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September 16 – Intermittent Outages Affecting Access to the Internet

On Tuesday, September 16, 2014, between 6:30 a.m. and 7:00 a.m., there will be intermittent campus computing network outages affecting access to the Internet due to required maintenance.

We apologize for the inconvenience this work may cause you. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at 336-758-4357 (HELP) or

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Campus Memorial Service for Randy Runyan

A campus memorial service will be held September 22 for Randy Runyan, a Wake Forest student who died last May as a result of an automobile accident in Kentucky.

The service will be held at 5:30 p.m. in Wait Chapel.  Randy’s family will join the University community in the service organized by the Office of the Chaplain to celebrate his life.

Randy was a member of the Class of 2015.  He was a double major in psychology and sociology.

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

A Message from President Hatch

Dear Wake Forest,

Last February, Melvin Washington (’14) delivered a senior oration titled, “Who is Wake Forest?” During Melvin’s provocative remarks about the power of diversity he said, “I walk past the same majestic chapel, wait in the same long lines at Subway, take some of the same classes, and in May I’ll cross the same stage, but our Wake Forests are different. Our Wake Forests are different because our experiences are different. Our experiences are different because we’re all different people. However, there is beauty in that difference and its intersections where we all consider ourselves Deacs.”

Over the past several weeks, students from different races and backgrounds have united under the banner of “Forward Together” to demand action and accountability for a Wake Forest that will stand together, in the intersections of our different experiences, and proclaim that racism, bias and cultural insensitivities will not be accepted as part of the Wake Forest experience.

As students took to social media, raw emotion, aggression and defensiveness drowned out the mutual desire for justice, inclusion and equity. Emotion is a sign we care. We care about issues of identity and race and about being understood. All of us – faculty, staff, students and administrators – care.

All of us came to Wake Forest to learn. We pride ourselves on educating the whole person and extending learning beyond the classroom. Now is the time to put our holistic approach to education to the test.

I encourage you to learn from each other. Avoid the anonymity of social media for the weekend and talk to someone with a Wake Forest experience different from your own – face to face. Take the time to read the action steps currently being implemented by University Police and Campus Life, distributed yesterday by Vice President Penny Rue. Embrace the opportunities to live in the intersection of our differences.

Wake Forest will be better for your efforts.

Nathan O. Hatch

A Message from Vice President Penny Rue to the Campus

To the Wake Forest community,

In my first year at Wake Forest, many people — students, faculty and staff — took time to tell me what was special about Wake Forest, and for that I am grateful.  It helped me begin to know this place in a deeply meaningful way.  Others took the time to tell me what they think is wrong about Wake Forest, and for that I am even more grateful.  Wake has a quest for excellence, and in that quest we must be fearless in our ability to look honestly and constructively at our community.

One of the most searing moments of my first year was a Town Hall meeting, organized by students last spring, to share concerns about bias and mistreatment from university police.  Their stories were poignant and painful, and they underscored what I had already learned: that not all Deacs feel the same sense of inclusion.  As one African American student had said to me, “Oh, we feel welcome, Wake is a welcoming place.  We just don’t feel valued.”  This must change.

As a previous message to the community sent by Assistant Provost Barbee Oakes and me stated, the recently released report investigating bias in the police department was conducted by independent consultants.  What is clear in reading this report is that we have much work to do to improve our police interactions and to gain the trust of the university community.  This pressing need connects us to a national conversation about injustice in our country, as it should.   These actions have already begun, and include comprehensive bias training for police personnel, recruiting for diversity in the department, independent investigations of complaints, and improved community relations and communication.  (See Appendix A for a more complete list of actions.)

In addition to the steps being taken to improve policing, we are creating opportunities to listen closely to student concerns and pursue a more just community, including an upcoming Deliberative Dialogue on Campus Climate led by the Pro Humanitate Institute.  Bias incidents are receiving prompt response due to our new on-line Bias reporting option.  A group of student leaders are working with the Pro Humanitate Institute to bring Sustained Dialogue to the Wake Forest campus.  Intercross-cultural capacity educational oportunities are being developed by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Center for Global Programs and Studies.  Below you will see our division’s strategic priorities.  These will guide us through the challenges we face together.

•       Lead a comprehensive approach to student and community wellbeing

•       Integrate civic engagement and responsibility locally and globally

•       Foster an inclusive culture of peer engagement, leadership and accountability

•       Cultivate a community where all students feel a sense of belonging and are valued contributing members

•       Prepare students to lead in a diverse environment with cultural fluency

 It has been my life’s work to partner with students to strengthen a shared sense of community and inclusion. I and my colleagues pledge to work side by side with interested and committed students to create a healthy climate for all.  I invite you to share your thoughts about how best to accomplish this critical goal.  Working together, I know we can accomplish it.

Please join me in renewing our commitment to creating a truly engaged and inclusive community characterized by student ownership and engagement.


Penny Rue
Vice President for Campus Life


Appendix A

University Police Department (UPD) Action Plan


Training and Community Awareness

Note: calendar of activities for ’14-’15 academic year are being created in conjunction with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) and the Professional Development Center (PDC).


Month Program Coordinated By
May  UPD Full Staff meeting ODI conducted a Gatekeepers Refresher Session UPD & ODI
June UPD Leadership Team Projects UPD & PDC
July Planning for UPD to complete Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) UPD & ODI

  • 13
  • 28
UPD Staff Meeting Safe Zones Refresher & IDI Presentation Add statistics to WebsiteUpdate email threadRelease ReportBiased Incident Reporting Kick Off with Bias Incident Response Team (BIRT) UPD, ODI & LGBTQ Center   UPD & Campus Life Partners Campus Life Partners Campus Life Partners
Fall Semester Host First Collegiate Trust Talks with WSPD BIRT Team Training and Community Awareness Sessions Launch Cook Ross Unconscious Biased Training for UPD and other Campus Life partners “Train the Trainer” Models for potential instructors “Coffee with a Cop” Sessions BIRT Training for Team, UPD and Public Information Session UPD, ODI & Winston-Salem Police Department (WSPD) UPD & ODI  UPD & ODI  UPD & ODI  UPD ODI, UPD & BIRT Team w/ Margolis Healy and Associates
Spring Semester Citizen Police Academy Senior Celebration UPD ODI & UPD
To be determined Town Hall Meeting Student Leaders


Additional Departmental Training

Training Conducted By
Gatekeepers I ODI
Gatekeepers II ODI
Gatekeepers III ODI
Safe Zones LGBTQ Center
Verbal Judo NC Justice Academy
Security Officer Training NC Justice Academy


Other Activities to Enhance Community Awareness and Communication

  • Engage and partner with Faculty Fellows to meet students where they live
  • Develop Citizens Police Academy and recruit attendees for Spring Break 2015
  • Establish WFU Student Patrol program
  • Involve students  to help plan and participate in Scenarios Videos
    • How many ways can you contact UP?
    • See something – say something!
    • What should you do if an officer or university official approaches you and you are in the possession of alcohol?
    • Why should you always have your WFU ID? Talk about officer’s role in asking for student ID

Ensure Respectful Communication

Require respectful communication that begins with leadership team and is clearly communicated, understood and supported bottom up, top down and sideways throughout the department.

  • Sergeants and Corporals developing plan to support five Campus Life strategic goals throughout department
  • Expedite objective complaint response process by outsourcing complaint investigations
  • Video all interactions with existing Body Cameras
  • Randomly review officer and communications interactions for quality control
  • Develop police department contact follow up survey
  • Explore officer exchange program with WSSU to enhance communications skills
  • Trust Talks with WFUPD, WSPD and Students, Faculty, Staff
  • All personnel are taking Intercultural Development Inventory to become more aware of their unconscious biases 

Recruit for Diversity 

This is a high priority. As a private institution, WFU officers do not receive state law enforcement benefits.  As a result, our most qualified applicants are seeking second career.

  • Working with HR to develop comprehensive plan
  • Incorporated a role play scenario to screen for awareness and sensitivity to cultural diversity into selection process for all employees
  • Contacting “high achieving” officers from other agencies and having conversations
  • Continuing to research opportunities for WSSU officers to assist with NPHC events  

Equity in IFC Social Events in Lounges and NPHC Large Venue Requirements

Responsibility for Barn Management rests with the Office of Dean of Students. The Large Venue Event Guidelines Task Force is currently meeting to address:

  • Revisions to the guidelines
  • Communications plan for the revised guidelines
  • Capacity
  • Presale tickets and ticket distribution
  • Staffing (numbers and level of supervisor on scene)
  • Event management staff
  • Pre and post event requirements and meetings
  • ID scanning and security technology
  • Event action plans

Increase the monitoring of IFC lounge events by event management staff, police or security personnel.

Aligning Day Shift Supervisors with Night Shift Supervisors

  • Immediate initiatives include a supervisor planning session, summer leadership development and team projects
  • Short term plan is to rotate shifts and supervisor assignments
  • Longer term project is to create a Patrol Lieutenant with Day Shift Sergeant over each squad and night shift Corporal

ID Checks

  • Additional Training
  • Signs in strategic areas
  • Researching handheld ID scan technology to be used in the field

U.S. News Ranks WFU Among Top 30 National Universities

U.S. News and World Report’s 2015 Best Colleges guide ranked Wake Forest University 27th among 280 national universities.

Wake Forest has been ranked in the top 30 in the national universities category for 19 consecutive years. The University has been ranked in the top 25 five times.

Last year, Wake Forest was in a five-way tie for 23rd in its overall ranking with Carnegie Mellon University, the University of California-Los Angeles, the University of Southern California and the University of Virginia. This year, Wake Forest tied with Tufts University.

“We are proud of the educational experience that we offer at Wake Forest,” said Wake Forest University President Nathan O. Hatch. “As we focus on preparing individuals to lead lives that matter, we are pleased to be recognized among the top national universities for the exceptional quality of our institution.”

Read the full story at the Wake Forest News Center.

Friday’s the Big Day

Communications and External Relations sent the following email to the campus community.


Friday’s the Big Day!

We’re kicking off Thrive, Wake Forest’s comprehensive approach to wellbeing, with an interactive festival September 5 from 3-6 pm on Manchester Plaza.

The Wake Forest community is also invited to attend two very important groundbreaking ceremonies on campus earlier that day:

– Sutton Center at Historic W.N. Reynolds Gymnasium, 2 pm at Poteat Field

– McCreary Fieldhouse, 3:30 pm at Parking Lot F, adjoining the Doc Martin Football Practice Complex

We hope you can join us as we celebrate wellbeing at Wake Forest.


Thrive event email blast2

September 2014 Dining Update

ARAMARK/Campus Dining has shared the September 2014 Dining Update  with the Parent Programs Office.

Important Parking Information for Sept. 3-5

The University will temporarily close some parking areas to accommodate events planned for September 5.  On that day, the University will kick off its comprehensive approach to wellbeing, called Thrive, and celebrate groundbreaking ceremonies for the Sutton Center at historic W. N. Reynolds Gymnasium and the McCreary Field House.

Parking lots to be affected include F, U and U2:

— Lot F: Motor vehicles should be removed from Lot F by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, September 3. A limited number of spaces will be available to faculty and staff in Lot F on Thursday, September 4 until 5 p.m. Lot F will be closed all day on Friday, September 5. The lot is located on Wingate Road between the football practice field and the Facilities Management and Campus Services buildings.

— Lots U and U2: Motor vehicles should be out of the lots U and U2 by 5 p.m. on September 4. Lot U will be partially closed on September 5 and Lot U2 will be completely closed on that day. Both lots are near Palmer and Piccolo residence halls.

To assist faculty and staff who normally park in those lots, shuttle service will be available on September 5 to assist any who opt to park, instead, in a University lot off Long Drive, across from Winston-Salem First Church.  A shuttle will run from that lot to the southern area of campus from 7 to 9 a.m. and again from 4 to 6 p.m. on September 5.

The University appreciates the cooperation and patience of faculty and staff who typically park in these lots.

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations


Celebration of Rev. Bob McGee’s Life

A celebration of the life of the Rev. Bob McGee will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, September 6, in Wait Chapel.
Rev. McGee, known to many on campus as Father Bob, died August 30 in Winston-Salem.  He served the University community for more than 30 years as the Episcopal campus minister.
More information about the September 6 service is available in an obituary published in today’s Winston-Salem Journal and on the Hayworth-Miller web site.
Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

Career Tips and Resources from the OPCD

The Office of Personal and Career Development (OPCD) wanted to make families aware of the following events and programs available to your students.


Walk-in Hours:  We are accepting walk-in career coaching appointments every Monday-Thursday from 10:00 – 12:00 and 1:00 – 4:00 as well asFriday from 1:00 – 4:00 until September 17, 2014.  We are also welcoming Resume, Cover Letter, and LinkedIn Profile reviews from 1:00 – 4:00 on Monday-Thursday. 

Work Experience Report: Please encourage your son or daughter to submit their work experience for this past summer and academic year.  Whether they had a full or part-time job or an unpaid internship, their information is helpful for other students and necessary for institutional reporting. They can submit their details at 

Career Fair: September 17th from 12:00-4:00 in Benson 401.  The Fall Career Fair will take place on September 17th from 12:00pm–4:00pm in Benson 401.  Students should be dressed in interview attire and ready to network with potential employers. 

For additional information on upcoming events and programs sponsored by the Office of Personal and Career Development, please visit our website at