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Betsy Chapman

Almost Finals

And you can tell it, too.  I was on campus yesterday and spent a few minutes in the library.  Lots of students.  Lots of low-maintenance clothing (think workout gear).  Lots of people with coffee and wearing their ‘hard at work’ faces.

hang 10Speaking of finals and the library, the ZSR has once again had its ‘secret decorators’ add some festive cheer to finals.  Check out the ZSR Facebook page for more.   Also, they have a final drop-in research session today from 2-6 pm: “Our final drop-in research assistance session of the semester is happening tomorrow from 2:00-6:00 pm. We’ll be camped out in Room 476, ready to assist with our laptops, our citation guides, and a buffet of refreshments! Stop by and see us.”  The ZSR is open 24 hours during finals to help students with the crunch; see hours here.

One more end-of-year related note, the Office of Sustainability has a great message about donating unwanted bikes.  This is a wonderful idea – pass it on to your Deac if he or she has outgrown having a bike on campus.

Bicycles cannot be left in the bike racks or with Residence Life & Housing over the summer.* All abandoned property, including bicycles, will be removed following commencement.**

*Students in summer school will have the chance to notify us that they will have bicycles on campus for the entire summer. All bicycles should be registered for easy identification.

**Students who are living in interim housing should move their bicycles to their interim residence hall bike racks. Any bicycles left behind at the interim housing residence hall will be removed on June 1.

At the end of the academic year, students should consider shipping, storing, or donating their bikes. If a student would like to donate his/her bike to the Office of Sustainability, student volunteers will refurbish it over the summer and it will join a fleet of bikes in a new bike-sharing program on campus. Simply email sustainability@nullwfu.edu and we will arrange for someone to pick up the bike and any other related items, like a lock or reflective gear, that the student would like to donate.

If you have any questions, please contact sustainability@nullwfu.edu.

– by Betsy Chapman

The Secret Life of Wake Forest

Today is Campus Day and there are about 800 families visiting this time.  It’s a bright and sunny day but a bit on the chilly side – saw lots of new families in what appeared to be brand new WFU sweatshirts and jackets during the 7:30-8:30 am check in time.

Yesterday some of my colleagues went on a tour showing some of the secret life of Wake Forest: the tunnels and the tower of Wait Chapel.  You may not have known that when the campus was built, the very first part of construction was a series of tunnels that traversed the campus underground and connected the buildings.  Ever wonder why you never see a telephone poll or a power line on campus?  This is why – everything was buried underground as the campus was built.

The tunnels are home to steam pipes (that are over 300 degrees, which is why the tunnels are closed and students are prohibited to enter them), power lines, telephone lines.  In more recent years, when internet and fiber optic cables were added, they went underground too.

4 23 15 tunnel big openingSome of the tunnels are large enough for people to walk through; one of my colleagues described it as ‘like being in someone’s basement.’  It’s all cement and no frills whatesoever, other than lights.  In some parts, the concrete is 18″ thick.  Other parts of the tunnels are only 4′ x 5′ and you have to just about crawl to get in them.  One of the pictures below, where it looks like you are peering down a hole, is a drop leading into one of the small tunnels.

4 23 15 tunnel 4 x 5 tunnelThe tunnels are still used – with official safety escorts – for events today.  For example, when Michelle Obama came to campus to speak at the memorial service for Maya Angelou, she was whisked in and out of Wait Chapel via the tunnels.  And of course Secret Service was down there with her.

IMPORTANT NOTE: if you are in the habit of sharing Daily Deacs with your students, PLEASE tell them not to attempt to get in the tunnels.  They are dangerous and pose severe safety risks.  It is illegal to go in them.  Even as far back as 1980 (and probably earlier, frankly), it was illegal to go.  So rather than your Deacs take a risk, here is an article from the 1980 Old Gold and Black describing the experience of one who went tunneling, as it is called here (scroll down on this site for the article entitled Tunneling).  The senior class typically has an opportunity or two to sign up for a tour, so tell your Deacs to be safe and wait for that.

tunnel 4 23 15 clock faceThis tour also went up to the tower of Wait Chapel and to the Carillon.  I’ve done that tour once and let me say it is not for those with a fear of heights.  But the view is extraordinary.  There are a couple of levels to Wait Chapel.  To get to the level where the Carillon is played, you have to go up a spiral staircase that is frighteningly open for those with height issues.  At the Carillon itself, you have to strike the very large keys with your fist to get the bells to ring.

4 23 15 tunnel bells allFor the very daring, you can climb up a metal ladder (sort of like what you’d see in an old NYC fire escape) and go up into the area where the bells are.  You can see some signatures of people who have been up there before, or a little good natured graffiti (see pic below).  The bells are just enormous.  The Carilloneurs do some fun things – they play at 5:00 pm every day, and they are clever folk – if it’s been raining they might do a song about rain (or maybe sun, as if wishful thinking).  On Halloween, they chimed a 13 o’clock.

Again – these places are off limits.  But you can enjoy the pics below and see some of the secrets of Wake Forest.

– by Betsy Chapman

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Earth Day Fair

earth day 2015Today is Earth Day, and the Office of Sustainability has created a wonderful event for your students to enjoy.  The Earth Day Fair will run from 3-7 pm today on the Mag Quad (south side of campus, aka Manchester Quad).

Details are below.  It’s a gorgeous day again today.  Hope your students will come out to the Earth Day Fair and soak up all the goodness they can.

– by Betsy Chapman

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Pet some ponies, play with puppies, have your face painted, challenge a friend to a game, and make your commitment to the Earth community…

The WFU Earth Day Fair is today, Wednesday, April 22nd from 4:00-7:00pm on the Mag Quad!

Commemorative t-shirts are being given away every half hour from 4:30-6:30 pm; all participants can enter to win over $1000 worth of raffle prizes.

Legendary Sunshine, Village Juice, Twin City Hive, and Roots Hummus are handing out delectable free samples. In addition to a jammin’ line-up, Wake Radio will be playing throughout the fair. Bring your wallet and visit local exhibitors.

Entertainment Schedule:

3:00pm – Campus Sustainability Awards in Reynolda Hall Green Room

4:00pm – Afro-Cuban drumming circle

4:30pm – Teach-in on Magnolia Quad featuring faculty Vanessa Zboreak, Richard Schneider, Justin Catanoso, and Miles Silman

5:30pm – Yoga by The Breathing Room

6:00pm – Student performances

6:30pm – Minor Variations

One love,
The Office of Sustainability

 

N-S-E-W

Today is a beautiful day.  It’s sunny, low 70s, a light breeze.  This morning it was too cool to be out without a light jacket or shirt, but at 3 pm it was a perfect temperature to be outside – not too hot, not too cold.  I had a meeting mid-campus today and took a few pictures as I went.  So for today’s Daily Deac, let’s take a glimpse of the North, South, East, and West of Wake Forest.

4 21 NNorth – the sidewalk that rings the road around campus was nice and shady on the north side of campus.  The view toward Magnolia and Dogwood, our newest residence halls, was blocked a bit by a big dumpster in the street.  There must be some sort of construction going on nearby.  In just a couple of weeks, as classes end, students will see a lot more dumpsters to help them get rid of unwanted items.  But we’d urge your Deacs to donate what they can vs. just throwing it away -so look for the Deacs Donate boxes.  Not a lot of traffic coming and going over the walkway through giant parking lot Q, just a couple of students in shorts and t-shirts who were strolling along leisurely.

4 21 EEast – on the east side of campus it is the place for construction and commuters.  You can see our white campus shuttle bus pulling away from the bus stop.  That corner remains busy throughout the day.  The construction of the new gym addition is coming along nicely.  There are two big cement towers rising Phoenixlike from the ashes of the former tennis court.  And just behind the construction is the track.  At this point of the day, I think the track is reserved for varsity athletes, but there was a female student running up and down in the bleachers section, which is quite a workout.

4 21 SSouth – ah, the sunny side of campus!  Lots of activity on the south quad (Mag Quad, aka Manchester Quad).  There are a ton of colorful tailgate-type tents going up on the grass.  I stopped and asked a couple of administrator friends of mine what was going on down there, and they said they thought it was for the Earth Day Fair tomorrow from 3-7 pm.  From my lookout on the Mag Patio just behind Reynolda Hall, there were some students sitting in the big rocking chairs and others at the teak umbrella tables.  I always found the rocking chairs a great place to sit and read.

4 21 WWest – the sun was at an angle where I couldn’t get a good shot of the west side of campus at Quad level.  I can tell you that there was some foot traffic crossing the street to go down to Scales Fine Arts Center.  Students in the vicinity – going to Campus Grounds, the coffee shop? or to the Quad?  Later in the afternoon, I suspect the students who reside in those residence halls might sit out on their front patio/bricked in areas.  Sometimes you’ll see someone in there playing a guitar, or with a radio or stereo booming, speaker side out, from one of the rooms above.  It’d be a good day for that.

4 21 quadAnd a bonus direction!  Mid-Quad – As I went to my meeting, there were students sitting at the cafe chairs and tables, some talking to each other as they passed each other in the grass.  Later I saw what looked like a visiting family trying to take a picture of the student and other family members with Wait Chapel in the background.  Administrators use the cafe tables too – I saw what looked like an outdoor meeting (the best kind, in my opinion).  And with Subway nearby, there are always students coming out of Davis Hall with Subway bags and drink cups.

This day would be hard to improve upon, Deac families.  Hope your students are seizing the day!

– by Betsy Chapman

Brings May Flowers?

After a thoroughly beautiful afternoon for Campus Day this past Friday, we had a decent Saturday weather-wise and then yesterday it was a soggy rainy mess all day.  Looking out our windows, there is a storm that looks to be rolling in to town, and we’re predicted to have more rain today.  Hopefully the April showers will bring May flowers.

At the end of Campus Day, I went to a recital put on by the Music Department.  This was the first time I had gone to one of these in many years, but it will not be the last.  The department puts on a great many performances, and you can see their schedule here.  If your Deacs have not gone to a performance, they should.  Our student musicians are really extraordinary.

And let me qualify that description by confessing I am not a musician and know nothing about music (other than what I like).  But even a novice can see and hear talent.  The first student was a violinst, Luna Zhou.  She was playing a violin concerto by Mozart and I swear to you, from the moment her bow struck the first note, I was astonished at the sounds she could make and how the notes filled the room.  This concerto at the end had a lot of very high and very low notes, and she played a wide range of beautiful notes.

The next student was Kedi Zheng on flute.  The piece he was playing had some remarkable fast bits, and his hands flew over the holes in the flute at an amazing pace.  Some of the music was very light and jaunty, and I could almost imagine the notes spinning out of the end of his flute and circling the air throughout Brendle Recital Hall.

The third performers were a classical guitar duet by Nick Bennett and Lando Pieroni.  I was struck by how little they moved – not at all like rock guitar where the player is all over the place.  They were sitting, but relatively still, just their fingering and picking hands moving, with an occasional head nod to cue each other on timing.  They played a duet first, and I recall thinking that I wished this piece would go on forever, it was so gorgeous (Oriental, La Maja de Goya by Enrique Granados).  Then they did individual pieces afterwards.

Following the guitarists were two trumpeters.  Hana Choi came first, and I was surprised at just how loud a trumpet can be while still being melodic and harmonious.  Then came Jeremy Sexton, whose name appears on a plaque in the Brendle lobby for the Patricia Sloan Mize award.  Jeremy was playing a composition of his own, a trumpet sonata with three movements.  To my untrained ears it was a thoroughly modern classical piece, rich and complex.  There was even a point where he played some notes that almost sounded woodwind-like, and I had no idea trumpets could sound that way.  It was an impressive piece of music and like Hana’s and the others, it looked like it had a great deal of technical difficulty.

brendle recitalMy schedule was such that I regrettably had to miss the last two performers.  But it was such a treat to see these musicians.  They were amazing.  So please do encourage your students to look out for opportunities to go to Brendle and hear world-class music by people who might be in their calculus class or live on their hall.  You never know the talent that is lurking on this campus.  And Brendle Recital Hall is a beautiful place to spend an hour – all warm amber light on the stage,  purplish background, and cool air.

Finally, we close today’s Daily Deac with an invitation for you to participate in Pro Humanitate Day on May 9th.  Our motto means “for humanity,” and we are challenging alumni, parents, and friends of Wake Forest to join us for a day of service for the good of humanity.  You can see full information below – and watch this video.  It is excellent.

Pro Humanitate Day – May 9th

Do you realize that one in five American children lives without consistent access to adequate nourishment?  For these children and their families, summer can be especially hard, as they lose access to the school breakfasts and lunches that they rely upon.

This May 9, we can turn the tables on childhood hunger.

By joining fellow Deacs in your local community and across the nation, you can raise food and awareness to make a difference in the lives of hungry children and their families. Make the choice to connect with old friends and make a few new ones, while doing our part to make sure that no child goes hungry this summer.

Join me and other Wake Forest alumni on May 9 as we show the world that Good Wears Black as we come together in the fight against childhood hunger.

There are three ways to participate:

  1. Volunteer.  Visit Pro Humanitate Day 2015to register for your city.
  1. Collect Food.  Fill a bag with food items and take to your local food pantry and let us know about it! Check our websitefor a list of common needs and to see if your community has a drop-off location.
  1. Share photos and challenge classmates using #GoodWearsBlack. Be included! Sharewith Wake Forest Alumni Engagement about your experience.

You are part of the Wake Forest story – Be inspired: Pro Humanitate Video

 

– by Betsy Chapman

 

Five Senses of the Quad

daily deac 4 17Happy Friday, Deac families!  It started out as a gloomy and misty Campus Day, but the sun is now out, the Quad is gorgeous, and it’s a great day for the Five Senses.  I’m at a nice shady umbrella table outside Zick’s just before 2 pm.  Here goes!

 

I see…

– Lots of parents and families and students headed into Wait Chapel for the concluding program of Campus Day.  They all look a lot happier than they did at 8 am with cruddy weather.  Now it’s all smiles.

– Lots of tiny pink petals from the flowering trees scattered along the brick near where I am sitting.  It is mingled in with pollen, the ubiquitious plant of April.

– Dance team members walking across the Quad grass to get set up for the post-Campus Day pep rally.

– My colleagues from Admissions talking outside the chapel.  It’s been a long day for them.

– A tiny neon green inchworm making its way along my table.  I give him a little nudge and he rears up a bit but doesn’t climb on to my finger.

– A wide variety of outfits on our students: shorts and t-shirts and sneakers from a couple of girls who look like they are going for a run, button downs and khaki shorts on a couple of guys.  A guy with neon blue and orange sneakers.

– A student walking a gorgeous golden retriever down the Quad.  Surprisingly, no one stops her.  Normally a great looking dog is a student magnet.

– Far fewer students on their phones or texting than I normally do.  Maybe it is the nice weather, everyone seems to be soaking in the day vs. being engrossed in their screens.

 

I hear…

– The Carillon is playing a few tunes as parents and students make their way to Wait Chapel for the last Campus Day event.  While I am here I hear Dona Nobis Pacem, the fight song, the alma mater, and Ode to Joy (which I walked up the aisle of Wait Chapel to right after I married Mr. Daily Deac nearly 20 years ago).

– Students at the table near me talking.  I can’t hear it all, but there appears to be some sort of friend situation they are mulling over.

– Music being piped out on the Zick’s speakers.  It’s generally been peppy and upbeat music.  Would be good to dance to.

– Laughter of students as they talk together on the Quad.  It’s a great sound.

deac 0- “The Deacon!” yelled by the next table.  I look up and the Deacon is walking up to Wait Chapel.  I snap a quick pic, and then some parents spot the Deacon and are taking pics with him.  Very endearing.

– Two girls dissecting a text that one of them either sent or received this past weekend.  Again, it’s too many low voices to hear specifics, but there are a couple of exasperated sighs.  This has all the signs of Relationship Intrigue.  I am glad to be past that kind of drama.

– One table of nearby students talking about the political situation in Iran.  This makes me immeasurably happy that instead of talking about celebrities or sports or movies, these dudes are talking about 60 Minutes and CNN and modern media coverage of the Middle East.   Nicely done, gents.

– “Good luck!” enthusiastically shouted by a girl to a guy passing by.  Not sure the occasion, but nice to hear well wishes.

 

I smell…

– Green.  It smells like new flowers, fresh cut grass, and pollen.

– Fried food.  The people at the table near me have got fries.

– Pizza.  And it smells fantastic.

 

I feel…

– The hard, well-weathered chair I am sitting on and the table.

– A nice breeze lilts by every few minutes.  It feels good to have a little cool air, as well as some shade.  The sun, now that it is finally out, is warm.

– The inchworm.  Once I touch him, he doesn’t move (no he isn’t dead, I think he is just trying to hold still so I ignore him).

– My eyes crinkling as I try to see my laptop screen without sunglasses.  It’s bright enough out to need sunglasses but tough to see the screen with a glare.

 

I taste…

– Sorry folks, nothing to report here.  Had a huge lunch at Bistro ’34 and am still stuffed.  For the record, I highly recommend the Asian Chicken Salad.  There are three guys at a table nearby outside Zick’s drinking beer (of age! don’t worry) and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to join them :)

 

The inchworm is now looking like he may crawl up on me and the Campus Day program may be close to finished – both signs I need to get going.  So that’s your Friday Five Senses on this fine Campus Day.  Reminder: Friday afternoons are a great time to call your Deacs and tell them you love them.

 

– By Betsy Chapman

Campus Day Tomorrow!

deacon-balloons-2There are a number of big days on campus throughout the year: Commencement, move-in, Hit the Bricks, Project Pumpkin, Lovefeast – and Campus Day for Accepted Students.  Campus Day will be held tomorrow, and a second Campus Day next Friday.

For maybe half of our Campus Day accepted students (and their parents/family members), they are coming to campus one last time before making the final decision as to where they will enroll.  Kicking the tires, if you will, between Wake and [other top choice school].  For the other half, they know they are coming here, whether that is from Early Decision of if we were their top choice in Regular Decision.

There will be several hundred families visiting on each Campus Day, so your currently-enrolled Deacs will see a lot of visitor traffic.  And if you are one of the new families coming, please stop by our Parent Programs table near Campus Day registration and say hello and see some of the information we have available for you.

For families coming to second Campus Day (on the 24th), there is a special treat for you.  Depending on your travel schedule, you can see the Spring Dance Concert in the Mainstage Theatre of Scales Fine Arts Center, which will feature new student choreography on April 23-26, 2015; you can buy tickets here.  The opening night of the dance concert is also the same night that the student art exhibit opens in the Hanes Gallery in Scales.  No matter which Campus Day you attend, try to get down to Scales and look around at the gallery.

For families of currently-enrolled students, please encourage your Deacs to go to the Spring Dance Concert and the art gallery exhibit.  Artists and dancers here collaborated in an amazing way recently.  Three classes did a collaborative project based on choreographer Remy Charlip’s Airmail Dances.  Charlip had forgotten to choreograph a dance for a friend, so he sent her a series of drawings of the body in various positions [that would show the moves of the dance].   Our art and dance students made their own airmail dances by drawing their own positions and then interpreting them via dance.

This is such a cool project – you can read the whole story of Airmail Dances here, and even better see a video of the beautiful results.

One more event to make you aware of on this gloomy, rainy, coldish Thursday.  Next Friday afternoon (4/24)  will be the last Fridays @ Farrell of this semester.  Fridays @ Farrell are fun, informal networking receptions for School of Business alumni and parents.  F@F will be on Friday, April 24th from 5-7 pm on the Reynolds American Foundation Terrace, just outside off the Living Room.  Register for it here.

And don’t forget – tomorrow is Black and Gold Friday!  Wear your Wake Forest colors proudly and show your spirit in your hometown, at work, etc.  Go Deacs!

– by Betsy Chapman

 

17 Things

There was a wonderful, moving piece I read today from a mom who wrote her middle child a note as he turned 17, telling him the 17 things she wishes he would know on his 17th birthday.  Check it out for yourself and share it with your Deac – or better yet, write your student your own version of this letter.

Inspired by this mom’s article, I thought about which 17 things I would like to tell our students.  Here goes.

1. Bring your best self to everything you do at WFU.  Academically, it means keeping up with classes and assigments, being prepared, being responsible.  Socially, it means being a good citizen of this campus.

2. Be curious.  This is perhaps the only 4-year stretch in your life where you have the luxury of time to think about all sorts of issues, to learn new things, to stretch and grow.  Take advantage of it.

3. Get to know your faculty.  You should strive to know a lot of them of course, but be sure to find at least one faculty member (or administrator) you can go to for academic issues, personal advice, etc.  The faculty here care and they want to know you – so go to office hours and forge those relationships.  Same holds true for administrators and staff members.  (PS – be especially kind to the folks who work on your hall, serve you food at the Pit, etc.  They have tough jobs.)

4. Don’t look to your parents to solve your problems.  Their problem solving skills are probably already superb and those muscles don’t need to be stretched; yours do.  You have to learn to weather big and small issues on your own.  Finding your own solutions to problems is what helps you learn to deal with whatever life throws at you – and gives you confidence to know you are smart and capable and can figure things out on your own.  Even if it means a disappointment or a failure to get something you want, this is how we all learn.  It’s fine to vent to your parents or family members about problems, but tell them “I am just venting – I am not asking you to solve this.  I need to do that myself.”

5. Choice of major does not determine one’s outcome in life.  There are very few jobs that admit (or exclude) someone solely based on their major.  If you fall in love with [insert major here] and are excited about that course of study, go for it with all you have.

6. Mental health matters – don’t ignore it.  I’d venture to guess that nearly everyone in their 4 years here has moments of anxiety, depression, concern over a friend who is exhibiting troubling behavior.  Don’t go that alone.  Seek out support from the University Counseling Center, Student Health, the Chaplain’s office, your RA.

7. Physical health matters.  Get enough sleep, make nutritious food choices, exercise.  And be moderate and balanced in all things.  And speaking of….

8. Be careful with alcohol.  First and foremost for your physical safety, but also because you don’t want to waste every weekend being drunk and hungover.  You will never, ever, ever be as free of life’s responsibilities as you are now.  You are young,  on a beautiful campus and you have every opportunity available to you.  Don’t waste those opportunities in a drunken haze.

9.  Be true to yourself.  Learn to be comfortable in your own skin, even if that means you aren’t doing what you think everyone else is doing.  You are going to be happier being you than pretending to fit in to some ideal that doesn’t feel right for you.

10.  Look out for your friends and classmates.  Be attentive to someone who might be struggling.  Offer them kindness and support – but also know that you are not a trained doctor/counselor/therapist.  Encourage people to get help when they need it.  And if you see troubling behavior – for example, someone trying to take advantage of a female student who is intoxicated, step in and help the young woman.

11. Focus less on the exterior, and more on the interior.  Beauty comes in all shapes, sizes, and colors.  Kindness, compassion, and wisdom are the best accessories.

12. Don’t be afraid of difference.  The world is full of TV shows, talk radio, and other things that just want to polarize and paint people of one race/belief system/political affiliation/sexual orientation/religion/whatever as the bad guy.  Truth is, we are all humans and we have to share this planet together.  If you only surround yourself with people who look and think like you, you’ll lose the opportunity to learn different viewpoints and the chance to empathize with another person’s experience that is different than yours.

13.  Go to lectures, plays, concerts, speaker events, athletic competitions, dances.  Suck as much as you can out of your Wake Forest experience.  It will end way sooner than you think.

14.  Study abroad.  Consider a place where they speak a different language or have a vastly different culture if you want the biggest personal growth.  But know that even if you go to a country that speaks English, you will still encounter cultural and other differences from life in the US that will stretch your mind, expand your worldview.  Plus, it’s awfully fun.

15.  Take part in meaningful campus ceremonies and activities.  That could be the Lovefeast, Rolling the Quad, going to Deliberative Dialogues, Project Pumpkin, Campus Kitchen…you get the idea.  Be a part of what is happening around you.  And if you see something on this campus that needs to change, don’t just gripe about it, figure out how to roll up your sleeves and be part of the solution.

16.  Fall in love.  At least once while you are here.  It’s ok if it ends, is messy, or doesn’t last forever.  We learn what we want and need in relationships by being in them and seeing what works for us and what doesn’t.  There will likely be many “ex”es before you find “The One.”  But it is worth looking for.

17.  Call. Your. Parents.  They love you and want to hear from you.

 

– By Betsy Chapman

 

 

 

A Grande Dame in WFU History

Yesterday the Wake Forest family lost a much-beloved member, Lu Leake.  Lu came to Wake Forest in 1964 as dean of women, and she had held many different titles, including assistant vice president for planning and dean of the summer school, before retiring in 1997 as associate vice president for academic affairs.  In 1996, she received the Medallion of Merit, Wake Forest’s highest award.

Of course your students would likely never have met Lu Leake or known who she was.  But she was a powerhouse at Wake Forest for decades, and at least for me, I think of Lu as a pioneer for female administrators on the Reynolda Campus and one who helped pave the way for the next generation of us to come.  She was smart, dedicated, and respected.  She changed the lives of many a student, and her praises will be sung in the coming days by people who knew her far better than I did.

20090917students0050 Your students might not have known Lu, but every time they go to the Mag Room for lunch and sling their backpacks on the big table, I wonder if they realize they are in the Lu Leake Lounge (the area outside the Mag Room).  Her portrait was hung in the LLL many years ago.   Below I have some pictures of Lu in the lounge.

Universities are shaped and changed in big and small ways by the people who dedicate their lives to them.  Lu was one of those people, and your students’ experience here is better because of her.  Even if they never knew her, or realized they were sitting in her lounge.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Wait Chapel.

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– by Betsy Chapman

This Past Weekend

It would be hard to have improved on the weekend we just had.  Weatherwise we were in the low- to mid-70s, sunny, light breezes.  Perfect.  Some of our students hit the road for beach weekend, others stayed on campus.  I suspect some of them might have been watching the Masters to see a young man their age, Jordan Spieth, win the green jacket (and $1.8 mil) at the tender age of 21 – and dreaming of what they’d do with that money if they’d won it :)

There was an event on Saturday morning on campus.  It was something akin to a mashup of the Color Run and a festival.  In the pictures you see below students are celebrating Holi, the Hindu spring festival of colors, by throwing packets of colored powder on each other on Manchester Plaza (aka Mag Quad).  It looks like it was spectacularly fun.

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– by Betsy Chapman