Ideas for the coming days, plus VOTE

It is raining again so I am holed up in my office. Whoever has the sun, please send it our way. We need it!

Took a look at the Events calendar for the next few days, and there are some fun options across a range of interests:

The University Theatre has a production of Ever In the Glades that runs for several more performances:

On an isolated island deep in the heart of the Everglades, five young people struggle to survive in a land where the adults are as dangerous as the gators. When they devise a plan to escape, they are forced to grapple with the fear that what they are running to may be worse than what they are running from. This brilliant new play by Laura Schellhardt begs the question: what is the current generation’s responsibility to the next, and what happens if we fail them?

On Friday, students can watch our Diamond Deacs take on Seton Hall at the Baseball Park, or go to the Queen of Hearts annual drag show sponsored by Student Union. Baseball is up again on Saturday vs. Milwaukee. I also wanted to show the PDF of the Student Engagement e-newsletter (Feb 10th Student Engagement Newsletter). This is a couple days old, but showcases a lot of options. If your student is not getting this e-newsletter, encourage them to sign up here.

The Office of Wellbeing has several spring events planned; see them here. Some of our students might especially like the session on the Ennegram – that usually causes a lot of internal reflection and discussion. I just did mine recently and it was a lot of fun. (Unsurprisingly to those who know me, I am a strong 6).

For those who like karaoke, there is a Boy Band Karaoke night next week. If your students are not already getting the Student Union enewsletter, they can sign up here.

A very important event that is coming up is the NC primary (March 3rd). For those already registered to vote in NC, you can wait until March 3rd, or Early Voting began today. If your Deacs need to register to vote, they should review the NC State Board of Elections website, which talks about College Student voting and Same Day Registration (scroll down to see the Same Day Registrations section of the site). Students can take the Wake Downtown shuttle (it’s a quick walk to teh Forsyth County Board of Elections), register to vote, vote, and come back to campus on the shuttle. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.Forsyth County Board of Elections site

Civic engagement is a vital part of the college experience. I don’t care who your Deacs vote for, but I do care that they vote. Whether that is absentee ballot from home or voting here, please encourage your Deacs to exercise the freedom of voting their conscience for their candidate of choice.

— by Betsy Chapman, Ph.D. (’92, MA ’94)

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