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In April 2002, the goal for the Honoring the Promise campaign was raised from
$450 million to $600 million to reflect a greater need for funding of University priori-
ties and the fact that fundraising efforts were going so well.
Mary Easley (’72, Law ’75), a Double Deacon and wife of Governor Michael Eas-
ley, gave the Opening Convocation address on September 13, “Competence, Confi-
dence, and the Comfort Zone: How to Color Your Life outside the Lines.”
Summing Up the Year
The $450 million capital campaign became the $600 million campaign as fundraising
went well and University needs continued to grow. The University struck a partner-
ship affiliation with Reynolda House Museum of American Art and created Wake For-
est Health Sciences to simplify administration of the medical school. All three major
changes took place as people struggled to cope, both nationally and locally, with the
horror of the terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C. Wake Forest
students, faculty, and administrators responded quickly, decisively, and humanely,
contacting parents and alumni in the affected areas, holding teach-ins, and sending
gloves and messages to first responders.
Students and faculty volunteered for service trips to help the less fortunate and
started new initiatives like Project Bokonon in Benin. Student-athletes studied and
played hard, and one, Bea Bielik, became the first woman in Wake Forest history to
win an individual national title. Other students won Truman and Goldwater awards
and continued a tradition of academic excellence.
The academic year wrapped up for most students and faculty on the third Sun-
day and Monday in May with a baccalaureate service featuring Children’s Defense
Fund Founder Marian Wright Edelman and an address by 160th commencement
speaker Senator John McCain. Approximately 1,521 undergraduate and graduate
students received diplomas and made their way out into a less secure world than they
had known when they matriculated into the University.