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Campus Memorial Service for Jordan Bayer

A campus memorial service for Jordan Bayer will be held December 3 at 5:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Porter Byrum Welcome Center.

Jordan was a student from Massachusetts who died November 6 following a car-accident in Charlotte. He was a mathematical business major and a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity.


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Thanksgiving Break Safety Letter For Off Campus Students

Residence Life and Housing has provided a Thanksgiving Break Safety letter that is sent to all students living off campus.

Please see the Thanksgiving Break Safety Tips and Trash Collection 2015 for more information and if your student lives off campus, encourage him/her to follow the recommendations.

“Steps Toward Peace: A Living Vigil” Set for November 16

The following message is sent on behalf of the Office of the Chaplain:

The horrific events in Paris and Beirut have awakened many to the pervasive acts of terror that have plagued communities around the world for months. In response to the widespread pain and violence, the Office of the Chaplain welcomes the Wake Forest community to “Steps Toward Peace: A Living Vigil.”

Vigils are periods of purposeful wakefulness maintained for the sake of others.  While there is great power in grieving together, our vigil cannot end there. Our work is to turn grief into growth. We must not sleep on our individual and collective tendencies toward self-centeredness and complicity.  We must stay awake to the role we each play in harming the vulnerable in our world. If we only grieve but do not grow, we have grieved in vain.

We invite Wake Forest to join in “Steps Toward Peace: A Living Vigil” on Monday, November 16th, on Hearn Plaza, between the hours of 8 am and 8 pm. We invite you to walk, to contemplate, to pray, and to keep vigil both now and as we continue to live our lives.  We will not let the lives lost to terror be only a memory, but a catalyst towards individual and collective growth.

Periodically throughout the day Wait Chapel will be open for facilitated prayer gatherings. We welcome those who practice prayer to gather at scheduled times to pray for the victims, the families of the victims, the enactors of terror, and their families. We gather Pro Humanitate

There will be a listing of prayer times on the Office of the Chaplain webpage and Facebook page.

Let there be Peace on Earth and let it begin with me.

Office of the Chaplain

Update Regarding Wake Forest Students in France

Wake Forest officials continue monitoring the situation in Paris this weekend following terrorist attacks Friday, but at this point officials have not heard of any student who has been harmed or is in danger.

University officials learned by Friday night that all Wake Forest students studying in France were safe.  They have also heard from students who had traveled to Paris for the weekend from elsewhere in France and Europe.  All were safe.

Wake Forest students studying in Wake Forest and affiliated programs throughout Europe have been checking in with University officials in various ways, informing them that they are safe.  The University will continue actively seeking to hear from every student who is in Europe.

In addition, there is no indication of any Wake Forest faculty or staff member who has been harmed or is in danger, either, in France.

Friday’s attacks prompted the University on Friday to initiate its protocol for meeting the needs of students who are in a foreign country when such an incident occurs. The safety of all Wake Forest students in the Paris area and elsewhere in Europe is of utmost concern to the University.

Wake Forest will continue to identify and offer support to those on the Reynolda Campus who have been most affected by this tragedy.

At Wake Forest’s Reynolda Campus, the University Counseling Center and the Chaplain’s Office are available to students there who need to speak with someone.  The Counseling Center may be reached at 758-5273.   The Chaplain’s Office may be reached at 758-5210.  For faculty and staff, there is also the Employee Assistance Program at 716-5493.

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Important Message on Wake Forest students in France

As a result of the terrorist attacks in Paris today, Wake Forest officials are actively contacting all of the University’s undergraduate students who are studying in Paris or who have travelled to Paris for the weekend.

At this time, Wake Forest has contacted all of those who are studying in Paris and have verified their safety.  Most had left the city for weekend travel before the attacks.

At this point, Wake Forest is not aware of any Wake Forest student—undergraduate, graduate or professional—who has been harmed or is in danger this weekend.  There is no indication of any Wake Forest faculty or staff member who has been harmed or is in danger, either.

The attacks prompted Wake Forest to initiate its protocol for meeting the needs of students who are in a foreign country when such an incident occurs. The safety of all Wake Forest students in the Paris area and elsewhere in Europe is of utmost concern to the University.  Wake Forest officials will monitor the situation in Paris until the situation is resolved.

The University will continue checking with all of its students who are studying in France until this period of uncertainty has subsided. The University will also continue efforts to contact any students who may have travelled to Paris for the weekend. Wake Forest officials are contacting its programs and its affiliated programs.

Wake Forest will announce an update on its students on Saturday before noon.  The announcement will be distributed by e-mail to faculty, staff and students and posted on the University web site.

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A Message from President Hatch

The following message was sent to the campus community today from President Hatch.


Dear Members of the Wake Forest Community,

Colleges and universities have been in the national spotlight this week as students, faculty and staff at Missouri, Yale, Ithaca and other institutions have protested and demanded corrective action against bigotry, racism and injustice.

If you are feeling similar pain and tension on our campus, you are not alone. If you think the pain and tension experienced by others – at Wake Forest and on campuses across the country – do not affect you, I invite you to reconsider. As a nation and as a community of higher learning, we must make progress in handling issues of diversity, inclusion and equity.

Wake Forest’s commitment to an equitable and inclusive campus culture is unwavering. Making that a reality for everyone is overdue. I am, however, encouraged by the efforts of countless University leaders, faculty, staff and students.

Today in Washington, D.C., Wake Forest is co-hosting a daylong summit with the White House Council on Women and Girls on Advancing Equity for Women and Girls of Color. This morning, Provost Rogan Kersh announced that Wake Forest is part of a collaborative that has committed $18 million to support and improve related academic research. I encourage you to read more about this significant step toward closing the research deficit and its implications for policymaking.

Next week, we will welcome Ta-Nehisi Coates, a national correspondent for The Atlantic and author of The New York Times bestseller, “Between the World and Me,” to a packed Wait Chapel as part of our Voices of Our Time speaker series. Known for writing about race, culture, politics and social issues, Coates is a finalist for the National Book Award and a 2015 MacArthur “Genius Grant” winner. If you don’t have tickets and are interested in the wait list, sign up before 3 p.m. today.

If you would like to learn more about or get involved in steps we are taking to make Wake Forest an equitable and inclusive campus culture, we want to hear from you. I – along with Vice President Penny Rue, Dean of Students Adam Goldstein, Chief Diversity Officer Barbee Oakes, and many others in our administration – would appreciate listening to your concerns and working with you toward real solutions. Additionally, we continue to update the Community in Progress website and the work of our Deliberative Dialogue implementation teams is ongoing. Dialogue on our campus must continue, and we must also demand action from each other and ourselves in the name of Pro Humanitate.


Nathan O. Hatch


Students Report a Robbery and Attempted Robbery across from Campus Tonight

The following message was sent to the campus community on Wednesday evening November 11th.


The Winston-Salem Police Department is investigating tonight (November 11) reports by two Wake Forest graduate students of a robbery and an attempted robbery near the University. Neither student was injured in the separate incidents.

A female graduate student reported to University Police that that two dark-skinned men demanded her cell phone at approximately 8:30 p.m. tonight on Howell Street, directly across from Wake Forest’s University Parkway entrance.  She told the men the phone was broken and they did not take it.  She described one man as holding a stick.

Immediately afterward, two dark-skinned men, carrying firearms, approached a male graduate student on Howell Street and demanded his wallet and cell phone.  After taking his wallet and phone, the men drove away in a dark-colored, four-door car. The student said it appeared two other people were in the car. They drove in a direction away from the campus.  The male student called the Winston-Salem Police Department.

Wake Forest police have checked the Wake Forest campus and have not seen any evidence of the suspected robbers coming onto campus.

If anyone has information that may assist in the investigation, they are encouraged to call the Winston-Salem Police Department at 911 or 336-773-7700. They may also call the University Police Department at 336-758-5911.

Both incidents are under investigation by the Winston-Salem Police Department, with assistance by the University Police Department.


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Thanksgiving Break Residence Hall Information

Residence Life and Housing has provided residence hall information about the Thanksgiving Break.  The orange images you see below are doorhangers with information that students will receive on their doors prior to the break.

Residence Halls are open throughout Thanksgiving Break.  For students going away during the break, they must complete the tasks as specified on the door hangtags that will be distributed.

As a reminder, there is information about Thanksgiving break dining options here.

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Funeral Announcement for Jordan Bayer

The family of Wake Forest junior Jordan Bayer has announced plans for his funeral. Jordan died Friday evening following a car accident in Charlotte on Thursday.

The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 13 at St. Mary of the Assumption Church at 5 Linden Place in Brookline, Mass.

On Thursday, Nov. 12, visiting hours will be from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Bell-O’Dea Funeral Home at 376 Washington St. in Brookline.

A campus memorial service is expected to be held at a later date.

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Community Invited to Come Together Tonight Following Passing of Jordan Bayer

The following message is sent on behalf of Vice President for Campus Life Penny Rue:

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

In response to the heartbreaking news of the recent passing of WFU Junior Jordan Bayer, grieving members of the community are invited to come together at 7 pm Tonight, Saturday November 7, in Davis Chapel.  Staff from the Office of the Chaplain, University Counseling Center, and Campus Life will be present to provide support.

Additionally, counselors from the University Counseling Center will be available in Farrell Hall Room 157,Sunday November 8, between 2 pm5 pm for any community member who would like to talk.

Grief affects each of us differently, and there is no “right way” to grieve.  Please visit this page on UCC website for additional guidance about grief.  Let us work to support one another as we begin to heal from this loss.


Penny Rue
Vice President for Campus Life