A cooler week ahead

It’s Monday, and I have been dealing with broken internet all day, so this is going to be a quick one, Deac families.

At this time of year, there is one thing on students’ minds: Pitsgiving! This is our traditional turkey-and-all-the-fixin’s meal that students can celebrate with their WFU family before they go home to their real family. While we cannot offer the same dine-in experience for Pitsgiving, students will still have the option to get some Pitsgiving deliciousness this Thursday. And for any students at the quarantine hotel, they will also get a Pitsgiving lunch too. 

Heard some good news: Wake Forest has been recognized by the Institute of International Education (IIE) and Diversity Abroad for increasing access to global experiences for all students. IIE ranked us WFU 4th among doctoral U.S. colleges and universities in the percentage of students studying abroad. Nearly 81% of undergraduates received credit for study abroad in the 2018-2019 academic year. We also earned a “Gold Seal of Inclusive Excellence” from Diversity Abroad. Obviously the pandemic has made mincemeat of people’s plans to study abroad this year, but I am hopeful that we can get back to normal and our students can go back to studying abroad as we know they want to. And PS – it is International Education Week, and your Deacs can see a listing of opportunities here.

Our ‘24s got their new issue of Letters So Dear today, and P’24s have a new Weekly Message for First Year Families about prepping for your Deac’s return home.

It’s definitely cooled off – high today is only supposed to be 61, and Wednesday is only supposed to get to a high of 52. A reminder that ‘there is no bad weather, only bad gear,’ so be sure that your Deac is ready in the spring semester with outerwear that will keep them warm, especially if they want to use the tents.


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

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