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U.S. News and World Report’s 2014 Best Colleges guide ranked Wake Forest 23rd among 281 national universities — the highest ever ranking for the University.

Wake Forest has been ranked in the top 30 in the national universities category for 18 consecutive years. It is the fifth time the University has been ranked in the top 25.

The guide also ranked Wake Forest 11th on its “Strong Commitment to Teaching” list, 34th on its “Great Schools, Great Prices” list and recognized the university for its commitment to economic diversity among its students.

“We are pleased that the exceptional, personalized education Wake Forest provides is recognized in these rankings,” said Wake Forest University President Nathan O. Hatch. “With a focus on educating the whole person, Wake Forest’s dedication to excellence in both teaching and research continues to distinguish us among the nation’s finest universities.”

The guide highlighted Wake Forest’s 11 to 1 student/faculty ratio as well as small class size. Fifty-nine percent of undergraduate classes at Wake Forest have fewer than 20 students and only 2 percent of Wake Forest’s classes have more than 50 students, the lowest of any top 30 school.

In its overall ranking, Wake Forest was tied with Carnegie Mellon University, the University of California-Los Angeles, the University of Southern California and the University of Virginia.

Wake Forest had a strong showing in many categories including alumni giving rates, faculty resources and freshman retention rates (94 percent of first-year students returning for sophomore year). For the fourth year, U.S. News asked high school counselors to rank the top colleges and universities and Wake Forest was rated 4.4 on a five-point scale.

Wake Forest was ranked 27th in last year’s edition.

The Wake Forest School of Business undergraduate program was ranked 34th in the nation among a total of 401 accredited business schools that were considered. In the U.S. News and World Report specialty ranking, Wake Forest ranked in the top 5 percent nationally at 18 and secured its top-20 position in the Accounting category for the fifth consecutive year.

The U.S. News rankings are posted on www.usnews.com.

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From the Wake Will Campaign site:

$10 million will fund the construction of a 4,500 seat stadium complete with suites and seating for the 12 remaining courts. The Tennis Stadium and complex upgrade would ensure a long term permanent home for the Winston-Salem Open while providing Wake Forest University tennis teams an unequaled facility with permanent seating on all courts. The stadium would include two levels of seating, multiple suites, and the ability to host events other than tennis. It is being designed to host outdoor concerts, as there is no venue in Winston-Salem for a spring or summer outdoor concert series. The outer courts will have seating while creating a way for Wake Forest to host multiple matches at the same time. This upgrade will put Wake Forest in the unique position to host the NCAA Tennis Championships. Between the outdoor courts, indoor courts, stadium restrooms and concessions, and Bridger Field House for locker rooms and meeting spaces, it would immediately become the best facility in America.

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http://www.journalnow.com/news/local/collection_c89d60ca-434b-11e3-b646-001a4bcf6878.html

 

 http://www.journalnow.com/news/local/article_6859ca96-434b-11e3-a499-001a4bcf6878.html

 

 

 
Wake Forest officially dedicated Farrell Hall during a ceremony this past week. Mike and Mary Farrell, of Summit, N.J., parents of 2010 Wake Forest graduate Michael Farrell, donated $10 million to pave the way for the $55 million 130,000 facility that unites the undergraduate and graduate business programs under one roof. It was the largest gift given by individuals to the School of Business to date, the university said.

The facility opened for use in the summer but was officially dedicated during a special ceremony Friday morning. More than 50 members of the Farrell family and employees of Farrell’s company, Annaly Capital Management, Inc., were on hand for the event. Speakers delivered remarks from the second floor commons overlooking the Founders Living Room. The event was originally scheduled to take place outside the hall, but rain moved the event indoors.

The three-story, 8,500-square-foot Founders Living Room is the building’s hub, a place where students can study, socialize and interact with faculty. The venue was filled with people Friday.

It was a special day for Michael Farrell, who was seeing the facility for the first time since its completion. He said it was unbelievable to walk through the main entrance of a building that honors the memory of his father and grandfather. “It’s just an exciting time for our family and community,” he said. As a 2010 graduate of the university’s finance program, Farrell has high praise for Wake Forest. It’s not just about business there, he said. “It’s more about community and fostering the whole person,” he said..

Steve Reinemund, dean of business at Wake Forest, said the Farrells’ gift “changed everything” as school leaders dreamed of building a state-of-the-art facility that would unite the undergraduate and graduate business programs. That dream is now a reality, and community members were free to tour the facility during an open house Friday. The university broke ground on Farrell Hall in the spring of 2011. The building opened in July and boasts a 400-seat auditorium, recruiting center, information commons, bagel shop, hi-tech classrooms and more. “The opening of this building has exceeded our expectations,” Reinemund said after the dedication.

The Wake Forest School of Business undergraduate program was ranked 34th in the nation among a total of 401 accredited business schools that were considered. In the U.S. News and World Report specialty ranking, Wake Forest ranked in the top 5 percent nationally at 18 and secured its top-20 position in the Accounting category for the fifth consecutive year.

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The TBJ reports:

 

The home team took the trophy in the 2013 Retail Innovation Challenge with a medication monitoring and alert system that four Wake Forest MBA students are turning into a startup.

N2 Medical Solutions is developing a technology for monitoring whether or not people take their medications, with alerts for patients and their care providers. The company is made up of full-time WFU MBA students Scott Coldagelli, Andy Bowline, Tripp Evans and Adam Oakman.

Twenty-one teams from universities around the country took part in the Retail Innovation Challenge hosted by the Wake Forest University School of Business. Each team had to give two separate two-minute pitches for their concept during the event at Deacon Tower at BB&T Field, on the premise that they had bumped into an influential executive at a sporting event and had to make an impression quickly.

Five teams were then chosen by a panel of business leaders and marketing executives to make a more formal 30-minute presentation. Two Wake Forest teams were among the five, along with Appalachian State University, Purdue University and the University of Pennsylvania.

The winning Wake Forest team, announced at an event Nov. 15, took home the $25,000 grand prize and will also meet with executives from CVS Caremark at that company's headquarters. Team members said they will use the prize money to finalize prototypes of their product.

 

Let's hope the Innovation Quarter will soon be home to yet another startup. Congrats to the team and much success...

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The TBJ reports:
 

Four Wake Forest University juniors won first place in the 2013 Deloitte Battle of the Beltway business case competition for their ideas about how a federal disaster agency should manage its high-value assets. Separately, five Wake Forest School of Business accounting students have earned a trip to the national finals of the PwC 11th Annual National xTREME Accounting or xACT Case Competition.

The annual Deloitte competition draws undergraduates from around the country to Washington, D.C. to compete over potential solutions to real-world federal government business cases. Among the teams in the competition this year were American, George Washington, Georgetown, Howard, Princeton, Richmond and William & Mary.

The Wake Forest team won first place for its proposals, which involved the use of RFID tracking devices, intranet communications and new training rewards. The Wake Forest team was made up of mathematical business major Christine Briere, business and enterprise management majors Matt Stevens and Nicole White, and computer science and economic major Nikolai Hlebowitsh.

Five other students — accounting undergrads Sarah Chin, Daniel Dent, Brian Brett, Stephanie Sullan and Iliana Smalanskas — will take an all-expense paid trip to New York City in January for the PwC xTREME competition.

Only 25 students from five schools will take place in the national finals after 90 schools around the country took part in campus-based competitions. The finals will involve a series of complex accounting strategy and marketing questions, with PwC audit managers and partners judging the student proposals.

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Wake Forest Schools of Business is ranked eighth among the top 30 undergraduate accounting schools in the country, according to a report released Wednesday by The Accounting Degree Review. The group combines the undergraduate accounting school rankings from U.S. News & World Report, Bloomberg BusinessWeek and Public Accounting Report, each of which brings a different methodology to their selecting and ranking of programs. The Kenan-Flagler business school at UNC Chapel Hill was ranked 24th. Wake and UNC Chapel Hill were the only N.C.-based business schools to be ranked. Brigham Young University's Marriott School of Management topped the ranking. The full rankings can be viewed at http://www.accounting-degree.org/best-accounting-schools/.

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Alan Fox, a Wake Forest alumnus and Winston-Salem native, has donated $2 million in support of the Wake Forest football program, the school said in a release Friday. Fox's gift will allow Wake Forest to start the design process for a new sports-performance center, including space for coaches' offices, team meeting rooms and other player areas. The facility will also enhance the nutrition program for Wake Forest student-athletes. "We are grateful for Alan's generous gift, which will inspire excellence in our student-athletes and positively affect the entire University," WFU president Nathan Hatch said in the release. "Philanthropic investments in our flagship athletic programs can have benefits on the playing field and in the classroom alike, generating additional resources, improving our national reputation, and boosting school pride."

Fox serves as the chairman and CEO of Vacations To Go, one of the largest online U.S. travel agencies.

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Anyone with some insider pics that can post of the newly built Farrell Hall designed by Robert A M Stern?

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Wake again is marked high in the US News national college rankings for 2014.  Three NC universities made the top 30...Duke at #8, Wake at #27 (tied with Tufts), and UNC #30.  UNC-G was #181, tied with St. Mary's University of Minnesota.

 

Two other North Carolina colleges made the liberal arts list:  Davidson College and Salem College.

 

Also, Wake recently announced that it will spend $48 million to build a wellness center and renovate Reynolds Gymnasium with partial funds donated by Ben Sutton of IMG College Sports.

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Wake Forest now has over a half billion dollars committed to its latest mulit-year capital campaign. One which is sure to pay big dividends to the University, Winston-Salem & the Triad region.

 

 

Per the Associated Press

 

A fundraising campaign at Wake Forest University is quickly reaching its goal.  The school says in a statement that, as of June 30, Wake Will: The Campaign for Wake Forest has raised more than $503 million of its $600 million goal for the Reynolda Campus. That's 83 percent of the total, and it's come two years earlier than projected.  Wake Forest publicly launched its campaign in October 2013 and, in conjunction with the Wake Forest Baptist Medical School's campaign, intends to invest $1 billion in student, faculty and facility support.

According to the school, 78 percent of donors to the campaign have committed less than $1,000, up from 74 percent this time last year. Also, 54 percent of donors have given less than $250, up from 47 percent.

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Another Student Housing Project announced in the WFU area.  Highlights from WSJ:

23 townhouses and 11 three-story, walk-up flats for a total of 88 units in a development called Deacon Place on the property. The student housing would be designed for college-age upperclassmen, including seniors and graduate students. “We’re building the lowest density, which means the lowest number of units per acre there is,” said Kelley. “A traditional apartment complex, for example, is going to build closer to 18 units per acre, and we’re building eight units per acre.”

"The intent is to provide students with a housing choice that offers ample green space and amenities such as a clubhouse and pool for recreational use while offering a campus-like feeling to the property," according to the purpose statement included with the plans.

Other potential amenities include sand volleyball courts, an outdoor putting green, cafe seating at the pool, outdoor grilling areas with fire pits and a "hammock hangout area and a study great room," the plans indicate.

“The architecture will be very complementary to Wake Forest’s architecture,” Kelley said. The frontage views of some of the buildings will feature brick and columns found in Georgian architecture. The development will be a gated community for security and parking purposes. “One of the biggest things we want to do is make sure the people who come in there live there, because parking is such a premium in that part of the world,” Kelley said.

And here's a pretty cool part of the story. Kelley really has developed a project with a high degree of sensitivity towards the section of town it is located as well as the City overall. :tup:

The history of the property and other areas of Winston-Salem will be incorporated into Deacon Place. “We really focused on that Bethabara and Bethania history,” Kelley said. “That was a theme. That part of Winston-Salem is so rich in how our whole community was settled. So you take the Bethabara, Bethania and Old Salem — those three communities are what really made our community one. “ Strupe said he was honored to be asked by Kelley to help come up with names for the buildings, and streets in Deacon Place. They include Moravian-themed names for buildings, including Wachovia, Bethabara, Bethania, Salem and Hus (for John Hus, the founder of the Moravian church).

Other buildings will be named for former owners of the property and surrounding parcels, including Swaim, Stevenson, Fries and Long. The proposed street names are Whicker Acres Lane, McNeill Creek Terrace and Saunders Meadow Run for former owners of the parcel, and Tucker Forest Trail for the family that funded the prayer trail currently on the parcel.

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Did I read that Wake is 1/2 way through a fundraising blitz with a goal of $1B, and has raised over 3/4 of the goal?  With this kind of number, hopefully we'll see more top rate architecture on campus, or in the Innovation Quarter, to complement the buildings by noted architects Cesar Pelli and Robert A M Stern.

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Here's a Lead Sunday article from the W-S Journal regarding a retrospective view of Nathan Hatch's 1st decade at Wake. It mentions the status of the Wake Will campaign which as of this writing, is two years ahead of schedule.  

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Here's the University's update on the Wake Will campaign. As has been noted earlier, the $ 1 Billion campaign has reached the half way mark 2 years ahead of schedule. A recounting of what the money is currently  being applied to is highlighted in the attached article.

http://news.wfu.edu/2015/07/06/wake-will-the-campaign-for-wake-forest-hits-half-billion-dollar-mark/

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Wake Forest University maintained its position among the top 30 national universities in the U.S. News and World Reports’ annual Best Colleges Rankings. Wake Forest’s position on the list was unchanged from last year at No. 27, tied with Tufts University. This year’s report marks 20 consecutive years for Wake Forest in the top 30.
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Country music superstar Brad Paisley will perform a free concert on Manchester Plaza for the Wake Forest University community on Saturday, Oct. 10. Wake Forest is among nine IMG College partner schools Paisley is visiting as part of the “Country Nation College Tour presented by Zaxby’s” to provide free entertainment for college communities. IMG College, serving more than 200 universities nationwide, is a division of WME {sodEmoji.|} IMG, which also represents Paisley and made possible the college tour.  The show will be a ticketed event open only to Wake Forest students, faculty, staff and their guests.

Paisley is a critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, guitarist and entertainer whose talents have earned him numerous awards, including three GRAMMYs, two American Music Awards, 14 Academy of Country Music Awards and 14 Country Music Association Awards (including entertainer of the year), among many others. He has been a proud member of the Grand Ole Opry since 2001. Paisley has written 20 of his 23 #1 singles with the first being his 1999 hit “He Didn’t Have to Be” and his most recent, “Perfect Storm,” from his chart-topping 2014 album Moonshine in the Trunk.

Platinum-selling breakout country artist Eric Paslay will open for Paisley. Paslay has celebrated five #1 hits, including “Even If It Breaks Your Heart,” a song whose performance by the Eli Young Band earned nominations for GRAMMY Best Country Song, Academy of Country Music Song of the Year and Country Music Association Song of the Year.   “We are thrilled to host the Brad Paisley Country Nation College Tour at Wake Forest. Our students and entire university community will enjoy what is sure to be an exciting and entertaining evening from one of the great country music performers,” said Ron Wellman, Director of Athletics.

 

Per WFU

 

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Wake Forest University has distributed a news release regarding the expansion of various schools, centers & classes off the traditional Reynolda campus and placed throughout various parts of the city. As described by Provost Rogan Kersch,“By transforming historic real estate into modern educational facilities ideal for academic programs and community gathering spaces alike, Wake Forest is transcending the traditional boundaries of the Reynolda Campus in ways that invite the community in.” “Wake Forest is committed to stronger, more meaningful connections among academics, arts, innovation and community engagement in Winston-Salem, our shared City of Arts and Innovation.”


(A) Graduate School @ Brookstown

Last fall, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences established a striking new downtown presence, the Graduate School @ Brookstown, in the historic Brookstown Mill (200 Brookstown Ave.). The 14,000 square-foot third floor of the building is now home to Masters of Arts programs in Documentary Film (DFP), Interpreting and Translation Studies, and Liberal Studies, as well as Lifelong Learning programs. The facility will also be home to a new emphasis in Sports Storytelling, launching this fall from the DFP.

Twenty-foot tall ceilings, exposed brick walls, and hardwood floors from the 1830s give the space historic charm that appeals to students of the arts, humanities and sciences alike. Technological advantages include a state-of-the-art production studio and more editing bays. Lightweight, brightly-colored furniture in the classrooms and open work stations in the common areas promote collaboration among classmates and colleagues.
Bradley Jones, Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, said the combination of these features will translate into a recruiting advantage for prospective students, especially those in creative fields.

“Being within walking distance of Winston-Salem’s vibrant arts district is especially appealing to our documentary film students, who are already collaborating with the Milton Rhodes Center, New Winston Museum, and the RiverRun Film Festival,” said Jones. “The graduate school imagines the space as an inviting destination where Wake Forest students, faculty and staff can connect with members of the greater community through scholarship, partnership and events.” Master of Fine Arts student Scott Schimmel agrees. “The new space really fosters collaboration, not just among students, but with faculty and the community at large as well.”



(B) Former Davis House has a front porch for “Pro Humanitate”

Wake Forest University’s Pro Humanitate Institute and the Anna Julia Cooper Center rang in the New Year in a new location that makes civic engagement and collaborating with community partners easier for everyone involved. This month, both entities found a new home in the historic Davis House (2599 Reynolda Road, at the corner of Polo Road; across from Wake Forest’s Human Resources office on Reynolda Road), which offers a welcoming space for community partners benefitting from civic engagement and social justice initiatives involving Wake Forest students, faculty and staff.

The Pro Humanitate Institute combines learning, teaching, research, service, and action; provides meaningful programming that encourages academic scholarship; fosters civic engagement; and addresses community-identified needs. The Anna Julia Cooper Center advances justice through intersectional scholarship.

The historic 6,000 square-foot home once belonged to Egbert L. Davis (JD 1904), a prominent Winston-Salem businessman and University trustee who helped bring about Wake Forest’s move to Winston-Salem in 1956 and for whom Davis Residence Hall on the Reynolda Campus is named. Melissa Harris-Perry, founding director of the Anna Julia Cooper Center and executive director of the Pro Humanitate Institute, says the new location will serve as a bridge between the University and many of the people it serves.

“The missions of the Pro Humanitate Institute and Anna Julia Cooper Center extend far beyond the Reynolda Campus. This move allows Wake Forest students, faculty and staff to more seamlessly engage off campus while simultaneously inviting our community in,” said Melissa Harris-Perry. “We look forward to offering plenty of meeting and event space, parking for guests and access to main thoroughfares – benefits that make it easier and quicker for visiting community partners to meet, especially during regular business hours when parking on campus is more limited.”

Community partners agree. Last summer, Wake Forest opened the doors of the property’s 1,450 square-foot carriage house to a local branch of the Durham-based Diaper Bank of North Carolina. A proposal written by a Wake Forest student interning for the Anna Julia Cooper Center provided funding for a full-time staff person in the Triad.

“Partnering with Wake Forest University, The Pro Humanitate Institute, and the Anna Julia Cooper Center has been an important extension for Diaper Bank of North Carolina’s ability to serve local families. This relationship will form a bridge between our work in Forsyth County and the University community, bringing the two together for positive community-based change,” Michelle Old, Executive Director of the Diaper Bank of North Carolina. In addition to its new location, the Pro Humanitate Institute will continue to maintain an office and staff presence in Benson University Center for programming and events that take place on campus, such as Volunteer Service Corps, Project Pumpkin, Hit the Bricks, and Wake ‘N Shake.



(C) Undergraduate classes planned for Wake Forest Innovation Quarter


In September 2015, the University confirmed plans to offer undergraduate academic programs in Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, a nationally recognized burgeoning hub of innovation in biomedical science and information technology.

Wake Forest has leased space in a former R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company building from Wexford Science and Technology. Wexford is currently renovating space in the 60 series building, adjacent to the planned home of the Wake Forest School of Medicine, to accommodate classrooms and laboratories for innovative undergraduate science programs.

“Our interest in Wake Forest Innovation Quarter allows us to explore fully the intersection of arts and science, scholarship and entrepreneurship, and tradition and innovation,” said Wake Forest President Nathan O. Hatch. “An undergraduate presence in Wake Forest Innovation Quarter would add to the growing synergy among the city’s academic institutions, while supporting intellectual collaboration, research opportunities and community engagement.”

Wake Forest undergraduate students could begin taking classes and conducting research in Innovation Quarter as early as January 2017. Space is being planned to accommodate up to 350 students by 2021.



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From the Triad Business Journal:

The N.C. Business Court is adding another Triad location, with the state announcing Thursday that the newest courtroom will be inside the Wake Forest University School of Law. The location of the new courtroom, approved by the legislature, was announced in Raleigh by Judge Marion Warren, who heads the N.C. Administrative Office of the Courts.  The Business Court location will become the state's fourth, joining locations in Greensboro at the Elon University School of Law and in Charlotte and Raleigh.  It's designed to hear complex business cases to streamline their path through the legal system.

"This new court begins a new relationship that opens the door to greater opportunities for the unified North Carolina court system to serve its citizens, its business owners and the international business community," Warren said. The courtroom should be ready to begin taking cases in January 2017.

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