Introducing Distinguished Alumni
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.
“Retirement” for Chris Paul
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.
The lure of Reynolda Gardens
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.
Who Inspired Mr. Wake Forest?
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.”
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.
New twist on Pro Humanitate: Welcome, human!
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.
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.
Fore! More gold for Arnold Palmer
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!”
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.
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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.
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.
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.