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On Valentine’s Day, members of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity laid roses at the
doors of every minority woman on campus. The Panhellenic Council sponsored the
Sixth Annual Breast Cancer Fashion Show on November 13, raising more than $2,000
for breast cancer research.
Facilities, Finances, and Alumni
The 3,600-square-foot art gallery in the Scales Fine Arts Center was named for Phillip
and Charlotte Hanes. The formal announcement and dedication came at a reception
in the gallery on September 7, during President’s Weekend. Hanes, who received an
honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Wake Forest in 1990, was known locally for his
leadership and support of the arts, having helped shape the North Carolina School of
the Arts, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Arts (SECCA), and the Roger L.
Stevens Center for the Performing Arts, all in Winston-Salem.
The Benson Center food court was renovated over the summer to increase the
number of food options while decreasing the time spent waiting in line. The area had
not been changed since it opened in 1990. Construction of the 50,000-square-foot
Student Athlete Enhancement Center (SAEC), which took fourteen months and cost
$10.8 million, continued through the summer and was completed in October. It was
named in honor of Kenneth D. Miller (’76) of Greensboro and became known as the
Miller Center. Originally conceived for the benefit of student-athletes, with study and
computer rooms, practice gyms for men’s and women’s basketball, and team locker
and meeting rooms, the Miller Center also included a state-of-the-art fitness center
and aerobics room that were open to all students, faculty, and staff. The previous fit-
ness center in Benson was gutted and converted into offices for Residence Life and
Housing staff.
Graylyn International Conference Center launched an extensive renovation as
the University took over its management on July 1, spending approximately $2.5 mil-
lion for improvements, including new air conditioning equipment and renovation
of sixteen guestrooms in the Manor House and forty-five guestrooms in the mews.
In the fall, Graylyn was inducted into the prestigious International Association of
Conference Centers of North America and recognized with three of the industry’s
top awards for 2001: its second consecutive Stars of the South Award from Meetings
South magazine, its fourth consecutive Gold Key Award from Meetings & Conven-
tions, and its twelfth consecutive Award of Excellence from Corporate & Incentive
The 1956 M.P. Miller pipe organ in Wait Chapel was repaired. Renovations
occurred over a three-year period and included a new four-manual console and tonal
additions by the Schantz Organ Company of Orrville, Ohio. Nearly 750 pipes were
added, bringing the total to more than four thousand.
For the third year in a row, the University donated more than five hundred
pieces of used furniture to flood relief efforts of the Baptist State Convention of
North Carolina and other nonprofit groups in North Carolina and Virginia. Ironi-
cally, the Convention, in an almost inconsequential move, voted in November to
break all formal ties with the University and designate it a “historical educational
institution” rather than an affiliated institution.
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