252 The History of Wake Forest
the initial newspaper accounts, in
which you . . . professed universal
family approval for your proposal.
Nothing could be further from the
truth.” On November 12, Hearn
replied: “I accept the charge of a
blunder, a serious one. For that I
accept full responsibility.” He denied
ill intent, however, and elaborated:
We cannot function in this mar-
ketplace with multiple labels and
confusing identifiers. . . . Having
altered the name of the Medi-
cal Center, we had little choice
but to align the school name
accordingly. I believe we serve
our legacy best by insuring the survival—and continuing ­excellence—of the
school. . . . We are committed . . . to a continuing public acknowledgment of the
Bowman Gray name and legacy.
Money magazine placed Wake Forest twelfth in a list of “costly but worth it” schools
that included Harvard, Yale, and Stanford, and ninety-sixth nationally among
“college best buys.” U.S. News & World Report ranked Wake Forest twenty-eighth
among national universities in its annual college guide for 1998, released in
August 1997, tied with Brandeis and University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).
It ranked the Medical Center among the top forty hospitals in the nation in nine
specialties: neurology (21st), cancer (22nd), geriatrics (22nd), cardiology (23rd),
orthopedics (27th), rheumatology (31st), otolaryngology (34th), urology (35th),
and gynecology (36th).
Wake Forest developed a new website, http://www.wfu.edu. Faculty used
ThinkPads in the classroom as spectrometers in general chemistry courses; placed
low-resolution videos of physics principles demonstrations on a website; arranged
videoconferences with the chief academic adviser for the Globe Theatre in London;
and developed an annotated, online guide, with links, to websites with Holocaust-
related research and curricular information. The October issue of Beyond Computing
cited the University as one of ten winners of its second annual Partnership Awards,
recognizing their successful alignment of information technology operations with
their primary missions.
The Teaching and Learning Center (TLC), a faculty initiative, opened October 3
in Room 330 of Z. Smith Reynolds Library. It offered a variety of resources, including
workshops, a reference library, one-on-one evaluation and counseling, a newsletter,
and a web page. The idea grew from a faculty teaching-assessment seminar in fall
1994 that had continued informally. Provost Brown approved the center proposal,
Bill Wells
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