It’s a gorgeous spring day here, Deac families. Sunny, nearly 70, flowers blooming everywhere. It’s days like this that might be part of what landed Winston-Salem in Southern Living’s list of the best college towns in which to live. But we already knew this was a great town 🙂

In addition to it being great weather just to be outside and relax, there are plenty of things happening on campus. Here are a few notices of upcoming events.

While we didn’t quite make the Big Dance, our Deacs are NIT bound and are the #2 seed. We play Towson tomorrow night (Weds.) at 7 pm at the Joel.

There is a terrific opportunity for your students to unplug: Join the Office of Wellbeing and CLASS in participating in a three day event tracking your digital habits! Register here. This effort is supported in part by the Global Laureates Academy. Note, this is a student-only event; students will attend a brief orientation, then will complete a brief journal tracking screen time on March 22, 23 and 24.

And a few events from our Student Union: there will be a Senior Send-Off on March 21st at 8 pm at BB&T Ballpark. This event is billed as “a celebration of the senior class’s accomplishments and a way for the University to ‘send them off’ in style. Seniors will be invited to come and enjoy drinks, a DJ, and a fireworks show.” Seniors can add photos and short videos via this link.

Murder Mystery (March 18th at 5 pm in the Magnolia Room) is “an interactive event where of the actors is secretly playing a murderer in-game. The other partygoers must determine who among them is the criminal using all the clues at their disposal. Join us for a night at the casino for this thrilling adventure. Can you find the culprit?”

The Student Union movie this weekend is – brace yourselves, Gen X families – Dead Poets Society. I bet you can’t hear that movie title without thinking of this moment 🙂

For our P’25 families, your Deacs got their weekly issue of Letters So Dear; as always, the archive is here.

We’ll close on a more serious note: some families might have seen the sad news of the recent student loss at Stanford. The University Counseling Center wanted to make families aware of this guide from the JED Foundation about how to talk to your students about mental health.

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

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