Asking for Your Help in Advance

Back in the office after a fantastic (if brief) trip to Boston for the first New Student Reception of the season. ¬†We had a wonderful group of ’19s and P’19s there and it was a terrific evening.

Many thanks to the current students in attendance, who helped provide some tips about how new students can get their best start at Wake Forest. Here’s a sampling of their advice:

Get involved in activities

Be open to trying new things

Time management is key

Use the daylight hours for working (freeing up the evening for social life); one suggested spend 1-2 hours every day in the library working

Use the library resources/schedule personal research sessions

Go to class ūüôā

Meet as many people as possible early in the fall

I am still working on collating some of the advice parents supplied to me via the survey a few Daily Deacs ago.  Hope to get to that soon.

Also during my trip, I saw two new announcements about senior administrators:  Suzanne Reynolds, a professor of law and interim dean of the law school, was officially named dean.  Tim Pyatt has been named dean of the ZSR Library.  I have heard dean-elect Reynolds speak before and she is a really compelling person (and very much beloved by law alumni).  Dean-elect Pyatt is new to me, but his work is known by some of my library friends and they seem really enthused about his appointment.  I look forward to getting to know them better.

So that’s the news of last week and we’re caught up to today. ¬†And now I¬†need to call on the Deac family to help us. ¬†The Parent Programs office (where yours truly¬†is housed) is also responsible for asking parents and families to ¬†support the Parents’ Campaign of the Wake Forest Fund. ¬† The Parents’ Campaign provides unrestricted annual support for students and faculty – helping us provide all the extras that make a Wake Forest education so special. ¬†Our fiscal year closes June 30th and we have not yet reached our goal of 2,850¬†parent/family donors. ¬†But we are getting really close.

Tomorrow we kick off 52 hours of giving Рa fun way to make a gift that has a special twist.  I got a preview message from one of my colleagues about it:

“Starting Tuesday June 9 at noon, the first 2,500 donors who make a gift of $52 or more to the fund that never sleeps will receive a custom designed deck of Wake Forest playing cards. And that’s not all. The Alumni Council has agreed to match the first $52 for up to 2,500 gifts, which means an extra $130,000 for the hardest working fund at¬†Wake¬†Forest.”

These playing cards are really cool. ¬†Check out some of the pictures below. ¬†If you make a gift of $52 and above to the Parents’ Campaign of the Wake Forest Fund tomorrow (and are among the first 2,500), you can give your Deac a set of WFU cards that are unlike any they have ever seen. ¬†I would LOVE to see our parent constituency coming out strong to get these cards! ¬†Look for information in your email tomorrow – or starting at noon tomorrow log on to and you ought to see plenty of info on the 52 Hours of Giving.

It goes without saying that if you can’t make a $52 gift, please consider a gift of any size! ¬†We are looking for total donors more than anything else and only need a couple hundred parents to make a gift to help us reach our goal!

Normally I don’t talk about money at the Daily Deac¬†but a couple of times a year it gets pretty critical to us. ¬†And let me say thank you in advance. ¬†Our Wake Forest parents are among the most generous in the nation – we were ranked #1 in giving per student this past year¬†in a¬†Voluntary Support for Education survey. ¬†That’s all because of you believing in what we do, and we are so grateful for all that you can help make possible for our students.

— by Betsy Chapman

52 hours cards

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