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2011 July

What Our Students Will Be Learning

As we await the arrival of the Class of 2015, a lot of attention is being paid to the fall courses available.  New students will be registering for some of their classes on July 20-21st, and two of the required first-year courses are English 111 (a seminar that helps students learn to write college-level papers) and First Year Seminars (which help students learn to form their own critical opinions and express them both verbally and in writing).

I took a look at the list of English 111 classes and was pleased at what I saw.  Here’s just a sampling of a few catchy course titles:

  • Acquainted with the Night
  • From “The Lady of Shalott” to Lady Gaga: Beauty and Ugliness
  • Kings, Queens, and Naves
  • A Material World: Culture and Clothing
  • Teenage Wasteland
  • Travel, Tourism, and the Hotel
  • A River and Writing Journey

Look at the full list online.  Which course would you want to take if you had the chance?

Faculty member on mass media

One of the biggest changes from my time in college to today’s generation is the vast range of media available.  At the end of my tenure in graduate school, we’d only recently gotten email here on campus (and computers were only available in a handful of labs!) – there was no Twitter, no IM, no 24-7 cable news stations, and so on.

Today’s students – your children – are inundated with messages from the Internet, TV, texts, smartphones, video games – the list is practically endless.  One of our faculty members, Marina Krcmar of Communication, studies messaging and mass media.  There is a great article on the WFU web site about her work and how today’s youth are passive consumers of popular media.

Family Weekend Registration begins at noon on July 13th

Deac families – this is your friendly reminder that Family Weekend registration will go live tomorrow, July 13th, at noon via the Student Union website.

Family Weekend will be held September 16-18, 2011 and will feature classes and lectures, the football game (vs. Gardner Webb) and tailgate, brunch, a special showing of “The Blind Side” with guest lecturer Collins Tuohy, and more.

Please note, some activities DO sell out, so please register early to guarantee your place.  We can’t wait to welcome you to Family Weekend 2011!

Poteat Field

During the school year, Poteat field (across the street from Poteat residence hall and the tennis courts) is a favorite place for intramural and club sports teams to play games.  In the summer, when the students are not here, we often see sports camps doing drills and games.  This year, Poteat field isn’t being used much because of the construction of Farrell Hall, the new business building.

In this shot, taken recently on campus, our emeritus business professor Tom Taylor is playing baseball with his grandson, Matthew (11).  If you look in the background of this shot, you can see the construction of Farrell Hall.
Some have asked if the Polo Road entrance will be closed during the whole school year.  So far what we have heard in the Parent Programs office is that the road will reopen for move-in.  Should that change, we’ll keep you posted.

A Wake Forest Wedding

Summer means lots of weddings, and I received an email yesterday about a great Wake Forest one.  Alumni parents David and Carol Stefany (’80, P ’09, ’13), who I came to know from their service on the Alumni Council (several years ago) and now the Parents’ Council, are proud parents of Matthew (’09).  Matthew and his bride, Courtney, were married on June 18th.

The rehearsal dinner was Wake Forest themed.  The rehearsal dinner had 8 tables, representing the 8 buildings around the Quad.  Everyone was assigned to a Quad building (be it a dorm, Wait Chapel, or Reynolda Hall).

Matthew’s groom’s cake was shaped like Wait Chapel.  It’s an impressive cake to be sure!  The evening also featured “Screamin’ Demon Daiquiris” and NC barbecue, cole slaw, hush puppies, and sweet tea – so many of the things that Wake Foresters love.

As you look at the picture below, you will see little pennants.  The pennants had each guest’s name and the table assignment (Poteat, Davis, Taylor, etc.).

At each table was a larger pennant centered in a “grassy Quad” (black basket with grass… gold bow around the basket). There were pens at each table so that people could write a note to the happy couple and then stick their small pennants in the “Quad” at each table.  I’m told that Matthew and Courtney have loved reading the notes on the back of the small pennants.

If you have had a Wake Forest wedding or other WFU themed party – send us the details and pics at  Wake Foresters are so clever – so let us show off your creativity and school spirit and show us what you’ve done!

Family Weekend – Plan to Attend This!

As an alumna of Wake Forest and a student of English literature, I am duty bound to urge all our Wake Forest families – particularly our newest ones in the Class of 2015 – to come to a Family Weekend event with Ed Wilson, one of the shining stars in the Wake Forest universe.  On Saturday, September 17th at 11 a.m. in Pugh Auditorium, there will be a session on the History of Wake Forest by Ed Wilson (’43), Provost Emeritus and Emeritus Professor of English.

Every school has their Most Beloved Professor.  The one whose classes were always packed, who had a vast group of admirers, and more importantly whose words resonated with his or her students and made a profound and lasting impression.  At Wake Forest, that professor was Ed Wilson.

Ed Wilson is a Romantic by nature.  A professor of literature, his two best-known classes were ‘British Romantic Poets’ and ‘Blake, Yeats and Thomas’ – two classes that English majors fought desperately to get into. When you walked into Dr. Wilson’s class, there were lines of poetry on the chalkboard.  Just a line or two, or a famous quote perhaps.  But in the stillness and silence before class began you could absorb the words.

Alumni remember him for his kindness, his generous spirit, and his lovely voice – heard here in a multimedia presentation from years past.  He used to read Christmas stories and poetry during holiday celebrations at fall semester exams, much to the delight of all who heard him.

Dr. Wilson has retired from the classroom – and sadly would not have taught your students. He has recently written the next chapter in the History of Wake Forest book series, on the years of President James Ralph Scales (late ’60s to early ’80s).  He is a wonderful, wise man and is affectionately known as “Mr. Wake Forest.”

Families, please make time to go to his lecture. You will not regret it.

Volunteers needed – Senior Players Championship

One of the members of the Parents’ Council has made us aware of a special golf event that is in need of volunteers – and if we receive enough volunteers, it could benefit Wake Forest via a $10,000 donation.  If you live in the Rye, NY area, please take note!  There is a Volunteer Flyer and Volunteer application form online if you would like more information.

Whether you or your WF student are golf fans, or if you have younger students in need of a community service project, this might be a great opportunity for fun and service – and potential benefit to Wake Forest as well.


While positions last, the Senior Players Championship will donate $10,000 to each charity that can provide the tournament with 50 volunteers (Note – charities must be a 501(c) (3) and all volunteers must work 3 shifts.)

The 2011 Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship is just around the corner, August 15-21.  Westchester Country Club is excited to be hosting a professional golf event again at our club and could use your help as the event requires volunteer support in a variety of areas.  Many of you have helped out in the past and we hope you will do so again.

For those of you with high school age children – it’s a great way to earn Community Service Credits. Students 16 or older can attain 18 hours of community service credit by participating.  So please contact your local high school with this student offer and promote to the schoolteacher community who will not be working in August (Rye schools are already engaged).

Attached you will find the volunteer application and committee descriptions list.  There are many different committees to choose from, including working in the media center, helping the transportation team coordinate airport arrivals of the Champions Tour players, or even marshaling a hole during the competition.  All volunteers must commit to at least 3 shifts during tournament week (12-16 total hours). Volunteers also receive a shirt, jacket, hat, 4 good any one day tickets, invitation to the volunteer appreciation party and food and beverage on days worked (Cost – $65)

Please complete the Volunteer application form and return it at your earliest convenience to Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship, 99 Biltmore Ave, Rye, NY 10580 or apply online.  Please call Meghan Costello, Tournament Services Manager, with any questions you may have 914-481-5900 x307 or contact her via email at

Being a volunteer of the Senior Players Championship is a great way to support local charities and our community and to see the greatest players on the Champions Tour.