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Faculty
and Student
Panel
Discussion:

Online Summer College
Courses

3

Office
of
the
Provost
grant
announcement

5

WFU
School
of

Business
recognized for
innovation

7

Provost’s
Newsletter

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V O L U M E 4 , I S S U E 3

S P E C I A L D A T E S O F
I N T E R E S T :

February
8: Campus

Connections|
Benson
401 |
8:45—10:00 am

February
16: Truth,
Lies,
and
Politics
|
Wait
Chapel
|

7:00 pm

February
17-18: Secrest
Artists Series
presents
a

double
feature
of David

Finckel,
Wu
Han
& Phil
Set-
zer|
Brendle
Recital
Hall|

7:30 PM

February
18: Founders’ Day
Convocation
|
Wait
Chapel
|
4:00 pm

February
20: Ted
x
WakeFor-
estU|
Wait
Chapel
|
12:00-
4:00 pm

March
14-18: Global
Wake
Week

Message from the Provost...

Wake Forest in
Winston-Salem

When Wake Forest
moved to
Winston-Salem in 1956, the city staged a welcoming
ceremony. Then
-mayor Marshall Kurfees (described at
his
retirement—after
a
record six
terms
in
office—as
a “can-
do
populist, scorned by the power
structure and
belittled by the press”) remarked that “The rela-
tionship with Wake
Forest
could well
be
the most
important
of any for
this
city in years
to
come.”
Time has
borne out
Mayor Kurfees’s
comment, as
our combined Reynolda campus and
Medical
Center
are the largest
employer
in
Forsyth County;
our
students, faculty, and
staff
make up more
than 10,000
local residents; and Wake Foresters are deeply engaged in
our
surrounding
communi-
ty, often under
the Pro Humanitate banner,
in
myriad ways.

As
longtime Deacons
know well and
newcomers
quickly discover, this
remains
a most
welcoming
city in many ways, with a host
of charms, quirks, and
delights.
It
is
also
a deeply impoverished one.
Forsyth County lags
behind others
in
the state (see
chart
below)
on
many dimensions, as
does Win-
ston-Salem behind
fellow mid-size cities like Durham,
Greensboro, and
Asheville. Having
chaired
the Mayor’s
Poverty Thought
Force since October, I’m
far
more aware
than previously of the
depths
of income inequality,
segregation,
and limited access
to
basic
needs—
housing, health care,
food, shelter—for
many of our Winston-Salem neighbors.
As
our
students, staff, and
faculty contin-
ue to
engage in
our
surrounding
commu-
nities, it
is
imperative that
we coordinate
campus
efforts
as
much
as
possible, and
work with city and
county officials, non-
profit
groups, local businesses, and
con-
cerned
citizens
to
identify ways
Wake
Forest
can be a
sustained positive force
for improvement.
We
in
the
Office of
the
Provost
are
taking
steps
to
help
organize
that
integrative
capacity, with concrete
announcements
forthcoming
this
semes-
ter.
If you
are already working
with our
Winston-Salem and Forsyth County
neighbors
who
may need a helping
hand,
as
is
a major effort
of our
Pro
Humanitate
Institute among
other
university offices,
we welcome
your
partnership.

If you
are interested in
getting
involved,
please
contact
me, Sam
Perrotta Turner
at

perrotsm@wfu.edu

, or
Norma-May Isakow at

isaknm@wfu.edu

.

Proportion
of
Residents Below Poverty
Threshold,
2015

(Source: Forsyth
Futures)

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