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2013 January

Mother, So Dear is turning 179!

Next week will mark the 179th birthday of Wake Forest. On Monday, February 3, 1834, Wake Forest Manual Labor Institute opened its doors and admitted its first student. In those early days, students were schooled in agriculture by day and the Baptist ministry by night. They forged the values–hard work, dedication to helping others, and following one’s true passion–which are still synonymous with Wake Forest to this day. This year, let’s take a moment to pause and celebrate Mother, So Dear’s birthday. Join in on the fun all week long here on campus and online.

#wfubday

Use #wfubday on social media to share your moments during campus events and your favorite Wake Forest memories.

And don’t forget to wish Mother, So Dear a happy birthday! Students: Create a birthday card at any of the campus events, snap a picture, and share it on Twitter or Instagram using #wfubday. Alumni: Send your birthday wishes via WFU’s Facebook page wall, via Instagram by creating a card and posting it using #wfubday and mentioning @wfuniversity, or via Twitter by clicking the button below:

Monday, February 4th: “The Kick-Off”
Birthday Party in the Pit, 5 – 8 p.m.
Celebrate with birthday cake, festive hats, and more!

Tuesday, February 5th: “Celebrate Tradition”
Campus Tours, 1, 2 & 3 p.m., Upper Quad
Meet the Traditions Council at the Pro Humanitate Seal for a tour of sacred Wake Forest spots on campus.

Earn extra points for your trivia team during the tour! Tweet a picture from the tour, tag it #wfubday, and mention @WFUTradCo. On Instagram, post a picture, tag it #wfubday, and mention @wfuniversity. When you go to trivia, have your phone and show your post to the event organizers.

Tuesday Trivia, 8 p.m., Shorty’s
Grab your friends and test your knowledge of all things Wake Forest! The winning team gets lunch with Provost Rogan Kersh.

Wednesday, February 6th: “Honor Mother, So Dear”
Birthday Card Bonanza, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.,
Pit Patio

Visit with the 1834 Campaign outside the Pit to express your gratitude for Wake Forest.

Thursday, February 7th: “Throwback Thursday”
Follow along #wfubday & #tbt online as campus social media outlets highlight moments from WFU’s past.
Share your favorite Wake memories by using #wfubday & #tbt! Be sure to check out WFU on Twitter and Facebook, ZSR Library on Facebook, Campus Life on Facebook, and Wake Forest Magazine on Facebook to revisit some of the best of days gone by.

Friday, February 8th: “Birthday Social”
Celebrate with President Hatch, 3 – 4 p.m., Green Room, Reynolda Hall
The campus community is invited to celebrate Wake Forest’s birthday and partake in light refreshments.

Saturday, February 9th: “Spirit Saturday”
Men’s Basketball vs. FSU, 12 p.m., the Joel
Come cheer on the Deacs! On your way in to the game, enter a raffle for a chance to win two courtside seats to the men’s basketball game versus Georgia Tech on Saturday, February 16. The winners will be announced during halftime.

Sponsored by: 1834 Campaign, Student Government, Campus Life, Tradition’s Council, Student Union, Office of the President, Alumni Office, Office of the Provost, WF Athletics, and Aramark.

See how Deacs everywhere are celebrating Mother, So Dear’s birthday!

DC Deacs: Don’t miss this month’s Speaker Series

Join us for the first Washington, DC “Speaker Series” event of 2013. Matt Beardall (’95) will share his perspective on the Washington, DC economy for the coming year, including sequestration and implications of the fiscal cliff. Bring your lunch and join us at JP Morgan Chases’ offices in downtown DC for an interactive discussion on Wednesday, January 30 at 12 p.m.

Matt Beardall is the Market President and Commercial Banking Executive of Greater Washington at JP Morgan Chase. He holds a BS in Business from Wake Forest and an MBA from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill Kenan – Flagler Business School. Prior to JP Morgan Chase, Matt held a number of positions with Bank of America Merrill Lynch during the last 15 years, including Senior Client Manager and Senior Commercial Products Manager.

Join us for “Health & Wellness as a Post Grad”

Young alumni in Winston-Salem, join us on Tuesday, January 29 at 5:30 p.m. for the first of the four-part young alumni professional development series. Meghan Cline (’04), Wellness Coach at Aetna and author of the new book “Inside Out Weight Management,” will explain how to juggle a new career while maintaining personal well-being.

Meghan Cline holds a BA in Health & Exercise Science from Wake Forest and a MA in Health Sciences from Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health. She returned to Wake Forest in 2006 as the nutrition interventionist on a NIH-funded research study and now works for Aetna as a wellness coach. Meghan has also completed a certification for life coaching and has her own private practice, and recently published her first book, “Inside Out Weight Management.”

The young alumni professional development series continues over the next few months. Be sure to save the dates below:

  • Tuesday, February 26th: Basics of Budgeting for the Real World, Alex Taylor (’11), Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch
  • Tuesday, March 26th: It’s All About Who You Know: Understanding What Networking Really Means, Ladd Flock, Associate Director, College to Career Community Partnerships at Wake Forest University
  • April (Date TBD): From Winston-Salem to the Big Cities: A Panel Discussion
  • Darling Deacon: Nella Dyksterhouse

    In the Alumni Office, we love seeing the demon deacon children of alumni! (Or pictures of alumni when they were little deacons themselves.)

    And we figured we weren’t the only ones. Each week, we will be featuring “darling deacons” here on Alumni, So Dear. It’s a chance for alumni parents to share with the Wake Forest community pictures of their children in all of their Black & Gold gear. We’re happy for alumni to take a walk down memory lane and send in any childhood Wake Forest photos of themselves, too.

    This week’s Darling Deacon is Nella Lenore Dyksterhouse. She was born on September 22, 2012 at 10:50 a.m. Her proud parents are Jimmy (’06) and Kate Dyksterhouse (’07). Kate wrote in an email to the Alumni Office, “Nella entered the world six weeks early after a complicated pregnancy measuring a whopping 5 pounds 13 ounces and 20 inches long. She stayed in the NICU for three weeks and one of the neonatologists who oversaw her care was also a Wake Forest Alumni! Go Deacs!”

    The family is looking forward to next football season when Nella will be waddling (or maybe still crawling!) around the hill while they all cheer on the Deacs together.

    We are excited to share another darling deacon next week.

    Would you like to be considered for darling deacon of the week? Email your photo and the names of those pictured, your name and class year, and any other related information to .

    Darling Deacon: John Kalavritinos

    In the Alumni Office, we love seeing the demon deacon children of alumni! (Or pictures of alumni when they were little deacons themselves.)

    And we figured we weren’t the only ones. Each week, we will be featuring “darling deacons” here on Alumni, So Dear. It’s a chance for alumni parents to share with the Wake Forest community pictures of their children in all of their Black & Gold gear. We’re happy for alumni to take a walk down memory lane and send in any childhood Wake Forest photos of themselves, too.

    This week’s Darling Deacon is 13-year-old John Kalavritinos. His father, Jack Kalavritinos (’85), wrote in an email to the Alumni Office about their time together at Homecoming 2012, “John and I had an amazing time…and truly enjoyed being back at good ole Wake.”

    Jack Kalavritinos (’85) and his son John at Homecoming 2012′s Festival on the Quad.

    Father and son at the football game.

    Jack also shared that one of the highlights of the weekend was coincidently sitting behind his freshman year roommate, James Ivory (’85), who was also at the football game with his son, Sebastian Ivory. They realized it right after halftime and enjoyed reminiscing throughout the second half of the game. James’ son had just been accepted to Wake Forest early admission, so there was plenty to talk about!

    John and newfound friend Sebastian Ivory (’17) roll the Quad after the Deacons beat Army 49-37. Their fathers were roommates freshman year, and the families had run into each other during the football game.

    We are excited to share another darling deacon next week.

    Would you like to be considered for darling deacon of the week? Email your photo and the names of those pictured, your name and class year, and any other related information to .

    Charlotte Welcomes Provost Rogan Kersh

    On January 15, Provost Rogan Kersh (’86) visited the Wake Forest Charlotte community. He discussed the distinctive characteristics of the members of Generation Y in comparison to their Gen X, Baby Boomer and Greatest Generation peers and explored their readiness to be leaders. Provost Kersh has done extensive research about the generations, even living in a dormitory while a professor at NYU to forward his research.

    Provost Kersh was in the first class of Reynolds scholars at Wake Forest and received his Ph.D. in political science from Yale. In his 15 years of teaching at Yale, Syracuse, and NYU, he has won four university-wide teaching awards. Before returning to WFU, he was associate dean of NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service, where he also was a professor of public policy.