180 The History of Wake Forest
Making History” in May 1994. Kenan Professor of Humanities Allen Mandelbaum
was honored at an Italian Cultural Institute symposium in New York in November
1993, with President Hearn in attendance. The Sara Lee Corporation chose Maya
Angelou, also in Humanities, to receive its Forerunner Award, for “women whose
outstanding achievements make a difference in society.” A $25,000 donation was
made in her name to Spellman College and the Children’s Defense Fund. Angelou
also published Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now, a book-length reflection
on spirituality, and delivered a thirty-minute presentation on the theme of hunger
and homelessness as part of the second annual “Share Our Strength Writer’s Harvest,”
a literary benefit to alleviate hunger and poverty.
The Law School celebrated its centennial in 1994. As part of many celebrations,
Ed Hendricks (History) wrote a history of the school. The Bowman Gray School of
Medicine was ranked thirty-sixth among U.S. medical schools in funds received from
the National Institutes of Health, and the first two students in the new MD/MBA pro-
gram enrolled for classes in the Babcock Graduate School of Management. Executive
Vice President for Health Affairs Richard Janeway and others from the Bowman Gray
School of Medicine, School of Law, and Babcock Graduate School of Management
participated in discussions on health care with political pundit William F. Buckley.
The interdepartmental coalition taped four episodes of Buckley’s television show,
“Firing Line,” in January, but they were not aired until April.
Administration and Staff
Under a new policy, starting in January 1994, applicants selected for employment had
to present themselves for drug testing no more than twenty-four hours after the offer
was extended. All offers for regular, nonfaculty employees were conditional until the
test was passed, according to James L. Ferrell, Director of Human Resources.
On a happier note, University staff held their first arts and crafts fair in Benson
University Center on November 10. The idea for “Life after Five” originated with
Margaret Perry (Registrar), who worked with Gloria Cooper, Director of Equal
Employment Opportunities, to make it happen. They hoped to help staff get to know
one another better and to appreciate their interests and skills apart from their work
for the University. Gloria Cooper also worked with Natascha Romeo (Health Educa-
tor) to organize a wellness fair for all Reynolda Campus employees. It was held in the
Benson University Center in late March.
The Women’s Interest Network (WIN) sponsored its second annual women’s
awareness week in March to raise campus consciousness about relevant concerns. In
an unusual fundraiser, the Museum of Anthropology held a dinner called “Culture
Choc,” where all of the dishes, including entrees, beverages, and desserts, contained
chocolate. Chef Don McMillian of Simple Elegance Catering created the menu.
On November 4, President Hearn asked members of the Executive Committee
to file a sealed memorandum with the legal office, sharing their advice on how to
maintain their duties if they were disabled or died suddenly.
James N. Thompson was promoted to Dean from Associate Dean of the Bow-
man Gray School of Medicine effective July 1, 1994. Mary Gerardy was promoted to
Assistant Vice President of the Division of Student Life, and Paul Orser was promoted
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