Under the big tent
My students were buzzing about the construction of the big tent on Manchester Plaza. What was up? Last week came the answer, complete with fireworks over Reynolda Hall, the "Fight Song" and happy toasts under an autumn moon. "Wake Will: The Campaign for Wake Forest" officially launched, the largest mobilization of support for the University and the Medical Center in Wake Forest's 179-year history. The goal is $1 billion.
Skies cleared on Friday for faculty, staff, students and alumni arriving for the start of Homecoming festivities to gather at the big tent for a cookout celebrating the launch. You couldn't help but feel the camaraderie of people of all ages coming together at a place that always feels like home, with or without a big tent as an assembly point. Sitting on the "front porch" of the tent, I spied all things Deacon, from little footballs sailing through the air to Tie Dye Nation T-shirts, even a professor returning "home" from Salemtowne Retirement Community. I felt the blessings of heritage and the thrill of what might be next for my alma mater. Read about the launch and view videos here.
Maria Henson ('82)
Associate Vice President and Editor-at-Large