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CEO of Habitat for Humanity speaking at 6 pm

We try to talk about (and live out) our Pro Humanitate motto in many different ways on campus.  We also try to expose our students to national and international thought leaders on a variety of topics.  Having access to big ideas from recognized leaders can be the thing that lights the flame of inspiration in one of our students.

Tonight they have access to this kind of big name speaker and university initiatve on leadership.

Pass this along to your Deacs if you see fit.

–by Betsy Chapman

On Tuesday, October 20 at 6pm in Brendle Recital Hall, Wake Forest will welcome Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity as part of The Leadership Project. This initiative is designed to champion leadership development and to bring students inspiring stories from leaders who represent a variety of professional paths.

Reckford will offer insight into his personal experiences and what has shaped his leadership philosophy through a conversation with President Hatch. Attendees will also be invited to ask questions from the audience and from twitter as part of the experience.

Visit to find out more about the Leadership Project and Jonathan Reckford.


Fall Break

Not surprisingly, it is a very quiet day on campus.  None of the normal hustle and bustle on the :50th of each hour as classes change.  Parking is a breeze – everything’s empty.  Here are the only real signs of activity I have seen in a couple of brief forays outside:

– a handful of our ROTC cadets, all decked out in camo, presumably returning from a training activity

– one solitary student walking towards Farrell Hall in shorts and a hoodie, headphones on

– one jogger on campus

Your Deacs, if they are here, were sleeping late this morning.  This was a strange morning, too: there was a very pretty sky with lots of pastel pink and orange, and while it was only slightly overcast (and you could see plenty of clear sky), it sprinkled rain.

10 16 15 quad camIt’s been an interesting sky all day, actually.  Not completely dark, nor is it ever sunny.  It’s layered like a trifle.  Here’s a snap from the Quad Cam.

If your Deacs ventured home for the [very short] break, do not be surprised if they spend far more time sleeping than you would care for, or if they are making you climb what I always refer to as “Laundry Mountain,” or if they are trying to eat you out of house and home.  They’ve just finished midterms and are tired.  Give them that extra TLC and enjoy your time with them.

— by Betsy Chapman

Another Gorgeous Fall Day

It’s another beautiful day in the Forest.  Started out cool – around 50 – but now that it is lunchtime and the sun is out, it is quick to warm you if you are just standing around soaking up the rays.

This weekend the temperature is supposed to drop dramatically, and it will certainly be Coat Weather; check out the 5 day forecast.

pumpkin patchOne of the fall traditions in Winston-Salem is the pumpkin patch on Reynolda Road.  A local church, Maple Springs United Methodist, has been running a pumpkin patch for 37 years.  They have all sorts of pumpkins for sale, big and small.  If your Deacs have a car – or if they are one of the many students I see jogging down Polo Road and making the turn onto Reynolda Road – no doubt they have passed it.  For those who need a little fall decor for their rooms, there are lots of tiny pumpkins to be had.

Fall Break is this Friday.  That’s kind of a misnomer, as it is really only a 3 day weekend.  If your Deac is staying in town and wants some ideas of things to do in town, here are a few suggestions:

– Take a hike.  Pilot Mountain and Hanging Rock are within 45 minutes’ drive of campus (more or less).  Or stay closer to home and walk from campus through Reynolda Village and on the trails behind the big lawn.

– Want to get a little farther away?  Drive northwest to the Blue Ridge Parkway and see the fall leaves.  Or go southwest towards Asheville and go to Biltmore House (or just spend time in Asheville, a really cool little city).

– Head downtown to a/perture theatre and see an indie film.  Pair it up with a little something from one of my all time favorites, Camino Bakery, across the street.

There’s more to do locally than just that.  Smitty’s Notes, a local web site, has tons of listings of events, restaurants, and other things of interest.  Here’s a few of the events scheduled this weekend according to Smitty.

— by Betsy Chapman

Upcoming Registration Period

You can tell that it’s midterm time because there are students who look tired and grumpy.  I have heard a bit from students currently in Accounting 111 (a prerequisite course for students who want to apply to the Business School).  It is considered by many to be a difficult class, and there is always some post-exam grumping about how hard the tests are.  The period around high-traffic exam times are a great time for care packages, by the way.

Mid-semester is also when students start planning for their spring semester’s schedule.  Your students will soon be meeting with their lower-division advisers (for freshmen and sophomores who have not yet declared a major) or with their major adviser to talk about what they want to take next semester.

For students who already have declared a major or minor:

“Students with declared majors and/or minors, including those currently abroad, will be advised and can be registered for classes within the major/minor department between October 19th – October 31st. Each academic department governs advising and assignment of registration priorities and most registration procedures during Major/Minor Registration. Automated Waitlisting is not available.” (from Registrar’s web site)

For first-years and sophomores who have not yet declared a major:

“Registration rounds start the week of November 2.  In the first round (Nov. 2 – Nov. 8, 11:59 pm) students can register for up to 8 hours.  In the second round (Nov. 9 on), students can complete registration up to 17 hours.  Each student can register at any time after his/her assigned time and up to the closing time for each round.  Registration times are set based on completed hours, so most second-year students will begin registration on Wednesday of each week and most first-year students on Thursday, although some will have earlier start times if they are sophomores by credit hours.” (from an email sent from the Office of Academic Advising to all lower division academic advisers)

So know that your students will soon be engaged in advising and registration.

Here are a couple of other tidbits that were emailed to students:

Information about pre-health careers and related majors:

Are you considering focusing on pre-med, pre-dental, or pre-vet? As Dr. Lord cannot meet with every student individually to help plan course schedules for the spring semester, please plan on attending one of the following group advising sessions to make sure you are on the right track.

Tuesday, October 20th
First Year Students: 6:30-7:30
Sophomores: 7:30-8:00
Juniors & Seniors: 8:00-8:30

Wednesday, October 21st
Juniors & Seniors: 5:00-5:30
Sophomores: 5:30-6:00
First Year Students: 6:00-7:00

All sessions will be held in Winston Hall, Room 125

(Please note: The group advising session is NOT a replacement for your lower division or major advising meeting with your academic adviser.)

Information session for prospective business majors:

In advance of spring 2016 registration, the School of Business will be holding freshman information sessions next week, October 19th through October 22nd.

​Please see below for the dates, times and locations. ​

These sessions will incorporate information about the prerequisites, the admissions process and the majors offered in the School of Business. Please plan to attend if you have an interest in or questions about the School of Business​. Our major advising and registration deadlines will preclude individual student appointments or email exchanges in October and early November.

Please arrive promptly at the time listed, if you plan to attend a session.

Feel free to share this email with others who might be interested!

Monday, 10/19/2015, 3:30 pm, 104 Farrell Hall

Tuesday, 10/20/2015, 3:30 pm, A17 Farrell Hall

Wednesday, 10/21/2015, 2:00 pm, 104 Farrell Hall

Thursday, 10/22/2015, 11:00 am, 155 Farrell Hall


— by Betsy Chapman

Crunchy Leaves

Today was a warm day, but there was a breeze.  The leaves have started falling to the ground and when the wind blows them across the concrete sidewalks or pavement, you hear the telltale scratchy sounds of fall.  It is a good sound.

10 9 15 4 Lots of activity on campus as we prep for the Brad Paisley concert.  I will spare you pictures of the tons of portojohns that are being lined up around the Mag Quad, but trust me they are there.  Instead, at the end are some shots I took today of the trees changing colors.  This one right here is my favorite perch on the Quad – these tables near the Deacon Shop.

Also seen around the Mag Quad was lots and lots of chalkings on the sidewalks.  They ranged from advertisements to get involved in Project Pumpkin (and I am shamefully biased here – everyone should get involved!), to motivational/supportive quotes from DORaK (Do Random Acts of Kindness), to a lot of Biblical quotes.  I couldn’t get a lot of pics of the sidewalk because I was in that area right as class was changing 10 9 15 1and there was a ton of foot traffic, but I got this one.

With the good weather, there were plenty of students dining al fresco, either at the tables outside the Benson Food Court or in the outside tables for Shorty’s.  I will say that the South of the Border burger at Shorty’s today was absolutely delicious.

As with every Friday, give your kids a call and tell them you love them.  Ask them about their day, tell them about yours.  Reach out and make that connection.

Double bonus points for any of our Deac families observing Black and Gold Friday.  It makes me happy to think you are out there in your WFU finery across the nation.

— by Betsy Chapman

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Throwback Thursday

It’s Throwback Thursday, and here are some pics from the archive back in 1999.  Some fun facts:

Wake Forest University commencement ceremonies, May 1999, featuring Cardinal Arrinze as speaker.

– Our Commencement speaker was Cardinal Francis Arinze

Wake Forest University Founders Day ceremonies, February 1999, with speaker Wole Soyinka. The opening of the new Mackie Student Health Center.

– The Student Health Service moved from its former home in Kitchin Hall to its present location in Reynolds Gym

10 9 15 no arch– There was no arch on the entrance to the Quad, and the Quad was not yet renamed Hearn Plaza (in honor of the late President Hearn)

10 9 15 dorm– And here is a fun shot of what a residence hall room looked like back in the day (yes denim comforters were all the rage!)

— by Betsy Chapman

Seen Around Campus

Our University Photographer, Ken Bennett, does a much better job getting around to all the hot spots on campus than I do.  Here’s a few moments that he captured during the past week or so.

The new stained glass artwork in Davis Chapel, on the campus of Wake Forest University, Monday, October 5, 2015.

The new stained glass artwork in Davis Chapel, on the campus of Wake Forest University, Monday, October 5, 2015.

Davis Chapel has a beautiful new stained glass window that was recently unveiled.  If your Deacs need a quiet place for personal reflection, Davis Chapel is a wonderful place to be.

Wake Forest students and staff practice yoga on the Magnolia Patio under the direction of teacher Elliott Watlington on Wednesday, September 30, 2015.

Wake Forest students and staff practice yoga on the Magnolia Patio under the direction of teacher Elliott Watlington on Wednesday, September 30, 2015.

A yoga class was held on the Mag Patio.  Yoga is a great way to relax and replenish the body and the spirit (especially in light of midterms and projects and papers), but any kind of exercise, especially combined with being out in nature, has a way of making you feel better.  If your Deacs need a study break, this could be very beneficial.

A pair of Wake Forest students relaxes in rocking chairs on the Magnolia Patio on Thursday, October 1, 2015.

A pair of Wake Forest students relaxes in rocking chairs on the Magnolia Patio on Thursday, October 1, 2015.

Also on the Mag Patio, Ken snapped these folks enjoying the rocking chairs.  One of my favorite spots on campus.

Members of the Wake Forest community run laps around Hearn Plaza to raise money for cancer research in the annual Hit the Bricks for Brian event on Thursday, October 1, 2015. The event is named after football star Brian Piccolo ('65).

Members of the Wake Forest community run laps around Hearn Plaza to raise money for cancer research in the annual Hit the Bricks for Brian event on Thursday, October 1, 2015. The event is named after football star Brian Piccolo (’65).

Last, but certainly not least, this might be my favorite particpant from Hit the Bricks.  We don’t have enough dogs on campus, and I am pro-Bulldog.  Hope he got lots of belly rubs from students during his time on the Quad.



— by Betsy Chapman

A Beautiful Fall Day

10 6 15 quadThe sun is out today and it was a cool and lovely fall morning as I walked to Benson to get my flu shot.  Speaking of flu shots, the on-campus clinic for students is tomorrow; details here.

10 6 15 quad3The maples near Reynolda Hall are just starting to redden right at the tops.  The Quad grass is green and lush – hopefully the sun will dry it so students can take their books outside and read in the grass.

10 6 15 quad2Now that the weather is better, students can enjoy the activity carts on the Quad, which are filled with board games, balls, frisbees, and other goodies.

10 6 15 quad 1Campus Grounds was advertising this morning – didn’t realize they run from dawn until well past midnight.  That’s a great place for students to relax, study, visit with friends.  Plus your students are supporting a local, student-led effort.

— By Betsy Chapman


A Senior’s Reflection on WFU

We had a wet and wild Family Weekend.  Hurricane Joaquin never did make it our way, but rain from the west kept us soaked for most of the weekend.  Still, our Deac families didn’t let the rain get them down, and we had a wonderful Family Weekend – and a very exciting football game – nonetheless.

I had the opportunity to hear a speech by senior Adam Hammer (’16), Student Government president, this past Friday.  He reflects on his time at Wake Forest, and it was so fantastic that I asked him if he’d let me have the text so all parents could see it (he agreed).

Here are his reflections about Wake Forest now that his time here is coming to an end.

— by Betsy Chapman


Good afternoon – I’m excited for the opportunity to speak here today. I’m thankful that my parents can be here as well. The braved Hurricane Joaqun and flew up from Houston for my final parents weekend. It’s a privilege to speak here and address such a devoted group of parents.

Today I’m going speak a little about my experience at Wake Forest, and what I believe to be some of the defining factors of this community’s culture.

When I arrived at wake forest three years ago to begin my freshman year, I was amazed by the work ethic that students displayed.

I specifically remember my first week of school as a first year student. I remember waking up in the morning, leaving my Luter dorm room to enter the lobby and seeing students who I saw the night before studying, were in the exact same place wearing the exact same clothes – they hadn’t moved, they had studied all night, and we were in the first week of school.

It was in that moment that I realized the nick name Work Forest was not a misnomer. I was still buying books, while my classmates were cranking all-nighters.

I quickly learned that this community values grit, and similar to the process of making diamonds, Wake Forest pushes and presses under intense pressure to make a gem, to forge students into leaders – visionaries, and world-changers. And for students that were still buying books, while others pulled all-nighters, iron-sharpened iron, and eventually, all students embodied the culture of Wake Forest.

When the world doesn’t offer a neatly hedged path, this community – both the institution and the students – forge their own path. The university is constantly leading, more specifically, Wake Forest is perpetually pioneering. Trail-blazing runs deep in this community’s DNA. It has been embedded in the dogma of the Wake Forest since its origin. The university has undergone remarkable change since its beginning as an all-white, all-male school dubbed, Wake Forest Manual Labor Institute, but it’s commitment to leading, pioneering, and progressing has never wavered, in fact, pioneering has been the common denominator for years of change at Wake Forest.

Students led the charge for integration in 1962, and Wake became the first private institutions in the south to integrate. Wake Forest was the first major university to adopt a test-optional admission policy, and our institution’s OPCD office is a model for schools across the country, students and faculty alike are constantly pushing the boundaries – this community refuses to be labeled a small southern school in the sleepy-town of Winston Salem, but rather a center for progress, innovation, and a leader for colleges across this nation. Our size may be small, but our influence is far reaching.

Wake Forest has always valued grit, vision, and courage, and students leave these grounds having adopted a fearless pioneering spirit to dream beyond boundaries. Four years here teaches us that the only thing standing between us and our dreams, is the work in between. As I told first year students during my convocation speech, at wake forest opportunity is ubiquitous – anything is attainable for a demon deacon – this community teaches us that the only question is – how much work are you willing to put in?

Alumnus Carl Townsend, Class of 1924, remarked that his favorite word in the English lexicon was the verb “to be”; he states that the greatest contribution Wake Forest has to offer is that “she has a way of instilling into a large percent of her students an intense desire to be somebody.” This quotation from nearly 100 years ago embodies the spirit that defines our Mother, So Dear: still today, a hunger to be somebody and lead peers is not an esoteric feature that only some students and some alumni of this university embody, it exists in all Demon Deacons, and always has.

Attending Wake Forest is the best decision that I’ve made. I’m thankful Wake has pushed me – I’m thankful that the culture of this campus is an incubator for growth. And I’m thankful that at the foundation of this community, there lies a group of parents devoted to this culture and the time-tested ethos of this community. Thank you for all your support and you really mean a lot to this university.

Go Deacs!

— Adam Hammer (’16), Student Government President

Happy Family Weekend, Everyone!

20091030family9670We want to wish all our Deac families a wonderful weekend on campus for Family Weekend!  A few thoughts on making the most of the weekend:

Keep your plans fluid.  Your students might waffle until the last minute in terms of deciding what they want to do.  Roll with it.

Consider including any hallmates/friends/suitemates whose families can’t be here.  It can be a lonely Family Weekend if your own family can’t attend – so add a person or two and it will make their weekend.

Wear your black and gold to the football game.  Cheer hard and stay all the way through.

Be sure to explore campus – take some walks to Reynolda Village, see the leaves and the fall foliage.

Sample local restaurants.  We have some suggestions here in our Dining FAQ.

Speaking of food, if your student is running low on food dollars, you can stop by Reynolda Hall room 12 to get more or go to our website at to do it online!

Have fun.  Hug your Deacs and tell them you love them.  My dad used to slip me an unexpected $20 on his way out the door with a hushed ‘don’t tell mom’.  That’s nice too 🙂

Enjoy every minute!

PS – The Office of Parent Programs will be tied up in activities all day today, so we won’t be at our phones or getting emails except very sporadically.  We’ll respond to messages as soon as we can.

— by Betsy Chapman