Closing Out the Week

I’m on PTO for most of today, so this is a pre-post.

For our students who are looking to get into the holiday spirit a little early, there will be a special Secrest holiday concert featuring The Nutcracker, Nov. 15. Proclaimed “one of the best pianists of his generation” by the Philadelphia Inquirer, Canadian pianist Stewart Goodyear presents one of his signature works: his virtuosic transcription for solo piano of the complete Nutcracker ballet by Tchaikovsky on Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. in Brendle Recital Hall. A special Secrest holiday concert! Tickets are free for students with WFU ID; they can reserve their tickets here.

This event, as well as many others, was covered in our WFU Should Know e-newsletter, which is sent to students every Thursday afternoon. You can read it here.

Good luck to our Wake Forest field hockey team, who is playing in the NCAA Division I Field Hockey Tournament. Wake Forest opens tournament play today (Friday, Nov. 11) against Saint Joseph’s in Chapel Hill at 2:30 p.m. This is the Demon Deacons’ 18th all-time NCAA Tournament appearance and its first since the 2018 season when Wake Forest made a Final Four run.

We also wish good luck to our women’s soccer team, who was selected to the 2022 NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Tournament, as announced on NCAA.com Monday evening. The Demon Deacons will travel to Columbia, S.C., to face third-seeded South Carolina on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 6 p.m. This is their second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and its 22nd all-time.

Finally, today is Veterans Day, a day for us to pay our respects to all who have served our country in the military. I’ll close today with a very special story about one veteran who is being specially recognized this weekend. Here’s a snippet:

“Eighty-nine-year-old James Brown, wounded in battle while fighting behind enemy lines in the Korean War, has waited 70 years to be recognized as a United States veteran.

Law students and professors working with Wake Forest University’ School of Law’s Veterans Legal Clinic have helped Brown with the long legal battle to correct his military record and restore his right to be buried with the American flag he fought for so many years ago.

On Saturday, Nov. 12, he will be honored during half-time of the Wake Forest football game. The short ceremony will celebrate the setting aside of his dishonorable discharge and the restoration of the Purple Heart he earned for injuries sustained in the war.”

This is really an incredible story and well worth your time. You can read it here.

To all our veterans, many thanks for your service!

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