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Happy New Year!

This last shot in our “picture of the day” series doesn’t come from the fall semester.  This was from our Wake Will campaign kickoff – and is the only time I have ever seen fireworks on campus.  Since it’s New Years, fireworks seemed appropriate.

On behalf of all of us in the Office of Parent Programs, we wish you and your family peace, love, good health, good fortune, and happiness for 2016 and always.  Thank you for being a part of our Wake Forest family!

— by Betsy Chapman

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Pro Humanitate of the Day

Pro Humanitate isn’t just old Latin words – those words mean something to Wake Foresters.  “For humanity” is our charge to learn what we can here – in the classroom and out – and to do something with that knowledge for the good of humanity.

Volunteer service is one of the many ways Pro Humanitate is lived out on our campus.  And each fall, Campus Kitchen runs Turkeypalooza, which brings Thanksgiving meals to those in need in our community.

— by Betsy Chapman
Wake Forest students cook and deliver Thanksgiving meals during the annual Turkeypalooza event held by the volunteer organization Campus Kitchen on Thursday, November 19, 2015. Hailey Estes ('16) takes the finished turkey breasts out of the roasting pans.

Wake Forest students cook and deliver Thanksgiving meals during the annual Turkeypalooza event held by the volunteer organization Campus Kitchen on Thursday, November 19, 2015. Hailey Estes (’16) takes the finished turkey breasts out of the roasting pans.

WF of the Day

There is WF ironwork all over campus.  It adds a touch of elegance and uniqueness to our campus.

When you catch a WF just right, like our intrepid Ken Bennett so often does, you can see something really grand.

Like this.

— by Betsy Chapman
WF ironwork on Reynolda Hall is surrounded by fall color on Tuesday, October 20, 2015.

WF ironwork on Reynolda Hall is surrounded by fall color on Tuesday, October 20, 2015.

Green Space of the Day

You’d be hard pressed to find any part of our campus that isn’t beautiful and well tended.  Our grounds are expertly tended and look stunning every season.

If your Deac doesn’t regularly take a walk up to Reynolda Gardens and Reynolda Village, encourage him or her to do so.  There are lots of great green spaces there and one can take a walk (or jog), a leisurely stroll, or bring a blanket and a book and study outdoors.

This is a shot of the meadow in front of Reynolda House.  One of my favorite places.

— by Betsy Chapman
Reynolda Gardens maintains a meadow on the grounds of Reynolda House, shown on Monday, October 19, 2015.

Reynolda Gardens maintains a meadow on the grounds of Reynolda House, shown on Monday, October 19, 2015.

Theatre of the Day

We have a very talented artistic community on campus, and I have a special heart for our Theatre Deacs.  Today’s Winter Break pic of the day is from this fall’s production of The Importance of Being Earnest.

— by Betsy Chapman

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President’s Ball Pic of the Day

For those who are celebrating today, Merry Christmas!  I thought today’s pic should be of the President’s Ball – a special occasion happening once every two years.  Dancing and music and togetherness.  Everyone wins.

— by Betsy Chapman
Wake Forest University hosts the President's Ball for students, faculty, staff, and alumni in the Joel Coliseum on Friday, September 25, 2015.

Wake Forest University hosts the President’s Ball for students, faculty, staff, and alumni in the Joel Coliseum on Friday, September 25, 2015.

Soccer Pic of the Day

My love for our soccer team is well documented (my Class of ’27 Deac is a huge fan, so we went as often as we could).

The moment at the end of every win where the guys hurl themselves up the wall to hug the fans – well, that is a thing of beauty and a joy forever.

Go Deacs!

— by Betsy Chapman
Wake Forest men's soccer takes on Charlotte in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Sunday, November 22, 2015. The Deacons won, 1-0.

Wake Forest men’s soccer takes on Charlotte in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Sunday, November 22, 2015. The Deacons won, 1-0.

Orientation Pic of the Day

This picture is from Orientation and I loved the spirit of this project.  This was a giant ball pit you could enter.  The theme was Take a Seat, Meet a Deac – and a student could plunk him or herself down and meet one of our campus administrators.  This young lady met Penny Rue, our Vice President of Campus Life.

— by Betsy Chapman
Wake Forest hosts move-in day for first year students at the south campus residence halls on Friday, August 21, 2015.  Penny Rue, the Vice President for Student Life, chats with Stephanie Rothney ('19), of Toronto, in the ball pit on the lower quad.

Wake Forest hosts move-in day for first year students at the south campus residence halls on Friday, August 21, 2015. Penny Rue, the Vice President for Student Life, chats with Stephanie Rothney (’19), of Toronto, in the ball pit on the lower quad.

Musical Pic of the Day

As we continue our look back at the fall semester in photos, this one caught my eye.  I am not familiar with this instrument, the gamelan, but it looked really cool to me.

— by Betsy Chapman
Members of the Wake Forest community play a gamelan, a traditional Indonesian musical instrument, as they rehearse for a concert in a classroom in Scales Fine Arts Center on Thursday, October 22, 2015.  Suvra Mostafa ('17), left, and Morgan Briggs ('19) practice their parts.

Members of the Wake Forest community play a gamelan, a traditional Indonesian musical instrument, as they rehearse for a concert in a classroom in Scales Fine Arts Center on Thursday, October 22, 2015. Suvra Mostafa (’17), left, and Morgan Briggs (’19) practice their parts.

Winter Break for Everyone

Just like your students, the faculty and staff are happy to have a break after the fall semester.  The University will be closed December 24-31.

I’m starting the break a few days early, so from now until New Year’s, the Daily Deac is going to be featuring a Pic of the Day from our vast archive of photos from our talented Ken Bennett.  All of the shots you will see in the coming days are from events that took place during the fall semester.

On behalf of my colleagues in the Office of Parent Programs, we wish your family all the best for the holidays and the Winter Break!  See you in 2016!

— by Betsy Chapman

 

Wake Forest students, faculty, and staff attend the Arrive to Thrive event on Manchester Plaza on Tuesday, August 25, 2015. The event highlights different ways of maintaining an healthy lifestyle on campus. Rae-Ling Lee ('17) blows giant bubbles.

Wake Forest students, faculty, and staff attend the Arrive to Thrive event on Manchester Plaza on Tuesday, August 25, 2015. The event highlights different ways of maintaining an healthy lifestyle on campus. Rae-Ling Lee (’17) blows giant bubbles.