Stories this week at WFU

UNIVERSITY ‘LIGHTS THE QUAD’ FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Wake Forest students will host “The Lighting of the Quad,” an interfaith holiday event, tonight at 8 p.m. on University Plaza (Quad) in front of Reynolda Hall. The event will include the decorating of the Quad with lights, greenery and a 20-foot tree; a short, interfaith service; musical performances; and hot chocolate and cookies. The event is free and open to the public. Contact: News Service, 336-758-5237.

CHAPEL BY CANDLELIGHT: CHRISTMAS LOVEFEAST DEC. 7
Wake Forest will hold its 38th annual Christmas lovefeast and candlelight service Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. in Wait Chapel. Media are invited to attend and photographers may set up along the balcony steps. Contact: News Service, 336-758-5237.

LOCAL AGENCIES SUBJECTS OF WFU STUDENT DOCUMENTARIES
One documentary features a portrait of a leader in the local Hispanic community; one is about a singing group made up of local homeless shelter residents; another focuses on the Forsyth County chapter of Habitat for Humanity – and they were all produced by Wake Forest students. Thirteen students worked in teams as part of the course “Dialogue and Documentary” taught by Brett Ingram. Ingram, recognized nationally as a top Indie filmmaker, encouraged his students to select topics based on the university’s theme year, “Fostering Dialogue.” The classes’ six films will be shown Dec. 6 at 6:30 p.m. in Benson University Center’s Pugh Auditorium. The student filmmakers, along with Ingram, will be available for interviews prior to and following the viewings. Contact: Jacob McConnico, mcconnjn@nullwfu.edu or 336-758-5237.

FACULTY, STAFF SERVE BREAKFAST TO STUDYING STUDENTS
Wake Forest professors will be serving final exams in few days, but before that they will serve up eggs, bacon and biscuits to their students. Approximately 40 faculty and staff members will host a late-night breakfast for students in the Reynolda Hall Cafeteria from 9 -11:30 p.m. on Dec. 8. The annual breakfast also features give-a-ways and performances by several campus music groups. Contact: Sarah Mansell, manselss@nullwfu.edu or 336-758-5237.

LET THERE BE PEACE … IN BLENDED FAMILIES
Many families have expectations of picturesque holidays with peaceful family moments over mugs of eggnog. But for most families — particularly blended ones — this is far from reality. How can blended families make the holidays a truly enjoyable time? What can they do to strengthen their bonds? Samuel Gladding, associate provost and chair of the department of counseling at Wake Forest University, recommends that blended families focus on incorporating rituals both old and new, dealing with forgiveness issues and creating internal and external opportunities to give gifts and attend events together. “Take advantage of opportunities to come together even more and strengthen bonds,” says Gladding. Contact: Pam Barrett, barretpm@nullwfu.edu or 336.758.5237.

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