Inauguration Tip Sheet

By Kevin P. Cox
October 12, 2005

HATCH INAUGURATION SET FOR OCT. 20 — Wake Forest University is in the final preparations for the inauguration of Nathan O. Hatch as the university's 13th president. A week of activities is planned around the inauguration, including a community prayer service, two academic symposiums and an inaugural ball. Hatch will be installed as president at 3 p.m. Oct. 20 in Wait Chapel. The event is not open to the public. A ticket is required to enter the chapel. Organizers expect the chapel's approximately 2,200 seats to be filled with invited guests, faculty, students and staff. The guests include representatives of other colleges and universities, government officials, members of the university's board of trustees and volunteer boards, community leaders and others. Seats have been reserved for the news media at the installation ceremony. They are located in the front row, both far left and far right sections of the chapel. Another row of seats has been reserved directly in front of the sound board, located stage left in the chapel. TV cameras may be set up inside the chapel on stair landings on both sides of the chapel, as is usually done at university convocations. A detailed news release on the inauguration is located at

Contact: Kevin Cox, or 336-758-5237.

PRAYER BREAKFAST, SERVICE OPENS WEEK OF ACTIVITIES — The week of activities celebrating the inauguration of Nathan O. Hatch as Wake Forest president will begin with a community prayer breakfast and prayer service Oct. 18 at Union Baptist Church at 1200 N. Trade St. The prayer service, which will feature a keynote address from Maya Angelou, Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest, is free and open to the public and will be held in the sanctuary of the church at 8:15 a.m. A community prayer breakfast, scheduled for 7:15 a.m. in the church's Fellowship Hall, Room 201, is an invitation-only event. Both events will be attended by community religious leaders. Hatch will speak briefly at the service. The media are invited to both events, which are sponsored by the Wake Forest Divinity School and the Office of the Chaplain. At the service, TV cameras may be set up at the rear wall of the sanctuary. A news release on the breakfast and service is located at

Contact: Jake McConnico, or 336-758-5237.

SYMPOSIUMS TO EXPLORE LIBERAL ARTS, PROFESSIONAL LIFE — Two Oct. 19 symposiums will bring noted professors, journalists, physicians and others to campus to speak as part of inauguration week. Free and open to the public, they will be held in Brendle Recital Hall in Scales Fine Arts Center. The first is titled "Why the Liberal Arts? Exploring the Aims of a University Education." It will be held from 10 a.m. to noon. The moderator will be historian Stanley N. Katz of Princeton University. The second, titled "The Moral Challenges of a Professional Life," will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. The moderator will be syndicated Washington Post columnist E. J. Dionne Jr. A news release on the symposiums is located at TV cameras may set up at the rear.

Contact: Cheryl Walker, or 336-758-5237.

STUDENTS ORGANIZE INAUGURAL BALL FOR UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY — Wake Forest students have organized an inaugural ball that will be held at 9 p.m. Oct. 21 at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum. It is not a public event. Students, faculty, staff and invited guests will be provided tickets to attend. Hatch is scheduled to speak at 9:45 p.m., followed by musical group Snackbar Jones. Media are invited, but should carry their news organizations' media credentials for admission.

Contact: Kevin Cox, or 336-758-5237.

NEWS SERVICE OFFERING MEDIA PARKING PASSES — The Wake Forest News Service is currently contacting news media in North Carolina to offer parking passes for next week's inauguration-related activities. The passes will be helpful on Oct. 19 and 20, when campus parking will be limited. On Oct. 19, inauguration parking has been reserved on Davis Field, located along Wake Forest Road, across the street from Davis Residence Hall. On Oct. 20, inauguration parking has been reserved in lots A and P, located on both sides of Wait Chapel, and in Davis Field and Poteat Field, located along Wingate Road, across the street from Poteat Residence Hall. On Oct. 20, TV trucks should park in Lot B between Davis and Taylor residence halls. If you need a pass, and you have not heard from the News Service, please contact us.

Contact: Priscilla Wood, or 336-758-5237.

MEDIA CREDENTIALS, PRESS KITS TO BE DISTRIBUTED OCT. 20 — The News Service will provide media credentials for media to enter Wait Chapel at 3 p.m. Oct. 20 for the installation ceremony. The credentials will be distributed at a table set up Oct. 20 in front of the Wake Forest Post Office, near Wait Chapel, beginning at 2 p.m. The News Service will distribute packets of inauguration information to the media when they pick up their media credentials. Meanwhile, the media may visit two Wake Forest Web sites for inauguration information. The News Service Web site is at It provides a link to a special inauguration Web site located at

Contact: Maggie Barrett, or 336-758-5237.

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