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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 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!).

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)