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A Beautiful Night

I had reason to be on campus lastnight from around 6 pm to maybe 7:15 or so.  There was a spectacular, amazing sunset.  A great picture of it is available on the WF Parents Facebook page.  It was just a beautiful night to be outdoors.  The sunset was gold and pink and purple and glowing, and the light was constantly changing, making the sky prettier from one moment to the next.

You see a lot at night that you don’t see in the day.  I caught the intros to the women’s field hockey game (we beat Appalachian State 3-0).  There were not a ton of folks in the stands, so urge your students to come out and support our Deacs and Coach Averill and her staff!

On the Quad, there was a sign at Zick’s advertising specials each night – some food, some activities.  There were some students sitting in the grass reading, some coming and going to dinner.  Many seemed destined for the library as well.

I suspect that it didn’t get really busy and active until well after dark.  Our students are mostly nocturnal.

Hope they enjoyed the beautiful evening.



Tuesday Thoughts

This past weekend was Homecoming – and from all the accounts I heard, it was a beautiful and fun weekend, capped off by a win over Army.  This was the first Homecoming I had missed in ages, but I was still with a lot of Wake Foresters, as my niece (’05) was getting married and was surrounded by her WFU friends.  You can catch up on some of the action via Tagboard, which compiles some of the best of Homecoming as seen via social media.

There are a couple of events that students may want to take note of and attend.  These are activities that might expand your students’ minds and perspectives, or help them exercise Pro Humanitate.  Feel free to share these and discuss with your Deacs:

– The World Cultural Festival is this Friday, September 26th.  “The sound of West African drums and laughter will fill the airwaves and the scent of food from around the world will tantalize your taste buds as you anticipate the first bite at the Office of Multicultural Affairs’ 6th Annual World Cultural Festival.  The much anticipated event will take place on Friday, September 26, 2014 at 5:30 pm-8:00 pm on Manchester Plaza (rain location: Benson 401). World Cultural Festival is free and open to the entire campus community.”

israeli palestinian conflict- Israeli/Palestinian Conflict: A Forum for Understanding will be held Thursday, October 2 7:30-9:30 pm in Wait Chapel.  There will be a panel discussion of expert WFU faculty, faculty emeriti, and chaplains.  This sounds like it will be a very strong program, and might help your students understand some of the complex issues at the intersection of politics, religion, and geography.

- Project Pumpkin will be held October 29th, 2014 from 3-6 pm on the Quad and in Wait Chapel.  This is an amazing community day where our students come together to create a carnival atmosphere for local students to have a safe place to trick-or-treat.  Students can volunteer as an escort to take children around campus to trick-or-treat in the dorms, carnivals, and haunted houses.  They just sign up, come to a training meeting, and then show up on the day of Project Pumpkin!  Students must attend one training meeting in Wait Chapel:  October 22, either 7-8 pm or 8-9 pm, or October 23, 6-7 pm or 7-8 pm.

- Every Tuesday at 11:50 am, there is a “Together Tuesdays” photo on the steps of Wait Chapel. “We stand for Unity & Respect,” they say on the Z Smith Reynolds Library Facebook page.  This was started – I think – as a collaboration between Faculty Fellows and the ZSR Library.  Last week there were only about 10-15 people in the photo.  When I went up there today, there were tons more folks.  This is available to all on campus, so we welcome students interested in unity and respect to join us.  You can compare and contrast the first two pictures at the end.

Finally, this one is more about you, parents and families.  Midterms and access to grades: there is a new system in place for parents to have access to their students’ grades.  The old paper forms that were on file in the Registrar’s office no longer exist.  Instead, there is an online Proxy Access process where students can choose to share grade and other information with their parents or other designees.  The student is the one who has to grant access – so if it is important to you to be able to see midterm grades etc., you need to talk to your student about granting you proxy access.

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Bringing Back an Old Favorite

One of the fun things about writing the Daily Deac is when we get feedback from readers about what you have enjoyed or what you want to see in future blog posts.  We also can get some insights from the number of hits we get on a particular post.

A post that appeared to resonate with a lot of families was from last October, and it was entitled “The Worry Letter.”  It is reproduced below.

Would writing a Worry Letter be something you’d enjoy? Or something your Deac would value and treasure?  Something to ponder anyhow.


The Worry Letter

October 15th, 2013 | Edit

Worry has been on my mind lately.  First of all, I am a weapons-grade worrier myself (it’s part of my genetic makeup; I come from a long line of women who worry).  Second of all, I heard a statistic about a week ago that a study showed that 30% of college students felt so depressed within the last 12 months that it was difficult to function and 50% felt overwhelming anxiety.  For those of us who work with, care for, and love college students, those statistics can be – well – worrisome.

This morning I stumbled upon a letter that American author F. Scott Fitzgerald is said to have written in 1933 to his 11 year old daughter, Scottie.  It reads as follows:

Things to worry about:

Worry about courage
Worry about cleanliness
Worry about efficiency
Worry about horsemanship

Things not to worry about:

Don’t worry about popular opinion
Don’t worry about dolls
Don’t worry about the past
Don’t worry about the future
Don’t worry about growing up
Don’t worry about anybody getting ahead of you
Don’t worry about triumph
Don’t worry about failure unless it comes through your own fault
Don’t worry about mosquitoes
Don’t worry about flies
Don’t worry about insects in general
Don’t worry about parents
Don’t worry about boys
Don’t worry about disappointments
Don’t worry about pleasures
Don’t worry about satisfactions

What am I really aiming at?

How good am I really in comparison to my contemporaries in regard to:

(a) Scholarship
(b) Do I really understand about people and am I able to get along with them?
(c) Am I trying to make my body a useful instrument or am I neglecting it?

With dearest love,



Granted, this is overly simplistic (re: bugs) and appropriate for an 11 year old.  But in a sense this is a beautiful thing to try to do for a child – help them separate the wheat from the chaff in the world of worry, and focus them on the things that feel the most important.

I don’t know if your specific student worries or not, but I can tell you some of the general worries that I hear when students confide in me:

– Grades

– Disappointing parents and families – by choice of major, by grades, by going Greek (or not going Greek and they think their parents want them to, or not getting into their mom or dad’s Greek organization), in their choice of romantic partner

– Not earning as much money as their parents do/taking a lifestyle backslide after college

– Not feeling any great academic passion/difficulty in deciding on a major

– Not getting into the WFU business school (or any med school, law school, etc.)

– Getting a job after college


So, Deac families, I offer you this as a point to ponder in the coming days and weeks:  if you were going to write a Worry Letter to your student, what would you say?  What would you want them to know about life, and how to differentiate the small stuff from the Really Big Bad Stuff?  What advice would you give that they might cherish?

Do you think your student would want to have this kind of letter from you?  Do you think it would help ease his or her mind in times of worry when they are far away from you?  Maybe this is just me, but there was nothing in the world that made me feel better than knowing I had mom and dad’s love and approval, no matter what.  Especially when I made a mistake, got a bad grade, did something foolish.  They were still there for me.

A few years ago, my mom gave me the nicest present I ever got from her in my life.  She had handwritten “I give you my mother’s absolution for the rest of your life, no matter what the circumstances” and framed it.  It hangs on my kitchen window and I see it every day.  It’s one of the handful of things I would grab if my house was on fire.  Whenever I have a bad day, I can look at that and feel better.

I invite you to write your own Worry Letter to your student.  It may mean more than you can ever imagine.

Support the Arts at WFU – These Shining Lives

Here’s another programming note for your students.  We have an incredibly talented University Theatre, and the Daily Deac is a huge fan.  We have a production opening this week and running through the end of September, and we want to encourage your students to go and show their support for the actors, directors, scene painters, costumers, and every one in the WFU Theatre family who make magic happen on stage.

Details below.  There is also a beautiful brochure about the 2014-15 season.

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Directed by Cindy Gendrich

7:30 pm September 19-20 & 25-27, 2014

2:00 pm September 21 & 28, 2014

In the 1920s and 30s, “girls who wanted to work” could get good-paying jobs painting the radium dials on watch- and clock-faces. Part fairy-tale, part tragedy, These Shining Lives chronicles the stories of these “radium girls,” and their life-changing friendships. A luminous play about curiosity, greed, heroism, health, time, money, and hope.

The picture at right shows (from left), Wake Forest students Alyssa Gera, Johanna Beach, Natalie Brashear, and Hayley Greenstreet.


First Signs of Fall

For today’s Daily Deac, I took a stroll around campus up through one of my favorite spots, Reynolda Village and Reynolda Gardens.  It is a superb day – high 70s and sunny, light breeze.  Perfect weather.

On the Quad, various student organizations have made banners for Homecoming, which is this weekend.  They are hanging on Kitchin Hall (and probably the others too, I just didn’t make a full lap).  The banners really are more the size of bedsheets, with slogans and images painted on them.  A couple of very good looking Deacons painted on them.  Alas, no pictures – there were students sitting at the cafe tables there and they looked to be studying, and I did not want to get in their personal space to take some photos of the banners.

You can see the first hints of fall as you look at the trees across campus.  Most of the trees are still vastly green, but you can see some of the leaves are starting to turn yellow, or red, or orange.  It’s a small percentage of any given tree that is changing colors, but as the next few weeks unfold, the ratio of green to fall colored leaves will change dramatically.

I also saw a few yellow leaves blowing off the trees in the wind.  One of my favorite times on campus is when it is really and truly fall, and a brisk windy day – then you see leaves coming down like a ticker tape parade of old.  I can’t wait to go walking when those days start.

Your students are seeing a lot more cars on campus this weekend because of Homecoming.  It’s also the weekend where our Board of Trustees and our Alumni Council are meeting.  There are a lot of cars parked on Davis field for these events, and they’ll be more tomorrow when the classes of 1964 (who are being inducted into the Half Century Club), 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004, and 2009 return for their reunions.  We’ll have alumni coming to Homecoming from other years too, but we celebrate official class reunions in 5 year increments.  You can see the Homecoming schedule online - and get a sense of the kinds of things your Deacs will be invited to in a few short years.

I passed Davis Field, the library, and the science buildings and headed down to the path toward Reynolda Village.  Reynolda Village is always lovely this time of year.  The walk from campus to the village is mostly through the woods, so it is nice and cool and shady.  It was a lovely walk.  Always better when you are walking it with a friend.

If you are coming to campus for Family Weekend, I highly recommend you take this stroll.   There are good options for lunch there (Silo, Village Tavern, and more) as well as good boutique type shopping.

Start hoping now for weather like today’s to repeat for Family Weekend.   And if your students aren’t getting out and enjoying this fine weather, urge them to take a study break and take a walk outside.  It’s good for the body, mind, and spirit.


List Your WF Top 10

Parents and students frequently comment on the Wake Forest admissions application.  There are many thought provoking questions on the application, designed to tease out students’ intellectual interests, academic curiosity, personality, and more.

top 10 WFOne of my favorites is the question “List Your Top 10.”  No further clarification – students have to figure out what it means to them, and reply accordingly.

I thought it might be fun for parents and families to send in your WF Top 10.  If you want to play along, email your Top 10 to  

Editorial note:  unless you specify otherwise, we will assume you give us permission to use your Top 10 in a future Daily Deac.  We would not list first and last names, just first initial and parent year if you provide it (parent of freshman -= P’18, parent of sophomore = P’17 etc.)

Busy Week Ahead

This is a busy week.  And I am not even talking about inside the classroom – I know your students are busy there – these events are terrific extras and add-ons and enhancements.student union homecoming

Homecoming is this coming weekend, and Student Union has a whole host of programming every day of the week for your students to enjoy.  The Student Union poster shows the activities, but there are also homemade posters on campus, along with black and gold balloons and streamers decorating some of the iron railings on campus.

9 15 14 railingsThere’s an Instagram contest going on too.  Your students can tag their photos with #wfuhc and they may be the lucky homecoming-contest-facebookwinner of an autographed football from Coach Clawson.

9 15 14 career signThe Career Fair is this Wednesday from 12-4 in Benson 401.  Hopefully the students will have a strong turnout.  I saw this sign taped on the Quad to advertise it.  There is a nice list of organizations planning to attend as well.

The Campus Kitchen’s new lounge space is having a grand opening this Friday from 4-7 pm in Kitchen Hall.

Meditation at WFU FlyerThere are other opportunities too, not necessarily Homecoming related, but in keeping with our idea of wellbeing.  For students who are early risers, there is a meditation group on Monday-Wednesday-Friday mornings from 8:00-8:25 am, and also a Tuesday evening offering from 5:00-6:15 pm.  This could be one wellbeing option your students could explore to help them feel more peaceful and present in the moment and help with stress management and life balance.

Two more quick items and we’ll close for the day.

Today it feels like fall on campus.  Temps are in the low 70s, it’s a little cloudy but not gloomy.  Really lovely outside, and you can almost feel the urge to pull on a pair of jeans a comfy long sleeve shirt.

9 15 14 google carAnd finally, I saw this Google Maps Street View car in a WFU parking lot near Alumni Hall.  These are the cars that drive through cities with cameras everywhere to provide you with an all-angles view of streets as you look at Google Maps.  Could this mean that WFU is getting mapped?  After I typed that, I looked at Google Maps Street View of 1834 Wake Forest Road, Winston-Salem, and I see that we ARE street mapped!  But some of the roads look different now, particularly the Polo Road entrance to the big parking lot near Alumni Hall.  Wonder if the Google car is going to correct that??

The End of the Week

Friday always seems to be a happy day on campus.  Students are looking forward to having a break over the weekend and some down time.

There are some great activities this weekend.  Let’s start with sports and home games.   Men’s Soccer plays tonight at 7 pm against NC State.  Field Hockey plays at 1 pm on Sunday.  Encourage your students to go to these sporting events.  Wake is a rare and wonderful place in that our students and student-athletes live together in the same residence halls and take the same classes.  Our student-athletes are people your students probably know, or at least recognize.  It must be wonderful for the student-athletes when they see their peers and classmates coming to games to cheer them on.

There’s also fun offerings from Student Union.  Their film series features How to Train Your Dragon at 7 pm tonight.   Awake All Night is on Saturday night starting at 10 pm.

And remember that Friday afternoon or early evening is a great time to contact your Deacs and give them that subtle and gentle reminder of home.  As we’ve said in previous Daily Deacs, connection to home and family via a phone call tends to have the effect of less risky weekend behavior.

To give you a sense of campus today, it’s sort of overcast.  Not particularly hot, nor is it really cool fall weather yet.  We had a hint of cooler temperatures earlier this week and I have to admit, it felt good.  Fall at WFU is a real stunner.  We should hit the best of the fall leaves around the time of Family Weekend – usually it’s late October/early November when they are at their peak.  Here’s a couple of pictures of past falls to whet your whistle until then.

Have a great weekend, Deac families!  And hope you remembered to honor Black and Gold Friday by wearing WFU colors or gear if you can!

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9 11 14 signToday is a somber day on campus, the anniversary of 9/11.  The Pro Humanitate Institute has done a beautiful visual display on Manchester (aka Mag) Quad today, with tiny flags commemorating those who passed away that day.  There is also a series of service opportunities for students to take part in if they wish to.   For all our students, faculty, staff, parents, and families who are feeling this anniversary in personal ways today, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

9 11 14 flagsOn a much lighter note, I was in the Benson Center and there were signs for a number of other campus activities coming up.  This weekend is Awake All Night, with the theme of Wakeopoly.  This event is run by Student Union and is always a wonderful way for 9 11 14 awake all nightcampus to come together and have a ton of fun in Benson after hours.

9 11 14 hip hopThe Hip Hop Fellow series is tomorrow, and there are a ton of good opportunities to learn and enjoy some well-known artists and speakers.

Tonight is the Secrest Artist Series event.  Broadway’s Next Hit Musical, which is billed as an improvised musical that is based on audience input.  It sounds incredible.  Urge your students to go.   Performances are free for students and there are two shows: 7:30 and 9:30 in Brendle Recital Hall.







Ways to Get Involved with Pro Humanitate

It’s the start of the semester and there are still many students – and not just first-years – who are trying to find some meaningful engagement and activities.  One way to get involved and meet students from all parts of campus is to volunteer.

I am on the distro list for the Volunteer Service Corps (VSC) newsletter, and the most recent issue had a lot of options for service, but also some internship opportunities.  This could be a great way for your Deac to gain some valuable experience that might help build ‘real world work skills’ and perhaps even discern potential career paths (or rule them out!  It’s just as critical to learn what you don’t enjoy as what you do enjoy – that will help make ultimate career seeking a more targeted search).

So here is the VSC newsletter.  You can see the breadth and depth of options here.  Even if your student isn’t inclined to participate, it’s part of the rich tapestry of our campus that we have students from all walks of life, all interests, all levels of community engagement.  Our students will learn from classmates with different perspectives, interests, and experiences.  Your student may or may not volunteer, but can get to know others who do and understand about how that fulfills them – and in turn can talk about the activities that he does that other students don’t.

*~*~VSC Service Events- Let’s serve together!~*~*

Fiesta – Fiesta is a block party in downtown Winston Salem that showcases Hispanic culture. Its happening September 13th from 12-7. We are volunteering from noon to 2pm and enjoying the event afterward for about an hour.

Volunteers can sign up for different stations based on their interests but they just need to make sure their station will be open during the time VSC will be there, unless they have other transportation.  Sign up to volunteer with VSC here.  Sign up for transportation here.  For more information contact Jasmine Higgins ( or Cazandra Rebollar (


Homecoming Weekend – Saturday, September 20 – VSC is participating in two service events at the football stadium

1.) Service event being coordinated with Emily Johnson

2.) Game Day Recycling

(Look out for more information coming your way soon!)


Other Service Opportunities!

1. The Pro Humanitate Institute is looking for volunteers to help put small American Flags around the perimeter of the Mag Quad (lower quad) on the night of Sep. 10, 10-11pm. Please email Naijla Faizi if you are interested in volunteering.

2. The Pro Humanitate Institute is sponsoring service events for Sep. 11 Day of Remembrance and Service. See flyer for details, be aware of events that require registration. Email Emily Blake or Naijla Faizi for more information.​

3. The Muslim Students Association along with WFU Red Cross Club are sponsoring a Muslims for Life Blood Drive for the third year to commemorate the lives that were lost on Sep. 11, 2001. Please register ahead of time at with the sponsor code: WFU.  Email Naijla Faizi or Anna Grace Tribble for more information.

4. Komen Northwest NC Race for the Cure® – September 27, 2014

Race Downtown Winston-Salem
Pre and Post Race Celebration at BB&T Ballpark
951 Ballpark Way, Winston-Salem, NC 27101

The Race for the Cure is our major fundraising event of the year that celebrates survivorship; honors those who have lost their battle, and most importantly raises funds and awareness for the fight against this life threatening disease. The Race is a 5K with an optional shorter family route. The money raised for the Race for the Cure goes toward supporting our mission in our 11-county service area in Northwest North Carolina.

Our Needs:

Volunteers on Race Day! To learn how to volunteer, visit

Runners/Walkers to Participate! To register, visit

Fundraisers! To find out how to fundraise or make a donation, visit

5. Are you interested in speaking with international students, linguistics, or just being very helpful? We are looking for native English speaker volunteers to help with oral skills workshops for international students. You can help international students gain facility with the rapid pace of native speaker English, idiomatic expressions, American culture, and help increase their confidence and ability to participate in their classes. It’s a lot of fun!

Volunteers are not required to attend every session, but should be available on a semi-regular basis.  Sessions are planned for Fridays from 3:30-5, Greene Hall 312. Sessions will begin Sept. 12th. Tuesday and/or Thursday sessions may also be added depending on interest.  Please contact Andrew Smith at if you are interested, and indicate which days (Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday) you would be available.

6. 6th Annual World Cultural Festival

Friday, September 26th
5:30-8pm, Manchester Plaza (Rain Location: Benson 401)​
​Sign up HERE to volunteer.


Internship Opportunities!

1. Susan G. Komen Northwest NC is dedicated to combating breast cancer at every front. We serve 11 counties and up to 75% of our net income goes toward funding grants to local hospitals and community organizations to provide breast health education, screening, and treatment programs to underserved women. Our signature fundraising event, the Race for the Cure, is coming up quickly on September 27, 2014. We have a desperate and urgent need for interns in our office on Burke Street in Winston-Salem. Our highly valued interns make a real impact with our organization and mission; we assign our interns to projects that suit their talents and interests, such as graphic design, volunteer management, mission outreach, writing and editing, social media marketing, and so much more! Our interns work with us part time based upon their availability. Please fill out our quick & easy internship application (no essays!) if you can donate some time to us. We greatly appreciate the work of our interns and we know it’s a valuable experience for them. Contact Sarah Thompson (a WFU/VSC alumni) at or 336-721-0037with applications, questions, or concerns!

2. Public Health Leadership Opportunity

Health inequities are unjust and preventable differences in health between groups of people. United Against Inequities in Disease (UAID) is a national organization that empowers students and communities to fight this injustice and eliminate health inequities.

At the national level, you will attend an annual symposium, participate in educational webinars, and get certified in medical Spanish. At the campus level, you will have the exclusive opportunity to lead a one-of-a-kind, hands-on, research-driven project that will improve the health of your own local community.

Based on college campuses like yours, UAID’s presence spans from coast to coast. But only a few students have the unique opportunity to lead the organization as the Founder of their own chapter. This fall, UAID will accept no more than 10 new chapters. To apply for the position of UAID Chapter Founder of your school, submit an application using the following link by October 1st: Priority will be given to those who apply early.

For more information about UAID, visit our website at If you have any questions, please e-mail the UAID CEO, Sonia Gupta, at Thank you for your interest!​


Other great events to keep on your radar!

Make Every Bite Count

Wednesday, September 10 @ 7:00-8:30 pm
Brendle Hall
Panel: Eliza Greenman, Eric Hallman, April McGreger

Tuesday, October 7 @ 7-9 pm
Brendle Hall
Documentary Screening and Q&A with filmmaker Jeremy Seifert

Dr. Vandana Shiva Keynote Lecture
Tuesday, November 4
Wait Chapel
“Challenges and Realities of Feeding the World”

Don’t forget to ‘like’ our Facebook page: VSC!