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It’s time to nominate Champions of Change

This is a guest post of the Office of Sustainability:

Do you know an individual who has made an impact on campus sustainability during their time at Wake Forest? Nominate him or her for a 2017 Champions of Change Award.

This year’s winners will be recognized at the fourth annual Campus Sustainability Awards ceremony on March 22. Staff, faculty, and students are all eligible for this awards program, and nominations can be made in the following categories: resource conservation, academics and engagement, service and social action, leadership, and bright ideas.

Nominate yourself or someone else as a Champion of Change for campus sustainability by Friday, March 3. The Champions of Change will be recognized at a ceremony on March 22 in the Reynolda Hall Green Room at 4:00 p.m.

We look forward to celebrating the work of sustainable change agents across campus. For more information, visit the Office of Sustainability website.

IS offering support for Google 2-Step Verification

This is a guest post from Information Systems:

Stop by the Information Systems tent in the 3rd floor lobby of Benson on Wednesday, February 15th between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. and an IS support representative will assist you with setting up Google 2-Step Verification on your mobile device.

Here’s why!

  • Protects your privacy and data against hackers

  • Secures your Gmail and other Google login enabled apps

  • Takes less than 5 minutes of your time with an expert available to assist and answer questions

  • It’s free but the value is priceless

Provost Kersh: Convocation to be held Feb. 16 in Wait Chapel

This message was emailed to the University community, recently, by Provost Rogan Kersh:

Dear Wake Forest Community,

Each year, the Wake Forest family gathers for the Founders’ Day Convocation to observe the University’s founding in February of 1834. Wake Forest will hold Founders’ Day Convocation on Thursday, February 16, at 4:00 p.m. in Wait Chapel.

We will award the Medallion of Merit, the highest honor bestowed by the University, to James Barefield, Professor Emeritus of History, and Herman E. Eure, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Biology. Faculty awards will be presented in the areas of advising, teaching and service. As is Wake Forest tradition, we will also have the opportunity to hear outstanding seniors read this year’s winning Senior Orations and the Class of 2017 will be honored with a reflective video featuring student testimonials.

The Office of the Provost will be hosting a reception immediately following the convocation in the Green Room.

Best regards,

Rogan Kersh
Provost

Facilities/Campus Services launches staff recognition program

This a guest post from Facilities and Campus Services:

Facilities and Campus Services will launch its newly-created staff recognition program on February 13. “F&CS-elect” will recognize staff for demonstrating one or more of five values integral to the operations of the department.

The nomination process begins with a WFU colleague (faculty, staff or student) submitting a narrative about a Facilities & Campus Services staff member who has demonstrated an outstanding service or project, etc. The employee can be nominated for: efficiency, leadership, ethical behavior, customer focus, and/or teamwork. Points are awarded based on efforts/skills, and the summation of points will determine the level of award received.

The Facilities & Campus Services staff work diligently across the campus community to create, maintain, and service the campus for our faculty, staff, and students. Often their work is accomplished behind the scenes with very little impact to anyone’s day. This program encourages an on-going culture of recognition so that the critical work our staff performs can be commended and rewarded, on a continual basis.

Nominations can be submitted at any time on the F&CS website http://facilities.wfu.edu/

Questions about the process may be directed to Janice Schuyler at schuyljc@nullwfu.edu or ext. 5679.

Office of Wellbeing: It’s time to nominate Wellbeing Champions

This is a guest post from the Office of Wellbeing:

It’s time to nominate your Wellbeing Champions!

The Office of Wellbeing is proud to recognize those within the Wake Forest Community who have embraced one of the eight dimensions of wellbeing: emotional, environmental, financial, intellectual, occupational, physical, social, and spiritual.

In order to do so, we need your help!

Our Dimension Champion awards go to faculty or staff members who best embody the spirit of wellbeing through their contributions to the Wake Forest University community. One champion is selected in each area. To nominate someone (or yourself) who you feel has worked to inspire a culture of wellbeing, visit thrive.wfu.edu and click on Dimension Champions.  A list of previous champions can be found on the Dimension Champions web page.

Nominations are open until Tuesday, March 7.

Allison McWilliams: Owning (and sharing) your learning goals

Allison McWilliams, director of mentoring and alumni personal and career development in the Office of Personal and Career Development, writes occasional articles for Inside WFU.  This is the second for the spring semester.  In each, she shares observations and suggestions with faculty and staff from her professional experience with students.

Allison McWilliams, the Director of Career Education in the Wake Forest Office of Personal and Career Development on Monday, October 10, 2011.

Effective mentoring relationships are built around intentional action towards defined goals. Why should mentoring partners set goals? Mentoring goals help define expectations for the relationship and help define how you and your mentee will know when the relationship has been successful. Mentoring goals also provide a framework for the conversations that will take place during the relationship and for the work that the mentee will be doing.

For example, a student working on a research project might have as a goal, “Create a draft article to submit for publication by the end of the semester.” As the mentor, you can frame your mentoring conversations around the progress the student is making towards accomplishing that goal, stumbling blocks he or she encounters along the way, and how that goal connects to the student’s larger academic and career goals. This SMART goal also provides a timeline for the relationship – the end of the semester – and a measure of accountability, whether or not an article is completed.

Effective mentors facilitate their mentee’s ability to create, work towards, and achieve his or her goals. And, while the focus of any mentoring relationship should always rest squarely on the mentee, as a mentor you also should take the time to set learning goals of your own. What is it that you hope to accomplish during the course of this relationship? How will you learn and grow? Sharing your goals and your progress towards achieving them is another way that you role model behavior and provide an additional mentoring conversation opportunity. It also allows you to demonstrate the value of a adopting a growth mindset, the belief that innate talent and intelligence does not pre-determine our abilities to continue to develop, learn, and achieve throughout our lives.

If you’re struggling to come up with goals for your mentoring relationship, you can use the Mentoring Learning Outcomes and self-evaluations to identify one or more areas where you would like to see improvement for yourself. Each of the four Mentoring Learning Outcomes has four associated strategies which provide multiple opportunities for growth. For example, you may want to work on your ability to ask thought-provoking questions and practice active listening skills in your mentoring conversations. As you begin your mentoring relationship, share this goal with your mentee and ask for feedback on your progress. Effective mentors willingly disclose their own challenges and successes as appropriate to the mentoring relationship.

It’s time to nominate people for Champions of Change Award

This is a guest post from the Office of Sustainability:

Do you know an individual who has made an impact on campus sustainability during their time at Wake Forest? Nominate him or her for a 2017 Champions of Change Award.

This year’s winners will be recognized at the fourth annual Campus Sustainability Awards ceremony on March 22.

Staff, faculty, and students are all eligible for this awards program, and nominations can be made in the following categories: resource conservation, academics and engagement, service and social action, leadership, and bright ideas. Nominate yourself or someone else as a Champion of Change for campus sustainability by Friday, March 3, 2017.

The Champions of Change will be recognized at a ceremony on March 22 in the Reynolda Hall Green Room at 4 p.m. We look forward to celebrating the work of sustainable change agents across campus. For more information, visit the Office of Sustainability website.

WISE 2017 Conference registration ends Jan. 30

This is a guest post from the Center for Global Programs & Studies:

logo-with-tag-line-for-nametags-version-2The WISE Conference, Feb. 8-10, is for faculty and staff seeking to incorporate more intercultural competency methods into their teaching and interactions with students. The Center for Global Programs & Studies is pleased to host our 9th annual conference focused on intercultural learning for international educators across the nation.  Wake Forest faculty and staff may attend at no cost.

The keynote speaker will be Amer Ahmed, director of intercultural teaching and faculty development at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

It will be held at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Winston-Salem.  Shuttles will be available. A detailed schedule for shuttles will be distributed prior to the conference.

Register now using our designated Eventbrite page for Wake Forest faculty, staff and students. Registration closes Monday, Jan. 30, at 4 p.m.  Preview descriptions of conference sessions on the WISE website.  The conference’s schedule and much more is on the website.

If you have any questions about WISE 2017 or are interested in a pre-conference workshop, please contact us at wiseconference@nullwfu.edu or 336-758-5994.

We look forward to the insightful contributions of Wake Forest faculty and staff to the conference discussions in February.

Wake Downtown: Important details for the University community

This is a message emailed to students, faculty and staff on Jan. 10:

Dear Wake Forest community,

Today marks the first day of classes being held at Wake Downtown! We are looking forward to the entire Wake Forest community seeing the space located at 455 Vine Street in downtown Winston-Salem just three miles from the Reynolda Campus. Below you will find important information regarding Wake Downtown; please read this e-mail in its entirety for recently updated information as it relates to this new space.

Transportation

  • Shuttle service to/from Wake Downtown and WFU is every 15 minutes on weekdays (8:00 am-11:00 pm) and every 30 minutes on weekends (10:00 am-6:00 pm). Travel time is 15 minutes however students should allow 30 minutes; pickup/drop off locations are the Benson University Center and the Vine Street entrance to Wake Downtown. The full schedule can be found on the Parking and Transportation website.
  • The GPS TransLoc Rider app is available for real time tracking to your smart phone. Download the app at http://translocrider.com/.
  • Shuttles are ADA compliant with wheelchair lifts. They are also equipped with bicycle racks and WiFi.

Security

  • Business hours of Wake Downtown are Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-6:00 pm. Wake Forest University faculty, staff and students will have access to Wake Downtown outside of business hours by using their Deacon OneCard.
  • ALL Wake Forest University faculty, staff and students will be required to visibly display their Deacon OneCard while at Wake Downtown. Badge must be worn above the waist with photo and name clearly visible. Wake Downtown wearable badge holders and sleeves are available on the Wake Downtown shuttles as well as in the Wake Downtown administrative suite.
  • Visitors will be required to check in at the security desk and will be given a visitor badge to display.
  • Weapons are strictly prohibited at Wake Downtown.
  • Phone number for the Innovation Quarter Security Communications Center is (336) 713-1568.

Mail

  • Address Intercampus envelope as follows:

Faculty/Staff Member Name
Wake Downtown

  • Address Regular and Express mail as follows:

Faculty/Staff Member Name
Wake Downtown
455 Vine Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Wireless access

  • WFU faculty, staff and students: choose SSID ‘WakeDowntown’ and log on using your WFU username and password
  • Guests: choose the password-free SSID ‘IQGuest’ and accept the agreement when prompted

Food and vending

  • Students will be able to use Food Dollars with certain vendors within the Innovation Quarter including Medical Grounds in the Bowman Gray Center for Medical Education (connected to Wake Downtown) and Cafe Brioche in Biotech Place.
  • Vending options are also available on the lower level of Wake Downtown (all vending options will be installed within the coming weeks).

Stay connected

  • Follow Wake Downtown on Twitter and Instagram (@WakeDowntown) and like our page on Facebook for important updates and programming information!
  • To stay up to date, we also recommend that you bookmark wfu.edu

If you have any questions, please email WakeDowntown@nullwfu.edu.

The Wake Downtown Team

 

Allison McWilliams: Storytelling builds effective mentoring relationships

Allison McWilliams, director of mentoring and alumni personal and career development in the Office of Personal and Career Development, writes occasional articles for Inside WFU. This is the first for the spring semester.  In each, she shares observations and suggestions with faculty and staff from her professional experience with students.

Allison McWilliams, the Director of Career Education in the Wake Forest Office of Personal and Career Development on Monday, October 10, 2011.

In 2015 we created a set of Mentoring Learning Outcomes that describe the practices and strategies that effective mentors employ in their mentoring relationships. Throughout spring semester in this space we will be exploring four of these key strategies, beginning with the practice of storytelling.

One of the first and most important roles of an effective mentor is to actively create a supportive, intentional relationship with his or her mentee. This relationship should be based on mutual trust, respect, and accountability and create a safe space for the mentee to work towards personal learning goals. A key strategy that effective mentors use to establish and maintain that safe space is the act of storytelling.

In a previous post we discussed how storytelling can set the stage for belonging with students, helping them to connect to shared experiences and lessen feelings of isolation and the imposter syndrome. In telling their own stories, and sharing their own experiences, mentors role model for mentees this act of disclosure and actively demonstrate that the mentoring relationship is a space to be vulnerable and to share challenges and successes. Some of our best learning moments come from direct experience; by encouraging students to reflect upon their experiences mentors improve students’ abilities to make those connections.

The act of storytelling in a mentoring relationship walks a fine line between disclosure of one’s own story and eliciting the stories of the other. Say too little and the mentee is not going to feel comfortable speaking up and being completely open and honest. Say too much and you risk dominating the conversation and robbing the mentee of his or her ability to learn from his or her own experiences. No one, after all, likes the person who is always starting a conversation with, “Back when I was a student…”

When I think of someone who is a master at getting other people to share their stories, I often think of Terry Gross, the host of NPR’s Fresh Air. In this New York Times profile piece she notes, ‘‘I try not to make it about me. I try to use my experiences to help me understand my guests’ experiences, but not to take anything away from them.’’ This is, I think, great advice for any mentoring conversation, as well. Use your experience to create a safe space and to build trust, but always keep the focus on the mentee.