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Individuality

It’s almost break, and judging by the cars in the parking lots, some of the students appear to have gone home already, possibly because of the predictions for iffy mid-Atlantic weather on Wednesday.  We had a cold and rainy Sunday through most of the day, and then the rain got really heavy lastnight. I thought most of the fall leaves were already down from the trees, but there are a ton on the roads and the sidewalks, blown down by lastnight’s wind.

Speaking of roads, I took a wander across campus late last week and was looking at the cars in the student parking lots.  It’s always interesting to me to see what kinds of things students choose to place on their cars as adornment.  There’s the things you might expect: Wake Forest stickers or magnets, Greek letters, favorite sports teams or beaches.  And then there are some things you might not expect.

I took pictures of some of the fun bumper stickers I saw on the cars.  They are just a small slice of what I saw, but an interesting lot nonetheless.  This is but one way for your students to express their individuality.  From the looks of it, we have a lot of creative, athletic, well traveled folks.

bumper stickers all

Preparations

11 21 14 lightpoleYesterday I was up on the Quad and in the Benson Center and was witness to preparations for the holidays.  On the Quad, pine garlands were being placed on the arches and light poles.  A Christmas tree was being set up in front of Reynolda Hall.  Wreaths had been hung on the doors to the Deacon Shop and Quad-facing doors.

11 21 14 reynolda tree 11 21 14 archDitto for the Benson Center.  A large Christmas tree was being set up in the Rotunda, and very soon I suspect pine garlands will be on the railings at the stairs.  In years past, they have also put pointsettias in the Rotunda and by the stairs.  Wreaths adorned the Benson front doors as well.

11 21 14 benson tree 11 21 14 benson doorsWhile it might seem a bit early for holiday decorations to go up on campus, if you stop and think about it, students are only here for 3+ weeks before finals end and it will be Winter Break.  It’s good to have some festivity and cheerfulness up now, while they can still enjoy it.  It also might help lighten the mood as finals approach to see some decorations.

These decorations – and the lights that accompany them at night – will be on full view for the Lighting of the Quad on the evening of December 2nd.  Normally we also have a menorah on campus for Hanukkah, but the dates of Hanukkah fall after students leave for Winter Break, so I am assuming our students unfortunately won’t get to see that.

11 21 14 quad signsThe Quad had some additional decorations too.  There are white signs along half of the Quad telling the stories of student entrepreneurs.  They were placed there by the Center for Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship.  The stories are pretty cool – hope your students will stop and read some of them.

Three final notes for your Black and Gold Friday (I hope you’re wearing our school colors wherever you are!)

- My intrepid colleagues in social media have posted a beautiful video on the Wake Forest University Facebook page.  It’s a slideshow of fall on campus, accompanied by “Mr. Wake Forest,” our much-beloved Provost Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of English, Ed Wilson (’43).  This is a beautiful way to see and hear the best of WFU.

11 21 14 clouds- I snapped this picture this morning of the clouds over Wait Chapel.  The sky was full of thin stripes of clouds and it looked really magical.

- Remember to call your students :)

Take care and have a great weekend, Deac families!

Gratitude Day Results

Yesterday was Gratitude Day, where the OPCD was encouraging students to Tweet what they are grateful for (and win a chance for Chipotle! a win for everyone!).  There was also an opportunity to share what they are grateful for outside the Pit from 11 am-1 pm.  (Sadly I missed that part – Class of ’27 was home with strep so my Deac family was playing tag team parenting.)

We also invited you, our Deac families and Daily Deac readers to email in the things you are grateful for.  It was wonderful to see your responses, which I am posting below (anonymously).

Let the people speak!  Here’s what you told me.

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“I am grateful for the RUF Ministry and the devotion of Kevin Teasley and service to these students all these years.” – P’17

“I am grateful that my kids are healthy, safe and make me proud every day!” – H., P’16

“My daughter’s laughter, Pumpkins and Pilgrims, a warm coat, hoop earrings, oil paint, writing, my son’s old soul, cows, fall leaves, fireplaces, my husband’s strength, Grace” – L., P’17

“I am so thankful for the warm, welcoming WFU family that has made my son’s start at WFU such a wonderful experience :)” – V., P’14

“I am grateful for the genuine empathy and caring expressed by your office for parents and students alike – it is great to know that we are all in this together!” – P’18

“I am seriously grateful for the Daily Deac. Keep it up Betsy!!” – Anonymous

“I am thankful for all the blessings I have, especially my son getting to attend WFU.  I am thankful that he studies hard and remembers to call his mom often!”  J., P’18

“I am so incredibly grateful that my daughter has the opportunity to attend Wake Forest University and be a part of a community that supports her in so many ways. I sleep better at night knowing that even though she is 2,700 miles away…. she is in a great place during these very important developmental years.” A., P’17

“We are thankful for Wake Forest  – a supportive University community that values honesty, integrity, uniqueness and spirit! Go Deacs!!!!” K&D, P’17

“I would like to share what I am thankful for during this season.  I am thankful for my family. My three wonderful children and my loving husband are the joys of my life. During this Thanksgiving season I would like to give thanks to them for being in my life. #Gratitude Day” - D., P’18

“I am so grateful for Larry Jones, campus minister and leader of the Wesley Foundation (United Methodist Campus Ministry), for the amazing energy, love, guidance,and support he shows to the Wake Forest students who are lucky enough to be a part of his programs.” - M., P’16

“I’m thankful my daughter is thriving at Wake Forest!!” - T., P’16

 

piglet-gratitude2And now here is my Wake Forest related Gratitude list:

I am grateful that I can write the Daily Deac every day.  It is one of the most fulfilling parts of my job, and I am thrilled whenever I get an email from one of my readers or have the chance to meet one of you in person.  I don’t know who all of you are, but I wish I did.  Your encouragement and support allows me to keep doing what I love.  THANK YOU!

I am grateful for a very special group of people on this campus that I work with regularly and for whom I have enormous respect and affection.  (You know who you are – or at least I hope you do!)  They do amazing work and give so much of themselves – and often it has to be under the radar because of confidentiality or other reasons.  I wish you could see what I see in them – how much they give of themselves for the benefit of our students and this university.

I am grateful every time a student confides a problem, or a struggle, or feels comfortable to be his or her authentic self with me.  My wish for all of our students is that they learn to be comfortable in their own skin and be the person that they are meant to be.

I am grateful for my mentors here who have helped me navigate some difficult times with grace and saved my bacon when it most desperately needed saving.  I am equally grateful for the opportunities I have been given to grow and develop and get better at what I do.

I am grateful for the Lovefeast.  And Ed Wilson, always Ed Wilson.

I am grateful that every day I get to walk on this beautiful campus and see places and memories that matter to me.  Places that remind me of when and where I fell in love, where I married, where my friends and I had long walks and meaningful talks.  Even when those people are not here now, I feel them with me and know time and distance can’t erase the ties that bind us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Five Senses of Zick’s

Last Thursday I spent a little bit of time in Zick’s, our pizza/pub games place in Poteat on the Quad.  I sat there long enough to take notes for a Five Senses post and then got tied up in something and didn’t post it.  Better late than never, though.  Here goes.

I see…

- Two girls sitting at different booths in Zick’s.  Both with long hair.  One is on her phone texting someone but looking at her open laptop.  The other is studying with an open book and eating her pizza.

20130820zicks10354- Empty pool tables.

- A guy and a girl come in and plop their jackets and bag down on a chair.  They are getting ready to play a game of pool and are gathering the balls, pool cues, etc.

- A napkin on the floor, just kind of crushed up and sad looking.

- Several flat screen TVs hung on the walls.  The two by the pool tables are both tuned to ESPN.  The third one by the booths looks like some kind of game show.

- A “This Week at Zick’s” sign near the entrance to where you order pizza.  It lists activities for each evening – acoustic singers, etc.  Sunday night was a viewing of The Walking Dead at 9 pm for fans of that TV show (though I can’t imagine why you’d want to mix eating pizza with watching flesh-eating zombies).

- A new patron of Zick’s sits down at the tall bar seats by the window.  She is sporting a seriously chic pair of boots.  Not the tall ones a lot of the girls are wearing, these are upper ankle.  My shoe envy starts twitching.

- Subtle PDA from the guy and the girl who have started playing pool.  I hadn’t caught on that they were a couple until I saw them holding hands just now.

- Another new patron – a guy with a big backpack comes in to order.

20130820zicks10353- A stack of board games beneath a coffee table by the comfy chairs in Zick’s.  The boxes look like they have all been opened and used multiple times.

- Out the window, I see a very tall guy and a girl with long blonde hair laughing and talking as they pass by the window closest to me.  They come in to eat.

- Someone skateboarding across the Quad.

- A guy on the Quad folding his arms across his chest as he walks – the way you do when your coat isn’t warm enough and you’re trying to conserve as much body heat as possible.  I also see a lot of folks outdoors with their hands in their pockets because of the cold.

 

I hear…

- Indie/alternative music piped through the sound system.  It’s music from Fall Out Boy, Death Cab for Cutie, Kings of Leon and the like.

- Crinkling of a plastic bag a student opens.

- Chatter from the food service staff.

- The sounds of the pool balls being racked, then the clinking of pool cues as they are taken from their holder.

- Sniffing.  It’s cold outside and people’s noses are running.

- Jingling keys that are hanging off a girl’s backpack, held in place by a carabiner.  As she walks through Zick’s, there’s a metallic jingle.

- The refrigerator opening and closing in the food prep area as they make more food.

- The crack of the cue ball as the girl-guy combo breaks and starts playing.

20130820zicks10358- A male voice ordering pizza.  The servers are trying to convince the girl with him that she needs to eat something too.  Turns out she does not like pizza.  As an aside, it’s great to hear some banter between the staff at Zick’s and the students.  A female staffer is acting very warm and friendly to the students and chatting with them the way an older woman/friend of the family might.  It makes me feel like she cares for her students, and I like to hear it.

- Jackets being unzipped.

 

I smell…

- Cold air.  I expected as soon as I got into Zick’s it would smell strongly of pizza, but mostly it just smells like cold air.  That intensifies every time the doors open and a new person enters or leaves.

- Pizza – finally the smell reaches me when someone walked close enough to my table for me to get a whiff.

 

I touch…

- The smooth surface of the table where I am sitting.  It’s pretty tactile, this table.  While it has a really smooth varnish on it, there are pits and indentations in the wood, and if you run your finger along it you can feel the variations in the table surface.

 

I wasn’t there for a meal, so nothing in the I taste column, but I can say the pizza smelled great.

That’s your Five Senses of Zick’s!  Note, the pictures throughout are not ones I took that day – they are shots from our photo archive.

 

– by Betsy Chapman

Gratitude Day – Wednesday 11/19

It is freezing, freezing, cold today, Deac families.  High of a frigid 36.  And while I know many of you are from colder climes than ours, already dealing with snow and superfrigid temperatures, let me go on record and say I much prefer the warmth.  There are a couple of side benefits to the weather I suppose: students can finally trot out their warmest winter coats, boots, and gloves – and for our students who live in places where it never gets cold, this is sort of fun for them.

Even though it’s hard for me to be this cold and feel grateful, today’s Daily Deac is about gratitude.  Wake Forest is having a Gratitude Day tomorrow (Wednesday, November 19th).  In this season of thankgiving and reflecting on our many blessings, this seems like a great idea.

There are a couple of ways your students can participate:

give thanksThey can Tweet @WFUOPCD with #GiveThanks and share what they are thankful for this holiday season.  They have a chance to win a Chipotle gift card.

Students can also join the campus for Gratitude Day and share what makes them #GiveThanks from 11am-1 pm in front of the Pit.

Deac families, we welcome you to share what you are grateful for as well.  You can email parents@wfu.edu and we will post any of your comments (anonymously if you like, or you can give us your first initial and Parent year – P’15 = senior parents, P’16 = juniors, etc.)  I’d love to complile a Gratitude List from our Deac families.

– by Betsy Chapman

 

Rainy, Wet, and Cold

This is not the trifecta that we were hoping for as we start the week.  It is cold, dreary, and rainy.  You can see it on the Quad Cam.

Tomorrow is going to be worse – highs only in the mid-30s, and lows in the upper teens.

My prediction is that there is going to be very little foot traffic today.  Students will stay hunkered down in their dorms, or the library, or wherever they are finding warm and comfortable places to be.

Since I also am not keen to venture out into the rain to survey the campus, today I’ll bring to you information from Volunteer Service Corps about upcoming service opportunities, as well as the Lighting of the Quad.  If your Deacs get a kick out of volunteering and making someone else’s day/week a little brighter, there are many good options for engagement.

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Lighting of the Quad

On December 2nd is Lighting of the Quad and this year we will be conducting a service project with the Emergency Chaplin’s Fund. This fund was created to support the Wake Forest faculty and staff when they are in tough financial times. We will be asking students to bring ‘stocking stuffers’ for the children of the staff or faculty that benefit from the fund to Lighting of the Quad. We are looking for small toys, hats, scarves, or gloves. We will also be accepting monetary donations for the Fund.

Last chance to apply for the International Service Trips going to Rwanda and the Dominican Republic! Applications are due today, the 17th!

Service Opportunities!

1. Jefferson Elementary School
Help students who need assistance with reading and math for 30 minutes a day one day a week; Contact-  Stacey Hiestand (Study Buddy coordinator for Jefferson Elementary) staceyhiestand@yahoo.com

2. Riverwood Therapeutic Riding Center
located in Tobaccoville, NC (about 20 minutes from WFU) and offer therapeutic horseback riding and equine-assisted activities to children and adults with special needs; Contact- Aliza McIlwain mcilwainak@gmail.com

3. Diggs Latham Elementary School
looking for several volunteers to assist with touring students grade K-5; Contact Principal Donna Cannon, cmjohnson@wsfcs.k12.nc.us.

4. Campus Garden Hours
Mondays and Thursdays (4:30-6:30pm), Sundays (4:00-6:00pm); 1141 Polo Rd.  Activities include, harvesting crops, preparing beds, planting, composting, etc. Enjoy a nice afternoon at the garden while learning about sustainable agriculture.

5. Food Bank Garden located at The Children’s Home
Monday and Wednesdays, 5:30PM-7 PM; Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM, 1001 Reynolda Road.  They grow food for Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC (No RSVP needed).

6. Volunteering at WFUBMC
Shifts are 4 hours/week at Baptist Medical Center and must make a 50 hour commitment per semester. Volunteering at the hospital in various departments.

7. School of Medicine in PHS
help with filing, computer, phone calls and etc; Contact Betha Watson: bwatson@wakehealth.edu

Other happenings!

1. The Hunger Banquet, H&H Week
Tuesday, 11/18 6:00 pm in the Little Mag Room. Exploring the prevalence of food insecurity in North Carolina through food and reflection

2. Documentary: Grown in Detroit, H&H Week
Wednesday, 11/19 6:30-8:00 pm in ZSR Auditorium. Followed by a panel discussion led by Second Harvest Food Bank

3. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Part 1- Premiere, H&H Week
Thursday, 11/20 at The Grand Theatre. Win free tickets to watch the 3rd installment of the Hunger Games series premiere before anyone else at hte Grand. Exclusive to WFU students. Following Stu DentUnion on Facebook to find out more!

4. Homelessness and Emotional & Physical Wellness, H&H Week
Friday, 11/21 from 4-5:30 pm, Campus Kitchen Lounge. Discussing the effects of homelessness on mental and physical wellness with Active Minds, Samaritan Ministries and Deacon Dhamaal

5. Project: How sexual violence has impacted Wake Forest students and faculty.  Contact Liz Stalfort staleb11@wfu.edu

6. Peace Corps Information Session
Wednesday, 11/19 at 4:30 pm, Farrell Hall A48. Come here from the local recruiter on their hiring needs and opportunities where you can possibly serve.

7. Help students partaking in the Volunteer Service Corps’ trip to Kolkata, India this winter break raise funds!
$12 each/ shirt.  The quote around the elephant design reads: “Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies. – Mother Teresa” Contact Olivia Whitener (whitob11@wfu.edu)  if you would like to buy one!

8. Speak Out for Mental Health, Active Minds
Stories will be read by members of Can I Poet on Nov. 24th at 7 p.m. in Ring Theater, during which the campus community can listen to and find solidarity in the anonymous stories of pain and healing of members of our campus community who have dealt or are dealing with mental illness directly or indirectly. If you have submissions or questions, please contact Ade Ilesanmi

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Sacred Spaces

I took a very, very chilly walk this morning up to the center of campus.  Winter is coming, friends.  It is *cold* now.  In the 30s this morning, weak sunlight.  Definitely heavy jacket weather, scarf, gloves.  The weekend forecast appears to be frigid as well.  Tell your Deacs to dress warm and use a lot of good personal hygiene (hand washing, no cup sharing, etc.) because no one needs to come down with anything right now.

My destination was Davis Chapel, which is at the back of Wait Chapel and Wingate Hall.  It had been during my own school days a tiny chapel with wooden pews, seating maybe 110 people.  It was used for a variety of denominational services on campus.

Davis Chapel has gotten a facelift.  The space has been beautifully redesigned thanks to a grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundation.  Gone are the old style pews, replaced with moveable chairs so the room can be set up and configured to suit a variety of events, services, and faith traditions.  The front of the chapel has been remade and features a small table for religious services.  There are paintings at the front of the room, and on one side of the front of the chapel is a cabinet (Ark) for storing a sacred Torah.  There is a red light, and if memory serves me, the light is lit if blessed sacrament (bread and wine) is stored in the chapel; the candle stays lit around the clock.  There is even a small waterfall that can be used during meditation services, which are Monday-Weds-Friday mornings from 8-8:25 am.  The lovely stained glass windows remain from the original chapel.

The spiritual landscape of the university has changed since my time as a student.  When I was here, the largest denomination was Baptist.  As of 2013, student reported religious preference was as follows:

25.2% Roman Catholic

7.8% Baptist

7.4% Protestant

6.7% Presbyterian

6.5% Episcopal

3.6% Jewish

42.8% All Other/Unknown

Because we have students of many faith traditions (as well as those who might be exploring their beliefs), it is important that we have sacred spaces on campus that are welcoming and useful to all.  This new Davis Chapel feels good in that sense.

davis 20110727davis3756 20140212davis1900 20140212davis1876Here are some pictures of the old and new Davis Chapel (most professionally done, a few my own handiwork).  And for those who have not seen the Interfaith Arch, it is on the other side of the back of Wait Chapel, opposite the entrance to Wingate.  When the sun hits it just right, it davis 20141028chapel1299 20141029chapel2304makes a really cool series of religious symbols with the light.

Be sure to touch base with your students today.  Give them a call, ask them about the cold weather here.  Tell them you love them.  It matters tremendously.

– by Betsy Chapman

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Thursday Q&A

The predicted cold weather is headed our way, Deac families.  This morning is gray and chilly, and it will get chillier before the weekend is done.  For those of you in the ‘blue zones’ we see on national weather maps, my condolences.  It is supposed to be in the 40s for us over the next few days, which is cold for us.

Yesterday we sent out the November issue of the Wake Parents and Families e-newsletter.  Unfortunately, it went out with a mistake in it – saying the first day of spring semester classes was January 30th.  That is an error – classes actually start on January 13.  We sent out a correction email with the correct date, and that prompted several other questions in return.  For today’s Daily Deac, I thought it might be fun to cover some of that Q&A (if one person had the question, no doubt some others do as well).  So here goes.

Why didn’t I receive the Wake Parents and Families e-newsletter?  I got the correction notice, but not the original email.
Unfortunately once we hit ‘send’ on our emails, we cannot control how and when our email is received.  In the vast majority of cases, if you do not receive the email (and you know you provided an email address to us), the email has been rerouted automatically to your spam or junk mail folder.  It is also possible it was rejected by your company’s IT protocol (if you read at work) or your internet service provider (if you read at home) as potential spam and not delivered at all.

If you have the ability to search within your email program, do search on “Wake Parents and Families” and that might show you its location in a spam or junk email folder.  If our message did end up in spam, please mark us as not spam and move back to your inbox and I believe that should fix the problem.  You can also add the sending address as a contact and hopefully we’ll be recognized next time.

I talked to another parent yesterday who was in our distro list but never got the email.  She uses Gmail and did a search of her email for “Wake Parents and Families.” She wrote me back later: “When I search my Gmail I find it and all the earlier ones and it says “not showing correctly” on all of them. They’re not in my inbox or my spam but it shows up on the search.” So if you are missing us, try those tricks.  Know, too, that we always archive the issues here so they can be read online.

The e-newsletter mentioned sorority recruitment, but not fraternity.  What information is there about fraternities?
They did not have the dates up when we were compiling our e-newsletter (we have to lock down content a week or so before we plan to send Wake Parents and Families out, so our web team has time to code everything).  It looks like the fraternity dates are now out on the Fraternity and Sorority Life website. 

Is there a spring Family Weekend in 2015?
We are not having a spring Family Weekend this year.  Normally we try to hold those kinds of weekends in February during a basketball weekend.  This year’s schedule was not offering any great weekend options.  In past years when we have piloted a Spring Family Weekend, attendance has been much lower than the fall weekend, perhaps due to the possibility of bad weather or travel issues.  Instead of a formal weekend, we encourage Wake Forest families to plan a visit any time in the spring that suits their family’s schedule.

Where can I find information about Commencement 2015?
The Commencement web site is in the process of being updated for 2015.  You can go on the Commencement site and see the date for 2015 Commencement (scroll down to bottom left menu).  The day prior will be the Baccalaureate service.  By looking at the 2014 Weekend Schedule link, you can get a sense of what the weekend might look like for 2015.  While I cannot guarantee that there might not be some changes, my experience has been that the schedule has been pretty similiar in recent years.  Once the site is updated for 2015, we will post the link on the Parents’ Page. 

What is the date for Family Weekend Fall 2015?
It is not set yet.  You can find out why (and when we expect to know) on our Parents’ Page Q&A on events.

In other newsWake Forest was on CBS News in a story about going SAT optional.  This is just a couple of minutes long and well worth your time.  This is a great story, and as one who was a subpar SAT taker and a great student, I remain proud we made this decision.

 

– by Betsy Chapman

 

Spring Break Idea

November seems a strange time to be thinking about Spring Break, I know, but there is a good reason for it.  There is a fantastic opportunity for students to embrace our Pro Humanitate motto by doing an alternative to the traditional beach party Spring Break that is so often associated with college.

I am sharing an email below about Wake Alternative Break, which provides a meaningful way for students to connect with each other and to causes associated with the common good.  This would be a fantastic opportunity for students to bond over a shared experience and a good cause.  Hope you will consider passing this information to your Deacs!

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Hello colleagues,

I am pleased to share that the Wake Alternative Break (WAB) application for Spring 2015 service trips is LIVE!  We have an exciting lineup of 12 sites this year and a great group of student leaders joining our faculty/staff leaders to develop these exciting opportunities for our community.  Additionally, these WAB trips represent efforts in collaboration as the Pro Humanitate Institute and Volunteer Service Corps have partnered with the Office of the Chaplain, LGBTQ Center, Office of Multicultural Affairs, and ZSR library to support these trips.

The application can be found here  and will be open until January 20th.  On November 11th, VSC is hosting an interest meeting to provide information and answer questions about the WAB program for interested students at 5pm in Pugh Auditorium.

I hope that you will share this opportunity with students in your networks.  In preparation for that, I wanted to share a few pieces of information about the WAB program to ease your conversations with students about these opportunities. All of this information is also shared on the application.

- WAB has existed at Wake Forest for 15 years.  In the last 5 years, we have more than doubled the number of trips available to students and shifted their focus away from direct service to critical engagement with social issues.  WAB leaders undergo a rigorous training process in the Spring to prepare them to lead in this more complex environment.

- The mission of WAB is to facilitate service in the community, connect participants to each other, encourage experiential learning around a social issue, and inspire participants to return to campus motivated to positively impact their university, local, national, and international communities.

-  A primary goal of WAB is to create an experience that is not mitigated by a student’s financial resources.  As a result,financial assistance is available for WAB trips through VSC.  Both monetary and extended payment plans are available to students.  However, students must contact me directly by the January 20th deadline to discuss their need.  This is done as a separate step in the application process in order to preserve the selection process as need-blind.

Thank you again for your partnership and support in sharing this with our students,

Shelley


Shelley Graves Sizemore ’06, ’09
Assistant Director
Pro Humanitate Institute

Project Civility, Registration Information, and Organic Food

There’s an activity on campus tomorrow that your students in which your students should consider taking part.  This has been organized by the Student Advising Leadership Council.  You may know that in addition to having a faculty or staff academic adviser, first-year students also have a student adviser, a specially-trained peer adivser who not only takes their advising group through various Orientation activities, but is also there as a resource to answer questions.

You can see the Student Advising Leadership Council’s message below.

“Join Student Advising and the Pro Humanitate Institute on November 12th to celebrate civility! 
This year’s summer project for new students was centered on civility.  New students were asked to read and discuss P.M. Forni’s Choosing Civility for Project Wake.  It was the vision of the Committee on Orientation and Lower Division Advising that this project would continue throughout the year through various campus events and experiences.  In an effort to do this, the Student Advising Leadership Council has partnered with the Pro Humanitate Institute to organize a campus wide banner decorating event on the theme of civility.  The event will be held on November 12th, from 10 AM – 5 PM on Manchester Plaza.  Students will be asked to write or draw what civility means to them on a large banner.  Later, the banner will be displayed on campus.  We are hoping that this will be a timely, engaging, and meaningful way to celebrate civility and what it means to Wake Forest students.  We will be holding a raffle during the event featuring copies of Choosing Civility signed by Presdient Hatch, Coach Manning, and Coach Clawson.  We look forward to seeing you there – this is your chance to express how you feel about Civility in a significant way!”

I hope your students will come out and share their thoughts about civility on this banner.  We might have differing ideas about what civility means to each of us – but we all live and work in this community and shared space.  It should be instructive for your students to see what other people think civility means at Wake Forest, and they ought to add their own voices to the conversation.  We are as strong a community as we make it – and that starts with caring, being present, participating, listening to others.  They can help shape our community and our sense of civility.

Here’s a couple of tips on Round 2 of Registration this week.

1.  Remind your students to go into WIN-Virtual Campus-Check Your Holds and Registration Status to check for any holds.  Having a hold means you cannot register until the hold is cleared; it could be a hold for an unpaid fee of some sort, etc.  Your students want to make sure that they don’t have any holds before the second round of Registration.  I told my own group to check it today, clear any holds, and then check it again the morning you register just so they don’t have an unhappy surprise :)

2. Registration information is available online at the Registrar’s site.  Your students hopefully know to navigate to this page, but if they don’t and they call you in a panic, at least you have it.  One key piece is the Google Mail Chat function that is available after hours.  If your student runs into a technical issue or some question, they can use this Chat option to get after hours assistance.

Finally, there is a student-run entrepreneurial venture that is piloting this week from Jake Teitelbaum (’16), a Business and Enterprise Management major.  He wrote:

“Beginning this Monday, I am conducting a pilot to see if there is sufficient demand within the WFU community for a service that would allow individuals to order local and organic foods online which will then be conveniently delivered to campus. Our website will begin taking orders on Sunday, November 9th, and food will be delivered to campus onThursday, November 13th.
In a nutshell, the idea is to make high quality local & organic foods more accessible for people like yourself who are unable to make it to the farmers market. For the trial run, we are sourcing products from Harmony Ridge Farms (it’s 20 minutes down the road on the border of Winston and Tobaccoville).
I’m working with Wake alum Isaac Oliver of Harmony Ridge Farms, to make buying high quality local and organic foods more convenient. Visit FreshFN.net to learn more and place your order. Please share within your WFU network.”

So if your students are interested in participating in this pilot and having fresh food delivered to campus, they now have that option!