July 2014 | Office of the Provost

Wake Will Campaign passes $400 million mark

A message from President Nathan Hatch

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.

Sakai has new functionality, an updated look and feel

A message from Wake Forest University Information Systems

On July 5, Information Systems performed an upgrade to Sakai, Wake Forest University’s learning management system. Sakai has new functionality as well as an updated look and feel. Upgrades include improved features to the Resources, Gradebook, and Section Info tools as well as major additions and improvements to Lessons (which is now turned on by default), Test and Quizzes, Profile 2, Forums and Messages. Visit What’s New in Sakai 2.9 for more information.

A number of resources are available to help you navigate the new Sakai. Check out theProfessional Development Center (PDC) for a list of Sakai related classes, find tips and how to’s on the Sakai page in help.wfu.edu, or contact your Instructional Technologist or technology support staff member.

88.5 WFDD receives national awards, hires news director

88.5 WFDD, the public radio station licensed to Wake Forest University, has won three national awards for excellence in radio broadcasting.

The station received two awards from Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI), an organization committed to the highest standards of journalistic ethics and excellence, which recognizes the best of local public radio news in a wide array of categories, and one Gabriel Award from The Catholic Academy of Communication Professionals, which created the award in 1965 “to recognize outstanding artistic achievement in a television or radio program or series which entertains and enriches with a true vision or humanity and a true vision of life.”

Both are annual competitions.

88.5 WFDD received the Gabriel Award in the category of Arts-Local Release for a Triad Arts Weekend episode entitled “From Graphic Design to Geek Girl Rising,” a show that covered SECCA’s Graphic Design: Now in Production exhibit and the Comic Book City Con in Greensboro, with a special panel discussion called “Geek Girl Rising.” The episode aired on October 25, 2013.

From PRNDI, 88.5 WFDD received a First Place award in the Commentary category for a Real People, Real Stories commentary called, “Fight or Flight,” in which commentator Tracy Morrison describes how she managed her fear after her five-year-old son received a diagnosis of diabetes. The commentary was broadcast on October 7, 2013. The station also received a First Place award in the category of Best News Feature for “Possible Twist in Winston-Salem Northern Beltway.” This story, concerning a lawsuit regarding Winston-Salem proposed 34-mile Northern Beltway, was produced by Kathryn Mobley and aired on March 5, 2013.

88.5 WFDD’s general manager, Tom Dollenmayer, expressed support and enthusiasm for the News and Triad Arts teams, adding that, “they are dedicated to bringing substantive stories and news reports to our listeners on a daily basis. These awards recognize the hard work of all members of the teams.”

Dollenmayer also announced that at the end of July, Emily Blacklin McCord will join the 88.5 WFDD staff as news director. McCord comes to 88.5 WFDD from Public Radio station WYSO in Ohio, where she served as news director. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and has more than a decade of experience in public radio news. Her reporting has earned her numerous AP awards, as well as a Gabriel Award.

88.5 WFDD, Public Radio for the Piedmont, is a broadcast service of Wake Forest University and is the only public radio station of its kind located in the Piedmont Triad. It broadcasts news, information, and public affairs programming covering the arts, people, and institutions in the area from its Winston-Salem studios. The state’s charter NPR® member, 88.5 WFDD is the longest continuously-broadcasting public radio station in North Carolina.