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Alumni, So Dear

New Travel Opportunities for Education & Inspiration

Every year, Wake Foresters take advantage of trips to far-flung places that are offered by the Office of Alumni Engagement. Places like Alaska, Paris, Cuba and Polynesia, all 2015 destinations, provide wonderful travel experiences for the Wake Forest family.

This year, we’ve added two enhanced trips that include Wake Forest faculty to add a learning dimension that will remind us of those special relationships that we forged with our professors when we were students.

In the spring, Professor Emeritus Larry West will host Wake Forest friends in Vienna and Salzburg—a trip that’s sure to delight, inspire and inform.

And in the summer, Dr. Jay Ford and I are inviting Wake Foresters on a trip to Bali for two weeks of cultural immersion that you’ll never forget.

Why Bali?

On a trip there last summer, I was taken by the rich artistic, political and spiritual heritage of the island. It’s not just a tropical paradise—it’s a cultural concoction whose ingredients include rich and varied religious influences and societal traditions brought about by its unique island location, all in the setting of the complex political dynamic influenced by the spice trade hundreds of years ago.

We’ll start off in Ubud, the town that Eat, Pray, Love fans will recognize, where we’ll be immersed in the Balinese arts and healing community. Then, we’re off to the remote village of Suduji, where we’ll stay with local hosts to participate in their annual Rice Goddess Festival.

Everywhere we’ll go, we will engage with the people and the place in the spirit of Pro Humanitate.

This is a trip that will challenge your intellect and fill your heart, all while enjoying the company of friends in the Wake Forest Family. I hope you’ll join us.

Mary Tribble is Senior Advisor for Engagement Strategies at Wake Forest.

Darling Deacon: Addison Kuehnle

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 four-month-old Addison, daughter of  Edward (’06) and Juliet Lam (’06) Kuehnle.  Addison follows in the footsteps of her big sister, Harper, who has also been featured as a Darling Deacon.  Juliet says that Addison has already been a good luck charm at football and basketball games this year!  We look forward to many more Deacon victories with Addison cheering for Mother, So Dear!

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 alumni@nullwfu.edu. Photos should incorporate Wake Forest in some way for publication.

Darling Deacon: Whit Gibson

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 four-month-old Whit, son of  Ben (’06) and Lauren Galloway (’09) Gibson.  Lauren says that this is his favorite onesie, so we know Whit has good taste!  We hope he’ll always love wearing old gold and black!

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 alumni@nullwfu.edu. Photos should incorporate Wake Forest in some way for publication.

All Sports Day for Wake Families

On Saturday, January 31, Wake Forest Families are invited to come out for a day of fun and play!  The morning program is co-sponsored by Campus Recreation and begins at 9:30 a.m.at Reynolds Gymnasium on campus.  After a welcome and special greeting by “Coach Max” Floyd, families will rotate around to four different recreation stations which may include: Crux Climbing Wall, Mat Ball, Obstacle Course, and Pilo Polo. With breaks in between, the morning program will conclude at 11:45 a.m.  The morning program is recommended for Deacons ages 6 and up, and registration is $5 per person.

The Fresh Food Company (otherwise known as “The Pit”) will be open for lunch – all-you-can-eat – $10 per person at the door.  Wake Forest hosts Virginia Tech in basketball at the LJVM Coliseum – tipoff is at 2 p.m.  Lower level seats will include a concession ticket for popcorn and a drink – $22 per person. (Tickets may be picked up at Will Call.) This is “Youth Day” at the Coliseum and there will be various pre-game and post-game activities for families.

Darling Deacon: Lina Furuta

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 one-year-old Lina, son of  Jun Furuta (LLM ’05) and Yung-Chi Tan (LLM ’05).  Lina and her parents live in Japan, and we’re thrilled to have such an adorable ambassador overseas.  We hope the Deacons will always bring a smile to Lina’s face!

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 alumni@nullwfu.edu. Photos should incorporate Wake Forest in some way for publication.

Deacon Spotlight: Lesley Gustafson (’12)

The OPCD recently featured young alumna, Lesley Gustafson (’12) in their Deacon Spotlight.  Be sure to read her story here.