We are getting excited about having 1,000+ families here for Family Weekend. To give you a taste of the beauty of Wake Forest in the fall, here’s a few shots from our University Photographer, Ken Bennett.- by Betsy Chapman
For all our parents and families coming to campus for Family Weekend, you might discover that your idea of an ‘early morning’ is vastly different than your student’s. So for any of our Deac families who have some time to kill in the morning while your students are still abed, here’s a Top 10 Things to Do While Your Deac is Sleeping In.
[in no particular order]
1. Go up to Farrell Hall and tour the building. You’ll be amazed at the vast, open, welcoming Living Room – but you can also go upstairs and peek at the various classrooms.
2. Visit the ZSR Starbucks or Campus Grounds to get that morning cup of coffee.
3. Take said coffee and drink it in the rocking chairs on the Mag Patio, just outside of the Green Room of Reynolda Hall.
4. Go in the Green Room of Reynolda Hall and look at some of the University Art Collection’s works. There are brochures in the room to tell you what you are seeing.
5. Continuing the art theme, walk through the 3rd and 4th floors of Benson Center and look at the artworks collected there from past student buying trips.
6. Wander up to Davis Chapel (which is on the back side of Wait Chapel facing big parking lot Q) and go inside. The chapel has been recently renovated to be more of a multi-denominational space and it is beautiful.
7. If you’re feeling especially funloving, head down towards Scales Fine Arts Center and sit on the swings hanging from the nearby trees. Swinging is great fun.
8. Explore some of the academic buildings. Your students taking artistic type classes? Go into Scales. Humanities classes? Go into Tribble or Carswell. Romance languages or psychology? Go into Greene. Science classes? Winston, Salem, or Olin’s your place.
10. Go to the Spirit Walk between Tribble and Benson and look at all the bricks that have been purchased in years past by and for our students. See which bricks you like the most.
And this is a gentle reminder for something to think about before you come to campus. Particularly if you are the parent of a first-year student, consider talking to your student about whether there are people on his/her hall whose families can’t come for Family Weekend, and include that student in your plans. Some of our families live at a great distance, others may have younger siblings at home or work commitments that they can’t leave. To help make everyone’s Family Weekend a good one, think about leaving no man (or woman) behind when you are planning group meals, tailgating, etc. Imagine how you would feel if the shoe was on the other foot and you couldn’t attend. And offer a kindness to another student if you can.
- by Betsy Chapman
Happy Fall Break, Deac families! It’s a beautiful, cool, sunny fall day here on campus. If your students are here, they were not out and about in the 8-10 am timeframe when I was making my way around campus.
As often happens when class is not in session, there are some maintenance type activities going on around campus. Across the street on Polo Road near the sophomore parking lot, a crew is taking down some big trees (not quite sure why). It had a crew full of folks and it looked like a pretty big tree they were wrangling.
Yesterday I heard about an opportunity for members of our campus community to recognize their peers and colleagues for a great honor. Details are below. If your student knows someone who would be a worthy recipient, please encourage him/her to nominate that person.
Wake Forest University and Winston-Salem University 2015 Building the Dream Award Nomination
Each year brings the opportunity to celebrate the life and legacy of one of America’s most inspirational individuals, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Unfortunately, some Americans only reflect on Dr. King’s accomplishments one day per year. We are honored to acknowledge those whose life builds upon his dream.
Each year, representatives from Wake Forest and Winston Salem State Universities form a joint Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. programming committee. Annually, we award the “Building the Dream” award to one professor or administrator and one student from each respective university. This award will be given to a person who embodies the qualities Dr. King epitomized and actively exercises these qualities in his or her community (on and off campus). You can read about last year’s winners here. This year’s award will be announced at the ceremonial banquet in January at Wake Forest University.
If you know someone who would be a great candidate for the “Building the Dream” award, please complete the brief nomination form. Please have all nominations submitted by Tuesday, November 18th.
We look forward to learning about your nominee!
The 2015 WFU/WSSU MLK Jr. Planning Committee
- by Betsy Chapman
Fall Break is tomorrow, and judging by the parking lots some of our students have already headed off someplace special for the long weekend.
I was in a meeting today and heard about a project taking place this coming Monday, October 20th – the National Day on Writing. This looks like a very interesting event and I hope your students will participate in it. Details are below.
On Monday October 20, the Writing Center will be celebrating the National Day on Writing. There will be a table in the Benson Center outside the food court from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. where we will invite students to write collaboratively Wake Forest’s longest ghost story–one sentence at a time (as part of a writing exercise called an “exquisite corpse”).
In addition, the 2014 theme from the National Council of Teachers of English is “Write My Community.” Because we know how important creating an inclusive campus community is for Wake Forest, the Writing Center saw an opportunity to invite students to participate in a variety of ways.
The Writing Center will ask students to share their thoughts on what the Wake Forest community is right now as well as what they think it could be in the future. They will write these ideas of community on notecards that will be posted at the event. Later, an art piece will be displayed using the notecards, and that will reside in the Writing Center.
The campus is encouraged to participate in Write My Community on social media by using the hashtags #writemycommunity and #wfu (together, if possible).
October 15th, 2014 | campus life
As Family Weekend is approaching, let me recommend one of my favorite fall traditions: viewing the glorious fall leaves on Reynolda Road. This is something you will want to see when you are here, and you can encourage your students to take a walk or drive as well.
If you exit Wake Forest’s campus from what most consider the main entrance out past the Porter Byrum Welcome Center (aka admissions building), you come to a stoplight at the intersection of Reynolda Road and the road leading to Silas Creek Parkway. Take a left onto Reynolda Road and you’ll quickly pass Reynolda Village on your left.
Drive slowly down Reynolda. It is bordered on both sides by old, beautiful, very large trees. In the summer the trees form a canopy of green and provide welcome shade from the heat, and in the fall the trees display spectacular colors. You will see every shade of gold, yellow, orange, red, brown.
This view never gets old. In fact, there are many ‘best’ times to travel Reynolda Road and you can get a different feeling or perspective each time. You can go early in the morning on a cool day and see the leaves and maybe a little fog, dew-covered grass. You can go around sunset, and if the sun hits the reddest leaves just right, everything is bathed in a reddish glow. My personal favorite is on very windy days, when the leaves fall gently down like snow.
If you are here Family Weekend, be sure to see Reynolda Road. You/your students can see it either by car or by taking the nice walking path from campus (down past Winston Hall). You can walk all the way up to Reynolda Village, past Reynolda House museum to where the stone gates connect to Reynolda Road. If you step out past the gates, you can look either way and see a terrific view.
It’s been rainy the last few days so I have not taken any good pictures myself this year. A quick Google search found several beautiful pictures: one from the Winston-Salem Journal (credit to Doug Rice Photo), one on a Flickr website (credit to @NOSAMK) and one I took last year, respectively.- by Betsy Chapman
October 14th, 2014 | campus life
Today is a better day on campus. Quite windy but not as beastly rainy and foggy as it has been. And in times like these – bad weather, midterms, papers, projects, other associated malaise – what your students might want is a bit of cheering up.
And we are happy to oblige.
We have a web page for Deacon Greetings – an e-card service you can use to send your student. You fill out the form, pick a picture you like, and write a personal message to your Deac, and then Internet Magic makes it go to your student’s email.
So if you think your Deac could use a boost, send him or her a Deacon Greeting. These are available all the time, by the way. You can either bookmark this Deacon Greetings web page, or it is now on the left hand menu of our Parents’ Page. If you have suggestions for additional messages or picture choices, send those on to email@example.com.
Hope you can use this to spread some WFU cheer to your Deacs!
October 13th, 2014 | campus life
It was a dreary weekend, particularly yesterday. And today it is still dreary. Not necessarily cold, but a near constant mist and you can feel the damp. There was enough fog this morning that you could hardly see the outline of the spire of Wait Chapel from a distance.
Students are finishing up midterms and papers and projects. I was in the Benson Center midday and student spirit seemed pretty good. Not sure if that was because they were getting their fix of fast food, or because they were among friends, or maybe they had just aced a test or paper. Dress was on the casual/rainy weather side, as you would expect.
Many of our students are looking forward to the 3-day weekend that is Fall Break, starting this Friday the 17th. The weather looks bad for the next couple of days, but is supposed to improve for the weekend. It would be nice to have a good fall break for them.
October 10th, 2014 | campus life
Today is a beautiful day. Early this morning it was cool enough for it to feel nice and refreshing if you were walking on campus, but not so cool that you needed a jacket. All across campus, the trees are noticeably changing from all green to every shade of Fall there is. It looks like rain is coming, so your Deacs ought to get out and enjoy this fine day while they can.
There are several items on the web today worth mentioning.
For all our history buffs out there, and/or families who will be coming here in 2 weeks for Family Weekend, the Old Gold and Black (our student newspaper) ran a story about the names behind some of the campus buildings. You can see Meet the People Behind the Buildings here.
For students who are interested in looking at room changes or changes to their meal plans, Residence Life and Housing sent an email with instructions and deadlines. Requests to change rooms for the spring are due November 7th – so anyone contemplating a switch needs to take action.
Any student with a current meal plan who does not have enough meal swipes to make it to the end of the semester can add more swipes. Students can take advantage of the Add On Sale for Meal Swipes by going to Reynolda Hall, Room 12.
Fall Break is coming up next Friday, October 17th. “Break” is a bit of a misnomer, as it is really just a 3-day weekend. Students will want to take note of the Student Health Service website re: closing during Fall Break. On that same website, they also have a list of local service providers when Student Health is closed.
There is a story on the main WFU web site about campus climate and building community. “Wake has a more diverse student body than ever, and the campus community is taking action and engaging in conversations to ensure everyone at the University feels valued and respected,” it says in the article. My own WFU experience in the late 80s-early 90s was that you practically had to go abroad to see different cultures or nationalities, we had fewer students of color, and Baptists were the majority religion. Now our freshman class was 10% international and our school more broadly represents the world in which we live on all fronts. Which is amazing for our campus community and in helping our students be better prepared for a global world, and it also creates some opportunities to be more inclusive and understanding of others.
Finally, as with every Friday, I hope you are representing WFU where you live by wearing Black and Gold. I know I have mine on! Call your students today and tell them you love them, and reconnect with them. Ask them what they want you to bring when you come for Family Weekend. They will surely have a list of things from home they want.
- by Betsy Chapman
October 9th, 2014 | campus life
Most of the time when I’m gathering material for the Daily Deac, it is during normal work hours. There’s obviously a lot that goes on after hours that I am not here to catch.
Thankfully, I have some colleagues who can be my eyes and ears in those off hours moments. One of these colleagues is Ken Bennett, our award winning University Photographer. I was looking through some of his shots today and found a series of great skylines, including the lunar eclipse and blood moon of the other day.
I don’t know if your students were out and about to see these great sunsets and moon. Hopefully they were, and got their own good pictures. If not, enjoy Ken’s fine work and have a glimpse at the Winston-Salem skies.
- by Betsy Chapman
Today’s Daily Deac is a little bit of everything. Stay with us as we meander through various and sundry notes and observations.
The weather is perfect today. Sunny, nearly 80. You’re warm if you stay in the sun, but you aren’t baking. A walk across campus feels refreshing and not too hot (unless you are carrying a really heavy load in your backpack or messenger bag).
On the Quad around 11 am, there was an animated game of football being played by what looked like kids from late elementary school or early middle school. They must be here for a field trip. I must have seen them toward the end of their visit, because their teachers were lining them up to get a picture of them. So imagine about 20-30 kids, all lined up in the walkway mid-Quad, Wait Chapel in the backdrop. Evidently the cool colors for the youth of today is neon anything. I saw lots of neon greens and oranges.
Even on a day like today, there were a fair number of students in the library. My observation about the students I saw: those who were sitting in the atrium at tables tended to have their laptops open and appeared to be working on them. The students I saw peppered in random chairs in the stacks or other areas all seemed glued to their phones. Now, I didn’t see the content of the atrium table laptop screens, so they could have been IMing their friends (rather than working), so filter that as you will. I just found it curious that nearly all the students sitting in nooks and crannies were on phones vs. having their heads in a book.
WFU is in the news, as it often is. I caught a glimpse of Inside Higher Ed, where there is an article about students seeking advice from campus chaplains on career direction. Our own Andy Chan, Vice President for Personal and Career Development, is quoted in the article: “I think a lot of times, we get so focused on outcomes — do students have a job, do they go to grad school — that all the energy is focused just on what a student might be skilled at,” he said. “And sometimes that might take a student down a path that’s not the right fit for them as a person.”
There are some noteworthy athletic events coming up as well. As seen on the WFU home page: “The No. 16 WFU field hockey team will host No. 1 UNC at Kentner Stadium on Thursday, Oct. 9, at 5 p.m. Enjoy free hot dogs, pom poms and buttons while supplies last. Wear black to black out the Tar Heels! Admission is free.” Our field hockey team is amazing, and we really would love to see LOTS more black and gold than Carolina Blue. So urge your students to support our Deacs.
Also from the home page: “The WFU men’s and women’s basketball teams will host their annual ‘Black & Gold Madness’ event on Friday, Oct. 24, in Reynolds Gymnasium. The event will follow WFU volleyball taking on Miami at 6 p.m. Both events are free.” This is a really fun event, the first look at our basketball team. Hopes are high among the Deacon faithful that Coach Manning will usher in a new era of greatness on the court.
Reminder too that Sweet Honey in the Rock will be on Thursday evening via the Secrest Artist Series.
Finally, I give you the fourth and final photo from our Unity and Respect campaign (and the other three to show the change from week to week). This has been a meaningful way for campus members to gather and show their unity and respect for all. I am rather sad it’s stopping, to tell you the truth.
This is a special campus, with special people who give so much to our students (and faculty and staff) every day. I wish you all could know the folks in this picture. I am so proud to work among them.
- by Betsy Chapman