departures and returns
selling for five cents a copy; and arranged for a series of appearances
by other visiting poets, including Howard Nemerov, Richard How-
ard, and Jerald Bullis. While he was at Wake Forest, he received word
that he had been awarded
the prestigious Bollingen
Prize in Poetry; previous
winners, among others,
had been Robert Frost,
William Carlos Williams,
W.H. Auden, and Wallace
Stevens. On December 3
the University honored him
with a celebration of his
poetry, and major speeches
were given by poet Josephine
Jacobsen and Yale professor
and critic Harold Bloom.
After two years of study,
research, and composition,
the 1975 “Self-Study” required by the Southern Association of
Colleges and Schools was ready for distribution to the faculty and
the Trustees and for forwarding to the Association2. It was the only
such study required during the years of the Scales administration:
the product of the work of thirteen committees and a “steering
committee” composed of five administrators, including myself,
and the chairmen of all the thirteen other committees. Director of
Institutional Research Ben Seelbinder was a particularly industrious
and creative—and tireless—worker through the often tedious pro-
cess. The com pleted document was six hundred and thirty-nine
pages in length and prompted the committees to say to the South-
ern Association: “we were struck by the great expenditure of time
and energy needed to produce so elaborate an examination and so
lengthy and detailed a document, much of which is taken up by
minute description of what has been or is not being done by the
University. In the next decade, to achieve the sort of growth it de-
serves, Wake Forest must use its resources of human energy with
maximum efficiency. We acknowledge the necessity and value of
periodic self-examination by the institution. But we think it might
be appropriate now to suggest to the Southern Association that a
In the unlikely
event that someone
might be led to read
the entire Self-Study,
it is available in the
University archives.
A.R. “Archie” Ammons is honored at Wake Forest. To his right: Emily
Herring Wilson. To his left, Josephine Jacobsen and Harold Bloom.
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