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Students Report a Robbery and Attempted Robbery across from Campus Tonight

The following message was sent to the campus community on Wednesday evening November 11th.


The Winston-Salem Police Department is investigating tonight (November 11) reports by two Wake Forest graduate students of a robbery and an attempted robbery near the University. Neither student was injured in the separate incidents.

A female graduate student reported to University Police that that two dark-skinned men demanded her cell phone at approximately 8:30 p.m. tonight on Howell Street, directly across from Wake Forest’s University Parkway entrance.  She told the men the phone was broken and they did not take it.  She described one man as holding a stick.

Immediately afterward, two dark-skinned men, carrying firearms, approached a male graduate student on Howell Street and demanded his wallet and cell phone.  After taking his wallet and phone, the men drove away in a dark-colored, four-door car. The student said it appeared two other people were in the car. They drove in a direction away from the campus.  The male student called the Winston-Salem Police Department.

Wake Forest police have checked the Wake Forest campus and have not seen any evidence of the suspected robbers coming onto campus.

If anyone has information that may assist in the investigation, they are encouraged to call the Winston-Salem Police Department at 911 or 336-773-7700. They may also call the University Police Department at 336-758-5911.

Both incidents are under investigation by the Winston-Salem Police Department, with assistance by the University Police Department.


Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

Thanksgiving Break Residence Hall Information

Residence Life and Housing has provided residence hall information about the Thanksgiving Break.  The orange images you see below are doorhangers with information that students will receive on their doors prior to the break.

Residence Halls are open throughout Thanksgiving Break.  For students going away during the break, they must complete the tasks as specified on the door hangtags that will be distributed.

As a reminder, there is information about Thanksgiving break dining options here.

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Funeral Announcement for Jordan Bayer

The family of Wake Forest junior Jordan Bayer has announced plans for his funeral. Jordan died Friday evening following a car accident in Charlotte on Thursday.

The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 13 at St. Mary of the Assumption Church at 5 Linden Place in Brookline, Mass.

On Thursday, Nov. 12, visiting hours will be from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Bell-O’Dea Funeral Home at 376 Washington St. in Brookline.

A campus memorial service is expected to be held at a later date.

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

Community Invited to Come Together Tonight Following Passing of Jordan Bayer

The following message is sent on behalf of Vice President for Campus Life Penny Rue:

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

In response to the heartbreaking news of the recent passing of WFU Junior Jordan Bayer, grieving members of the community are invited to come together at 7 pm Tonight, Saturday November 7, in Davis Chapel.  Staff from the Office of the Chaplain, University Counseling Center, and Campus Life will be present to provide support.

Additionally, counselors from the University Counseling Center will be available in Farrell Hall Room 157,Sunday November 8, between 2 pm5 pm for any community member who would like to talk.

Grief affects each of us differently, and there is no “right way” to grieve.  Please visit this page on UCC website for additional guidance about grief.  Let us work to support one another as we begin to heal from this loss.


Penny Rue
Vice President for Campus Life

Jordan Thomas Bayer

Dear Wake Forest Students, Faculty and Staff,

I am saddened to inform you that Jordan Thomas Bayer, a junior from Brookline, Massachusetts, died Friday evening at a Charlotte hospital following a car accident in Charlotte.

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

Jordan was a mathematical business major. He was also a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity.

The University will share information on services for Jordan when that information is available.  A campus memorial service is expected to be held in the future.

Each of us is affected by loss in different ways, and there is no right way to grieve. I encourage you to take care of yourselves and your fellow Deacs during this difficult time.

Wake Forest offers support and counseling services for all students, faculty and staff. The University Counseling Center may be reached at 758-5273 and the Office of the Chaplain may be contacted at 758-5210.  For faculty and staff, there is also the Employee Assistance Program at 716-5493. Please do not hesitate to seek support.


Nathan O. Hatch

LENS@Wake Forest – Our Signature Summer Program for High School Students

Attention Wake Forest parents and families:

Do you have a high school student seeking a fun, challenging, and unique summer experience?  LENS@Wake Forest provides students an interdisciplinary and experiential learning environment characteristic of the liberal arts education – without the pressure of grades or credit.

Rising high school juniors and seniors spend three weeks living on campus discovering how to change the way they learn, the way they think and the way they lead.

Explore our two exceptional academic opportunities:  Global Sustainability or Cultural Crossroads.  Access the application and learn more at


Wake Forest Summer Immersion Program for High School Students

The following information from the Wake Forest Charlotte Center might be of interest to parents of high school students.


Are you ready for your best summer yet?

The Wake Forest Summer Immersion Program is an unforgettable experience that allows rising sophomores, juniors and seniors the opportunity to test-drive their career goals and get a glimpse of the future. Led by renowned industry experts, this five-day experience includes sessions taught by Wake Forest faculty, access to industry professionals, facility tours and even the chance to live on campus for the week.*

Select programs will take place both at the Wake Forest University Charlotte Center, and on the Winston-Salem Reynolda campus.

Summer 2016 programs include:
Business & Entrepreneurship Institute*
Law Institute
Leadership Institute
Medicine Institute*
Sports Marketing Institute
Technology Institute

*Also offered as a residential program in Winston-Salem on the Wake Forest Reynolda campus.

Wake Forest is offering an Early Bird Discount code for those who enroll and depositbefore December 1, 2015. Apply today and use discount code: SIPEarlyBird to receive $100 off.

Enrollment is limited and by application only. Scholarship is available for those who qualify. For more information, or to apply today, please visit

Your best summer yet awaits! Don’t delay, apply today!

*Join us Sunday, January 10th from 4:00-6:00 pm for a Summer Immersion Open House at the Wake Forest Charlotte Center. Learn more about our programs and an opportunity to win a scholarship!

Kyla Acie
Pre-College Programs
Wake Forest University

Ta-Nehisi Coates to Deliver Voices of Our Time Address

The following message was sent to faculty, staff, and students on November 3rd from President Hatch.


Dear Faculty, Staff and Students,

I’m pleased to share that Ta-Nehisi Coates, a national correspondent for the Atlantic and author of The New York Times bestseller, “Between the World and Me,” will speak Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. in Wait Chapel as part of the Voices of Our Time speaker series.

Coates is a finalist for the National Book Award and was recently named a 2015 MacArthur “Genius” grant winner.

The event is free, though tickets are required. They can be reserved online at or by calling 336-758-5237. Wake Forest faculty, staff and students have an opportunity to reserve tickets in advance of the public announcement tomorrow, Nov. 4.

Voices of Our Time is a guest speaker series that exposes students, the Wake Forest community and the general public to some of the world’s leading thinkers — including scholars, scientists, writers, business and public policy leaders, activists and religious leaders — for discussions about timely national and international issues.

I hope you will join me in welcoming Ta-Nehisi Coates on Nov. 17.


Nathan O. Hatch

Class to Prepare Students for Study Abroad

The Center for Global Programs and Studies has a class that might be of interest to students who are studying abroad in summer or fall 2016.  Students can see the flyer below for more information on how to register.

study abroad class

Thanksgiving Food Service Options

Campus Dining has announced that Hours of Service will temporarily shift due to Thanksgiving Break.  More information about hours will be available in the coming weeks at  There is also information available in the November Dining Update 2015.

There are other options for students who are staying on campus for Thanksgiving to have shuttles to local grocery stores and shopping venues, as well as a free meal from the ZSR Library.

Thanksgiving Meals On Campus