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Wake Will Campaign Passes $400 Million Mark

President Hatch sent the following message to students, faculty, and staff.


Dear Wake Forest Students, Faculty and Staff,

Thanks to the largest fundraising year in Wake Forest University’s 180-year history, Wake Will: The Campaign for Wake Forest has raised more than $402 million of the $600 million Reynolda Campus goal through just its fourth year.

The University received a record $98.5 million in gifts and commitments between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014, following our public launch of the campaign last October.

Wake Will has had a wide-ranging impact on our campus, including more scholarships and increased financial aid; additional funding for faculty, academic and campus programs; and a number of new, planned and renovated facilities. You can read more about this tremendous milestone in a related WFU news story, in a Q&A with Provost Rogan Kersh on Inside WFU, and on the campaign website.

Unprecedented philanthropic support for Wake Forest – for everything from world-class faculty and undergraduate research, to financial aid and facilities enhancements – helps fulfill our commitment to create opportunity, educate the whole person and inspire excellence.

I would like to thank the entire campus community for your innovative spirit and compelling ideas that have inspired alumni, parents, corporations and foundations to invest in Wake Forest and be part of something special. They give because they believe in you, they believe in us, and they believe in our promise to prepare students to lead lives that matter.


Nathan O. Hatch

Family Weekend Registration Goes Live July 15th

This information is from the Family Weekend Registration Information page:

“Registration Opens Tuesday, July 15!

Registration will open at 10 AM, offering tickets to exciting events and fun t-shirts for families to wear while visiting! Those who have attended in the past may notice that our site looks and functions differently from past years. We hope our latest updates will make registering for the weekend and purchasing your event tickets a breeze! 

Late in the day on Monday, July 14, if you stop by the site you’ll notice that a link to “My Account” has become live in the upper lefthand corner of your screen. Feel free to use this link to create a user account. At 10 AM on the 15th, events will become available to add to your shopping cart. You can access these by clicking the “Purchase” link in the upper left of your screen, or by visiting individual event pages directly from the Family Weekend Schedule of Events.

Your $30 registration fee, just one per family, will be charged when you make your first purchase. And everything you buy will be available for you to pick up when you arrive on campus!

Please feel free to visit our FAQ or call our office at 336-758-4869 if you have questions or trouble getting started. On the 15th, it’s possible the phones could be a little busy, but don’t worry. Events rarely sell out during the first week of sales.

We’re looking forward to seeing you this October!”


Reminder of Emergency Contact During Fourth of July Weekend

As a reminder, most administrative offices work on a Monday-Friday 8:30am-5 pm schedule.  However, with the Fourth of July holiday weekend approaching, we wanted to remind parents and families of how to reach a staff member after hours for urgent requests.

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.

Required Maintenance to the Wireless Network

Information Systems sent the following message to the campus community.


Beginning Wednesday, July 2, 2014, Information Systems will perform required maintenance to the wireless network. The wired network is not affected.

What will happen?

  • From 7:00 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 2, 2014, the wireless network will be unavailable.

  • At 7:30 a.m. the wireless network will be available.

What will I see?

  • Faculty, staff and students will see a pop-up regarding trusting the certificate when connecting to the wireless network. There is no security risk when this pop-up appears and you may accept the certificate to continue. The pop-up you see will be dependent on the operating system you are using. Click on the page to view the possible pop-ups.

  • Visitors to Wake Forest University (non WFU faculty, staff, students) will need new visitor wireless accounts to access the wireless network. A sponsor for the visitor can click on to create a new visitor wireless account.  Sponsors can create new visitor wireless accounts on July 2, 2014 at 7:30 a.m.  Any accounts created prior to this time will cease to function on July 2, 2014 at 7:00 a.m.

How can I get help?

You may contact the Information Systems Service Desk at or 336-758-HELP (4357).

Information Systems Service Desk

Pre-Orientation Programs Available

The Campus Life office is sharing the following information with incoming first-year parents about Pre-Orientation programs.  These programs are wonderful enhancements to the Orientation experience, and can help new students get a head start on making friends and finding a niche on campus.  Please encourage any interested incoming students to consider these programs.


Class of 2018: Make a Fast, Firm and Fun Start to Wake with Pre-Orientation Programs!

For new students looking to understand the Wake Forest and Winston-Salem cultures, meet student and administrative leaders, and connect with fellow classmates, the university is offering several outstanding Pre-Orientation programs:

  • Deacon Camp: August 17-20
  • SPARC: August 17-21
  • Summit: August 18-21
  • World Wide Wake: August 17-20

Check out the descriptions and the deadlines for each program on the New Students website.  Participants get to move in early to their residence hall rooms.  For questions, contact Mike Ford, Associate Dean Campus Life, 336.758-5921.

Break Shuttle Announced

Break Shuttle Wake ForestThe Office of Parking Management announces that it will be working with Break Shuttle, a company that provides motor coach travel during academic breaks.  Please see the Wake Forest page of the Break Shuttle web site for more information.  The Break Shuttle web site also has a FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page, and will have a means to purchase tickets near the beginning of the fall semester.

Information About First Year Student Vehicle Registration

The Office of Parking Management has asked that the following information be shared with parents and families of incoming first year students (Class of 2018) regarding registering vehicles for campus.


Welcome First Year Students!

Anyone student who wishes to park a vehicle on a university parking lot at any time of day or night, including after 5:00 p.m. weekdays, on weekends, during regular business hours of 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. weekdays, and during breaks must register that vehicle with the Parking and Transportation office.

Vehicle Registration for freshman/first year students will begin August 1, 2014. Go online at  to register your vehicle. This website is also a great place to find information about parking during certain events like Thanksgiving, Winter Break or Spring Break.

Freshman Student Permit - $315

Permit Distribution Information:

If you ordered parking permits on or before August 20, 2014:

When: Thursday, August 21, 2014 during Campus Services Day, between 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Where: Benson University Center, Room 344. Look for the “Parking and Transportation” sign. Additional information will be available on alternative transportation (shuttles, Zipzar, etc.) during this time.

If you ordered permits after August 20, 2014:


When:  Monday, August 25 @ 8:30 a.m.

Where: The Parking and Transportation Office in Alumni Hall.  Lobby hours are 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. Expect long lines and delays for distribution at this location. Your Wake Forest ID is required to pick up your permit.

Action: Place both permits (Gate Pass and rear Parking Permit) on your vehicle immediately after picking them up. After moving into your dorm, all freshman/first year cars are required to relocate to the University Corporate Center (UCC) freshman parking lot adjacent to Bridger Field House. The exact location and directions are as follows:

Freshman Student Parking

Turn right onto University Parkway. Proceed on University Parkway to Reynolds Blvd. Turn left onto Reynolds Blvd. Turn right at the second stop light, just past the University Corporate Center.

The freshman parking lot is equipped with a security guard from 10:00 p.m. – 6:00 a.m., is well lite and is equipped with security cameras. Shuttle service is provided on a regular fixed schedule and the schedule can be found at

Occasionally freshman vehicles will need to be relocated to allow for event parking at Bridger Field House. These events are:

  • Home football games
  • The Dixie Classic Fair
  • Davis Cup Tennis Tournament
  • Other Miscellaneous athletic events, as announced


Contact Us:

Parking and Transportation
336-758-PARK (Don’t forget to mark Parking and Transportation email as “safe” so you can get all email announcements from the Parking and Transportation office!)
Location: Alumni Hall, Suite 138.
Lobby hours: 8:30 a.m. -4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Because of the large volume of calls we expect in August, if you cannot speak to someone, leave a detailed message with your question/concern, name, WFUID number and a contact number to call you back. We will return your call as soon as possible!

Important Message Regarding Campus Access June 6-7

The following message has been sent to the campus community from Communications and External Relations.


As Wake Forest assists in preparing for Dr. Maya Angelou’s memorial service, event planners are striving to meet the substantial security, parking and traffic management and other important needs associated with Saturday’s service.  Dr. Angelou’s family appreciates the generous support and cooperation demonstrated in recent days by our campus community.

Event planners need the help and flexibility of University faculty and staff to create a successful service. Event planners have attempted to identify all activities planned to take place on campus between 6 p.m. Friday, June 6 and 2 p.m. Saturday, June 7.  Activities planned between these hours are likely to experience significant disruption due to security measures preventing easy access to campus and causing traffic and parking issues.

The University requests that any events or activities set during that time be delayed until after 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon, moved off-campus or cancelled, if possible.  Other alternatives include parking campus visitors off campus and bringing them to campus on a University shuttle. As soon as possible, please call Parking and Transportation at 758-2558 or e-mail Alex Crist in that office to arrange for shuttle service.

You may contact Kevin Cox at 758-5197 or 391-6747 to discuss the unique nature of your event and alternatives.

In addition, the University recommends that faculty and staff avoid campus and surrounding access roads Saturday morning and early afternoon. Campus security likely will be tight, campus access will be slow, and traffic at times will be much higher than usual for a summer Saturday.

Instructions for campus may change as security requirements evolve this week.

Anyone who drives onto campus, without being on a University shuttle, will be required to have a Wake Forest ID, Wake Forest parking pass or an invitation to the memorial service.  The University’s gatehouses will be in operation during the hours stated above as part of security measures associated with the service.  Residents of the Faculty Drive and Belle Vista neighborhoods will have access, as they regularly do.

As a reminder, the service will be livestreamed on the University website

Thank you for your cooperation, patience and support.

June 3 Planned Phone Outage

On Tuesday, June 3, 2014, between 6:00 p.m. and midnight, Information Systems will perform required maintenance on the University’s telephone system. During this time period, there will be two outages lasting up to fifteen minutes each during which telephone services will be disrupted. Telephone services impacted during this outage include desk phones and video conferencing using 4-digit dialing.

Locations impacted include all on-campus and all off-campus locations serviced by our telephone system: Graylyn, Reynolda House, Reynolda Village, Bridger Field House, Deacon Tower, Baseball Stadium, Indoor Tennis Center, Cardiac Rehabilitation Center, Russell Building, Joel Coliseum, University Corporate Center, Human Resources House, and the Library Warehouse.

During the two 15 minute outages:

  • No telephone service will be available.

  • A phone call or video conference call in progress will drop.

  • No voice mail may be left or retrieved for campus phone extensions.

  • Voice mail will NOT queue for later delivery.

  • No existing messages in your voice mailbox will be lost.

  • In the event of an emergency while the phone system is unavailable, Campus Police can be contacted by dialing 336-759-0443 from a mobile phone.

We appreciate your patience during this time. If you have any questions, please contact us at

Information Systems Service Desk

Memorial Service for Dr. Maya Angelou

The following message was sent to the campus community from President Nathan O. Hatch.


Dear Wake Forest students, faculty and staff,

Dr. Maya Angelou’s family has arranged a private memorial service in Wait Chapel on Saturday, June 7 at 10 a.m.

We are honored that people will gather here to say their farewells and pay their respects to our beloved teacher who made her home in Winston-Salem and discovered her passion for teaching at Wake Forest University.

Because the family has decided to have a closed service primarily for family and friends of Dr. Angelou, access to campus will be limited on Saturday. The Office of Communications and External Relations will provide additional traffic and parking information later this week.

Wake Forest will broadcast the service live at

I hope you have had the opportunity to visit our remembrance site at, where you may share memories or condolences.

As we reflect upon Dr. Angelou’s legacy, let us remember her words, “I’m not a writer who teaches. I’m a teacher who writes. But I had to work at Wake Forest to know that.”


Nathan O. Hatch