donate signs.  Unwanted books are collected at the WFU Bookstore and donated to Better World Books to support ReadWS.  With so many alternatives, the trashcan or dumpster should be the last stop during move-out.

Bicycle Donations and Bike-Sharing Program

The message below was provided by the Office of Sustainability.

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Did you know?

Bicycles cannot be left in the bike racks or with Residence Life & Housing over the summer.* All abandoned property, including bicycles, will be removed following commencement.**

*Students in summer school will have the chance to notify us that they will have bicycles on campus for the entire summer. All bicycles should be registered for easy identification.

**Students who are living in interim housing should move their bicycles to their interim residence hall bike racks. Any bicycles left behind at the interim housing residence hall will be removed on June 1.

At the end of the academic year, students should consider shipping, storing, or donating their bikes. If a student would like to donate his/her bike to the Office of Sustainability, student volunteers will refurbish it over the summer and it will join a fleet of bikes in a new bike-sharing program on campus. Simply email sustainability@nullwfu.edu and we will arrange for someone to pick up the bike and any other related items, like a lock or reflective gear, that the student would like to donate.

If you have any questions, please contact sustainability@nullwfu.edu.

Test Planned April 29 for University’s Emergency Text Alert System

Thousands of students, faculty and staff are scheduled to receive a test text message on Wednesday, April 29, from Wake Forest University’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

http://wakeready.wfu.edu/alert-methods/text-alerts.  Registration by undergraduates is required. Directions are provided for arranging to receive the messages, including the test message set for the 29th.

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 wakealert.wfu.edu, text messaging, an outdoor warning system, cable TV, e-mail, voice mail, the Wake Alert Twitter account 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

Special Olympics and Related Parking/Traffic Matters

Hosted by Wake Forest’s Athletics Department, the Special Olympics will be held this week on campus for three days—April 21, 22 and 23.

During this time, Special Olympics athletes will arrive in large numbers in buses.  Traffic will be heavy on campus.

Although no roads will be closed, police officers will be directing traffic and pedestrians in front of Reynolds Gym and Manchester Athletic Center.  Parking lots M and L will be closed to accommodate the loading and unloading of participants for this event.  Lot M is located between Reynolda Hall and Reynolds Gym; Lot L is between Reynolds Gym and Manchester Athletic Center.

The Special Olympics will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 21 through 23 in Kentner Stadium.

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

Second Round of Housing and Dining Selection for Currently Enrolled Students

Residence Life and Housing has provided a flyer about the Second Round of Housing 2015.  The content is also reproduced below.

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There is a second round of the housing and dining selection process which occurs during the middle of the summer every year. All rising sophomores (’18) and juniors (’17) that do not select housing during the first round of housing and dining selection process, are automatically placed on the Yet To Be Assigned list (YTBA) to select during the second round.

This is a normal part of the assignments process and occurs each year. During the summer, rooms open up across campus for a number of reasons, including when students decide to go abroad or transfer. We can’t guarantee a single or a particular residence hall, but there will be housing options available for everyone.

Students on the YTBA list will receive an e-mail with a selection day and time in July to go online and select housing from what is available at that time. Students will select in the same priority order (Juniors and then Sophomores). You will not have to have a roommate to select a bed space in a double during this round.

If you have any questions, please contact Kristy Eanes, Coordinator of Assignments at eaneska@nullwfu.edu .

Residence Life and Housing
Wake Forest University
P.O. Box 7749, Reynolda Station
Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27109
336.758.5185 (p) 336.758.4686 (f)
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Housing and Dining Selection is for Current Students Only

We have had a number of Class of 2019 families ask us if the Housing and Dining Selection process (which concludes today) applies to their incoming ’19 students; it does not.  All new students in the Class of 2019 will do their Housing and Dining Selection, course registration, etc. over the summer.  The New Students web site will go live fo the Class of 2019 in early- to mid-May and full details will be available then.

Please see our New Parents (Class of 2019) page for Q&A on some of the summer processes (scroll down mid-page to see it): http://parents.wfu.edu/new-parents/