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Big Game Night

With the new year comes the Real Deal: ACC basketball games.  Tonight at 7 pm it’s Wake vs. Duke, a perennial rivalry. For our Deacs and Deac families, it will be on ESPN U, and there are a number of ways to follow the game online; details here.

If you have been following Wake basketball – and I hope in earnest you have! – you will see that this is an impressive team. An up-and-coming team. We are going to be good again, as our Skip Prosser said prior to his untimely passing. And for Deac fans everywhere, this is a great thing.

So wear your black and gold at home, cheer hard, watch it on TV or follow online. Bring all your best spirit around 7 pm. Nothing would make me happier than to have the locals roll the Quad tonight!

GO DEACS!

— by Betsy Chapman

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.

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.

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.

 

A Little Something for You

Tis the season for holiday cards and good wishes. If I could, I’d send each of you a card and a heartfelt thank you for being part of our Daily Deac readership. As long as parents and families read and value the Daily Deac, I get to keep writing it 🙂 – which is a great blessing to me. Helping connect you to your students and to life on campus brings me great joy.

Since I can’t snail mail everyone, here’s my holiday wishes for each of you. Pretend it arrived in your mailbox with good cheer and much love from campus.

— by Betsy Chapman

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Break Is a Good Time to Think of Emergency Preparedness

Several times a year, I try to remind parents of the procedures we have in place in the event of some sort of crisis on campus. One of my fine colleagues on the Crisis Management Team has some good language around what we do at Wake Forest, and what parents should know. It is provided below.

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For many years, Wake Forest has had a Crisis Management Team (CMT) comprised of representatives from a wide range of University offices.  The CMT meets off and on through each year for training and other purposes, either in its entirety or in smaller groups. It is important for parents and families to understand what would happen if there was a campus crisis.  We have a Wake Ready web site, which provides information on emergency preparedness.

On the Wake Ready website, at the left hand side is a list of menu items that are linked to pages with greater detail on what alert methods are used, building evacuation procedures, etc.   We urge all Wake Forest families to read through this web site carefully and to make sure your students do as well.

The name used the for the University’s entire emergency communication system is Wake Alert. It refers to all means that may be used to communicate with the campus, depending on the situation. These methods include the Wake Alert web site, a banner at the top of the University home page and many other Wake Forest pages (including the Parents home page), an outdoor alert system, a cable TV alert system, an indoor alert system in many buildings (but not all), e-mail, voice mail (University offices), and the University weather/emergency phone line (336-758-5935). Social media can be used, too, including the Wake Alert Twitter account. The University would also keep news media up to date, regularly.

In situations of imminent danger to campus, a text message would be sent to the campus community directing all to follow the Wake Alert web site for details and updates. We do not text message or e-mail parents. Our first concern is the safety of those on campus.

At Wake Forest, all campus community members are encouraged to follow the Wake Alert site for alerts and updates in situations threatening imminent danger to the campus. It is the primary go-to source for alerts and updates. All means used to communicate in such situations will refer people to the Wake Alert web site.

The Wake Alert web site may be used for less threatening situations, on occasion. For instance, the University uses the site each year to announce weather-related closings and delays on campus.

The University, in less threatening situations, often depends on other means to communicate, such as e-mail and social media.

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— by Betsy Chapman

New and Improved Campus Dining Site

I was in a meeting this morning with a colleague from ARAMARK, our food service provider.  They have an enhanced website that I think might be useful to students – but might also be informative for parents.

The main address is http://wakeforest.campusdish.com/ and like most web pages, it’s pretty easy to navigate.

12 16 15 campusdish 1You’ll see some headers across the top, and the one that might be the most helpful is the Eat Well menu.

If you click on that, the first item in the dropdown menu is View Menus, and your students (or you) can look at all our dining venues and see the options for breakfast, lunch, or dinner that day.  So if your student is trying to decide where he/she wants to eat on a given day, this web site can show what is on offer.

12 16 15 campusdish 2Once you pick a venue and look at the menu, there is a handy chart on the right side of the web site with icons that show which menu options qualify as low sodium, low fat, vegan, whole grain, etc.

There is a Calculate button that allows you to preselect which items you will eat and calculate the calories in that meal.  ARAMARKs food items are also listed in MyFitnessPal, so if your Deac uses that to track nutritional information, he or she can search on ARAMARK and the food item and log it into the MyFitnessPal app.  You can also use the Compare button to compare two different foods.

All these tools are there to help your students have the information they need to make the best food choices and to let them see the range of options – especially healthy ones – being offered.  And if they say to you ‘there is nothing good to eat’ or ‘I can’t find healthy options,’ you can see for yourself what is available 🙂

12 16 15 campusdish 3The rest of the site has other added benefits. Under Eat Well there is a Wellness item that gives links to articles, information from nutritionists and more.  We also have a nutritionist on site, and students can see the On Campus Resources heading under Eat Well for contact information.

— by Betsy Chapman

 

 

Happiness Is Being a Deacon Coed – 1966

All our Deacs have departed for their Winter Break destinations and campus feels empty indeed.  I imagine that most of them arrived home tired but happy to see you, and glad to let you climb Laundry Mountain for them 🙂

As you might imagine, it can be a slow stretch for the Daily Deac with students gone from campus.  Fear not – today I bring you some pure gold from the archives.  Adam Goldstein, Dean of Students, found this booklet, “Happiness is Being a Deacon Coed” and let me scan a copy of it.

This is a booklet from 1966 that apparently was sent to all new freshmen girls to give them the scoop about life at Wake Forest.  Think of it as the prequel to “Forestry 101.”

If you want to get a sense of how things used to be many, many moons ago, this is a fun read.  Happiness Is a WF Coed Happiness Is Being a Deacon Coed

— by Betsy Chapman

The Herd Is Thinning

There is definitely a big drop in the number of students here.  Walking across the Quad midday, I only saw two or three students.  In Reynolda Hall, where they often find couches and tables and spots to study, there were far fewer students than earlier in the week.  I’m not saying it’s so silent that you hear crickets chirping, but we are getting close.

To add to the strange feeling on campus is our weather.  It doesn’t feel at all like December – it’s nearly 70 today and sunny.  Students are in short sleeved shirts, or shorts.  I saw several students dragging luggage to cars, or waiting for a ride to the airport.  Sometimes I’d get a glimpse of folks hugging goodbye.

The expressions on students’ faces are also pretty telling.  Once finals are over, they stop looking so tired, and start to look pretty cheerful.  Believe me, I get it.  Finals are hard.

Enough about general campus impressions.  On the sports front, kudos to our men’s soccer player Jack Harrison:

jack harrison“This week, he was named a NSCAA All-South Region honoree. A semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy, Harrison won the fan vote online by more than 1,000 votes over the second place finisher, Julian Buescher of Syracuse. Finalists for college soccer’s top honor are scheduled to be announced Friday night by the organization.” (via wakeforestsports.com).

My love for our soccer team is well documented; my Class of ’27 Deac thinks they hung the moon.  Many thanks to all of you who follow our Parents Facebook page and saw my (frequent) posts about helping Jack out in the MAC Hermann Fan Vote.  Winning by over 1,000 votes tells me that the Wake Forest family rallied in huge numbers to get him there.  Thanks for being a part of that!

Hope you have a great weekend and safe travels home to all your Deacs.  Bring on Winter Break!

— by Betsy Chapman