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Campus Day for Accepted Students

20100409campusday0173Today is the first of two Campus Days for Accepted Students.  These days are some of the happiest of our year – when we get a chance to meet potential members of the Class of 2018 and their parents.

If you are a coming to Campus Day, we hope you will stop by the Parent Programs table during Registration (outside Wait Chapel between 7:30-8:30 am) and say hello.  We’ll have some great Wake Forest parent buttons, copies of one of the best issues of the Wake Forest Magazine, and more.

And if you’re a reader of the Daily Deac, be sure to tell us that too!  We love to meet our Deac families!

Glorious, Glorious Day

Today is a spectacularly glorious day on campus.  Temps in the 60s, sunny and mild, light breeze.

I took a walk at lunchtime through the north side of campus (near Farrell and the new North Dining Hall), past Student Apartments, behind the Byrum Center and all the way up to Reynolda Gardens.  It could not have been prettier.

Along the way, here is what I noticed:

- several groups of runners or walkers, all students, most of whom had on earbuds

- three crazy cats that were chasing each other in the parking lot near the walkway to Reynolda Gardens

- lots of new blooms on trees.  I am not good with botany, but the flowers are a fuschia color

- recent work on the flower beds in Reynolda Gardens, so we can expect some magnificent blooms in the weeks to come

- a handful of people who were either visiting Reynolda House or Reynolda Gardens during their lunch hours, all of whom looked delighted to be enjoying such a nice day

- a section of field near Reynolda House (between the house and the gate to Reynolda Road) that looked like a carpet of daffodils.  Solid stretch of nothing but daffodils blooming, so pretty

If your students are not getting out every day and taking  a walk around campus, urge them to do so whenever the weather is nice.  If they aren’t yet familiar with all the nooks and crannies around campus, spring is definitely the time to do it.

Catching Up from Last Week

The staff of the Daily Deac had a week’s vacation last week, and it looks like we picked an eventful week to be gone.  As you have surely seen by now, Wake has a new basketball coach in Danny Manning.  Here is the official email I received from Ron Wellman, our Athletic Director.


I am pleased to announce that Danny Manning is our new basketball coach. Known as one of the most accomplished college basketball players in the history of the sport, Danny has played for and worked under a number of legendary coaches and he has been successful in his coaching career. 

Danny has spent the last two seasons as the head coach at the University of Tulsa. He was named the 2013-14 Conference USA Coach of the Year after leading the Golden Hurricane to the conference championship and a berth in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, Tulsa’s first appearance since 2003.  Manning is currently a finalist for two national Coach of the Year awards including the Jim Phelan Award, to the nation’s top coach, and the Ben Jobe Award, given to the nation’s top minority coach.

We are excited to have Danny as a Demon Deacon, and I hope you will join me in welcoming him, his wife Julie, and their children Taylor and Evan to Wake Forest University! I look forward to introducing Danny to the Wake Forest community next week. 

Go Deacs!

Ron Wellman


The full press release on Coach Manning is available online here.   This is an unconfirmed report, but I had a friend message me yesterday saying that Coach Manning will be introduced to campus on the Quad this Tuesday at 6 pm.  I am trying to find out whether or not that’s true.

In campus news, this week your students are going through Round 2 of registration for fall classes.    They will also be going through residence hall selection and meal plan selection.  If your students have questions about either process, the best places to start are the websites, and then they can talk to their RA or Residence Life or Campus Dining if they have more detailed questions.

Many of you have started thinking about summer storage and shipping options for your Deacs’ belongings.  If your student needs to purchase boxes and tape and just needs to ship items home, our own on-campus Mail Services can provide those options.  They ship belongings home, but do not store boxes for the summer.   Your student can check out the Mail Services office in the basement of Benson University Center to discuss his/her box and shipping needs.

For students who want to ship their belongings home at the end of the semester (or have them stored in Winston-Salem over the summer), Wake Forest has a relationship with Eli’s Pack and Ship.  For more details, see the phone and website information below: 

Eli’s Pack & Ship
Eli Bradley

Families are welcome to select their own vendors or service providers.  However, this company is one with whom Wake Forest has an existing vendor relationship.

It was a beautiful weekend in Winst0n-Salem, if a little chilly yesterday.  This morning there is nothing but grey skies and rain, and it looks like the rain will continue all day.   But if the 5-day forecast holds, it will be 74 by Friday, which is the first of our two Campus Days for Accepted Students.  Nothing beats the Wake Forest campus when it is mid 70s and sunny.

Have a great week, Deac families!

Photo of the Day

As the Daily Deac concludes its week off, we wanted to end with a Pic of the Day.

What you see below is a fun shot of the Deacon statue at Deacon Tower.  Twilight on a nice evening.  Hard to top that.

Hope you and yours are getting ready for a wonderful weekend, and we’ll be back next week with the regular Daily Deacs.



Our Country’s Good

The University Theatre has a production of Our Country’s Good coming up next week.  Details are below.

WFU theatre productions are always outstanding.  Sometimes what you see is inspiring, or thought provoking, or poignant, or uproariously funny.  But they always make you think, and feel.  And appreciate the immense talent we have on our campus – everything from the lighting and sound designers to the costumes and sets and props to the actors and directors.

Urge your Deacs to go see this production!


20140318theatre4964OUR COUNTRY’S GOOD

By Timberlake Wertenbaker

Based on Thomas Keneally’s novel The Playmaker

Directed by Sharon Andrews

7:30 pm April 4-5 & 9-12, 2014

2:00 pm April 13, 2014

The first Governor of a wild new penal colony in Australia believed in the transformative power of theatre.  Arguing the merits of allowing criminals to perform a play, Captain Arthur Phillip says, “The theatre is an expression of civilization…for a few hours we will no longer be despised prisoners and hated gaolers. We will laugh, we may be moved, we may even think a little. Can you think of something else that will provide such an evening?”

The Olivier and Tony Award winning play, Our Country’s Good tells the moving, sometimes painful, and often funny story of the dedication and passion a group of convicts in one of the remotest corners of their known world, poured into the production of a play that changed their lives.

This Week at the Daily Deac

The Daily Deac is going to be off the grid for a few days.  So for this week, we have pre-scheduled some interesting Pictures of the Day and notices about upcoming events on campus.  Hope you enjoy!


Most of the time, a rainy day isn’t particularly fun.  Your students have to trudge around in their rain gear carrying their backpacks or messenger bags.  Squeaky boots and puddles and all.

But sometimes the rain can bring a moment of unexpected beauty, or a new perspective on something you see every day.  Our gifted University Photographer, Ken Bennett, saw just such a moment recently on campus, and took a picture of one of the trees on campus reflected in a puddle.  An unexpected little gift.


Tony Dungy tonight at 6:30 pm

Just a reminder to your Deacs that there is a wonderful opportunity tonight to hear Tony Dungy speak in Wait Chapel.  Doors to the event will open at 5:45 p.m. with seating on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Here is what the Leadership Project web site says about this event:

Wake Forest & Leadership

Today’s students are graduating into a world that is more competitive, dynamic and uncertain than earlier generations. They will have many jobs and careers during their lifetimes. They will need to be equipped to make their own opportunities and navigate an unpredictable future. Simply put, they will have to lead.

At Wake Forest, our responsibility is to educate the whole person-mind, body and spirit – and to help students find their place in the world. It means that while at Wake, students discover where their gifts and talents lie and are challenged to explore questions deeply and to think about their own responsibility for making the world better.

Here you will see that embedded in the collegiate experience for our students is a diverse set of courses, programs and opportunities we use to develop those necessary leadership skills and capabilities.

Introducing the Leadership Project

In its inaugural event on Wednesday, March 26 at 6:30 p.m., the Leadership Project will present legendary football coach and bestselling author Tony Dungy to speak in Wait Chapel.

Dungy led the Indianapolis Colts to a Super Bowl victory in 2007, the first such win for an African-American coach. He joined the Colts in 2002 after serving as the most successful head coach in the history of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Widely recognized as an inspirational champion both on and off the field, Dungy has authored several books on topics of significance, such as living life with integrity, courage, strength and purpose. Read Tony’s full bio »

I wish I could go to cover the event, but I cannot.  We’ll try to get you a recap elsewhere.

This speech tonight is one more dish at the Wake Forest buffet – but a dish that will only be served once.  Now is the time for your students to take that bite if they can.

Bits and Pieces

Today’s Daily Deac is a little bit of everything.  One of the things on your students’ minds might be the upcoming registration period for Fall 2014 classes.  For freshmen and sophomores who have not declared their majors, they are likely to be meeting this week with their Lower Division Adviser (i.e., adviser you have from freshmen year until you declare your major) and will be getting ready for Round One of registration next week.  For those who have already declared their majors/minors, they will be advised and registered for classes within the major/minor department between March 17 – 28.   Each department governs advising and assignment of registration priorities and most registration procedures during Major/Minor Registration.

The Registrar has a comprehensive web site about registration procedures.  A couple of key points not to miss:  your student needs to make sure to clear any holds on his/her account prior to registration.  He should check his account daily until registration and make sure there are no holds.  Since registration takes place after normal business hours (at the urging of Student Government some years ago), administrative offices are closed – and thus if a student discovers a hold on his registration for an unpaid parking ticket or fee, he will be locked out of registration until the next morning when the office opens and he can pay it.

Second, there is a Google Mail Chat option for students who run across registration issues midstream.  Directions on how to use that are also on the Registrar’s registration web site.  As with so many things in life, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so please urge your students to review the registration web site well in advance.

Changing topics, I also came across the Volunteer Service Corps application for service trips next winter.  If your student is interested in service in Vietnam or India, please urge your student to complete this form: Service Trip Application.Winter.2014.  Applications are due April 7 at 5 pm.

wake will studentI saw this flyer today for the student kickoff of the Wake Will campaign.  Entitled “An Afternoon of Friends, Food, & Philanthropy,” this will take place on March 27th from 11am-2pm on the Mag Quad (aka Manchester Quad).  Free food is always a draw for students.  I hope yours stop by!

It’s raining this morning but no snow so far, and it doesn’t look like we’ll be cold enough for it.  For all our Deac families who are bracing for yet another winter storm, I am wishing you lots of sunshine and warm weather as soon as possible.



There was some pretty big news on campus yesterday.  Our head basketball coach, Jeff Bzdelik, resigned following what some would call a difficult and sometimes contentious tenure on campus.  There is an article on about his resignation.

Here is a quote from Coach Bzdelik from that article:  ”‘During my year-end review with Ron, we discussed the overall status of the program which I believe is very positive,’ said Bzdelik. ‘The right players are in place who have the values that are important at Wake Forest. At the end of the discussion, I told Ron that I am resigning because there needs to be a positive environment for the players to realize their potential. I appreciate the opportunity that we have had at Wake Forest. I look forward to the future success of this program.’”

Following the press conference to announce his resignation, there was an interesting – and to me, disappointing – turn of events.  Hearing of his resignation, some folks rolled the Quad.  You might have seen it on the Quad Cam; there is still some toilet paper hanging in the wind this morning.  I was not there to witness it, and I have no idea whether it was students or local fans or alumni who led the charge.  But I am sorry that it happened.

Whether or not a person was Team Bzdelik or Team Time for a Change, I question whether rolling the Quad was the right thing to do.  We are a community, and while we may not always agree with each other, we ought to strive to treat each other with respect, kindness, and dignity.  I have to ask myself whether rolling the Quad satisfied any of those three ideals for our community.

I can certainly understand the Deacon faithful wanting to bring home a lot of wins, conference championships, and more.  We are an ardent fanbase and we bleed black and gold.  When we have long bad streaks, it hurts.  But to rejoice, and so publicly, in someone else’s resignation, are we acting in a classy manner, or are we showing a side of ourselves that isn’t living up to our values?

I am not an athletic director and I am glad I don’t have to choose coaches.  But I can say I have met Coach Bzdelik before.  He came to speak to a small group of alumni fans early in his tenure.  He was honest, direct, forthcoming, and spent more time with our group than I ever expected of a Division I coach.  My husband and son have gone to the WF Hoops Academy during Father’s Day weekend.  They enjoyed their time with him.  This is a man who I believe genuinely cared for Wake Forest and his players.  He is also a Wake Forest parent.

My Facebook and Twitter lastnight were full of people on both sides of the argument “to roll or not to roll?”  I saw remarks from athletes and parents of athletes, alumni, and even coverage from the Old Gold and Black.  Strong feelings emerged.

Is this the best Wake Forest we can be?

Is this the face we want to show to the world?

The controversy of rolling the Quad is something I hope that people on campus and beyond will discuss.

The Lost Art of Reflection

Do you ever marvel at the busyness of your students?  I absolutely do.  They seem to me to be in near constant motion and with jam packed agendas, and rarely alone, rather always in groups.  This feels like a sizeable deviation from my Gen X slacker compatriots.  My cohort seemed to be much more inclined to spend time on our own, thinking and reflecting (often about ourselves, granted!)

What worries me a bit is that as our students are zinging and pinging from one thing to the next, are they really sitting down and thinking through their activities? their likes and dislikes? what is working well (or not) in their lives?   When you are living in a campus community and constantly surrounded by friends, it is easy to get swept along in their activities and their plans – it’s easy to join in.  But is it always what is most satisfying?  Most true to one’s inner self?

Our students are here for four short years, and I hope they are wonderful.  But I hope that they spend some time reflecting on what really matters to them, because all too soon they will leave here for the Rest of Their Lives, and their lives will be filled with choices and decisions that they can’t bounce off everpresent roommates and best friends.

I would contend that until a person really knows themselves very well, it will be hard to make satisfying choices going forward.  Those choices could be jobs or partners or hobbies, or even just how to spend a Saturday night.  But in the end we all must be true to ourselves, and now is the time to begin figuring those matters out.  And reflection is the key.

I often encourage students to use a T-Chart, a simple and yet profoundly useful tool for reflection.

The T-Chart:

Draw a “T” on a blank sheet of paper.

At the top of the T, put the word “Likes” on one side, and the word “Dislikes” on the other.

As you go through the upcoming [weeks, semester, etc.], note things that you do or that you encounter that fall into each category. These may be classes that you are taking, work experiences, extracurricular activities, and so on.

Jot down a few thoughts about why you either “Like” or “Dislike” each item.

Then, in a few months, share the T-Chart in a discussion with your mentoring partner, or with a parent, family member, friend, or adult “fan.”

Talk about:

  • What specifically do you like and dislike about each of these items?
  • Looking at your list of likes, what do you like the most, and why?
  • What do you think you likes have in common with each other? And your dislikes?

The semester is almost over, and soon your students might be home for the summer (partial or full, depending on their plans).  Could you engage them in a conversation about reflection? About their likes and dislikes? Really listening fully and appreciating what they tell you (even if their likes and dislikes, major choice, etc. are far different than yours, or what you might have hoped?)  This could be a powerful conversation to have.