A look back in pictures

Today’s Daily Deac is a look back through the academic year, month by month. There is obviously a lot more that happened than I can show here – but here are a few brief glimpses at what life was like this year.

August 2019: move-in, Orientation

New Wake Forest students attend the Playfair meet and greet event late at night on the first day of orientation, on Manchester Plaza on Wednesday, August 21, 2019. The Wake Forest Class of 2023 moves into their first-year residence halls on South Campus on Wednesday, August 21, 2019. Moving into Collins Residence with help from a cheering squad. The Wake Forest Class of 2023 moves into their first-year residence halls on South Campus on Wednesday, August 21, 2019. Tina Bice ('13) helps the family of Austin Wilkins ('23) unload in front of Angelou Residence. New Wake Forest students attend the Making of a Demon Deacon ceremony in Wait Chapel on Thursday, August 22, 2019. The new students thank their parents and family members. The Wake Forest Office of Personal and Career Development hosts an orientation session for new students in Wait Chapel on Thursday, August 22, 2019. The students write their aspirations and skills on a piece of colored paper, which they fold into a paper airplane then throw it toward the front of the chapel. New Wake Forest students participate in the Deacon Olympics orientation event on Thursday, August 22, 2019. Athletic Director John Currie fires up the students during the opening ceremonies. New Wake Forest students and their families enjoy breakfast in the Benson University Center on the second day of Orientation 2019 on Thursday, August 22, 2019.

September: aWAKE All Night (casino games and carnival atmosphere), a 9-11 stair climb with ROTC and student-athletes, orchestra, petting zoo, Hit the Bricks

The University Counseling Center hosts a stress relief petting zoo on Manchester plaza on Monday, September 30, 2019. reflection at end of hit the bricksMembers of the Wake Forest community raise money for cancer research in the annual Hit the Bricks for Brian event on Hearn Plaza on Thursday, September 26, 2019. The event is named for Brian Piccolo, and teams run laps on the quad to raise money. Wake Forest music professor David Hagy conducts the orchestra in rehearsal in Brendle Recital Hall on Monday, September 16, 2019. Wake Forest hosts a memorial stair climb to honor the anniversay of 9/11 at BB&T Field on Wednesday, September 11, 2019. Members of the joint ROTC program with Salem College and Winston-Salem State University join local first responders, athletic teams, and local citizens to climb 2996 stairs in honor of the victims.

Student Union hosts aWake All Night, a fun night of various casino games, a bungee jump, karaoke, among other things, in Benson on Saturday, September 7, 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

October: Project Pumpkin, 30th anniversary of the Berlin Wall falling

Wake Forest students host local elementary school students for trick-or-treating during the annual Project Pumpkin service project, held this year in the Sutton Center gymnasium on Wednesday, October 30, 2019.

Students and faculty commemorate the 30th anniversary of the falling of the Berlin Wall by hosting a graffiti contest and their own destroying of the wall on Friday, October 25, 2019.

November: Faculty and Guest Artist Dance Concert, The Crucible, the Daffodil Project, Pitsgiving

The Wake Forest Theatre holds the final dress rehearsal for The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller and directed by Sharon Andrews, on the Tedford Stage on Thursday, October 31, 201 The Wake Forest dance company holds the final dress rehearsal for the Fall Faculty & Guest Artist Dance Concert on the Tedford Stage in Scales Fine Arts Center on Wednesday, November 20, 2019.Members of the Wake Forest community participate in the worldwide Daffodil Project, planting daffodils outside the Byrum Welcome Center to honor the memories of the 1.5 million children who perished in the Holocaust, on the campus of Wake Forest University, Thursday, November 14, 2019. The group plants 200 daffodil bulbs. The afternoon sun makes the fall colors glow as students walk across Tribble Courtyard on the campus of Wake Forest University, Wednesday, November 13, 2019. Deacon Dining host Pitsgiving. A week before Thanksgiving, a Thanksgiving meal is served at the Fresh Food Company on Thursday, November 21, 2019.

December: Lovefeast, Lighting of the Quad, Wake goes to the Pinstripe Bowl

Members of the Wake Forest community celebrate the Lighting of the Quad ceremony on Hearn Plaza on Tuesday, December 3, 2019

.Members of the Wake Forest community celebrate the Lighting of the Quad ceremony on Hearn Plaza on Tuesday, December 3, 2019. Wake Forest Demon Deacons take on Michigan State Spartans in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium on Friday, December 27, 2019.

January 2020: OPCD Career Fair and Diversity Matters, ZSR and Farrell Hall open for the semester

Wake Forest students are already crowding the atrium of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library on the first day of the Spring 2020 semester, Monday, January 13, 2020.

The Wake Forest Office of Personal and Career Development (OPCD) holds a career event with students and recruiters, Diversity Matters, in the Sutton Center gym on Tuesday, January 21, 2020

.Wake Forest students walk through a sudden shower on their way to class on the first day of the Spring 2020 semester, on the campus of Wake Forest University, Monday, January 13, 2020. Wake Forest students get ready for class in the Farrell Hall atrium on the first day of classes for the Spring 2020 semester, on the campus of Wake Forest University, Monday, January 13, 2020.

February: Dean’s List Gala, Lunar New Year celebration, snow, double OT win over Duke

Wake Forest students roll the quad after a double-overtime victory over Duke on Tuesday, February 25, 2020. Students ride past the Chapel on a skateboard in the snow on Thursday, February 20, 2020.

ASIA hosts a Lunar New Year Celebration in Sutton Center on Saturday, February 8, 2020.Wake Forest students roll the quad after a double-overtime victory over Duke on Tuesday, February 25, 2020.

March: TEDxWFU, campus empties because of COVID-19 and lots of things have to change

Wake Forest University hosts a TedX Conference in Wait Chapel on Saturday, February 22, 2020. The organizers are recognized. Photographs of a mostly empty campus during the closure for COVID-19, on the campus of Wake Forest University, Thursday, March 26, 2020. The Reynolda Fresh Food Company is take-out only for the handful of people left on campus. A Wake Forest student walks past Taylor Residence on the campus of Wake Forest University, Thursday, March 19, 2020. On the first work day after Wake Forest temporarily cancelled classes and began remote work for faculty and staff, only essential personnel were on the otherwise empty campus on Monday, March 16, 2020. The Reynolda Fresh Food Company staff work to clean the dining hall for the few students left on campus.

April: teaching remotely, offices work via Zoom, campus access is restricted

Wake Forest chemistry professor David Wren films his lecture for CHM 280: General Chemistry II with an iPhone in front of an empty classroom in Salem Hall on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, as the university enters its third day of limited operations due to the coronavirus pandemic. Wren polled his students, who asked for video lectures uploaded to Youtube.

ID required now to get on campus

May: some of the few remaining students on campus play a socially-distant game of spikeball

Wake Forest students play spikeball, or roundnet, on Hearn Plaza on Monday, May 4, 2020. The students are some of the few remaining on campus during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Many thanks to our extraordinary Ken Bennett and others who captured these images. This was a year for the history books, to be sure.

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

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