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Emily Giffin Book Tour

FIRSTCOMESLOVEIn this dazzling new novel, Emily Giffin (’94), the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Something Borrowed, Where We Belong, and The One & Only introduces two sisters who find themselves at a crossroads.

Growing up, Josie and Meredith Garland shared a loving, if sometimes contentious relationship. Josie was impulsive, spirited, and outgoing; Meredith hardworking, thoughtful, and reserved. When tragedy strikes their family, their different responses to the event splinter their delicate bond.

Fifteen years later, Josie and Meredith are in their late thirties, following very different paths. Josie, a first grade teacher, is single—and this close to swearing off dating for good. What she wants more than the right guy, however, is to become a mother—a feeling that is heightened when her ex-boyfriend’s daughter ends up in her class. Determined to have the future she’s always wanted, Josie decides to take matters into her own hands.

On the outside, Meredith is the model daughter with the perfect life. A successful attorney, she’s married to a wonderful man, and together they’re raising a beautiful four-year-old daughter. Yet lately, Meredith feels dissatisfied and restless, secretly wondering if she chose the life that was expected of her rather than the one she truly desired.

As the anniversary of their tragedy looms and painful secrets from the past begin to surface, Josie and Meredith must not only confront the issues that divide them, but also come to terms with their own choices. In their journey toward understanding and forgiveness, both sisters discover they need each other more than they knew . . . and that in the recipe for true happiness, love always comes first.

Emotionally honest and utterly enthralling, First Comes Love is a story about family, friendship, and the courage to follow your own heart—wherever that may lead.

ADVANCE PRAISE FOR FIRST COMES LOVE:

“Giffin’s talent is pretty much unparalleled when it comes to the modern woman’s story about life, love and family.” —Redbook

“This is Giffin at her finest—a fantastic, memorable story.” —Publishers Weekly

“Moving and complex, [First Comes Love] proves [that Emily Giffin is] still at the top of her game.” —Booklist

“Giffin juggles Josie’s quest for motherhood and Meredith’s internal conflicts deftly. . . . Giffin paints a realistic portrait of the troubled and complex relationship between a pair of sisters. Beyond the sisters, the novel is rich with well-drawn characters, from Gabe, Josie’s best friend and platonic roommate, to Sophie, Daniel’s girlfriend at the time of his death. Giffin’s fans will be pleased with this fast-paced, witty, and thoughtful new offering.” —Kirkus Reviews

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Emily Giffin author photo2 (credit Emmanuelle Choussy)Emily will be traveling across the country for the First Comes Love tour.  Here is the full tour schedule:

Charleston, SC

Saturday, June 25th @ 2 pm
Girls’ Getaway Weekend at The Gaillard Center
(Guys welcome, too!)
Talk/Q&A/Signing
95 Calhoun St
Charleston, SC
Ticket info: eventbrite.com

New York, NY

Tuesday, June 28th @ 7 pm
Barnes & Noble at Union Square
Talk/Q&A/Signing
33 East 17th Street
New York, NY
Special treats by Sprinkles Cupcakes

Huntington, NY

Wednesday, June 29th @ 7 pm
Book Revue
Talk/Q&A/Signing
313 New York Ave.
Huntington, NY
More info: bookrevue.com

Atlanta/Dunwoody, GA

Thursday, June 30th @ 7:30 pm
Marcus JCC of Atlanta with Mara Davis
Talk/Q&A/Signing
5342 Tilly Mill Rd.
Dunwoody, GA
Special treats by Sprinkles Cupcakes
Ticket info: atlantajcc.org

St. Louis, MO

Tuesday, July 5th @ 7 pm
St. Louis County Library with Left Bank Books and McGraw Milhaven
Talk/Q&A/Signing
1640 South Lindbergh Blvd.
St. Louis, MO
Ticket info: facebook.com/events…

Houston, TX

Wednesday, July 6th @ 7 pm
Barnes & Noble at River Oaks Shopping Center
Talk/Q&A/Signing
2030 West Gray St.
Houston, TX
Special treats by Sprinkles Cupcakes

Huntington Beach, CA

Thursday, July 7th @ 7 pm
Barnes & Noble at Huntington Beach
Talk/Q&A/Signing
7881 Edinger Ave. #110
Huntington Beach, CA

Los Angeles, CA

Friday, July 8th @ 7 pm
Barnes & Noble at The Grove
Talk/Q&A/Signing
189 The Grove Drive
Los Angeles, CA
Special treats by Sprinkles Cupcakes

Nashville, TN

Monday, July 11th @ 6:30 pm
Draper James with Parnassus Books
Talk/Q&A/Signing
2608 12th Ave. South
Nashville, TN
Special treats by Sprinkles Cupcakes
Ticket info: eventbrite.com

Washington, D.C.

Tuesday, July 12th @ 6:30 pm
Rooftop at The Hepburn with Politics & Prose
Talk/Q&A/Signing
1901 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, DC
Special treats by Sprinkles Cupcakes
Ticket info: eventbrite.com

Naperville, IL (my hometown!) 

Wednesday, July 13th @ 7 pm
Meiley-Swallow Hall, North Central College with Anderson’s Bookshop
Talk/Q&A/Signing
31 S. Ellsworth St.
Naperville, IL
Ticket info: brownpapertickets.com

Chicago, IL

Thursday, July 14th @ 6:30 pm
The Peninsula Ballroom
Talk/Q&A/Signing
108 East Superior St.
Chicago, IL
Ticket info: firstcomeslovechicago.eventbrite.com

Milwaukee, WI

Friday, July 15th @ 7 pm
Boswell’s Books
Talk/Q&A/Signing
2550 North Downer Ave.
Milwaukee, WI
Ticket info: brownpapertickets.com

Etobicoke/Toronto, ON

Thursday, July 21st7 pm
Indigo at Sherway Gardens
Talk/Q&A/Signing
25 The West Mall
Etobicoke, ON
Musical Entertainment & Special Giveaways

Atlanta, GA

Tuesday, July 26th @ 7 pm
Barnes & Noble Buckhead
Talk/Q&A/Signing
2900 Peachtree Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30305

Atlanta, GA

Tuesday, August 2nd @ 7 pm
FoxTale Book Shoppe
Talk/Q&A/Signing
105 E Main St
Woodstock, GA 30188

2017 Innovation Fund Proposals

We are now accepting proposals for the 2017 Alumni Council Innovation Fund. The Alumni Council Communities Committee will meet this spring to determine this year’s recipient(s). To apply, please fill out and return the Innovation Fund Application to mcmillen@nullwfu.edu by Friday, May 13, 2016. Please note that you may request up to $1,500. The 2017 winner(s) will be announced by July 1, 2016.

The Innovation Fund is designed to encourage innovative alumni programming in an effort to establish an enriching and sustainable connection between Wake Forest University and her constituents. The goal of the Innovation Fund is to identify creative programming and increase alumni participation. A successful community program may be leveraged into a national program offered regularly by the Alumni Office of Engagement.

As a guide, please find refer to WAKEWashington’s winning 2016 proposal.  If you have specific questions or would like other information, please contact Evan McMillen.

Pro Humanitate Day 2016

One in five American children lives without consistent access instagram_2016to adequate food. For these children and their families, summer can be especially hard, as they lose access to the school breakfasts and lunches that they rely upon.

On April 9, we can continue to turn the tables on childhood hunger.

By joining fellow Deacs in your local community and across the nation, you can raise food and awareness to make a difference in the lives of hungry children and their families. Make the choice to connect with old friends and make a few new ones, while doing our part to make sure that no child goes hungry this summer.

Together, we will show the world that Good Wears Black.

Please visit your local Community page to learn how you can contribute in your area. In addition to volunteering, you may gather food, and share your efforts via social media. Collect food on your own, or together with family and friends, and donate to the local food pantry of your choice. Share your efforts via social media by posting pictures and stories using#GoodWearsBlack. A list of suggested items and details on how to share your experience may be found on our website.

2015 Lovefeast

Wake Foresters across the country joined together for the annual Wake Forest Lovefeast on Sunday, December 6.  While the local community gathered in Wait Chapel, over 200 long-distance Deacs came together for regional Lovefeast Gatherings and participated via the live-streamed broadcast.  Gatherings included Atlanta, Austin, Charlotte, Denver, the Wake Forest Birthplace Museum, and San Diego. The Lovefeast livestream can be viewed here.

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Santa and the Deacon

On Saturday, December 5, local Wake Families enjoyed a new experience to kick-off the holiday season.  Over 40 Deacon families joined us in the Magnolia Room for the opportunity to have photos taken with Santa and the Deacon.  Little Deacs and older Deacs enjoyed muffins, biscuits, coffee and a hot cocoa bar in a festive atmosphere.  Children made crafts, decorated cookies, and made their own bag of reindeer food.

Santa Claus meets alumni children at an event at Wake Forest University on Saturday, December 5, 2015.

Santa Claus meets alumni children at an event at Wake Forest University on Saturday, December 5, 2015.

Deacs in Love Instagram Contest

Are you and your significant other “Deacs in Love?” Did you meet on the DeacsInLoveLogo_AEQuad, the Pit, or years later at Homecoming? If you can’t be here on February 6 for a special champagne brunch (please visit this link for more information), join us digitally by participating in the Deacs in Love Instagram contest which will run from February 1 – 15.  Share a “Deacs in Love” couple photo on Instagram, Twitter & Facebook media using #DeacsInLove (somehow include the years you’ve been together – be creative!).