Summer 2009

A supplement to Wake Forest Magazine

‘History yours to bend’
Wake Forest’s Class of 2009 graduated May 18 on a history-making day on Hearn Plaza, with a send-off by Vice President Joe Biden—marking the first time a sitting vice president has given the Commencement address. Read or listen to Vice President Biden’s speech, “Yours to Bend.” Plus photo galleries, Around the Quad blog, and more Commencement stories.

Meet the Class of ’09
From two debate champions to two students recognized by USA Today; from a Carnegie Foundation Fellow to the winner of a theatre competition, the Class of ’09 is exceptional.

Class of the Finest
The two longest-serving faculty members on the Reynolda Campus retire, along with five others who dedicated their lives to Wake Forest. Read their stories:

StudentPeople of 2 Kinds
For some students with idiosyncratic interests and ambitions, one major isn’t enough. Meet eight with especially creative combinations.

The New Web
Wake Forest has begun a redesign of its Web site with the launch of a new home page and about a dozen other pages. Read more about it, and give us your opinion, in our blog.

Rethinking Admissions
Wake Forest is the catalyst for a national discussion on the college admissions process.

‘Seven Things About Mother So Dear’
Jenny Puckett (’71) gives a “tour” of the history of Wake Forest in her “Last Lecture,” and introduces the characters – from Harold Tribble to Shorty Joyner, to Archie Bunker to the Demon Deacon – who shaped the University over the last 60 years.

A 20-million-year-old mystery
Anthropologist Ellen Miller is among the scientists deciphering the secrets of a trove of small mammal fossils discovered in a quarry in Egypt. Watch the “National Geographic” special.

Faculty Q&As
The financial meltdown, the global food crisis, bioethics, the tax code, and the Cuban embargo: Wake Forest’s faculty address pressing issues.