400 The History of Wake Forest
the Bookstore Lunchtime Music Series ranged from the Wake Forest Gospel Choir to
the Winston-Salem Symphony Ensemble.
The second annual Sister’s Inspirational Summit, The Spirit of a Woman, was
held on October 2. The all-day summit included several workshops led by local
women focusing on various aspects of women’s health and lives, a banquet, a key-
note address by award-winning poet Nikki Giovanni, and a book signing. The Asian
Student Interest Association (A.S.I.A.) and the Indo-U.S. Association of Winston-
Salem co-hosted a Diwali celebration on November 14. The Indian Festival of Lights
marked the first time the University had collaborated with the community for
this festival, attended by more than five hundred people. It became a new annual
Diversity Days (March 17–20) included a variety of programs reflecting differ-
ent cultural heritages: students dressed in ethnic costumes, and international music,
ethnic foods, and an international fair featuring various student organizations were
sponsored by the Race Relations Committee of the Student Government, the Office
of Multicultural Affairs, and the Resident Student Association.
Student volunteers from various campus organizations hosted the third
annual Kickball for Kids, an on-campus field day for as many as one hundred
children in Big Brothers/Big Sisters (BBBS) of Forsyth County on April 2. It pro-
vided the opportunity for current big brothers and big sisters and their “littles”
to enjoy a day of fun and paired children on the waiting list with a college student
for the day.
The Disabilities Awareness Coalition (DAC) hosted the second-annual Meg
Hudson Memorial Arts Festival on April 22. It included an art show, silent auction,
and concert. It was created in honor of junior Margaret “Meg” Hudson, a DAC mem-
ber who died from a rare heart and lung condition in fall 2003. All proceeds from the
festival went to the National Down Syndrome Society.
Student Union started a new tradition in the spring, an outdoor semi-formal
dance under a tent on the Magnolia Court called Shag on the Mag. It was the idea
of Joseph Bumgarner, and with help from Kathy Arnett, Patrick Brennan, and a gift
of $50,000 from the new Student Activities Fund, Shag on the Mag was the high-
light of Springfest. Lasting from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., it attracted almost a thousand
students, who danced to the music of The Embers.
Also during the spring of 2005, Mike Ford, Director of Student Development,
came up with another idea that students really liked. It was another fundraiser for the
Brian Piccolo Cancer Fund. Instead of running, as in Hit the Bricks, this twelve-hour
event was a dance marathon. Students could dance by themselves, with a partner,
or with a group. It didn’t matter—what counted was that students stay on their feet
dancing, except for official breaks, and that they pledge or get pledges for each hour
that they danced. The event was called “Wake ’N Shake.”
To connect Wake Forest students who spoke Spanish with organizations in Win-
ston-Salem that needed them, senior Jessie Lee Smith started Aprender y Enseñar
(To Learn and To Teach). Using a website, the students were matched with local
agencies based on their interests, Spanish-speaking ability, and schedule. In addition
to providing much-needed volunteers, the program helped undergraduates practice
Spanish and better understand Hispanic culture.