Happy Pitsgiving!

Today is Pitsgiving! One of the best days of the year. Lunch was served from 11-3 and dinner will be from 4-8 pm. As one of the Pitsgiving signs from years past said: Gobble til you Wobble! Here are some pictures from Pitsgiving lunch, taken by our Ken Bennett.

The Demon Deacon mascot joined the crowd to wait for the doors to open. Happy Pitsgiving sign student wearing an "I [heart] The Pit" tshirt students take selfies at Pitsgiving ROTC cadets enjoy Pitsgiving Wake Forest holds Pitsgiving, the annual Thanksgiving meal in the main cafeteria that the students call the “Pit,”,  on the campus of Wake Forest University on Thursday, November 18, 2021. President Susan R. Wente talks with students in the Pit. President Susan R. Wente talks with students in the Pit.,

If your Deacs need to walk off their Pitsgiving feast, they can head to Spry Stadium at 6 pm tonight: our men’s soccer team is hosting Mercer in the first round of the NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship.

In other athletics news, Wake Forest was recognized in a terrific story by Inside Higher Ed about how we have made our tailgaiting experience more inclusive for all students:

“When tailgating—and football—were canceled last year due to the pandemic, administrators used the reprieve to re-evaluate the university’s insular, decades-old tailgate tradition and brainstorm ways to make it more welcoming to all.

Students returning to campus this fall found a vastly different scene at Truist Field. The tradition known as the DEACTOWN Student Tailgate now included a stage featuring music from a DJ, two bars and free fare from local food trucks, as well as new seating and eating areas. It was all part of the initiative the university launched to attract all students, including those who don’t typically attend football games.”

You can read the full story here. This is a great example of how Wake Foresters from various offices worked collaboratively to take something that was already working fine, to paraphrase José Villalba, our VP for diversity and inclusion, and make it work even better.

Our ZSR Library is always innovating and is incredibly student-focused. They just unveiled a new 24/7 study space that opened up for student use on 11/17/2021. Read more.

Many thanks to those of you who took our survey yesterday about whether your students will be staying on campus for Thanksgiving or going home (or elsewhere). If you didn’t take it yesterday, please take it today if you can (very quick, just one question, and totally anonymous).

And if your Deacs are coming home for Thanksgiving break, now is the time to start thinking about making some of their favorite foods, and stocking up with local favorites they can’t get in Winston-Salem. Sending your Deac back after Thanksgiving with a big tin of cookies to share, or some other local delicacy, is never the wrong answer.

 

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

 

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