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Monday Morning News

Good Monday morning, Deac families!  Here’s a little bit of news from everywhere to help you start your week.

This weekend was perhaps the most beautiful one we have had all spring.  It was sunny all weekend, highs in the mid-70s, and all of the flowers and flowering trees seem to be exploding with blooms all at once.  It is hard to imagine a prettier time at Mother So Dear.

On Friday we had the first of two Campus Days for Accepted Students, with about 400 families (1,000 people total) attending.  These events are for students who have been admitted into the Class of 2018.  Some have already committed to WFU, others are kicking the tires between their final top choices.  It is a wonderful day for students and families to experience all Wake has to offer.  One new feature this year was a version of the Campus Involvement Fair at the end of the day, when student organizations manned tables around the Quad to feature the work of their organizations.  Many thanks to all the students who were there to greet the new families, and also to the Spirit of the Old Gold and Black and cheerleaders and dance team.  And of c0urse, our Demon Deacon!  I had also seen a great “Did You Know?” about some of Wake’s points of pride.  Did you know we did all this?  Did You Know

Friday we received an announcement that alumna Melissa Harris-Perry (’94) will return to campus as a chaired professor in the department of Politics and International Affairs.  This is a big get for Wake Forest.  Dr. Harris-Perry is an award-winning scholar and author who has taught at Tulane, University of Chicago, and Princeton. Her first book, “Barbershops, Bibles, and BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought,” won the 2005 W. E. B. Du Bois Book Award from the National Conference of Black Political Scientists and 2005 Best Book Award from the Race and Ethnic Politics Section of the American Political Science Association.  Her academic research is inspired by a desire to investigate the challenges facing contemporary black Americans and to better understand the multiple, creative ways that African Americans respond to these challenges.  She spoke on campus a couple of years ago and she is dynamic , interesting, and passionate.  She is going to be someone who engages students deeply in the classroom, and she will bring with her a wealth of knowledge and connections through her journalism career.

We also learned late last week of a $3 million gift from Blue Cross Blue Shield NC (BCBSNC) to support the University’s well-being initiative.  The $3 million gift from BCBSNC will help us create a campus community dedicated to well-being and support initiatives across eight dimensions: physical, emotional, spiritual, social, intellectual, financial, occupational, and environmental.  It will support the transformation of Reynolds Gym into a comprehensive center for well-being, fund a new director of well-being position, provide seed grants for faculty research on health and well-being, and support new well-being programs on campus.  This is big news too and very exciting.

Finally, residence hall selection has taken place.  As happens every year, there are some students who did not select a room (for a various of reasons).  If your student is in the Yet to Be Assigned group, here is some information about that process and how it plays out over the summer.

As always, big things are happening at Wake Forest.  And your students are the beneficiaries!



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!

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!

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.

Raleigh Reception for Parents

The Daily Deac continues its break this week.  If you are a parent in the Raleigh area and have a student in the School of Business, we hope you have already seen the invitation below.  If not, please go and enjoy a wonderful evening with other Wake Foresters!


Raleigh Reception

Wake Forest University School of Business
Board of Visitors members
Hope Holding Bryant, Dale Jenkins (BS ’78, P ’06, P ’13),
and Doyle Parrish (MBA ’81, P ’17)

Invite you and a guest to a

School of Business Reception 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

The First Citizens Center 
4300 Six Forks Rd.
Raleigh, NC 27609

Reconnect and re-engage with alumni and friends of the School as we continue to transform business education. 

Kindly RSVP by Tuesday, April 6, 2014

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.

Wake ‘N Shake – You Can Help, Deac Families

20120324dance7334Wake ‘N Shake 2014 is coming up this weekend.   Wake ‘N Shake is a 12-hour dance marathon which benefits the Brian Piccolo Cancer Research Fund.  Wake Forest students will stay on their feet for up to twelve hours to raise money and awareness for the fight against cancer. In 2013, 1300 students participated and over $147,000 was raised for cancer research. 

As in previous years, we want to encourage parents and families to get involved in the following ways:

  • Support a student participant by donating to him/her
  • Donate to the cause in general through the regular donation portal.  You can also text SHAKE to 20222 to donate $10 to the Brian Piccolo Cancer Research Fund. Organizers say “we began Mobile Giving last year as an easy way to donate towards the cause and are thrilled that it is an option again for the 2014 event.” 
  • Watch the Wake ‘N Shake event LIVE on March 22 from noon to midnight
  • Write a Note of Encouragement to a specific student participant, all of the student participants from a particular organization, or the entire student body.

This year, for the first time, Wake ‘N Shake’s organizers will be offering supporters the chance to leave a personalized message for a dancer or organization.  They will deliver these words of support to the recipients at the event, reminding these dancers why they have pledged to stay standing for up to 12 hours straight.  The organizers hope that these Notes of Encouragement will inspire the participants through the final hours of the dance marathon.   

For this new program to be successful, the Wake ‘N Shake organizers are hoping to reach out to as many families who know students participating in Wake ‘N Shake 2014 to write a Note of Encouragement to the dancers and organizations that they have a connection to.

So, Deac families, please show your support for Wake ‘N Shake.  This is a tremendous project for our students – doing good for others while having some good old fashioned fun.   

2014 Commencement and Baccalaureate Speakers Announced

Today Dr. Hatch sent the following email to Wake Forest seniors to announce the Commencement and Baccalaureate speakers (see bel0w).

Commencement is an incredibly exciting time at Wake Forest.  Other than Move-In Weekend, it is probably filled with the most joy.  If you will, Deac families, begin sending your prayers and positive thoughts out for a sunny and dry weekend.  There is no Quad like a Commencement Quad.

As we get closer to Commencement, the Daily Deac will give you some tips and perspective on the weekend.  For now, enjoy the announcement of the speakers.  Looks to me like these were good choices.


Dear Seniors:

As has become my practice, I am contacting you with advance word regarding our 2014 Commencement and Baccalaureate speakers. This information will be shared publicly shortly.

I am pleased to let you know that our 2014 Commencement speaker will be Jill Abramson, executive editor of The New York Times. Abramson serves in the highest-ranking position in The Times’s newsroom and oversees its news and content in all its various forms.

Prior to being named the newspaper’s first female executive editor, Abramson was managing editor from 2003 until 2011. During this time, she helped supervise the coverage of two wars, four national elections, and devastating events such as Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill. She was also deeply engaged in the newsroom’s effort to change its approach to the dissemination of news and to expand to new and varied digital and mobile platforms.

In an industry undergoing monumental change, Jill Abramson’s ability to manage and evolve one of the most widely read and respected news outlets demonstrates the need for creative and visionary leaders. Her significant achievements as a journalistic pioneer provide a stellar example for Wake Forest graduates as they prepare to embark on their own journeys.

Abramson joined The New York Times in 1997. She was named Washington bureau chief in December 2000 and served in that position until July 2003. Prior to joining The Times, she worked at The Wall Street Journal from 1988 to 1997. While there, she served as deputy Washington, D.C., bureau chief and as an investigative reporter, covering money and politics.

The co-author of “Strange Justice: The Selling of Clarence Thomas,” a non-fiction finalist for the National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award in 1994, and “Where They Are Now: The Story of the Women of Harvard Law 1974,” published in 1986, she is also the author of “The Puppy Diaries: Raising a Dog Named Scout,” published in 2011.

Abramson is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, The American Philosophical Society and has taught writing at Princeton and Yale Universities.

Also joining Wake Forest for the Commencement weekend will be Baccalaureate speaker Melissa Rogers, special assistant to the President and executive director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

Melissa Rogers is committed to exploring religion’s role in public life. In her work for the White House, she serves as a guide helping to navigate the sometimes difficult pathways where issues of church and state intersect. She is dedicated to helping identify common ground among people who are working together on the challenges facing our nation by promoting partnerships to help people in need.

Rogers formerly served as director of the Center for Religion and Public Affairs at Wake Forest University School of Divinity and as a nonresident senior fellow in the governance studies program of The Brookings Institution. Prior to her time with Wake Forest University and Brookings, Rogers was the executive director of the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life and general counsel of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty.

In 2008 Baylor University Press published a casebook co-authored by Rogers, “Religious Freedom and the Supreme Court.” In 2009 President Barack Obama appointed Rogers to serve as chair of his inaugural Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. In 2011 she was named to a subgroup of the State Department’s Religion and Foreign Policy Working Group.

I would like to thank the students, faculty members and administrators on our Commencement Speaker Advisory Committee who provided input and contributed to a more visible and transparent selection process. Their work has enriched our campus.

I wish you the best for your remaining weeks of the spring semester, and look forward to sharing with you and your families the excitement of Commencement weekend on May 18 and 19.


Nathan O. Hatch