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November 25, 2016

The Alumni Newsletter of  WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY

Cherin C. Poovey (P '08)


A Thanksgiving greeting

"A community is the mental and spiritual condition of knowing that the place is shared, and that the people who share the place define and limit the possibilities of each other's lives. It is the knowledge that people have of each other, their concern for each other, their trust in each other, the freedom with which they come and go among themselves." -- Wendell Berry

As we mark this season of gratitude with family and friends, we at Wake Forest Magazine want to extend our thanks to you for being a part of the Wake Forest family.

We find many reasons to be thankful this year. Some days a quiet walk around the Quad at twilight tops the list. Other days we count the raucous, jubilant leaps of joy to celebrate rowdy victories in soccer and football. A few highlights of 2016: an ACC Debate Championship with Jarrod Atchison ('01, MA '03) leading his students; a new life for old tobacco buildings in downtown Winston-Salem that will serve as a center for University learning; Medallions of Merit -- the University's highest honor for distinguished service -- awarded to Jenny Robinson Puckett ('71, P '00) and Life Trustee Jim Williams ('62, JD '66, P '89, '92); ACC titles for the men's tennis and soccer teams; Wake the Vote, which gave students front-line experience in a presidential election; the 100-year anniversary of the Old Gold & Black; the 10-year anniversary of Campus Kitchen; the rallying cry to feed hungry children on Pro Humanitate Day as alumni from Boston to Los Angeles volunteered in 30 cities; the world's appreciation and outpouring of love and respect for the late great Deacon Arnold Palmer ('51, LL.D. '70); a bountiful Wake Will campaign; and the widely reported Admissions essay question that asked hopeful applicants to write about an unsung historical figure who "deserves the 'Hamilton' treatment" -- a question that caused the world to smile.

Tell us what you're grateful for, and we will hope to share it on Wake Forest Magazine's social media platforms. Email magazine@wfu.edu.

All best wishes,

Maria Henson

Maria Henson ('82)
Associate Vice President and Editor-at-Large