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fortieth anniversary of students’ participation in the 1960 sit-in for integration in
downtown Winston-Salem, as well as the publication of a book by Randal Hall on
William Poteat, who embodied human virtue.
The college switched from credits to hours, and computer science became its
own department apart from mathematics. A neuroscience minor was offered for the
first time. Domestic benefits were granted to gay and lesbian couples, and more ben-
efits were given to all employees. On a sad note, Bill Starling, the long-serving direc-
tor of admissions and an institution at the University, unexpectedly died.
Athletically, the baseball team won its third ACC title in four years and went to
the NCAA Tournament. The field hockey team also distinguished itself. However,
two coaches, Dave Odom in basketball and Jim Caldwell in football, ended their ten-
ure at Wake Forest. Their replacements were Skip Prosser and Jim Grobe, and both
would go on to have very successful careers at Wake Forest.
Alumni and friends continued their generous support, such as an anonymous
gift of $4 million and the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation’s gift in perpetuity. The Uni-
versity was also altruistic, sending furniture to eastern North Carolina to help fami-
lies devastated by Hurricane Floyd and supporting mechanisms to teach community
service in the classroom. Will Campbell (’48), an author and civil rights activist, was
the recipient of the National Humanities Medal.
The 158th commencement brought former First Lady Barbara Bush to speak.
President Hearn’s “Charge to the Graduates, Commencement 2001” stood out
most. He emphasized actions over affect and concluded: “Love is not a feeling, not an
emotion, but a way of living. Feelings come and go but those who practice love know
that its requirement is that we live in compassionate regard for every life we contact.”
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