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Dwindling Numbers and Gearing Up for Commencement

It’s finally getting to the “hot” stage in our weather year.  We have been around the mid-80s both yesterday and today, as well as sunny.  For those students who have already left campus for Post Exams/Beach Week, they must be enjoying some fine weather.

The number of students on campus is dwindling as finals come to an end.  And the number of parents and family members on campus is increasing as they come to help move out their students.  (Special thanks to the kind Daily Deac readers I chatted with in Starbucks today!)

2015 comm stageBecause Commencement is only 12 days away, we are starting to get some questions for P’15 graduating families about the weekend’s events.   Your best place to go for information about Commencement weekend is our Commencement web site: http://commencement.wfu.edu/

The schedule of activities is here: http://commencement.wfu.edu/schedule/.  Your son or daughter may have ideas about which events he/she wants to attend, so it would be a good idea for you to talk your graduate about what he/she wants to do and which events you’d attend.

Some of our students (but certainly not all) attend the Baccalaureate Ceremony on Sunday morning.  It is similar to a worship service.  Students do not sit with their parents, they march in wearing their caps and gowns and sit as a group (no mention of them by name or anything like that).  It is very important to note that space for Baccalaureate is limited, and you’ll want to take note of all the information here so you understand about availability of seats: http://commencement.wfu.edu/baccalaureate/.  When the doors open at 9:30 for families who have queued in the line to get in,  you will want to line up in advance of 9:30 for seats.  (And unfortunately I can’t tell you an exact time to get in line to guarantee you will get in.  Supply and demand for Baccalaureate vary from year to year.  I believe I have seen people in years past lining up at 8 am but it varies every year.)

Many of our students and parents go to the departmental open houses on Sunday afternoon.  Those give students a chance to visit with the faculty members in their major and introduce their families to them.

Formal graduation exercises (Commencement) is Monday morning.  More information is available here: http://commencement.wfu.edu/graduation-exercises/

The Commencement web site also has a Checklists and FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) that may be helpful: http://commencement.wfu.edu/checklists-and-faqs/

Now the informal advice from me.

– Bring some paper towels or a washcloth from your hotel (return it of course) to wipe the dew off your chairs.  Even though our Facilities team and Commencement volunteer staff try to wipe down seats, you might wish to do it yourself.

– Pay attention to the weather forecast and dress accordingly.  Consider layers that you can add or remove as you see fit.  In the sun, it can be quite hot, but if it’s a cool day it can be quite cool.

– Wear sunscreen.  3 hours outdoor is a long time and I have seen many a sunburn from people who wished they’d had sunscreen.

– Leave your fanciest shoes at home.  The grass will be wet with dew, and 10,000ish people will be treading the same paths to get to and from their seats.  Even with the amazingly lush grass we have, those paths can get muddy.  If you don’t want your most expensive, dressiest shoes to potentially be wet or muddy or grass stained, bring a different pair.

– Consider the comfort of older relatives.  My grandmother wanted very much to see me graduate, but she was very sensitive to too much heat and sun, and was not able to walk a long ways.  While we do our best to make everyone comfortable, if you have relatives for whom an outdoor event would not be good for them, consider that before you all come.  Each family needs to make the decision that is best for them.  There is a live feed of Commencement into Pugh Auditorium (in the Benson Center), which is indoors and a great option for folks who may not waish to be outside, are sun sensitive, need closer access to restrooms, etc.  Space is limited.

– Speaking of bathrooms…some of the Quad residence halls and Reynolda Hall are open, but there will be lines.   (We may also have portojohns, though I don’t know that yet).  To avoid lines, you might consider going to the Benson Center (a short walk) or Scales Fine Arts Center (closer to the Quad) if you don’t want to wait.  Because we read every student’s name, you will be able to see how long it takes as they begin and can plan your restroom break accordingly.

And for those of you who believe in a higher power, please send prayers and supplications for a mildly sunny day, 72-75 degrees, with a light breeze.  That is optimal Commencement weather.

— by Betsy Chapman

How Do You Know It’s Finals?

One word:  glasses.

I was in the ZSR Starbucks this morning and couldn’t quite put my finger on what seemed different.  And then I realized – it was so many students in glasses.  Particularly young women.  Normally you don’t see a ton of glasses on students, and it would be easy to assume either they have contacts or are still young enough to have 20-20 vision (ah, how nice that time was!)  The answer appears to be that a lot of our students regularly wear contacts and they must all be soaking their lenses and relying on the glasses instead.

So between the tired eyes, minimal makeup (women) and two day stubble (men), and the very relaxed clothing (somewhere between workout pants and tshirts that look like they had seen a lot of wear of late), our students are dressed for finals.

5 5 15 1There was not much of a line at Starbucks at 9:15 this morning, and you could find a seat downstairs as well as the comfy chairs in the loft.  I expected to see a bigger crowd, but then when I went to the other parts of ZSR I saw that the lack of bodies in Starbucks was because they were Everywhere Else.  In desks in the stacks.  At every table in the Atrium. In large reading rooms.  In the 24 hour study room.  Tons of students tucked away in every quiet nook and cranny.

My favorite glimpse of a student today was a young woman deep in study.  From my perch near Reference, I could see her through the windows of the old part of the building.  She kept making a motion that caught my eye and I couldn’t see at first what it was.  Looked like a brief wave of white.  And then as I watched her, I realized she had old school flash cards.  She’d pick one up, look at it a moment, and then do a flip to the reverse (where the answer presumably was).

I wondered what she was studying: foreign language vocabulary or verb conjugations?  Chemistry or math equations?  Dates for a history exam?  It had been ages since I’d seen anyone with flash cards, and it brought me back to my old days at Wake (back when the Card Catalogue consisted of a billion tiny drawers, not a screen on a computer).

5 5 15 2The feeling in the library was one of absolute quiet.  Yes, libraries are typically quiet, but at finals it is much more so.  The seat I’d chosen to observe the scene was not particularly close to the nearest student, yet it was quiet enough I could hear him typing on his ThinkPad.  Those keys are not loud.  It was quiet enough you could hear people turning pages in books – just little rustling papery sounds.  Occasionally you could hear a cough, or someone asking a question at Reference.  But overall, very very quiet.

5 5 15 3The ZSR has free coffee and lots of fun streamers and decorations in the Atrium.  That’s become a tradition each Finals Week.  Near Reference, some enterprising person had done this sheet of Tearable Puns (clever!)  And the student group DoRAK (Do Random Acts of Kindness) had chalked a lot of good luck messages on the sidewalk outside the main entrance.  Those tiny things can make a big difference and can give study-weary kids a momentary grin.  Well done, DoRAK!

5 5 15 4 5 5 15 5Finals continue through the 7th.  Steady on, Deacs – you’ve got this!  And special shoutout to Flashcard Girl.  I hope you get a great grade in whatever you were studying for!

— by Betsy Chapman

Reading Day

Reading Day is the day before final exams begin.  It’s one day off to prep for the finals to come.  Today I was in the center part of campus between 8:20-10:20 am and I could have counted the students I saw on one hand.  Not sure if they were all sleeping in, or all studying in one of the designated study spaces on campus, but your Deacs were not out and about first thing in the morning.

The report from ZSR was that typically on a reading day, it starts slow but students come in as the day progresses and it starts to get packed around 6 pm.  Wake the Library is starting tonight.  That takes a little bit of the pain out of finals.  There will be food at midnight (good stuff too – I am told ice cream, Biscuitville and more) – and my reliable source also tells me there will be some dogs on Sunday evening outside on the Starbucks patio.  So if your Deac would feel better having a dog to pet, tell him or her to keep an eye out Sunday night.

A few reminders for you as the year draws to a close:

– encourage your students to do Deacs Donate vs throwing everything way.  Reduce, reuse, recycle!

– there are summer storage options off campus as well as shipping services on campus

– remind your Deacs to be aware of check out policies for their residence halls

– have you sent your student a Deacon Greeting?  Send an e-card today and wish your Deac good luck on finals!

We’re thinking good thoughts for all your students as the semester ends.  Let’s do this, Deacs!  We have faith in you!

— by Betsy Chapman

LDOC

LDOC = Last Day of Classes.  And it is here, hard as that might be to believe.

My good colleagues in the Wellbeing office who spearhead our Thrive efforts are doing their part to help students have manage stress and have a little fun as finals begin.  They teamed up with the ZSR Library, the Dean of Students, and the student groups DoRAK (Do Random Acts of Kindness) and Active Minds in the rotunda of the Benson Center today with bubbles, puppies to pet, mind putty and games, even free food – all to help your Deacs during crunch time.  The two puppies were siblings from the same litter and they were really fun.  If your students haven’t taken advantage of all this goodness, it runs until 3 pm today for fun and games, and massages were being offered until 5 pm (sign up via Benson Ticket Office).

4 29 15 logo 4 29 15 8 4 29 15 7 4 29 15 64 29 15 2 4 29 15 3It’s not just the students trying to get ready for finals – campus is also starting its pre-Commencement preparations.  Yellow ropes have gone up through the grassy places around the perimeter of the Quad so the grass can grow thick and nice before graduation.  There is an enormous thing of cable on the Quad, along with the biggest Ditch Witch I have ever seen.  Not sure what those are about, but undoubtedly part of Quad prep for May 18.  And as I looked around at the students on the Quad and in Benson, I noticed that students’ dress is moving more and more toward workout gear and less and less ‘dress to impress,’ a sure sign finals are coming.

4 29 15 5 4 29 15 4 4 29 15 1I was prompted today to think back to parents and families who have now been with us for 4 full years of the Daily Deac.  Many thanks for making us part of your WFU experience!  Since y’all are now just 3 weeks away from becoming parents of alumni, thought it might be fun to cast your memories back to Orientation 2011, when your students arrived.  Here’s a look at the pre-orientation program with SPARC (volunteering) and Wilderness to Wake, orientation receptions and lectures, and fun stuff like A Taste of Winston-Salem and Pros vs. Joes.  Your students have come a long way in 4 years.  We can’t wait to celebrate with you and them as they go across the stage to get their diplomas!

— by Betsy Chapman

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All the Sunny Spaces

Today is the final Tues-Thurs class of the spring semester.  Not a cloud in the sky.  Beautiful blue sky, around 65 degrees.  Totally perfect.  Unless of course you are trying to finish projects and papers and start studying for finals and aren’t outside to enjoy it.

But fear not, Deac families!  A good many students were outside between 1:30-2:15 pm.  Some of them were on the way to class, or to get a late lunch.  A LOT of them were destined for the ZSR Starbucks: when I arrived at 1:45 in search of a coffee, the line was all the way up the stairs to the ZSR loft level (my librarian friends told me that the line is really bad right before 2 pm classes start, then it drastically slows around 2:05 – and they were right).

Took a stroll through the ZSR Library and I have to say I can’t recall a time where I saw the lobby so full of people.  Lots of copies being made, students at every table in the atrium – in fact, I heard from a reliable source that every single table in the atrium was occupied at 8 am, which would NEVER happen if it wasn’t the end of the semester.  Normally our students keep vampire hours and would not want to see the sunrise there.

Students were sitting in most of the available nooks and crannies in the ZSR.  I saw tons of students on the 4th floor study room as well as the Wilson Wing.  Reference was pretty packed.  The Mandlebaum Reading Room still had an open table or two.

All the sunny spaces were also occupied outdoors.  On the Quad, I saw students sitting at the teak chairs with laptops on their laps and headphones in their ears.  Some were stretched out on the grass.  Others at cafe tables.  On the Mag Patio, they were reading in the rocking chairs or sitting in a big group around one table – not sure if that was a friendly lunch or some kind of group collaboration.  Outside Zick’s there were 15-20 people in a large group with chairs huddled together – maybe a class meeting there instead of in an academic building?

And as I walked across campus in the various buildings, I heard snippets of conversations.  Funny when you get just a couple of seconds of it.  I heard one that sounded like a student discussing community service, a faculty member getting flustered in a checkout line and saying a good-natured ‘it’s the last day of class, don’t confuse me‘ to the cashier, to someone talking about advising a student who wanted to do extra credit to boost his GPA.

Most of the time though, the students I passed were either in groups talking and smiling or looking lighthearted, or on their own and concentrating (but not grim-faced).  My guess is that even with finals looming, the joy of weather like this cannot be denied.

A final note: I got the following message from our Center for Global Programs and Studies (aka study abroad office).  One of our recent graduates

WFU alum (and current employee in Global Programs) Chelsea Tamura has had her video “Beyond the Forest” selected as a Finalist for the GoAbroad Innovation Awards. We’re trying to generate on-line votes for her and thought you all might be able to share on your social media pages. If so, we would really appreciate it. Details are as follows:

Voting opens today (04/27/15) and will continue until May 27th. All winners will then be announced at the GoAbroad Innovation Awards Reception during the NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo in Boston, on Thursday, May 28th, at 5:30 pm.

Vote for Chelsea’s video here.  Click on the name of the video and hit submit vote at the bottom of the page to vote. 

Watch, like, and share our post on Facebook here. 

Retweet our post on Twitter here. 

As always, thanks for your support of study abroad at Wake Forest!

 

So I hope you’ll join me and vote for Chelsea!

— by Betsy Chapman

 

 

 

Almost Finals

And you can tell it, too.  I was on campus yesterday and spent a few minutes in the library.  Lots of students.  Lots of low-maintenance clothing (think workout gear).  Lots of people with coffee and wearing their ‘hard at work’ faces.

hang 10Speaking of finals and the library, the ZSR has once again had its ‘secret decorators’ add some festive cheer to finals.  Check out the ZSR Facebook page for more.   Also, they have a final drop-in research session today from 2-6 pm: “Our final drop-in research assistance session of the semester is happening tomorrow from 2:00-6:00 pm. We’ll be camped out in Room 476, ready to assist with our laptops, our citation guides, and a buffet of refreshments! Stop by and see us.”  The ZSR is open 24 hours during finals to help students with the crunch; see hours here.

One more end-of-year related note, the Office of Sustainability has a great message about donating unwanted bikes.  This is a wonderful idea – pass it on to your Deac if he or she has outgrown having a bike on campus.

Bicycles cannot be left in the bike racks or with Residence Life & Housing over the summer.* All abandoned property, including bicycles, will be removed following commencement.**

*Students in summer school will have the chance to notify us that they will have bicycles on campus for the entire summer. All bicycles should be registered for easy identification.

**Students who are living in interim housing should move their bicycles to their interim residence hall bike racks. Any bicycles left behind at the interim housing residence hall will be removed on June 1.

At the end of the academic year, students should consider shipping, storing, or donating their bikes. If a student would like to donate his/her bike to the Office of Sustainability, student volunteers will refurbish it over the summer and it will join a fleet of bikes in a new bike-sharing program on campus. Simply email sustainability@nullwfu.edu and we will arrange for someone to pick up the bike and any other related items, like a lock or reflective gear, that the student would like to donate.

If you have any questions, please contact sustainability@nullwfu.edu.

— by Betsy Chapman

The Secret Life of Wake Forest

Today is Campus Day and there are about 800 families visiting this time.  It’s a bright and sunny day but a bit on the chilly side – saw lots of new families in what appeared to be brand new WFU sweatshirts and jackets during the 7:30-8:30 am check in time.

Yesterday some of my colleagues went on a tour showing some of the secret life of Wake Forest: the tunnels and the tower of Wait Chapel.  You may not have known that when the campus was built, the very first part of construction was a series of tunnels that traversed the campus underground and connected the buildings.  Ever wonder why you never see a telephone poll or a power line on campus?  This is why – everything was buried underground as the campus was built.

The tunnels are home to steam pipes (that are over 300 degrees, which is why the tunnels are closed and students are prohibited to enter them), power lines, telephone lines.  In more recent years, when internet and fiber optic cables were added, they went underground too.

4 23 15 tunnel big openingSome of the tunnels are large enough for people to walk through; one of my colleagues described it as ‘like being in someone’s basement.’  It’s all cement and no frills whatesoever, other than lights.  In some parts, the concrete is 18″ thick.  Other parts of the tunnels are only 4′ x 5′ and you have to just about crawl to get in them.  One of the pictures below, where it looks like you are peering down a hole, is a drop leading into one of the small tunnels.

4 23 15 tunnel 4 x 5 tunnelThe tunnels are still used – with official safety escorts – for events today.  For example, when Michelle Obama came to campus to speak at the memorial service for Maya Angelou, she was whisked in and out of Wait Chapel via the tunnels.  And of course Secret Service was down there with her.

IMPORTANT NOTE: if you are in the habit of sharing Daily Deacs with your students, PLEASE tell them not to attempt to get in the tunnels.  They are dangerous and pose severe safety risks.  It is illegal to go in them.  Even as far back as 1980 (and probably earlier, frankly), it was illegal to go.  So rather than your Deacs take a risk, here is an article from the 1980 Old Gold and Black describing the experience of one who went tunneling, as it is called here (scroll down on this site for the article entitled Tunneling).  The senior class typically has an opportunity or two to sign up for a tour, so tell your Deacs to be safe and wait for that.

tunnel 4 23 15 clock faceThis tour also went up to the tower of Wait Chapel and to the Carillon.  I’ve done that tour once and let me say it is not for those with a fear of heights.  But the view is extraordinary.  There are a couple of levels to Wait Chapel.  To get to the level where the Carillon is played, you have to go up a spiral staircase that is frighteningly open for those with height issues.  At the Carillon itself, you have to strike the very large keys with your fist to get the bells to ring.

4 23 15 tunnel bells allFor the very daring, you can climb up a metal ladder (sort of like what you’d see in an old NYC fire escape) and go up into the area where the bells are.  You can see some signatures of people who have been up there before, or a little good natured graffiti (see pic below).  The bells are just enormous.  The Carilloneurs do some fun things – they play at 5:00 pm every day, and they are clever folk – if it’s been raining they might do a song about rain (or maybe sun, as if wishful thinking).  On Halloween, they chimed a 13 o’clock.

Again – these places are off limits.  But you can enjoy the pics below and see some of the secrets of Wake Forest.

— by Betsy Chapman

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Earth Day Fair

earth day 2015Today is Earth Day, and the Office of Sustainability has created a wonderful event for your students to enjoy.  The Earth Day Fair will run from 3-7 pm today on the Mag Quad (south side of campus, aka Manchester Quad).

Details are below.  It’s a gorgeous day again today.  Hope your students will come out to the Earth Day Fair and soak up all the goodness they can.

— by Betsy Chapman

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Pet some ponies, play with puppies, have your face painted, challenge a friend to a game, and make your commitment to the Earth community…

The WFU Earth Day Fair is today, Wednesday, April 22nd from 4:00-7:00pm on the Mag Quad!

Commemorative t-shirts are being given away every half hour from 4:30-6:30 pm; all participants can enter to win over $1000 worth of raffle prizes.

Legendary Sunshine, Village Juice, Twin City Hive, and Roots Hummus are handing out delectable free samples. In addition to a jammin’ line-up, Wake Radio will be playing throughout the fair. Bring your wallet and visit local exhibitors.

Entertainment Schedule:

3:00pm – Campus Sustainability Awards in Reynolda Hall Green Room

4:00pm – Afro-Cuban drumming circle

4:30pm – Teach-in on Magnolia Quad featuring faculty Vanessa Zboreak, Richard Schneider, Justin Catanoso, and Miles Silman

5:30pm – Yoga by The Breathing Room

6:00pm – Student performances

6:30pm – Minor Variations

One love,
The Office of Sustainability

 

N-S-E-W

Today is a beautiful day.  It’s sunny, low 70s, a light breeze.  This morning it was too cool to be out without a light jacket or shirt, but at 3 pm it was a perfect temperature to be outside – not too hot, not too cold.  I had a meeting mid-campus today and took a few pictures as I went.  So for today’s Daily Deac, let’s take a glimpse of the North, South, East, and West of Wake Forest.

4 21 NNorth – the sidewalk that rings the road around campus was nice and shady on the north side of campus.  The view toward Magnolia and Dogwood, our newest residence halls, was blocked a bit by a big dumpster in the street.  There must be some sort of construction going on nearby.  In just a couple of weeks, as classes end, students will see a lot more dumpsters to help them get rid of unwanted items.  But we’d urge your Deacs to donate what they can vs. just throwing it away -so look for the Deacs Donate boxes.  Not a lot of traffic coming and going over the walkway through giant parking lot Q, just a couple of students in shorts and t-shirts who were strolling along leisurely.

4 21 EEast – on the east side of campus it is the place for construction and commuters.  You can see our white campus shuttle bus pulling away from the bus stop.  That corner remains busy throughout the day.  The construction of the new gym addition is coming along nicely.  There are two big cement towers rising Phoenixlike from the ashes of the former tennis court.  And just behind the construction is the track.  At this point of the day, I think the track is reserved for varsity athletes, but there was a female student running up and down in the bleachers section, which is quite a workout.

4 21 SSouth – ah, the sunny side of campus!  Lots of activity on the south quad (Mag Quad, aka Manchester Quad).  There are a ton of colorful tailgate-type tents going up on the grass.  I stopped and asked a couple of administrator friends of mine what was going on down there, and they said they thought it was for the Earth Day Fair tomorrow from 3-7 pm.  From my lookout on the Mag Patio just behind Reynolda Hall, there were some students sitting in the big rocking chairs and others at the teak umbrella tables.  I always found the rocking chairs a great place to sit and read.

4 21 WWest – the sun was at an angle where I couldn’t get a good shot of the west side of campus at Quad level.  I can tell you that there was some foot traffic crossing the street to go down to Scales Fine Arts Center.  Students in the vicinity – going to Campus Grounds, the coffee shop? or to the Quad?  Later in the afternoon, I suspect the students who reside in those residence halls might sit out on their front patio/bricked in areas.  Sometimes you’ll see someone in there playing a guitar, or with a radio or stereo booming, speaker side out, from one of the rooms above.  It’d be a good day for that.

4 21 quadAnd a bonus direction!  Mid-Quad – As I went to my meeting, there were students sitting at the cafe chairs and tables, some talking to each other as they passed each other in the grass.  Later I saw what looked like a visiting family trying to take a picture of the student and other family members with Wait Chapel in the background.  Administrators use the cafe tables too – I saw what looked like an outdoor meeting (the best kind, in my opinion).  And with Subway nearby, there are always students coming out of Davis Hall with Subway bags and drink cups.

This day would be hard to improve upon, Deac families.  Hope your students are seizing the day!

— by Betsy Chapman

Brings May Flowers?

After a thoroughly beautiful afternoon for Campus Day this past Friday, we had a decent Saturday weather-wise and then yesterday it was a soggy rainy mess all day.  Looking out our windows, there is a storm that looks to be rolling in to town, and we’re predicted to have more rain today.  Hopefully the April showers will bring May flowers.

At the end of Campus Day, I went to a recital put on by the Music Department.  This was the first time I had gone to one of these in many years, but it will not be the last.  The department puts on a great many performances, and you can see their schedule here.  If your Deacs have not gone to a performance, they should.  Our student musicians are really extraordinary.

And let me qualify that description by confessing I am not a musician and know nothing about music (other than what I like).  But even a novice can see and hear talent.  The first student was a violinst, Luna Zhou.  She was playing a violin concerto by Mozart and I swear to you, from the moment her bow struck the first note, I was astonished at the sounds she could make and how the notes filled the room.  This concerto at the end had a lot of very high and very low notes, and she played a wide range of beautiful notes.

The next student was Kedi Zheng on flute.  The piece he was playing had some remarkable fast bits, and his hands flew over the holes in the flute at an amazing pace.  Some of the music was very light and jaunty, and I could almost imagine the notes spinning out of the end of his flute and circling the air throughout Brendle Recital Hall.

The third performers were a classical guitar duet by Nick Bennett and Lando Pieroni.  I was struck by how little they moved – not at all like rock guitar where the player is all over the place.  They were sitting, but relatively still, just their fingering and picking hands moving, with an occasional head nod to cue each other on timing.  They played a duet first, and I recall thinking that I wished this piece would go on forever, it was so gorgeous (Oriental, La Maja de Goya by Enrique Granados).  Then they did individual pieces afterwards.

Following the guitarists were two trumpeters.  Hana Choi came first, and I was surprised at just how loud a trumpet can be while still being melodic and harmonious.  Then came Jeremy Sexton, whose name appears on a plaque in the Brendle lobby for the Patricia Sloan Mize award.  Jeremy was playing a composition of his own, a trumpet sonata with three movements.  To my untrained ears it was a thoroughly modern classical piece, rich and complex.  There was even a point where he played some notes that almost sounded woodwind-like, and I had no idea trumpets could sound that way.  It was an impressive piece of music and like Hana’s and the others, it looked like it had a great deal of technical difficulty.

brendle recitalMy schedule was such that I regrettably had to miss the last two performers.  But it was such a treat to see these musicians.  They were amazing.  So please do encourage your students to look out for opportunities to go to Brendle and hear world-class music by people who might be in their calculus class or live on their hall.  You never know the talent that is lurking on this campus.  And Brendle Recital Hall is a beautiful place to spend an hour – all warm amber light on the stage,  purplish background, and cool air.

Finally, we close today’s Daily Deac with an invitation for you to participate in Pro Humanitate Day on May 9th.  Our motto means “for humanity,” and we are challenging alumni, parents, and friends of Wake Forest to join us for a day of service for the good of humanity.  You can see full information below – and watch this video.  It is excellent.

Pro Humanitate Day – May 9th

Do you realize that one in five American children lives without consistent access to adequate nourishment?  For these children and their families, summer can be especially hard, as they lose access to the school breakfasts and lunches that they rely upon.

This May 9, we can turn the tables on childhood hunger.

By joining fellow Deacs in your local community and across the nation, you can raise food and awareness to make a difference in the lives of hungry children and their families. Make the choice to connect with old friends and make a few new ones, while doing our part to make sure that no child goes hungry this summer.

Join me and other Wake Forest alumni on May 9 as we show the world that Good Wears Black as we come together in the fight against childhood hunger.

There are three ways to participate:

  1. Volunteer.  Visit Pro Humanitate Day 2015to register for your city.
  1. Collect Food.  Fill a bag with food items and take to your local food pantry and let us know about it! Check our websitefor a list of common needs and to see if your community has a drop-off location.
  1. Share photos and challenge classmates using #GoodWearsBlack. Be included! Sharewith Wake Forest Alumni Engagement about your experience.

You are part of the Wake Forest story – Be inspired: Pro Humanitate Video

 

— by Betsy Chapman