From Barry Faircloth

Celebrating the Class of 2015


Hearn Plaza was packed on May 18 for the 2015 graduation exercises, as all in attendance celebrated the Class of 2015. Graduation is the essence of what the Deacon Club is all about. The ceremony is a culmination of four years of hard work by our student-athletes, coaches and staff. The young men and womenRead more »

Travel Opportunities Abound This Fall


Deacon Club members, Some of my fondest memories over the years are from my travels with the Deacs, from bowl games to NCAA championships. This year, I am especially excited for the fall as two of my favorite destinations are travel options to support the football team in West Point, NY and South Bend, IN. I amRead more »

Spring Has Sprung at Wake Forest


The Reynolda Campus in the spring is undoubtedly one of my favorite places. The blooming flowers and trees at every corner create a lovely landscape, and the daffodils and tulips lining the Wake Forest Drive entrance serve as a happy welcoming party each time I enter campus. Many of our fans and donors come toRead more »

February is Not Too Early to Think Football


Dear Deacon Club members, The end of the football recruiting period, culminating with Signing Day, is an exciting time for college football fans pining for next season in the dead of winter. It provides a glimpse of the future for Wake Forest football. Who will be the next Alphonzo Smith or Riley Skinner? The promiseRead more »

Giving Level Increase Helps Close Scholarship Gap


Dear Deacon Club members, Early this fall, the Deacon Club announced giving level increases for the first time since 2005. After careful consideration, this change was made to help close the widening gap that exists between funds raised through the Annual Fund and endowment payout and total scholarship costs that must be paid each yearRead more »

New Athletics Advisory Council to Play Key Role in Deacon Club’s Future


Inspiration comes from many places, but our Deacon Club staff is extremely fortunate to have a wealth of knowledge available to us in our Deacon Club Board of Directors and newly-created Athletics Advisory Council. Over two years ago we began exploring the interest of a new generation of leaders in getting involved within the DeaconRead more »

New Giving Levels Overview


You may have noticed some major changes to the Deacon Club giving levels with our first solicitation of the 2014-15 giving year.  The names and giving levels have changed but the mission of the Deacon Club remains the same.  We are focused on the athletic department mission of Developing Champions.  Our goals within the DeaconRead more »

Reflections on the trip to Monroe, LA


Dear Deacon Club members, Traveling with our various Wake Forest teams is always memorable. The experiences are often one of a kind, and sometimes it is the trips to more unique locations that create the fondest memories. Certainly, we would have loved to come away with a victory at Louisiana Monroe last week, but IRead more »

Update on the Hoops Room (Windsor Club Room)


As we enjoy the start of ACC men’s basketball, we wanted to provide a quick update on food and beverage service in The Hoops Room (Windsor Club Room) at the LJVM Coliseum. Upon purchasing the coliseum, Wake Forest Athletics became subject to the current Health Code rules enforced by Forsyth County. As a result, theRead more »

Gold Lobby Renamed for Jim Judson


On November 9, 2013 the Gold Elevator Lobby in Deacon Tower was renamed in honor of former trustee Jim Judson and his wife, Beth.  Jim and his wife Beth tragically died in a plane crash while returning home from their daughter Lauren’s golf tournament in 2010. Leading up to November 9, Jim’s friends and LambdaRead more »

Delivering Coach Clawson his First Win


Coach Clawson is now approaching the one-month mark in his new job as the head football coach for Wake Forest. A whirlwind of recruiting, travel, media events and meetings have dominated his time since his arrival. Despite his busy schedule, Coach Clawson and I have had a chance to speak on several occasions, and IRead more »