310 The History of Wake Forest
The pledge, announced at a November 3 press conference, was the largest long-
term commitment ever made to Wake Forest by a foundation, equivalent to adding
$15 million to the endowment. The first gift was predicted to be approximately
$750,000; 25 percent would fund scholarships for North Carolina students from mid-
dle income families; 20 percent, Gordon scholars; and 15 percent, Reynolds scholars.
Another 20 percent would be used as salary supplements for promising young faculty
and to establish new Reynolds Professorships. The last 20 percent would be used for
special undergraduate programs and needs. The Reynolds Foundation was giving the
University $1.2 million annually at the time the gift was announced.
Academics
Amanda Carlson and Matt Silversten (’98) suggested a theme for 2000–2001:
The Year of Ethics and Honor. Co-chaired by Mary Foskett (Religion) and Sam
Gladding (Associate Provost), activities included an address by Stephen L. Carter,
author of the 1994 best-seller The Culture of Disbelief: How American Law and
Politics Trivialize Religious Devotion and the 1999 book Civility, at the fall con-
vocation. At Founders’ Day, lawyer and Harvard Professor Mary Ann Glendon
spoke on “One Nation: Two Cultures,” addressing human rights in the United
States and abroad.
The year also featured a panel discussion on business ethics; a lecture on athletics
and ethics by Sports Illustrated writer John Feinstein; a symposium on law and moral-
ity led by Columbia University Law Professor Patricia J. Williams; a lecture by Arthur
Schwartz of the John Templeton Foundation on character education; a program on
“Moral Outlook in the Poetry of Robert Frost,” led by President Hearn; a conversa-
tion on human sexuality from a Christian perspective hosted by pastor and sociolo-
gist Tony Campolo and his wife Peggy, who held opposing views on homosexuality;
a film series; and a University Orchestra concert, “Ethics Exemplified,” led by David
Hagy, in which pieces by Mozart, Hindemuth, Mahler, and others were selected to
reflect aspects of ethics. J. Philip Wogaman, President Bill Clinton’s pastor, delivered
a series of lectures, and Robert Audi, Charles J. Mach Distinguished Professor of Phi-
losophy at the University of Nebraska, presented the A.C. Reid Lectures during March
and April on “Moral Value and Human Diversity” as part of the Year of Ethics and
Honor.
Academic programs and individual faculty efforts were strongly rewarded. The
Andrew Mellon Foundation contributed $45,000 to the International Studies Pro-
gram to extend its activities beyond the classroom and into campus life. The U.S.
Department of Education also awarded it $216,557 to expand the Latin American
Studies Program. Steven Folmar, Visiting Professor of Anthropology, used funding
from the Forsyth Early Childhood Partnership to provide the first cultural compe-
tency training offered to North Caro-
lina teachers and other professionals
working with Smart Start, a program
for children five years and younger.
In another first, Folmar took under-
graduate students enrolled in SPIN
Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation
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