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Happy Wednesday, Deac families. Wanted to catch you up on some news and opportunities. First, we will once again require flu vaccines for all students this year. The quickest and easiest way for your Deac to get their vaccine is to go to our Student Flu Clinic on October 25-26. The clinic is free for students; they can sign up here. And it is super easy: students who go to the on-campus clinic Oct. 25-26 can have their flu documentation automatically uploaded to the Student Health Portal as long as they sign their name in the consent field. If they do not complete the consent field, or if they go to get their shot off campus at a CVS, etc., they will have to upload their flu vaccine themselves.

The latest issue of Wake Forest in the News is out, and I hope you take a look. One of the stories within is about our own Maya Angelou, who will be featured on the US quarter. I love the depiction of her. My favorite memory of Dr. Angelou was her doing a poetry reading in Brendle Recital Hall, and she came out walking slowly and singing – she had a *great* voice – and she was wearing this bright red turban, which only served to make her seem even grander than she was. Wonderful to see her featured on our currency.

Now to some opportunities. The Program for Leadership and Character is once again offering discussion groups for students. This time, the topics are about spirituality, religion, and the quest for character; the character of friendship in a digital age; and virtues in a polarized society. Discussion groups will begin during the week of October 25 and will meet an hour a week for three weeks (November 1, 8, and 15). Prior to each meeting, group leaders will ask participants to read short selections to frame the discussion. Students can learn more or sign up here.

If you are interested in the Program for Leadership and Character, they have two other new stories online: one is about what happens when you integrate leadership and character into a complex engineering class, and the other is a look at how six students took a deep look at how we can get along during a polarized time.

October is Queer History Month and there are a ton of events that students can take advantage of if they wish.

Student Union’s e-newsletter came out earlier this week, and there are a ton of activities for students coming up – including an Escape Room. You can see a scan of the e-news here.

It’s a beautiful week in Winston-Salem. We’re going to have a couple of days where temps nudge back up into the low 80s, and then from the 15th on, looks like we will be low 70s/high 60s during the day, mid 40s to low 50s at night. That’s pretty perfect for fall. Here are a few of Ken Bennett’s pictures of campus to give you a sense of what your Deacs are seeing right now.

NOTE: following our initial publication of today’s blog, a Community Safety Advisory was sent about an incident in our surrounding community: Winston-Salem Police responded this afternoon to a report of a firearm discharged on Scholastic Court. The incident occurred off-campus, and there is no known Wake Forest student or faculty involvement. Read more.

A Wake Forest student walks across campus to class on Tuesday, September 28, 2021. A Wake Forest student walks across campus to class on Tuesday, September 28, 2021. A Wake Forest student walks across campus to class on Tuesday, September 28, 2021. A Wake Forest student walks across campus to class on Tuesday, September 28, 2021. A Wake Forest student walks across campus to class on Tuesday, September 28, 2021.

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

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