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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

Meet a DC Deac – Jennifer Richwine (’93)

It’s the end of the week, and time for another installment of our Meet a Deac feature.  We have many Wake Forest families from the D.C. metro area, and we also have a lot of students who want to go to D.C. after graduation.  Did you know that Wake Forest has a Washington, D.C. office?  Today I am pleased to introduce you to my dear friend and colleague, Jennifer Richwine (’93).

–by Betsy Chapman

You know I know all of this, because Wake hired us both in ’99 and we’ve worked closely together for years.  Not only were we thick as thieves, but there were people on campus who routinely thought I was you and vice versa.  But for the sake of our Wake families who might not (yet) know you, let’s go through the niceties.

Jennifer Richwine, Assistant Vice President for University Events, Wake Forest University, Monday, January 13, 2014.

What is your official job title?
Executive Director of the Washington Office

How long have you worked at Wake Forest?
Sixteen and a half years.  Fifteen and a half on campus, and the last year in Washington, D.C. 

Why is there a D.C. office and what exactly is your job
D.C. is a key city for Wake Forest. We have 7 elected members of Congress who are WFU alumni or parents, we have alumni in the White House and every government agency, as well as over 50 alumni and parents who are staffers on the Hill. We have Wake Foresters here in every industry, including consulting, marketing, real estate, law, public policy, etc. And the number of students who want to intern here and/or move here after graduation has steadily increased over the last 10 years. We had over 100 students living in D.C. last summer with internships! 

We are also revamping our semester internship & study program here and plan to open in Fall 2017 for students to live, study and work here during the school year.  My job is to assist the University in getting this program off the ground, offering our students the best opportunities in our nation’s capital, including a leadership program, mentoring by local alumni and parents, and unique opportunities they cannot experience while on campus.   I am also helping connect alumni in this area to each other, through industry and interest groups.  It’s a city that thrives on networking, so we are helping Wake Foresters network with each other in unique ways. 

Ultimately, we want to build a bridge between the Wake Forest campus and the nation’s capital, one that produces exceptional and unique opportunities to advance the University’s commitment to excellence, educating the whole person, and being a community of people who lead lives that matter.

Like me, you are an English major.  In what year did you graduate and tell me how you came to decide on that major?
I graduated in 1993 with a degree in English.  I came in convinced I was going to be a business major but decided that my passion was with English –and I’ve never regretted it for an instant!

What are some of your favorite memories of your time as a student?
The smell of the stacks in the library (it’s still there!), walking out of Ed Wilson’s “British Romantic Poets” and “Blake, Yeats, and Thomas” classes in a trance, storming the basketball floor after a great win against Carolina, and hanging out in the Snack Pit in Reynolda ordering grilled cheese and watching the wheel-o’-butter spin.  [The Snack Pit was a fast food type venue in Reynolda Hall in the 80s and 90s; they made outstanding grilled cheeses by rolling the bread over a wheel of melted butter.  They were delicious.  Sadly, the Snack Pit is no more, and its former space is now home to the Center for Global Programs and Studies (aka study abroad).]

How would you characterize Wake Forest students?  What are some common attributes they have?
Wake Forest students today are much more scheduled than we were in the early 90s.  They have calendars and resumes that boggle my mind.  They are very passionate about causes, much more so than we were, and they think a lot more about the years beyond Wake Forest than we ever did.  They want to make a difference here and in the world.  The idea of Pro Humanitate has always run deep in our students and alumni, but now I think students come in with those beliefs and we nurture them and help them discover ways to serve in much more creative and broad ways than we ever did before.

What advice do you have for students?
I always tell students to see their time at Wake Forest as a journey … not as a means to an end.  To go deep in their experiences, not so much broad, and to stop thinking about every experience as a resume-builder.  In my time at Wake Forest, my best moments happened in the “unplanned” so I tell them to plan for some unplanned time each day!  I also tell them not to be afraid of making mistakes … once they feel freedom to make mistakes and learn from them, they are open to opportunities they would not have attempted before.

What do you like best about working at Wake Forest?
I love being a part of an institution that has been important to me since my earliest memories [both of Jennifer’s parents are alumni.] The people I have gotten to know, all across the University, have enriched my life in many ways.  And I love that the students who were here when I first arrived sixteen years ago are now adults who are living some pretty amazing lives, and I enjoy reconnecting with them here in D.C. and throughout the country.  They are wonderful reminders that what we do here makes a difference far beyond the campus grounds.  I miss being on campus on a daily basis, but I love advancing Wake Forest in our nation’s capital and am excited about what lies ahead for us. 

Ready for our lightning round? 

Book you’re reading now: Industry related – T-Rexes vs. Kangaroos, by Lynne Wester, a great book about donor relations.  Fiction – The Dark Road to Mercy, by Wiley Cash, described by Amazon as “equal parts family drama, Southern Gothic thriller, and road trip novel.” Non Fiction – Help, Thanks, Wow, by Anne Lamott.  I just keep reading it over and over.

with gratitudeI should say, you are an author yourself, having written With Gratitude: the Power of a Thank You Note – a book about the power of saying thank you and writing thank you notes.  Any new books in the hopper?   No new books in the hopper – at least not yet! 

What music are you listening to these days: Essential Yo-Yo Ma album; Joshua Radin; Vintage Music from the 20’s and 30’s  

olympiadukakissteelmagnoliasFavorite movie: Way too difficult.  I’ll go with Steel Magnolias only because I’ve memorized the entire thing.  One of my many favorite lines:  “I do not see plays, because I can nap at home for free. And I don’t see movies ’cause they’re trash, and they got nothin’ but naked people in ’em!  And I don’t read books, ’cause if they’re any good, they’re gonna make ’em into a miniseries.” 

Websites you frequent:  I keep the Wake Forest Quad Cam up on my computer so I can feel connected back to campus. I spend a lot of time on Amazon and ESPN. 

AFFAIR_SHOW_60_43_70_15.epsGuilty pleasure: binge-watching shows like The Affair [I love that one too!] and Bloodline, craft cocktails, and pedicures.  If I could have all three at once I’d be a very happy woman.

 

Tell me something most people don’t know about you: I’m terrified of trick-or-treaters … or anyone in a mask.  I hate small talk but love public speaking.

 

Social Norms

Normally on Fridays at the Daily Deac we encourage you to reach out and have contact with your students.  Studies have shown that when parents and students connect on a Friday, the students tend to report less risky behavior that weekend.

Wake Forest has been working on a social-norming campaign to debunk some myths about students and alcohol use and to promote safer behavior.  Your students will be seeing posters on campus now (and in the coming weeks) about alcohol.

I asked Malika Roman Isler (’99), Director of Wellbeing, to guest author the Daily Deac today to share more about this initiative (below).  This may give you extra food for thought should you choose to contact your Deac this Friday.

– by Betsy Chapman

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The Office of Wellbeing provides oversight for the Thrive initiative and develops prevention education and partnership throughout the campus.  Our office developed an alcohol-focused social norms campaign because we know that both at Wake Forest and other universities, a student’s alcohol use is heavily influenced by what they believe their peers do and think.

Oftentimes, students overestimate the amount and frequency of drinking among their peers, and underestimate how common abstinence and responsible drinking occur.  This campaign was an opportunity to correct those misperceptions among our students and get them talking more about responsible decisions they want to make, and encourage their friends to make – all while knowing that they’re not alone in doing so.

Often as students make the transition from high school to college, they have to find a healthy balance between what they expect college life to be like and the reality of what it is.  Sometimes this includes engaging in high-risk drinking because they think it’s the norm, particularly during the first month or so on campus.  So, we designed a marketing campaign with the Communications and External Relations team that was based upon information that first-year students shared about their drinking behaviors and their beliefs about others’ drinking behaviors.

There was a fall campaign focused on first-year students.  The campaign included nine messages that addressed alcohol-related behaviors such as: encouraging abstinence, assisting someone experiencing an alcohol-related emergency, avoiding blacking out, eating before and during drinking, and telling a friend when they’ve had too much to drink.  These messages were posted in the first-year residence halls for the first 5 weeks of the fall semester.  We surveyed students before and after the campaign to determine how much impact that campaign had.

Students who received the campaign first (in 3 of the 6 residence halls) reported a decrease in thinking that other students black out when they drink, and increased likelihood to: 1) tell a friend they drank too much, 2) determine a way home before drinking, 3) eat before and during drinking, 4) track their number of drinks, and 5) have fewer drinks on an occasion compared to students who did not receive the campaign in the first round.

These results are promising, and this campaign is one of multiple strategies being used to promote a safer alcohol culture on our campus.  This effort works hand in hand with offerings like training to help students identify and safely intervene when harm might occur to them or those around them (bystander intervention training), tools for stress management other than alcohol use (yoga, meditation, etc.),  leadership development training, and modified event management systems.

Alcohol misuse is a national problem.  However, Wake Forest has never been an institution that conforms to national standards; we believe in setting them.  So, we’re committed to doing the same as it relates to alcohol.  We’re not accepting alcohol misuse as our norm, because as shown in the social norms campaign, many of our students are already making safe decisions.  For those students who are engaging in high-risk drinking, we want them to understand that our community has a different standard.  And both the administration and their fellow students expect a different norm from them.

The social norms campaign sheds light on the reality of most students’ behaviors and preferences for the behaviors of those around them.  With that information, students can appreciate that they should not feel the need to drink large amounts of alcohol, drink frequently, not tell a friend when they’ve had too much – and they don’t need to consume alcohol at all!

For the spring semester, we are conducting a similar campaign throughout the entire campus, providing an opportunity for safer shifts in our broader community.  You can see some of the social norms posters below.

– by Malika Roman Isler (’99)

PS – For those of you interested in how we conducted the study, here’s more:  all first-year students took a pre-campaign survey so we could assess their perceptions and behaviors related to alcohol.  We then conducted the campaign in 3 of the 6 first-year residence halls for 5 weeks.  We did a post-campaign survey to all first-year students so we could compare the first-year students who received the campaign to the first-year students who had not received the campaign.  But because we wanted all students to have exposure to the messages, after our survey was complete, we went back and conducted the campaign in the 3 first-year residence halls that had not received the campaign originally – so all first years ultimately received the information in the campaign.

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Some Pics of the Snow

Our snow event is not quite finished.  The main roads are good, and slowly we are getting the neighborhood roads and side streets cleared.  The tough part is black ice from refreezing overnight.  It’s supposed to be 55 today, so hopefully that will melt some of the remaining snow.  What’s in my backyard has a layer of sleet on top of it, so it is “crunchy” snow that breaks as you step on it.

In case you were not able to see glimpses of campus during the snow via the Quad Cam, our Ken Bennett is here to help.  Some scenes of the snow are below.

And while we are on the subject of pics, I’d love to do a “Where In the World Are Wake Foresters?” feature in the Daily Deac.  So if you have a picture of you/your Deac/your family in some amazing spot while wearing WFU gear or with a WFU flag, please send it on to me at parents@nullwfu.edu and if I get enough of them I will use them.

— by Betsy Chapman
Wake Forest digs out after the first major snowstorm of the year, Sunday, January 24, 2016. Students enter the dining hall for lunch.

Wake Forest digs out after the first major snowstorm of the year, Sunday, January 24, 2016. Students enter the dining hall for lunch.

Wake Forest digs out after the first major snowstorm of the year, Sunday, January 24, 2016.

Wake Forest digs out after the first major snowstorm of the year, Sunday, January 24, 2016.

Wake Forest digs out after the first major snowstorm of the year, Sunday, January 24, 2016.

Wake Forest digs out after the first major snowstorm of the year, Sunday, January 24, 2016.

Wake Forest students play soccer on Poteat Field during a snowstorm on Wednesday, January 20, 2016.

Wake Forest students play soccer on Poteat Field during a snowstorm on Wednesday, January 20, 2016.

Wake Forest students walk across Hearn Plaza during a snowstorm on Wednesday, January 20, 2016.

Wake Forest students walk across Hearn Plaza during a snowstorm on Wednesday, January 20, 2016.

Weekend Recap

Campus is opening at 10 am today, largely due to the fact that while main roads in Winston are mostly clear and in good shape, neighborhood roads are barely touched by plows (if at all) and can remain difficult to navigate for several days afterwards.  Once people try to drive on the neighborhood roads or side streets, they pack the snow down, then it partially melts and refreezes at night, creating the ‘hockey rink’ effect.

Still, the snow was fun and I hope your Deacs got a chance to play in it.  Hats off to all the on-campus offices and services that worked throughout the snow to make sure your students had clear sidewalks to walk on, food to eat, medical care if they needed it, a place to let off some steam and shoot some zombies, etc.  There were many, many people on campus who worked tirelessly and in less than optimal conditions – so a big thank you to those folks.

A few previews of things to come this week:

On the academic side, a reminder that tomorrow is the last day to add a full-term class.

On Tuesday, the Study Abroad Fair will be held.  If your Deac is thinking of going abroad, urge him or her to start planning now and to drop by the fair.

Wednesday at 4 pm is the Grand Opening of the Gym Addition.  This should be great fun and your students should go.

Those are just a few of the many, many things happening this week. Check the Events Calendar for more activities.

— by Betsy Chapman

SNOW DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Campus is closed today (Friday 1/22) because of winter storm Jonas.  As of writing this at 9 am, we only got an inch or two of snow from overnight, and it is a needle fine snow right now. The snow is supposed to pick up throughout the day and we are predicted to get 8-12″ total, which is a big deal for little ol’ Wake Forest.

Catch your kids making snowmen and having snowball fights via the Quad Cam.  Urge them to stay off the roads and be careful if navigating by foot.  Facilities does a great job trying to clear the sidewalks, but be careful nonetheless.

Campus Dining emailed me at 9 am saying the Pit would open at 9 am and the C-store Sundry Shop in Benson would open at 11.  Yesterday Campus Dining assured me the Pit would be open breakfast, lunch, and dinner – so there are food options for your kids.  UPDATE 4 pm: the Pit and the Sundry will be closing at 7 pm tonight. Tomorrow the Pit will be opening at 9 am.

Hope you all stay safe and warm and dry and out of harm’s way during this storm.

Now I am off to spend the snow day with Class of ’27 Deac 🙂

— by Betsy Chapman

Meet a Deac – Mary Beth Lock

For some reason, yesterday’s Daily Deac, Wintry Wednesday, didn’t appear to go out via email.  Here’s the link if you want to catch up.  Of particular interest might be the ‘how to learn about weather-related closings or delays‘ item.

The snow started late afternoon yesterday. We didn’t get a lot of it, maybe an inch, but it was enough to make the roads messy enough for the local school district to cancel school for kids today – so I am home with the Class of ’27 today (and likely tomorrow, since the real weather event is supposed to happen tonight).  This morning’s prediction is that we might get 4-8″ of snow total; check the weather here.  I bet your students are gunning for a snow day tomorrow.  Two long weekends in a row would be clutch.

The mom instinct in me has to say this: please, please remind your students to be mindful of their safety if we do get a lot of snow.  North Carolina does not have the same small army of salt trucks and plows that northern or midwestern cities have.  Sometimes main roads get plowed (but little else), and people drive on the snow, pack it down, and then it refreezes.  Side roads may not get plowed at all.  Urge your Deacs not to drive in bad weather.

We have an event planned for tomorrow night that I hope doesn’t get canceled – it’s Humans vs. Zombies in the Z. Smith Reynolds Library.  Students use Nerf dart blasters to take out the zombies in the library – it’s a lot of fun and a good way to let off some steam after a long week.  Students can learn more and register online here (look for the register link at right).

Humans vs. Zombies is a great example of the crack staff of the ZSR reimagining what a college library can be. Far from being the quiet place where you study (and get “shushed” if you talk too loud), the modern college library is a happening place.  And ZSR is one of the very best in the land.  In fact, in 2011, the ZSR was named the winner of the ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries award in the university category. The award recognizes the accomplishments of librarians and library staff as they come together as a team to further the educational mission of the institution. This award is like winning the Superbowl or the Oscar for Best Picture – it’s a huge deal.

So as we await the snow, today’s Meet a Deac features Mary Beth Lock, one of our outstanding librarians.

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MaryBethWhat is your official job title and what does it entail?
Director of Access Services, Z. Smith Reynolds Library.  I oversee the operations of the Access Services department in ZSR.  Access Services includes Circulation, Interlibrary Loan, Course Reserves, Stacks Maintenance, the Media Desk (ie. DVD desk), ZSR Delivers (our delivery service for faculty) and Offsite Storage.

I also share responsibility for ensuring the maintenance of the physical building, so I participate in conversations about refreshing and renovating the space, and fixing what has gone wrong as quickly as possible. Much of my job is in making sure that the needs of the students and faculty are being met.  Increasingly, that means having focus groups to find out what our students, faculty and staff really want out of the library building and its services.

How long have you worked at WFU?
I’ve worked here since November of 2007.  It’s hard to believe it’s been 8 years!

How would you characterize Wake Forest students?  What are some common attributes they have?
Wake Forest students are very hard workers and they have very high ideals.  They also have very high standards, which keeps those of us in the library on our toes!   The library works hard to keep ahead of the students’ rising expectations.  It’s invigorating to work in this environment, serving a student body that pushes us to provide always greater service.

What advice would you give to students?
Study hard.  Don’t leave those papers to the last minute.  Come to the library because we’re here to help you and we know how to.

What do you like best about working at Wake Forest?
The collaboration with the staff in the library enables us to get so much done.  There is always creative energy in this place and it pays off in the ways we can provide greater service to the students, faculty and staff.  Everyone here truly lives the ideal that “it is not about us, it’s about them.”  It’s amazing how freeing that can be, and how much you can get done when you have creative thinkers around the table who don’t care who gets the credit for a good idea.

Now to my favorite – the fun questions!

Book you’re reading now: In non-fiction I’m reading Conquering the Impossible: My 12,000-Mile Journey Around the Arctic Circle by Mike Horn.  It’s the story of this adventurer’s trip walking, sledding, kayaking, and sailing around the world above the Arctic Circle.  His writing is inspiring as the reader learns of his struggles to stay alert and alive in this very harsh environment. It also serves to make one thankful for days when temperatures dip down only to 20F since he routinely managed to survive in 40F below zero! In fiction I’m reading Mary Coin by Marisa Silver. It’s a fictionalized accounting of the two women (one the photographer and one the photographed) involved in the taking of the most iconic photograph of the Great Depression. The writing is delightful.  The story is fascinating. Reflecting on those most desperate of times gives perspective to our current unpredictable financial situation.

adele 25What music are you listening to these days:  Funk to Motown to Classic Rock to Pop.  My most recent musical acquisition is Adele’s 25. I actually bought it for my 14 year old daughter, but secretly, I wanted to have it for me!

original-star-wars-castFavorite movie:  Either Star Wars (the original) or Casablanca.

Website you frequentHuffington Post, Grist.org, ZSR’s website, CNN.  I also love wunderground.com for the most accurate weather forecasts.

Guilty pleasures:  Chocolate after dinner, and a glass of red wine with it. [You’re a woman after my own heart!!]

Favorite place to be on campus:  Walking around it when the weather is fine.

What don’t most people know about you: I love to cook when I have all the right ingredients and have the time. My culinary experiments sometimes fail, but that doesn’t prevent me from trying again! (We keep the local takeout numbers handy.)