A guest post by Alex Abrams, Communications Coordinator, Office of the Dean of the College
Ed Wilson sat in a plush chair with a book of poetry in his hands.
Rather than enjoying a quiet evening, Wilson entertained the small crowd that gathered on Oct. 23 inside the renovated house at 2430-A Reynolda Road with poems by former Poet Laureate Billy Collins.
Looking up every so often from his book, he recited Collins’ poem “Schoolsville” about a retired college professor adjusting to life away from the classroom. The crowd laughed as Wilson read aloud.
After all, many of the people in attendance for the grand opening of the College House were retired Wake Forest faculty members – including Wilson, the longtime English professor and provost affectionately known as “Mr. Wake Forest.”
Mark your calendars for The Shalom Project Benefit Concert featuring Unbroken Circle, Wake Forest’s multi-generational string band. The event will be held Sat., February 1. at 7 p.m. in Kulynych Auditorium in Byrum Welcome Center.
Band members include:
Bailey Allman: Fiddle
Ella Allman: Guitar, mandolin, vocals
Joe Allman: Bass
Martha Allman: Autoharp
Nick Bennett: Banjo, vocals
Linda Bridges: Accordion, vocals
Kate Brooks: Guitar
Billy Hamilton: Banjo, vocals
Jodi Hildebran: Guitar
Will Huesman: Guitar, vocals
Graylyn Sage Kersh: Muse, musical apprentice
Cecilia Kucera: Fiddle
Jordan Lee: Guitar, vocals
Linda Luvaas: Mandolin, vocals
Sara Pesek: Banjo
Ed Wilson: Poetry
All proceeds go to support the work of The Shalom Project.
See a list of employment milestones reached by faculty in September 2012:
Maya Angelou; Reynolds Prof/American Studies
William Selden Hamilton; Professor, German & Russian
Andrew V. Ettin; Professor, English
Allan Louden; Chair/Assoc Professor, Communication
Teresa Radomski; Professor, Music
Cecilia H. Solano; Assoc Chair/Assoc Professor, Psychology
James J. Kuzmanovich; Professor, Mathematics
Ronald E. Noftle; Professor, Chemistry
Categories: Faculty News
“The Unbroken Circle,” a bluegrass band that incubated in the living rooms of Wake Forest faculty and staff, played a concert recently that raised $5,000 for the Shalom Project, a nonprofit that offers vital programs to its West Salem neighborhood.
The multigenerational band, whose members all have ties to Wake Forest, teamed up on Jan. 29 at the Green Street Church with professional blues musician Big Ron Hunter to perform a benefit entitled “Come Home.” Provost Emeritus Ed Wilson also read from the poetry of W. B. Yeats to an audience that exceeded 250.
“Wake Forest students, faculty and staff have a long history with both Green Street Church and the Shalom Project, be it serving the homeless through the Wake Saturdays program, tutoring children in the after school program, or serving meals at Wednesday night dinners,” said Martha Allman, dean of admissions and one of the Unbroken Circle’s founding members.
The annual Lighting of the Quad will be tonight from 7-8:30 p.m. on Hearn Plaza. The event will include a cappella performances, speakers and a candle-lighting ceremony. A Frasier Fir in front of Reynolda Hall will be lit as well.
Those attending are encouraged to bring a blanket or item of warm clothing for those in need. Those contributing will receive a commemorative ornament.