Coping in the Pandemic

Students, faculty and staff adjust to the challenges of a fall semester unlike any other.

Spring 2021



On a sunny day in late September, first-year student Ellen Emge of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, does homework in her hammock on Davis Field.


Ken Bennett, Wake Forest’s director of photography, captured scenes from the first month of the fall 2020 semester, when campus community members embraced “Show Humanitate” — donning masks, keeping social distance and creating classroom experiences to inspire learning indoors or out.



Outside Z. Smith Reynolds Library, first-year students Aisha Turner, left, and Olivia “Liv” Lockland, both of Arlington, Virginia, study ancient Greek athletics for their First-Year Seminar.

With the required masks and social distancing in place, students tackle the climbing wall in Reynolds Gym.

Students join a watch party with outdoor screens to cheer on the football team in a nationally televised game against Clemson University.

Even the Demon Deacon at the Sutton Sports Performance Center and Shah Basketball Complex wears a mask.

Christopher Gilliam, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities, leads a group of 10 students in his choral class outside Scales Fine Arts Center.

Students play Ultimate Frisbee on Manchester Plaza.

Ulrike Wiethaus, professor of religion and American ethnic studies, teaches a class outside Scales Fine Arts Center.

Fans wait for the football game against Clemson University to begin on the drive-in theater screens set up at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds. They couldn’t watch inside the stadium because of the pandemic.

Students work in the atrium of Farrell Hall.

Students navigate between classes outside Farrell Hall.

Socially distanced students attend the First-Year Seminar on Greek and Roman history taught by Amy Lather, assistant professor of classical languages, in Tribble Hall.

Artwork and a message outside Scales Fine Arts Center.

Flags line the walkways of Tribble Plaza in an anniversary remembrance of the victims of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

First-year students participate in Deacon Olympics at Reynolds Gym.

Leah Roy, teaching professor of performance in the Department of Theatre and Dance, leads a class in warmup exercises from the Tedford Stage.

The Wake Forest Campus Garden shed.

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