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Love Is in the Air

From the Lighting of the Quad this year.  I don’t know who they are, but I am a romantic at heart and to me this is a sweet, sweet20141202lighting0128 photo.

Is it love?  Friendship?  Who’s to say?

But love is a wonderful thing.  May you feel it today – and always.


– by Betsy Chapman

Photo of the Day Continues

20141209griggs0257As we continue winter break, enjoy this picture of the office of Imam Khalid Griggs.  It was filled with flowers by students, faculty, and staff – a gesture of love and affection following an act of intolerance toward him.


– by Betsy Chapman

Merry Christmas

For those who are celebrating Christmas, this is a tree from the President’s Home.

20141209house0065Merry Christmas to all!


– by Betsy Chapman

Ending of Hanukkah

As we continue our winter break hiatus, we’re bringing you pictures from campus this semester.

20141202lighting0147Hanukkah is on its last night tonight, so we give you this lovely shot of the menorah from the Lighting of the Quad.

Mazel tov to all our Jewish Deac families!


– by Betsy Chapman

While We Are on Break

During the winter break, we’ll be showing you some of our favorite pictures from our photo archive.  Enjoy these glimpses of campus life.

20141209hartzog0286 Today’s picture is from the retirement party of Associate Chaplain Becky Hartzog, with Penny Rue, Vice President for Campus Life.  Becky is an immense source of good on our campus.  She will be missed, though we all wish her a wonderful new adventure as she begins the next chapter of her journey.

We’ll be back to regular Daily Deacs on January 2nd.  We wish you and yours a wonderful holiday!



– by Betsy Chapman

A Hale and Hearty Thank You

Between Thanksgiving and the upcoming holidays (Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and others I might not be as familiar with), this has been a time to reflect on our many blessings and think of giving gifts and sharing our joy with others.

2014 has been a great year for us in the Parent Programs office, largely because of the enthusiastic participation of you – our parents and families.  When I started writing the Daily Deac a few years ago and was making a conscious effort to have a robust Parents’ Page and Facebook/Twitter presence, it was a bit of a lark – something I loved to do that made me happy and gave me a great deal of personal satisfaction.  But as with all new things, it took some time to figure out if those efforts were read, were liked, were helpful and/or valuable.

My fondest hope and wish was to be able to connect you to life on campus and your students’ experience here.  To make you feel a part of it, welcomed as full members of our community (albeit from a distance), and to share some of the magic I get to see here every day because of the special people who work here and go to school here.

You have given me back the greatest gift of all – your participation, your feedback, and your kind words.  Whether you have emailed me about liking the Daily Deac, or commented on one of our Facebook threads, or retweeted something, you have been part of our Wake Forest family in active and meaningful ways.

I have received so many unsolicited emails from you, and they warm my heart every time.  Even when you tell me you don’t like what you’ve read or we disagree about something, I appreciate the fact that you cared enough to tell me.  I have saved all your emails – now some 55+ pages strong – and they energize me more than I can tell you.  When I meet one of you in person, I am always thrilled to connect a face to a name and to hear more about your family and your student’s WFU experience.

Thank you, too, for your incredible support of our Parents’ Campaign of the Wake Forest Fund.  Our parents are giving in greater and greater numbers, and I hope and believe that has something to do with the fact that you feel connected to the school and appreciate the work we all do on behalf of your students.  Please continue to give – or if you haven’t done so, please consider doing so (it’s online and easy to do!).  Part of the reason we do as much as we can for our students is because of funding provided through the Wake Forest Fund.

I want to make 2015 an even better year, so if you have comments or suggestions about things we are not writing about and should be, or ways we can engage you better online, please share your thoughts at

From the bottom of my black and gold heart, thank you for reading and enjoying the Daily Deac.  I wish you and yours a wonderful holiday!


– by Betsy Chapman

Happy 225th, Samuel Wait!

samuelwaitToday is the 225th birthday of the founder of Wake Forest, Samuel Wait.  One of my intrepid colleagues in our Communications and External Relations department did some research and found these fun facts in honor of his 225th birthday.  We even have a video about it!

Enjoy your WFU history lesson on this Black and Gold Friday (you did remember to wear black and gold, right?)


Our first leader has ties to another Founding Father of some prominence. He grew up in a house in Granville, N.Y., that was later to be owned by Nathaniel Gorham Folger, whose distant ancestors included Benjamin Franklin. Among Folger’s descendants was James A. Folger, founder of the coffee company that bears the family name.

Rev. Wait would insist on proper spelling and word usage if he were grading papers today. His wife, Sally Merriam Wait, the de facto chief administrator of the College in its earliest days, was a sixth cousin of the co-founders of the Merriam-Webster dictionary, George and Charles Merriam.

Samuel Wait attended Columbian College, now known as George Washington University. While he was a student, the College encountered financial difficulties and lost the accreditation necessary to award degrees. Through an accepted arrangement, however, Wait was allowed to graduate officially from Waterville College, now known as Colby College, in Waterville, Maine. In another curious twist, when the Trustees of Wake Forest College were looking for an architect for the Reynolda Campus, they hired Jens Larsen, who had developed the master plan for Colby’s new campus 20 years earlier.

Those financial difficulties at Columbian led Wait to Wake Forest. He was traveling on a fund-raising mission on behalf of the college when, on Feb. 9, 1827, his horse liberated itself from the carriage, leaving the Reverend 10 miles south of New Bern, N.C. Wait hitched a ride back into the town, where he became a pastor just as the Baptist State Convention was beginning plans to create a college in the region. Six years later, Wait accepted the position as Principal of the fledgling Wake Forest Manual Labor Institute.

Wait was born eight months after and 27 miles away from another person with ties to a current top National University: Stephen van Rensselaer IV, whose father founded Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1824.

Wait was born four days after Edward Bishop Dudley, who would become Governor of North Carolina and who, in 1840, would approve a $2,000 loan to cash-strapped Wake Forest College upon the pleas of Wait and others.


– Intro by Betsy Chapman; factoids by Rob Daniels

Lovefeast 2014 Facts

20101205lovefeast1250USA Today ran a piece a few days ago called “4 Beloved Campus Christmas Traditions,” and in a surprise to no one here on campus, our Lovefeast was listed in the #1 spot.   If you have attended one (in person or via the Internet), or if your students have told you about their experience attending, you have a sense of just how special this service has been to Wake Foresters.

This year, some of my very creative colleagues decided to honor the 50th anniversary of the Lovefeast in a tangible way – by offering Lovefeast At Home kits for purchase.  The kit included Moravian coffee and Lovefeast bun mix, beeswax candles, anad a Lovefeast program.  The hope was that we might have enough people interested to sell 100.  Turns out, demand was so high that 300 were sold, which was the maximum number my colleagues could realistically produce.

Now that the Lovefeast is over, my colleagues did some analyzing of the Lovefeast kits and web viewing traffic, and the results are pretty interesting.  Read on to see just who and where people were sharing the Lovefeast with those of us on campus.


Lovefeast 2014 Participation Report


20091206lovefeast2547In all, people in 45 U.S. States, the District of Columbia and 28 foreign countries participated in Lovefeast in person, via the Internet, or by purchasing Lovefeast At Home kits.

This amounts to an estimated 9,640 total participants: 2,200 in person, 4,440 via webcast and 3,000 through the 300 Lovefeast kits, which were designed to accommodate 10 people each.


In all, 4,440 people in 42 U.S. States, the District of Columbia and 23 foreign countries watched at least some of Lovefeast via webcast. At least 8 percent of viewers came from outside the U.S. (Google could not determine the locations of 2 percent of the viewers.) China led all countries with 177 page views from 13 provinces.  (Update 12/18 – we know of at least one set of WF grandparents who were watching online from Puerto Rico!)

Lovefeast At Home Kits

Alumni, parents, and friends from 31 U.S. States, DC, and six foreign countries ordered Lovefeast kits.  By those combined methods, Lovefeast kits were sent to 241 addresses in 32 unique US states, DC, and seven unique foreign countries. Some addresses received multiple kits.

20111204lovefeast0556Foreign Countries Participating

Austria                                Greece                                 South Korea

Belgium                               India                                   Spain

Brazil                                   Ireland                               Turkey

Canada                                Italy                                    Taiwan

China                                   Malaysia                           United Arab Emirates

Colombia                            Mexico                               Uganda

Czech Republic                 Netherlands

Ecuador                               Nigeria

England                              Pakistan

France                                 Poland

Germany                             Saudi Arabia


– Intro by Betsy Chapman; factoids by Rob Daniels

Lighthearted Wednesday

All staff tacky TuesdayIt might surprise your students to know that some of the administrators they see around campus actually have pretty great senses of humor.  Because it’s almost Winter Break and everyone is in a lighthearted mood, my colleagues in University Advancement have been making Alumni Hall a fun and festive place.  Yesterday was Tacky Sweater Tuesday, and we had many takers, as you can see in this picture.  Today is a cookie swap day.

festivus pole leg lamp festivus signYour students are too young to remember Seinfeld (unless they watched reruns in syndication), but we are paying tribute to Seinfeld’s Festivus episode.  In our lobby we have a Festivus pole and box to submit our (good-spirited) grievances for the Airing of the Grievances.  There may be Feats of Strength too.  You just never know with our group.  For fans of the movie A Christmas Story, we also have a leg lamp.

Hopefully at your house you are having some fun times too – perhaps your Deacs are finally caught up on sleep and are returning to their normal selves.  And for all our families who are celebrating this week, we wish you a very happy Hanukkah.  May you feel the love of family and friends during this special time.


– by Betsy Chapman


Today is a dreary, dreary day.  It has been gray and rainy all morning continuing through lunchtime.  As of the moment I am writing this, the Quad Cam is showing consistently miserable outdoor conditions.  Occasionally I have seen a Facilities or Landscaping truck driving on parts of the Quad, presumably delivering things or bringing materials to work on trees or flower beds.  Yesterday there appeared to be a crop of desks being moved from one of the Quad residence halls.  I couldn’t tell if these were new pieces being delivered or old ones being removed.

One of the things that may be on your mind (or your student’s) is final exam grades.  Those are due tomorrow (12/17) at noon.  Grading is entered electronically, and I am not sure if there is any kind of upload needed that would create a lag time in when your students can access their grades in WIN.  My guess is that they will see them if not tomorrow, the next day or so.

If you are curious about your student’s grades, you can ask him or her to tell you the grades or show them to you in WIN.  You can also ask them to grant you Proxy Access to their grades (instructions here).  Wake – like all schools – is required to uphold FERPA, which is a law that protects educational privacy of students.  Families of upperclassmen may recall that there used to be a paper FERPA release that students had to sign and then grades were mailed to parents.  This is all done electronically now.

May the weather where you live be better than in Winston-Salem.  Enjoy having your Deacs home!


– by Betsy Chapman