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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.

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

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.

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

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.


Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

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.

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

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

Jordan Thomas Bayer

Dear Wake Forest Students, Faculty and Staff,

I am saddened to inform you that Jordan Thomas Bayer, a junior from Brookline, Massachusetts, died Friday evening at a Charlotte hospital following a car accident in Charlotte.

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

Jordan was a mathematical business major. He was also a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity.

The University will share information on services for Jordan when that information is available.  A campus memorial service is expected to be held in the future.

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.


Nathan O. Hatch

LENS@Wake Forest – Our Signature Summer Program for High School Students

Attention Wake Forest parents and families:

Do you have a high school student seeking a fun, challenging, and unique summer experience?  LENS@Wake Forest provides students an interdisciplinary and experiential learning environment characteristic of the liberal arts education – without the pressure of grades or credit.

Rising high school juniors and seniors spend three weeks living on campus discovering how to change the way they learn, the way they think and the way they lead.

Explore our two exceptional academic opportunities:  Global Sustainability or Cultural Crossroads.  Access the application and learn more at


Wake Forest Summer Immersion Program for High School Students

The following information from the Wake Forest Charlotte Center might be of interest to parents of high school students.


Are you ready for your best summer yet?

The Wake Forest Summer Immersion Program is an unforgettable experience that allows rising sophomores, juniors and seniors the opportunity to test-drive their career goals and get a glimpse of the future. Led by renowned industry experts, this five-day experience includes sessions taught by Wake Forest faculty, access to industry professionals, facility tours and even the chance to live on campus for the week.*

Select programs will take place both at the Wake Forest University Charlotte Center, and on the Winston-Salem Reynolda campus.

Summer 2016 programs include:
Business & Entrepreneurship Institute*
Law Institute
Leadership Institute
Medicine Institute*
Sports Marketing Institute
Technology Institute

*Also offered as a residential program in Winston-Salem on the Wake Forest Reynolda campus.

Wake Forest is offering an Early Bird Discount code for those who enroll and depositbefore December 1, 2015. Apply today and use discount code: SIPEarlyBird to receive $100 off.

Enrollment is limited and by application only. Scholarship is available for those who qualify. For more information, or to apply today, please visit

Your best summer yet awaits! Don’t delay, apply today!

*Join us Sunday, January 10th from 4:00-6:00 pm for a Summer Immersion Open House at the Wake Forest Charlotte Center. Learn more about our programs and an opportunity to win a scholarship!

Kyla Acie
Pre-College Programs
Wake Forest University