a year of confidence
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The baseball team, under Coach Marvin Cra-
ter, had a 22–11 season, the best since 1964.
The women’s volleyball team was a contender
for national honors, and the women’s golf
team won the state championship: signs of the
growing significance of women’s sports at a
time when the impact of Title IX was beginning
to be noticed.
The golf team won another ACC championship
and placed fourth in the NCAA’s “Final Four.”
Jay Haas and Curtis Strange were named
All-Americans, and both of them, as well as
Bob Byman, were All-ACC. Haas was named
Arnold Palmer Athlete of the Year.
Selected for All-ACC honors were John
Zeglinski in baseball and Bill Armstrong and
Clark Gaines in football.
Chris Blair and John Pierce were a Flight
Champion No. 2 doubles team in tennis. Foot-
ball players Gerald Hopkins and Mike
McGlamry were Academic All-ACC selections,
and baseball player Ken Miller received the
ACC Award for Excellence in Scholarship and
Three Wake Forest athletes were inducted into
the Sports Hall of Fame: Bill Barnes, Lowell
“Lefty” Davis, and John “Red” O’Quinn.
From the College Union: singers Harry Chapin,
Bonnie Raitt, and Livingston Taylor; guitarist
Peter Lang; performers Peter Schickele
(“P.D.Q. Bach”) and Murray Solomon (imper-
sonating W.C. Fields); Gene Roddenberry,
producer of Star Trek; columnist Jack Ander-
son; newspaperman Tom Wicker (the 1975–
1976 Carlyle Lecturer); comedian Robert Klein;
authors George Plimpton and P. J. O’Rourke,
and Dixy Lee Ray, former chairman of the
Atomic Energy Commision. From the film se-
ries: retrospectives of the work of D.W. Grif-
fith, Akiro Kurosawa, and François Truffaut.
From the Artists Series: the Bach Aria Group;
soprano Phyllis Curtin; violinist Eugene Fodor;
and the London Symphony, directed by André
From the University Theatre: James M. Barrie’s
What Every Woman Knows, Shakespeare’s
Comedy of Errors, and the musical The Roar of
the Greasepaint—The Smell of the Crowd.
Also on the campus: composer Samuel Adler;
poet Albert Goldbarth; and Nigerian novelist
Chinua Achebe.
At the 1976 Commencement honorary degrees
were awarded to Jude Cleary, abbot of Belmont
Abbey; Bonnie Cone, Vice Chancellor Emerita of
the University of North Carolina at Charlotte;
William Van Alstyne, Professor of Law at Duke
University; and Tom Wicker, New York Times
columnist. The Commencement speaker was
Harry Melvin Philpott, president of Auburn
University, and the baccalaureate sermon was
preached by T. Robert Mullinax, executive sec-
retary of the N.C. Baptist State Convention’s
Council on Christian Higher Education.
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