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December 2015 Dining Update

ARAMARK/Campus Dining has released its December 2015 Dining Update.  Please share with your students as you see fit.

Thanksgiving Holiday Information

Undergraduate students have a Thanksgiving Break from November 25-29; classes resume on November 30.  Faculty and staff have November 26-27 off for the holiday.

The residence halls will remain open for students staying in Winston-Salem; see information from Residence Life and Housing.

Food service hours will shift during the Thanksgiving break; see details.

Student Health has information about off campus providers for students who may need medical care during the break.

The Wake Forest University Police Administrative Offices, located in the H.S. Moore Building, will be closing in recognition of the Thanksgiving Holiday on Wednesday, November 25th at 12:00 p.m.  They will reopen on Monday, November 30th at 8:30 a.m. As always,  Patrol Officers and the Dispatch Center, located in Davis Hall, are on duty 24/7 and available at any time for those remaining on campus and can be contacted at (336) 758-5911 (emergency line) or (336) 758-5591 (non-emergency line).

We wish you and your family a very happy Thanksgiving!

Wake Forest: Travel Safety Reminders to All Students/Faculty/Staff abroad

David Taylor, Director of Global Abroad Programs, sent the following message to all WFU students, faculty, and staff currently abroad.


Dear WFU students, faculty, and staff abroad,

This email is to share with you the U.S. State Department’s “Worldwide Travel Alert” which was issued yesterday (11/23/15); it urges the continued exercise of caution for all travelers. As you will see or have already seen, many of the precautions therein parallel recommendations which WFU previously shared with you. These recommendations are reiterated below:

  • Remain alert to your surroundings at all times;
  • Keep a low profile;
  • Follow news reports closely;
  • Make sure you report to your program all independent travel before you depart. This will help ensure staff can reach you immediately in an emergency;
  • Walk away at the first sign of trouble, such as suspicious persons, packages or activities;
  • Avoid large crowds or crowded places;
  • Exercise vigilance when in public places or using transportation;
  • Keep your cell phones with you, fully charged and turned on at all times, responding immediately to any calls or messages;
  • Should an incident occur, let your family and program know you are safe;
  • Visit the State Department’s travel website for information and follow them on Twitter or Facebook for latest updates;
  • For U.S. citizens, enroll in State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency;
  • Plan on longer security lines at airports, train stations, bus terminals, etc.;
  • Continue to listen to advice and recommendations of program directors and in-country support.

As always, do not hesitate to contact me with questions related to any of the above information. Warm wishes for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday and end of fall semester.


David F. Taylor
Director of Global Abroad Programs

Campus Rec iBook/Handbook

The Office of Campus Recreation wanted to let parents and families know that the Campus Recreation iBook/handbook is now live.

You can download the iBook onto your iPhone or iPad.  In the iBooks app,  type in Campus Recreation into the search box and the Campus Recreation iBook will come up.

There are two screen shots below which describe the ibook as well as its uploading requirements.  We encourage you to share this information with your students as well.

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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.


Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

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.

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