404 The History of Wake Forest
Facilities, Finances, and Alumni
The Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS)
gave Wake Forest a Grand Award for Landscaping in its
2004 Green Star Awards competition. The award was for-
mally presented to University representatives on Novem-
ber 6 at an awards program in Charlotte.
WFDD changed its format from classical music and
news to a news/talk-show format. The move put it more
in line with its chief competitor, WUNC, which broadcast
to Greensboro, but the transition sparked an outcry from
some listeners who would now hear classical music only
from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.
In the summer of 2004, Wake Forest completed installa-
tion of its most efficient wireless network to date. The Next-Generation Network ran
at 54 megabits per second and placed the University among a small group of higher edu-
cation institutions offering high-speed wireless Internet access in every campus building.
Graylyn International Conference Center was awarded a 2004 Pinnacle Award
for the eighth year and a 2004 Gold Key Award for the fifth consecutive year, two
of the meeting and conference industry’s top awards. Graylyn was also named 2004
Employer of the Year by the Mayor’s Council for Persons with Disabilities (MCPD)
in Winston-Salem. Mayor Allen Joines presented a plaque to Graylyn at an awards
banquet on October 19.
Reynolda Park was created in the parking lot behind Reynolda Hall between the
renamed Calloway Center and Kitchin Residence Hall. It featured extensive side-
walks using more than 100,000 bricks, about half the number used in University
Plaza. Lighting, trees, grass, an irrigation system, and a new emergency phone were
added. The drive around Reynolda Park was one way, eliminating the need for large
delivery trucks to back up to the loading dock from the street. Walls were built to
screen the loading dock and dumpsters from public view. A walkway was installed in
parking lot Q with ramps on both sides. Before the walkway, handicapped students
in Polo Hall had no way to get to the rest of the campus.
The Sundry Shop was moved from Davis House to the former Oak Room in
Reynolda Hall next to the Pit. The new convenience store was called the C3. In place
of the Sundry Shop in Davis, a full-menu Subway opened.
Reynolda House opened its new $12 million, 30,000-square-foot wing on April
23 and invited the public to see it on Community Day. The rest of the house had been
restored to its 1917 condition.
The endowment achieved a 17 percent investment return for the twelve-month
period ending June 30, 2004. Its total market value was $812.2 million at the end of
the 2003–2004 fiscal year. On April 1, the Board of Trustees approved a total budget
of $1.011 billion for the 2005–2006 fiscal year, beginning July 1. It included $742.7
million for Wake Forest Health Sciences and $269 million for the Reynolda Campus,
with a 3.5 percent increase for Reynolda Campus faculty and staff pay raises. They
also approved a 6.7 percent increase in full-time undergraduate tuition for 2005–
2006 to $30,110, up from $28,210.
Rebecca E. Cook