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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!).

ChrisP Day 2015

On Friday, December 4th, The Traditions Council hosted it’s first annual “ChrisP Day”, which was a tremendous success! The student group of the Office of Alumni Engagement put together this special event in partnership with Sports Marketing to honor Wake Forest legend Chris Paul, celebrate the big game vs. Arkansas that night (#GoDeacs) and engage with the entire student body around Wake Forest traditions.

In the Council’s continued goal to be able to fund a legacy scholarship, the group sold over 200 t-shirts and gave away over 1000 donuts, courtesy of Krispy Kreme, another Winston Salem staple, and the inspiration for the event’s fun name “ChrisP Day”! The Traditions Council is so thankful for the effort and time spent from members of the Office of Alumni Engagement, Athletics and Advancement in making Monday’s event a part of Wake Forest memories that students will never forget. Check out the Traditions Council Facebook page for more pictures from ChrisP Day 2015, and to keep tabs on upcoming events. Go Deacs!



“I love Traditions Council because having grown up a Wake Forest fan, I love living and breathing the Wake Forest life and participating in all the famous traditions I always heard about growing up. I want to help spread the uniqueness of our traditions to all students here on campus so that we as a community can come to love Wake Forest even more. I was extremely excited when I heard we were going to start a ChrisP Day, and it was an honor to get to help plan this special event honoring CP3.”
– Ben Weekley (’18)

The Senior Summit – November 3

On Tuesday, November 3rd, five Wake Forest alumni joined together on campus to be a part of a student mentoring program on by the Office of Alumni Engagement. The intent of The Senior Summit: Navigating What’s Next is to help 30+ seniors engage in this process in the supportive environment of alumni interested in investing personally and professionally in their career development while sharing a meal. Thanks to the below alumni volunteers for this event! We could not do it without you.

Marketing/Advertising – Sarah Ingle (’11), Strategist, Content Activation at Pace Communications
Business – Gary Cagle (’03), Vice President of Business Development at Fidelity Bank
Technology – Jon Wright (’08), Project Manager at WF Baptist Health
Medicine/Heathcare – Dr. Thomas Pendergrast (’10, MD ’14), Radiology Resident at WF Baptist Health
Law/Government – Jennifer Lyday (’06), Bankruptcy Associate at Womble Carlyle

Some Feedback from Students about the impact of Alumni at “The Senior Summit″:

  • “The most powerful takeaway was a piece of advise about removing the stigma from the word “busy”. I shared it with my friends when I got home. Keeping a positive frame of mind and being grateful for being here is something we should do every day.” – Class of 2016 Participant
  • “For me, getting general advice from all of the alumni in attendance, especially on how to deal with stress, was really valuable in thinking through strategy moving forward. My favorite part.” – Class of 2016 Participant
  • “This event was extremely helpful because our alumni mentor had a ton of great industry specific advice. I also thought the round robin advice was particularly eye opening thinking about the future.” – Class of 2016 participant

“It was wonderful being back on Wake’s beautiful campus conversing with 2015 versions of my former self.  I very much enjoyed sharing my perspective on life beyond Wake Forest, and I found the students to be animated, engaged, and eager to converse with a Wake graduate who had already taken the steps that they are about to take.  I hope my “words of wisdom” prove helpful to the students who attended the event – at least as helpful as their youthful exuberance and optimism were to me.” – Jennifer Lyday (’06)

The Senior Summit will continue to be a program that connects current students with alumni around a particular career track.

If you would be interested in serving as an on campus alumni contributor in the 2015-2016 school year, or bringing something like this to your local alumni community, please reach out to Stephen Edwards.





Darling Deacons: Saoirse Taylor and Deaglan Taylor

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.



This week’s Darling Deacons are two-year-old Saoirse Taylor and eight-month-old Deaglan Taylor, children of Eric (’94) and Terrie Taylor.  It’s a double dose of black and gold cuteness!

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.