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Life at the Forest

Campus highlights from the 2013-2014 academic year

By Sarah Boerkircher Office of Communications and External Relations

Wake Foresters inspire and uphold campus traditions new and old. Throughout the academic year, students serve, lead and share fellowship in the spirit of Pro Humanitate.

Professor Mary Dalton (second from left) talks with new students.

Bringing classroom vibrancy to the
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The Faculty Fellows, a new program of 19 professors, were familiar faces in the first-year residence halls. Each residence hall had at least three faculty members assigned within this partnership program.

Runners take off at the start of Hit The Bricks.

Wake Foresters “Hit the Bricks”

Students, faculty and staff participated in Hit the Bricks, an eight-hour relay race around Hearn Plaza that honors Brian Piccolo, a Wake Forest All-American football player who passed away from cancer during his career with the Chicago Bears.

Campaign volunteers, donors, alumni and friends gathered Thursday night to celebrate the public announcement of the campaign.

Big moment on campus

“Wake Will: The Campaign for Wake Forest” is the largest fundraising effort in the University’s history. The University and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center will significantly increase our impact on our region, nation and world by investing $1 billion.

Project Pumpkin’s 25th birthday

More than 800 community children arrived on campus with costumes and matching smiles to help celebrate the 25th anniversary of Project Pumpkin.

Turkeypalooza: A week of Thanksgiving

Wake Forest students cook and deliver made-from-scratch Thanksgiving dinners to food-insecure local residents during the annual Turkeypalooza.

Wake Forest students cooked and delivered made-from-scratch Thanksgiving dinners to local residents during Turkeypalooza, an annual event hosted by The Campus Kitchen.

Lovefeast: A unifying tradition

Students, faculty, staff, alums and friends of the University gathered to celebrate the 49th annual Lovefeast.

Christmas decorations, music, and the smell of sweet coffee filled Wait Chapel as more than 2,000 students, faculty, staff, alums and friends of the University gathered to celebrate the 49th annual Lovefeast.

Making wishes come true

Pocahontas (Wake Forest student Lydia Pappas) talks with Ava Elsner and her mother at the Make-A-Wish event on campus. Photo credit: Cameron Miller.

When 6-year-old Ava Elsner arrived on campus, students dressed as Cinderella and Snow White greeted her and placed a sparkling crown on her head. Students sponsored a Make-A-Wish trip for Ava, who suffers from spinal muscular atrophy.

WFU shoots for Ultimate Frisbee gold

The Wake Forest Ultimate Frisbee team practices on Poteat Field.

With three consecutive regional championships in its pocket and a roster stacked full of returning players, the Wake Forest men’s Ultimate Frisbee team was posed to make a run at the national tournament May 17-18 in Westerville, Ohio.

Taking a break to build communities

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More than 100 Wake Forest students spent their spring break hard at work in the spirit of Pro Humanitate in cities across the country. In the past five years, Wake Alternative Break (WAB) has doubled the number of service trips it offers.

Building a personal leadership style

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Super Bowl-winning coach Tony Dungy told a standing-room-only crowd that leading people works best when you stay true to yourself, which was sometimes a challenge for the soft-spoken man who made his career in the NFL.

Desk decorating for kids

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Students from across campus teamed up with 47 children from Old Town Elementary to paint desks designed for each individual child. Flowers and movie characters were popular decorations.

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Keep calm and study on

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Wake the Library provides students with all the resources they need for successful study sessions and creative ways to relieve stress.

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