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sity’s founding. The marching band led a procession down Faculty
Avenue, President Scales presided over a ceremony in Binkley Cha-
pel, and I was the principal speaker, choosing as my subject what I
called “The Country of Our Heart.”2 That night we went to a foot-
ball game in Raleigh, where, to our surprise and delight, we saw
Wake Forest, under the quarterbacking skills of Jerry McManus,
defeat North Carolina State, ranked sixteenth in the nation, by the
score of 30–22: the climax to a glorious day.
Motivated perhaps by the good spirit of the day on the old cam-
pus, the Trustees decided to renew their efforts, in cooperation
with the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (then under
the presidency of Randall Lolley), to preserve the Calvin Jones
farmhouse,3 which was the College’s birthplace, and four-and-a-
half acres of adjoining grounds. The property is on Faculty Avenue
(U.S. Highway No. 1) north of the town of Wake Forest.
The Department of Art, under the chairmanship of Sterling
Boyd and with a faculty of four, was now prepared to offer majors
both in art history and in studio art. Prospects for its success were
enhanced by a grant of $350,000, over a period of five years, from
the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for the strengthening of the art
library and the Department’s slide and print collections and for the
employment of additional faculty members.4 Another gift—
$23,100 from the Rockfeller Foundation—was received for the es-
tablishment of an artist-in-residence program, to be organized in
conjunction with SECCA (the Southeastern Center for Contempo-
rary Art), which would bring to the campus and community a suc-
cession of three artists of regional or national promise, each of
them to stay for a month.
The University Theatre, like the art department preparing for
the long anticipated move to the new Fine Arts Center, presented—
on April 24—its last performance in the upper reaches of the Z.
Smith Reynolds Library. The play was Shakespeare’s The Comedy
of Errors. At a backstage ceremony following the play the “ghost” of
the theatre was exorcised, put in a bottle, and carried across cam-
pus to its new home: a building which, it was now confidently be-
lieved, would be dedicated on October 20, 1976.
At the Duke University Commencement ceremonies on May 9
President Scales was awarded a Doctor of Laws degree by Duke’s
President Terry Sanford.5 “You made us look at the idea of ‘student
3
In 1971 the Trustees
had considered a
suggestion by Librar-
ian Emerita Ethel
Crittenden that
the Jones house be
moved to Winston-
Salem but had de-
cided that it should
remain in the town
of Wake Forest.
4
In a report to the
Mellon Foundation
dated September 1,
1982, I said, in sum-
mary, that Wake
Forest had “built,
over these last six
years, an increas-
ingly strong program
in art history and
studio art. We have
a young faculty of
eight; diversified
course offerings lead-
ing toward both a
major and a minor;
a library over three
times as large as it
was in 1976; and a
good undergraduate
collection of slides
and prints. Further-
more, we think we
have achieved the
kind of close coop-
eration with, and
constructive influ-
ence upon, this com-
munity and this
region which was
envisioned in our
original proposal.”
2
This seems like a
good moment to
mention a charm-
ing—both sentimen-
tal and humorous—
article about the old
campus that was
written by Robert
Sherrill (’50) for
The Urban Hiker, II
(December 2000),
53–59. It is called
“The Many Charms
of Wake Forest.”
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