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Alumni, So Dear

Darling Deacon: Sutton Francis

pennantIn 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. 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.

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This week’s Darling Deacon is eight-month-old Sutton, daughter of  Scott (’04, MSA ’05, MBA ’06) and  (’06) and Meredith McCormack (’04) Francis. Sutton comes from a long line of Deacons, as three of her four grandparents also graduated from Wake Forest.  We believe that there will be a lot more black and gold in her future!

We are excited to share another darling deacon soon.

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 . Photos should incorporate Wake Forest in some way for publication.

Progressive Dinner and a Proposal!

On Saturday, November 1st, 22 alumni joined together on campus for the first ever “Alumni Progressive Dinner”, transitioning between the new dining options on campus, while enjoying time to connect with new and old Deacon faces.

The alumni group began at Shorty’s to enjoy appetizers and mingling, then did a walk-through tour of the Fresh Food Company (“the Pit”), had pizza in the Zick’s on the Quad (the former post office), and ended the progressive dinner in the North Dining Hall by having dessert at Bistro ’34. If you would like to learn more about these dining options on campus (always available to alumni, family & friends!), you can do so here.

Here is what a few alumni had to say about the event:
“It’s one way to become familiar and comfortable with the campus again since there are probably at least twice as many buildings on campus as when I attended Wake. Also it was interesting to discover what the present students experience food wise as it is totally different than the old “pit” and dairy/sandwich bar off the Reynolda patio which were our only options on campus in the old days. I think all alumni would be interested to know that they too can experience all the restaurant choices on campus.”

“I truly enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and the group size was perfect. We could chat and connect with different alumni as the evening wore on, yet we were free to explore the different dining areas and talk with WFU staff as well. I enjoyed asking questions and hearing how WFU has changed, but has also tried to stay true to the WFU spirit. The pizzas at Zick’s were also fantastic! I’m delighted to know that I can dine on campus anytime and not wait for a future progressive dinner.”

There was also a really special moment that Saturday night as well, as two alumni who “attended” the dinner as a date, actually had a huge surprise in order! Read more here to learn about how John Turner (’12) asked his Demon Deacon sweetheart, Sam Perrotta (’12) to marry him that evening!

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We hope to make the on-campus Progressive Dinner a new tradition at Wake Forest, and hope you and any loved ones will be able to join for the next one. Please email (’92) with any questions about future dinners, and be on the lookout for the next invitation.

Darling Deacon: Brooks Wooten

pennantIn 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. 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.

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This week’s Darling Deacons is one-month-old Brooks Wooten, son of Benji and Rachel Hays (’09) Wooten.  He is the most adorable football we’ve ever seen!

We are excited to share another darling deacon soon.

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 . Photos should incorporate Wake Forest in some way for publication.

Darling Deacons: Parker and Oliver Swain

pennantIn 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. 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.

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This week’s Darling Deacons are   three-year-old Parker and seven-month-old Oliver, sons of Matt (’06) and Amanda Sullivan (’06) Swain. They are quite a handsome pair of tiny Deacs!

We are excited to share another darling deacon soon.

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 . Photos should incorporate Wake Forest in some way for publication.

Project Pumpkin & Progressive Dinner on Campus

Local alumni came out to help with the 26th Annual Project Pumpkin on October 29. Alumni gave out pom poms and “school spirit” tattoos to the hundreds of children arriving to campus from local agencies. Project Pumpkin is a student-run Halloween festival where student volunteer escorts lead trick-or-treaters around Hearn Plaza to carnival-style booths sponsored by over 80 student organizations and academic departments. This was the first year that the Office of Alumni Engagement has sponsored a booth. An alumnus commented on the experience – “It was a pleasure interacting with WF alumni personnel. It was great to see WF students interacting with kids from the community. I felt proud of my alma mater.”

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The evening of Saturday, November 1 was cold and windy, but that did not keep away Triad-area alumni who came out for a fun and casual progressive dining experience. Alumni from the 60′s, 70′s, 80′s, 90′s, and beyond enjoyed appetizers at Shorty’s, pizza and salad at Zick’s, and dessert at Bistro ’34 with tours of “The Pit” and the new North Dining Hall mixed into the event. One guest commented afterwards – “Fantastic event! Met some great people and just had a blast.”

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If you live in the Winston-Salem area and would be interested in joining us for more events like these on-campus, please contact .

Discussion with Andy Chan

On Monday, November 3, Andy Chan, Vice President of the Office of Personal and Career Development,  met with the San Francisco WFU Club at Bravado, Italian Coffee Bar and Lounge.  Andy touched on the goals of the OPCD and led an engaging discussion around Wake Forest’s strategy for the future, hot topics on campus and advised how alumni can stay connected from afar.

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