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New Unbroken Circle CD brings holiday cheer & supports local nonprofits

61xM+cRK+hL._SS280The Unbroken Circle, Wake Forest University’s multi-generational string band has released its debut bluegrass and old-time music album, “Songs from the Hearth.” The CD is available for $10 through Piano vs. Poverty, and the music is also available on iTunes.

Songs include bluegrass favorites like “Ridin’ That Midnight Train,” familiar folk tunes like “Shady Grove” and “The Erie Canal,” and gospel standards like “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” and “Will the Circle Be Unbroken.” Also featured on the album is a recitation of W.B. Yeats’ poem, “The Fiddler of Dooney,” by Wake Forest legend Ed Wilson.

Piano vs. Poverty will distribute one hundred percent of the proceeds it receives from the sale of the CD to charitable agencies working to alleviate the effects of poverty.

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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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Griffin ('69) delivers pre-game speech that inspires win over UNC

Julie.Griffin.100x100No one was more emotional about Wake’s 73-67 home win over 19th-ranked North Carolina than Julie Griffin, who accepted coach Jeff Bzdelik’s request to deliver a pre-game speech to his players, writes Bret Strelow in the Fayetteville Observer.

“Julie Griffin, a former Wake cheerleader who started working at the university two years after her 1969 graduation and retired from an athletics department position six months ago, entered the locker room with a notecard featuring a long list of Demon Deacon wins over UNC. She went through a game-by-game rundown, finishing with a 2010 road victory that occurred when Wake’s Travis McKie was a high school senior.…Griffin ended her speech by telling the players, ‘I’ll see you in the quad,’ and tossing a roll of toilet paper at them.”

Read the full story: “Emotional win for Wake Forest puts pregame speaker in tears

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Duin publishes ebook with WFU Digital Publishing



Steve Duin (’76, MA ’79) has published his first novel in ebook format with Wake Forest University Digital Publishing.

“The Less We Touch” is the story of winners and losers, players and coaches, kids and parents — their games familiar but haunting; sometimes funny but not really fun; ultimately more chilling than thrilling.

“Steve’s a great storyteller,” said Bill Kane, the director of digital publishing at Wake, “and we’re honored to host his foray into long-form narrative on our fledgling digital publishing platform. He’s already an accomplished writer, and we’re really happy to help deliver high quality ebook content to his deserving readers.”

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“The Less We Touch” is available here:

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Receptions will be held for Griffith, Mills

Ross Griffith


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Two long-time Wake Forest employees — Ross Griffith (’65) and Bob Mills (’71, MBA ’90) — will be honored with receptions in Reynolda Hall.

The reception for Griffith, who was the director of Institutional Research, will be Friday, May 17, from 3:30-5 p.m. in the Green Room of Reynolda Hall.

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“All who have the privilege of knowing and working with Ross experience his kindness, professionalism, intellect and passion for Wake Forest,” said Provost Rogan Kersh. “With 46 years of continuous service, he is among the longest-serving full-time staff members in our university’s modern history. His dedication to Wake Forest is genuinely remarkable, and his impact on our community is profound and enduring. I am deeply grateful for Ross’s varied and extraordinary contributions to Wake Forest.”

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The reception for Mills, who was an associate vice president in University Advancement, will be Monday, June 3, from 3-5 p.m. in the Green Room of Reynolda Hall. RSVP to Marsha Wall at or 758.5224. Mills worked in Advancement for more than 40 years.

“Few people have influenced University Advancement, alumni relations, and fund raising at Wake Forest as much as Bob Mills,” said Bob Baker, the associate vice president for University Development. “He is leaving an impressive legacy of relationships, successful capital campaigns and transformational gifts. Bob’s commitment to doing things the right way and representing Wake Forest the right way has paid handsome dividends for this institution for decades.”

For both receptions, remarks will be made at 4 p.m., and refreshments will be served.

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