SPARC and Wake Downtown

Still on the road, so this is a pre-post.

One of the great innovations of Wake Forest is the creation of Wake Downtown, our downtown campus that houses a lot of our newer programs in engineering and biomedical sciences.

Wake Downtown has a website (here) that you can explore. They also have a wonderful new PDF that tells the story of some of their majors, their location downtown, and more: Wake Downtown Booklet_v2

Very much worth a look. And for those of you who like to stay downtown (for Move-In or Family Weekend), do explore the area around Wake Downtown. Lots of terrific options for downtown restaurants, and Trade Street has our arts area. Much fun to be had if you know where to look. The Wake Downtown booklet above has a helpful map at the end that shows you some of the spots our students like.

Finally, I mentioned the other day that there is still room in pre-Orientation programs for our ’23s. Today, I am here to mention S.P.A.R.C.  Here is what one of my colleagues told me about S.P.A.R.C.:

The S.P.A.R.C. pre-Orientation program has become one of the valued traditions of becoming a Demon Deacon. Students Promoting Action and Responsibility in the Community is a four day program, where students arrive on campus early to dive into our Pro Humanitate motto through direct service opportunities.

During S.P.A.R.C., students will meet with local community partners engage in service projects, learn about the issues impacting Winston-Salem and build relationships with fellow Demon Deacons. First year students will be placed in a group of four students, with an upperclass mentor. The mentors will lead service activities, answer any questions about Wake Forest University and get students even more excited to start their time on campus! Students will get an inside look at Winston-Salem and get an early start in joining the Wake Forest community. Please encourage your students to apply for S.P.A.R.C.!  Applications are due this Monday July 15th.

There are many other fine pre-Orientation programs available. Your ’23s have been getting emails about lots of upcoming deadlines for pre-Ori applications, as well as other things. Read those emails here.

— by Betsy Chapman ’92, MA ’94

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