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Clayton Bruntjen

Dear Wake Forest Community,

I am saddened to inform you that Clayton Lane Bruntjen, a junior from St. Charles, Illinois, 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 Clayton’s family and friends find comfort and support as they grieve his loss and remember his life.

Clayton was majoring in communication.  He was a member of the Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity.

The University will share information on services for Clayton 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’s web site for helpful guidance.

On Friday, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., professional staff from the University Counseling Center and Chaplain’s Office will be at Benson University Center, Room 410, for anyone who would like to stop by for support.

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.


Nathan O. Hatch

Memorial Service for Professor Don Castleman

A memorial service for Professor of Law Don Castleman will be held Saturday, February 7,  at 1 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Winston-Salem.

Professor Castleman died unexpectedly in Winston-Salem on February 2.

The family invites everyone to gather in the church’s Fellowship Hall following the service.

Flowers may be sent to the church or donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or at


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Professor of Law Don Castleman

We are saddened to inform you that Professor of Law Don Castleman died unexpectedly in Winston-Salem on February 2.  For 36 years, Professor Castleman was a law professor at Wake Forest specializing in estates, trusts and taxation.

We grieve Professor Castleman’s death and extend our condolences to his family and friends, as well as those at Wake Forest who had the opportunity to know him.
The University will announce details regarding a service when they are available.
Wake Forest offers support and counseling services for all students, faculty and staff.  The Counseling Center may be reached at 758-5273, the Chaplain’s Office at 758-5210.  For faculty and staff, there is also the Employee Assistance Program at 716-5493.
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An Important Message About the Flu at Wake Forest

The following message is sent on behalf of the Wake Forest Student Health Service:

The Student Health Service has begun to see large numbers of students (especially undergraduates) with influenza, “the flu”.  Typical symptoms include sudden onset of fever, body aches, headaches, sore throat, cough, and fatigue.  Influenza is typically a self limiting illness that last from 5-7 days.  Influenza is a highly contagious illness that is easily spread in a classroom setting.

The purpose of this e-mail is to inform faculty, staff and students of this outbreak and to encourage appropriate public health measures with respect to class attendance and participation in other mandated activities.

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommends that anyone with symptoms of influenza stay home from work and/or school until the fever associated with the illness has been resolved for at least 24 hours. These individuals should stay home from work, school, travel, shopping, social events, and public gatherings.

To reduce the spread of this illness, students should not be expected to attend class, labs, or other academic gatherings with these symptoms.  Because of high demand for clinical services, students should not be required to obtain documentation of this illness from the Student Health Service; faculty are encouraged to accept the verbal report from the student. We also encourage students to avoid contact in other settings including social gatherings, the library and eating in public dining venues.

Additional general information about the flu can be found at:

Students: Please read additional information about how to manage this illness, obtain meal passes and avoid catching the flu in our “FAQs for Students.”


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Student Health Service Information about the Common Cold and Flu

The following information was shared by the Student Health Service.


Common Cold or the Flu?

Coughing and sneezing are common sounds in crowds this time of year. As we enter the winter season, respiratory infections such as influenza (the flu) and common colds increase in frequency. The staff in Student Health Service would like to provide some information regarding prevention, self-care, and when your son/daughter should seek evaluation by a medical provider for these conditions.

  1. It is not too late to receive a flu shot which is the best method of prevention for influenza. Additional measures to prevent contracting illness include practicing good hand hygiene and avoiding close contact with people who have symptoms of an upper respiratory infection. Flu shots are still available in Student Health Service Monday- Fridays.
  2. Individuals with fever (temperature of 100.4 or higher) along with sneezing, coughing or runny nose are very contagious and should isolate themselves to reduce the risk of infection others until they have been without fever for 24 hours.
  1. Symptoms of the common cold and the flu can be similar. Information on how to differentiate between the two illnesses, when to seek care and options for self-care can be found here in our Cold Vs. Flu page, as well as in the following links:

January Dining Update

ARAMARK/Campus Dining has published its January 2015 Dining Update.  Students will want to make note of dining hours on the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

A Message from President Hatch

The following message was sent to the campus community today.


Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

Welcome back to Wake Forest. I hope each one of you enjoyed time with family and friends and have returned to campus refreshed and eager for the semester ahead.

At the start of 2015, we stand at the threshold of a new beginning, where together we face opportunities to better our Wake Forest community. Each semester, we are offered an invitation: what will we do with our time on this campus? Many who have come before us have left their compelling answers to that question.

Jane Sherrill Stroupe (’67) posed an idea, and with the encouragement of the late Chaplain Emeritus Ed Christman, started the Wake Forest Lovefeast. In December, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of this tradition, which has become a Wake Forest signature event and the largest Moravian-style lovefeast in North America.

In 1995, Jessica Davey (’95), a student with vision and initiative, organized a trip to India to serve alongside Mother Teresa. The City of Joy program still sends Wake Foresters to volunteer to meet the needs of the people in Calcutta 20 years later.

This spring, we will celebrate the 10th anniversary of Wake ’N Shake, a student-initiated tradition that has grown to become one of our largest campus-wide philanthropic efforts.

In each of these examples, members of our community took an idea, combined it with passion and ingenuity and created traditions that we enjoy today. So what is it that you will do this semester? How will you contribute to building our community? What idea will you pursue that might inspire friends, neighbors and generations of Wake Foresters to come?

To get you started thinking about the possibilities, here are some upcoming events that might engage your imagination.

Leadership Project on February 4, 2015
Interested in how to motivate people to make a difference? Nancy Lublin has turned into one of the largest youth organizations in the world with more than 2.5 million active members providing support for activities that make a difference, such as holding a jeans drive for homeless teens or creating activity books for children in hospitals. Ms. Lublin will be speaking on February 4 as part of Wake Forest’s Leadership Project.

WISE Conference on February 4-6, 2015
Wake Forest has become a leader in helping students get the most for their international experiences and improving intercultural skills. The WISE Conference, to be held February 4-6, explores intercultural learning both abroad and on U.S. campuses. Faculty, staff and students can attend any or all parts of the conference free of charge to learn more about sharing life experiences with people from countries and backgrounds different from our own.

Voices of our Time on March 26-27, 2015
On March 26, Mary Robinson, president of the Mary Robinson Foundation — Climate Justice, an organization advocating for people affected by climate change, will speak as part of a two-day interdisciplinary symposium on environmental inequality. Andrew Revkin, author of Dot Earth blog on the New York Times, will also speak as part of the conference. It is an opportunity to learn more about how each of us can make a difference in building a more sustainable world.

Thrive: Our Comprehensive Focus on Wellbeing
Throughout the semester, we will focus on two aspects of wellbeing a month. In January, we will concentrate on occupational and financial wellbeing.

As you start new classes, reunite with friends and deepen relationships with your peers and colleagues, I am eager to see where our creativity and thoughtfulness might lead us.

Best regards,

Nathan O. Hatch

Dining Options for Women Back for Sorority Recruitment

For young women returning to campus for sorority recruitment this week, they will notice that campus dining venues have limited hours (see page two of this link).  Students can plan to go to those dining venues to eat (and/or can purchase food to be eaten during times of day when the venues are closed).  In addition, the Greek Recruitment Counselors (GRCs) meet with their groups of about 8 women on the first day and go to the grocery store for those who wish to purchase food for their rooms.  Additionally, students can also take advantage of the Zipcars to make trips to eat off campus or go to the grocery store, or carpool with friends who have cars.

Wake Forest Reynolda Campus to Close for Winter Break

The Reynolda Campus of Wake Forest will be closed December 24, 2014-January 1, 2015.  Administrative offices will reopen on January 2, 2015.

As a reminder, Police Communications at Wake Forest is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  They can be reached at 336-758-5591 (non-emergency) or 336-758-5911 (emergency).   WFU Police Department Holiday Hours 2014-15.

We wish you and your family a very happy holiday season!

Messages on Weather-Related Closings at Wake Forest

In the event of severe weather that prompts a delay or closing, Wake Forest will use several methods to alert students, faculty and staff to schedule changes.

On occasion, because of snowy or icy weather conditions, Wake Forest officials have announced a decision to close the campus for the day or delay the start of classes and the opening of offices. In such cases, the University will use the following communication channels:

  • The Wake Alert website at
  • On @WakeAlert, @WFNewsCenter  @InsideWFU and @WakeForest1834
  • A headline across the top of the University home page at It will link to the Wake Alert website.
  • An email message to faculty, staff and students.
  • A voice mail message to faculty and staff.
  • A message on the University’s weather/emergency phone line (336-758-5935).
  • Announcements on radio stations WFDD (88.5 FM) and WSJS (600 AM).
  • Announcements on TV stations WXII, WGHP, WFMY and News 14 Carolina.