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Happy Family Weekend!

fam weekend group shot 2 20091030family9670 20091030family5049Welcome to campus, Deac families!  We are delighted to have you here this weekend and hope you have a wonderful time with your students.

Student Union has put a lot of time and effort into planning fun events for you to enjoy, so if you see any of their staff or their student volunteers, give them a big ‘thank you’ for all their hard work!

Bring out your best black and gold clothes for the weekend and cheer hard at the football game.

GO DEACS!

 

 

 

- by Betsy Chapman

Top 10 Things to Do While Your Deac is Sleeping In on Family Weekend

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.

perioidc table spirit walk9. Speaking of Salem, visit the periodic table bench that was a student art project.  It’s a picnic table with ceramic tiles in the shape of the periodic table.  And a nice place to sit outside.

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

 

Pumpkin Painting Contest

It’s going to be a bit of a light week at the Daily Deac because everyone is in mad rush prep for all the events associated with Family Weekend.

Here’s something your students might want to do – and it’s a quick turnaround, deadline tomorrow!  Sent to us by our friends at the Volunteer Service Corps.

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wfu-pumpkinPUMPKIN PAINTING CONTEST

DATE: Tuesday, October 21st

TIME: 5-7 PM

LOCATION: Manchester Plaza aka Mag Quad/Lower Quad

COST: $10 per team (ie: $2 per person for a 5-person team!)

*Cash can be brought to the event*

Here is the link to sign up: http://ow.ly/Ctl5R.  Please get a group of friends together to benefit a wonderful cause!  Details about what will happen to the decorated pumpkins, as well as information about a prize for the winners, can be found by following that link.  If you have any questions, please email Victoria Lawton directly at lawtvj11@wfu.edu.

 

- by Betsy Chapman

Fall Break Friday

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.

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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! 

Respectfully, 

The 2015 WFU/WSSU MLK Jr. Planning Committee

 

- by Betsy Chapman

National Day on Writing

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.

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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).

Day on Writing October 20th

Various and Sundry Wednesday

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.

Together Tuesdays 1  Week one

 

 

 

 

 

together tuesdays 2  Week two

 

 

 

 

together tuesdays 3

Week three

 

 

 

 

unity and respect 4  Week four

 

 

 

- by Betsy Chapman

Hit. The. Bricks.

Today is the big day.  Hit the Bricks is here and it is awesome!  If you check out the Quad Cam, the best place you can see students running is as they cross the front of Wait Chapel.  You can catch a glimpse on the far left near the arch.

There is also a ton of activity in the Quad grass.  There are tents set up, lawn chairs, sofas, banners.  Students throwing footballs to each other, or frisbees.  And along the sides of the walkway, student organizations have set up tables and stations, sometimes as the ‘trade off’ place for the key card that is being used this year to track laps.  Other times they are selling food.  Everywhere you look, there is something cool to see, or eat.

A nice thing is that there are a lot of positive vibes from the student tables as you walk or run by them.  Some one made a sign saying something like “GREAT JOB! KEEP GOING!” and it was a sight for sore eyes as I was struggling my way around.

Some of your kids, let me tell you, are remarkably fast.  Ridiculous even.  They are in the best shape of their lives, and it shows.  I had no idea when I was their age that I was in the best shape I might ever be in.  I hope your kids realize it!  To be able to run that many laps with a backpack full of sand and still look refreshed is a miracle.

All through the day, music is played on loudspeakers.  Upbeat, popular stuff.  Pharrell’s “Happy.”  They are playing some older stuff too – everything from Beyonce to the Beastie Boys to the Beatles.  “Baby you can drive my car…”  Some of the students on the sidelines are singing along to some of the songs, and for a while there was a girl dancing in a tutu on top of the wall mid-Quad.

Occasionally the music is interrupted when they make an announcement.  Certain points in the day you can get extra laps for doing something special: going a lap without your feet touching the ground (we saw scooters and bikes), and there was a wacky costume lap too. Supposedly at 4 there will be a Danny Manning lap (not sure what will happen there).  I happened to witness four ROTC cadets run a lap while carrying a fifth cadet on a stretcher.  That was Impressive.

It is super fun to see what all the students are doing, as well as the staff and faculty teams.  Some groups are wearing matching shirts, or have some identifying logo or color.  The truly competitive teams have a lot of strategies they use to win.  The one that looks to be the most effective is to have each team member sprint a lap, then pass the key card to the next guy or girl, and then you recover until the other nine team members have run and it’s your turn again.  Some of the more recreational teams divide it up in time slots.  I ran some (but mostly walked) for my adopted department of the Z Smith Reynolds Library in a 50 minute shift.  Every team’s gathering point has a person or two there to cheer you on as you go by – clapping, yelling encouragement, etc.

It is a day of terrific camaraderie and no small amount of sweat.  But it is one of those events where you know you are contributing to the Greater Good, and it is a gorgeous sunny day and it makes you feel glad to be alive.

htb 2014 2htb 2014 2I’d be lying if I told you I wasn’t tired.  I am exhausted.  My shift was in the midday heat and it took a lot out of my Class of 1992 body.  So I am recovering at the tables outside of Subway, drinking some Gatorade at a shady table.  Here’s a couple of pics from my vantage point.

Great job to all our organizers, all the students, faculty, and staff who ran/walked.  And here’s to all the people we know and love who are fighting cancer.  May we find a cure and heal you all.

Hit the Bricks Is Tomorrow!

20111006bricks3846Tomorrow is one of my very, very favorite days on campus: Hit the Bricks.  The Events Calendar describes Hit the Bricks as follows:

“Hit the Bricks is a Brian Piccolo Cancer Fund philanthropy now in its 12th year. Relay teams of students, faculty and staff will walk and/or run on the brick pavers around Hearn Plaza to help raise awareness and funds to find a cure for cancer.

Engraved Bricks are awarded to the winning teams for 5 separate divisions. Food, music and games are presented throughout the 8 hours of the event.

20100930bricks3115All participants who are present at 7 pm will walk a final remembrance lap to honor those family and friends who have fought the good fight against cancer.”

There is a Hit the Bricks website where you can read more about the history of the event, rules and FAQ, etc.  But I will give you the scoop here as well.

There are teams of 10 runners, and the goal is to run (or walk) a lap around the Quad.  Each runner has a baton that gets scanned at a station once a lap, so there is an autotally of your team’s performance.  If you are a hardcore person with a strong back, you can run with a backpack that has (I believe) 15 lbs of sand in it, and you get two scans per lap.  (Many of our students have those strong young backs and can run with backpacks.  I myself cannot.)

20100930bricks7117The event starts at 11 am, and throughout the day there are speakers, music, breaks to award prizes, and a big leaderboard that gets updated regularly.  There is a lot of genteel competition between the teams.  Some are quite competitive – both student teams and faculty/staff teams – and there are some more recreational teams.

20091001bricks3916One of the great parts is that students come out all day and watch, even if they are not running.  Student organizations bring lawn chairs or even sofas out onto the Quad to cheer on their teams.  It is an amazing display of school spirit and unity in the fight against cancer.

I can’t think of anyone who has not had a friend, family member, or loved one affected by cancer.  This event helps honor those who have the disease, and the money raised goes to cancer research.  It’s a win for everyone.

20100930bricks2606I’d urge you tomorrow to keep the Quad Cam up in a browser window.  You won’t be able to see all of the action, but you can get a sense of what it is like.  There will be a walking lane and a running lane on the Quad, and at 7 pm there will be a final, silent lap to honor those we have lost to cancer (or who are dealing with the disease right now).  Normally after the last lap there are luminaries and a speech on the steps near Wait Chapel.  You won’t be able to hear it but you’ll be able to see it.

If your Deacs are running Hit the Bricks, kudos!  And if yours are not, urge them to go to the Quad sometime between 11 am-7 pm to soak in part of the camaraderie of the day.

PS – The Daily Deac will be part of the ZSR Library team.  I am not a good runner.  My mantra is “not fast, but not last.”  I’ll never be able to hang with these 18-22 year olds who are in the best shape of their life (or some of our competitive staff/faculty teams of real runners), but I’ll represent just the same.   My hope is to be able to do some updates from the Quad when I am not running.  If not, a recap the next day.

Go Deacs!

Tuesday Thoughts

This past weekend was Homecoming – and from all the accounts I heard, it was a beautiful and fun weekend, capped off by a win over Army.  This was the first Homecoming I had missed in ages, but I was still with a lot of Wake Foresters, as my niece (’05) was getting married and was surrounded by her WFU friends.  You can catch up on some of the action via Tagboard, which compiles some of the best of Homecoming as seen via social media.

There are a couple of events that students may want to take note of and attend.  These are activities that might expand your students’ minds and perspectives, or help them exercise Pro Humanitate.  Feel free to share these and discuss with your Deacs:

- The World Cultural Festival is this Friday, September 26th.  ”The sound of West African drums and laughter will fill the airwaves and the scent of food from around the world will tantalize your taste buds as you anticipate the first bite at the Office of Multicultural Affairs’ 6th Annual World Cultural Festival.  The much anticipated event will take place on Friday, September 26, 2014 at 5:30 pm-8:00 pm on Manchester Plaza (rain location: Benson 401). World Cultural Festival is free and open to the entire campus community.”

israeli palestinian conflict- Israeli/Palestinian Conflict: A Forum for Understanding will be held Thursday, October 2 7:30-9:30 pm in Wait Chapel.  There will be a panel discussion of expert WFU faculty, faculty emeriti, and chaplains.  This sounds like it will be a very strong program, and might help your students understand some of the complex issues at the intersection of politics, religion, and geography.

- Project Pumpkin will be held October 29th, 2014 from 3-6 pm on the Quad and in Wait Chapel.  This is an amazing community day where our students come together to create a carnival atmosphere for local students to have a safe place to trick-or-treat.  Students can volunteer as an escort to take children around campus to trick-or-treat in the dorms, carnivals, and haunted houses.  They just sign up, come to a training meeting, and then show up on the day of Project Pumpkin!  Students must attend one training meeting in Wait Chapel:  October 22, either 7-8 pm or 8-9 pm, or October 23, 6-7 pm or 7-8 pm.

- Every Tuesday at 11:50 am, there is a ”Together Tuesdays” photo on the steps of Wait Chapel. “We stand for Unity & Respect,” they say on the Z Smith Reynolds Library Facebook page.  This was started – I think – as a collaboration between Faculty Fellows and the ZSR Library.  Last week there were only about 10-15 people in the photo.  When I went up there today, there were tons more folks.  This is available to all on campus, so we welcome students interested in unity and respect to join us.  You can compare and contrast the first two pictures at the end.

Finally, this one is more about you, parents and families.  Midterms and access to grades: there is a new system in place for parents to have access to their students’ grades.  The old paper forms that were on file in the Registrar’s office no longer exist.  Instead, there is an online Proxy Access process where students can choose to share grade and other information with their parents or other designees.  The student is the one who has to grant access – so if it is important to you to be able to see midterm grades etc., you need to talk to your student about granting you proxy access.

Together Tuesdays 1 together tuesdays 2

 

Support the Arts at WFU – These Shining Lives

Here’s another programming note for your students.  We have an incredibly talented University Theatre, and the Daily Deac is a huge fan.  We have a production opening this week and running through the end of September, and we want to encourage your students to go and show their support for the actors, directors, scene painters, costumers, and every one in the WFU Theatre family who make magic happen on stage.

Details below.  There is also a beautiful brochure about the 2014-15 season.

THESE SHINING LIVES20140909theatre0634 by Melanie Marnich

Directed by Cindy Gendrich

7:30 pm September 19-20 & 25-27, 2014

2:00 pm September 21 & 28, 2014

In the 1920s and 30s, “girls who wanted to work” could get good-paying jobs painting the radium dials on watch- and clock-faces. Part fairy-tale, part tragedy, These Shining Lives chronicles the stories of these “radium girls,” and their life-changing friendships. A luminous play about curiosity, greed, heroism, health, time, money, and hope.

The picture at right shows (from left), Wake Forest students Alyssa Gera, Johanna Beach, Natalie Brashear, and Hayley Greenstreet.