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Goldwater Scholarship, a national award to college juniors and seniors planning
careers in mathematics or the natural sciences.
Betsy Greer became coordinator of the Volunteer Service Corps after former
part-time coordinator Henry Cooper (’53) left the position in spring 1992. The Vol-
unteer Service Corps was launched in 1989, when Dean of Students Mark Reece
asked Cooper, retired from his day-care business in Charlotte, to move to Winston-
Salem. Initially, Cooper worked with students who had violated the honor code and
were sentenced to community service. Working with Chaplain Ed Christman, how-
ever, Cooper wanted to increase community service on campus. They met with a
handful of interested students and started a steering committee. Their first open
meeting attracted 150 students, and when Cooper left, more than 700 students were
A number of major humanitarian projects to help others took place over the
year. Nearly 700 underprivileged children and 400 Wake Forest students partici-
pated in Project Pumpkin’s fourth year of operation on October 29. In the late
spring, members of Visiting Assistant Professor of Art David Helm’s class—Scott
Smith, Matt Smith, and Phoebe Hillman—designed a memorial arch (“The Thin
Blue Line”) to commemorate Winston-Salem city police who died in the line of
In other student activities, Dorm Storm 2, which aimed to improve relations
between students and faculty, was held on March 16. It was a follow-up to the previ-
ous year’s Operation Dorm Storm. Faculty and administrators were invited to spend
the night in a residence hall and to experience campus life after 5 p.m.
The Student Government Recycling Committee introduced a pilot program for
glass recycling in Babcock, Luter, Taylor, and Davis residence halls. It augmented the
aluminum, white paper, and newspaper recycling programs established in 1991. The
glass had to be separated into bins marked for clear, brown, or green glass. Any glass
of the wrong color prevented the entire bin from being recycled.
The 1993 Storm of the Century, which pounded the east coast with heavy snow
and gale-force winds, hit the campus during the second week of March. It crippled
traffic, and many students were stranded either on campus or at home for several
days after Spring Break officially ended. Nonetheless, the University did not call off
classes. In an email, Provost Brown assured parents that professors would work with
students on any work missed due to the weather.
Facilities, Finances, and Alumni
Workers renovated the outside of Wait Chapel from September to November, remov-
ing old paint, replacing rotten wood, and repainting the new wood on the bell tower.
The renovations were the first in forty years. Elsewhere, ground lights were installed
on the side of the Scales Fine Arts Center closest to Davis Field.
Before the Worrell Professional Center for Law and Management was com-
pleted, water leaked in when a campus-wide power outage on November 30
caused the City of Winston-Salem water tower on University Parkway to overflow.