"Wake Downtown" Archive

Maya Angelou Garden Party available on Apple podcast

For the past three years, the Wake Downtown Student Ambassadors and ZSR Library Ambassadors have collaborated to organize a Garden Party to celebrate Dr. Maya Angelou’s birthday and legacy. The party and public celebration, which has been held in Bailey Park in downtown Winston-Salem, included spoken word, poetry, food trucks, lawn games and more.

This year due to concerns regarding the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Garden Party was not able to take place in person.

However, a pre-recorded podcast has been created with original poems and spoken words from community and University volunteers. The podcast also includes clips from various interviews with Dr. Angelou and songs that celebrate the vibrancy of life.

Maya Angelou’s great-niece Dori Colly is featured, and the podcast includes a poetry reading from Professor Emeritus of English and Provost Emeritus for Wake Forest University Ed Wilson.

The Garden Party Podcast is available on Apple Podcast.

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Reminder: Faculty and staff happy hour set for Wake Downtown Nov. 21

Provost Rogan Kersh invites faculty and staff to a happy hour at Wake Downtown on Nov. 21 to kick off the holiday season and celebrate 1,000 days at Wake Downtown.

The happy hour will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Transportation and Parking: A large shuttle will depart from just outside the Benson circle across from Davis Field every 30 minutes beginning at 3:15 p.m. and running continuously until 5:30 p.m. The standard Wake Downtown shuttle will also be available and departs from in front of Benson every 15 minutes.

Parking is available in the Link Parking Deck and is free for the first hour.

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Categories: EventsInside WFU

Classical Languages department assisting with conference locally

Mary Pendergraft, professor and chair of the Department of Classical Languages, and other Wake Forest faculty will be involved in the Oct. 18-20 meeting of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South (CAMWS–SS) in Winston-Salem.

The 98th Anniversary Meeting of CAMWS-SS will be held at the Hawthorne Inn and Conference Center at the invitation of Wake Forest. Pendergraft is working with T. Davina McClain, professor of Classics at Northwestern State University of Louisiana, to organize the event.

At the conference, classicists from colleges and universities across the south (Duke, Emory, Florida State, University of Kentucky, and more) will present on Greek and Latin literature, history and culture and will promote the study of Classics in the states of the organization’s Southern Section. The conference was last held in Winston-Salem in 2004.

An event associated with the conference will be held at Wake Downtown, also.

Additional information is available at the conference’s website.


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Maya Angelou Garden Party planned for April 8

Wake Forest University is honoring poet, actress, author and longtime professor Maya Angelou in celebration of what would have been her 90th birthday.

Angelou was Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest for more than 30 years and inspired generations of students to become better writers, thinkers and citizens. Angelou died in 2014 at the age of 86 and would have turned 90 years old on April 4.

One of a series of events scheduled will be a Maya Angelou Garden Party on April 8 from 2-4 p.m. in Bailey Park, adjacent to Wake Downtown, Wake Forest’s STEM-centric urban campus in the Innovation Quarter. A rain date is set for Sunday, April 15.

The student-organized event is free and open to the public.

A poetry slam and spoken word performances will honor Angelou’s legacy. Food trucks, music and lawn games are also part of the celebration.

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Campus closed at 12 noon March 12 due to bad weather conditions

This announcement was emailed March 12 to students, faculty and staff by Wake Forest Communications and External Relations:

Because of weather conditions, the Reynolda Campus of Wake Forest University will close at 12 noon today, March 12. Offices will be closed.  Any in-progress, on-campus classes will end at 12 noon.

This includes Wake Downtown.

Travel on and off campus today is expected to be hazardous, so all are encouraged to be cautious outside.

For those planning to attend events on campus today, check with the host or sponsoring organization.

Food service will be available. To obtain information on campus dining, visit deacondining.com.

Recreation facilities, Z. Smith Reynolds Library and Benson University Center will be open today.

Here is the revised University shuttle schedule for today:

–The last departure for the Wake Downtown shuttle from Innovation Quarter will be 1:10 p.m.

–The last departure for the Gold/Black Lines from campus will be 12:50 p.m.

–The last departure for the Gray Line from campus will be 1 p.m.

–There will be no Gray Line or On Call shuttle service tonight.

Please continue to check the Wake Alert website at wakealert.wfu.edu for any other announcements that may be made.

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