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2010 May

Aim high, think boldly, Hatch tells graduates

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In his remarks to the Class of 2010 on May 17, President Nathan Hatch spoke on “ambition.”

“One of the keenest memories of my senior year in college was standing at night on the roof of a building on the north side of Chicago, surveying the twinkling lights of the skyline. It was a marvelous panorama, sparkling and vast, inviting and ominous at the same time. It represented for me the world after graduation in all its complexity.

The view was both alluring and frightening. I had a deep urge to accomplish something significant, to make a difference in the world. Yet I was also gripped by my own insignificance and unsure about my next steps. As I faced leaving the safe confines of college, I had a powerful urge to achieve; but I had no clue about what that meant.”

Read the full text.

Leave with memories and a mission, Chenault tells grads

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American Express CEO Kenneth I. Chenault, in his remarks to the Class of 2010 at Joel Coliseum this morning, told them to live their lives according to Pro Humanitate. “Your school’s motto is not a meaningless Latin phrase. For humanity, it is who you are.”

Commencement moved to LJVM Coliseum

Commencement rain plan in effect. Ceremony moved to Lawrence Joel Coliseum. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. Details.

Commencement moved to Coliseum

Due to expected rain on Monday, the commencement ceremony will be held in Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m.; doors to the coliseum will open at 7:30 a.m.

Read President Hatch’s letter to graduates, families and friends.

Leonard delivers Baccalaureate address to Class of 2010

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Bill Leonard, retiring founding dean of the Wake Forest School of Divinity, delivered the Baccalaureate address to the Class of 2010 this morning. Read the full text of his remarks.

“President Hatch, Provost Tiefenthaler, faculty colleagues, honored graduates, parents, family and friends. My Lord, what a morning — a not-to-be-forgotten moment. We all retain memories of earlier commencements. Thirty-five years ago today I received a PhD from Boston University. For years after that, my father would proudly remind his coffee buddies at the Rexall Drug Store in Jacksboro, Texas: “My son’s a doctor, but not the kind you take your clothes off for!” I got renamed then, as you will tomorrow, so let’s talk about that this morning.”

See the Baccalaureate photo gallery.

Campus prepares for Commencement

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About 1,500 May graduates — 950 undergraduates and 550 graduate and professional school students — are expected to graduate from Wake Forest on May 17. Another 500 students whose degrees were conferred last August and December also will participate in the ceremony on Hearn Plaza.

The commencement ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. The ceremony is reserved for graduates and their guests and is not open to the general public. Parking passes and tickets will be required to enter campus May 17. The ceremony may be viewed live or at a later time via streaming video at www.wfu.edu/commencement.

Meet graduates of the Class of 2010

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Meet Anna Nicodemus, who won prizes for excellence in history and French; student-athlete Ben Wooster, who’s going from BB&T Field to the School of Medicine; and Sabrina Gilchrist, one of the first students to graduate from the new divinity/ counseling program.

CellCraft makes White House debut

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If the nation’s ability to remain an economic power rests in the hands of today’s middle-school students, then the future looks bright.

A new tool developed at Wake Forest — a video game called CellCraft — will be featured May 12 at the White House in the inaugural celebration of National Lab Day.

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Former graduate student Anthony Pecorella (’04, MA ’06), who directed the CellCraft project, will be showing the game to various White House officials. Pecorella, who received a MacArthur grant to work on the project, will be attending the White House program with other researchers who received MacArthur grants.

On May 11, 30 students at Hanes Middle School in Winston-Salem were among the first to play the final version of CellCraft, a high-action game in which players must learn the inner workings of a cell to save the inhabitants of a planet set for destruction.

The West is History: German professor retires

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Boys being boys, they’ll dare each other on a whim to do wild and crazy stuff. Which explains why Larry West has enjoyed a long and venerable career as a college German professor.

That career, spent almost entirely at Wake Forest, drew to a close this spring with his retirement from the Department of German and Russian. Behind him, the 68-year-old West leaves a redoubtable legacy as a teacher, scholar and study-abroad administrator, along with a cadre of devoted colleagues and former students who have been inspired by his dedication and regaled by his wit.

Senior Showcase honors research projects

Three seniors were recognized recently for their research projects during the Z. Smith Reynolds Library’s first Senior Showcase. The Senior Showcase honored students who were recommended by their faculty advisors for completing outstanding research projects. The three students recognized during this year’s Senior Showcase were Anna Nicodemus, Courtney Vris and Mallory Durr.