Wake Forest Birthday Week

The post below was written by our Intern C (’13), who was taking on the task of describing Wake Forest’s birthday week.  She worked hard and did a great job, as you will soon see.  She finished it yesterday afternoon and we had it pre-scheduled to post first thing this morning, which it did.

However, we received some terrible news lastnight about the death of one of our first year students, Christian Medved (’16), and we wanted to acknowledge this profound loss for our campus.

While I did not know Christian personally, I spent some time last night on the Wake Forest Compliments page on Facebook, and there were so many wonderful and poignant posts about this young man and the impact he had made on other people during his short time here.  Everything I read made me wish I had met him.

On behalf of the Office of Parent Programs, we extend our deepest sympathy to Christian’s family and friends.  May the thoughts and prayers of all the Wake Forest family sustain you right now.

And now, as promised, here is our original Daily Deac post for today, written by our very own Intern C (’13).

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This week has been extraordinarily busy for Wake students, including myself.  Outside of classes and club meetings, we are celebrating Wake Forest’s 179th birthday. This week allows us all to remember that beyond are student organizations and friendship groups, we are all connected through Wake Forest. We kicked off the celebration with a birthday party in the Pit on Monday night. Students who ate dinner at the pit were greeted by a DJ and birthday card station. The pit was decked out in streamers and balloons, allowing all to get excited for the birthday events that were to come throughout the week. Students also enjoyed a grand display of cupcakes and cake, in celebration of the big day. Students seemed to gravitate to the cupcake display, enjoying the opportunity to decorate their dessert with toppings of their choice. On Tuesday, the Traditions Council at Wake Forest offered campus tours to show students sacred WFU spots. Tours were offered at 1, 2 and 3pm. Balloons marked the tours’ starting point, beginning at the Pro Humanitate Seal on the upper quad. Later that night, Shorty’s tailored their weekly Tuesday Trivia to Wake Forest themed trivia, allowing students the opportunity to learn more about the history of Wake Forest. Questions ranged from “When was Wake Forest founded?” to “How old was the first student when he enrolled?” The birthday card station continued to appear into Wednesday, located on the outdoor patio outside of the pit (with this beautiful weather, the many student organization booths start to reappear again outside of the pit!). I was impressed, yet not surprised, by the number of students who stopped by to write a personal birthday message to our Mother So Dear. As one student wrote on their birthday card to Wake Forest, you make 179 look good! Then we had throwback Thursday.  Through various social media outlets, including Facebook, Wake encouraged students and alumni to share photos or memories of Wake Forest in honor of our 179th birthday. All were welcome to join in on the fun! This afternoon, there will be a “Birthday Social,” allowing the entire campus community to celebrate with President Hatch. It will take place in the Green Room of Reynolda Hall from 3-4pm. The week will conclude with “Spirit Saturday” as our men’s basketball team takes on Florida State University—12pm at the Joel Coliseum. Go Deacs! ————— We’ll add one more item to Intern C’s great description of the week.  We were sent this terrific video from the students involved in the 1834 Campaign, where students give back to Wake Forest to support the Wake Forest Fund.  In this video, students talk about what Wake Forest has meant to them and why they give back.  If you want to make a gift to the Parents’ Campaign and support the Wake Forest Fund too, we could use all parents and families’ help!  You can give online at our secure site, and the funds go directly to support students and faculty!

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