Seen and Heard – and a Preview of Coming Attractions

Here’s a “minute from Wake Forest” today.

4 13 16 14 13 16 3It was a chilly morning, so I was hoofing it as fast as I could across the Quad to Reynolda, where I had a meeting.  As I scurried by, I saw all these tags hanging from the trees.  They are factoids leading up to Arbor Day. More about that below:

“D.E.S.K. has been rescheduled to 3:00-6:00 pm April 19. This coincides with the campus Arbor Day Celebration from 4:006:00 pm. Please help us communicate to students that they are invited to attend the Arbor Day Celebration for any portion of time, before or after participating in D.E.S.K.

All Arbor Day volunteers earn a coveted Earth Month t-shirt and a grassfed-beef burger cookout at the end of the event. We have amended the Arbor Day sign-up sheet to include a column asking students to identify whether or not they intend to stay for dinner; we don’t want to prepare food for students who are unable to stay.

4 13 16 64 13 16 2The student organization and residence hall with the highest percentage of participation will earn $50 in their account. The sorority and fraternity with the highest percentage of participation will receive a letter to their national organizations.  All students and staff members should sign up here.”

I also saw two students walking – a good looking boy and a pretty girl.  The girl looked like she was going to cut across the Quad grass and walk there instead of on the sidewalk.  Her guy friend took her by the arm and said “no no no no no – you can’t do that! They work too hard keeping the grass looking like that, you can’t walk on the grass.”  This young man is too young to have known Dr. Smiley, but in my time he was famous for telling you “the grass cries” when you walk on it.  Dr. Smiley would’ve been proud of this young man.

4 13 16 54 13 16 4Once in Reynolda, I saw these flyers – one for the Riverrun film festival (still going on this weekend, I believe) and also some info on online classes.

Finally, I got word of an event tomorrow on NPR you parents and family members might want to tune in to.  Our own Andy Chan will be on the Diane Rehm show on NPR.  Here’s more:

Andy Chan, vice president of personal and career development, will participate in a live discussion on “The Diane Rehm Show” on navigating the transition from school to the workplace. The show will air Thursday, April 14, from 11 a.m. to noon. Listeners can join the live program on “The Diane Rehm Show” website. The discussion will also be archived and available to listeners after the program.

With graduation season just around the corner, students throughout the country are preparing to transition into the workplace. Chan will join a panel of experts who will be looking at the challenges new grads face and how to address them.  Other guests include:

  • Jeffrey Selingo regular contributor on higher education, the Washington Post; author, “There is Life After College: What Parents And Students Should Know About Navigating School To Prepare For The Jobs Of Tomorrow”
  • Anthony Carnevale director and research professor, Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University
  • Kristen Hamilton CEO and co-founder, Koru — a company offering immersive training programs to get college graduates job ready

As a national leader in rethinking the college to career experience, Wake Forest has been at the forefront of transforming the traditional, outdated concept of “career services” into a holistic, four-year approach to personal and career development. Ever since Wake Forest convened Rethinking Success, a 2012 conference that highlighted the value of a liberal arts education for 21st Century careers, the University – as well as its career and mentoring experts – have been featured in The New York Times Magazine, Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Today, Money, Business Insider, Fast Company, Forbes, CNN and USA Today as well as higher education publications such as The Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed.

“The Diane Rehm Show” is a National Public Radio call-in-show based in the United States. In October 2007, “The Diane Rehm Show” was named to the Audience Research Analysis list of the top ten most powerful national programs in public radio, the only talk show on the list. The show, produced by WAMU, and hosted by Diane Rehm, is estimated to have more than 2 million listeners.

— by Betsy Chapman

 

 

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