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Traditions, School History, and School Spirit

20041028S_pumpkin5537Wake Forest just had one of its great traditions right before Family Weekend, Hit the Bricks.

Another campus event that has become a beloved tradition is coming up in a couple more weeks, Project Pumpkin.

There are some other events that come toward the end of the semester: the Lighting of the Quad and the Moravian Lovefeast.   Those are some of our big 20121204loq2943campuslovefeast traditions that happen in the fall.

We hope your students will feel pride in Wake Forest and will show their school spirit.  School spirit is one of the ties that bind students during the college years.

School spirit can be manifested in many ways.  It could be rolling the Quad after a big win, because it excites and unites us as a campus.  For some it could be the southern tradition of dressing up for football games – khakis and bow ties, sundresses, etc.  For other students, football attire is Screamin Demons tshirts or WFU apparel.  There isn’t a right or a wrong – in either case, students are showing their school spirit and taking part in a tradition.

How can you best understand some of the history and traditions of Wake Forest, and know some of the lingo of your new Deac?  Here are a few reference points.

– The Traditions Council, a group of students committed to preserving the history and traditions of Wake Forest, came up with this Little Black Book a few years ago to help teach our new students the ropes.

– The History Department has compiled some facts and documents pertaining to our past

– Wake Forest was originally founded in the town of Wake Forest, NC.  The Wake Forest Birthplace is a museum that preserves the history of the original College

How can you help foster school spirit in your student?

halloween concertEncourage your Deac to wear Wake Forest clothing – and not other schools’ clothes!!!  A great way to show pride in your alma mater is to wear its logo and not someone else’s.  And the Parent Programs office encourages ALL of you to support Black and Gold Fridays by wearing our school colors every Friday.

20101009homecoming5674Encourage your Deac to attend sporting events, artistic performances, lectures, etc.  The midnight Halloween Concert is coming up at the end of the month – and it is a fun and festive event.  The more involved your student is in campus activities and offerings, the broader a range of people your Deac will meet and the richer their WFU experience will be.

Old Campus alumni (i.e. from when the college was in Wake Forest, NC) tell us they used to be issued pins as freshmen that said “Friendliness and honor.”  Your students can keep that original WFU spirit alive by always being friendly and honorable to all.

20080728students6088Remember – don’t step on the Wake Forest seal.  Not on the Quad, not in the Library, not in front of Alumni Hall.  Never.  Don’t do what these folks are doing.

Always support our athletic teams – players, coaches, etc.  Be proud to be a Deac, win or lose.