Yesterday was Founder’s Day Convocation. At the ceremony, there were numerous awards given for teaching and research – I hope you will take a look at the list of faculty who were honored, as it is a great list. At Founder’s Day we also award the Medallion of Merit, the University’s highest honor. This year there were two recipients, one of whom was Life Trustee Jim Williams (’62, JD ’66, P ’89, P ’92, P ‘96), I had the pleasure of having lunch with Jim once, and I can tell you firsthand he is a remarkable, wonderful, interesting man, and loves Wake Forest dearly.
Our second recipient is alumna and former Spanish instructor Jenny Puckett (’71, P’00). Jenny is an amazing human being – a fabulous teacher (she taught me for two semesters), mentor to one of our sororities on campus, and someone deeply dedicated to the history of Wake Forest. She lives our tradition of “friendliness and honor.”
Jenny has now retired from teaching – perhaps only our seniors might have had her in class? – but she has found a new calling in sharing the history and traditions of Wake Forest with others. Some of you would have seen her at our Wake Will campaign events.
Before retiring from the classroom, Jenny was invited to give a “Last Lecture” speech. This was a series where well-known campus people were asked what they would say to students if they could only lecture one last time. This is her Seven Things You Probably Didn’t Know about Mother So Dear. (You can give it a read – you might learn things your own Deacs don’t yet know!)
There were also senior orations read at Founder’s Day Convocation – hope to cover those next week if they are put online.
Now looking ahead to the coming week, the Learning Assistance Center reminded me that they are holding a workshop: “The Study Smarter, Not Harder workshop series will introduce WFU students to a number of helpful strategies that will improve academic performance. Our first workshop for the spring semester is scheduled for Monday, February 22, from 5:00-6:00 in Greene Hall 145. This workshop will focus specifically on improving time management and test taking skills.” This is a wonderful opportunity for your Deacs to hone their study skills.
And because it is Friday, we remind you of the opportunity to call your Deacs and have a chat 🙂
Have a great weekend, my Deac families!