James Beshara (’08), CEO and co-founder of Crowdtilt, a social group-funding platform, came to campus to meet with student innovators and shared ideas with faculty on how to prepare students to launch start-ups after graduation.
Wake Forest students, alumni, faculty and staff remember Nelson Mandela, an icon of freedom who embodied the spirit of Pro Humanitate, and reflect upon his influence on their own lives.
Wake Forest students cook and deliver made-from-scratch Thanksgiving dinners to local residents during Turkeypalooza, an annual event hosted by The Campus Kitchen.
Wake Forest graduate James M. O’Connell has been named a Rhodes Scholar. O’Connell, who is from Tampa, Fla., graduated summa cum laude in May 2013 with a bachelor of arts in politics and international affairs. He plans to complete a masters in public policy.
Award-winning poet, author and Civil Rights activist Maya Angelou encouraged a standing-room only crowd to take individual responsibility for creating a community of kindness and respect. The event marked the first 30 days of a yearlong, campus-wide “Dignity and Respect Campaign.”
Surrounded by friends, family, fellow donors and members of the Wake Forest community, University Trustee Mary Farrell (P ’10) helped dedicate Farrell Hall, the new home for the Wake Forest School of Business. The ceremony marked the fulfillment of the dream she and her late husband, former Trustee Mike Farrell (P ’10, LLD ’13), began three years ago with a $10 million leadership gift.
To recruit and retain outstanding faculty who embody Wake Forest’s teacher-scholar ideal, three alumni have committed $3 million to fund Presidential Chairs. Bobby Burchfield has established the Burchfield Presidential Chair of Political Economy and Mike and Debbie Rubin have established the Rubin Chair of Jewish and Israeli Studies.
Under a big tent on Manchester Plaza, students and alumni wrote about the Wake Forest people who have inspired them on a book standing more than 10 feet tall. The outsized pages reflect the big dreams Wake Forest will achieve with “Wake Will: The Campaign for Wake Forest.” Relive the highlights of the weekend events.
“Wake Will: The Campaign for Wake Forest” represents the largest mobilization of support for the mission of Wake Forest in the institution’s 179-year history. Wake Forest University and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center will significantly increase their impact on the region, the nation and the world by investing $1 billion over the next five years to strengthen and renew their ability to carry out their respective missions.
The butterfly effect states that serendipitous happenings can produce outcomes very different from the ones envisioned. Launching a career after college is often about being in the right place at the right time and being open to the unexpected and the unplanned.