Happy Homecoming

As I write this (midday), it is absolutely beautiful outisde (at least to me). It is gray and overcast, a little breezy, and the leaves are in their full glory. Was driving on Reynolda Road earlier today and it is spectacular. There are trees on each side of the road that overhang in the middle to make a canopy, and it is breathtakingly pretty. Your Deacs should take a stroll out to Reynolda Village to see it, or drive by if they have cars. So, so pretty.

Some campus health news for you. This morning an email went out to all students, faculty, and staff from Dr. Cecil Price, Director of the Student Health Service.

“Dear Wake Forest students, faculty and staff,

During the winter months, Student Health Service frequently sees patients concerned about common seasonal illnesses such as the flu, ‘stomach bugs’ and respiratory illnesses that might affect their ability to keep up with academic commitments and social activities. One of the challenges of being a student on a college campus is exposure to illnesses among friends, classmates and hallmates. Communal living environments – as well as busy, active lifestyles – contribute to college students’ risk of contracting common contagious illnesses.

Student Health Service encourages everyone on campus to follow these recommendations to prevent common respiratory and gastrointestinal illnesses from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).” Read the full message here.

The message has specific suggestions on how to prevent illness (hand washing/hand sanitizers, getting a flu shot) as well as info for if you are ill. It’s a very good message and I hope your Deacs take the time to read it. And if they have not had their flu shot and need one, they can get them at the Student Health Service during regular business hours Monday-Friday.

In other news, this weekend is Homecoming, and I had the pleasure of working with the Golden Deacs this morning (the Class of 1968, who graduated 50 years ago, as well as earlier classes). To my shock and delight, I met a gentleman from the Golden Deacs who reads the Daily Deac. As my P’92 would say, he gets a two-tiered halo.

The weather today is not necessarily cooperating for all that we had planned for Homecoming.

Because rain is in the forecast, there are some changes to tonight’s Homecoming events. See below.

“Due to the concerning weather forecast, there are a few changes to the Homecoming schedule. Please be advised:

Pointer Sisters concert has moved to Wait Chapel. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. The 50 minute concert will begin at 5:30 p.m.

Weather permitting, the gates to the Party So Dear venue on Manchester Plaza will open at 6:00 p.m. The music and the drinks will be flowing until 8:00 p.m.

Reunion parties will begin immediately following the conclusion of Party So Dear at 8:00 p.m. The Class of 2013 party will begin at 9:00 p.m.

Your safety is our top concern. Plans are subject to change. Please monitor the weather and social media for updates. Use your best judgement in making your plans for tonight. #wfuhc and homecoming.wfu.edu”

Residence Life & Housing sent out a message to juniors abroad extending the deadline to apply to live off campus if students wish. Students now have until Sunday, November 11th to submit a petition.

We close the week with the reminder that Friday afternoons are always a great time to call your Deacs and have a chat. Tell them you love them. They might not tell you but they really want to hear it 🙂

— by Betsy Chapman ’92, MA ’94

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