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Kerry M. King (’85) and Judy Swicegood
were named Employees of the Year for 2004.
King had worked at the University for fifteen
years and was Associate Director of Creative
Services in University Advancement. Swice-
good had worked at the University for twenty
years and was the administrative coordinator
of the Physics Department.
Mark E. Welker (Chemistry) was named
Associate Provost for Research effective July 1. In February 2005, Brenda Balzer
became interim Director of Human Resources. Ginny Bridges Ireland was named
acting Director of Admissions and Student Services at the Divinity School, and
Michelle Adkins was named Director of the new Reynolda Campus Environmental
Health and Safety Department. Mary Dawne Clark (’83) became the new Director
of Annual Support and the College Fund in University Advancement, and Melissa
Combes (MBA ’97) was named Director of Development for the Babcock Graduate
School of Management and the Calloway School of Business and Accountancy.
Hu “Giz” Womack, information technology specialist at Z. Smith Reynolds
Library, appeared on one of seven Triad Equality Alliance billboards in October cel-
ebrating National Coming Out Day on October 11. The billboard aimed to move
the community toward greater acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgen-
der family members, friends, and neighbors. Security officer George McBride, “the
friendly, white-haired man with the bowl of mints” who kept watch from 6 p.m. to
1 a.m. in the foyer of Z. Smith Reynolds Library, retired June 3 after ten years with
the University.
L. Glenn Orr of Winston-Salem was elected the new Chair of the Board of Trust-
ees, and Murray Greason was elected Vice Chair. Alexandria J. Reyes, a junior, was
elected as the student member of the Board.
In 2004, the football team went 4–7 for the second losing season in a row for Coach
Jim Grobe. In much better news, Wake Forest not only hosted the 2004 Division I
Field Hockey Championship at Kentner Stadium, but the team won its third con-
secutive NCAA National Championship, beating Duke 3–0 on November 21. The
men’s soccer team won the ACC regular season title.
With a 15–14 record, the women’s basketball team was invited to the Women’s
National Invitational Tournament. It was their first postseason appearance since
1987–1988. They advanced to the third round, where they lost to West Virginia
65–52 after defeating Charlotte and South Florida.
At men’s basketball games, the number of Screamin’ Demons was capped at
2,210 and reached capacity by late October; 200 tickets were allocated to the medical
school, and ninety for the band, for a total of 2,500 student tickets. Adding to the
excitement, Noel Shepherd (’90), an account executive with WXII-12, danced in the
aisles to the song “Jump Around” by House of Pain. Wearing a Deacon tie-dye shirt
and floppy tie-dye hat, he was known to the crowd as NazT Deac.
Hu Womack
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