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Some Pics of the Snow

Our snow event is not quite finished.  The main roads are good, and slowly we are getting the neighborhood roads and side streets cleared.  The tough part is black ice from refreezing overnight.  It’s supposed to be 55 today, so hopefully that will melt some of the remaining snow.  What’s in my backyard has a layer of sleet on top of it, so it is “crunchy” snow that breaks as you step on it.

In case you were not able to see glimpses of campus during the snow via the Quad Cam, our Ken Bennett is here to help.  Some scenes of the snow are below.

And while we are on the subject of pics, I’d love to do a “Where In the World Are Wake Foresters?” feature in the Daily Deac.  So if you have a picture of you/your Deac/your family in some amazing spot while wearing WFU gear or with a WFU flag, please send it on to me at parents@nullwfu.edu and if I get enough of them I will use them.

— by Betsy Chapman
Wake Forest digs out after the first major snowstorm of the year, Sunday, January 24, 2016. Students enter the dining hall for lunch.

Wake Forest digs out after the first major snowstorm of the year, Sunday, January 24, 2016. Students enter the dining hall for lunch.

Wake Forest digs out after the first major snowstorm of the year, Sunday, January 24, 2016.

Wake Forest digs out after the first major snowstorm of the year, Sunday, January 24, 2016.

Wake Forest digs out after the first major snowstorm of the year, Sunday, January 24, 2016.

Wake Forest digs out after the first major snowstorm of the year, Sunday, January 24, 2016.

Wake Forest students play soccer on Poteat Field during a snowstorm on Wednesday, January 20, 2016.

Wake Forest students play soccer on Poteat Field during a snowstorm on Wednesday, January 20, 2016.

Wake Forest students walk across Hearn Plaza during a snowstorm on Wednesday, January 20, 2016.

Wake Forest students walk across Hearn Plaza during a snowstorm on Wednesday, January 20, 2016.

Weekend Recap

Campus is opening at 10 am today, largely due to the fact that while main roads in Winston are mostly clear and in good shape, neighborhood roads are barely touched by plows (if at all) and can remain difficult to navigate for several days afterwards.  Once people try to drive on the neighborhood roads or side streets, they pack the snow down, then it partially melts and refreezes at night, creating the ‘hockey rink’ effect.

Still, the snow was fun and I hope your Deacs got a chance to play in it.  Hats off to all the on-campus offices and services that worked throughout the snow to make sure your students had clear sidewalks to walk on, food to eat, medical care if they needed it, a place to let off some steam and shoot some zombies, etc.  There were many, many people on campus who worked tirelessly and in less than optimal conditions – so a big thank you to those folks.

A few previews of things to come this week:

On the academic side, a reminder that tomorrow is the last day to add a full-term class.

On Tuesday, the Study Abroad Fair will be held.  If your Deac is thinking of going abroad, urge him or her to start planning now and to drop by the fair.

Wednesday at 4 pm is the Grand Opening of the Gym Addition.  This should be great fun and your students should go.

Those are just a few of the many, many things happening this week. Check the Events Calendar for more activities.

— by Betsy Chapman

SNOW DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Campus is closed today (Friday 1/22) because of winter storm Jonas.  As of writing this at 9 am, we only got an inch or two of snow from overnight, and it is a needle fine snow right now. The snow is supposed to pick up throughout the day and we are predicted to get 8-12″ total, which is a big deal for little ol’ Wake Forest.

Catch your kids making snowmen and having snowball fights via the Quad Cam.  Urge them to stay off the roads and be careful if navigating by foot.  Facilities does a great job trying to clear the sidewalks, but be careful nonetheless.

Campus Dining emailed me at 9 am saying the Pit would open at 9 am and the C-store Sundry Shop in Benson would open at 11.  Yesterday Campus Dining assured me the Pit would be open breakfast, lunch, and dinner – so there are food options for your kids.  UPDATE 4 pm: the Pit and the Sundry will be closing at 7 pm tonight. Tomorrow the Pit will be opening at 9 am.

Hope you all stay safe and warm and dry and out of harm’s way during this storm.

Now I am off to spend the snow day with Class of ’27 Deac 🙂

— by Betsy Chapman

Wintry Wednesday

It’s another cold one, and our part of NC is starting to be included in the winter storm announcements.  Some models show us getting a small amount of snow tonight, but late Thursday night/Friday morning could be the real deal. Or it could be nothing. You never know.  Here is what we are predicted to see as of this moment, courtesy of the Weather Channel.

In case you are wondering how your students get alerted to a weather-related delay or closing, students can find out via a variety of methods.  (I actually am really bummed that we no longer do campuswide voicemails to students as they did when I was in school.  When all the students had land lines in their rooms, we had the ability to robocall them, which is how my friend Kevin Cox achieved such a fan following when he’d call with a weather related announcement.  Now that students are cell phones only, we’ve lost that land line voicemail magic.).

As we wait to see what the weather does, we have a Grand Opening to look forward to next week.  On Wednesday the 27th will the the Grand Opening of Phase I of the Reynolds Gymnasium Transformation and Expansion – runs from 4-7 pm.

For you first-year parents and families who are Daily Deac readers, our Weekly Messages for First-Year families is back online.  And speaking of publications, did you know the Old Gold and Black student newspaper turned 100 this past week?

And for all of you who are in the path of these various winter storms, may you and yours stay safe and well (and warm) through the storms. Keep an eye on the Quad Cam too, because if we do get a lot of snow, there is nothing quite as fun as watching students make giant snowmen and have snowball fights on the Quad.  Here’s a few shots from winters past.

— by Betsy Chapman

Wake Forest students take advantage of a rare snow day to build snowmen and have snowball fights on Hearn Plaza on Thursday, February 26, 2015.

Wake Forest students take advantage of a rare snow day to build snowmen and have snowball fights on Hearn Plaza on Thursday, February 26, 2015.

Wake Forest students take advantage of a rare snow day to build snowmen and have snowball fights on Hearn Plaza on Thursday, February 26, 2015. Emma Kook ('18), in ear muffs, Cardinal Do ('17), in white jacket, Edima Udom ('18), in gray, and Phylicia Montaque ('18), in black coat, have a little snowball fight among friends.

Wake Forest students take advantage of a rare snow day to build snowmen and have snowball fights on Hearn Plaza on Thursday, February 26, 2015. Emma Kook (’18), in ear muffs, Cardinal Do (’17), in white jacket, Edima Udom (’18), in gray, and Phylicia Montaque (’18), in black coat, have a little snowball fight among friends.

Views of Reynolda Village after a major snow storm on Thursday, February 13, 2014.

Views of Reynolda Village after a major snow storm on Thursday, February 13, 2014.

Wake Forest students play in the snow on Hearn Plaza during a major storm on Thursday, February 13, 2014.

Wake Forest students play in the snow on Hearn Plaza during a major storm on Thursday, February 13, 2014.

Wake Forest students play in the snow on Hearn Plaza during a major storm on Thursday, February 13, 2014.

Wake Forest students play in the snow on Hearn Plaza during a major storm on Thursday, February 13, 2014.

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.