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Inauguration offers opportunities for university community's participation in numerous events

By Kevin Cox
336.758.5237
Oct. 10, 2005

From start to finish, a week-long series of events surrounding the Oct. 20 inauguration of Nathan O. Hatch as Wake Forest University president offers a number of opportunities for the university community's participation.

In addition to the installation ceremony, some key events include a prayer service, two symposiums, an inaugural ball and a reception on Hearn Plaza.

A number of events — including the prayer service, symposiums and ball — are free and open to students, faculty and staff. In some cases, such as the prayer service and the symposiums, the entire university community and the off-campus community are invited.

For the Oct. 20 service in which Hatch is installed as the university's 13th president, a large number of guests have been invited, filling many of the 2,200 seats in Wait Chapel. Ticket lotteries have been established for Reynolda Campus students and staff who have not received invitations; the faculty has been invited to process and attend.

Some events will be available for public viewing on the university's Web site and its cable TV system, as well as in areas reserved for viewings with large screens.

Limited changes in parking for faculty and staff are expected, and that will happen only on Oct. 20.

The class schedule for the afternoon of Oct. 20 has been altered for all undergraduates and nearly all graduate and professional school students.

Hatch will join area church leaders at Union Baptist Church at 1200 N. Trade Street for an 8:15 a.m. Oct. 18 community prayer service that is open to everyone. It will feature a keynote address by Maya Angelou, Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest. The service will include comments by Hatch and other community religious leaders. It is sponsored by the Wake Forest Divinity School and the Office of the Chaplain at Wake Forest.

Highlights of Oct. 19 will be two symposiums in Brendle Recital Hall that are free and open to everyone. The first is titled "Why the Liberal Arts? Exploring the Aims of a University Education" and will be moderated by historian Stanley N. Katz of Princeton University. It will run from 10 a.m. to noon. The second is titled "The Moral Challenges of Professional Life" and will be moderated by Washington Post columnist E. J. Dionne Jr. It will run from 2 to 4 p.m.

The university is not holding fall convocation this year, since it is presenting the two academic symposiums as part of inaugural activities.

Both symposiums will be broadcast live on Channel 6 of the Wake Forest cable TV system. The Wake Forest community and others may watch the broadcast live on a screen in Pugh Auditorium in Benson University Center; as well as on campus televisions connected to the campus cable system. The ceremonies will be posted for viewing Oct. 20 on the Wake Forest Web site.

Hatch will be installed as president in a 3 p.m. ceremony Oct. 20 in Wait Chapel. Ticket lotteries for students and staff have been set up for the event, which will be attended by a large number of invited guests, such as representatives of other colleges and universities, government officials, members of the university's board of trustees and volunteer boards, student representatives and others. Faculty members on the Reynolda and Bowman Gray campuses have been invited to process and attend the installation ceremony.

To enter the staff lottery, which offers approximately 300 tickets, staff on the Reynolda Campus may visit www.wfu.edu/register/lottery on the Wake Forest Web site. Staff members do not need to re-enter the lottery if they previously sent an e-mail to Betsy Chapman in Alumni Activities when the staff lottery was announced recently in a memo from Provost William C. Gordon.

Staff members may register for one ticket per person. Lottery entries will be accepted from Oct. 10 until 5 p.m. Oct. 14. Recipients of tickets will be notified by e-mail by Oct. 18.

Approximately 350 tickets to the installation will be available to Reynolda Campus students through a lottery designed solely for students. Students — undergraduate, graduate and professional — may register for one ticket per person at the ticket office in Benson University Center starting Oct. 10 and continuing through Oct. 17. Recipients of tickets will be notified by Oct. 18 through e-mail. The ticket office is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The installation ceremony will be webcast live on the Wake Forest Web site; it will be posted on the Web for later viewing by 7 p.m. that day. The ceremony will be broadcast live on Channel 6 on the Wake Forest TV cable system; the channel is used by WAKE TV at other times. The Wake Forest community and others may watch the broadcast live on a screen in Brendle Recital Hall, as well as on campus televisions that are connected to the campus cable system.

On the day of the installation ceremony, parking lots A and P, on both sides of Wait Chapel, will be closed to faculty and staff. The university encourages staff and faculty to park at Bridger Field House, due to limited parking spaces on campus that day. Shuttles will run continuously from Bridger Field House to campus (Lot C, outside Benson University Center) starting at 7:30 a.m. and ending at 6 p.m.

The following changes have been made in the class schedule for Oct. 20:

  • Classes have been cancelled from 1:15 to 5 p.m. in the undergraduate College, the Calloway School of Business and Accountancy, and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
  • The Babcock Graduate School of Management has cancelled classes for full-time students beginning at 1 p.m.
  • The Divinity School has cancelled classes beginning at 1:30 p.m.

    The School of Law will operate on its normal schedule.

    Immediately following the installation ceremony, a reception will be held on Hearn Plaza for the university community.

    A semi-formal inaugural ball organized by students will be held from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Oct. 21 at Joel Coliseum for faculty, staff, students, as well as some invited guests. Tickets are free and available starting Oct. 10 to all students, faculty and staff. Each person with a Wake Forest I.D. card may receive up to two tickets. The tickets will be distributed through Oct. 19 at the ticket office in Benson University Center.

    Hatch will make remarks at the ball at 9:45 p.m., followed by entertainment by musical group Snackbar Jones. Heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served at no charge. A cash bar will be available. There will be no fee for parking at the coliseum. Free shuttles will be running between Benson University Center and the coliseum. They will run from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.

    The final major public event of the week will be a home football game Oct. 22 between Wake Forest and North Carolina State University.


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