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Frigid Friday

It’s the end of a long, cold week – and it will get even colder before it’s done. The five day forecast is not particularly promising. Things can always shift, but it looks like we have the potential for snow/sleet/freezing rain on Monday. Your Deacs are probably sending out ‘cancel classes on Monday‘ vibes to the universe in hope of a three-day weekend.

Due to the frigid weather, campus seemed especially sparse today. Students did not seem to be walking about if they didn’t have 2 12 16 6to. One campus scene I saw repeated at least three times was students collecting Valentine’s bouquets that had been delivered to campus (deliveries get made to the Post Office in the basement of Benson and then students are notified that they have a delivery). I received a message from their office saying that the PO will have some hours over the weekend to accommodate floral deliveries (see the flyer on the side).

2 12 16 5I took a few pictures as I made my way through the frozen tundra back to Alumni Hall. The area just outside of Shorty’s had lots of chalk on the sidewalks advertising the big Student Union spring concert with a group called the Chainsmokers (does it show my age if I confess I have no clue who they are?)

2 12 16 4 2 12 16 3Also outside of Shorty’s is a lovely public art project – a wooden tree with directional signs. It has a plaque at the base with the artist information. Just really cool.

2 12 16 2I also took a picture of the back half of campus. It’s been overcast like that most of the day. Right before I reached my building, it started to snow flurry. Not a ton of them, but just a light on and off flurry. Probably not enough for the Quad Cam to even pick up.

And because Sunday is Valentines Day, I wanted to send all our loyal Daily Deacers a little something from me to you :)  You can send your Deac one too!

valentine

— by Betsy Chapman

 

 

Major/Minor Declaration

If you have a sophomore, this is the week for him/her to declare a major (and a minor, if desired).  The Registrar’s office has info on the mechanics of declaring. I want to provide a few thoughts on what I hear from students about majors (disclaimer – my opinions, not necessarily that of every adviser or WFU).

Students and majors tend to fall into one of a few camps:

I found my major and I love it!  

I have no idea what to major in and I am superstressed about it.

I want to major in X and I dread telling my parents.

Let’s look at those one by one.

For those of you with students who found their major and love it:

Kudos, congratulations, rock on! A student who is excited about his/her choice of major tends to be happier and have better grades than one who is majoring in Something They Don’t Love (but are doing it to please mom and dad). If your Deac loves his or her major area, be encouraging and excited for him or her.

When your student finds an academic passion, his/her grades tend to be better. This is a subject your Deac finds fun, invigorating, exciting. You don’t mind working hard for a subject you love, and typically the grades reflect that.

For those of you with students who have no idea what to major in and are superstressed about it (most of you are probably freshmen parents):

The choice of major ultimately has to rest with the student. It has to be his or her decision, because your student has to own the consequences of that decision.  Instead of offering suggestions of a major, you might try some prompting questions:

– Which classes have you liked the most so far, and why? What is it about those classes you liked?

– What can you absolutely rule out as a no? Are there Divisions you gravitate toward? And if so, where can you turn to learn more about the requirements for particular majors? (Hint: the Undergraduate Bulletin lays all that out for them!)

– What have other students you know said about that major? If you haven’t asked any of your friends/hallmates/classmates, would that be worth your time?

– Are there people on campus who might be able to help you think about options? Academic Advising? OPCD? Faculty or staff mentors?

Every student should ultimately be able to find some area of interest. It takes longer for some than others.  (And when your Deac does find his or her passion, go back to the first part of this blog and read the advice about when your student loves his/her major.)

For our students who say I want to major in X and I dread telling my parents:

Some of our students are actively worried about telling their mom, dad, or loved ones about their choice of major. If I had a dollar for every student who confided in me that he/she is worried about telling parents their intended major, I would have a much bigger and nicer house :)

In all seriousness, for some of our students, they feel a pressure/obligation (real or imagined) that mom and dad expect them to major in X, and they will be a disappointment to them if they do not. You may have never even talked about majors or suggested a particular one, but your Deac may feel so anyway.

To the degree that you can take that pressure off your student, do so. Tell your son or daughter that you don’t care what he/she majors in and you will be supportive of the decision.  Every single major can ultimately lead to a good job or happy post-Wake life (see #2 below).

Two bits of parting advice for all parents, then a story:

1) Let your student major in whatever he/she wants. That is the greatest gift you can give them.

2) Resist the urge to ask “what are you going to do with that as a major?” No matter the major, Wake Forest students develop strong writing skills, analytical skills, and critical thinking. Our students can access great personal and career development tools in the OPCD to hone their resumes, practice interviewing, etc. Any and every major can succeed and find jobs. (Another way to think of this: if you were a hiring manager, would you rather hire a student who had an overall GPA of an A in Major X That He/She Loved, or a student who had a B- or a C GPA in a Major They Felt Pressured to Choose?)

Finally, a story.

One of my best Wake friends fell into the “I have no idea what I want to major in” camp. She struggled and struggled and took most of sophomore year to test various departments and try to find it. And then when she hit spring semester, she fell in love with one of her classes, read up on the major requirements and got excited about the classes she had to take. It was like a giant weight was lifted off her shoulders. She found a purpose! She was excited.

And then she told her family.

The reaction was tepid at best, deflating at worst. My friend heard the message ‘you cannot major in that. you will never get a job. you have to pick something else.’ Being a people-pleaser, she did choose something else (she ultimately minored in the thing she loved, but she majored in something that was Fine but not Great).

Having that parental disapproval was a major blow to her at a time when she had been so excited. It was terrible to watch. I loved her family and still do to this day, but I wanted so badly to tell them how much their daughter had cried about being told she couldn’t follow her passion, and how she would have been plenty employable as a major in X, which she loved.

Please, please don’t do that to your kids.

— by Betsy Chapman

Meet a Deac – Roz Tedford

Happy Wednesday, Deac families! Time for another round of Meet a Deac. Full disclosure: today’s Meet a Deac was my WFU grad school roommate and [still] dear friend, Roz Tedford of the ZSR Library.

I hope many of your students have felt the ‘family’ atmosphere at Wake Forest. Much of that comes from faculty and staff who take students under their wing for mentorship, and Roz’s father, Emeritus Professor of Theatre Harold Tedford, had done that with me (and scores of others) long ago.  Roz’s love and care for students shows through in everything she does. She’s carrying on a great Tedford tradition of being present, accessible, and supportive of Wake students.

Now I am pleased to [virtually] let you meet Roz.

rosalind-tedfordOK Roz, so pretend I know none of this and let’s try to act official.
Fire away.

In what year did you graduate and what was your major?
I majored in Psychology and English and graduated in 1991, then got my MA in English with you in 1994.  [Roz did Shakespeare as her area of focus.]

What is your title?
I am Director for Research and Instruction, Z. Smith Reynolds Library.

How did you come to work at Wake?
I guess my first job at Wake was in the summers growing up working for my dad in the University Theatre, but I officially started as a full-timer in July 1994 as Government Documents and Microtext Assistant at ZSR.  That year, Wake signed the deal with IBM for the ThinkPad project and my career went off in the computer training direction. Then I moved to Reference and Instruction, eventually becoming the Assistant Director and then Director.

Libraries have changed so much when we were in college.  What does it mean to be Director for Research and Instruction?
I guess if I had to sum up my job I’d say that I work with students and faculty to ensure they have the skills and resources they need to do good research efficiently and effectively. This means teaching for-credit Information Literacy classes, working with classes in Political Science and other departments on research projects, placing orders for books, working one-on-one with faculty on their research, etc.

I also oversee the folks at ZSR that do our outreach to the WFU campus community and beyond. So the Humans vs Zombies events, Writer’s Camp and other fun programming ideas often come from my amazing team of library faculty and staff. I also serve as an academic advisor, on the Faculty Senate and on the Committee on Academic Planning.

What is your favorite course to teach?
I teach both the intro LIB100 class and the LIB210 – social science research class and love them both. But there is something about working with social science majors and minors and seeing the research process finally ‘click’ for them that I really love. 

How would you characterize Wake Forest students?  Have they changed from our student days, in your opinion?
They are far more driven and more competitive but also more tolerant and altruistic I think. I have loved seeing the increasing number of international students and students of color over the last decade. It provides such an exciting depth of experiences and worldviews to our campus that was severely lacking when you and I were students. Our students will be going out to work all over the world and with all kinds of people and the experiences living, studying and working with diverse students will serve them so well going forward.

What advice would you give to students?
Take it slow. Enjoy the ride. BREATHE. High school was an intense pathway to college; don’t make college a pathway, make it your destination. You picked a Liberal Arts school for a reason – to explore the world from as many perspectives as possible – so go do that. Take an archaeology class, a sculpture class, a Greek Mythology class. Major in something you LOVE. The value of the liberal arts is not measured in salary earned upon graduation, but in gaining the skills to go out and shape the world and make it better. 

What do you like best about working at Wake Forest?
The single minded goal we all have to teach, help, love and nurture our students while they are here so they can go out and change the world. 

What are some of your favorite memories as a student?
I loved rolling the Quad, camping out for basketball tickets [you know I have fond memories of that too!], the Lovefeast, the old Snack Pit with the best grilled cheese and french fries ever! [YES!!]

And now for the fun stuff:

Book you’re reading now: I just finished The Millionaire and the Bard about Henry Folger and the development of his collection that eventually became the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC. It was brilliant. I’m also reading The Girl in the Spider’s Web because I was a huge fan of Larsson’s books and wanted one more dip into that amazing world of characters. I’m really loving it!

beatlesWhat music are you listening to these days: I admit to streaming A LOT of The Beatles on Spotify and Prime Music. LOVE Adele’s new album as well. 

Favorite movie: Hard to pick but if I could only have one movie with me on a desert island I’d probably pick A Room With a View [love, love, love it – did my Masters thesis on it], or Zoolander or Spinal Tap or Princess Bride…..do I have to just pick one????? Can I bring a TV show instead?? Then it would be Sherlock, sherlock__steven_moffat_interviews_benedict_cumberbatch-2140489hands down.  

Website you frequent: In election years I spend a lot of time on sites like Pew Research and fivethirtyeight.com because I’m a bit of a political junkie. For fun I love sporcle.com and The Onion.

squidGuilty pleasure: So many – but documentaries about Giant Squid head the list. Cheezy 80s movies like Dirty Dancing, Top Gun and Footloose are hard for me to turn off if they are on.

Favorite place to be on campus: Outside on a beautiful fall day with the band practicing and leaves on fire!

What most people don’t know about you: If I won the lottery, I’d go to cooking school.  [You are already a superb cook. I cannot imagine it being improved upon, but OK.]

— by Betsy Chapman

New MS Unveiled for Business Analytics and ‘Big Data’

There is news coming from the Business School that might be of interest to your Deacs, and I share it with great enthusiasm.  We just issued a news release on a new Master of Science in Business Analytics, which is a 10-month MS program that will begin with its first new class of students this July.

I heard our School of Business Dean, Charles Iacovou, give a presentation on this Master’s program several months back, while it was still in the design and approval process. And even though I am not a math person, this sounded like an exciting program. Dean Iacovou was telling us that “big data” is an important, emerging trend in business – and that there is a shortage of qualified employees who can analyze that big data. Seems like if this is a new, specialized market and there aren’t enough good people to fill the jobs that are out there, this could be a game changer for our graduates (probably good money in it too!)

Here’s a little more from their news release about what students in this program will do:

“Using live, real-time data from retailers, such as CVS Health and Lowes Foods, provided by our revolutionary Retail Learning Labs through the School’s Center for Retail Innovation, MSBA students will analyze large data sets, master technological skills such as data mining and predictive modeling, and formulate actionable insights to corporate partners through hands-on experiential learning. Through this blend of classroom and real-world experiences, our graduates will discern critical relationships between data and organizational performance.”

A couple points to note about this program:

“To be eligible for the MSBA program, applicants must hold or be pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business, engineering, mathematics, economics, computer science or liberal arts. Successful completion of coursework in calculus and statistics is required. Some programming experience is recommended but not required. Recent college graduates with limited or no full-time, post-graduate work experience are encouraged to apply.”

To find out more about the program proper, or to apply, your Deacs can visit the MSBA web site.

If you have a graduating senior who is a strong math/analytical type, this could be a really great program for him or her. Applications are open now.  Even for those of you with freshmen, sophomores, or juniors – if this sounds like something your student would have interest in, keep this in the back of your mind, or share it with your student at the appropriate time.

I am constantly amazed, impressed, and excited by the innovative programs we can come up with at Wake Forest. This could be a dream gig for some of our Deacs.

— by Betsy Chapman

Five Senses of North Dining Hall

It’s been a while since we’ve done one of these. Today I am perched at a table in North Dining Hall. It’s 1 pm.

 

I see…

– About half of the tables occupied.

– 90% of the students I see are dining with others. I see one girl at a table by herself, laptop open. She appears to be working.

– A flat screen TV on the wall showing highlights from last night’s Super Bowl. The other is showing a talk show (Wendy?).

– An ARAMARK worker walking around making sure that chairs are pushed in and tables are cleared and clean.

– A girl leaning over the guy she is eating with, presumably looking at his phone. I’m playing the ‘are they in a relationship or not?‘ game in my head. They are both sitting on the same side of the table, instead of across from each other. No obvious PDA though.

– A girl unknotting her earbuds, which look like a big tangled mess.

new pit bowls– Funny shaped bowls that the students are eating from. The top rim is not flat across on top, it is slanted at an angle, so it looks sort of artsy. There are big slanted bowls for entrees, small slanted bowls for salads or fruit. The plates are flat :)

– A guy in a ballcap (worn backwards) who appears to be having a lively conversation with his lunch companion. He is an expressive talker – hand gestures, great facial expressions. I’m dying to know what he is talking about because he is really charismatic and expressive as he talks. He nods often when his friend is speaking.

– Lots of scarves. It’s cold outside, so a good many of the young women here are wearing them, or have them draped across the backs of their chairs.

– A student carrying a full load of empty plates and cups knocks a mayonnaise container off the table. Instead of just walking away because her hands are full, she stoops over to pick it up and put it back. (Mom and Dad, you raised her right!)

– People are not shy about putting their feet up on unoccupied chairs. They look like they are making themselves at home – and it should feel like home here. Go for it, I say.

– There seems to be a lot of grey and black clothing today. Probably 2/3 of the students within my line of sight have on something grey or black. Lots of yoga/running pants on the girls, lots of sweatshirts. Maybe the overcast weather had something to do with people choosing comfortable and warm clothes.

– One of the students sitting by herself must have just read something funny on her computer, or someone sent her a message that she liked. She has a smile like she has a happy secret. I hope so, anyway.

– People are staying at their tables for a good long while. My overall impression is that students who are eating here in groups are not in any particular hurry. Maybe this will change the closer we get to 2:00, but I have been here a half hour and pretty much everyone is working at a leisurely pace.

 

I hear…

– Overheard conversations. Words like “dumb jokes,” “so random,” and “isnt’ it funny?”  One of the conversations is in Chinese (disclaimer: I have no idea what they are saying).

– Laughter. During the time I am here, I hear a lot of laughter. Someone has a loud and hearty laugh that echoes through the room from time to time. It may be coming from the “new Pit” area (technically called Hilltop Market).

– A male student coughing.  There is one with an icky, gooey sounding cough. Later I hear more of a ‘clear your throat’ kind of male cough.

– The scraping of chairs across the wood floor.

– Two students talking about a class and homework. One is saying she started her homework way too late lastnight.

– The metallic clink of silverware.  Shortly followed by the clink of glass. Someone is rattling bottles of Texas Pete over at the condiment station.

– Ambient music being piped in. It’s strummy guitar music, not upbeat peppy pop music. A few songs later, it’s Adele singing “Hello.”

– “See you,” “Bye” and other parting words as they leave.

– A girl talking about a text she’d gotten from someone (it sounds like she likes the texter).

– The sound of a metal fork scraping food off the plastic plate.

– “Darty” [parents, do you know what a darty is? it’s a day party].

 

I smell…

– Fried food.

– Something that smells vaguely Asian-food like. Might be soy or ginger sauce.

– It’s definitely a soy or a ginger sauce. A couple people have walked by me while I have been sitting here and when they cross my path and I get a whiff, it smells pretty darn tasty.

 

I feel…

– Really comfortable. It’s a grey day outside but the wood in the North Dining Hall is really warm and they did a great job providing lighting that is sort of amber and inviting (not fluorescent and overpowering). The chairs are comfortable too.

– An occasional whiff of wind as people walk by. Occasionally it gets cold, presumably from when the outer doors open and people come and go.

 

I taste…

– The last swig of a [blessedly wonderful] Diet Pepsi.

I still never figured out if that one lunch pair is an item or not. I have to get back to my office and can’t watch them leave to see if they hold hands or anything – so it will forever remain a mystery.

— by Betsy Chapman

Preview of TEDxWakeForestU

You may have heard from your students that there was some excitement lastnight: a car driven by a student and a campus shuttle bus collided. No one reported injuries. Story is online here.

Today’s Daily Deac was guest authored by Julia Gaburo (’16).  Julia is one of the organizers of the TEDxWakeForestU event on February 20th.  Please urge your Deacs to register to attend – and you too if you will be in town!

— by Betsy Chapman

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How can we secure our future? What does security mean to our world? How do the ever-changing form and meaning of security impact the way we live our lives? The curious minds at Wake Forest are at it again: our student-run TEDx team is gearing up for the fifth annual TEDxWakeForestU event. A conference that will answer important questions such as those above. Eight impressive speakers will deliver 18-minute TEDx talks on February 20th from 12:00-4:00 in Wait Chapel on the topic of security, in the broadest sense of the word.

This year’s theme, Haven: Fearlessness Reimagined, captures speakers’ unique perspectives on what it means to find security and solace in each of their diverse fields of expertise. Security is a word that carries a heavy connotation in this day in age, but at its most basic, security means knowing what the future holds and creating an environment we can count on. Our very existence depends on assuring ourselves a brighter and unrestricted future in each of security’s different realms.

Tickets for TEDxWakeForestU 2016 are available now. General public tickets are $15 and Wake Forest University students, faculty and staff may attend at no charge, but must register online. If your schedule allows, we invite you to register and attend as well!

The TEDx program allows individuals to organize community events which advance TED’s mission of providing the public with “ideas worth spreading”—powerful conversations that spark lively debate and help produce innovative solutions to some of life’s most begging questions. TEDxWakeForestU is an independently organized event licensed by TED, and will be held from 12-4pm in Wait Chapel is open to the public.

This year’s speakers promise to deliver thought-provoking presentations from a diverse set of perspectives. See a brief list below and full biographies on the official conference website http://www.tedxwakeforestu.com/

We look forward to seeing you (if you are able) and your students in Wait Chapel on February 20th for what promises to be a truly impactful day.  

Speaker List 

  • Katrena Perou— Chief Program Officer at Urban Arts Partnership, an arts education program for underprivileged public school students
  • Mark Hurd (P’18)— CEO of Oracle Corporation
  • Bradley Myles— Executive Director and CEO of Polaris Project, the global leader in anti-human trafficking nonprofit work
  • Errin Fulp— WFU computer science professor conducting research on biologically-inspired network security solutions
  • Igancio Packer— Security General of the Terres des Hommes International Federation, a network of 10 organizations working to secure rights of child refugees
  • Carl Krebs— Architect-in-charge of the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in New York City
  • Maureen Berner— UNC Chapel Hill professor of public administration and government who researches food insecurity and food deserts and provides advisory services to state and local governments
  • Nicole Hockley–Founder and Managing director of the Sandy Hook Promise, a nonprofit working to end gun-related deaths and violence following the tragic Sandy Hook shootings of 2012
by Julia Gaburo (’16)

Several Brief Updates

It’s a busy week in my office so today’s Daily Deac is just a few quick hits.

aWake All Night is coming up this Saturday night/Sunday morning: “aWake All Night: aWaketh Thee Knight will take students back to Medieval Times. There will be food, games, prizes, joustsing, and much rejoicing. Not to mention ye olde golden brick hunt. If you’re interested in an evening that is sure to be filled with ample amounts of jest, mount your steeds and gallop over to Benson from 9pm Saturday February 6th to 1 am Sunday February 7th!” Kudos to Student Union for putting events like these on for our Deacs to enjoy.

ARAMARK has put out its February Dining Update: February 16 Dining Update.  There is a Superbowl Party and a Valentines lunch that may be of interest.

There is a panel discussion entitled Truth, Lies, and Politics: Ideology, Rationality, and Choice in an Election Year, that will be held February 16th in Wait Chapel. Your Deacs can chew on big questions like “What obligation do we have, as citizens in a democracy, to be informed about issues of public importance, such as the human impact on climate, or the causes of economic inequality?”, “Is the media a positive or negative factor in our democracy today?”, or “What is the relationship between ideology and belief?”

Student Health Service put information on its website about the Zika Virus.  This is probably highly unlikely to impact your students, but wanted to put it out there just the same.

Finally, if you didn’t know that Wake had an unusual connection to the Super Bowl – through shampoo and conditioner, of all things! – check this out.

— by Betsy Chapman

Seen on Campus…and Around the World

2 3 16 art 1 2 3 16 art 2 2 3 16 art 3 2 3 16 art 4Yesterday I was on campus and took a few snaps of things I saw.  There is some sort of art project on the steps between the Tribble Courtyard and the side entrance of the ZSR Library.  Each black and white photo has an interesting saying on it.  I am not sure exactly who is sponsoring it, or what it means, but I found the images to be intriguing and hope you do too!

2 3 16 PHThere were also a couple of places on campus where someone (an individual? a student organization? it’s a mystery) had chalked our motto, “PRO HUMANITATE” on the brick. I saw one on a wall going toward the Quad, one on the walkway near the library.

2 2 16 bikingWe did have a couple of Deac families send us a “Where In the World Are Wake Foresters?” pictures.  They gave us permission to share them below.  One is a Deac family (a ’17 current student studying abroad, with two relatives – both young alumni – who were vacationing; the alumni graduated in ’09, and ’10).  They are bicycling in Viña del Mar, Chile over Thanksgiving 2015.

2 2 16 patagonia 1 2 2 16 patagoniaThe second is Deac family in Patagonia in December 2015 – a ’14 grad, an ’18 current student, and dad is a ’79, P’14, ’18.

Keep these pictures of your global Deacs in WF apparel coming, folks!

— by Betsy Chapman

Opportunities Abound

Today’s Daily Deac is about opportunities.  And they are plentiful.  I am on a Volunteer Service Corps listserv, and they have a number of ways your Deacs can get involved with organizations and do some good locally and globally.  Note that some of the links may be local to WFU’s system, but you can share with your Deacs as you see fit.

“There are so many great opportunities for you to get involved this spring semester.

First off, there are still spots for the WAB (Wake Alternative [Spring] Break) trips

Next to find out more about teach for English Opens Doors, click here:

If you want to help out at the Science Olympiad, here is the link:

To apply as a leader for Pro Humanitate day, click this link:

And lastly, to apply for the Manna Project International, click here:

This is a chance for you to get connected with organizations and community partners that need YOUR help.”

I also got notice of a blood drive being sponsored on campus in honor of a young alumna, Erin Levitas, who recently passed away from cancer:

“Blood Drive on Feb. 4th in Benson 401 in honor of Wake alumni Erin Levitas who recently passed away.  Despite this tragedy, Erin’s goal of collecting blood donations to restock the blood supply can continue.  In her loving memory, we ask that all who can come to donate blood.   

To schedule an appointment, please visit: www.redcrossblood.org and key sponsor code “WFU” and follow the simple steps.

Where: Benson Center–room 401

When: Thursday, Feb. 4th

When: 12:305pm

DO NOT FORGET PHOTO ID!!” 

Finally, two program opportunities – the first is from the Office of Wellbeing:

“In collobaration with various offices and student groups, the Office of Wellbeing would like to present the Week of Sleep, a series of daily workshops February 8-12th at 4pm in Benson to raise awareness of the importance of sleep related to our physical and emotional wellbeing! Faculty, staff, and students who come get a free sleep gear prize (while supplies last). We encourage you to pass this along to your various listserves, social media platforms, offices (via email and printing out the flyer from this email) and take part in the Sleepin’ Deacon Challenge that follows the Week of Sleep! Please see visit our webpage for more information to sign up for the Sleep Challenge!

Do you consider sleep an important part of your life at Wake Forest? Do you believe you get enough sleep? Would you like to learn more about the benefits of sleep?

Come out for a week of workshops and jump into our 2-week sleep challenge! To learn more about the Week of Sleep and on how to sign up for the Sleep Challenge visit: thrive.wfu.edu/sleepindeaconchallenge/

And the second is from the Office of Multicultural Affairs:

“Join the Office of Multicultural Affairs on February 11th, 2016 for our Journeys to Success Speaker Series: Featuring Terrence J.

Terrence J is a charismatic television and film actor, philanthropist, and author, who consistently proves himself to be a jack-of-all trades. The three time Emmy nominee and North Carolina A&T graduate was co-anchor of the international news program E! News and hosted BET’s 106 & Park for seven years, the longest running music countdown in history. He’s also Ambassador and Spokesperson for several philanthropic campaigns and is currently starring and producing the film, THE PERFECT MATCH, opposite of Paula Patton.
Cosponsored  by Student Activities Fee Fund, Diversity and Collaboration Fund, Department of Communication,  Department of Theatre and Dance, and  the Black Student Alliance.

The event is Free!!!

Location: Kulynych Auditorium, Byrum Welcome Center

Date/Time: February 11, 2016 from 6:30 pm-7:45 pm

Doors will open at 5:30pm w/WFU ID and 6:00pm for General Public.”


Get involved in some meaningful way, Deacs!

UPDATE 1:20 pm.  The fall Family Weekend Date has been announced.  Family Weekend will be held Friday, October 7th through Sunday, October 9th.  Student Union, who plans all Family Weekend activities, will have details for you closer to the summer.  If you wish to look into hotel reservations, you can check out the hotels page.  Note that The Cardinal, a new Kimpton hotel, is opening this May for those who wish to check it out.

— by Betsy Chapman

Misc Monday

What a glorious, glorious weekend we just had.  Yesterday was about 60-65 degrees and sunny – so wonderful after the snow.  There is still some snow lingering, by the way, mostly on the side of the roads where it had been piled up by snow plows and now has all manner of exhaust from cars graying it.  But with this warmth, we will no doubt fool some of the daffodils and other flowers into trying to burst into life early.

Couple of great news items to tell you about from late last week.  Wake Forest was awarded a $650,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for the ‘engaged humanities’:

“Funding will support a range of humanities-inflected programming, including, in response to high faculty demand, more opportunity for cross-disciplinary faculty to teach together and offer students the benefit of intentional cross-disciplinary learning, particularly in the context of publically engaged courses, for which faculty have increasingly been seeking support.”

We have a fantastic program of experiential learning taking place right now with the Iowa Caucuses.  Wake the Vote has taken 22 students to Iowa to work on a presidential campaign:

“When 22 Wake Forest University students travel to the Iowa caucuses to work with presidential campaigns, they will embark upon a yearlong journey that combines classroom and real-world political experience through a program called Wake the Vote….From volunteering on the campaigns of presidential candidates to attending classes to planning community forums to organizing non-partisan voter registration efforts, the group will spend 2016 examining issues central to the presidential election.”

The students are randomly assigned to a candidate at each major campaign destination to which they will travel, giving them broad exposure to different candidates and campaigns.  (And just a plug here: if your student has not registered to vote, please encourage him/her to do so.  Look into absentee ballots in your state.)

Also, for first-year students contemplating applying to the School of Business, February is full of activities just for first-years.  There will be information sessions, discussions of how to study abroad as a business major, drop-in times for Q&A and more. A word of advice too: please tell your first-year students to heed the recommendations of the advisers in the business program about the timing of their study-abroad experience.  This might mean going abroad spring of sophomore year instead of fall of junior year – but there are good reasons for that.

A past event to mention – we have a video about the making of the Sutton Center (gym addition).  If you want a look at this project from the beginning to end, this covers it all.

Finally, a few upcoming events to mention:

STEM Slam is this Wednesday evening

There is an Art Career Panel on Thursday evening

aWAKE All Night will start this Saturday

Those are but three things in a very full week.  See for yourself at the Events Calendar.

Make it a great week, Deac families!  And if you haven’t sent your student a Deacon Greeting lately, keep this on your radar screen for Valentine’s Day (or just to say “I love you” – that never gets old!)

— by Betsy Chapman