Still Riding the High

There are probably a good many members of our campus community who are waking up with tired legs or sore muscles after Hit the Bricks yesterday.  It’s a good tired.  Hopefully they are still riding the high of a great event with an even greater outcome: $30,000 raised for cancer research.  The WF News Service has a story on the day, and on it you can see the Top 5 winners in each of the categories.  There is also a Flickr web site where you can see photos of the event throughout the day.

I am especially proud to report that a team from my divison of WFU, University Advancement, won the Faculty/Staff category at 533 laps.  Our team, Chip On Our Shoulders!, came in third overall among all teams; Too XC For My Shirt (I assume a Cross Country team) had 599 laps, and Lambda Chi Fraternity had 552 laps.  This one was very personal for University Advancement, as a colleague was recently diagnosed with cancer and so the department rallied its best runners in his honor.  No matter how many laps your team ran or whether you were slow, fast, or last, there are no losers at Hit the Bricks.  This is a win for everyone.

Looking ahead to next week, there are some good things on the horizon.

The first is a health-related note.  We will be offering flu vaccines in study room 225 in the ZSR Library every Tuesday and Wednesday through the month of October beginning Oct. 7.  The times are 5:00-7:00pm.  The cost is $27.00 which will be applied to the student’s account unless the student has Student Blue in which case it will not cost them anything more.   They are also giving flu shots in the Student Health Service Monday through Friday from 9:00-3:30 on a walk-in basis.  No appointment needed!  Again the cost is $27.00 which will be applied to the student’s account, unless the student has Student Blue.

Challenges and Realities of Feeding the World: GMO OMG will be on Tuesday, October 7th at 7 pm in Brendle Recital Hall.  “GMO OMG director and concerned father Jeremy Seifert is in search of answers. How do GMOs affect our children, the health of our planet, and our freedom of choice?…We hope that the film and discussion with the filmmaker will stimulate lively discussion of important and contested food-related issues.”

The Major and Minor Fair is taking place on Wednesday, October 8th in Benson 401.  This will be a great opportunity for students who have not declared majors to talk to academic departments about their programs.

There are two interesting (and different) options for Thursday, October 9th.  There will be a Habitat for Humanity Shack-a-thon at 5 pm on Manchester Plaza (aka Mag Quad).  It is described as a “Competition to build the best cardboard shack! This year’s theme: world monuments. The event will happen Oct. 9th on Manchester Quad at 5pm. Teams require a minimum of 5 people, and $50 per team!”

And the Secrest Artists Series has Sweet Honey in the Rock coming on Thursday at 7:30 pm in Wait Chapel.  According to the Secrest web site: “Sweet Honey in the Rock is rooted in a deeply held commitment to create music out of the rich textures of African American legacy and traditions. This Grammy Award-nominated group possesses a stunning vocal prowess that captures the complex sounds of blues, spirituals, traditional gospel hymns, rap, reggae, African chants, hip hop, ancient lullabies, and jazz improvisation.”  They are celebrating their 40th anniversary.  Tickets are free for your students – there is no reason not to go.

These are just a very few of the events taking place next week.  You can see many more offerings on the Events calendar.

Give your students a call today and have a good chat.  It’s Friday.

Have a great weekend, Deac families.


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