So Much To Do!

Today started out quite cool – in the 30s – but is approaching 60s as the afternoon progresses.  It’s the kind of day where you have to leave your residence hall with a coat or a sweatshirt but you can shed it once it warms up enough.

We’re in the midst of academic advising, which is a particularly anxiety-provoking thing for our first-years. If you are a P’20, urge your Deac (if he or she is stressed) to take a few deep breaths and have faith that things work out in the end.  One of the advising questions I am getting  a lot is “What should I take? My Basic and Divisionals are almost done and I have room for electives, but I don’t know which to take.”  The answer is: take what interests you – even (or maybe especially) if it has nothing to do with your major.  In Life After Wake Forest (with the pressures of career and/or grad school and/or romantic partners, etc.), there will not always be room and time to learn something new “just because” – so exercise that freedom now.

Speaking of time to do something new and interesting – here is a feel good story for you.  I have often heard visitors to campus (parents and students alike) talk about the artwork in our buildings.  Much of that comes from a student art-buying trip that happens every four years.  My friends in the News Service just wrote a wonderful story about the recent trip – and you can click on the links in the story to see the artwork too!  Read it here.

So that is a past event.  There are a ton of events coming up over the next weeks.  Any of these could be great offerings for your students to attend.

Celebration of the Earth Week: Beauty in the World We Find – March 19th – 25th

The Office of Sustainability and the Office of Wellbeing are partnering to bring the Celebration of the Earth!  – a week long celebration that focuses on learning and cultivating sustainable practices. The Office of Wellbeing will be helping to co-sponsor the Vernal Equinox Festival, as well as the Just Eat It Cooking class! Thrive’s March blog for parents and families is all about environmental wellbeing, and they have a full list of activities taking place this week.

JUST BEAT IT – CPR Training – Monday, April 3

The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is hosting a new initiative on campus called JUST BEAT IT. It is a CPR training day that was started after a Duke professor went into cardiac arrest in a campus library last year . If EMS students had not been around, he would have most likely not survived. Wake Forest has similar examples of individuals who have survived cardiac arrests because of the help of those who knew CPR.

This is becoming an ACC-wide event and Wake Forest will be the second school to host this event. We believe by hosting this campus wide CPR training event, we can help save lives.  The event is Monday, April 3rd at the Sutton Center and runs throughout the day from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. Encourage your friends and other organizations you are a part of to sign up using this link. Each training session will take an hour, and the goal is to train 100 students each hour. The event will also include many tables which emphasize different aspects of well being in an effort to touch on the multi-dimensional phenomenon that is health.

Engaging Men in the Conversation of Interpersonal Violence Conference – April 11, 4:00 – 8:30 p.m. (registration opens at 3:00 p.m.) – Benson 401

Engaging Men in the Conversation of Interpersonal Violence Conference is a conference that will provide a platform for voices of all genders to be heard and empowered in preventing interpersonal violence. Interactive workshops explore ideas about masculinity across history, cultures, communities, sports, and fraternity/sorority life.  Attendees will also learn about strategies for being active allies and assisting victims of all genders.  There will be a screening of the movie “My Masculinity Helps” and a Q&A with its filmmakers.  All Students, Faculty and Staff are encouraged to attend.  Refreshments will be provided.

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