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Now It All Makes Sense

Summertime on campus is really different – because obviously there are fewer students, that is the time for construction projects and summer camps and conferences and so on.  One day during the summer, I was walking to Starbucks at the ZSR Library and I swore I had seen some sort of giant, freakish bug hovering over the library.  I tried to take a picture of it and the sunlight was such that I could not get a clear view.   It was a lot bigger than an insect – more like the size of a hawk.  Gone before I could figure out what it was.

I had sort of filed that odd instance under the #strangethingsyouseeoncampus hashtag and didn’t give it another thought.  Until yesterday, when I saw on the WF homepage that the Physics department had created this crazy buglike thing.

“Soaring over a dense canopy of trees, a flying, insect-like robot developed by Wake Forest researchers will give an unprecedented look at Peru’s tropical cloud forest, one of the world’s most biodiverse ecosystems.”  You can take a look at the full story here.   There is some really cool research being done with using a drone to work with the rainforest canopy.

And this is the giant buglike drone.

bug drone

Class Changing

20111024quad3201Here’s some observations from mid-campus during the class change period where one has ended and you have 15 minutes until the next one begins.

As one class ends, there is a ton of movement out of the doors to the various buildings.  People are quite polite – holding doors, etc.

The sidewalks and stairs will intermittently become 2-wide with people.  Occasionally someone bumps shoulders or bags with a person going in the opposite direction.  Again, all very civil.

You can guess which students have another class far away because there is a lot more spring in their step.  They are hoofing it a little faster that the average student.

You can also guess when a student doesn’t have another class.  The casual meeting with another friend can turn into a few minutes on the sidewalks or parking lots talking.

Some of our students get to a discreet distance and then get out their phone to physically call someone.  It’s a dicey prospect to try and text and walk on a crowded sidewalk, so it looks like fewer were doing that.

I like to play the peoplewatching game of ‘Guess the Relationship’ as people meet.  I’m looking for who appears to be very attentive, whose face gives a smile brighter for person X than person Y, who appears uncomfortable and trying to avoid a meeting.  I love spotting what looks like crushes.

The weather started very cool this morning (low 40s) but it is warmer now (mid 50s).  A lot of our Deacs are wearing light jackets.  Lots of girls with scarves on, and the ubiquitous skinny jeans (or leggings) and tall boots.

As the next class period is about to begin, you see the latecomers trying to hurry up (but not run!), the sidewalks thin out, and then you are left with just the casual meetings.

And so it will continue for the next class change.


State of the University Address

hatch headshotYesterday afternoon, President Nathan O. Hatch delivered his annual State of the University Address in Brendle Recital Hall.  He spoke about the history of Wake Forest, our distinctive qualities, some of our successes and goals, and more.  I will not be able to do justice to the entirety of his speech, but here are some select excerpts.

- Dr. Hatch opened by acknowledging the sad loss of one of our students this past week, Andrew Pillow.  He praised the campus for rallying to support each other following this tragic loss.

- He talked about our history as an institution.  Wake Forest had humble roots as a Baptist college for students primarily of modest means, and primarily North Carolinians.  For those students (and generations after), Wake Forest opened up a vast panorama of opportunity and taught students not just how to make a living, but how to live.

- That has been a core part of our culture as an institution, and and essential part of our DNA.  We have always been about trying to teach students how to lead lives that matter.  We have always been about excellence without pretension, wholeness and integrity, and the linking of liberal arts and professional education.

- Fun Fact:  Wake Forest is the only school in the US News and World Report rankings that made a jump between the ‘regional’ to ‘national top 25′ categories.

- Wake Will, our capital campaign, launched publicly in October.  We will be investing $1 billion that will impact our region, our state, and our world.  $600 million of that will be invested on this campus through student aid, faculty and departments, new facilities, and more.

- We have been working on a Strategic Resource Initiative to identify ways on campus to cut costs and work more efficiently without sacrificing quality.

- Our Teacher-Scholar model is one of our great distinctives.  We have faculty who are genuinely interested in teaching students and who have a heartfelt commitment to them.  Faculty provide the new knowledge and innovations and discoveries that move our campus forward.  Wake Forest was ranked #11 in commitment to teaching in US News rankings.

- Students at Wake Forest have access to a network of people who do a great deal of mentoring for them.  Dr. Hatch is grateful for such holistic support and mentorship.

- The Office of Personal and Career Development has taken a leadership role nationally in helping students to know themselves and figure out how to take that knowledge and connect it to meaningful work and life post-college.

- Wake Forest has joined the Semester Online consortium for online courses, as have many other first-rate universities.  Our first venture into for-credit courses will be a bioethics course this spring.

- Dr. Hatch is pleased that we now have Dr. Penny Rue as our Vice President for Campus Life.  She is a national leader in the area of student wellbeing and she is already working on that at Wake Forest, including the search for a director of wellbeing.  Wellbeing is not just physical health, but also mental, emotional – a multidimensional concept.

- Wake Forest remains committed to the power of the residential college experience.  We want to help our students develop the art of conversation in a world that is highly privatized.  Conversations and personal connections are important.

- Farrell Hall is an example of how we can use buildings to facilitate those personal interactions.  The Farrell Hall Living Room is a way we have enhanced face to face interactions.  Zick’s, our new pizza place on the Quad in Poteat, deliberately has very few outlets.  We want students to connect with each other, not their devices.

- One of our goals is to try and teach our students to be leaders with civility in an increasingly polarized world.  We help our students learn to negotiate differences and conflicts with civility and respect.  We welcome all opinions, and let them come together so we can learn from them and each other.  We can disagree in friendship.


It was a very nice look at where we are, what we cherish, and where we hope to go.  We have a tremendous team of faculty, staff, and administrators here.  We are doing good work, and are made better every day by your students.

Last of the Leaves

We are coming to the tail end of the fall leaves season.  Probably 80% of them are down off the trees.  Those leaves that still remain seem to be falling into one of two distinct categories:  very vivid reds and oranges, or extremely dull brown.  Not a lot of middle ground anymore.   If you are driving around Reynolda Road and Coliseum drive (near Reynolda Village and Graylyn, close to campus) around sunset, if you catch the light just right, the sunlight falls on the remaining red leaves and makes everything have a deep and fiery red glow.  Really, really pretty.

After a warm day yesterday, it is cold again today.  Highs only in the low to mid 50s and a light breeze.  Back to coats weather again.  You can tell the students who haven’t checked the weather before they left their residence halls, as some of them were in shorts and short sleeves, thinking it would be in the 60s as it was yesterday.

The mood on campus feels quite somber.  Between the loss of a classmate last week and looming papers and tests before the Thanksgiving break, students seem a bit more subdued and tired.  I suspect that when most of our students go home for Thanksgiving, they would benefit from a little extra TLC.  That might mean more sleep, a little special pampering by way of favorite meals or goodie bags to bring back to campus, having a lot of time to play with their much-missed dogs or cats.

Sorority Recruitment Q&A

This past week, Wake Forest women (mostly first-year students and sophomores) registered for sorority recruitment, which will take place in January. The Parent Programs office sat down with Annie Carlson Welch, Associate Director of Student Leadership and Organizations, to talk about the women’s sorority recruitment process and answer questions parents might have.

What are key dates for spring 2014 formal sorority recruitment?

Spring recruitment takes place the week prior to spring classes beginning. Here is a list of upcoming dates associated with the process:

Nov 13            Recruitment Applications Due (11:49pm on the Fraternity/Sorority Life website)

Nov 14            Potential New Member Information Session (4:30pm, Brendle – required)

Jan 7               Residence halls open at 9 am for active sorority members ONLY to return to prepare for recruitment

Jan 8              Residence halls open at 9am for women participating in the recruitment process (potential new members)

Jan 8              Information Meeting (6pm, Brendle – required)

Jan 9-12         Formal Recruitment

Jan 13             Bid Distribution

How do women navigate sorority recruitment?
Women are assigned to a group with a Gamma Rho Chi (Recruitment Counselor or GRC). Each GRC is a member of a sorority but has disassociated from her chapter throughout the fall semester and recruitment period to prevent conflicts with her assigned women and her sorority.

The GRC acts as an advisor during the recruitment process, answering her group’s questions and helping them to feel comfortable with the activities. GRCs go through a 3 part training series, meeting with staff members from the Counseling Center and the Mentoring Resource Center as well as with student leaders. Each of these trainings provides the GRCs with better knowledge for the support role they play during and after the recruitment process. 

What should students consider before joining a sorority?
Each student should look inward and be very self-aware. Every student should know their preferences and limitations, the things that they value and who they want to surround themselves with. For example, if time management is a struggle for a student, they need to be aware that sorority membership does bring mandatory service and other events – and they should have a plan in place to manage all of their commitments. 

What’s your best advice to potential new members?
Have an open mind. We speak with a lot of women each year who are disappointed because their expectations weren’t met at some point during the process. Even if your “favorite” group does not invite you back, stick with the process and go to all of the events that are available to you. We know amazing, remarkable women in every sorority on campus. Each group can offer students sisterhood, service, philanthropy and fellowship – and women can make lifelong friends no matter which organization they choose.

How does the formal sorority recruitment process work at Wake Forest?
Day 1 – Women go to each sorority’s event with their GRC group (8 sororities will host events on Day 1).  Every GRC group goes to every sorority event, even if a woman does not think she is interested in a group.  At the end of Day 1, sororities choose which women they would like to invite back for Day 2 events. The women select the chapters they are most interested in returning to the next day. This process is called “mutual selection” (please see below for more information).

Day 2 – Women are invited back to a maximum of six sorority events (though less is a possibility). At the end of Day 2, sororities choose which women they would like to invite back for Day 3 events, and the women select the chapters they are most interested in returning to the next day.

Day 3 – Women are invited back to a maximum of four sorority events (though less is a possibility).  At the end of Day 3, sororities choose which women they would like to invite back for Day 4 events, and the women select the chapters they are most interested in returning to the next day.

Day 4 – Women are invited back to a maximum of two sorority events (though less is a possibility). Day 4 is also called Preference (or Pref) Night, where the rank their preferred order of the sorority(ies) for which they are still eligible. The sororities also select the women in whom they are most interested.

Day 5 – Bid Day: women are notified if they receive a bid. Chapters host events to welcome their new members. Please note, if a woman does not receive a bid she is contacted prior to the start of this day. 

At any time in the recruitment process, women are free to withdraw from recruitment. 

What is “mutual selection?”
Mutual selection is what we call the process that occurs at the end of each day of events. While women are choosing which organizations they are most interested in, chapters are doing the same. Think of it like a job interview – while you are trying to decide if this is a place you want to work, the company is also trying to decide if you are the best fit for employment. Unfortunately the company only has so much money to pay its employees, so there are a limited number they are able to take (see next question). All metaphors aside, the system works in favor of the potential new member, taking her interests into account before considering the interests of the chapter. This system is computerized and is dictated by the National Panhellenic Conference. 

How many women will sign up for recruitment? How many will each chapter take?
We expect about 400-450 women to sign up for spring recruitment. The number of women each chapter takes depends on the number of women that remain at the end of the recruitment process. Therefore, pledge class sizes vary from year to year. There is no set number before recruitment begins. The recruitment process is largely dictated by the National Panhellenic Conference, which attempts to maintain an even distribution of membership on any given campus. This means that not everyone can join the same one or two chapters and not everyone will receive their #1 choice throughout the process. Again, we encourage women to have an open mind and consider membership in any of our groups.

Do all women going through the process receive bids to join?
Unfortunately no, not all women will receive a bid for membership. There are two reasons this occurs. First, the vast majority of women not receiving bids elect to withdraw from the recruitment process before it is completed. Often this is because they have their heart set on a particular sorority, and if they don’t get invited back to the next event, they choose to not pursue any other groups. Second, there are regrettably a very small number of women who go through the entire process but do not receive a bid on Bid Day. This is typically as a result of a woman not “maximizing her options.” This means that during the process, a woman was unwilling to consider membership in one or more of the sororities that were interested in her.

What about legacies? Are they guaranteed a bid?
No, legacies (potential new members who have family in a sorority) are not guaranteed a bid. Each chapter has its own policies on how they make decisions about legacies. This is dictated by their national organization. 

What support mechanisms are in place for women who don’t get invites back or don’t get bids? There’s bound to be disappointment and hurt feelings.
Each woman’s Gamma Rho Chi (GRC) is there to help support her during the process. The GRC meets with her group daily to answer and questions or concerns and can also meet on a one-on-one basis. When there is a woman who is very upset about the process, the GRC will reach out to her and, if helpful, incorporate her RA to offer support as well. There are activities planned in the evening for any woman who withdrew or was released from the recruitment process.

Additionally, we have several support mechanisms on campus, including the Counseling Center, the Chaplain’s Office and Campus Life. We also have a wonderful group of role models that includes female staff and faculty members who reach out to every woman who is unsatisfied with her experience, oftentimes becoming great mentors and resources for our students. 

If a woman refuses a bid from a sorority, can she join a different sorority? I heard fall recruitment is a lot easier. Is that an option?
If a woman is offered a bid during spring formal recruitment and declines it, she is ineligible to join a different sorority for one calendar year (meaning she has to wait until the next spring recruitment). Similarly, if a woman is offered a bid, accepts the bid and then decides to leave the sorority before she initiates, she has to wait a calendar year. If a woman initiates into a sorority, she is bound to that organization for a lifetime, regardless of discontinuing her membership.

If a woman withdraws from the recruitment process before signing a preference card, she is welcome to go through fall recruitment. We do not recommend women withdraw from spring recruitment to give fall recruitment a chance. During fall term, only some chapters are eligible to take additional members so fewer women receive bids. 

I also heard there are changes in fall recruitment. What does that mean?

Changes in Fall Sorority Recruitment
At a recent meeting of the Panhellenic Council, the member sororities voted in favor of shifting fall recruitment into a system called Continuous Open Bidding. Below is a brief explanation of this process. You may also find the Old Gold & Black’s coverage helpful.

To explain COB, it is important to first understand what the term “total” means. Total is the maximum size a sorority can be. This number is voted among the sororities annually with one total existing for the spring and another for the fall. These differing numbers take into account the graduating senior members and smaller membership numbers in the fall. Total is typically set as the average membership size of the Panhellenic sororities. Chapters with membership sizes below total can then offer bids until they fill their available spots. It is possible for a chapter to exceed total. This can occur during spring recruitment when chapters try to take the maximum quota of new members. Quota is a number based on the potential new members remaining in the process on the final day of recruitment. Taking the full quota of new members can cause a chapter to go above total, but this is the only exception to the definition of total.

COB is therefore the process of offering bids when there are open membership spots. This process has been in place at the conclusion of spring recruitment, but was not previously used in the fall. Previously, all chapters participated in fall recruitment, taking new member classes ranging from 2-9 members on average. The placement rate for fall recruitment was historically low – averaging 50% over 5 years, meaning that only half of the women interested in joining a sorority received a bid on bid day. While the COB process will limit chapter involvement to those with available membership spots, a greater emphasis will be placed on chapters filling these spots. It may seem that COB is limiting, but a closer examination shows that it provides all of the same benefits of the previous fall informal process. Fall COB will still provide opportunities for sophomores and transfer students to explore membership in a truly informal process – participating chapters will host events throughout the start of fall semester at varying times rather than a week’s worth of structured events. COB will also be free to those who are interested in joining and be far less costly for participating chapters. Of the colleges and universities across the country who have sororities, most utilize the COB process so this vote allows the sororities at Wake Forest to “catch up” to other campuses. 

Is sorority membership required to have a full social life on campus?
We hear some women say it is, but we do not believe that to be true. There are over 150 student organizations and many, many places that students can belong to find their niche. There are many students with active social lives who are not fraternity and sorority members. 

How long is the pledge period?
Six weeks – it begins on bid day and sorority initiation is to be six weeks later. 

Parents often ask about hazing – does it happen, and what does the University do about it?
The University has a strict policy against hazing, which is outlined in the Student Handbook. Hazing has occurred on most college campuses at some time. At Wake Forest, if an organization is found responsible for hazing its new members, they are held accountable as an organization.  There is also a hazing hotline at 336-758-HAZE (4293) for members of the Wake Forest community who wish to report anonymously any student behavior which may be of a hazing nature.  If parents encounter behavior they think could be hazing, they are encouraged to report specifics to the Dean of Student’s office at 336.758.5226 or deanstud. Parents and students can request (and will be given) anonymity, but the University does need some specifics (name of organization, activity the student faced, etc.) to be able to investigate a charge of hazing. 

How much does it cost to be in a sorority?
Average new member dues are $615, with subsequent semesters at an average of $335. The costs cover national chapter dues, housing fees and sorority activities. 

What are some of the benefits of sorority membership in your opinion?
The most significant benefit is that a sorority can shape the lives of its members through its founding principles and beliefs. By encouraging positive interactions among members, sisters can influence one another to lead healthy, productive lives that empower one another as leaders and women. On a more basic level, benefits include making friends and having a group to which the women feel they belong; it gives fellowship and camaraderie.  Fraternities and sororities also teach valuable skills like networking and being comfortable meeting new people, which is a plus for most people’s professional lives. There are opportunities to take on leadership roles, which will teach students how to accomplish major tasks and mobilize a large group toward a common goal. Each sorority has a service or philanthropic component to, so the women are giving back to the local or national community as well. Of course, students are at Wake to get a degree first and foremost and membership in a fraternity or sorority can enhance a student’s ability to succeed by providing mentorship from older members and members within a student’s major.

Where can parents go for more information?
The Fraternity/Sorority Life page of the Wake Forest web site has more information. You can also contact Annie Carlson Welch, Associate Director of Student Leadership and Organizations, at



Very Sad News from Campus

Our hearts are very heavy today.  Yesterday we received an email from President Hatch saying that one of our students, sophomore Andrew Pillow, had passed away.   Read his full email here.

Some of you may have students who are feeling Andrew’s loss profoundly and are grieving.  President Hatch’s email had great advice for our campus at this time of sadness:

“Each of us is affected by loss in different ways. Wake Forest offers support and counseling services for all students, faculty and staff. The Counseling Center (118 Reynolda Hall) may be reached at 336-758-5273 and the Office of the Chaplain (22 Reynolda Hall) may be contacted at 336-758-5210. For faculty and staff, there is also the Employee Assistance Program at 336-716-5493. Please do not hesitate to seek support.”

The Counseling Center has some good information about the grieving process.  Please urge your students to talk to others and get assistance and support in the grieving process.   And to be gentle with themselves and each other in the coming days and weeks.

On behalf of the Daily Deac, our thoughts and prayers are with the Pillow family, as well as Andrew’s many friends.





Select News and Events

Provost Rogan Kersh (’86) sends a newsletter out to faculty and staff each month, and there are a few items that might be of interest to your students (or you, if you are going to be in the area).  The first is an announcement of the faculty for the 2015-16 year at our residential study abroad houses.

The following faculty members have been selected to serve as resident professors at the WFU Houses in 2015-2016:

Worrell House (London): 
Fall 2015 – Page West (Business)
Spring 2016 – Mary Wayne-Thomas (Theatre)

Flow House (Vienna):  
Fall 2015 – Robert Hellyer (History)
Spring 2016 – Lisa Kiang (Psychology)

Casa Artom (Venice):  
Fall 2015 – Jacqui Carrasco (Music)
Spring 2016 – Wanda Balzano (Women’s and Gender Studies)

Much closer to the time, your students will be able to look on the Study Abroad website and see more about the application processes for programs they are interested in.

The Provost’s newsletter also mentioned two events that are holiday-themed.  The Secrest Artist Series will be hosting an event at 7:30 on Thursday, November 21st at 7:30 in Brendle Recital Hall.  ”Cantus and Theater Latté Da present All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 by Peter Rothstein, with musical arrangements by Erick Lichte and Timothy C. Takach.  Through new arrangements of European carols and war-songs for a capella voices, All Is Calm recalls the remarkable World War I truce between Allied Forces and German soldiers in no man’s land on Christmas, 1914.”  As with all Secrest Artist Series events, students get in free by showing their WFU ID card.  (Note, seating is not guaranteed; go early to reserve your place).

Finally, we note that “tickets are on sale now for candlelight tours of Reynolda House December 5, 6, and 7. Learn why Katharine Reynolds decorated with nandina berries rather than holly and what interesting items found their way to the menu for Christmas dinner. The dining table will be set with Katharine’s china, an organist will play carols on the original Aeolian organ, and family Christmas cards and letters will be on view from the Museum archives. Tickets include refreshments and live entertainment each night: Grimsley High School Madrigals (Thursday), the Central Carolina Children’s Chorus (Friday), and RJR ACappella (Saturday). Tickets: Members/students $12, non-members $18.”

This is just a smattering of some of the international and cultural events taking place in the coming weeks.  Your students can see more at the Events Calendar online.    Urge your students to try something new every month.  Whether that is a lecture, a concert, a sporting event, a service project.  Their time at Wake Forest will pass quickly.  They should drink up every opportunity they have.



How to Help Your Student During Finals

2012 finals zsr v2Final exams will be held December 9-14 – so it’s less than a month from now.  Many of you will get to see your students during Thanksgiving, and it will certainly be a time where they want to recharge their batteries as they push toward the end of the semester and finals.

The Office of Academic Advising (OAA) has some advice on how parents and families can best support your students in the days leading up to finals.  Many thanks to Sharonna Taylor-Howard, one of our OAA Academic Counselors, for sharing some of these best practices.


How to Help your College Student through Final Exams

Final exams at Wake Forest University will take place from December 9th, 2013 to December 14th, 2013. In late November, students will begin preparation for final exams. During this time of preparation and the final exam period, students may find themselves extremely busy and in some cases overwhelmed or stressed.  Although as a parent or family member you may not physically be there to help, it is important that your college student has your support and encouragement.

Here are some ways that you can help:

  • Send words of encouragement. Send a letter, email, card or e-card that lets your student know that you are proud of all of his or her hard work.  Focus on your student’s effort rather than on the grade. If a student is putting forth reasonable effort, it can be especially unhelpful — even backfire — to pressure him or her to get a specific grade or achieve a specific GPA.
  • Encourage your student to take advantage of all of the resources on campus. If your student is feeling stressed or overwhelmed, he or she can visit places like the Learning Assistance Center, the Office of Academic Advising, and the University Counseling Center.
  • Check with your student’s exam schedule, before you make arrangements for travel home. It is often very difficult for students to make special arrangements to take an exam at an alternate time, and professors are not required to accommodate personal travel requests. Having to make special arrangements may cause additional stress for your student.
  • Send your student a care package. A small, simple package with your student’s favorite snacks or study supplies is another way to show you are thinking of him or her and to show your support.
This is all great advice.  The Daily Deac would add one editorial note:  send a care package no matter how close you live to campus.  Make sure to treat your local students the same as you would if he or she had gone to college far away from home.  One of my good friends was from Greensboro and was thrilled every time his mom sent a care package.  It’s more special if you don’t have to drive home to get it.
Finally – Round 2 of Registration is taking place this week.  Two quick notes:
1) Remind your student to check his/her account balance and clear any holds that would prevent him/her from being able to register on time.  Payment can not be made after hours, so check now!
2) The Registrar’s office has placed a lot of information on their web site regarding registration, including how students can Gmail chat if they need to reach a staff member while they are registering.

Friday at Farrell

Thought it might be fun to take a stroll over to Farrell Hall on this cool and sunny Friday and see what it was like midday.  Here are some observations in the “five senses” model.

I smell [I had to make smell first, because it was the first thing I noticed when I opened the door.]

  • Soup.  Delicious, hearty, cold weather soup.  As I got closer to Einstein’s bagels, I could see from their sign they had some sort of chili.
  • Hazelnut coffee (also at Einsteins).  Smelled freshly brewed and delicious.

I hear

  • Shockingly little, considering this is the Living Room of Farrell and traditionally this is like a beehive of activity.  A lot of our business students don’t have class on Friday, so the relative quiet of Farrell was startling.  But what I do hear is…
  • The beeping of microwaves at Einstein’s bagels preparing peoples’ lunches.
  • The rustling of newspapers.  The Farrell Hall student crowd tends to be avid readers of the Wall Street Journal, and you could hear some of the papers shuffling in the quiet.

I see

  • Nearly all the tables filled in the Living Room.  Many of them were students, some staff and faculty.
  • Lots of open laptops on the student tables.
  • A student with very large earphones (not buds).  If you watched the summer Olympics, these looked like the kind Michael Phelps wore.  There is a proper name for them I am sure but I am not hip enough to know it.
  • Empty arm chairs and wing chairs.  If you were not able to snag a table, you at least had these options available.
  • An advertisement for Dawn with the Dean on the large screen monitors.  Dean Reinemund is an avid runner and he has a group (open to all) that runs together at like 6:20 in the morning.

I taste

  • A deliciously toasted Einstein’s bagel


I can only really give you 4 of the 5 senses – nothing particular to touch.  But if your students are looking for an easy day to lunch at Farrell, Friday appears to be it.  And as a reminder, since it is Friday – call your students.  Helps spur them to less-risky behavior, even if you don’y specifically mention alcohol.

Have a great weekend!


You Can Have It All

You know the old saying “you can’t have it all”?  Well, for today at least we are saying you can, in fact, have it all!  What I mean by this is that we have formally concluded our ZSRx Parents and Families: Deacon Development 101 online class – BUT our incredible E-learning Librarian, Kyle Denlinger, has migrated all the course materials to a web site that will be accessible to all, regardless of whether you signed up for the ZSRx Parents and Families class.

Kyle has set up a separate site with all of the reading materials and videos from the course. On this new site, you will be able to access the course material at your own pace or share it with fellow parents, without needing to log in or navigate through the formal course in Canvas.

As a reminder, the ZSRx Parents and Families: Deacon Development 101 class was designed to help you understand the behavior and developmental milestones of your college students.  In that course, we talked about the following – and those sections are all represented on the new web site:

- An overview of the Millennial Generation

- Academics (development and challenges, sources of support)

- Identity (how college students explore and refine it)

- Wellbeing (the various dimensions of wellbeing and how to attend to them)

Think of this web site as a tool kit that has everything that was included in the ZSRx course except the online discussion boards. There is no special signup or login needed – it’s a regular website like any other.

So if you didn’t sign up for ZSRx Parents and Families: Deacon Development 101 – or if you did and did not have time to navigate through the course week by week – bookmark this site and access the materials whenever you like.

On behalf of the ZSRx team, we want to say thank you to all of you who signed up, tuned in, shared your thoughts.  And many thanks to the ZSR Library and our campus partners who provided content.  We couldn’t have done this without you!