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National Day on Writing

Fall Break is tomorrow, and judging by the parking lots some of our students have already headed off someplace special for the long weekend.

I was in a meeting today and heard about a project taking place this coming Monday, October 20th – the National Day on Writing.  This looks like a very interesting event and I hope your students will participate in it.  Details are below.

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On Monday October 20, the Writing Center will be celebrating the National Day on Writing. There will be a table in the Benson Center outside the food court from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. where we will invite students to write collaboratively Wake Forest’s longest ghost story–one sentence at a time (as part of a writing exercise called an “exquisite corpse”).

In addition, the 2014 theme from the National Council of Teachers of English is “Write My Community.” Because we know how important creating an inclusive campus community is for Wake Forest, the Writing Center saw an opportunity to invite students to participate in a variety of ways.

The Writing Center will ask students to share their thoughts on what the Wake Forest community is right now as well as what they think it could be in the future. They will write these ideas of community on notecards that will be posted at the event.  Later, an art piece will be displayed using the notecards, and that will reside in the Writing Center.

The campus is encouraged to participate in Write My Community on social media by using the hashtags #writemycommunity and #wfu (together, if possible).

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Academic Resources

Today’s Daily Deac is going to focus on academics – the heart of why your students are here.  For those with incoming first-year students, this message might be especially important.

Wake Forest is a rigorous academic environment.  Our students come to Wake Forest as high achievers and they have high expectations for their performance in the classroom.   That does not mean the work is always easy – most of the time it is not – and many of our students find that they need some extra help and support along the way.  Thankfully, Wake has abundant resources for students.

The Academic Resources page lists a lot of these resources: Math Center, Writing Center, Academic Advising, Learning Assistance Center, and more.  Your students should take advantage of these resources any time they need them – better to go as soon as they feel like they are having difficulty.  For students in chemistry, there is also a Chem Clinic that is a popular resource.

The Office of Academic Advising is there as a resource to augment the support provided by students’ individual academic advisers.  Students can seek the advice and assistance of the full-time academic counselors in the OAA.   The OAA also has some pre-professional advising resources that are very helpful to students who think they might want to go into law, business, health, engineering, etc.  Students considering those fields should be sure they are consulting those web sites and making sure they are selecting schedules that meet all prerequisites, etc.

Faculty are an additional resource for students.  Each faculty member is required to keep office hours – which is a set time they will be available each week in their office, available for students to drop in with questions or just to visit.  Students can also contact their faculty members to make an appointment at another time if they have a conflict during office hours.

Students can also seek out and engage faculty members that they do not currently have for class.  For example, if a student is considering a major in English, say, he could stop by the English department and speak to an English professor during his or her office hours about the major.

When in doubt academically, ask someone and get help.  Nothing to lose and everything to gain by seeking out support when needed.

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And a final aside.  This invitation below is for Fridays @ Farrell, which is open to alumni, parents, friends, and current students with connections to the School of Business.  If you will be in Winston-Salem and want to attend on Friday the 15th, please see the RSVP information below.  The Wake Forest network can be a tremendous resource for your students. Encourage them to get involved in events like these whenever they can!

Fridays @ Farrell

Dr. Charles Iacovou, newly appointed School of Business Dean, invites you to wind down your week at Wake Forest for the School of Business Fridays@Farrell. Alumni from the Triad are invited to join us for an after work social gathering to network with classmates, alums, friends and those that support the
School of Business with their time, talent and treasure.
Wine, beer, soda and light snacks will be served.

Date: August 15
Rain or shine
Time: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Location: Wake Forest University – School of Business
Reynolds American Foundation Terrace
1834 Wake Forest Rd.
Winston Salem, NC 27106

Please RSVP by August 14 »
Parking & Directions »

Save the date: if you are unable to attend, plan to join us at the next
Fridays @ Farrell event on Friday Nov. 14.

 

LENS Program

Right now we have a group of high schoolers on campus for LENS, a wonderful pre-college program.  Here’s how it is described to potential students:

“LENS @ Wake Forest is a summer program like no other. Think of it as an incubator for change-makers. Here, you’ll learn from nationally renowned experts who can teach you how to confront complex issues and tap into your passions to develop solutions. We’re not talking solutions on paper – we’re talking viable ones that will be put into action. And if you’re really motivated, you can come away with a plan ready to implement back home.

Here’s how it works:

You and your peers will follow a program of study based on a current global challenge – sustainability. You’ll partner with Wake Forest professors to examine the complexities of this issue through different lenses – ecologic, economic, political, social, legal and more. Questions will arise. Problems will surface.

And then:

Your team will select a problem to solve. You’ll explore solutions by working in mini research groups, interacting with professors from across the Wake Forest campus, going on study trips, writing blogs, testing ideas through service projects, and fine-tuning results. And in three weeks, you will have learned a new way to translate ideas into action. You can count on challenging work, lively discussions and powerful creative energy.”

The Winston-Salem Journal ran an article yesterday about a local food project and how LENS students were involved.  It’s a nice piece to read.

LENS will have a closing ceremony on Friday of this week.  I am looking forward to seeing all their good work and innovative ideas.  Here’s a group shot of our LENSers.20140627LENS0423

Set Your Calendars

Summer Session 2 has begun, and yesterday I saw a ton of people moving in (on a very hot and sunny day, I might add).  It is nice to see some students back on campus.  And that reminds me that there is an action item for parents and families coming up very soon.

Registration for Family Weekend 2014 is going live at 10 am on Tuesday, July 15th!  So mark your calendars now and be ready to go next Tuesday when registration opens.  The website for Family Weekend is http://familyweekend.su.wfu.edu/.

Family Weekend will be held October 24-26, and Student Union has prepared a whole host of events and activities for you to enjoy with your Deacs.  Be aware, though, that some events will sell out (and possibly sell out quickly), so if you plan to attend, you’d be wise to register early.

You can see the full schedule of events online, as well as information about the various football and tailgate options, and be sure to read their FAQ page.

And for those of you with incoming first-year students, I am sure upcoming class registration might be on their minds.  Here are a few thoughts:

- If your students have questions or need help, now is the time to ask!  There will be Google Chat sessions available beginning Sunday (see bottom of the Advising page), and the Office of Academic Advising has a great first-year student FAQ

- Interested in potential business, law, and/or allied health (aka med school, etc.)?  Be aware of pre-professional advising resources.

- All students need to be aware of the Curriculum Requirements (Basic and Divisional Requirements)

- There is a Registration Guide online to help students navigate the system

 

Two More to Go

We’re coming to the end of our vacation-week series of Things to Look Forward to in fall 2014.  Semester’s end means finals, and while none of our students look forward to those, there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and it’s called Wake the Library.

Wake the Library is a week’s worth of food, fun, TLC, stress relievers, and research help in our Z Smith Reynolds Library.  We have an amazing team of librarians who work tirelessly to keep the library open 24/7 during finals week.  They are there as supporters, cheerleaders, thinking partners, comforters, and subject matter experts.

Wake the Library gives students some especially fun moments of study breaks.  Free food at midnight.  Yoga.  This year there were pinatas.  Graffiti wall.

If you have to be in the trenches of finals, the ZSR staff is who you want beside you.  And they deliver, year after year.

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Graduation…Now What?

Today’s Daily Deac was written by John Montana, Associate Director for MA Enrollment Management in the Wake Forest University School of Business. 

Before bringing you John’s words, let me make this brief editorial note.  This MA program he describes is a fantastic opportunity for students.  I have known several students who have gone through the program and each of them saw outstanding results in terms of their business knowledge and the job offers they ultimately received.  This can be a tremendous opportunity for our soon-to-be graduates looking for their next move after Commencement.  Please consider it!

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Graduation is an exciting time for students and their parents.  As your Wake Forest graduate begins the next chapter in life, new questions will emerge.  Amongst those, what is the best way to apply your student’s experience toward an interesting, rewarding career with future growth potential?

As you weigh the possibilities with your graduate, we invite you to consider the Master of Arts in Management (MA) program at the Wake Forest School of Business. This 10-month program allows liberal arts, science and engineering majors to build on their undergraduate degree, enabling them to pursue careers in a broader range of fields. The MA degree offers a core business curriculum, hands-on learning, and dedicated career services to give recent graduates a competitive edge in today’s market.

Wake Forest graduates can also take advantage of the MA Honors Program to be considered for preferred admission to the MA in Management program.  Wake students with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2 are eligible for guaranteed admission to the Master of Arts in Management Program* and be qualified for scholarships from $7,500 up to $25,000.

There is still time for your graduate to join our next class, which will include at least 30 current Wake Forest classmates.  Don’t miss this opportunity to discuss the MA option for your graduate.  Schedule a brief phone consultation today or set up a time during Commencement week to speak with one of our admissions representatives.

For more information, contact John Montana via phone at 336.758.5025 or email (montanjs@wfu.edu).

Read more about the benefits of MA in Management program in the Businessweek article “Why B-Schools Must Educate the ‘Whole Person’” written by Derrick S. Boone Sr., associate dean of the Master of Arts in Management program.

* Applicants required to complete all components of the application process, including a personal interview and submission of a standardized test score (GRE or GMAT). Wake Forest students with a cumulative GPA below 3.2 are welcome and encouraged to apply to the MA in Management Program through the standard application process and will automatically be considered for scholarship award.

 

 

 

Finals Week – The Best of the Internet

And so it begins.

Finals week.

zsr wtlMy inside sources at the ZSR report that this is what they are seeing: “Students are congregating around all the tables in ZSR, with ThinkPads, textbooks and water bottles at the ready. Heads are down and they are all focused on finishing up papers and projects and studying for exams!”  Here is the whiteboard showing what Wake the Library has planned for the day.

Because it’s a heavy time for students, and they are likely feeling it, we thought today’s Daily Deac would be 100% pure internet frivolity.  If any of these are images you think would make your students laugh, by all means send them on.  (If not, chuckle privately).

Good luck to all your students on their exams!

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This could be my Class of ’27 Deac.

 

 

 

 

 

grumpy cat

 

Who does not love Grumpy Cat?

 

 

 

 

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  Procrastination, Part I

 

 

 

 

 

 

 sound of music Procrastination, Part II

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Finals Games

 

 

 

 

 

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Reading Day

20130506library2599Today is Reading Day, which is the day after classes have ended and before final exams begin.  Typically this is a day where you see not a ton of foot traffic on campus – none of the usual crowds of people during times when classes change.  Most of the traffic you might see is into/out of the ZSR Library and a few other frequently-used study spots (I’m looking at you, Farrell Hall).

Starting now, and through next week, you’ll see a distinct change in our students’ sense of style.  For our young women, you’ll typically see less makeup, more ponytails.  Fewer cute dresses and skirts, more workout clothes.  For our young men, you’ll see fewer of them clean shaven and more of them sporting 2-3 day stubble.  You get the idea.  Everyone slacks off a bit because the focus is all on studying, studying, studying – or final papers and projects due.

If our students can get past the immediate thoughts of their finals, they might be anticipating a trip to the beach.  Post-exams (aka Beach Week) is a time-honored tradition here, where students rent houses or stay in hotels along many of the beaches on the NC and SC coasts.  Sometimes, just knowing you are going to be in great place surrounded by friends in a week’s time can help you get through the strain of studying.

Another way our students make it through finals is because we have a fantastic group of librarians and staff who host Wake the Library, which is a 24/7 operation during exams.  Your students can eat at midnight, take part in yoga and other relaxation opportunities, etc.  Tell your students to follow the Wake the Library action and get in on it!

And Deac families – always helps to get some pick-me-ups from home.  Whether that is a text or a call or a card or a care package, your students will appreciate hearing from you.

Finally, encourage your students to practice good self-care during the stress of finals.  That means eat healthy food, get enough sleep, and get out and get moving so they get some exercise.  While it sounds counterintuitive to take extra time for a walk or a healthy meal or to lose an hour of studying in favor of sleep, they will likely fare better on their exams if their bodies and minds have had been well cared for.

Phi Beta Kappa Induction

phi beta kappaYesterday I had the pleasure of attending the induction ceremony of the newest members of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest academic honor society.   About twenty juniors and around 50 seniors were invited to join this year.  It was a wonderful event for them and for the many proud family members, faculty, and staff in attendance.  And as an alumna of WFU and a member of PBK as well, I was proud to see these exceptional young men and women being honored.  I knew a few of them and they are terrific.

In addition to celebrating the students, a member of the faculty was given an honorary membership as well.  The professor was Mary Foskett of the Religion department.  I have worked with Mary for many years and she is an exceptional teacher-scholar and has such a heart for both students and scholarship – a most deserving recipient of this honor.

The keynote speaker at the event was Blake Morant, dean of the School of Law (and a PBK member as well.)  Dean Morant opened by asking the audience if we knew some of the most famous members of Phi Beta Kappa (see list here).  He then shared a story about his first job following law school.  He had been on an Army ROTC scholarship and then was part of the JAG Corps (Judge Advocate General).

Disclaimer: Dean Morant is a phenomenal speaker and a very charismatic storyteller, so I can not do his live performance justice.  But it was a good story.

In his first JAG Corps assignment, he was at Fort Bragg here in NC and was working on general contract law, which is evidently one of the most complicated forms of law to practice.  His commanding officer assigned him to work on a contract for a particular piece of equipment – a tank – that the 3 star general of the base wanted to purchase.

Dean Morant researched this exhaustively and found that there was an endangered species of bird on base that was protected by new EPA rules that applied to military bases (as well as the general population) and that the general could not get this tank because of the risk to this endangered bird.

He presented his masterfully written briefing memo to his commanding officer, basically saying the general could not get the tank.  The officer read it and said it was one of the most thorough and well-developed briefings ever – and that Dean Morant would have to be the one to meet the general to tell him no in person.  Evidently the general was a real Patton-style guy and not used to hearing the word “no.”  The prospect of having to break this bad news to the general was fearsome indeed.

Being extremely well rounded in his own liberal arts undergraduate experience at the University of Virginia, Dean Morant relied on his critical thinking skills and tried to think outside of the box (or base as it were) to find other solutions.   He drove all around the base to see if there were other areas that did not have this bird in residence, but would also meet the needs of the general and would allow him to get the tank.  He was able to find a different section of land that had no endangered birds and room for the types of tank drills required.

He amended the briefing memo to show that the general could both safeguard the endangered bird and get him the tank he wanted.  A win for everyone.  But especially for Dean Morant, who had the academic training to think creatively and problem-solve.  He credited his undergraduate experience for helping him develop those skills.

After this story, Dean Morant urged the students to let this induction into Phi Beta Kappa be the *beginning* of a life of great things, not the crowning achievement.  Hard work and a firm grounding in the liberal arts can make anything possible – and he stressed that now more than ever, we need people with liberal arts backgrounds to help look into the problems of the world and find solutions.

Following the induction ceremony, the new members, their families, and faculty and staff celebrated the success of these great students.  It was a great night for all.

Congratulations to all our new members!

Monday Morning News

Good Monday morning, Deac families!  Here’s a little bit of news from everywhere to help you start your week.

This weekend was perhaps the most beautiful one we have had all spring.  It was sunny all weekend, highs in the mid-70s, and all of the flowers and flowering trees seem to be exploding with blooms all at once.  It is hard to imagine a prettier time at Mother So Dear.

On Friday we had the first of two Campus Days for Accepted Students, with about 400 families (1,000 people total) attending.  These events are for students who have been admitted into the Class of 2018.  Some have already committed to WFU, others are kicking the tires between their final top choices.  It is a wonderful day for students and families to experience all Wake has to offer.  One new feature this year was a version of the Campus Involvement Fair at the end of the day, when student organizations manned tables around the Quad to feature the work of their organizations.  Many thanks to all the students who were there to greet the new families, and also to the Spirit of the Old Gold and Black and cheerleaders and dance team.  And of c0urse, our Demon Deacon!  I had also seen a great “Did You Know?” about some of Wake’s points of pride.  Did you know we did all this?  Did You Know

Friday we received an announcement that alumna Melissa Harris-Perry (’94) will return to campus as a chaired professor in the department of Politics and International Affairs.  This is a big get for Wake Forest.  Dr. Harris-Perry is an award-winning scholar and author who has taught at Tulane, University of Chicago, and Princeton. Her first book, “Barbershops, Bibles, and BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought,” won the 2005 W. E. B. Du Bois Book Award from the National Conference of Black Political Scientists and 2005 Best Book Award from the Race and Ethnic Politics Section of the American Political Science Association.  Her academic research is inspired by a desire to investigate the challenges facing contemporary black Americans and to better understand the multiple, creative ways that African Americans respond to these challenges.  She spoke on campus a couple of years ago and she is dynamic , interesting, and passionate.  She is going to be someone who engages students deeply in the classroom, and she will bring with her a wealth of knowledge and connections through her journalism career.

We also learned late last week of a $3 million gift from Blue Cross Blue Shield NC (BCBSNC) to support the University’s well-being initiative.  The $3 million gift from BCBSNC will help us create a campus community dedicated to well-being and support initiatives across eight dimensions: physical, emotional, spiritual, social, intellectual, financial, occupational, and environmental.  It will support the transformation of Reynolds Gym into a comprehensive center for well-being, fund a new director of well-being position, provide seed grants for faculty research on health and well-being, and support new well-being programs on campus.  This is big news too and very exciting.

Finally, residence hall selection has taken place.  As happens every year, there are some students who did not select a room (for a various of reasons).  If your student is in the Yet to Be Assigned group, here is some information about that process and how it plays out over the summer.

As always, big things are happening at Wake Forest.  And your students are the beneficiaries!