174 The History of Wake Forest
Summing Up the Year
The 1992–1993 Year of the Woman celebrated fifty years of coeducation at Wake For-
est. It was kicked off with an address by Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Maria Hen-
son at the Opening Convocation. Other forums and programs related to women and
education followed on and off campus. An outstanding woman, Reynolds Professor
of American Studies Maya Angelou, read her poem, “The Pulse of Morning,” at the
presidential inauguration of Bill Clinton. The year also marked the quincentennial
of Columbus’s voyage to the Americas, and a three-day symposium brought Carlos
Fuentes and many other internationally acclaimed intellectuals and artists to campus
to discuss its meaning and ramifications.
Another major highlight was the dedication of the Worrell Professional Center
for Law and Management on April 3, with visits and speeches by Associate Supreme
Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, world-famous architect and Worrell Cen-
ter designer Cesar Pelli; and Apple CEO and chief technology officer John Sculley.
For the sixth consecutive year, the University was ranked best in the region by U.S.
News & World Report. In March, the 1993 Storm of the Century, which stranded
some students on campus and at home as Spring Break ended, disrupted the usual
academic rhythm of the University, yet classes were not cancelled.
A new, full-time coordinator of the Volunteer Service Corps was hired, and the
Office of Minority Affairs expanded its programming to accommodate the needs of
Asian American, Native American, and Hispanic students. In athletics, the Deacons
football team beat Oregon 38–35 in the Independence Bowl, and the men’s basketball
team defeated both Duke and North Carolina and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the
On the third Monday in May, the 150th commencement speaker for Wake For-
est was Father Hesburgh, President of the University of Notre Dame. Temperatures
soared to the high 90s during the ceremony, and 8,500 bottles of water were distrib-
uted as students, families, and faculty celebrated a marker event in the University’s
history and in personal histories as well.