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1. assess the ways in which Wake Forest programs and policies encourage and
discourage the development and service of women; and
2. recommend feasible and fundable ways in which the development and service
of women can be further encouraged.
Luminaries who visited the campus for special occasions were numerous during
1995–1996. Julius L. Chambers, Chancellor of North Carolina Central University,
was the speaker at the Opening Convocation. Former President Gerald R. Ford
headlined a national two-day symposium on presidential disability and the 25th
Amendment in November, and North Carolina Governor James B. Hunt was the
speaker for Founders’ Day on February 15, which kicked off a two-day symposium
called Cyberspace and Civil Society.
Initial first-year seminars were offered in the spring semester of 1996 as a trial
run for the fall. The ten classes examined such subjects as economics, philosophy,
and World War II. Also in spring 1996, on a voice vote of the faculty, the arts, which
had been in Division I with literature, were moved into Division V and designated
the Division of Fine Arts. With the move came a mandate that required all students
to take at least one course in the arts to graduate. Previously, students could graduate
without taking a course in the arts, although 80 percent did so to satisfy Division I
requirements. The Division V course requirement that students take a course in the
fine arts was not implemented until fall 1996.
In February, the College faculty approved a Latin American Studies minor and
an American Ethnic Studies minor. They were slated to begin in the fall. The Col-
lege faculty also abolished a rule requiring all students to enroll in eight credits of
divisional courses each semester until all of their requirements were completed. The
rule had been in effect for five years, and students, especially accounting and pre-
med majors, found it difficult to fulfill. Instead, students were encouraged to com-
plete their divisional requirements as early as possible, with consultation from their
Julie B. Cole, director of Research and Sponsored Programs, reported that exter-
nal awards for faculty research and creative activities in 1994–1995 totaled $3,906,301,
an increase of $762,929 over the previous year.
More than 21,000 people visited the Museum of Anthropology during 1995–
1996, the highest number since it moved to the Reynolda Campus in 1987. Wake
Forest University Press, a leading publisher of Irish poetry in America, celebrated its
twentieth anniversary in October.
Z. Smith Reynolds Library and Worrell Professional Center held a contest to
name the library’s online catalogs. The name chosen from 200 entries was OWL
(Online Wake Libraries). Window on Wake Forest went completely online with the
October 1995 issue.
Many faculty achieved individual recognition. In the History department, James
Barefield became the ninth recipient of a Wake Forest Professorship in August, and
William K. Meyers received the Omicron Delta Kappa Award for contributions to
student life. Katy Harriger (Political Science) was named a William C. Friday Fellow
for Human Relations, one of twenty-five emerging leaders recognized by the state