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February 2015 @WAKE: The Alumni Newsletter:

Instant insider at the Oscars

Kelly Fitzgerald_Oscars
Kelly FitzGerald, a sophomore from Geneva, New York, scored one of the hottest seats in the world at the 87th Academy Awards Sunday night. She was part of Team Oscar, one of six young people selected by Oscar producers and the Academy after submitting 60-second videos about the best advice they had ever received. FitzGerald’s video was about sharing a smile.

Members of Team Oscar had the job of handing the Oscar statuettes to celebrity presenters onstage. The Associated Press reported there were 1,100 aspiring filmmakers who submitted films; the winners’ perks included a private tour of Disney’s Animation Research Library, a visit to the Disney lot and a preview screening of “Cinderella.” Team Oscar “offers an exclusive learning experience,” FitzGerald told People magazine. Read more about FitzGerald’s honor and watch her video. She showed us that black, gold and the red carpet make a glitteringly good combination.

Janice Marie Collins (’86) is an ACC Legend

Stan Meiburg (’75) nominated as EPA’s No. 2 official

With $5,000, how would students change the world?

N.C. authors found a friend, admirer in this alumnus

January 2015 @WAKE: The Alumni Newsletter:

‘Best Christ Man I Ever Knew’

Chaplain Emeritus Ed Christman
On Christmas Eve Wake Forest lost Ed Christman (’50, JD ’53), the University’s chaplain emeritus. The family’s online guestbook is a testament to how beloved he was by people across the miles and generations. As Dotty Reinhardt-Alspaugh (’70, PA ’88) wrote, “Ed Christman is the best Christ Man I ever knew. This humble, witty, caring personality carried me through the greatest tragedy in my life and although he could not see well, he never forgot a voice.”

Because of the holidays you might have missed the news of his passing. Many of you who graduated after his retirement in 2003 never had the pleasure of seeing him around campus regularly. With that mane of white hair, he couldn’t be missed. For more than 30 years he served as chaplain, an advocate for social justice, a counselor and a witty friend. President Nathan O. Hatch said, “Ed’s life really embodied what is best about Wake Forest and our spiritual heritage.” Wake Forest mourns one of its best. Read about his rich legacy.

Buck Cochran (’82) and WFU friends work Peacehaven miracles in one year

A biologist walks up to a computer scientist with a batty idea. Genius!

Bobby Muuss returns from Denver as new head coach for men’s soccer

Hu Womack (’90, MBA ’00) honored; lives “good days and great days”

December 2014 @WAKE: The Alumni Newsletter:

A Lovefeast for those far and near

Wake Forest University hosts its 50th annual Lovefeast service in Wait Chapel on Dec. 7, 2014.
What remains a glorious sight? The Moravian star that shines at the entrance to Wait Chapel, beckoning people of all ages and faiths to come inside and pray, sing hymns and celebrate the Moravian Christmas tradition that is Lovefeast.

This year marked the 50th annual Lovefeast, made all the more special by Jane Sherrill Stroupe (’67), who organized the first Lovefeast on campus in 1965. She offered this year’s blessing, one shared by Wake Forest community members watching by livestream. Available for the first time, Lovefeast kits for 10 were shipped to 32 states, Mexico, Uganda, The Netherlands, Great Britain, Belgium, Canada and Ireland so alumni could light the candles and serve sweetened coffee and buns while watching at home. Alumni groups gathered in Charlotte, the Old Campus, Austin, Houston and Hickory for viewing the service. At Salemtowne Retirement Community, retired Wake Forest faculty and staff members joined in, among them former University Chaplain Ed Christman (’50, JD ’53) and his wife, Jean (’51). It was a perfect, joyful night. Read more about this beloved tradition.

Education programs for med students to move to Innovation Quarter

A car accident put San Diego’s Rick Gentry (’70) on a heartfelt path

The Deacon meets The Dragon thanks to Joy Liu (MSA ’14)

The No. 1 CPA pass-rate streak continues for Wake Foresters

November 2014 @WAKE: The Alumni Newsletter:

ACC Champs!

Anna Kozniuk Photo by Brian Westerholt / Sports on Film

Autumn leaves fell and so did ribbons of toilet paper adorning the Quad’s trees as Wake Forest celebrated its first ACC Championship in four years. Congratulations to the Wake Forest field hockey team, which defeated Syracuse University 2-0 on Nov. 9.

It was the team’s first ACC championship since 2006, and the first ACC title for the University since the women’s soccer team won in 2010. Anna Kozniuk and Georgia Holland were named ACC Players of the Year, while head coach Jennifer Averill was named ACC Coach of the Year for the 7th time.

“It’s just surreal,” Averill told the Old Gold & Black after the championship win. “It was the longest sixteen minutes (of the game) in our lives, but hats off to the group, they just killed it. They executed the game plan to the best of their abilities. … It was such a great team effort and I’m so proud of them.” Read about the impressive victory.

Ed Wilson (’43) receives top award from N.C. Humanities Council

With “@War,” spy expert Shane Harris (’98) explains U.S. cyberwar

Allison Orr (’93) choreographs a common language from Austin to Kyoto

Ashley Brown Armistead (’91) connects boys sole to soul with Let Me Run

October 2014 @WAKE: The Alumni Newsletter:

Golden autumn days


Ken Bennett’s photograph of the full moon during the lunar eclipse on Oct. 8 could serve as a galactic exclamation point for this, one of my favorite times of the year at Wake Forest. Think back to your days here — to that first splash of yellow on the trees, the crisp fall air at football games, the tailgates where a steaming drink is appreciated (finally) after those other games that brought sunburns and sweat; and, above all, remember the campus traditions. October. Is there a better time at Wake Forest?

On the last day of an exceptionally fine month, you’ll be happy to know our traditions are intact. More than 1,000 members of our community clocked more than 24,500 laps around the Quad. Here’s to Hit the Bricks, still going strong for cancer research, still honoring Brian Piccolo (’65, P ’87, ’89). Check out the highlights.

Wake Forest’s MBA redefined for a changing market

Meet eight new members of the University’s Sports Hall of Fame

William Roebuck (’78, MA ’82): Our man in Bahrain

Faculty craft ways to help a blind Wake student pursue her dream

September 2014 @WAKE: The Alumni Newsletter:

Thrive is alive

The Demon Deacon arrives at the Thrive event on Manchester Plaza.

The marching band played, cheerleaders cheered, healthy water flowed and the line dancers rocked their Zumba. Oh, and there was the ultimate stress reliever: puppies.

I wish you could have been there, on Manchester Plaza, for the launch of Thrive, the University’s comprehensive approach to well-being. The hope is that the new program will become another homegrown national model — this one for holistic well-being — following the lead of Wake Forest’s nationally recognized personal and career development programs that set a new path for universities. Thrive’s multifaceted approach goes beyond physical and emotional health. Think work satisfaction, spirituality and financial planning. On Manchester Plaza brightly colored leaf cutouts symbolized for students, faculty, staff and the greater community how even small decisions make a difference to someone’s overall well-being. On hand for the festivities was an alumna who will return to campus as the first director of well-being. Welcome back, Malika Roman Isler (’99)! She starts Oct. 1. Read more about Thrive’s launch and the goals for the program.

Anthropology professor names swamp-creature fossil for Mick Jagger

“Smiling Through the Apocalypse” recounts VIP life of alum, Esquire editor

Five things (and more) to know about new prof. Melissa Harris-Perry (’94)

The Boodle Inn near the Old Campus was a place for “pitching woo”

August 2014 @WAKE: The Alumni Newsletter:

Move-in memories, new and old

Wake Forest freshmen and their families arrive for move-in day on campus on Thursday, August 21, 2014. Nick DeMayo ('18), moves his guitar into his room in Babcock Residence.
On freshman move-in day Kerry M. King (’85) of Wake Forest Magazine wandered through a maze of boxes, suitcases and racks of clothes in search of legacies. Did he ever find them!

Here were first-year students with at least one parent who graduated from Wake Forest. Sue Rheaume Leadem (’86) of Charleston, South Carolina, described the “magical experience” of her undergraduate years as she and husband, Rich (’86), moved their daughter, Madeline, into a room on South Campus. Crystal Leonhardt Sellers (’89) of Charlotte settled her son, Will, into Johnson Residence Hall, which prompted her recollection of the tunnel that once connected Bostwick and Johnson. Those of a certain age will remember that the tunnel led to the laundry room, aka “Vegas,” home to infamous vending machines that served as first stop on the road to the freshman 15.

As one parent put it on this joyous day, new students were arriving “to experience what mom’s told him about.” Read more about the big moment for the Class of 2018 and alumni parents.

Forty years after Watergate, these alums describe their connections

Kevin Shorter (MBA ’06) moves to China, combats human trafficking

Cassie Freund (’10) puts her biology degree to work in Borneo

Wake Forest goes Hollywood

July 2014 @WAKE: The Alumni Newsletter:

Bright lights, big city pajama party

Times Square

I always like to hear how college pals have stayed in touch over the years, getting together for golf outings, beach weekends, wine tastings, you name it. The Wake Forest mystique can be defined in innumerable ways, but one that rises above all is friendship.

The other day I heard one of those stories from journalism professor Mary Martin Niepold. She met with three of her friends from the Class of 1963 in New York City for Broadway shows and a reunion of women who hail from Maryland, Texas, California and North Carolina. She writes, “All of us are back together again after so many years, and all of us are English majors and joined irreparably at the hip, it seems, from the days when we lived either in Johnson or Bostwick dorms and struggled through endless ‘Strings’ meetings.” You’ll read how they spent five days reminiscing and seeing the city, never skipping a beat. It also might serve as a reminder to see details about Homecoming Sept. 19-20.

The late Karen Beasley’s (’84) legacy: Save sea turtles

Sara Creighton (’05) rolls as a San Francisco dentist on wheels

Wake Foresters tell Forbes why ours is #MyTopCollege

Smithsonian Libraries: Check out this scrap of 1898 WFU ephemera

June 2014 @WAKE: The Alumni Newsletter:

He’s Number 1


University Photographer Ken Bennett has done it again, garnering an award for a photographic portfolio exemplified by the gorgeous image you see above. Earlier this month the Council for Advancement and Support of Education named him Photographer of the Year, honoring his work in the annual national competition in which portfolios are judged on creative visuals, good technical quality, appropriateness and how well the photography expresses the institution’s mission. The latest accolade comes on the heels of his Master of the Profession award from the University Photographers’ Association of America last year.

Any photographer might be bored after nearly two decades of shooting scenes from the Quad or graduation. Not Ken. He is always looking to top his best efforts. He arrives before daybreak or sets up at dusk to capture a perfect Wake Forest moment in perfect light. I’m proud of faculty and staff who continually strive for excellence. Ken is one of those people. I encourage you to see his winning portfolio.

Former baseball star makes wishes come true

Kate T. Parker (’98) celebrates girls: ‘Strong is the New Pretty’

Your snaps from Pro Humanitate Days #4Good

‘Happy’ video stars Deacs & Coaches Manning, Dailey, Clawson

May 2014 @WAKE: The Alumni Newsletter:

Hats Off to Graduates

Jill Abramson, speaker at the 2014 Wake Forest University Commencement

“I’m impressed that your achievements have attracted so much media attention.”

Jill Abramson’s first lighthearted observation came early in the Commencement speech on May 19 that drew national media attention. The previous Wednesday she had been sacked as the executive editor of The New York Times, the first female executive editor in the Times’ history. Wake Forest would end up being the setting for her first public address. While she did not divulge details about her firing, she used her 11-minute speech to emphasize resilience and establish common ground with graduates: “What’s next for me? I don’t know. So I’m in exactly the same boat as many of you. And like you, I’m a little scared but also excited.”

The day was picture-perfect for the 1,100 undergraduates and 800 Wake Foresters leaving the University’s graduate and professional schools. Abramson made sure the media spotlight stayed on them, surprising many by shaking hands with every undergraduate crossing the stage. Read about Abramson’s speech and see photos from one of our favorite days of the year.

Congrats, Class of 2014!

Remembering Prof. Maya Angelou, Renaissance woman

President Hatch elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Alumna Candide Jones: a “hippie” and reluctant Wake Forester finds home

Prep Queen Lilly Pulitzer didn’t sleep here, but I did

April 2014 @WAKE: The Alumni Newsletter:

‘DMann Deacon’ enthusiasm!

Members of the Wake Forest community gather on Hearn Plaza to welcome new men's head basketball coach Danny Manning, during the Mann the Quad event on Tuesday, April 8, 2014. Manning makes his grand entrance on the Demon Deacon's motorcycle.

He climbed aboard the motorcycle to sit behind the Demon Deacon, and then the duo roared onto the Quad. Tots sporting their finest Wake Forest garb, students, faculty and staff cheered at this picture-perfect scene on April 8. The celebration was on for Danny Manning, the leading scorer and rebounder in University of Kansas history, the 6-foot-10-inch NBA veteran and Wake Forest’s new head basketball coach.

“We plan to cut down nets,” he said. You can guess the crowd’s reaction. Manning’s first official press conference also cheered the Forest: “First and foremost, we’re in the education business. We want to make great young men. This is a wonderful University. When you leave here, you will be prepared for life.” Many of us can attest to that statement and noted how the coach embraced the paramount mission. Watch the five-minute video of Coach Manning’s first day here. (Look for the YouTube link.)

Introducing the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award winners

Bobby Burchfield (’76) wins McCutcheon v. FEC Supreme Court case

Melissa Harris-Perry (’94) will return as a Presidential Chair

Plan ahead for Pro Humanitate Days May 30 – June 2

March 2014 @WAKE: The Alumni Newsletter:

No greater honor

ROTC graduates take the officers' oath at the Commissioning Ceremony during Commencement 2013

With just weeks remaining in the academic year we’re looking forward to Commencement. It is a festive occasion with smiles and tears aplenty as we honor new alumni embarking on life’s next passage. There is no more moving moment than the ROTC Commissioning Ceremony, when the U.S. Army’s newest officers pledge to honor and defend their country. Nearly 27 years after he took that oath, Col. John C. “Jay” Waters (’87) leads the Army National Military Cemeteries program and has no greater honor than to serve military families navigating another of life’s passages. Read his story here. And to Mother, so dear, “All honor now be thine.”

Illustrator Martha Napier (’07) captures Fashion Week’s street style

These Fideles’ snail-mail packet nurtures 30-year friendships

Smithsonian’s Pete Daniel (’61) chronicles the South’s transformation

Wake researchers measure coal ash spill with unmanned aircraft

February 2014 @WAKE: The Alumni Newsletter:

Snowstorms, admissions news

Wake Forest students play in the snow on Hearn Plaza during a major storm on Thursday, February 13, 2014.

As the photo above shows, February 12-13 brought big snow to campus. Winston-Salem’s official total was 8 inches. Reynolda Campus shut down for 2½ days, but the work of admissions officers hardly missed a beat during their busiest time of year. After the roads cleared, they returned last week to national news affirming their test-optional admissions approach. In short, “Defining Promise: Optional Standardized Testing Policies in American College and University Admissions” found “trivial differences” between the long-term performance of students who submitted test scores and those who didn’t.

On the admissions website, prospective students learn that Wake Forest was the first top-30 national university to make submitting SAT and ACT scores optional in the admissions process. I talked with Dean of Admissions Martha Allman (’82, MBA ’92) about the policy that took effect with the freshman class of 2009 and what the findings in this unprecedented study of test-optional policies mean for Wake Forest. Read about our conversation here.

Lauren Gaston (’09) at Kansas City Rep stars in costume design

Durham mayor lauds Rev. Mel Williams (’65) for anti-poverty work

Alumnus Alan Fox kicks off the Clawson era with $2 million

‘Snowmageddon’ brought this alumnus snow, fire and a bundle

January 2014 @WAKE: The Alumni Newsletter:

Our Professor’s ‘Hoop Dreams’ at 20


Maybe you’re one of the lucky cultural mavens who trek to Park City, Utah, every January for the Sundance Film Festival. If you were there this month, you had the chance to see a digitally remastered “Hoop Dreams,” the landmark documentary that won the festival’s Audience Award in 1994. Highly acclaimed by film critics across the country, the documentary tracks two inner-city Chicago teenagers, William Gates and Arthur Agee, who dream of NBA stardom. The filmmakers follow the basketball players for five years, capturing the highs and lows and the loving support of families who dream of more fulfilling lives for the boys.

Peter Gilbert, one of the film’s producers and its director of photography, was on his way to Sundance this month but not before discussing the film’s 20th anniversary. Gilbert teaches in Wake Forest’s Documentary Film Program, where he stresses “we’re in a storytelling renaissance.” Read more about his memories of making “Hoop Dreams” and his teaching here.

Dean Steve Reinemund to step down at the School of Business

“Cool Runnings 2″: Deacons help Jamaicans return to the ice

Want to publish your e-book? ZSR has a free online course for alumni

Travis Manning (’93): ex-football player, librarian, employee of the year

December 2013 @WAKE: The Alumni Newsletter:

A positively sparkling time of year

Wake Forest students gather for the annual Lighting of the Quad ceremony on Hearn Plaza on Tuesday, December 3, 2013.

Admit it. When the lights twinkle around the Quad, luminaria glow to light the path to Wait Chapel and the massive holiday tree outside Reynolda Hall exudes that fresh forest scent, you long to be back here. Minus the exams.

The holiday traditions bring students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community together in ways that strengthen our bonds on campus and off. The largest single lovefeast in North America happens here. The Messiah Moravian Church Band strikes up the brass, the choir leads us in sacred carols and the candles are lit one by one, illuminating our common bonds. You will always be welcomed back to your Wake Forest home, but for those who missed the celebrations, this link offers an array of elegant black-and-white photographs by University photographer Ken Bennett and a short video that I hope will bring back your own December memories from around the Quad.

James M. O’Connell (’13) of Tampa, Fla., wins a Rhodes Scholarship

VIDEO: Introducing Dave Clawson, our new football coach

James Beshara (’08) on how to launch a startup and face failure

Banjo. Guitar. Singing: The Kingston Trio’s George Grove (’69)

November 2013 @WAKE: The Alumni Newsletter:

‘You belong here’ — in dialogue


I know how it feels when the volume is turned up in the national conversation. Across the political aisle and on social media, who is yelling at whom today? Our differences can create a chasm that seems impossible to cross.

That is why I found it so encouraging this month that a standing-room-only crowd gathered in Brendle Recital Hall to challenge the prevalent notion about our country’s lack of civil discourse. “Three living legends” — Reynolds Professor of American Studies Maya Angelou, Provost Emeritus Edwin G. Wilson (’43) and Johnnetta B. Cole, director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African Art, gathered to urge individuals to take responsibility for creating a culture of kindness and respect. Focus on what we have in common, not our differences. By striving for that change in perception, we might just change the world. Being the change one wishes to see is something Wake Foresters know how to do, and for that I am grateful. Read more here.

Tommy Norman’s (’66) heroic work for Charlotte vets

Farrell Hall’s dedication: a dream realized, ‘Wake Will’ success

Students, alumni say special ‘thank you’ to professors

South Korea vs. Japan? Not in this alumni friendship

October 2013 @WAKE: The Alumni Newsletter:

Under the big tent


My students were buzzing about the construction of the big tent on Manchester Plaza. What was up? Last week came the answer, complete with fireworks over Reynolda Hall, the “Fight Song” and happy toasts under an autumn moon. “Wake Will: The Campaign for Wake Forest” officially launched, the largest mobilization of support for the University and the Medical Center in Wake Forest’s 179-year history. The goal is $1 billion.

Skies cleared on Friday for faculty, staff, students and alumni arriving for the start of Homecoming festivities to gather at the big tent for a cookout celebrating the launch. You couldn’t help but feel the camaraderie of people of all ages coming together at a place that always feels like home, with or without a big tent as an assembly point. Sitting on the “front porch” of the tent, I spied all things Deacon, from little footballs sailing through the air to Tie Dye Nation T-shirts, even a professor returning “home” from Salemtowne Retirement Community. I felt the blessings of heritage and the thrill of what might be next for my alma mater. Read about the launch and view videos here.

Alumni who moved into ‘a dangerous nest of subversives’

Revered Prof. Peggy Smith’s long-awaited book on ski resorts

VIDEO: Portraits of alumni making a difference

Prof. Paúl Pauca’s done it again, building on Verbal Victor

September 2013 @WAKE: The Alumni Newsletter:

Homecoming. Who’s in?!


I’ve been happy to hear that friends from my 1980s “Thriller” era are making their party plans to return for Homecoming weekend, Oct. 18-19. As far as I know there are no plans to smash a car on Manchester Plaza, but if you want to hear Provost Rogan Kersh (’86) talk about Gen Y, that’s on tap. So is a tour of the Day of the Dead exhibit at the anthropology museum. How about Jenny Puckett’s (’71) class on Wake Forest traditions, where you can get an insider’s history of Mother, so dear?

Those events and more all happen before the Friday night reunion parties (Beach Boys? R. Kelly? Whitney Houston? Who will be your party soundtrack?) and the football game against Maryland Saturday. Whatever your class year, come back to celebrate campus memories and your pals. Here’s the full list of events with a link to registration.

WFU receives its highest ever U.S. News and World Report ranking

Nikolai Vitti (’00, MAEd ’01) is transforming the 22nd largest school district

NYT features WFU’s innovative approach to career development

Med school admission guaranteed for up to five humanities or arts majors

August 2013 @WAKE: The Alumni Newsletter:

Move-in Day: New friends for life

When Barb Gehlert Lederer (’87) attended Wake Forest, she lived in what was then New Dorm on Fidele hall. On Aug. 22 she moved her daughter, Anne-Levert, into a room just a couple doors down from her old room in the dorm now known as Luter Hall. Hers is a familiar story. Each year teary-eyed and beaming alumni show up with their children to enroll, hoping the next four years will create equally cherished memories. “These are going to be friends she’ll know the rest of her life,” Lederer said. “When she was accepted, people I haven’t seen in 25 years reached out to her.”

For alumni families, move-in day signified looking back and looking ahead. The Spirit of the Old Gold and Black struck up the fight song on Manchester Plaza, and a new class of Wake Foresters found a home. Read Kerry M. King’s (’85) story about alumni families on move-in day, one of our favorite days of the year.

Filmmaker Richard DiPatri (’93) on finding his joy

What Audrey Caison Bridger (’52) unearthed in the attic

Prof. David Carroll’s new take on solar technology

Deacs football! Inside the huddle video

July 2013 @WAKE: The Alumni Newsletter:

Thanks for the memories!


Chances are if a Wake Forest photo of Project Pumpkin made you smile or a picture of Wait Chapel moved you to nostalgic tears, those images — and emotions — were brought to you by Ken Bennett. The University’s photographer since 1997, Ken has climbed high and low, far and wide — always with a camera around his neck and a hefty gear bag over his shoulder — to creatively capture campus life through a Canon lens. The University Photographers’ Association of America recently honored him with its Master of the Profession award for consistently high quality work (follow his photo blog, Focus on the Forest). He also won awards for individual images including the one above of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library cupola. Congratulations, Ken, and thanks for the memories!

Her semester in Turkey translates to FOX News story

They’re ‘Paying it Forward for Fred’

Fan Fest: Are you ready for some Deacon football?

Casa Artom welcomes art lovers to La Biennale

June 2013 @WAKE: The Alumni Newsletter:

Oh, The Places They’ve Gone!

After the Indy 500 Clare Rizer was headed for a job in D.C.

Thirty-eight days after graduation, the seniors who crossed the stage to receive their diplomas and emerge as our newest alumni are never far from our thoughts. I’ve heard from some of them about jobs, traveling adventures and plans to stay on campus for graduate school. One of the many treats that arose from Commencement is a gallery of celebratory photographs shot by roving social media experts — led by Gretchen Edwards (’10) from Advancement. “What’s Next?” for the Class of 2013 brings you a taste of an impressive list of destinations and pursuits for post-grad living. From “Med School” to “Love, Work, and Public Policy,” the writing on the white boards confirms that the Class of 2013 will be a globe-trotting, world-changing group. I know you will enjoy seeing the graduates and their white-board ‘bon voyage.’

Can you become more honest, kinder by reading a book?

Rodney Rogers: ‘I’m just glad I’m still alive’

Younger brother’s Down Syndrome inspires senior’s research

Remembering alum Will D. Campbell, civil rights renegade

May 2013 @WAKE: The Alumni Newsletter:

Graduates make a splish-splash


Talk about timing. Because of tricky and occasionally ominous weather forecasts, students, families, faculty and staff on campus wondered whether Commencement 2013 on May 20 would occur on the Quad or in the Joel. The graduates I talked with were clear about what they wanted: an outdoor Commencement. That’s what the 1,700 graduates got, plus decent weather until the end.

After listening to journalist Gwen Ifill of PBS deliver the address and receiving diplomas, graduates marched, tassels on their mortarboards now on the left, through the receiving line of faculty members toward Reynolda Hall. As if on cue, the clouds burst, dousing our newest alumni with a celebratory drenching. The day’s festivities, despite the rain, inspired the “Wake!” cheer and the “Forest!” answer. Here’s to Commencement.

The Wake We Were: pictures from the past

Students wowed Wake with giant art project

Different ‘landscape’ of leaders’ brains

WFU college-to-career approach goes national

April 2013 @WAKE: The Alumni Newsletter:

Introducing Distinguished Alumni

U.S. Sen. Richard Burr ('78), Jane Owens Cage ('78) and the late Graham W. Denton Jr. ('67)

University leaders, trustees and graduates celebrated the newest recipients of Wake Forest’s Distinguished Alumni Award at a gala dinner Friday night.

U.S. Sen. Richard Burr (’78) of Winston-Salem, Jane Owens Cage (’78) of Joplin, Mo., and the late Graham W. Denton Jr. (’67, P ’93, ’97, ’10) of Charlotte were honored for service to community and their alma mater.

Read about these honored alumni and their love for Wake Forest. Videos and photos also tell their story.

Jane Freeman Crosthwaite (’59) salutes ‘ghosts’ of ZSR

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross (’98) on losing the war on terrorism

Sunshine? Mag Quad? Perfect day to paint a desk for wee ones

Scott family pledges $6.5 million for first-generation college students

March 2013 @WAKE: The Alumni Newsletter:

“Retirement” for Chris Paul

Chris and Jada Paul at the jersey ceremony with Ron Wellman, director of athletics

As Rob Daniels writes for Wake Forest Demon Deacon Athletics, “You can hang your hat on the numbers and the memories. Sometimes, you hang a jersey on something more.” That something more refers to the rafters in The Joel, which now display Chris Paul’s jersey No. 3.

On March 2 Olympic gold medalist, NBA superstar and local philanthropist Paul became the 11th Demon Deacon to have his jersey retired and the first since Josh Howard in 2004. He received a standing ovation during a rocking celebration on Chris Paul Day (CP3 Day). The Wake Forest basketball point guard from Lewisville, N.C., turned pro after his sophomore year in 2005 but continues to return to campus in the summers to work on finishing his degree. Read about CP3 Day, the triumphant return of the Los Angeles Clippers guard and famed Demon Deacon.

Gwen Ifill of “Washington Week” on PBS to speak at Commencement

Arkansas’ Wade Murphy (’00) makes history with Humanities Institute gift

In 1948 the Demon Deacon was a mascot in search of an identity

Melissa Rogers to lead White House’s Faith-Based office

February 2013 @WAKE: The Alumni Newsletter:

The lure of Reynolda Gardens

Reynolda Gardens, photo by Travis Dove ('04)

The spring issue of Wake Forest Magazine celebrates Reynolda Gardens, a serene place many of us love. We ran there after we stayed up all night to finish papers. We walked there with our friends to chat about the day’s news. It was our peaceful getaway for enjoying trees and birdsong.

We are pleased to bring you photographs by Travis Dove (’04), who studied communication and studio art and now works as a popular freelance photographer in North Carolina and nationally. Space prevented us from featuring all the photographs he shot for us in the print issue, but we don’t want you to miss a single image. Click here to see a slideshow (with music) of all his Reynolda Gardens photos.

Combat inclusion for women? Brig. Gen. Pat Foote (’52) welcomes it

Missy Malkush’s (’06) “Bodies and Objects” led to help for amputees

Even Paul Newman pulled for our 1983 “College Bowl” team

Love letters still matter to the digital natives at Wake Forest

January 2013 @WAKE: The Alumni Newsletter:

Who Inspired Mr. Wake Forest?

Provost Emeritus Edwin G. Wilson ('43)

Provost Emeritus Edwin G. Wilson (’43) enchanted generations of students with his recitations of the poetry of William Butler Yeats, William Blake and Dylan Thomas. It’s hard imagining him as a young man seeking out a mentor of his own. But he did just that. Read here about Edgar E. Folk Jr. (1921) and how he mentored the 16-year-old Ed Wilson with what Dr. Wilson calls “a mysterious quality that I’ve seldom encountered.”

Soccer star Marcus Tracy (’08) pays tribute to his resilient Newtown

Marc Palmieri (’94) on baseball, playwriting and ‘this crazy life’

Had your flu shot? Game-based research assesses your behavior

University Photographer Ken Bennett’s photo blog will take you back

December 2012 @WAKE: The Alumni Newsletter:

Lovefeast and community

Earlier this month in Wait Chapel, more than 2,000 of us gathered for the beloved campus tradition, the Christmas Lovefeast. As we sang “Morning Star” and touched beeswax candle to beeswax candle to spread light amid darkness, we were engaging in a sacred Moravian ritual about hope and marking the advent of the holiday season for the Wake Forest community.

Read about the Lovefeast. May the story bring back happy memories and may you have holidays worthy of song.

President Hatch reflects on the Newtown tragedy

What’s poet Dave Johnson (’90) creating at the NYC probation office?

Dr. Jim Jones (’55, MD ’59), a Lumbee, broke barriers on and off campus

Confused about Wake Forest and MOOCs? The provost explains

November 2012 @WAKE: The Alumni Newsletter:

New twist on Pro Humanitate: Welcome, human!

Emily Brewer and her son, Dylan, visit new mom Elizabeth and baby Emily

We are always searching for stories to celebrate Pro Humanitate, the Wake Forest motto that encourages us all to serve humanity. Emily Brewer (’98, MA ’03) spread the spirit in a global way when she helped deliver a baby girl at a UNC Chapel Hill bus stop this month. Her story went viral, with Brewer, a Ph.D. student at Chapel Hill, now referred to in some circles as the “delivery angel.”

She wrote about the experience of suddenly becoming famous and — spoiler alert — welcoming a wee little girl namesake into the world for Wake Forest Magazine online. Read about the good Samaritan.

Look, up in the sky! Alum headed to International Space Station

Legal eagles Bobby Higdon (’85, JD ’89), Frank Bradsher (’82) guide Kosovo

N.C.’s highest civilian honor goes to Susan P. Brinkley (’62)

“Contagion.” It’s what’s for dinner, topped with ethical quandaries

October 2012 @WAKE: The Alumni Newsletter:

Pro Humanitate: close to home

When Linda Tuttle, a staff assistant in the Department of Chemistry, was diagnosed with breast cancer, she never imagined her experience would inspire colleagues to develop a new treatment for the disease. Tuttle’s use of the drug tamoxifen inspired medicinal chemist Uli Bierbach and research colleagues Song Ding and Xim Qiao to develop a targeted therapy — one that sneaks up on breast cancer like a “Trojan Horse” attack.

Their inspirational story, where innovative research meets real life, reaffirms Wake Forest’s commitment to Pro Humanitate — whether halfway around the world or right here at home.

Mobile apps help students find everything from parking to washing machines

Billy Packer (’62) remembers Bones, Lenny and the 1962 basketball run

Fifty years after integration, Edward Reynolds (’64) has emotional reunions

Think of what you owe, not what you want, says TIME columnist Joe Klein

September 2012 @WAKE: The Alumni Newsletter:

Fore! More gold for Arnold Palmer

Arnold Palmer (’51, LLD ’70), left, with Jack Nicklaus, who called him “a man of unshakeable character.” Photo credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

In the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol, golf legend and Wake Forest luminary Arnold Palmer (’51, LLD ’70) received the Congressional Gold Medal on Sept. 12, two days after his 83rd birthday. Congress recognized his service to the country in promoting excellence and good sportsmanship. Along with the Presidential Medal of Freedom (Palmer received that honor in 2004), it is the highest civilian award in the United States and dates back to 1776, when the Second Continental Congress awarded the medal to George Washington. Read more about Palmer’s honor here.

An update on that dancing, head-spinning Deacon Jeff Dobbs (’77)

Frame issues of character on the field and off. Q&A with Pres. Hatch

TV host Melissa Harris-Perry (’94) asks, “What difference does that make?”

Ben Sutton Jr. (’80, JD ’83) champions new Reynolds Gym

August 2012 @WAKE: The Alumni Newsletter:

Alumni on Move-In Day: Back to the Future

The “snake pit” is long gone, formal parlors for greeting suitors are passé and no one is expected to yell “Man on the hall!” But alumni who arrived last Friday to help their children move onto South Campus for freshman year could not have been more pleased about the positive qualities that endure at Wake Forest.

Read more about continuing the legacy as alumni pass on the Wake Forest experience to their children.

President Hatch elected NCAA Division I board chairman

Blogger Ashley Swenson Hackshaw (’99, MBA ’03) finds joy through cancer

Where’s Vegas? Friends (’64) come home to Johnson, their first-year dorm

Sportswriter Tommie O’Toole (’78) on the Olympics, Penn State and golf

July 2012 @WAKE: The Alumni Newsletter:

Wake Forest Olympians going for the gold — and black!

If you’re planning to watch tonight’s Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, you can expect America’s delegation to sport red, white and blue. But inside those uniforms — and the uniforms of several other nations — will be athletes who bleed black and gold. Eight current or former Wake Foresters are Olympians!

They’re “constant and true” in red, white and blue — or any other colors!

Read about them here, and Go Deacs!

Jack Shearin (’50) and his band of carpenters ramp up to help disabled

Pro Humanitate inspires Jeannetta Craigwell-Graham’s (’06) leap of faith

Sign up for Homecoming & Reunion Weekend. All fun, all the time!

Filmmaker Sam Smartt (’09) captures sounds of Chi Rho trip to Zambia

June 2012 @WAKE: The Alumni Newsletter:

From ‘Pro!’ in L.A. to ‘Humanitate!’ in Richmond

A tip of the hard hat and a wave of the hairnet to the more than 400 Wake Foresters who showed their Pro Humanitate Spirit this month.

The first Pro Humanitate Days, also known as “4Good,” saw Deacs from 18 Wake Forest clubs across the country respond to the call to volunteer en masse. Coast to coast, they pounded nails to build a house in Palm Beach, prepared food in Houston, organized a Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Richmond and cleaned a park in Atlanta.

Gaye Taylor Upchurch (’96) has more drama in her life than most of us

For Susan Brinkley (’62), the Old Campus is the “holy land.” She means it

Life’s big questions? WFU Chaplain Tim Auman walks the talk – and sleds

All are invited to share stories for “Faces of Courage” celebration

May 2012 @WAKE: The Alumni Newsletter:

Commencement: A day for memories and memorable quotes

Among the fun aspects of being back at Wake Forest is hearing how visitors view our traditional campus events. At Commencement Monday, happy quotes were flying. Here’s one of my favorite exchanges:
“Our grandson’s girlfriend is graduating summa cum laude.”
“What about your grandson?” asked a WFU staffer.
“He’s thank the laude!”

Enjoy reading more about Commencement and seeing photos

First came Rhodes and Truman scholars. Now add seven Fulbrights

Case closed. A prankster from the 1978 Mickey Mouse caper fesses up

Revelations about acclaimed writer Laurence Stallings (1916) in two trunks

Pro Humanitate spirited? Volunteer nationwide with alumni June 1-4

April 2012 @WAKE: The Alumni Newsletter:

Wake Forest as ‘idea factory’

In Wait Chapel earlier this month, former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice called American colleges and universities “centers of creativity and innovation” and the “idea factories for our country and world.” She kicked off the national conference “Rethinking Success: From the Liberal Arts to Careers in the 21st Century,” examining the value of a liberal arts education in the workforce. The conference on April 11-13 attracted presidents, career officers, deans and faculty from more than 70 colleges and universities.

Words Awake! brought home writers, showcased Ed Wilson (’43)

Wake Forest’s remarkable trees (toilet paper preferred)

Federal Judge Frank Whitney (’82) conducts last military trial in Iraq

Pro Humanitate spirited? Sign up to volunteer in June with alumni nationwide

March 2012 @WAKE: The Alumni Newsletter:

Extreme explorer with Pro Humanitate spirit


Meet an intrepid Demon Deacon. Carlton Ward Jr. (’98), an eighth-generation Floridian, imagined bringing attention to conservation and habitat issues in his home state. He envisioned a 1,000-mile journey over 100 days, and it has come to pass. An environmental photojournalist, he credits Wake Forest with giving him an undergraduate education that he calls “a process of discovery.” He also got a professional start here by shooting Wait Chapel during a perfect crimson sunset.

Jenny Puckett (’71) reveals “shocking” perfume bottle scandal, other Wake Forest tales

Discovery: Power Felt’s electricity from body heat

Best law school experience? Graduation, joked Justice Clarence Thomas

Barbee Myers Oakes (’80, MA ’81): Among “25 Women Making a Difference”

Trash talk from Allison Orr (’93) at SXSW in Austin

February 2012 @WAKE: The Alumni Newsletter:

Our newest Distinguished Alumni share WFU memories

As Cherin C. Poovey (P ’08) writes in this month’s newsletter, the newest recipients of Wake Forest’s Distinguished Alumni Award embody the spirit of Pro Humanitate through service to the community and their alma mater. Humanitarian, public servant and entrepreneur — they are friends many of you might remember.

Meet Brandon Turner, our newest Rhodes Scholar. Read his winning oration

Kevin Dias (’06) scores big with Putter King app

Interfaith pilgrimage to the Holy Land

Lucy Lan (’12) brings TEDx ideas confab to WFU

January 2012 @WAKE: The Alumni Newsletter:

Rogan Kersh: ‘You had me at hello’

There, on the local front page Saturday, was Wake Forest’s new provost visiting with our esteemed provost emeritus, the self-proclaimed romantic. Befitting a storybook moment, Rogan Kersh (’86) will walk in the footsteps of Edwin G. Wilson (’43), who couldn’t stop smiling about Kersh’s appointment Friday to his former job as chief academic officer.

Face Time: He did a ‘tough mudder’ for his student

Legendary North Carolinian Bill Friday got his start at Wake Forest

From dancing to debates, these dates changed WFU history

Carol Barbee (’81) partners with Kiefer Sutherland on new Fox drama