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LENS@Wake Forest Program for High School Students

The LENS@Wake Forest program has made the following information available to Wake Forest families.  Please consider the LENS@Wake Forest program for your own high school students, or feel free to refer others to the LENS@Wake Forest web site.


LENS@Wake Forest is now accepting applications from rising high school juniors and seniors for our 2014 summer program.  I invite you to share the program information below with students, families, colleagues and other interested parties.

As the University’s flagship summer program for high school students, LENS@Wake Forest is a three-week summer experience that equips current high school students with an academic foundation necessary to become global citizens.  The 2014 academic theme is Global Sustainability.

The Experiential Classroom offers participants hands-on opportunities to explore scientific concepts underlying current issues of sustainability.  Living Labs allow participants to explore local businesses and industries incorporating principles of sustainability.  The Writing Seminar provides skills necessary to communicate with a broad range of audiences and introduces students to college-level writing.  Working in small groups, students partner with a community agency to research a sustainability-related need and put their knowledge into action through Service Learning Projects.  In addition to interactive learning, LENS offers a variety of fun activities to introduce the social life of college.

If you have a child or know a student who desires a meaningful way to gain academic and problem-solving skills while experiencing collegiate life, encourage them to apply now for LENS@Wake Forest:  LEARN. EXPERIENCE. NAVIGATE. SOLVE.

Rising high school juniors and seniors are eligible to apply.  Program dates for 2014 are June 23 – July 11.

Questions?  Contact Janice Claybrook at or 336-758-2561.



University Police Safety Tips for February

University Police has shared the following information about dating violence as part of its ongoing safety awareness program.   Also, students are encouraged to like Wake Forest University Police Department on Facebook.  In addition to seeing updates and tips about safety, they will be entered into a drawing to win an iPad on February 25.


University Police Resource Officers will be focusing on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Awareness in February.

Dating/Relationship Violence is the intentional use of abusive tactics and physical force in order to obtain power and control. It is not just physical violence, it is emotional and psychological as well. Here are some signs that you might be in a relationship that is not healthy. Does your partner:

Track your time

Accuse you of being unfaithful

Criticize you for little things

Anger easily when drinking or taking drugs

Force you to have sex when you say no

Make you feel worthless or powerless

Intimidate or harass you verbally or physically

Become inappropriately jealous

If so you need to seek the services of Victims Assistance with University Police.


Sexual assault is any form of unwanted sexual contact obtained without consent and/or through the use of force, intimidation or coercion. If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted:

Get to a safe place

Call University Police

Seek medical assistance from Student Health (336.758.5218,) Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center (336.713.9000,) or Forsyth Medical Center (336.718.2001).


Prior to seeking medical attention:

Do not take a shower

Do not change your clothes

Do not take medications

Do not urinate if possible

Seek a friend you can trust to be with you.


On or off campus, Wake Forest University Victims Assistance will assist you.  Contact them by calling 336.758.5591 or you can speak with a PREPARE student advocate by calling 336.671.7075.

Obtain counseling at University Counseling Center (336.758.5273).

Have a Senior Student? OPCD is Here to Help with Their Post-Graduate Plans

The Office of Personal and Career Development asked to have this message shared with Wake Forest families.


A student’s life is often filled with academics, social and extracurricular commitments, and all that college life offers. For many, thoughts of careers and life beyond Wake don’t arise until senior year is upon them. The Office of Personal and Career Development (OPCD) is working to change that mindset and encourage students to start the journey as early as freshman year, but rest assured that no matter when a student decides to start, we’re always here to help.

Now is the perfect time to encourage your senior student to take the reins. The office’s resources cover the spectrum of student needs. From career exploration and discovery tools such as assessments and mind mapping to internship and job search tools such as resume reviews and mock interviews – OPCD creates a safe and supportive environment for students.

Helping students pursue their passions and getting them on track to achieving fulfillment is a worthwhile investment. The staff of expert career and personal development professionals of OPCD come to know students by name and are excited to partner in their future success.

Making an appointment is easily done by walk-in or having your son or daughter call 336.758.5902. Students can also familiarize themselves with the office resources by visiting

February Dining Update

ARAMARK has provided a February 2014 Dining Update.  Your students may wish to take advantage of some of the special events and new dining venues.

Wake Forest Reynolda Campus to Open 10 A.M. Thursday Jan. 30

Because of weather conditions, the Reynolda Campus of Wake Forest University will open at 10 a.m. Thursday, January 30.

Classes scheduled to start before 10 a.m. will not meet Thursday.

The University Black and Gold shuttle lines will begin running at 9:20 a.m. Thursday.

Please see the Wake Alert website for any other announcements that may be made.


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WFU Classes and Offices to Open at 11 A.M. Today Jan. 29

Because of weather conditions, the Reynolda Campus of Wake Forest University will open at 11 a.m. today, January 29.

Classes scheduled to start before 11 a.m. will not meet today.

The University’s Black and Gold shuttle lines will begin running at 9:20 a.m. today.

Please see the Wake Alert website for any other announcements that may be made.


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Reynolda Campus to Close Today at 3 p.m.

Due to weather conditions, the Reynolda Campus of Wake Forest University is closing today at 3 p.m.

Classes and labs currently in session may continue at the instructor’s decision.

For those planning to attend afternoon and evening events, check with the host or sponsoring organization.


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Wake Alternative Break

The Volunteer Service Corps e-newsletter included an item about applying for Wake Alternative Break, which provides students with service opportunities over Spring Break.  The deadline to apply to Wake Alternative Break is this Friday, January 24.

If your student is interested, he or she must log into the Org Sync website, where the information is located (note: students must log in with their Wake ID and password). A description of the Wake Alternative Break trips (as listed in the Org Sync website) is below.


1. Campus Kitchen Food Insecurity: Students will travel to Washington, DC to work with DC Central Kitchen and learn more about food insecurity and how the organization addresses it and systemic homelessness in the District.  You can learn more about the DCCK by visiting their website at David Hale and Brittany Forniotis will be serving as leaders.

2. Chicago Urban Hispanic Outreach: Students will learn about the needs of and services for recent immigrants and Hispanic residents in an Urban setting by volunteering at Casa Central in Chicago. The group will mainly be working with children and youth but some other service is possible as well.

3. Environmental Conservation in Knoxville, TN:Students will serve with two Americorps projects in Knoxville focused on waste reduction and environmental conservation.  They will be hosted by recent Wake Forest alums serving as Americorps members, Denoia Woods and Laura Coats.

4. Everglades Conservation Trip: Students will stay at the Everglades Hostel and do conservation work at two national parks and a sea turtle habitat. Because of the distance to this trip, a staff adviser will accompany the group.

5. Health Outreach in Baltimore:  Students will serve with health clinics in Baltimore that address health disparities affecting at-risk populations.  This trip was developed by Rachel Tay and she will be serving as one of the leaders.

6. Literacy Staycation: Students interested in staying in Winston-Salem over Spring Break can serve in collaboration with the ZSR Library on this staycation WAB trip!  The trip’s cost is much reduced, $100, and students will serve with El Buen Pastor and other community partners working to advance literacy in Winston-Salem.  In the evenings students will have access to special locations on campus and exciting opportunities in the community.

7. New Orleans Rebuilding Together Trip: Students will continue to work in communities still damaged by Hurricane Katrina. Rebuilding Together is one of the most consistent agencies active in New Orleans before, during, and after the storm.

8. New Orleans Education and Food Security: Students will serve with Blair Grocery, an alternative school and 10 acre urban farm in the Lower Ninth Ward.  They will work with the farm and help lead social justice education programs. For more information on Blair Grocery, visit  Kelsey Wessels has developed this trip and will serve as one of the leaders.

9. Virginia State Parks Conservation: Students will serve in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley with the Virginia State Parks service combating invasive species, performing trail restoration, and exploring the beautiful mountains.

10. Youth Empowerment in Nashville, TN: Students will serve with a variety of organizations serving youth with a diversity of needs including the Ronald McDonald House and youth with special needs. Leaders for this trip have already been selected as it was developed by Sarah Fine and Alexa Erb.

Sean Randolph

In December, Wake Forest lost a member of our community.  Sean Randolph died on December 21 in a single-vehicle accident in Winston-Salem.

The University will hold a memorial service for Sean on Tuesday, January 21, at 6 p.m. in Wait Chapel.  All are invited.

His funeral service was held on December 30 in Highland, California. Sean came to Wake Forest as a student from California.

Sean had earned enough credits for graduation at the time of his death, but his degree was yet to be conferred.

Sean had been a student-athlete at Wake Forest.  He was a member of the men’s soccer team from 2009-2012.

We extend our condolences to Sean’s 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 Sean’s family and friends find comfort and support as they grieve his loss and remember his life.


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Reaching the University After Hours or on Holidays

Monday, January 20 is the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday observance.  University offices will be closed.

As a reminder, 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.