"Wait Chapel" Archive

WFU to expand programming in Wait Chapel

Hearn Plaza and Wait Chapel framed by fall leavesWait Chapel, Wake Forest University’s most iconic building, has hosted religious services, academic ceremonies, concerts, lectures, weddings and other events for more than 60 years. Jonathan Lee Walton, who joined the University in 2019 as Dean of the Divinity School and the inaugural Dean of Wait Chapel, is working diligently to ensure its continued relevance.

Through collaborations on and off campus, Walton is implementing programming to bring more vibrancy to the building that’s situated near the center of campus.

“We’re intentional with each generation of students,” Walton said. “We understand that Wake Forest as a community is different today in 2021 than it was in 1962, 1981 or even 2001. Thus, we want the chapel to be an active site of engagement in the present, which means that we must both affirm tradition and expand our creative reach.”

Read more at Wake Forest News.

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Wait Chapel closed for planned refurbishments Nov. 16 - Jan. 31

The following message is shared on behalf of Facilities and Campus Services:

Wait Chapel will be closed from November 16 – January 31 to complete major window refurbishments and audio/visual installations. Hearn Plaza and Wait Chapel framed by fall leaves

During this time access will be very limited and managed by the construction team. However, the remaining organ sessions that are currently scheduled through the end of November will be allowed to proceed without disruption. Access to the tower, along with the chapel’s lobby and the elevator, will remain open for the duration of the project.

Please adhere to all posted safety signage and use care when navigating near the construction zone.

Wait Chapel's Bell Tower to be seen in a new light

The light fixtures that shine on the Wait Chapel Bell Tower will be replaced this month with new energy-efficient LED fixtures that will allow deeper and more vibrant colors for special events and other occasions.

During installation of the new lighting system, Wait Chapel’s Bell Tower will be unlit. Facilities & Campus Services anticipate installation will begin Oct. 5, and the lights will be off for approximately three weeks.

The new LED lights will be more energy efficient, using about 60 percent less energy.

More details are available here.

Memorial service to be held July 12 for Karen Logan

A memorial service for Karen Logan will be held July 12 at 3 p.m. in Wait Chapel.

Ms. Logan died July 1.

She was an administrative assistant in the Department of Physics. She worked in University Advancement, previously.

New Wake Forest weather stations offer weather data for all

WeatherStemInsideWFUNow is the time of the year when many at Wake Forest are asking, “How hot is it?” Two new weather stations installed on campus will answer that question and many others about the weather around the clock.

The WeatherSTEM stations were installed, recently, on top of the Miller Center and the scoreboard at BB&T Field.  They use a combination of weather instruments and sensors to take environmental measurements and offer frequently updated details on temperature, humidity, the heat index, barometric pressure and much more.

Each station includes a sky camera, with one directed toward Kentner Stadium, Farrell Hall and Wait Chapel, while the other camera is directed across BB&T Field.

While the weather stations are useful for anyone interested in weather at and around the University, they offer valuable information to a number of University departments and groups, including the Wake Forest Police Department and the University’s Crisis Management Team.

Anyone with access to the internet can visit the web sites for the weather stations located at the Miller Center and BB&T Field.  Each web site has a link to the other. The links are labeled “WEATHERSTEM UNITS” and can be found at the top right side of the sites. Read more