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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!

 

 

 

 

New Student Convocation

class of 2018 photoIt’s been a long weekend of Orientation activities for our new first-year Class of 2018s.  I caught the tail end of yesterday’s events – dinner with academic advising groups over at the football stadium, followed by Wake the Demons, a spirited pep rally kind of evening where new students learned cheers and the fight song and such.  One nice outcome was a class picture – so behold, the Class of 2018!  It will be hard for you to find your Deac, but your student can probably tell you the general area to look.

This morning all of the new students went to one-on-one meetings with their academic advisers.  Those appointments give students a chance to talk about any schedule items that they had questions or concerns about, but also provides an opportunity for the adviser and student to get to know each other better, set any expectations of what they want from their advising relationship, etc.  And it gives the advisers an opening to offer some tips or advice on how to get a good start.  It’s always fun getting to know a new group of advisees.

After lunch we had New Student Convocation.  This official academic ceremony provided a venue for the new class to gather with their student adviser (and academic advisers if available).  I attended this event and wanted to offer a brief recap.

Sarah Martin (’15), the student representative on the Committee on Orientation and Lower Division Advising, offered her top 1o pieces of advice for new students as they start their college careers:

1. Strive for milestones.

2. Work hard.

3. Don’t fear failure.  (She got a big audience chuckle when she said – tongue in cheek –  ‘Remember that falling on your face is still forward movement.’)

4. Seek help and use campus resources.

5. Find a mentor.

6. Get involved.

7. Roll the Quad!  (I loved her explanation – that rolling the Quad is so much more than about athletic victories – it represents the coming together of our community).

8. Make the most of your time here.

9. Be kind.

10. Live Pro Humanitate [our motto, ‘For humanity’]

University Chaplain Tim Auman followed.  He invited everyone to share in the blessing he offered for the new students, in the spirit of everyone’s faith traditions.  What struck me the most in his blessing was his invocation of the notion of wisdom, civility, compassion, and generosity of spirit.

President Nathan O. Hatch addressed the group next.  He shared stories of some of his college professors.  One had picked on him, singled him out in class, threw him curveball questions and tough assignments.  Dr. Hatch came to realize he was not being picked on, but intellectually engaged, because his professor saw something in him that made him want to press harder.  “He understood that a student’s mind is not a bucket to be filled, but a fire to light,” said Dr. Hatch.

He also talked about a class that was really rigorous – 12 research papers due in a 15 week term.  Dr. Hatch recalled having to spend two days each week researching and writing those papers.  And while the workload was challenging, he discovered by the end of the term, he’d learned how to take his research and writing to the next level.  Dr. Hatch said it was as if his mind had been to the gym and his mental muscles had grown from so much practice.  He also said that he discovered that learning needs both silence and solitude, and that class helped him focus and concentrate.

Dr. Hatch concluded by urging students to chew on the big questions outside of class.  What do I know?  In what can I believe?  How can I serve?  In what do I want to invest my life?  And that students should explore the big questions of life and think about developing both mind and character in college.

Meredith Mulkerrin (’15), Student Government President, reflected on the transition from high school to college.  She said that most Wake Forest students arrive at college being used to being big fish in a small pond, and the sudden realization that you are a minnow is an adjustment.  And that during Orientation (and at the start of your first year) EVERYONE is offering you advice about everything.  But in class, everything is different.  In class, you can use your voice – ask questions, challenge assumptions, examine and expose.

She concluded with offering this advice and predictions for the future:

– in the last 4 hours of Orientation, soak up all the advice you can.

– in 4 days, follow up with your student advisers and faculty advisers.  Talk to them – tell them how you are, or if you need help.

– in 4 weeks, you’ll learn who you click with (and who you don’t).  You’ll also learn your caffeine delivery device of choice.

– in 4 months, take your pulse.  You’ll be home and reseeing your friends from high school.  You’ll have time to reflect on the semester.  Who are you? What have you learned? How have you changed?

– in 4 years, you’ll have a list a mile long of why you love Wake Forest!

Before the singing of the alma mater and the recessional, Christy Buchanan, Associate Dean of Academic Advising, presented the awards for Excellence in Academic Advising.  This year’s winners were Mary Gerardy, Associate Vice President and Associate Dean of Campus Life, and Luis González, Associate Professor of Spanish.  Dean Buchanan offered one final piece of advice to the new students: communicate.  In person whenever possible, but communicate with your new faculty, peers, and community members.

The convocation concluded and the new students went back out to the Quad, which was a near perfect mid 70s and sunny.  A picture perfect WFU day.

Classes start tomorrow.  The adventure begins!

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.

 

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

 

The First Job Advice Letter

It is coming down to the end of the semester and the Class of 2014 will very soon leave us for Whatever’s Next.  For some of them it will be their first real job.  For others, graduate or professional school.  Others are still looking for employment; fear not – 98% of the graduating class of 2013 was in either jobs or graduate school within 6 months of graduation (with 77% of the class reporting).

Your seniors have had four years to learn the Wake Forest system and figure out what to do and how to do it.  Soon they are going to have to learn a new system and new expectations at their first destination after college, be it in a job, graduate school, etc.

I had a wonderful young Wake Forester that I mentored a few years ago, and when he left for his first job, this letter below was my parting gift to him.

As with The Worry Letter that was featured in the Daily Deac last fall, I invite you to write your own First Job Advice letter to your senior.  (Or start thinking about what you would say to your student when his/her time to graduate comes).  We might not agree on all the items in the letter – and that’s OK.  Think about your jobs and your successes (and failures) and decide what you would say.  This might make a nice and heartfelt graduation gift.

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I have been thinking a lot about what I want to say to you as you leave for your new job.  I am sad for Wake Forest and happy for you, and I understand your trepidation to leave what you know and venture into something new.  Change is scary.

You are smart and talented and have a wonderful character, and those are all the building blocks you are going to need to be successful.  Don’t worry about where your new colleagues are from or feel like their schools or their pedigrees are better.  I mean it when I say I would bet on you against anyone else.

If you want my unsolicited advice, I will put on my mentor hat and give it to you.  A lot of these are things about work that I had to learn the hard way, and I am firm believer in paying it forward and trying to spare other people the agony of learning from mistakes.  You are starting in a new place and you want to make a good impression, so here’s what I’ve learned as my best guidelines for work:

  • When you first take a job, you need to pay your dues.  People are watching.  Come to work early and leave late.  Do not clock watch.  There will come a time – after you have earned your stripes – that you can adjust your hours.  But it isn’t now.  Even if your other friends leave early, stay longer than they do.
  • Observe the people who have been at the company for a while.  Who appears to be well respected? Figure out why.  Who gets talked about in bad terms? Figure out why.
  • Emulate the people who are respected and successful – and be sure not to be fooled simply by who is popular.  You want who is well-regarded.
  • Look for what isn’t being said along with what is.  Notice people’s body language.
  • Find a mentor.  Someone who can help you navigate the organizational waters and be a Sherpa.  Look for someone who seems to have a heart for helping younger people, and be sure this is someone in the Well Regarded group.
  • At some point you’ll make a mistake and your boss (or another colleague) will give you feedback.  The natural reaction is to explain what you did and why and get defensive.  When we are mentally trying to justify how we can explain our actions, sometimes we’ll stop hearing the feedback and we risk losing the lesson.  Instead, be silent and absorb it, even if it’s painful.  Thank the person for the feedback, and mean it.  Ask them what they would have liked to see you do differently.  And then next time, be sure to do it.
  • There should be no job you are above doing.  Don’t pass off the stuff you hate to your assistant or someone lower on the totem pole.  If there’s unpleasant stuff to do, do it yourself (or offer to help the colleague).
  • There are people in every organization who aren’t at the top of the corporate ladder, but they are the right arm of teams or bosses, the ones who get things done, gatekeepers.  Get to know them – learn their names, ask about their kids, listen to their stories.  Don’t just pay lip service to those things – mean it.  Be genuinely interested.  And always, always treat them with respect.
  • Never lord your education (or your salary) over other people with less.  Treat the CEO and the janitor with the same amount of politeness and dignity.  Everyone will notice.
  • Don’t feel obliged to try and be someone you aren’t.  If you don’t want to hang out with the young colleagues in your group until 2 am, don’t.
  • Be cautious about dating people in your office.  If the relationship goes badly, you have to see that person all the time.
  • One of the most profound gifts you can give other people is your undivided attention.  Learn to listen well and really hear people and focus when they are talking to you.
  • Make the choice to be ethical every day.  Plenty of other people won’t be.  At the end of the day, all you have is your character and your reputation.  Once you stain those, the memory lasts for a long time.
  • Pay it forward and mentor the next generation.

You’ve been a star at Wake Forest.  Now it’s just going to be in someone else’s sky and not Wake Forest’s.  But you will still be a star.

Catching Up from Last Week

The staff of the Daily Deac had a week’s vacation last week, and it looks like we picked an eventful week to be gone.  As you have surely seen by now, Wake has a new basketball coach in Danny Manning.  Here is the official email I received from Ron Wellman, our Athletic Director.

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I am pleased to announce that Danny Manning is our new basketball coach. Known as one of the most accomplished college basketball players in the history of the sport, Danny has played for and worked under a number of legendary coaches and he has been successful in his coaching career. 

Danny has spent the last two seasons as the head coach at the University of Tulsa. He was named the 2013-14 Conference USA Coach of the Year after leading the Golden Hurricane to the conference championship and a berth in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, Tulsa’s first appearance since 2003.  Manning is currently a finalist for two national Coach of the Year awards including the Jim Phelan Award, to the nation’s top coach, and the Ben Jobe Award, given to the nation’s top minority coach.

We are excited to have Danny as a Demon Deacon, and I hope you will join me in welcoming him, his wife Julie, and their children Taylor and Evan to Wake Forest University! I look forward to introducing Danny to the Wake Forest community next week. 

Go Deacs!

Ron Wellman

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The full press release on Coach Manning is available online here.   This is an unconfirmed report, but I had a friend message me yesterday saying that Coach Manning will be introduced to campus on the Quad this Tuesday at 6 pm.  I am trying to find out whether or not that’s true.

In campus news, this week your students are going through Round 2 of registration for fall classes.    They will also be going through residence hall selection and meal plan selection.  If your students have questions about either process, the best places to start are the websites, and then they can talk to their RA or Residence Life or Campus Dining if they have more detailed questions.

Many of you have started thinking about summer storage and shipping options for your Deacs’ belongings.  If your student needs to purchase boxes and tape and just needs to ship items home, our own on-campus Mail Services can provide those options.  They ship belongings home, but do not store boxes for the summer.   Your student can check out the Mail Services office in the basement of Benson University Center to discuss his/her box and shipping needs.

For students who want to ship their belongings home at the end of the semester (or have them stored in Winston-Salem over the summer), Wake Forest has a relationship with Eli’s Pack and Ship.  For more details, see the phone and website information below: 

Eli’s Pack & Ship
Eli Bradley
336.721.0596
www.elispackandship.com

Families are welcome to select their own vendors or service providers.  However, this company is one with whom Wake Forest has an existing vendor relationship.

It was a beautiful weekend in Winst0n-Salem, if a little chilly yesterday.  This morning there is nothing but grey skies and rain, and it looks like the rain will continue all day.   But if the 5-day forecast holds, it will be 74 by Friday, which is the first of our two Campus Days for Accepted Students.  Nothing beats the Wake Forest campus when it is mid 70s and sunny.

Have a great week, Deac families!

Not Too Soon to Think About Summer School

First of all, for our parents and families reading this morning and worrying about the weather and travel conditions: as of 7:45 this morning, it was cold and rainy but I did not experience any ice at all on the roads.  There was a bit of ice on power lines and trees, but the roads were only wet, not icy.  At least in the 3-4 miles from my house to campus.  So if your students are driving today – to airports or even farther home – please tell them to be cautious and be aware of road conditions.  But right around campus, my roads at least were fine, if wet.

Now on to the real meat of the day: here’s an idea that you may want to consider discussing with your Deac during Thanksgiving – Summer School.  Courses for summer 2014 are available for browsing now.

Yes, I know that seems a very long time away, but Summer School is a great option for a lot of different scenarios:

1) the “hard class” – many of my advisees have gone to Summer School because they know they have a hard class coming up.  That might be a divisional requirement, or a prerequisite for their intended major (I see a lot of Accounting 111 and Organic Chemistry for these).  It helps these students to be able to focus on just one class, without the distraction of  a full campus of friends, social activities, etc.

2) the “catch up” – some of our students deliberately take fewer than 15 credits a semester their first year and come to Summer School to ‘catch up.’  They might have elected to slow the pace of their scholarship because they wanted to be sure to get a solid start their first semester, or because they were on a sports team and needed a lighter schedule for practices, or because they were going Greek.  Summer allows time to catch up and get back on schedule.

3) the “cover a lot of ground” class – there are a couple of Summer School classes where you can get a lot more credit in a shorter period of time.  There is a terrific Summer Management Program that allows non-business majors to get 8 hours of class credit, and an Intensive Summer Language Institute that combines the 153 and 212 levels of Spanish into one course.

Students can visit the Summer School website or go to their office (across from the Office of Academic Advising off the Reynolda Hall lobby) to learn more.

This is a great option for many students, so look into it!

Some Musings on Registration

Happy Friday, Deac families!   If you are not aware, we have designated Fridays as Black and Gold Friday, which means we hope you are wearing black and gold (or even better, official WFU apparel) wherever you are.  You can help us boost school spirit and name recognition by representing Wake Forest wherever you live – so join us and go black and gold every Friday.

It’s a big day on campus with the dedication of Farrell Hall later today.  That is going to be an incredible event, so I hope your students attend any parts of the day they can.  And because it is Friday, this is your gentle reminder to call your Deac today and give them that unconscious reminder of home, which tends to reduce risky behavior.

Coming up next week is spring 2014 course registration, and that is certainly figuring in to students’ minds.  Here are some musings about registration.

– Students (or authorized parents/family members) need to check the student’s financial account to ensure there are no unpaid balances or registration holds.   Check it now, pay any balance off, and check it again the day before AND day of registration, just to be sure.  An unpaid balance could be even just a nominal charge from a parking ticket, student health bill, etc.

– Registration is scheduled AFTER 5 pm.  This came at the request of Student Government several years ago, who wanted registration to take place after most classes have ended.  The one catch to this is that administrative offices are closed after 5 pm, so if your student doesn’t check his/her financial account during the business day and finds there is an unpaid balance, he/she will be blocked from registering until the account can be settled the next business day.  So please, please check that account balance and clear any holds.

– In talking to some students (my own advisees and others) as well as other academic advisers, some students seem to be feeling some uncertainty about their potential major choice because they don’t think they are going to love ALL the requirements.  For example, a student who loves psychology but isn’t a huge fan of math may be rethinking that major because he doesn’t want to take Research Methods, or a student who loves modern American lit might be a little hesitant to declare an English major because she doesn’t want to take one of the “Single Author” courses (Shakespeare, Chaucer, Milton, or James Joyce).  VERY rarely will a student love ALL the requirements for a major.  So if your student is worrying about a major because of just one course, encourage him or her that it is normal to feel that way.

– Because Wake Forest students are high achieving and want to do well, they tend to be pretty worried about GPA.  This can lead to students trying to determine class schedules based on perceived reputation of what will be an easier class, easier professor, easier grading.   This is not the ideal way to search for classes.  Students should take a class because they are interested in the course material, not because they think it will be an easy grade.  If your student is deeply interested in Middle East history, for example, I would argue he should take that class rather than a class on Medieval history (if the only reason he is taking the Medieval class is because he has heard the class is easier).  My own experience was that when I was really intrigued by the subject, I did not mind working harder in a class.  Far better to work more in a class that stimulates you than slog through a class that you have chosen simply because you think it might have fewer tests or papers.

– Contrary to popular opinion, 8 am classes are not a tragedy.  If there is a class your student needs and the only open section is at 8 am, your student should think about signing up for it.

– Finally, urge your students not to stress out too much about registration – particularly our first-year students.  Between basic requirements and divisional requirements, they have a LOT of courses to take.  And so there will be time to take care of them.  So jump in and register for the best classes they can, and try not to worry!

 

Finally – Cold

It is cold this morning, Deac families.  Very cold.  Like 36 degrees, frost on the ground, heavy coat cold.  This is about as cold as it has been this fall, and the trend looks to continue over the next few days.  Doesn’t appear we we reach a high in the 60s again until Sunday.

This has not been a spectacular fall for beautiful leaves and foliage.  It’s a shame, because when the fall leaves turn and they are at their best, the campus and surrounding areas are aflame with reds and oranges and yellows.  My favorite drive during the fall is down Reynolda Road, in between Reynolda Village/Reynolda House and Graylyn International Conference Center.  Reynolda Road is lined on both sides with old trees whose branches come up over the road, giving it some shade, and when those trees are at their peak, it is beyond beautiful.  I don’t know if we got too much rain this summer, or too little, or what, but the leaves just aren’t grand.  Too bad.   Or maybe it is just too soon, and another week or two will bring us the best of the leaves.  Let us hope.

I did stumble upon something very fun and cool to look at, though, and that is pictures from the President’s Ball, which was held for students (and interested faculty, staff, and alumni) during Homecoming weekend.  If you want to take a gander at students in their finery and dancing (or posing for photos) with great glee – you can see them here.

For those of you on Twitter, you may have seen the hashtag #WFUTaughtme.  It’s a way for students and alumni to show their appreciation for the lessons learned here on campus.  This is part of a broader Teacher Appreciation Week this week, and there are some wonderful and compelling notes, tweets, and pictures on this Weebly site.  There are a lot of great messages here, and I started to post some of them here, but I kept on finding other ones I did not want to pass over – and my list was getting too long!

Really – visit the site!!!  It will make you feel wonderful about the remarkable faculty teaching your students, and will make you feel wonderful to see what our alumni think about their alma mater.

 

Some Thoughts on Upcoming Registration

Registration for spring semester 2014 classes will begin the first week of November, so students who have not yet declared a major (aka first-years and sophomores) are beginning to be contacted by their academic advisers to set up one-on-one meetings about class selection.  The Office of Academic Advising sent an email to academic advisers with some information about the advising period:

“The Fall Advising Period is from Oct. 21 – Nov. 1.  Registration starts the week of November 4, and will proceed in two rounds.  In the first round (Nov. 4 – Nov. 10, midnight) students can register for up to 8 hours.  In the second round (Nov. 11 on), students can complete registration up to 17 hours.  Each student can register at any time after his/her assigned time and up to the closing time for each round.  Registration times are set based on completed hours and apply to both rounds of registration, so most sophomores will be begin registration on Wednesday of each week and most first-year students on Thursday, although some will have earlier start times. “

If you are parents or family members of an undeclared student (i.e., first years and sophomores), here is some information about how your student might wish to prepare for his/her advising session.  (NOTE: The registration process is a little different for students who have declared a major – those academic paths are certainly more clear cut, and depending on the department, some people get registered via their department’s administrative assistant.)

Students are responsible for knowing the requirements and keeping track of which they have completed/which remain to be taken.  Our students are required to complete Basic and Divisional requirements.  There is a Course Completion Checklist students can use to see which courses count for which Basic and Divisional requirements, or students can also go into WIN and select Virtual Campus and Degree Evaluation to see what they have already taken and which requirements are not yet met.

So this might be the first step in their planning – what have I taken already? what do I still need to take? am I considering a major with prerequisites, and if so have I completed what I need to?

The second step might be to figure out which courses are being offered in the spring and of those, which ones interest the student the most?

To do this, students need to see which courses are being offered in the spring (not all classes are taught every semester).  Students can see the list of courses being taught in the spring by going into WIN, then choosing Info Central, then Forms and Documents Library, then Registrar, then Spring 2014 Class Schedule.PDF.  That PDF shows all the classes being taught in the spring.

Once the student knows which classes in a given department of interest are being taught, he/she can read the descriptions of classes being offered in the spring in the Undergraduate Bulletin, to see if the subject matter is of particular interest.  Sometimes reading the descriptions helps ignite a student’s desire for that class, or helps him see that the material covered is not something he would enjoy as much as a different class.

Finally, a student needs to consider multiple classes and options for the spring semester.  Depending on the student’s registration time (and the perceived popularity of the classes/professors the student wishes to take), he/she may need several different options.  For each of the classes I was trying to take (or time slots in my schedule I was trying to fill), I normally had 3-5 potential classes that could be slotted in there.

If your student can do all those things, and have some good sound reasoning about why he/she wants to take a particular class, the one-on-one meeting with the academic adviser will typically run very smoothly.

Remember, too, that the Office of Academic Advising is here as a resource.  Your students can make an appointment with one of the professional academic counselors there as a dry run before the meeting with the academic adviser.  Sometimes it helps to have multiple thinking partners in the process of considering courses.

And a VERY VERY important note for students: check your account to make sure there are no financial holds on their account.  Students will not be allowed to register for classes if there is any outstanding balance, and since registration takes place after normal business hours (at the request of students several years ago), there is no cashier to give that unpaid parking ticket fee to at 8 pm while you are supposed to be registering.  So students (or authorized parents), check DEAC for any balances now, and check again the day or two before your student registers.  Just in case.

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Finally, a very unrelated note, but since we have a lot of Daily Deac subscribers who get this emailed to you daily around the end of the day, I wanted to add a reminder about a campus event tomorrow.  There is a campuswide picnic starting at 11 am on the Mag (aka Manchester) Quad, and students can see a program in the giant tent at 12 noon and again at 1:30.  Please, please, urge them to attend.  This is a special opportunity and a big celebration, and I hope they take advantage of it!