Upcoming Events

How is it possible that this is the last week of classes?!?! Lots still happening between now and the semester’s end, so here is a quick recap of some upcoming events.

Tonight is the Lighting of the Quad at 7 pm. There will be musical performances, hot beverages, pastries, and more. This is always a fun and festive night, so urge your Deacs to be there. 

I saw this notice of an upcoming concert in an email I received: “The Wake Forest Orchestra will present its end-of-semester concert on Wednesday, Dec. 1, at 7:30 p.m. in Brendle Recital Hall, Scales Fine Arts Center. The first half is in memoriam of the 20th anniversary of 9/11. It will feature Visiting Assistant Professor Elizabeth Pacheco-Rose in a song by Greensboro composer Kristy Jackson titled “Little Did She Know (She’d Kissed a Hero).” This half will also include Eric Ewazen’s “Hymn for the Lost and the Living” and Samuel Barber’s elegiac “Adagio for Strings.” In the second half will be the last three movements of Tchaikovsky’s monumental Fourth Symphony. The program will be conducted by Orchestra Director David Hagy, who will be retiring at the end of the school year after 27 years in this position.”

Wednesday night is also Late Night Breakfast in the Pit from 10 pm-midnight. Your Deacs can fuel their bodies and their minds with delicious breakfast foods to power their studying 🙂 This is always such a fun event – hope all your Deacs go.

We will hold an in-person Lovefeast reception and service this Sunday evening (December 5) in Wait Chapel, with some adaptations due to the pandemic. The Lovefeast is a wonderful way for students to get into the holiday spirit and take a much-needed study break before exams start on Monday. If you or your Deac aren’t familiar with the Lovefeast, it’s our annual tradition to gather in Wait Chapel for holiday carols and inspirational readings. As the service concludes, Moravian candles are lit one by one until the Chapel is glowing. It really is a magical experience — one our ‘24s and ‘25s will experience in person for the first time. 

The evening starts with a reception on the Quad (Hearn Plaza) at 6 p.m. with Moravian cookies and cider. Chapel doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the prelude begins at 7:10, followed by the service at 7:30 p.m. In compliance with campus policy, masks must be worn indoors at all times, including when the congregation is singing. To prioritize the health of our campus community – both before finals and as students leave to return to you for Winter Break – the service is open to students, faculty, staff, local trustees and invited guests. We invite parents and families to join us remotely via the livestream at lovefeast.wfu.edu for the 7:10 p.m. prelude and 7:30 p.m. service. You can even join along by preparing your own Lovefeast at home. Whether it’s a simple meal or traditional Moravian buns and sweetened coffee, the feast we share from a distance will connect us in love and the spirit of the season.

In other campus news:

Residence Life and Housing sent this message to students who need to select Spring 2022 housing.

Global Programs and Studies sent messages to students in WFU-sponsored study abroad programs and to those in Affiliate (non-WFU) study abroad programs. The messages contain important information about the Omicron variant, cross-border travel, and US/home country entry requirements. If your Deac is currently abroad, please be sure to read the appropriate version.

And every week, we bring you a link to the Letters So Dear that ’25s received, as well as our Weekly Message for First Year Families; this week’s message – applicable to all years – is entitled As Finals Approach.

Some of you may have gotten word of the fire at Pilot Mountain, which is a state park about 20 miles northwest of us. As of yesterday afternoon, there was a report that 500 acres had burned, and I could smell smoke from my back deck, which is about 3 miles from campus (this morning, there was no smoke smell at my house). Pilot Mountain is a wonderful place to hike, so this is sad news to our locals. Here is a picture of Pilot Mountain in happier times.

Pilot Mountain is visible from the Wait Chapel bell tower on the campus of Wake Forest University.

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

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