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Special Olympics April 23-25 On Campus

Hosted by Wake Forest’s Department of Athletics, the Special Olympics will be held this week on campus for three days.

During these three days, athletes will arrive in large numbers in buses and traffic on campus will be heavy.  Although no roads will be closed, police officers will be directing traffic and pedestrians in front of Reynolds Gymnasium and Manchester Athletic Center. Parking Lot L will be closed to accommodate the loading/unloading of participants for this event.

The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 23-25 in Kentner Stadium.

Thanks in advance for your cooperation.

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

Dean Jacque Fetrow to Become Provost at the University of Richmond

President Hatch sent the following email to the campus community earlier this week.


Dear Wake Forest Students, Faculty and Staff,

After more than a decade of exemplary service to Wake Forest University, including more than five years as Dean of the College, Jacque Fetrow will become Provost at the University of Richmond on July 1.

Dean Fetrow’s leadership has provided a much-valued steady hand at the helm during turbulent times for a liberal arts education nationally. As Dean since 2009, her tenure has been marked by a strong reaffirmation of the College’s signature tradition of close student-faculty engagement, with support for the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (URECA) Center, development of the Office of Academic Advising, and fundraising to support initiatives led by the Associate Dean for Student-Faculty Academic Initiatives. Her support for our teacher-scholar model has been integral in U.S. News & World Report’s 11th place ranking for “Best Undergraduate Teaching” this year, as well as our highest-ever ranking among national universities at 23rd.

Dean Fetrow has been a central figure in Wake Will fundraising, helping to secure over $180 million in gifts and pledges for student scholarships and financial aid, faculty and departmental support including facilities improvements, and strategic initiatives. She also made great strides in aligning the College’s financial and budgeting processes with evolving University systems, and extensively reorganized the structure and management of the Dean’s Office and College more broadly.

We are immensely grateful for Dean Fetrow’s leadership, which has included development of a strong team in the College Dean’s office. Senior Associate Deans Rebecca Thomas and Randy Rogan, along with Associate Deans Anne Boyle, Christy Buchanan, David Levy, and José Villalba, will continue to work with Dean Fetrow in leading the College’s regular operations. A search advisory committee will soon be named to begin the process of choosing a successor as Dean of the College.


Nathan O. Hatch

President Hatch Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

hatch headshot

The following message was sent to the campus community today.


Dear Wake Forest Students, Faculty and Staff,

Wake Forest University is pleased to announce that the American Academy of Arts and Sciences has elected President Nathan Hatch among its newest members.

One of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies, the Academy is also a leading center for independent policy research. Members contribute to Academy publications and studies of science and technology policy, energy and global security, social policy and American institutions, and the humanities, arts and education.

The Academy membership encompasses over 4,600 Fellows and 600 Foreign Honorary Members and reflects a wide range of disciplines and professions. The current membership includes more than 250 Nobel laureates and more than 60 Pulitzer Prize winners.

As one of only a handful of Wake Foresters to ever be named to the Academy, President Hatch’s 2014 member class includes winners of the Nobel Prize; the Wolf Prize; the Pulitzer Prize; National Medal of the Arts; MacArthur, Guggenheim, and Fulbright Fellowships; and Grammy, Emmy, Oscar and Tony Awards.

Since its founding in 1780, the Academy has elected leading “thinkers and doers” from each generation — from its founders John Adams, James Bowdoin, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and George Washington to Ralph Waldo Emerson, Maria Mitchell and Alexander Graham Bell. Other distinguished members have included Margaret Mead, Jonas Salk, Barbara McClintock, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., Aaron Copland, Martha Graham, John Updike, Georgia O’Keeffe, and John Hope Franklin. Foreign members have included Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein, Winston Churchill, Laurence Olivier, Mary Leakey, John Maynard Keynes, Akira Kurosawa and Nelson Mandela.

The new class will be inducted at a ceremony on October 11, 2014, at the Academy’s headquarters in Cambridge, Mass. A complete list of the new members is available on the Academy’s website.

Please join us in congratulating President Hatch.

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

Gmail for Alumni in the Class of 2014

The Office of Alumni Services sent the following email to graduating seniors about a new Gmail option following graduation.  We hope your graduates will take advantage of it, and/or to keep their email address and mailing address up to date via the Alumni website information update form.


Gmail for Alumni

Congratulations on your upcoming graduation! We hope your years at Wake have been full of wonderful memories and we are so excited to welcome you into the Alumni family!

This year, the Alumni Office and Information Services will be offering Gmail accounts to all graduating students. This Gmail account will be an actual account with access to Google Drive and all of Gmail’s standard functions. It will allow you the opportunity to transfer your existing content (messages, files, contacts) to your new account.

The new accounts were automatically created for you on March 25. You should have already received an email notification from Information Services about this transition, but for more in depth details and instructions, check out the alumni website at

If you have questions or need help with your new account, feel free to reach out to us at Congratulations on your graduation and enjoy the remainder of your time on campus!

The Office of Alumni Services

University Offices Closed April 18

University offices are closed and classes are not being held today, April 18.

However, if you have an urgent need to reach someone at the university because you have a concern that must be addressed quickly, we have designated the University Police as our 24/7 contact.  They can assess the situation and determine who best to address your concern. The 24-hour contact number for  University Police number, 336.758.5591 (non emergency) or 336.758.5911 (emergency). They can get in touch with on-call duty staff 24-hours/day.


Second Round of Housing / Yet to Be Assigned

Residence Life and Housing provided the following information about the Yet to Be Assigned (YTBA) process for student housing.


Second Round of Housing & Dining Selection

There is a second round of the housing and dining selection process which occurs during the middle of the summer every year.  All rising sophomores and juniors that do not select housing during the first round of housing and dining selection process, are automatically placed on the Yet To Be Assigned list (YTBA) to select during the second round. This is a normal part of the assignments process and occurs each year.

During the summer, rooms open up across campus for a number of reasons, including when students decide to go abroad or transfer. We can’t guarantee a single or a particular residence hall, but there will be housing options available for everyone.

Students on the YTBA list will receive an e-mail with a selection day and time in July to go online and select housing from what is available at that time. Students will select in the same priority order (Juniors and then Sophomores). You will not have to have a roommate to select a bed space in a double during this round.

If you have any questions, please contact Kristy Eanes, Coordinator of Assignments at

Residence Life and Housing
Wake Forest University
P.O. Box 7749, Reynolda Station
Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27109
336.758.5185 (p) 336.758.4686 (f)!/WFURLH

Second Round of Housing (Yet To Be Assigned)

Updated Campus Dining Information for April

Campus Dining has provided the following update to their April schedule.


Updated Good Friday hours of operation are available on our homepage.

The Earth Day Old Gold Mag Dinner has been moved to April 17th.

Message from Vice President Rue

The following email was sent to the campus community on April 9th on behalf of Penny Rue, Vice President for Campus Life.


Dear Wake Forest Community,

I’d like to invite you to be a part of a somber conversation on the Wake Forest Campus.  April is a time for reflecting on a serious issue—sexual assault.  At Wake Forest, and on campuses nationwide, events are underway in recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Unfortunately, we began April with a campus-wide crime alert that undercut our commitment to recognizing Sexual Assault Awareness Month as an educational opportunity for the entire University community.

On the second day of this month, the University alerted students, faculty and staff to a student’s report that she had been sexually assaulted on campus.  The message announced some key details about the student’s report, then clumsily included well-intended, but inappropriate recommendations for avoiding sexual assault.  These comments contributed to a culture of victim-blaming that is all too prevalent in our society.  Sexual assault is never a survivor’s fault. Several members of the campus community responded with insightful suggestions to improve our messaging and, as a result, we will bring together a group of students and staff to help us get it right.

Sadly, it is likely such a message will be needed again, as sexual assault is a reality on and off college campuses, and Wake Forest is not immune.

My message today is an opportunity to make some important points.  First, “no” always means “no.”  From the time our students arrive on campus, it is a powerful message that merits repeating.   We also must recognize that the absence of “no” does not mean “yes.”  Many survivors tell us they struggle to find words at all to express their discomfort or fear when experiencing sexual violence.

Second, Wake Forest focuses on preventing sexual assault at the campus level and intervening once violence has occurred at the individual level.  We are striving to create a campus free from harassment, discrimination and gender bias.  This aspiration takes time to achieve, but we are making strides.  It is a community-wide effort, and we invite all to join us in working towards that goal.  At the same time, we are prepared to offer dedicated support and assistance to the survivors of such violence and we pledge to address the perpetrators through campus judicial and criminal proceedings.

April offers an opportunity to learn more about the University’s expectations and resources regarding sexual assault. Start by visiting the Safe Office’s web site.  You can learn much about the resources available both for the survivor and those who want to help create a healthy culture intolerant of sexual assault.  The Safe Office, providing confidential support 24/7, is a major resource for our community.  It can be reached at 336-758-5285.

Safe’s web site also includes a link to the University’s sexual assault policy.  All on our campus can benefit from knowing it.

Meanwhile, learn more about this month’s events that the Safe Office and PREPARE have organized in support of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.  You will find that they have partnered with “FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture” to bring a national advocacy project to campus.  The project is known as “The Monument Quilt.”  There is also “Jeans for Justice Day” on April 24.

Finally, Wake Forest’s message to all is that this University stands behind survivors of sexual assault.  Our community’s commitment is to serve them and their needs, while working to transform our campus into a place where sexual assault is unthinkable.


Penny Rue
Vice President, Campus Life


President Hatch’s Op-ed

As NCAA Division I Board Chair, Wake Forest President Nathan Hatch is at the forefront of navigating the increasingly more complex playing field for today’s student-athlete. Today he co-authored an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal outlining why he believes unionization is a bad idea. The full text follows for your convenience.

Why Unionizing College Sports Is a Bad Call

Change at the NCAA can be achieved without turning
student-athletes into employees

By Lou Anna Simon and Nathan Hatch

The National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Division I men’s and women’s basketball championship games on Monday and Tuesday mark the culmination of a month that saw more than 10,000 student-athletes participate in 23 different championships at all levels of the NCAA.

We are proud to be a part of an organization that inspires the fervor and intensity of March Madness. For us, though, the championship games are about more than spectacle and excitement. Big events like these help the NCAA to provide opportunities for more than 460,000 student-athletes to get an education, to grow under the guidance of the world’s finest coaches and professors, and to become leaders on the field and off.

Those opportunities are being jeopardized by a push from people who believe that unionization for a few is the best and only way to address the current dynamic of college athletics. For now, the unionization push is focused on Northwestern University football student-athletes, but we must see if the National Labor Relations board upholds its recent ruling in favor of Northwestern players who seek to unionize.

We oppose the effort to bring labor unions into college sports. One group of athletes is not more hardworking, more dedicated or more driven than another. Unionization will create unequal treatment not only among student-athletes competing in different sports, but, quite possibly, even among student-athletes on the same team.

Our concerns about this movement extend beyond the economic and practical difficulties created by transforming the college-sports relationship into one of employer-employee. To call student-athletes employees is an affront to those players who are taking full advantage of the opportunity to get an education.

Do we really want to signal to society and high-school students that making money is the reason to come play a sport in college, as opposed to getting an education that will provide lifetime benefits? The NCAA’s philosophy, proven by where the organization spends its money, is education first. More than 90% of NCAA revenue is redistributed to member schools, which provide $2.7 billion in athletics scholarships in addition to other direct support to student-athletes. Most member schools depend on this revenue, as only 23 out of 1,100 generated more money than they spent on athletics in the past fiscal year.

The model we have today enables more than 150,000 young men and women playing more than 20 different Division I sports to attend college and earn a degree while competing – and after their eligibility is complete. Many of these student-athletes would not be able to attend college were it not for the athletics scholarships they received: 15% of Division I student-athletes are the first in their families to attend college. This model provides similar educational opportunities for hundreds of thousands of Division II and III student-athletes every year.

Are those seeking representation by a union raising legitimate concerns? Certainly. We already have begun addressing those concerns by:

  • Allowing schools to provide scholarships to student-athletes to return and complete their degrees even many years after their eligibility has expired.
  • Designing a new governance model that includes student-athletes – with votes – at the highest levels.
  • Allowing schools latitude to provide student-athletes with resources that enhance their educational experience.

Division I is completely reworking its governance structure, with the student-athlete voice central to its design. After our structure is reconfigured in the coming months, we will pursue a number of other student-athlete benefits within a year. The Atlantic Coast Conference, Big Ten Conference, Big 12 Conference, Pacific-12 Conference and Southeastern Conference are committed to using the autonomy they hope to gain to better meet the needs of student-athletes at their 65 schools. Among the top issues to be addressed:

  • Redefining a scholarship to include extra money for things such as trips home and professional clothing.
  • Providing set times for student-athletes to get a break from the rigor of Division I sports.
  • Keeping the health and safety of student-athletes a priority.

Research shows that less than 2% of men’s basketball and football student-athletes go on to compete professionally in their sport. Most student-athletes play college sports as part of their educational experience and simply because they love their sport. We believe that the current model for college athletics, while in need of changes, is worth preserving. We look forward to making student-athletes more complete partners with the NCAA as we shape the future of college sports.

Ms. Simon is the president of Michigan State University and chairwoman of the NCAA executive committee. Mr. Hatch is the president of Wake Forest University and chairman of the NCAA Division I board of directors.

Packing and Shipping Options for Summer 2014

Some parents and families have started inquiring about summer storage and shipping options for their students’ belongings.  If your student needs to purchase boxes and tape and simply needs to ship items home, our own on-campus Mail Services can provide those options.  They ship belongings home, but do not store boxes for the summer.   Your student can check out the Mail Services office in the basement of Benson University Center to discuss his/her box and shipping needs.

For students who want to ship their belongings home at the end of the semester (or have them stored in Winston-Salem over the summer), Wake Forest has a relationship with Eli’s Pack and Ship.  For more details, see the phone and website information below: 

Eli’s Pack & Ship
Eli Bradley

Families are welcome to select their own vendors or service providers.  However, this company is one with whom Wake Forest has an existing vendor relationship.