This is a guest post of the Office of Sustainability:
Do you know an individual who has made an impact on campus sustainability at Wake Forest? Nominate him or her for a 2018 Champion of Change Award.
This year’s winners will be recognized at the fifth annual Campus Sustainability Awards ceremony on Tuesday, March 20. Staff, faculty, and students are all eligible, 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 Wednesday, February 21. The Champions of Change will be recognized at a ceremony on March 20 in the Reynolda Hall Green Room from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
We look forward to celebrating the work of sustainable change agents across campus. For more information, visit the Office of Sustainability’s website.
Provost Rogan Kersh emailed this announcement to students, faculty and staff on Feb. 5:
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. This year, Wake Forest will hold Founders’ Day Convocation on Thursday, February 15, at 4:00 p.m. in Wait Chapel.
We will award the Medallion of Merit, the highest honor bestowed by the University, to Michael “Mike” Gerald Ford (’72), Director, Pro Humanitate Institute, 2015-2017; Senior Leadership, Campus Life, 1981-2017. 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 2018 will be honored with a reflective video featuring student testimonials.
Faculty members are encouraged to confirm their participation in the academic procession by registering online
I also invite you to a reception hosted by The Office of the Provost immediately following the Founders’ Day Convocation in the Green Room.
Allison McWilliams is assistant vice president, mentoring and alumni personal & career development. She 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 experiences with students.
“It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great!” This classic line delivered by Tom Hanks in the movie A League of Their Own can be (and has been) applied to any number of situations. And it’s a great description of the particular skills and abilities required to participate in any effective mentoring relationship. Many organizations presume that a mentoring program will be the cure to any and all ills, only to discover that a poorly-planned and ineffectively-executed program does more harm than good. Many people think that they can be great mentors, only to discover that they lack the commitment, time, or experience to do the work.
The good news is, the skills required to do mentoring well can be learned, practiced, and developed. And that goes for mentees, as well. None of us are perfect when it comes to mentoring. The very essence of mentoring relationships is that they are learning-oriented, and that means that we all are constantly developing our skills. Every relationship provides an opportunity to learn, to seek out feedback, and to reflect on opportunities for growth.
As mentors, one of our responsibilities is to help our students to grow in their self-awareness and ability to seek out and engage in productive relationships by scaffolding these skills. What does that mean? Just like in the classroom, each relationship, each mentoring conversation is an opportunity to build upon the learning that has happened previously, so that there is a trajectory of growth from the beginning of the relationship to the end, and from the beginning of a student’s time here until and beyond the time that he or she graduates.
The good news is, the skills required for effective mentors and mentees aren’t complex. We have created a set of mentoring learning outcomes for both mentors and mentees, as well as a set of self-evaluations, which can serve as a guide to that learning and growth. The skills aren’t complex, but that doesn’t mean they are easy. But mentoring shouldn’t be easy. After all, if it was easy, everyone would do it, and do it well. But the hard is what makes effective mentoring truly great.
This is a guest post of Wake Forest’s Intercultural Center:
Wake Forest’s Intercultural Center and the Black History Month Committee has announced a month of Black History Month events and activities on the center’s website.
Kicking off the month will be a Feb. 1 event in The Pit featuring notable University black alumni displays and cuisine from the African Diaspora. The event will start at 6 p.m.
Other events and activities planned for February include the Black Professionals Forum with alumni; a keynote from Margot Lee Shetterly, author of “Hidden Figures”; a trip to the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts & Culture in Charlotte; a Students of Color Study Abroad panel; as well as a several Wellbeing Wednesdays events; and much more.
A young man died this weekend. A young man with potential, with aspirations, with a future. A young man now absent from the lives of family, friends, classmates, and our community. A young man named Najee Ali Baker.
In the past, our two universities have collaborated to learn from each other and build up our Winston-Salem community, to honor one another and commemorate important moments. But now, we come together to mourn the tragic loss of a young life.
We share this deep sense of loss, and we are unified in our grief. To see the life of a promising young man cut short in an act of unnecessary and senseless violence is confusing, infuriating and saddening to us all. In a moment, we have been tragically reminded that life is fragile.
As we all try to make sense of what has happened, let us turn to each other. Let us unite as we mourn. Let us be quick to cherish, support, comfort and care for one another. Let us be people who practice abundant patience and kindness. Let us use the life and death of Najee Baker to become better people, better institutions and a better community.
In the days to come, as you grieve, also remember the family and friends of Najee Baker, and keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Nathan O. Hatch
President, Wake Forest University
Elwood L. Robinson
Chancellor, Winston-Salem State University