resident Scales—indeed, the entire University—had
ahead with eagerness and enthusiasm to 1984, the
150th anniversary of the founding of Wake Forest. And the year,
when it did come, provided even more excitement and color and
more gratifying experiences than even the most optimistic planners
could have predicted.
The necessary background for the celebrations that were to fol-
low was established at the Homecoming banquet in the fall of 1983
when it was announced that the Sesquicentennial Campaign had
raised $20,200,000: $2,500,000 more than had been set as the orig-
inal goal. This encouraging report followed good news received
during the previous summer that CASE (the Council for Advance-
ment and Support of Education) and the United Steel Foundation
had presented Wake Forest with an award for having the best alumni
giving program in the country among major private universities.
Twice before, Wake Forest had placed second in this annual com-
petition, having finished just below Harvard in 1980 and just below
the University of Pennsylvania in 1981. In 1983 thirty-one percent
of Wake Forest alumni had contributed to the University, as com-
pared with the national average of nineteen percent.
Early in the spring semester the gallery of the Scales Fine Arts
Center was the setting for an exhibition of Wake Forest’s architec-
tural history, both on the old campus and on the two campuses in
Winston-Salem. Entitled “The Building of Wake Forest—The First
150 Years,” it was designed by Margaret Supplee “Peggy” Smith,
Associate Professor of Art and chairman of the Department of Art,
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