262 The History of Wake Forest
premier college stations in North Carolina. The upgrade was made possible when
Vice President John Anderson approved the entire capital expenditure requested by
the station, $40,000, during the summer.
Three first-year students, Michele Alesia Johnson, Sarah Holland Rackley, and Dan
Durand, were selected from a national pool of eight thousand nominees as Tandy Schol-
ars. They all demonstrated outstanding achievement in mathematics, science, and com-
puter science. Only Harvard, MIT, Stanford, and Princeton had more students chosen for
Junior Jennifer Bumgarner was among a distinguished group of seventy-six
undergraduates nationwide elected as a 1998 Truman Scholar. The merit-based
$30,000 scholarships are awarded to college students who plan to pursue careers
in government or other public service and wish to attend graduate or professional
school to prepare.
Two seniors won $73,500 awards from the National Science Foundation for grad-
uate studies. Andrew Frey, a physics major, and Shannon Poe-Kennedy, an anthro-
pology and political science major, were among 766 students nationwide winning
prestigious Graduate Research Fellowships. Poe-Kennedy also received an Andrew V.
Mellon Scholarship in the Humanities, worth $14,000 plus tuition and mandated fees
for the first year of her PhD work. She was the first Wake Forest student to receive the
award in eight years.
In Greek life, the Gamma Omicron chapter of Theta Chi celebrated its fiftieth
anniversary at Wake Forest, while the Zeta Tau chapter of Delta Gamma sorority
decided to close because of low membership. On September 29, twenty-two-year-
old Amanda Lee Edwards, a member of Delta Gamma sorority, was awarded her
diploma from Wake Forest just a few hours before she died from leukemia. She had
left the University the preceding spring, just a few hours shy of graduation. Flags were
lowered to half-mast in her honor, and a memorial service was held in Wait Chapel
on October 26. Isabel Newton, who met Edwards while studying abroad in Venice,
organized a bone-marrow drive in her memory. Held on April 26, the campus raised
$17,300 to offset the $75 cost of screening, bloodtyping, and listing 308 volunteers in
the National Bone Marrow Registry (NBMR).
The Sigma Pi chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity also voluntarily closed at
the beginning of the fall semester. The chapter was down to its last four members, all
seniors, who did not have time to plan rush and chapter functions. Tau Kappa Epsi-
lon had forty-four members when it was chartered in 1990 but lacked lounge space
and exposure on campus. According to Mike Ford, Director of Student Develop-
ment, it was the first voluntary fraternity closure in University history.
In nonvoluntary action, the Delta Gamma charter of Kappa Sigma fraternity
was suspended through the 1999–2000 academic year. The announcement was made
November 13 and required the fraternity to immediately cease all operations and
activities, to forfeit its chapter lounge in Davis House immediately, and to give up
block housing privileges at the conclusion of the academic year. It was found guilty of
several group responsibilities, including hazing during the fall pledge process. After
the University’s action, the fraternity’s national organization revoked its charter.
On the positive side, 358 women and 280 men participated in sorority and fra-
ternity rush during the spring semester.