408 The History of Wake Forest
a reinforcement and extension of graduate and professional education,
including the establishment of a joint School of Biomedical Engineering and
Sciences (SBES) with Virginia Tech;
an expansion into international experiences and education abroad, such as
the Flow Haus in Vienna, Austria, and international arrangements with Kan-
sai Gandai University in Japan;
curriculum reform and a change from credit units to semester hours;
a building program supporting academic space and student housing—­
unparalleled in the history of the University except during the Tribble years—
by adding structures such as Olin, Benson, Greene, Kirby, Worrell, Polo, ­
Collins, Martin Information Systems, the Wilson Wing of the ZSR Library,
and an addition to Winston Hall;
the construction of Kentner, Hooks, and Spry Stadiums;
significant financial support for the building of the Lawrence Joel Coliseum;
rebuilding of Bridger Field House and extensive renovations to Groves Sta-
dium, including the President’s Box;
recycling of glass and paper in academic and residential buildings;
a tightening of security to protect students, faculty, and staff, including the
construction of gates and key card entry systems;
the construction of a power substation;
a beautification plan and program that was continuously implemented and
renewed, especially after the removal of the elms from the Quad;
the establishment of a new professional school, the School of Divinity;
the establishment of interdisciplinary professional degrees, such as MD/PhD,
MD/MBA, MDiv/MA, and JD/MBA;
the greater integration of the medical school into the rest of the University,
including changing the name of the school from the Bowman Gray School of
Medicine to the Wake Forest University School of Medicine;
the creation of a cappella singing groups, such as Chi Rho, Plead the Fifth,
One Accord, SOUL, and Demon Divas;
the expansion of the Babcock Graduate School of Management to Charlotte
and the founding of the school’s evening program;
an equalization in admissions between men and women to 50/50;
an increase in the number of women faculty and greater attention to women’s
a conscious and direct effort to address discrimination and hostility issues
related to gay and lesbian individuals and groups;
an increase in black student enrollment from about 3 percent to 9 percent
and an overall increase in minority enrollment to about 15 percent;
a major increase in need-blind financial aid from around $2.5 million to $60
a greater emphasis on student development through organizations such as
the Volunteer Service Corps and preschool programs such as SPARC;
a loosening of en loco parentis rules and a growth in freedom for students;
an emphasis on preventive maintenance of buildings and upgrading residen-
tial space with air conditioning and smoke detectors;
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