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Memorial Service for Dr. Maya Angelou

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


Dear Wake Forest students, faculty and staff,

Dr. Maya Angelou’s family has arranged a private memorial service in Wait Chapel on Saturday, June 7 at 10 a.m.

We are honored that people will gather here to say their farewells and pay their respects to our beloved teacher who made her home in Winston-Salem and discovered her passion for teaching at Wake Forest University.

Because the family has decided to have a closed service primarily for family and friends of Dr. Angelou, access to campus will be limited on Saturday. The Office of Communications and External Relations will provide additional traffic and parking information later this week.

Wake Forest will broadcast the service live at

I hope you have had the opportunity to visit our remembrance site at, where you may share memories or condolences.

As we reflect upon Dr. Angelou’s legacy, let us remember her words, “I’m not a writer who teaches. I’m a teacher who writes. But I had to work at Wake Forest to know that.”


Nathan O. Hatch

Dr. Maya Angelou

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


Dear Wake Forest University students, faculty and staff, 

Today members of the Wake Forest University community mourn the loss of beloved poet, author, actress, civil rights activist and professor Dr. Maya Angelou. 

Dr. Angelou was a national treasure whose life and teachings inspired millions around the world, including countless students, faculty, and staff at Wake Forest, where she served as Reynolds Professor of American Studies since 1982. 

Dr. Angelou has been a towering figure — at Wake Forest and in American culture. She had a profound influence in civil rights and racial reconciliation. We will miss profoundly her lyrical voice and always keen insights. 

Our thoughts and prayers are with Dr. Angelou’s family and friends during this difficult time. 

Later today we will post a remembrance site at where people may leave their memories and condolences. Details about a campus memorial service may be shared at a later date. 


Nathan O. Hatch

Charles Iacovou Named Dean of Business

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


Dear Wake Forest University students, faculty and staff, 

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Charles Iacovou has accepted my invitation to serve as the next Dean of the Wake Forest University School of Business, effective July 1. Provost Rogan Kersh chaired a national search for a leader of impeccable experience and an appreciation for the power of a well-rounded business education in a collegiate-university setting. Throughout the process, Dr. Iacovou distinguished himself as the best choice for Wake Forest.

Since joining the School of Business’ leadership team in 2007, he has served in a number of senior administrative roles, including Director of the Full-time MBA Program, Senior Associate Dean of Graduate Programs and Senior Associate Dean of Faculty.  For the past two years, he has served as the School’s Vice Dean.  In this capacity, he has had oversight responsibility for undergraduate, graduate and non-degree programs. He also has been responsible for faculty affairs, academic centers and all administrative and professional staff functions of the school.

Under his leadership, the School of Business faculty and staff formulated a strategic framework for business education at Wake Forest between 2012-13, which is currently being implemented. This followed Dr. Iacovou’s successful efforts to co-lead the integration of the graduate and undergraduate business schools at Wake Forest.

Before joining Wake Forest University in 2001, Dr. Iacovou led an electronic bank, Laiki eBank, in Europe. Additionally, Dr. Iacovou has provided strategic planning, management consulting, and leadership training services to firms in the financial services, international trade, logistics, media and other industries. As Professor of Management, Dr. Iacovou has received numerous teaching and research awards from students, alumni and faculty.

Dr. Iacovou was a faculty member in the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University from 1997 to 1999. He received his Ph.D. in Management Information Systems from the University of British Columbia and his B.S. degree in Business Administration from the University of Vermont. He completed his undergraduate studies with the support of a scholarship administered by the Cyprus Fulbright Commission.

I am confident Dr. Iacovou will take Wake Forest to the next level as a distinctive and distinguished school of business.  Please join me in congratulating him on his new role.


Nathan O. Hatch


Phishing Scam Warning

Student Financial Services has been receiving calls and emails from concerned parents about the email below.  The email purports to be from the IRS, but is a phishing scheme.  Do not click on links provided in these kinds of email messages.   The Information Services website has posted a message warning against the spam email as well.


Internal Revenue Service

May 14th, 2014 | Phishing

Some people are receiving fake emails about income tax information.  Don’t click on links provided in these kinds of email messages.

From: Wake Forest University <>

Date: Tue, May 13, 2014 at 10:47 PM
Subject: IRS e-file: Update Now (WFU)

Internal Revenue Service
Verify and Update your IRS e-file immediately, To Update -  < Click Here >

USA . gov is the U.S. government’s official web portal.

IRS e-file. Since 1990
Copyright 2014.

Welcome, Parents and Families!

20130520commencement1071On behalf of the Office of Parent Programs, we want to extend our congratulations to the Class of 2014 and wish a warm welcome to all the visiting proud parents and family members coming to campus.  We hope you have a wonderful weekend with us!

The Commencement web site is your comprehensive resource throughout the weekend.

The Daily Deac parent blog also has some suggestions about Commencement that you may wish to read.

Congratulations to all our graduates and families!






Randy Runyan

The following message was sent to the campus community by President Nathan O. Hatch.


Dear Wake Forest Community,

I am saddened to inform you that Randy Runyan, a member of the Class of 2015, died Wednesday in an automobile accident in Fort Thomas, Kentucky.

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

Randy was well known as an accomplished, dedicated student with a double major in psychology and sociology.  He was in the honors program in psychology and had expressed an interest in pursuing graduate studies in social psychology following graduation here in 2015.

The University will share information on services arranged by Randy’s family when that information is available.

Each of us is affected by loss in different ways.  Wake Forest offers support and counseling services for all students, faculty and staff.  The Counseling Center (118 Reynolda Hall) may be reached at 758-5273 and the Office of the Chaplain (22 Reynolda Hall) 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.


Nathan O. Hatch

Jill Abramson Confirmed to Deliver Wake Forest University Commencement Address

Jill Abramson, former Executive Editor of the New York Times, has confirmed that she will deliver the Commencement address at Wake Forest University on Monday, May 19.

A Commencement Speaker Advisory Committee comprised of students, faculty, staff and administrators provided input on the speaker selection process. On Thursday, Wake Forest President Nathan Hatch re-affirmed the University’s invitation to her.

“I cannot think of a better message for the Class of 2014 than that of resilience,” said President Nathan Hatch. “Jill Abramson’s accomplishments speak for themselves, and I am confident she will have an inspiring and timely message for our graduates.”

See the full story online.

MA in Management Program Has Openings for Graduating Seniors

The following message was sent to our office from the WFU School of Business.  Parents and families, we hope you will consider this program for your students.


Graduation is an exciting time for students and their parents.  As your Wake Forest graduate begins the next chapter in life, new questions will emerge.  Amongst those, what is the best way to apply your student’s experience toward an interesting, rewarding career with future growth potential?

As you weigh the possibilities with your graduate, we invite you to consider the Master of Arts in Management (MA) program at the Wake Forest School of Business. This 10-month program allows liberal arts, science and engineering majors to build on their undergraduate degree, enabling them to pursue careers in a broader range of fields. The MA degree offers a core business curriculum, hands-on learning, and dedicated career services to give recent graduates a competitive edge in today’s market.

Wake Forest graduates can also take advantage of the MA Honors Program to be considered for preferred admissionto the MA in Management program.  Wake students with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2 are eligible for guaranteed admission to the Master of Arts in Management Program* and be qualified for scholarships from $7,500 up to $25,000.

There is still time for your graduate to join our next class, which will include at least 30 current Wake Forest classmates.  Don’t miss this opportunity to discuss the MA option for your graduate.  Schedule a brief phone consultation today or set up a time during Commencement week to speak with one of our admissions representatives.

For more information, contact John Montana via phone at 336.758.5025 or email (

Read more about the benefits of MA in Management program in the Businessweek article “Why B-Schools Must Educate the ‘Whole Person’” written by Derrick S. Boone Sr., associate dean of the Master of Arts in Management program.

* Applicants required to complete all components of the application process, including a personal interview and submission of a standardized test score (GRE or GMAT). Wake Forest students with a cumulative GPA below 3.2 are welcome and encouraged to apply to the MA in Management Program through the standard application process and will automatically be considered for scholarship award.

2014-2015 Health Insurance Information

The Student Insurance Program office provided the following information for parents and families about the 2014-15 Student Insurance Plan.


Wake Forest University is pleased to continue offering a comprehensive student health insurance plan that includes a low deductible in-network, no lifetime plan maximum, reasonable co-pays and unlimited prescription drug coverage.

Whether our students are in Winston-Salem, at home or studying abroad, they have the option to receive excellent health benefits compliant with the Affordable Care Act and standards endorsed by the American College Health Association through BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina.

Our 2014-15 rates and benefit changes are available at Those enrolled in the 2013-2014 student insurance plan will notice certain benefit and rate changes, including “age-banding” premium changes.   The State of North Carolina no longer allows “age-banding” of premiums within individual products (i.e., Student Blue, BCBSNC plan). For the 2014-15 year, Wake Forest must pay a consolidated rate for all students to BCBSNC. Wake Forest has elected to subsidize the cost of majority of our students under the age of 25. Therefore, the rates you see will show only a slightly higher rate for students over age 25.

Historically, Wake Forest students have enjoyed rates lower than competitive plans, and we have done everything within our power to keep coverage as affordable as possible. Plan changes are not unique to Wake Forest, although our 2014-2015 rates remain comparable to other college and university offerings. However, they were necessary to keep pace with rising health care costs nationally and to deliver the quality of health insurance many students rely upon.

Additional information about our student insurance plan, including benefits, rates, deadlines and FAQ, are available online. 

If you have any questions, please contact our Student Insurance Program staff at or (336) 758-4247.

The Grille at Deacon Tower Will Be Open for Commencement Weekend

For families coming to town for Commencement Weekend, The Grille at Deacon Tower will be open for lunch all next weekend during the following hours:

Saturday, May 17 – 11-2pm (regular menu)
Sunday, May 18 – 11-2pm (regular menu)
Monday, May 19th Graduation Day – 11-3pm (lunch buffet; reservations preferred).

Call 336.671.6545 for reservations.