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Two Great MLK-Related Events

Monday is a day off for students, faculty, and staff in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.  The Office of Multicultural Affairs has shared information about two great annual events that I hope your Deacs will consider attending:

11th Annual GospelFest
Sunday, January 17 – 3pm, Brendle Recital Hall
Featuring: Guest artist Johnathan McReynolds, the Wake Forest University Gospel Choir and special guest Paul Scott & One Way. Tickets are free for Wake Forest students with a valid ID and $10 for general admission (tickets sold at Eventbrite)

Gospel Fest 2016 final16th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
Monday, January 18 – 7pm, Wait Chapel; free and open to the public
Join us for a conversation with Ambassador Attallah Shabazz and Ilyasah Shabazz, daughters of Malcolm x and Dr. Betty Shabazz.  Moderated by WFU’s Dean of the College, Dean Michele Giliespie.  Come celebrate our annual collaboration with Winston-Salem State University to honor the memory and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and to commemorate the sit-in demonstration at Woolworth Department Store in downtown Winston-Salem by ten WFU and eleven WSSU students and one community resident on February 23, 1960.

MLK 2016 finalOur Gospel Choir is amazing, and this will be a performance your students won’t want to miss. And if these events aren’t ones that your students might typically attend, all the more reason to encourage them to break out of their comfort zone and go.

— by Betsy Chapman

News from Campus

Today I have a few items to share from various corners of campus.  First, a feel proud to be a Deac story, courtesy of our News Service:

“Wake Forest University senior Addison S. McLamb is one of 111 Schwarzman Scholars selected for the master’s degree program at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China.

The inaugural class was selected from more than 3,000 applicants, making the program one of the most selective in the world with an acceptance rate of 3.7 percent. The first class of Schwarzman Scholars, which was inspired by the Rhodes Scholarship program, is composed of students from 32 countries and 71 universities with 44 percent from the United States, 21 percent from China, and 35 percent from the rest of the world.

A Lexington, N.C., native, McLamb, who is majoring in Chinese, is also an Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) cadet who recently captured the number 5 spot on the national Order of Merit List.”  You can read the full story here.

I am not surprised when I find out that Wake students are doing great things – but I don’t get to know nearly as many students as I’d like to, so it is always wonderful to get to read about their fine accomplishments.

Next up is a Public Service Announcement from the Student Health Service:

Winter has hit the campus at Wake Forest and so has the flu. Influenza is common to occur in the winter months and is spread more readily with the close contact that occurs when students stay indoors to keep warm.

Student Health Service is recommending that students who have not yet received a flu vaccine to do so now. It is not too late to receive this vaccine which is the best protection against contracting this virus. Flu shots are available in Student Health Service without an appointment Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 4 PM (Tuesdays 10 AM- 4 PM).

Students who have symptoms of the flu should not attend classes until their symptoms have improved and they have been free of fever for 24 hours. Appointments are available in Student Health Service for students who are ill and need care from a medical provider. Frequently asked questions about the flu and specific information about resources on campus is available on our website.

Having heard a couple of stories about students with the flu, please do urge your students to take good hygiene measures and get the flu vaccine.  Flu is no fun at all – especially if you aren’t where mom and dad can give you the TLC you need.

If your students are looking to do something fun, see the [perhaps hitherto unknown] talents of other Wake Foresters on campus, and join a good cause, there is a concert on January 30th they might be interested in:

unbroken circleThe Unbroken Circle, Wake Forest’s Multigenerational String Band,  will present its annual Shalom Project Fundraiser in Byrum Welcome Center on Saturday evening, January 30 at 7 pm.

Another cold morning for your Deacs with 8 or 9 am classes.  Was 26 first thing this morning, but feels like 19 according to the Weather Channel.  Thankfully we’re not predicted to have bad weather – other than cold. I feel for all of you who are supposed to get lake effect snow. Please don’t send it south to us :)

— by Betsy Chapman

Blustery and Cold

Your students are not going to be enjoying the weather today, unless they are fond of cold and wind. It’s probably high 30s/low 40s but there is a very brisk wind, which makes everything feel colder.

Wandered over to the North Dining Hall for lunch and went to Bistro ’34. If your students are not eating there, they really need to treat themselves once in a while. My go-to there is always their Asian Salad with Grilled Chicken, but my dining companion had their salmon, quinoa and sweet potato salad and said it was fantastic.  Pair that with a hot cup of coffee to help brace you for the cold walk to your next destination, and you have all the makings of a fine midday experience.

Even though it is day 1 of classes, I saw plenty of students at the common area tables of North Dining Hall with books open and the appearance of doing work.

And so another semester begins…

— by Betsy Chapman

They’re Back!

The parking lots are filled once again, so students are back! Classes don’t start until tomorrow, so I haven’t seen them outside in earnest, save for a few early morning joggers.

I wish the students had all been at the Joel lastnight for the Wake vs. NC State basketball game. It was a good game – came right down to the wire, but Wake pulled out the victory 77-74. You can read more about it online. This team is getting better and better. Gives me great hope for the ACC season.

This afternoon between 3:30-4:00, sorority bids will be given out. For those involved in the process, it tends to feel like a really big deal. For onlookers like myself, it is an interesting spectacle to watch. It typically involves lots of screaming and yelling, running a lap around the Quad, cheering, etc. I predict the Quad will be very busy around 3:30.

Even though your Deacs just got back, classes start tomorrow. A new semester, new chances. This is a time to set some goals, some new years resolutions for better behavior. Here are some suggestions, bingo card style.

— by Betsy Chapman

spring bingo

 

 

 

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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