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One Last Motivational Moment

Finals are wrapping up.  There’s today, and then one day more, tomorrow.  Because it is coming down to the wire, and students must be getting tired and weary, I was trying to think of motivational  or humorous pop culture pick me ups.

Here’s what came to mind.  Sure, they don’t directly correlate to finals.  But they are about being in a tough spot, being strong to face a challenge (even one that seems overwheming), or just about persevering through adversity.

Some of these are probably a lot younger than our students and I am showing my age.  But it’s Friday and let’s have a little fun.

One Day More - from Les Miserables

Bluto’s speech from Animal House (warning, mildly NSFW language)

Aragorn’s speech at the Black Gate – from Lord of the Rings

They will never take our freedom – from Braveheart

[a very grainy] Stay Alive – from Last of the Mohicans

So dig in, Deacs!  Finish strong.  You’re smart and talented and prepared and you are going to ROCK your finals!  Do your best and let it rest, and then let the comforts of home and family recharge your batteries during the winter break.

 

– by Betsy Chapman
 

PS – this one always makes me smile when I am facing some sort of adversity.  Obviously only appropriate for the over 21 crowd.liztaylor

Finals Continue

Last night was the “Late Night Breakfast” – which is held in the Pit from 10pm-midnight.  Faculty and staff work alongside our ARAMARK/Campus Dining staff to serve breakfast to students.  We know our students are studying for finals and need a break – maybe some carbs and protein too! – to power them through as they burn the midnight oil.

LNB is always a fun affair.  There’s great music – thank you, Wake Radio! you were playing some great tunes – and it is fun to see students’ reactions to administrators they may know who are serving food or helping take trays to tables, etc.  The Demon Deacon was there as well, high fiving students, sitting at tables and looking at books with them, even dancing.

Speaking of dancing, there were a few moments of pure, unadulterated awesomeness lastnight.  Occasionally one or more students would break into a spontaneous dance – tons of energy and verve, great to see.  At one point, there were a couple of students and a couple of staff doing a line dance together.  The coup de grace for me was a young man in a white t-shirt and red shorts.  He was cutting a rug like nobody’s business.  Really amazing.  I credit both his dancing skills and his confidence.  He was rocking it and it was a joy to see.

My job lastnight was to click a counter as students came in the door.  Normally when they come in, they have to show their ID and swipe it to use a meal from their meal plan – but last night’s feast was totally gratis, paid for by Campus Life.  When students would try to show me their card, I got to tell them ‘this one’s on us, compliments of Campus Life.  Eat, drink, and be merry!’ and you would think I had just handed them a $50.  Free food for tired students facing finals is always a win.  All told, we served 513 students between 10 pm and midnight.

In other campus news, today from 12-2 there was an opportunity for students to come together on the Quad to ‘Claim Our Space.’  The Claim Our Space flyer gives the background about this student-initiated project.  Students could tie a red ribbon around the trunk of one of the Quad trees, and/or they could write a message on a notecard and tie that up there.  My time there was just before the start of the event so I didn’t get to see it in full swing.  Hopefully there will be some pictures.

A final word on finals.  Think back and remember how you felt during your own finals week.  Students are stressed out, tired, and it’s hard to feel cheerful with exams looming.  However, at the Daily Deac, we’re trying to find some light moments.  A quick search on finals week memes brought up some funnies.  Your students might not be ready to laugh at these, but maybe you are..?

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– by Betsy Chapman

ZieSta Room

20141121ziesta0075Nothing makes me happier than to see Wake Forest recognized for good ideas and student-centered focus.  Today is a great example of that.  Inside Higher Ed has a story about our intrepid and innovative Z Smith Reynolds Library and the addition of the ZieSta Room (get it? letters capitalized for ZSR, so clever!)  The ZieSta Room allows students to unplug from technology and studying and have a quiet place for a quick catnap:

“Napping students — exhausted by long nights of studying for exams or writing term papers — are common in campus libraries. But at Wake Forest University’s Z. Smith Reynolds Library, sleeping students can now be found resting in comfortable recliners, instead of snoring into open textbooks.

Last month, the library unveiled a technology-free relaxation area called the “ZieSta Room.” The room — which originated as a proposal from a group of students — encourages students to turn off their electronics, put away their books, and take a quick study break, even if that means falling asleep. The space’s guidelines stress that the area is not a study space, and that the only reading taking place there should be done for pleasure.”

Read the full article here.  It’s a great story about the ZSR, but also talks about larger issues of college student wellbeing.  Our new director of wellbeing, Malika Roman Isler (’99) is quoted about Wake’s Thrive efforts to improve wellbeing.

In other campus news, I am sorry to say that I missed being part of the 4 pm photo yesterday at Wait Chapel (there was a phone call I had to take).  If any of our Daily Deac readers has a picture, please email it to parents@nullwfu.edu and I will post it here.

One more day of classes.  Wow.  Where did the semester go?  With the end of the semester, you may notice an uptake in your students’ stress levels.  Not a surprise, of course; you may well remember your own days from finals and how you felt.  If your student is the type who would benefit from a pep talk, or a word of encouragement, or a care package, that can help lighten the mood.  And even if you don’t have time to make a giant batch of your Deac’s favorite cookies, remember that we have Deacon Greetings, where you can wish your student good luck, or send them messages of love and caring.  Make your own card here.  It only takes a few seconds for you to fill out the e-card, but that e-card might just make their day.

Finally, we try to mention this to parents and families every now and again, and pre-finals is a good time for a reminder.  While your students are living here 24/7, most of our administrative offices keep 8:30 am-5:00 pm office hours.  If you ever run into a situation where it is after normal business hours and you have an urgent need to reach someone because you have a concern about your student that must be addressed quickly, University Police is our 24/7 contact.  They can assess the situation and determine who best to address your concern. The 24-hour contact number for University Police is 336.758.5591 (non emergency) or 336.758.5911 (emergency). They can get in touch with on-call duty staff 24-hours/day.

Last Week of Classes

And you can sort of smell it in the air.  Our students know they have much to do before break, and there is a wide range of end-of-classes/pre-finals faces.  For some they look tired, for others they have a determined look about them, still others carry a nonchalant look like ‘I’ve got this!’

I’m not sure if it’s because of the weather (still cold and gray and misty today) or if people are starting to hunker down in work mode and get serious, but I saw a lot more sweats and casual clothing on our students today than one normally sees.

12 2 14 3 12 2 14 4 12 2 14The school is cognizant of the pre-finals stresses, and happily there was a cart advertising free hot chocolate on the Quad.  I took some pictures and then later as I was on my way, I overheard some students in the distance see the cart and say something akin to ‘THIS is why I chose this school – I knew it would be hard, but they also do things like this for us.”

More of that sort of help will be coming with Wake the Library, which will begin this Friday the 5th.  Students can spend time in the ZSR studying and working, but also having some opportunities for free food, relaxation stations, and some moments of fun and frivolity to lighten the mood.

Lastnight was Lighting of the Quad, and if you are not following Wake Forest University on Facebook, you should – they have some great pictures from lastnight, including some aerials.  You can also friend on Facebook Stu DentUnion and see some of their coverage, including a fun video of all the students with their lit candles.  The Lighting had reflections and songs, the lighting of the Christmas tree and menorah, as well as the trees in the Quad.  A good time was had by all.

20091206lovefeast2793Coming up on Sunday night at 8 pm is the 50th annual Lovefeast in Wait Chapel.  For many students, this is a not-to-be-missed event.  For all of our Deac families, you can join in and watch via simulcast on Sunday night.  You’ll go to the main WFU web page (www.wfu.edu) and you’ll see a link on how to join the livestream.   The Lovefeast truly is one of the most beautiful communal moments at Wake Forest.  If you want to read some coverage about what it is like, here is a link to last year’s Daily Deac about it.

Here’s a final few of shots of the campus, taken at different times (early morning and midday).  The weather has not improved one bit.

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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).

Day on Writing October 20th

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@nullwfu.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.