280 The History of Wake Forest
Summing Up the Year
The 1998–1999 academic year focused on globalization and diversity. Celebrations
of cultural contributions alternated with programs and seminars considering racism.
As the third most-wired campus in the United States, Wake Forest championed con-
nection; for example, the new Wake Information Network (WIN) made intranet
communication easier, especially student registration. Student achievement remained
strong, highlighted by Jennifer Bumgarner, Wake Forest’s seventh Rhodes Scholar
since 1986 and one of twenty students selected for USA Today’s 1999 All-USA Col-
lege Academic First Team. In athletics, the Diamond Deacons won the ACC baseball
championship for the second straight year, and Desmond Clark set a new record for
the most passes caught in the ACC.
The faculty began implementing findings from a curriculum review. Due to
budget tightening, some faculty and staff members grumbled about inadequate com-
pensation and meager raises, while they felt administrators were overcompensated.
The Information Systems Building (later known as University Services Building, and
renovated and renamed Alumni Hall in 2012) and Polo Residence Hall both opened,
and construction started on the rotunda at the rear of Wingate Hall to create offices
for the School of Divinity. The Davis family, who financed a good deal of the rotunda,
also donated their estate, Sunnynoll, to the University.
At commencement, the baccalaureate service featured the new Dean of the
Divinity School, Bill Leonard, and Nigerian Cardinal Francis Arinze addressed 828
undergraduates and 618 graduate and professional school students on “The Role
of Religion in a World Seeking Harmony” as the 156th commencement speaker.
The temperature was a cool fifty-two degrees, with a rainy mist; for the first time,
tickets were required for commencement, and students were each issued two parking