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11 21 14 lightpoleYesterday I was up on the Quad and in the Benson Center and was witness to preparations for the holidays.  On the Quad, pine garlands were being placed on the arches and light poles.  A Christmas tree was being set up in front of Reynolda Hall.  Wreaths had been hung on the doors to the Deacon Shop and Quad-facing doors.

11 21 14 reynolda tree 11 21 14 archDitto for the Benson Center.  A large Christmas tree was being set up in the Rotunda, and very soon I suspect pine garlands will be on the railings at the stairs.  In years past, they have also put pointsettias in the Rotunda and by the stairs.  Wreaths adorned the Benson front doors as well.

11 21 14 benson tree 11 21 14 benson doorsWhile it might seem a bit early for holiday decorations to go up on campus, if you stop and think about it, students are only here for 3+ weeks before finals end and it will be Winter Break.  It’s good to have some festivity and cheerfulness up now, while they can still enjoy it.  It also might help lighten the mood as finals approach to see some decorations.

These decorations – and the lights that accompany them at night – will be on full view for the Lighting of the Quad on the evening of December 2nd.  Normally we also have a menorah on campus for Hanukkah, but the dates of Hanukkah fall after students leave for Winter Break, so I am assuming our students unfortunately won’t get to see that.

11 21 14 quad signsThe Quad had some additional decorations too.  There are white signs along half of the Quad telling the stories of student entrepreneurs.  They were placed there by the Center for Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship.  The stories are pretty cool – hope your students will stop and read some of them.

Three final notes for your Black and Gold Friday (I hope you’re wearing our school colors wherever you are!)

- My intrepid colleagues in social media have posted a beautiful video on the Wake Forest University Facebook page.  It’s a slideshow of fall on campus, accompanied by “Mr. Wake Forest,” our much-beloved Provost Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of English, Ed Wilson (’43).  This is a beautiful way to see and hear the best of WFU.

11 21 14 clouds- I snapped this picture this morning of the clouds over Wait Chapel.  The sky was full of thin stripes of clouds and it looked really magical.

- Remember to call your students :)

Take care and have a great weekend, Deac families!

Gratitude Day – Wednesday 11/19

It is freezing, freezing, cold today, Deac families.  High of a frigid 36.  And while I know many of you are from colder climes than ours, already dealing with snow and superfrigid temperatures, let me go on record and say I much prefer the warmth.  There are a couple of side benefits to the weather I suppose: students can finally trot out their warmest winter coats, boots, and gloves – and for our students who live in places where it never gets cold, this is sort of fun for them.

Even though it’s hard for me to be this cold and feel grateful, today’s Daily Deac is about gratitude.  Wake Forest is having a Gratitude Day tomorrow (Wednesday, November 19th).  In this season of thankgiving and reflecting on our many blessings, this seems like a great idea.

There are a couple of ways your students can participate:

give thanksThey can Tweet @WFUOPCD with #GiveThanks and share what they are thankful for this holiday season.  They have a chance to win a Chipotle gift card.

Students can also join the campus for Gratitude Day and share what makes them #GiveThanks from 11am-1 pm in front of the Pit.

Deac families, we welcome you to share what you are grateful for as well.  You can email parents@wfu.edu and we will post any of your comments (anonymously if you like, or you can give us your first initial and Parent year – P’15 = senior parents, P’16 = juniors, etc.)  I’d love to complile a Gratitude List from our Deac families.

– by Betsy Chapman

 

Rainy, Wet, and Cold

This is not the trifecta that we were hoping for as we start the week.  It is cold, dreary, and rainy.  You can see it on the Quad Cam.

Tomorrow is going to be worse – highs only in the mid-30s, and lows in the upper teens.

My prediction is that there is going to be very little foot traffic today.  Students will stay hunkered down in their dorms, or the library, or wherever they are finding warm and comfortable places to be.

Since I also am not keen to venture out into the rain to survey the campus, today I’ll bring to you information from Volunteer Service Corps about upcoming service opportunities, as well as the Lighting of the Quad.  If your Deacs get a kick out of volunteering and making someone else’s day/week a little brighter, there are many good options for engagement.

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Lighting of the Quad

On December 2nd is Lighting of the Quad and this year we will be conducting a service project with the Emergency Chaplin’s Fund. This fund was created to support the Wake Forest faculty and staff when they are in tough financial times. We will be asking students to bring ‘stocking stuffers’ for the children of the staff or faculty that benefit from the fund to Lighting of the Quad. We are looking for small toys, hats, scarves, or gloves. We will also be accepting monetary donations for the Fund.

Last chance to apply for the International Service Trips going to Rwanda and the Dominican Republic! Applications are due today, the 17th!

Service Opportunities!

1. Jefferson Elementary School
Help students who need assistance with reading and math for 30 minutes a day one day a week; Contact-  Stacey Hiestand (Study Buddy coordinator for Jefferson Elementary) staceyhiestand@yahoo.com

2. Riverwood Therapeutic Riding Center
located in Tobaccoville, NC (about 20 minutes from WFU) and offer therapeutic horseback riding and equine-assisted activities to children and adults with special needs; Contact- Aliza McIlwain mcilwainak@gmail.com

3. Diggs Latham Elementary School
looking for several volunteers to assist with touring students grade K-5; Contact Principal Donna Cannon, cmjohnson@wsfcs.k12.nc.us.

4. Campus Garden Hours
Mondays and Thursdays (4:30-6:30pm), Sundays (4:00-6:00pm); 1141 Polo Rd.  Activities include, harvesting crops, preparing beds, planting, composting, etc. Enjoy a nice afternoon at the garden while learning about sustainable agriculture.

5. Food Bank Garden located at The Children’s Home
Monday and Wednesdays, 5:30PM-7 PM; Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM, 1001 Reynolda Road.  They grow food for Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC (No RSVP needed).

6. Volunteering at WFUBMC
Shifts are 4 hours/week at Baptist Medical Center and must make a 50 hour commitment per semester. Volunteering at the hospital in various departments.

7. School of Medicine in PHS
help with filing, computer, phone calls and etc; Contact Betha Watson: bwatson@wakehealth.edu

Other happenings!

1. The Hunger Banquet, H&H Week
Tuesday, 11/18 6:00 pm in the Little Mag Room. Exploring the prevalence of food insecurity in North Carolina through food and reflection

2. Documentary: Grown in Detroit, H&H Week
Wednesday, 11/19 6:30-8:00 pm in ZSR Auditorium. Followed by a panel discussion led by Second Harvest Food Bank

3. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Part 1- Premiere, H&H Week
Thursday, 11/20 at The Grand Theatre. Win free tickets to watch the 3rd installment of the Hunger Games series premiere before anyone else at hte Grand. Exclusive to WFU students. Following Stu DentUnion on Facebook to find out more!

4. Homelessness and Emotional & Physical Wellness, H&H Week
Friday, 11/21 from 4-5:30 pm, Campus Kitchen Lounge. Discussing the effects of homelessness on mental and physical wellness with Active Minds, Samaritan Ministries and Deacon Dhamaal

5. Project: How sexual violence has impacted Wake Forest students and faculty.  Contact Liz Stalfort staleb11@wfu.edu

6. Peace Corps Information Session
Wednesday, 11/19 at 4:30 pm, Farrell Hall A48. Come here from the local recruiter on their hiring needs and opportunities where you can possibly serve.

7. Help students partaking in the Volunteer Service Corps’ trip to Kolkata, India this winter break raise funds!
$12 each/ shirt.  The quote around the elephant design reads: “Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies. – Mother Teresa” Contact Olivia Whitener (whitob11@wfu.edu)  if you would like to buy one!

8. Speak Out for Mental Health, Active Minds
Stories will be read by members of Can I Poet on Nov. 24th at 7 p.m. in Ring Theater, during which the campus community can listen to and find solidarity in the anonymous stories of pain and healing of members of our campus community who have dealt or are dealing with mental illness directly or indirectly. If you have submissions or questions, please contact Ade Ilesanmi

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Need a ride home? Try Break Shuttle!
BreakShuttle serves Wake Forest University with a comprehensive transportation network to and from the campus for major academic breaks. All tickets are for one-way travel. Round trip travel requires purchasing two different tickets. Serving: Richmond (VA) and Silver Spring (MD) Thanksgiving Break – November 25-30, 2014

 

 

Spring Break Idea

November seems a strange time to be thinking about Spring Break, I know, but there is a good reason for it.  There is a fantastic opportunity for students to embrace our Pro Humanitate motto by doing an alternative to the traditional beach party Spring Break that is so often associated with college.

I am sharing an email below about Wake Alternative Break, which provides a meaningful way for students to connect with each other and to causes associated with the common good.  This would be a fantastic opportunity for students to bond over a shared experience and a good cause.  Hope you will consider passing this information to your Deacs!

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Hello colleagues,

I am pleased to share that the Wake Alternative Break (WAB) application for Spring 2015 service trips is LIVE!  We have an exciting lineup of 12 sites this year and a great group of student leaders joining our faculty/staff leaders to develop these exciting opportunities for our community.  Additionally, these WAB trips represent efforts in collaboration as the Pro Humanitate Institute and Volunteer Service Corps have partnered with the Office of the Chaplain, LGBTQ Center, Office of Multicultural Affairs, and ZSR library to support these trips.

The application can be found here  and will be open until January 20th.  On November 11th, VSC is hosting an interest meeting to provide information and answer questions about the WAB program for interested students at 5pm in Pugh Auditorium.

I hope that you will share this opportunity with students in your networks.  In preparation for that, I wanted to share a few pieces of information about the WAB program to ease your conversations with students about these opportunities. All of this information is also shared on the application.

- WAB has existed at Wake Forest for 15 years.  In the last 5 years, we have more than doubled the number of trips available to students and shifted their focus away from direct service to critical engagement with social issues.  WAB leaders undergo a rigorous training process in the Spring to prepare them to lead in this more complex environment.

- The mission of WAB is to facilitate service in the community, connect participants to each other, encourage experiential learning around a social issue, and inspire participants to return to campus motivated to positively impact their university, local, national, and international communities.

-  A primary goal of WAB is to create an experience that is not mitigated by a student’s financial resources.  As a result,financial assistance is available for WAB trips through VSC.  Both monetary and extended payment plans are available to students.  However, students must contact me directly by the January 20th deadline to discuss their need.  This is done as a separate step in the application process in order to preserve the selection process as need-blind.

Thank you again for your partnership and support in sharing this with our students,

Shelley


Shelley Graves Sizemore ’06, ’09
Assistant Director
Pro Humanitate Institute

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!

 

 

 

 

Lovefeast – and a Big Congrats

20121202lovefeast8853Deac families – we are a few weeks away from one of Wake Forest’s most cherished holiday traditions, the Lovefeast, but we have an opportunity to help you be a part of it.  For those who are not familiar with the Lovefeast, you can see a blog post from last year’s Lovefeast on the Daily Deac.  While the dates are a year old, hopefully the description of the evening will give you a sense of what this event is.

The opportunities are below.  You can purchase a Lovefeast kit (while supplies last) and/or take part virtually by watching the livestream of the event via the WFU website.   Details are below.

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As Wake Forest celebrates its 50th Annual Lovefeast on December 7, we are providing a unique opportunity for you to bring the cherished Wake Forest tradition into your home for the holidays.

How can you participate?

  • Purchase a Lovefeast Kit* to be delivered to your home so that you can share this special Wake Forest community tradition with your family and friends. Quantities are limited, so act quickly!  go.wfu.edu/lovefeastkit

  • Watch The 50th Annual Lovefeast, livestreamed on December 7, 2014 at 8 p.m. from Wait Chapel.  Go to the main WFU website on December 7th and you will see information about how to watch the livestream.

*The Lovefeast Kit for ten includes:

  • Moravian bun mix from Old Salem

  • ​Lovefeast Blend roasted coffee

  • Ten handmade, Moravian beeswax candles with red paper frill

  • The 50th Annual Lovefeast program

  • Guide for creating your own Lovefeast experience

  • Keepsake Moravian star ornament

Lovefeast Kits are available for purchase for $38 each. Price includes shipping and sales tax. Orders received by November 19, 2014 will be delivered in time for you to celebrate the Lovefeast with the Wake Forest community from your own home. Orders will be accepted until December 15, 2014.

About the Wake Forest Lovefeast tradition: The world’s religious and philosophical perspectives, among their magnificent diversity, also all articulate a variety of shared values.  These are noble virtues such as mercy, compassion, and love, as well as more tangible virtues such as service, community, and philanthropy.  These deeply held, widely shared Wake Forest beliefs provide the platform for our Annual Christmas Lovefeast.  We continue to frame this uniquely Christian event around these shared values so that the spirit of hospitality becomes a medium for creating bridges across the chasms of our religious differences.  Though a Christian service of worship, all are welcome to participate.

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field hockey acc champs 2 field hockey acc champsAnd here is our big congrats to the Field Hockey Team for winning the ACC Championship this weekend!  They are headed to the NCAA Tournament this Saturday at 2 pm in College Park, MD, taking on Albany (NY).  If you live near College Park, put on your best Black and Gold and go support our Lady Deacs in the NCAA Tournament.  Coach Jen Averill and her staff have a remarkable record of success, including 3 national championships in the early 2000s.  Let’s cheer them on to another!

What To Do This Weekend

It’s the end of a long week, and there are many things your students can do on campus (as well as nearby) to make it a great weekend.  Here’s a sampling:

- Hillel, our Jewish student organization, is hosting a Shabbat dinner

- Go see Clybourne Park, our University Theatre production about race and real estate.  If your students go tonight (11/7), there will be a discussion with the playwright, Bruce Norris, our director and faculty member Sharon Andrews, and the cast after this evening’s production!

- Student Union’s film is X-Men: Days of the Future Past

- We have our first men’s exhibition basketball game vs. Young Harris.  Women’s Volleyball is playing GA Tech tonight and Pittsburgh Saturday night.

- Z Smith Reynolds Library is hosting a Home Movie Day

- There is a Concert and Lecture with Amy Beach on Saturday night, sponsored by the Music department

- Student Union is hosting a concert as well – Tyler Hilton

That’s just some of the on-campus, official things.  The weather this weekend looks sunny, if a bit chilly.  I’d urge your students to get outside and do something active – take a walk to Reynolda Gardens or just around campus.  The leaves are at their reddest and won’t last forever.  They could head up to Pilot Mountain or Hanging Rock State Park, two great places for a day hike.

They could head downtown using one of the campus shuttles and enjoy the coffeeshops, art galleries, restaurants, a/perture movie theatre and more downtown.  (My favorite place to get a great cup of coffee and a pastry is Camino Bakery.)

Our students are so nocturnal and many (most?) will sleep as long and as late as they can on Saturday morning.  They have no idea how quickly these four years goes.  I hope they make the most of their time here and explore our beautiful campus and city.

PS –  Give them a call.  You know the drill :)

 

- by Betsy Chapman

 

Rain, Sun, and the Berlin Wall

When I woke up this morning, I was convinced it would be a miserable, wash out day for the Wake Forest-Clemson football game, which is tonight at 7:30.  It was rainy and misty all morning, up through lunchtime.  When I emerged from a noon meeting at 1:00, the sun was out, the Quad was beautiful, and all signs point to a good evening.

Following the morning rain, campus looked terrific.  I know many of our parents and families frequent the Quad Cam.  For those of you who want to see more campus than the single shot that the Quad Cam gives you, I highly recommend Focus on the Forest, a photoblog that is a selection of some of the best shots taken by our University Photographer, Ken Bennett.

I happened across this item on the Events calendar and it looks really interesting.  Walls Fall Down – Berlin Wall Art Contest and Food Drive.  ”Help us celebrate this anniversary of the end of oppression in East Germany by decorating a section of our “Berlin Wall” in response to the question, “What walls hold you back?” A panel of judges will choose three winners at 5pm on Friday, Nov. 7. Prizes will be Starbucks gift cards!  Then the real fun begins: we will be destroying the wall with hammers and bats right after the contest ends, at 5pm. Stop by and donate 1 non-perishable food item for Campus Kitchen and you get 1 whack at the wall. You will also be able to take a piece of the wall home with you as a reminder that together we are strong enough to bring down the walls that hold us back.”

When I was here at Wake Forest, I remember watching a [very tiny by today's standards] tv in my dorm room of news coverage of the Berlin Wall coming down.  My roommate and I were sort of boggling at the fact that this iconic image of the Cold War was being dismantled before our eyes.  Your students were not even born then, but I bet you remember.

 

 

Messy. Beautiful. Uncomfortable. Enlightening. Worth it.

Last night was our Deliberative Dialogue exercise.  About 325 students, faculty, and staff participated.  We began in Wait Chapel with remarks from President Hatch about the importance of having face to face conversations about difficult issues, and how if some of our Wake Foresters feel on the margins or marginalized, do we as a community have a responsibility to think about that and find solutions?

We watched a video with dramatic readings from students about their Wake Forest experiences (no names or faces or other attribution to who said what).  Students had been asked “When does Wake Forest feel like home?” – and responses ranged from the very positive, where people said they felt like this was their place, the best place, etc.

Other students, though, had different thoughts – that sometimes it doesn’t feel like home, or that they don’t belong – for whatever reason.  Students were asked “When does Wake Forest not feel like home?’  Some cited discomfort at not feeling like they could conform to the majority opinions, styles of dress, or behaviors (“I can’t afford to go out to eat with all the other girls”), or because of their race.

For me personally, the most poignant response was from a young man who said (and I am paraphrasing) ‘When I am with my fraternity brothers and they are saying something sexist/disparaging about a girl and I tell them to stop, I end up being alienated from them.  But if they do that and I say nothing, I hate myself as much as I hate them.’

Wow.

Following that film, Vice President Penny Rue spoke to the group, and then we all adjorned to individual discussion groups of about 18-20 people each, plus a moderator to help direct the conversation, as well as a recorder.

There is a certain amount of trust and confidentiality that has to be present within these discussion groups (as one of my fellow moderators said, ‘It’s sort of like an AA meeting; you don’t disclose what people say there’), so I won’t go chapter and verse about my particular group’s conversation.  However, having talked to some other moderators, I can make some observations about the evening.

Each group talked about three potential perspectives on how we might address ways to be a more inclusive and diverse community.  One perspective was that we might focus efforts on recruiting and retaining more diverse faculty, staff, students, and even volunteer leaders.  In other words, if we have greater diversity (racial, socioeconomic, gender identity, religion, etc.) we will have a greater opportunity to understand and celebrate difference and be a more cohesive community.

A second perspective is that we might focus efforts on reviewing or revising policies and practices that might promote inequity (things like policing policies at parties – which has already been revised, actually -,  how lounge spaces are allocated, or whether we need to revisit admissions policies so we go back to being ‘need blind’ – or admitting all qualified applicants regardless of parental income).

The third perspective to consider was that community change has to begin in the classroom, at the heart of the academic mission of the school – to include classes and co-curricular opportunities to discuss the thorny issues of race, class, gender, sexuality, difference – and if we better prepare our students to wrestle with these issues, community will follow.

There are many tough parts of these dialogues.  Each discussion group is intentionally formed so that there is representation from lots of different areas of campus.  One student’s negative experience with party management might be something another participant has never experienced.  Or the perspective a faculty or staff member expresses about the Greek system might be hard for a current Greek student to hear.  The intent is not to cause tension, but to be sure we can hear from as many areas of our community as possible.

Across all groups, I am sure, people shared personal experiences that ran a broad spectrum from positive to negative, to being aware of issues to having no idea they existed.  Some people might be aware of ‘lightning rod’ major issues, while others see or experience ‘microagressions’ that you might miss unless you are part of the group those are directed toward.  I’d be willing to bet there were discussions of privilege, of lack of understanding about other people’s struggles, whatever those may be.

Those things are messy.  Hard to hear.  Uncomfortable to talk about.  Potentially dividing and divisive.  And if you just stopped there, it would be a dreadful exercise.

But – and here is where it gets beautiful – Deliberative Dialogue is civil discourse at its best.  Instead of people just voting on which of the three perspectives might be the best for Wake Forest, every group had to weigh pros and cons of each.  Talk about the compromises and trade offs that could come if we did X as an institution over Y.  For example, if a group said that one way to optimize our community is to ensure a wider socioeconomic section of students is recruited, the tradeoff is that it will require a lot more money in financial aid or scholarships.  Do you siphon that money away from somewhere else? If so, where?  Resources are finite.

In each of the groups, we were asked to see if we could come to common ground anywhere – whether that was agreeing that one of the three perspectives might make the most sense for Wake Forest, or if some of each perspective was viable and valuable.  Common ground for some might have been that the group could agree that we want a better, stronger community and it was worth working for.  In my group, we had many items of common ground that I was really proud to hear.

At the end of the discussion, each group had the opportunity to look at the common ground items and recommend action items – both what we think could/should happen institutionally, and also what each of us pledge to do individually to make a difference in our community.  I suspect/hope that many folks left the dialogue with an idea that they are going to take some new or different actions now that will help the greater good.

And that is where it is enlightening and worth it.  People’s minds can be opened or changed by chewing on thorny issues.  People can pledge to be different in ways that matter.  I know I have my own set of personal action items.  As I told my group, my Wake Forest is broader now that I have heard some of their voices and perspectives.

Now the million dollar question: where do we go from here?  All the group moderators/recorders are charged with writing up discussion notes from their group.  Those get funneled to the exercise organizers, who will analyze the results and look for common themes or calls to action.  And then all the people who participated in the discussions will be invited to join an Action Team if they want to continue to work toward an identified goal or outcome.  The conversation can continue and people can get their hands dirty and do more if they wish to.

It seems especially fitting to me that our Deliberative Dialogue took place the night before election day.  Whether it is through discussion groups or your ballot at the polls, we have the ability and freedom to make our voices heard and to effect positive change where we live.   In my mind, being part of the process is always better than sitting on the sidelines.

Many thanks to everyone who came out lastnight, to the organizers, moderators, and recorders.  Can’t wait to see what we can do working together for the best Wake Forest.

 

 

Impressionism Monday

It’s been a busy day for the Daily Deac.  I’m  prepping to be a moderator for the Deliberative Dialogue event tonight, and there have been several meetings and forays across campus.

So I thought today we’d do an Impressionism Daily Deac: “The term Impressionism has also been used to describe works of literature in which a few select details suffice to convey the sensory impressions of an incident or scene” (from Wikipedia).

- Cold in the morning

- Benson food court at noon – seemed like long lines for everything except Shorty’s and the Grab N Go

- Glitter Headband Girl walking on the sidewalk, silver glitter glowing in the sun.  (Rock on that you have the confidence to be that bold!)

11 3 14 construction- Construction truck near Reynolds Gym.  What had been the tennis courts looks nearly unrecognizable now.

- “Burning bush” – bushes turning red in the stadium near the track

- Warm sun closer to noon.  Jackets off but still see girls in long sleeves and scarves.  Equestrian boots aplenty.

- White and red small stop signs in crosswalks now, saying it is state law to let pedestrians cross.  SO much easier to cross streets now.

11 3 14 hawk- Hawk circling above campus, making wide swooping soars in the sky.  Terrible picture but if you zoom in you can see him.

- Hoodies.

- Water bottles in backpacks – either via carabiners or in mesh pouches.

- Big, blue sky

 

 

– by Betsy Chapman