For those of you who might have missed the Daily Deac’s mentions of ZSRx Parents and Families: Deacon Development 101, we have been hard at work all summer developing a free, online course – with LOTS of help from campus partners who are subject matter experts on student development and how students experience personal and academic growth and change throughout their college years. We are excited about this course, which will roll out in October. For those of you who want to be “early adopters”, as they say in technology ventures, we invite you to sign up here and more info will be sent to you when the course is ready to go.
As part of our work on the ZSRx Parents and Families, we have been filming a lot of our campus colleagues about their areas of expertise. Yesterday I got to hear the short video done by Kate Brooks, our new executive director of the Office of Personal and Career Development. She had a lot of sage advice about students choosing majors (choose what you love – a good GPA will follow). Today on the Wake website there is an interview with Kate that I recommend to all parents and families.
Also on the career side of things, something to make note of (and put on your student’s radar screen as applicable) is the Fall Career Fair, which will be held on September 18th. The event is described as follows: “The Fall Career Fair will be on September 18th from noon to 4 p.m. in Benson 401. Wake Forest Provost Rogan Kersh will be kicking off the event at 11 a.m. Sixty employers are registered (up 36% from last year) and two large employers are considering attending. A full list of registered employers can be found on our website.”
One more event to make note of: yesterday I got an email from a student who is heavily involved in planning Family Weekend. She wanted to be sure parents and families who are on Facebook knew about the Family Weekend Facebook event page and asked that we encouraged Deac families to join that Facebook event (their page will be updated throughout Family Weekend to you them updated on shuttles, events, etc.) Of course, registration for Family Weekend official events happens through the Family Weekend website, so make sure you order applicable event tickets there.
Finally – a note about the weather. It is cool this morning! Like ‘wear a light sweater’ cool. Fall in Winston-Salem is a funny thing – we can stay in the 80s for a long time, but we get these occasional glimpses of a proper fall, with cooler weather, and it is really lovely. The 5 day forecast looks pretty good – let’s hope it stays that way!