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Sports performance center FAQ $7.5 million gift in support of the Wake Forest Football program from alumnus Bob McCreary (’61) adds momentum to Wake Forest Athletics’ plans to move forward with a 95,000-square-foot sports performance center.

Wake Forest University President Nathan O. Hatch and Director of Athletics Ron Wellman made the announcement when publicly celebrating McCreary’s longtime philanthropy, which includes more than $15 million in lifetime commitments, at last night’s men’s basketball game.

Q: What do plans for the sports performance center entail?
A: Designed to meet the training needs of more than 350 student-athletes who compete in 18 sports, the four-story sports performance center will be located behind Miller Athletic Center on the Reynolda Campus. The new building will serve as the home for the football program, while featuring a robust strength and conditioning facility that enables multiple athletes in different sports to work out simultaneously, improving upon the current Bob McCreary Strength Complex in Manchester Athletic Center. Additionally, the facility will include space for football coaches’ offices, team meeting rooms and other areas designed to enhance recruiting efforts. There will also be space dedicated to enhancing the nutrition program for all Wake Forest student-athletes with convenient access to nutritional resources and grab-and-go food options.

Wellman said, “Our plans will provide a state-of-the-art space for our sports performance staff to improve every aspect of student-athlete recruitment, competitiveness and overall wellbeing.”

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January 2014 comings and goings

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February 2014 milestones

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January 2014 staff milestones

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Staff Advisory Council e-newsletter and updates

SAC-logo-FINALThe University’s Staff Advisory Council launched its first electronic newsletter in January, with plans for monthly newsletters to be available to staff and others interested in receiving it.

The SAC’s website offers easy directions for registering to receive the monthly newsletter.  All that is required is providing one’s name and e-mail address.

The newsletter features the SAC’s new logo, developed last fall.

The initial newsletter was sent mostly to SAC members with directions on how they could pass it along to a colleague.  The newsletter also explains how one can register to receive it.

The current newsletter announces that Director of Athletics Ron Wellman will speak at the Jan. 28 SAC meeting in Farrell Hall’s Broyhill Auditorium.  All staff members are welcome to attend the meeting that will run from 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Wellman plans to provide an update on what is happening at Lawrence Joel Veterans Coliseum, explain upcoming changes at the ACC and their impact on Wake Forest, and discuss Wake Forest’s unique position in the ACC.

The newsletter also offers information about the previous SAC meeting, including highlights of a presentation by Penny Rue, vice president for campus life.


December 2013 comings and goings

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November 2013 coming and goings

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Clawson named new football coach

The following message is sent on behalf of Ron Wellman, Director of Athletics, to students, faculty and staff:

Dave ClawsonToday we will introduce Dave Clawson as our new football coach. Dave is a proven winner and leader and has had great success at every institution he has coached. Dave has rebuilt every program that he has coached and has led each institution to a conference championship. He has developed a national reputation as a builder of programs.

Dave has spent the last five years coaching at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Last Friday, he guided the Falcons to the Mid-American Conference championship when his team beat No. 16 Northern Illinois.

Dave has also served as the head coach at Fordham and the University of Richmond, winning conference championships at both schools and earning numerous Coach of the Year Awards. He was the national coach of the year at both Richmond and Fordham.

Dave’s expectations for our program and players are extremely high. We have much to look forward to with his leadership of our program.

The University will hold a news conference this afternoon at 4:30 on the sixth floor of Deacon Tower followed by a question and answer session for our fans, students, Deacon Club members and members of the community at about 5 p.m., also on the sixth floor of Deacon Tower. The question and answer session is open to the public.

We look forward to welcoming Dave, his wife Catherine, and their children Courtney and Eric, to Wake Forest University! Go Deacs!

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Opportunities abound to give back

Looking to give back? Several opportunities are available at Wake Forest:

The Angel Tree

The Angel Tree is in Benson University Center on the second floor outside the food court. Each year, the Volunteer Service Corps student organization partners with Big Brothers Big Sisters and The Potter’s House to provide holiday gifts for children who would otherwise go without.

The program depends on members of the university community who adopt the angels in order to provide holiday cheer for these nearly 150 children. The Angel Tree gifts were originally due Thursday, Dec. 5, but the deadline has been extended to Dec. 11. Please contact Meg Fallon at or VSC adviser Shelley Sizemore at for more information.

Gifts for Kids

Wake Forest Athletics and WGHP (FOX8) are partnering for the fourth consecutive year to bring the Gifts for Kids initiative to the Joel Coliseum for the Deacons’ basketball game against Richmond on Saturday, Dec. 7. Fans are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to the game. Fans will receive a free ticket to the game with the donation of a new toy with a retail value of $10 or greater.

All donations will be collected by The Salvation Army and will be given to children in the Winston-Salem area. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. Doors open at 12:30 p.m.

Backpack Program

For the fifth year in a row, WFDD (88.5), the NPR affiliate station licensed to Wake Forest, is partnering with the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest N.C. in a campaign to support both organizations. This three-way partnership results in necessary funds for WFDD and support for the Food Bank’s Backpack Program, combatting childhood hunger.

This program sends food-insecure children home from school each Friday with a backpack full of nutritious food to sustain them over the weekend.

During the WFDD Backpack Campaign, corporate sponsor Ralph Lauren contributes a backpack of food to the Food Bank for each pledge received by WFDD, up to a total of 800 backpacks. WFDD will be on the air Dec. 11-12 for this campaign. More information is available at the WFDD website,, where real-time tracking of the number of backpacks raised is also available.