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Happy Family Weekend!

fam weekend group shot 2 20091030family9670 20091030family5049Welcome to campus, Deac families!  We are delighted to have you here this weekend and hope you have a wonderful time with your students.

Student Union has put a lot of time and effort into planning fun events for you to enjoy, so if you see any of their staff or their student volunteers, give them a big ‘thank you’ for all their hard work!

Bring out your best black and gold clothes for the weekend and cheer hard at the football game.





- by Betsy Chapman

Parents’ Toolkit: Deacon Development 101

Some of the upperclassmen parents may recall that last fall we rolled out an online class (MOOC – Massive Open Online Course) for Wake Forest parents and families.  The ZSR Library was a critical partner in getting the course materials aligned and organized into a weekly, self-paced online class, and the other critical partner was the many campus offices who helped provide content.

Rather than run this program as another MOOC/online class that only lasted a month or so, we thought it might be more helpful to our parents and families to have this information available at any time.  So we have migrated a lot of the most useful and relevant course content into what we are calling the Parents’ Toolkit.

The Parents’ Toolkit delves into college students’ development across the following areas: academics, wellbeing, and identity.  The articles, videos and resources in there might help inform and illustrate ways your student might grow and change across these dimensions.  We close with a video lecture from our Provost, Rogan Kersh (’86) about Gen Y or the Millennials – your students.  He is a research expert on generational studies and has some fascinating insights on today’s students (and how they differered from Gen X or the Baby Boomers).

Within each portion of the toolkit, you’ll see links to articles that might be of interest.  There’s also a section about offices on campus that support our students in this part of their WFU life.  Couple of disclaimers: the videos were originally shot to be part of a course, so you’ll hear references to ‘the course’ etc.  Just gloss over that and focus on the content of the videos.  Other disclaimer: from the time the videos were made, a couple of the offices have been renamed. so names and titles of the people you see might be different.  The main thrust of their remarks are still relevant though.

So if you want to dig in to the Parents’ Toolkit, we invite you to take a little nibble or a big bite.  As I often say, Wake Forest is a smorgasboard – taste as much as you like, but the more you dig in, the richer the experience will be.

The Parents’ Toolkit is accessible at this link, and also in the menu on the left hand side of any of the Parents’ Page or subpages.  Enjoy!



- by Betsy Chapman

To Get You Ready For Fall’s Beauty

We are getting excited about having 1,000+ families here for Family Weekend.  To give you a taste of the beauty of Wake Forest in the fall, here’s a few shots from our University Photographer, Ken Bennett.

- by Betsy Chapman

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Top 10 Things to Do While Your Deac is Sleeping In on Family Weekend

For all our parents and families coming to campus for Family Weekend, you might discover that your idea of an ‘early morning’ is vastly different than your student’s.  So for any of our Deac families who have some time to kill in the morning while your students are still abed, here’s a Top 10 Things to Do While Your Deac is Sleeping In.

[in no particular order]

1. Go up to Farrell Hall and tour the building.  You’ll be amazed at the vast, open, welcoming Living Room – but you can also go upstairs and peek at the various classrooms.

2. Visit the ZSR Starbucks or Campus Grounds to get that morning cup of coffee.

3. Take said coffee and drink it in the rocking chairs on the Mag Patio, just outside of the Green Room of Reynolda Hall.

4.  Go in the Green Room of Reynolda Hall and look at some of the University Art Collection’s works.  There are brochures in the room to tell you what you are seeing.

5. Continuing the art theme, walk through the 3rd and 4th floors of Benson Center and look at the artworks collected there from past student buying trips.

6. Wander up to Davis Chapel (which is on the back side of Wait Chapel facing big parking lot Q) and go inside.  The chapel has been recently renovated to be more of a multi-denominational space and it is beautiful.

7. If you’re feeling especially funloving, head down towards Scales Fine Arts Center and sit on the swings hanging from the nearby trees.  Swinging is great fun.

8.  Explore some of the academic buildings.  Your students taking artistic type classes?  Go into Scales.  Humanities classes?  Go into Tribble or Carswell.  Romance languages or psychology?  Go into Greene.  Science classes? Winston, Salem, or Olin’s your place.

perioidc table spirit walk9. Speaking of Salem, visit the periodic table bench that was a student art project.  It’s a picnic table with ceramic tiles in the shape of the periodic table.  And a nice place to sit outside.

10. Go to the Spirit Walk between Tribble and Benson and look at all the bricks that have been purchased in years past by and for our students.  See which bricks you like the most.

And this is a gentle reminder for something to think about before you come to campus.  Particularly if you are the parent of a first-year student, consider talking to your student about whether there are people on his/her hall whose families can’t come for Family Weekend, and include that student in your plans.  Some of our families live at a great distance, others may have younger siblings at home or work commitments that they can’t leave.  To help make everyone’s Family Weekend a good one, think about leaving no man (or woman) behind when you are planning group meals, tailgating, etc.    Imagine how you would feel if the shoe was on the other foot and you couldn’t attend.  And offer a kindness to another student if you can.


- by Betsy Chapman


Pumpkin Painting Contest

It’s going to be a bit of a light week at the Daily Deac because everyone is in mad rush prep for all the events associated with Family Weekend.

Here’s something your students might want to do – and it’s a quick turnaround, deadline tomorrow!  Sent to us by our friends at the Volunteer Service Corps.



DATE: Tuesday, October 21st

TIME: 5-7 PM

LOCATION: Manchester Plaza aka Mag Quad/Lower Quad

COST: $10 per team (ie: $2 per person for a 5-person team!)

*Cash can be brought to the event*

Here is the link to sign up:  Please get a group of friends together to benefit a wonderful cause!  Details about what will happen to the decorated pumpkins, as well as information about a prize for the winners, can be found by following that link.  If you have any questions, please email Victoria Lawton directly at


- by Betsy Chapman

Fall Break Friday

Happy Fall Break, Deac families!  It’s a beautiful, cool, sunny fall day here on campus.  If your students are here, they were not out and about in the 8-10 am timeframe when I was making my way around campus.

As often happens when class is not in session, there are some maintenance type activities going on around campus.  Across the street on Polo Road near the sophomore parking lot, a crew is taking down some big trees (not quite sure why).   It had a crew full of folks and it looked like a pretty big tree they were wrangling.

Yesterday I heard about an opportunity for members of our campus community to recognize their peers and colleagues for a great honor.  Details are below.  If your student knows someone who would be a worthy recipient, please encourage him/her to nominate that person.


Wake Forest University and Winston-Salem University 2015 Building the Dream Award Nomination   

Each year brings the opportunity to celebrate the life and legacy of one of America’s most inspirational individuals, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Unfortunately, some Americans only reflect on Dr. King’s accomplishments one day per year.  We are honored to acknowledge those whose life builds upon his dream. 

Each year, representatives from Wake Forest and Winston Salem State Universities form a joint Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. programming committee.  Annually, we award the “Building the Dream” award to one professor or administrator and one student from each respective university.  This award will be given to a person who embodies the qualities Dr. King epitomized and actively exercises these qualities in his or her community (on and off campus).  You can read about last year’s winners here. This year’s award will be announced at the ceremonial banquet in January at Wake Forest University. 

If you know someone who would be a great candidate for the “Building the Dream” award, please complete the brief nomination form. Please have all nominations submitted by Tuesday, November 18th.   

We look forward to learning about your nominee! 


The 2015 WFU/WSSU MLK Jr. Planning Committee


- by Betsy Chapman

National Day on Writing

Fall Break is tomorrow, and judging by the parking lots some of our students have already headed off someplace special for the long weekend.

I was in a meeting today and heard about a project taking place this coming Monday, October 20th – the National Day on Writing.  This looks like a very interesting event and I hope your students will participate in it.  Details are below.


On Monday October 20, the Writing Center will be celebrating the National Day on Writing. There will be a table in the Benson Center outside the food court from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. where we will invite students to write collaboratively Wake Forest’s longest ghost story–one sentence at a time (as part of a writing exercise called an “exquisite corpse”).

In addition, the 2014 theme from the National Council of Teachers of English is “Write My Community.” Because we know how important creating an inclusive campus community is for Wake Forest, the Writing Center saw an opportunity to invite students to participate in a variety of ways.

The Writing Center will ask students to share their thoughts on what the Wake Forest community is right now as well as what they think it could be in the future. They will write these ideas of community on notecards that will be posted at the event.  Later, an art piece will be displayed using the notecards, and that will reside in the Writing Center.

The campus is encouraged to participate in Write My Community on social media by using the hashtags #writemycommunity and #wfu (together, if possible).

Day on Writing October 20th

A Road with a View

As Family Weekend is approaching, let me recommend one of my favorite fall traditions: viewing the glorious fall leaves on Reynolda Road.  This is something you will want to see when you are here, and you can encourage your students to take a walk or drive as well.

If you exit Wake Forest’s campus from what most consider the main entrance out past the Porter Byrum Welcome Center (aka admissions building), you come to a stoplight at the intersection of Reynolda Road and the road leading to Silas Creek Parkway.  Take a left onto Reynolda Road and you’ll quickly pass Reynolda Village on your left.

Drive slowly down Reynolda.  It is bordered on both sides by old, beautiful, very large trees.  In the summer the trees form a canopy of green and provide welcome shade from the heat, and in the fall the trees display spectacular colors.  You will see every shade of gold, yellow, orange, red, brown.

This view never gets old.  In fact, there are many ‘best’ times to travel Reynolda Road and you can get a different feeling or perspective each time.  You can go early in the morning on a cool day and see the leaves and maybe a little fog, dew-covered grass.  You can go around sunset, and if the sun hits the reddest leaves just right, everything is bathed in a reddish glow.  My personal favorite is on very windy days, when the leaves fall gently down like snow.

If you are here Family Weekend, be sure to see Reynolda Road.  You/your students can see it either by car or by taking the nice walking path from campus (down past Winston Hall).  You can walk all the way up to Reynolda Village, past Reynolda House museum to where the stone gates connect to Reynolda Road.  If you step out past the gates, you can look either way and see a terrific view.

It’s been rainy the last few days so I have not taken any good pictures myself this year.  A quick Google search found several beautiful pictures: one from the Winston-Salem Journal (credit to Doug Rice Photo), one on a Flickr website (credit to @NOSAMK) and one I took last year, respectively.

reynolda road fall WSJ

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reynolda road fall 2013
- by Betsy Chapman

Cheering Up with Deacon Greetings

Today is a better day on campus.  Quite windy but not as beastly rainy and foggy as it has been.  And in times like these – bad weather, midterms, papers, projects, other associated malaise – what your students might want is a bit of cheering up.

And we are happy to oblige.

We have a web page for Deacon Greetings – an e-card service you can use to send your student.  You fill out the form, pick a picture you like, and write a personal message to your Deac, and then Internet Magic makes it go to your student’s email.

So if you think your Deac could use a boost, send him or her a Deacon Greeting.  These are available all the time, by the way.  You can either bookmark this Deacon Greetings web page, or it is now on the left hand menu of our Parents’ Page.  If you have suggestions for additional messages or picture choices, send those on to

test deacon greetingMy colleague and genius web designer sent me this one as a test so you can see what it looks like.

Hope you can use this to spread some WFU cheer to your Deacs!



It was a dreary weekend, particularly yesterday.  And today it is still dreary.  Not necessarily cold, but a near constant mist and you can feel the damp.  There was enough fog this morning that you could hardly see the outline of the spire of Wait Chapel from a distance.

Students are finishing up midterms and papers and projects.  I was in the Benson Center midday and student spirit seemed pretty good.  Not sure if that was because they were getting their fix of fast food, or because they were among friends, or maybe they had just aced a test or paper.  Dress was on the casual/rainy weather side, as you would expect.

Many of our students are looking forward to the 3-day weekend that is Fall Break, starting this Friday the 17th.   The weather looks bad for the next couple of days, but is supposed to improve for the weekend.  It would be nice to have a good fall break for them.