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Editor’s office won a couple of
awards, and the Babcock Graduate
School of Management won Merit
Awards in the media relations and
publication categories.
Wake Forest also received
the Pioneer Award at the Fourth
Annual Conference on Ubiquitous
Computing at Seton Hall Univer-
sity, recognizing the comprehensive
technology initiative in 1996, which
provided students, faculty, and staff
with laptop computers.
Dean Gordon Melson became President-Elect of the Conference of Southern
Graduate Schools, and Tim Auman, United Methodist campus minister, was named
Campus Minister of the Year by the United Methodist Foundation for Higher Educa-
tion. More than 350 campus ministers from across the nation were considered for
this honor.
Randal L. Hall, an Assistant Director of Scholarships, published William Louis
Poteat: A Leader of the Progressive-Era South, and signed copies at a public recep-
tion on September 14 in the University Bookstore. Poteat was President of Wake
Forest College from 1905–1927 and one of the most outspoken liberals of his time,
openly teaching evolution. Two of Poteat’s granddaughters, Diana Hobby and Sylvia
Lowe, attended the reception. In another book event, Russell Brantley, the Univer-
sity’s Director of Communication from 1953 to 1987, read from his book of poetry,
Fetch-Life, on November 15 in Z. Smith Reynolds Library. A book signing followed,
with sales benefiting the library.
Bill Starling announced plans to retire at the end of the 2002 academic year. In a
November 16 memo to the President, Associate Provost Gladding recommended that
Starling’s duties be divided between Martha Allman, who would become Director
of Admissions and Bill Wells, Director of Financial Aid. In addition, the Admissions
Oversight Committee recommended to the President that Bill Starling be named Dean
of Admissions and Financial Aid in spring 2001 and the title discontinued after his retire-
ment. Unfortunately, his service as dean was short-lived. He died unexpectedly on June 18
at age sixty-five, having served in the Wake Forest Admissions Office for forty-three years.
Wake Forest lost its head coaches for both men’s basketball and football during the year.
One was a surprise; one was inevitable. On April 12, 2001, men’s basketball Head Coach
David Odom resigned after twelve years and moved to the University of South Carolina,
leaving some in shock and many disappointed. During his tenure, Odom established
himself as a premier coach with a 240–132 record and a .645 winning percentage. He
led Wake Forest to seven straight NCAA tournament appearances and one National
Invitational Tournament championship. He was ACC Coach of the Year in 1991,
1994, and 1995, and he coached three All-Americans: Rodney Rogers (’93); Randolph
Tim Auman
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