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Preview of TEDxWakeForestU

You may have heard from your students that there was some excitement lastnight: a car driven by a student and a campus shuttle bus collided. No one reported injuries. Story is online here.

Today’s Daily Deac was guest authored by Julia Gaburo (’16).  Julia is one of the organizers of the TEDxWakeForestU event on February 20th.  Please urge your Deacs to register to attend – and you too if you will be in town!

— by Betsy Chapman


How can we secure our future? What does security mean to our world? How do the ever-changing form and meaning of security impact the way we live our lives? The curious minds at Wake Forest are at it again: our student-run TEDx team is gearing up for the fifth annual TEDxWakeForestU event. A conference that will answer important questions such as those above. Eight impressive speakers will deliver 18-minute TEDx talks on February 20th from 12:00-4:00 in Wait Chapel on the topic of security, in the broadest sense of the word.

This year’s theme, Haven: Fearlessness Reimagined, captures speakers’ unique perspectives on what it means to find security and solace in each of their diverse fields of expertise. Security is a word that carries a heavy connotation in this day in age, but at its most basic, security means knowing what the future holds and creating an environment we can count on. Our very existence depends on assuring ourselves a brighter and unrestricted future in each of security’s different realms.

Tickets for TEDxWakeForestU 2016 are available now. General public tickets are $15 and Wake Forest University students, faculty and staff may attend at no charge, but must register online. If your schedule allows, we invite you to register and attend as well!

The TEDx program allows individuals to organize community events which advance TED’s mission of providing the public with “ideas worth spreading”—powerful conversations that spark lively debate and help produce innovative solutions to some of life’s most begging questions. TEDxWakeForestU is an independently organized event licensed by TED, and will be held from 12-4pm in Wait Chapel is open to the public.

This year’s speakers promise to deliver thought-provoking presentations from a diverse set of perspectives. See a brief list below and full biographies on the official conference website

We look forward to seeing you (if you are able) and your students in Wait Chapel on February 20th for what promises to be a truly impactful day.  

Speaker List 

  • Katrena Perou— Chief Program Officer at Urban Arts Partnership, an arts education program for underprivileged public school students
  • Mark Hurd (P’18)— CEO of Oracle Corporation
  • Bradley Myles— Executive Director and CEO of Polaris Project, the global leader in anti-human trafficking nonprofit work
  • Errin Fulp— WFU computer science professor conducting research on biologically-inspired network security solutions
  • Igancio Packer— Security General of the Terres des Hommes International Federation, a network of 10 organizations working to secure rights of child refugees
  • Carl Krebs— Architect-in-charge of the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in New York City
  • Maureen Berner— UNC Chapel Hill professor of public administration and government who researches food insecurity and food deserts and provides advisory services to state and local governments
  • Nicole Hockley–Founder and Managing director of the Sandy Hook Promise, a nonprofit working to end gun-related deaths and violence following the tragic Sandy Hook shootings of 2012
by Julia Gaburo (’16)

Several Brief Updates

It’s a busy week in my office so today’s Daily Deac is just a few quick hits.

aWake All Night is coming up this Saturday night/Sunday morning: “aWake All Night: aWaketh Thee Knight will take students back to Medieval Times. There will be food, games, prizes, joustsing, and much rejoicing. Not to mention ye olde golden brick hunt. If you’re interested in an evening that is sure to be filled with ample amounts of jest, mount your steeds and gallop over to Benson from 9pm Saturday February 6th to 1 am Sunday February 7th!” Kudos to Student Union for putting events like these on for our Deacs to enjoy.

ARAMARK has put out its February Dining Update: February 16 Dining Update.  There is a Superbowl Party and a Valentines lunch that may be of interest.

There is a panel discussion entitled Truth, Lies, and Politics: Ideology, Rationality, and Choice in an Election Year, that will be held February 16th in Wait Chapel. Your Deacs can chew on big questions like “What obligation do we have, as citizens in a democracy, to be informed about issues of public importance, such as the human impact on climate, or the causes of economic inequality?”, “Is the media a positive or negative factor in our democracy today?”, or “What is the relationship between ideology and belief?”

Student Health Service put information on its website about the Zika Virus.  This is probably highly unlikely to impact your students, but wanted to put it out there just the same.

Finally, if you didn’t know that Wake had an unusual connection to the Super Bowl – through shampoo and conditioner, of all things! – check this out.

— by Betsy Chapman

Opportunities Abound

Today’s Daily Deac is about opportunities.  And they are plentiful.  I am on a Volunteer Service Corps listserv, and they have a number of ways your Deacs can get involved with organizations and do some good locally and globally.  Note that some of the links may be local to WFU’s system, but you can share with your Deacs as you see fit.

“There are so many great opportunities for you to get involved this spring semester.

First off, there are still spots for the WAB (Wake Alternative [Spring] Break) trips

Next to find out more about teach for English Opens Doors, click here:

If you want to help out at the Science Olympiad, here is the link:

To apply as a leader for Pro Humanitate day, click this link:

And lastly, to apply for the Manna Project International, click here:

This is a chance for you to get connected with organizations and community partners that need YOUR help.”

I also got notice of a blood drive being sponsored on campus in honor of a young alumna, Erin Levitas, who recently passed away from cancer:

“Blood Drive on Feb. 4th in Benson 401 in honor of Wake alumni Erin Levitas who recently passed away.  Despite this tragedy, Erin’s goal of collecting blood donations to restock the blood supply can continue.  In her loving memory, we ask that all who can come to donate blood.   

To schedule an appointment, please visit: and key sponsor code “WFU” and follow the simple steps.

Where: Benson Center–room 401

When: Thursday, Feb. 4th

When: 12:305pm


Finally, two program opportunities – the first is from the Office of Wellbeing:

“In collobaration with various offices and student groups, the Office of Wellbeing would like to present the Week of Sleep, a series of daily workshops February 8-12th at 4pm in Benson to raise awareness of the importance of sleep related to our physical and emotional wellbeing! Faculty, staff, and students who come get a free sleep gear prize (while supplies last). We encourage you to pass this along to your various listserves, social media platforms, offices (via email and printing out the flyer from this email) and take part in the Sleepin’ Deacon Challenge that follows the Week of Sleep! Please see visit our webpage for more information to sign up for the Sleep Challenge!

Do you consider sleep an important part of your life at Wake Forest? Do you believe you get enough sleep? Would you like to learn more about the benefits of sleep?

Come out for a week of workshops and jump into our 2-week sleep challenge! To learn more about the Week of Sleep and on how to sign up for the Sleep Challenge visit:

And the second is from the Office of Multicultural Affairs:

“Join the Office of Multicultural Affairs on February 11th, 2016 for our Journeys to Success Speaker Series: Featuring Terrence J.

Terrence J is a charismatic television and film actor, philanthropist, and author, who consistently proves himself to be a jack-of-all trades. The three time Emmy nominee and North Carolina A&T graduate was co-anchor of the international news program E! News and hosted BET’s 106 & Park for seven years, the longest running music countdown in history. He’s also Ambassador and Spokesperson for several philanthropic campaigns and is currently starring and producing the film, THE PERFECT MATCH, opposite of Paula Patton.
Cosponsored  by Student Activities Fee Fund, Diversity and Collaboration Fund, Department of Communication,  Department of Theatre and Dance, and  the Black Student Alliance.

The event is Free!!!

Location: Kulynych Auditorium, Byrum Welcome Center

Date/Time: February 11, 2016 from 6:30 pm-7:45 pm

Doors will open at 5:30pm w/WFU ID and 6:00pm for General Public.”

Get involved in some meaningful way, Deacs!

UPDATE 1:20 pm.  The fall Family Weekend Date has been announced.  Family Weekend will be held Friday, October 7th through Sunday, October 9th.  Student Union, who plans all Family Weekend activities, will have details for you closer to the summer.  If you wish to look into hotel reservations, you can check out the hotels page.  Note that The Cardinal, a new Kimpton hotel, is opening this May for those who wish to check it out.

— by Betsy Chapman

Misc Monday

What a glorious, glorious weekend we just had.  Yesterday was about 60-65 degrees and sunny – so wonderful after the snow.  There is still some snow lingering, by the way, mostly on the side of the roads where it had been piled up by snow plows and now has all manner of exhaust from cars graying it.  But with this warmth, we will no doubt fool some of the daffodils and other flowers into trying to burst into life early.

Couple of great news items to tell you about from late last week.  Wake Forest was awarded a $650,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for the ‘engaged humanities’:

“Funding will support a range of humanities-inflected programming, including, in response to high faculty demand, more opportunity for cross-disciplinary faculty to teach together and offer students the benefit of intentional cross-disciplinary learning, particularly in the context of publically engaged courses, for which faculty have increasingly been seeking support.”

We have a fantastic program of experiential learning taking place right now with the Iowa Caucuses.  Wake the Vote has taken 22 students to Iowa to work on a presidential campaign:

“When 22 Wake Forest University students travel to the Iowa caucuses to work with presidential campaigns, they will embark upon a yearlong journey that combines classroom and real-world political experience through a program called Wake the Vote….From volunteering on the campaigns of presidential candidates to attending classes to planning community forums to organizing non-partisan voter registration efforts, the group will spend 2016 examining issues central to the presidential election.”

The students are randomly assigned to a candidate at each major campaign destination to which they will travel, giving them broad exposure to different candidates and campaigns.  (And just a plug here: if your student has not registered to vote, please encourage him/her to do so.  Look into absentee ballots in your state.)

Also, for first-year students contemplating applying to the School of Business, February is full of activities just for first-years.  There will be information sessions, discussions of how to study abroad as a business major, drop-in times for Q&A and more. A word of advice too: please tell your first-year students to heed the recommendations of the advisers in the business program about the timing of their study-abroad experience.  This might mean going abroad spring of sophomore year instead of fall of junior year – but there are good reasons for that.

A past event to mention – we have a video about the making of the Sutton Center (gym addition).  If you want a look at this project from the beginning to end, this covers it all.

Finally, a few upcoming events to mention:

STEM Slam is this Wednesday evening

There is an Art Career Panel on Thursday evening

aWAKE All Night will start this Saturday

Those are but three things in a very full week.  See for yourself at the Events Calendar.

Make it a great week, Deac families!  And if you haven’t sent your student a Deacon Greeting lately, keep this on your radar screen for Valentine’s Day (or just to say “I love you” – that never gets old!)

— by Betsy Chapman

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

President’s Ball Pic of the Day

For those who are celebrating today, Merry Christmas!  I thought today’s pic should be of the President’s Ball – a special occasion happening once every two years.  Dancing and music and togetherness.  Everyone wins.

— by Betsy Chapman
Wake Forest University hosts the President's Ball for students, faculty, staff, and alumni in the Joel Coliseum on Friday, September 25, 2015.

Wake Forest University hosts the President’s Ball for students, faculty, staff, and alumni in the Joel Coliseum on Friday, September 25, 2015.

Late Night Breakfast

Was lastnight. What a blast!  Tons of students, all of whom had hearty appetites for eating breakfast at 1o or 11 pm :)

Got to see lots of Chem students, Econ students, Philosophy students, some student-athletes, and a fantastic group who did the Electric Slide.

Hats off to Campus Life for making it happen!

— Betsy Chapman


Last Day of Classes.  Hard to believe this semester is almost at end.  Exams will begin on the 7th – you can see the exam schedule online to see the range of times exams are offered.

As your students prepare for Winter Break, there are important Residence Life and Housing closing procedures they will need to follow.  Please stress to your Deac that he/she needs to read those procedures and follow the checklist to make sure they are adhering to all the appropriate rules.

Big weekend for soccer.  Our men’s team is in the Elite 8 against Stanford Saturday night at 7 pm.  Dress warm and bring your blankets, Deac fans, it is going to be a cold one.  The team warmed some hearts (and stomachs) last night by passing out treats at the ZSR Libary, as seen via the ZSR Facebook page.  Reason number eleventybillion to love this team.

Just a reminder to you that if you want to take part (virtually) in the Lovefeast this Sunday evening at 8 pm, you can do so with the livestream link.  And to all our families of the Jewish faith who will begin the observance of Hanukkah this Sunday evening, Hanukkah Sameach.

— by Betsy Chapman


Last Week of Classes

And the grey, drizzle has not really let up.  We need some relief and some sunshine to brighten up what is already a stressful week (last week of classes).

Hopefully all our parents and families remembered that tuition was due yesterday, December 1st.  If not, here’s information you need to take care of that.

In addition to the long list of events posted in yesterday’s blog, we’ve got two other potentially cheerful and fun activities to mention.  Many thanks to an intrepid Daily Deac family for passing this on: the University Concert Choir will be performing in the Holiday Choral Concert on Thursday, December 3rd at 7:30 pm in Brendle Recital Hall.

I also got an email today about something the Traditions Council will be hosting this Friday:

“Chris P. Day” is a celebration of Wake Forest Traditions, both old and new. Like Arnold Palmer Day, held in the spring around the time of the Masters Tournament, Chris P. Day celebrates an athlete and a “treat” dear to us all in Winston-Salem. Rather than the famous “Arnold Palmer” drink that we share with hundreds of Wake Forest students on Arnold Palmer day, we will give out Krispy Kreme donuts, which originated in Winston-Salem in 1937, on Chris P. Day – playing off the phonetics of “Chris P.” and “Krispy.”

The Traditions Council hopes to spread enthusiasm about athletics around campus as intensely and as often as possible. We know the addition of “Chris P. Day” will raise awareness and appreciation for Wake Forest Basketball and all of our athletic teams, while simultaneously enjoying a Deacon-favorite dessert. This year, Chris P. Day will be on Friday, December 4th, the day Wake Forest plays Arkansas. This is the last day of class for students, and the last game before students leave for Christmas Break.

We will be pairing up with Sports Marketing to have fun activities for passersby to participate in, Wake Forest gear to pass out, and will also be offering special “Chris P. Day” T-Shirts for sale. Chris P. Day will be a spectacular addition to Wake Forest Traditions; our hope is that this will be an annual event to celebrate Wake Forest’s amazing athletics. 

Please stop by and grab a Krispy Kreme donut, and feel free to order an awesome t-shirt via this link. We hope to see you all this Friday. Go Deacs!

Corey Washburn (’16), Ben Roberts (’16) and Elizabeth King (’17)
Traditions Council Co-Chairs

If a Krispy Kreme can’t help you feel better as you head into finals, nothing can :)

There’s also Wake the Library to look forward to.

Tell your Deacs to hang in there.  We’ll see sun again, and they’ll get through all their projects, papers, and finals.  Then back home to you for a long break!

— by Betsy Chapman