Wake in the News

How to protect yourself and others from spreading COVID-19 at Thanksgiving dinner

November 25, 2020   |  USA Today

Lucy D’Agostino McGowan, assistant professor of statistics at Wake Forest University affirmed the risks of gathering for the holidays amid the COVID-19 pandemic and shared advice about ways to reduce the risk for families who choose to gather. “If you do get together, a little planning and creativity can go a long way to making the celebration as safe as possible,” said McGowan.

Employment in a pandemic

October 30, 2020   |  

As plans were upended and priorities changed, the career development team at Wake Forest wrote messages of care and concern to students and soon-to-be 2020 grads. The job search took a back seat to self-care and the sudden, unexpected shift from one of the best economies in the U.S. to one of the most unpredictable. Nex came action. Virtual career fairs and networking attracted a record number of student participants at Wake Forest. OPCD’s Career Treks expanded this fall and instead of visiting one city over several days, 17 job- and internship-seeking students zoomed to three cities for three 30-minute virtual networking experiences.

Wake Forest students give Thanksgiving meals away for Turkeypalooza

November 21, 2020   |  WXII

Besides attending class, studying and writing papers, about 50 Wake Forest University students baked turkeys and made stuffing and other trimmings as they prepared 200 Thanksgiving meals. Brad Shugoll, associate director of service and leadership in the Office of Civic and Community Engagement, said despite the challenges presented by COVID-19, the University is just as committed this year to providing meals for families that need them as it has been since 2006.

Wake Forest University creates immersive virtual Lovefeast

December 22, 2020   |  88.5 WFDD

For more than 50 years, Wake Forest has celebrated a Moravian holiday tradition known as Lovefeast. Initiated by a student in 1965, the gathering has grown to be one of the largest of its kind in North America. This year, due to COVID-19, the University adapted the experience into a full-length video recording. It captures every element of the ritual including well-known Christmas carols sung by the choir and various musical performances. “It’s a very simple service that provides, I think, an ideal environment for the softening of some of the divisions that we actually see every day in real time,” said University Chaplain Tim Auman.

Hip-hop and virtual jukeboxes strengthen WFU community

December 17, 2020   |  88.5 WFDD

A unique art project at Wake Forest is bringing people together musically during the pandemic. “Jukebox Therapy” was designed by senior Rhythm Badal (’21) for her public art course, and after collecting several hours of hip-hop content from students, faculty, and staff so far, it’s creating quite a buzz. Wake lecturer and Assistant Dean Donovan Livingston is a spoken word poet and hip-hop artist who collaborated on the project, which utilizes QR code technology to build a shared community playlist.

New jobs, unemployment, IRS Form 1099-G: What you need to look out for

January 8, 2021   |  WFMY

The Wake Forest Law Pro Bono Project helps residents get legal assistance while helping students increase their legal skills. Wake Forest University School of Law students, working under the supervision of faculty members, will offer no-cost guidance and consultation to North Carolina residents who have questions about unemployment insurance and federal supplements.

What a Democratic-controlled Congress could mean for renters struggling amid the pandemic

January 6, 2021   |  CNBC

With Democrats securing a majority in the Senate, a number of relief measures targeted at renters struggling amid the pandemic – including a right to counsel for those facing eviction and a larger pot of money for back rent – now have a better chance of materializing. “Democrats have a rare opportunity to directly and swiftly end the eviction crisis and prevent severe harm to renters and landlords nationwide,” said Emily Benfer, a visiting law professor at Wake Forest University.

Are ads against Ga. Senate candidate also an attack on Black churches

January 5, 2021   |  NPR

Steve Inskeep on NPR’s “Morning Edition talks to Jonathan Lee Walton, dean of Wake Forest School of Divinity, about the political ads taken out against Georgia Senate runoff candidate Rev. Raphael Warnock. “It’s about keeping track of the most vulnerable in society. I believe that Raphael Warnock is standing on the shoulders of those like Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., like Reverend A.D. Williams, Martin Luther King Jr.’s grandfather, all of these towering progressive pastors that have been in this grand lineage of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta,” Walton said.

Should vaccine volunteers now get the real thing

January 1, 2021   |  Associated Press

With the rollout of vaccines and the uncertainty of their status, volunteers could decide to drop out once they are eligible to get one. They might stay in the study if they’re told what they got, said Ana Iltis, a bioethicist at Wake Forest University. “Participants could leave in droves. They could say, ‘If you don’t tell me what I got, I’m out of here,’” said Iltis. “You cannot force people to stay.”

Five from N.C. schools, including a Wake Forest senior, are named Rhodes Scholars

November 23, 2020   |  News & Record

Senior Savarni Sanka is among 32 Americans chosen by the Rhodes Trust to study at England’s Oxford University in the fall of 2021. Sanka, who is from Raleigh, N.C., plans to pursue a masters in public policy and masters of science in refugee and forced migration studies. “It’s an incredible honor to be named a Rhodes Scholar,” she said. “Every single professor at Wake Forest has influenced me in some way.” Sanka, who is majoring in politics and international affairs and Spanish, is Wake Forest’s first Rhodes Scholar since 2013 and 14th since 1986.

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