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Move-In Week at Wake Forest


August 17, 2010

1,240 FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS TO JOIN THE WAKE FOREST COMMUNITY — Smiles, hugs and a few tears will mark the beginning of a new journey as the Class of 2014 moves on campus starting at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 19. Eighty-one percent of the first-year students were in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating class. Of the new faces, 22 percent are North Carolinians, 22 percent are students of color and 3 percent are international students. Media are welcome to cover move-in day and orientation activities. A schedule is available online.


10-STEPS TO A GREENER COLLEGE MOVE-IN — On many campuses, the opening of school can be a very wasteful time. Cardboard boxes, Styrofoam packing materials and heaps of unanticipated duplicates end up in huge piles of trash outside residence halls and apartments — not a very sustainable way to start the year. Dedee DeLongpré Johnston, director of sustainability at Wake Forest, offers simple suggestions to achieve a “greener” move-in by doing more with less. Examples are: look for school supplies made from post-consumer recycled materials; wrap breakables in T-shirts or towels; and packing clothing and shoes in sheets and pillow cases.


SUSTAINABLE LIVING AND EATING — First-year students participating in the “Sustainability in Action" orientation program will be spending the day Wednesday, Aug. 18, learning more about local food and sustainable food choices. The group of eight will:

  • share breakfast at SimplYummy,
  • pick blueberries at Reich’s Bluberries (Ebert Rd. in Winston-Salem),
  • hike and picnic at Pilot Mountain.

The program has been a way for students to learn about how the food choices we make, make a difference,” says sustainability director Dedee DeLongpré Johnston. On move-in day, August 19, the group will distribute materials to classmates on sustainable campus living.


“URBAN PLUNGE” INTO COMMUNITY SERVICE — First-year students enrolled in the pre-school orientation program SPARC (Students Promoting Action and Responsibility in the Community) are learning about their new city through service. On Thursday, August 18, groups will volunteer at: Forsyth Animal Shelter, Meals on Wheels, Crisis Control Ministry, Stream Clean, El Buen Pastor and more. Call for more details on service schedules and locations.


FAMOUS PAINTING IS ‘READING’ ASSIGNMENT FOR FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS — Rather than assign a book to incoming first-year students to read before they arrive on campus this fall, Wake Forest has assigned a painting. Wake Forest’s first-year students will view and discuss Frederic Church’s 1855 painting, The Andes of Ecuador. The famous landscape painting is on display at Reynolda House Museum of American Art and the museum is partnering with the university on the project. It is common practice for universities to assign summer reading as a way to get a head start on building intellectual and community connections. Wake Forest puts a new twist on the traditional assignment. A website with videos, images and selected readings will help students engage with questions of science, politics and religion associated with the painting. On Sunday, Aug. 22, first-year students will tour the museum and view the painting in person before a dinner and discussion with faculty advisors on the front lawn of Reynolda House.


GREEN LIVING: NEW SOUTH RESIDENCE HALL MODELS SUSTAINABILITY — With solar panels on the roof to heat water and touch screens in the hallways for monitoring energy usage, Wake Forest University’s new residence hall has the latest in green technology. The 67,000-square-foot building on the south side of campus will house 201 students. “This is going to help students understand what it means to live in a sustainable environment,” said Donna McGalliard, dean of residence life and housing. “Sustainability is not just a fad or passing trend. We want to be good stewards and teach students to be good stewards of the environment.” South Residence Hall was designed to meet LEED (Leadership in Energy and Design) certification—silver level standards. The building reflects the university’s commitment to sustainability across campus.

Press Contacts:

Cheryl V. Walker
(336) 758-5237


Kimberly McGrath
(336) 758-5237


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