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WakeUnited campaign kickoff: Work United for WakeUnited in 2016

WakeUnited Campaign Kickoff: Work United for WakeUnited 

Guest post by Roger Beahm, the 2016 chair of WakeUnited, professor of practice in the School of Business, and WestRock Executive Director of the Center for Retail Innovation

Wake Forest School of Business professor Roger Beahm, Tuesday, April 8, 2014.

Roger Beahm

All members of our Wake Forest community are cordially invited to participate in our WakeUnited 2016 Campaign Kickoff on Tuesday, September 27, at 4:00 pm in the Reynolda Hall Green Room during the Provost’s Happy Hour for faculty and staff. WakeUnited is the University’s annual United Way campus campaign to benefit those in greatest need in our community and the surrounding area.

At the kickoff, President Nathan O. Hatch, Provost Rogan Kersh, and I will share briefly on why the United Way is such an important part of our community, our University and our pro humanitate spirit. Afterward, we will enjoy food, beverage and fellowship with colleagues – as well as a chance to experience the school’s new demonstration pavilion (“What’s that?” you ask. Well, come join us, and see!).

The United Way brings together local organizations, agencies, and individuals to work together to address the root causes of our most pressing social issues. Click here to watch a brief video about United Way.

Donations to WakeUnited directly support our community-wide efforts to:

  • Raise local high school graduation rates
  • Decrease chronic homelessness
  • Increase financial stability
  • Increase access to healthcare among those in greatest need.

Our United Way campaign also allows you to designate your WakeUnited pledge to your local United Way, even if you live outside of Forsyth County.

Work United for WakeUnited…and WIN!

This year’s WakeUnited campaign will feature a weekly drawing for prizes, as well as a department participation challenge. By making your pledge during our fall campaign, you will have the opportunity to win:

  • Visa gift cards ($50 and $100)
  • Tickets (4) to the WFU v. Radford basketball game
  • Tickets (2) to the President’s Box for the WFU v. Clemson football game
  • A “Wake-Up United Breakfast” for the department(s) showing the greatest gain over last year (sponsored in partnership with the Pro Humanitate Institute and the Office of Wellbeing).

In addition, you can enter our 2016 WakeUnited weekly social media contest by sharing photos on social media using the hashtag #WAKEUNITED16. Winners will be selected at random, and will receive special Wake Forest themed prizes you can’t get anywhere else!

For more information about this year’s campaign, visit http://unitedway.wfu.edu. Thanks for helping us Work United for WakeUnited in 2016.

Wellbeing Office celebrates Dimensions by the Month and more

This is a guest post from the University’s Office of Wellbeing:

The month of September kicks off another series of Dimensions by the Month!  Throughout the academic year, the Office of Wellbeing will partner with campus and community groups to provide skills-focused workshops and engaging programs to create a wellbeing experience. Through Thrive, Wake Forest’s comprehensive approach to wellbeing, these workshops and community programs will engage students, faculty, and staff in a holistic definition of what it means to be well, as well as bring people together from across the Wake Forest community. The themes of each month are:

September “Social” Wellbeing

October “Emotional” Wellbeing

November “Intellectual” Wellbeing

December “Occupational” Wellbeing

January “Physical” Wellbeing

February “Spiritual” Wellbeing

March “Environmental” Wellbeing

April “Financial” Wellbeing

Look out for these events coming up this Fall!


Arrive and Thrive 

September 22 from 4-6 pm on the Lower Quad

“Arrive and Thrive” will feature dozens of fun and thought-provoking activities designed to inform and inspire the campus community about how to lead healthier, more balanced lives! Open to all Students, Faculty, and Staff! Check out the video from last year!

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Online learning resource Lynda.com available to all

This is a guest post from Mur Muchane, associate vice president for information technology and CIO. It was e-mailed to students, faculty and staff Sept. 19:

Information Systems is pleased to announce that, beginning today, September 19th, all Wake Forest University students, faculty and staff have access to the leading online creative and professional skills provider, Lynda.com.

The over 4,000 self-paced courses, ranging from Adobe Creative Cloud, Excel, SPSS and MATLAB to Mobile App Development, 3D Animation and Presentation Skills, are:

  • organized in modular, easy to use and manage, 5 to 15 minute segments
  • searchable, so you can identify specific topics without watching an entire course (for example, Create Pivot Tables in Excel or Remove Red-Eye in a Photo)
  • downloadable for offline use via mobile apps for iOS, Android, Windows, AppleTV and Roku.

Three different ways to access the entire Lynda.com library:

–Sign into WFU Google Mail with your Wake Forest email address (your_username@nullwfu.edu) and password. Click the App Launcher (box of dots, top right of inbox), scroll down to the bottom, then click on the Lynda icon.

OR

–Go directly to lynda.wfu.edu and, if prompted, enter your WFU email address and password. Bookmark this page for future reference.

OR

–Download a mobile app. To log into the app, enter wfu.edu as your organization.

In the weeks ahead, we will share some of our favorite tips and courses via Twitter and Facebook. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact us at help@nullwfu.edu or 336-758-4357 (HELP).

Faculty, staff enhance ability to facilitate diversity in classroom

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Faculty and staff participate in the Summer Institute for Intercultural Professional Development and Pedagogy

This is a guest post from Office of Diversity and Inclusion:

This fall, 30-plus faculty and staff from across the University will be more equipped to facilitate diverse experiences in their educational offerings and to promote inclusion and equity at the University. They participated in the Summer Institute for Intercultural Professional Development and Pedagogy this past July.  Advanced by members of the Curricular Changes and Faculty Development sub-committee of the Campus Climate Implementation Team, the Institute emerged from recommendations provided by the campus community in fall 2014 as part of the Deliberative Dialogue Series on Inclusion.

Jose Villalba, senior associate dean for faculty, evaluation, and inclusivity, and Shayla Herndon-Edmunds, director of diversity education, spearheaded the effort with support from Barbee Oakes, chief diversity officer, Lynn Sutton, vice provost, and Catherine Ross, director of the Teaching and Learning Center. Former Wake Forest Fellows Muhammad Siddiqui and Nia Evans also contributed greatly to the development and implementation of the Institute.

Participants in the Institute were selected after completing an application for admission and were assigned pre-readings for discussions during the two-day, overnight experience at Graylyn International Conference Center. The Institute covered a wide-range of topics, including facilitating difficult dialogues in the classroom and campus settings, the role that self-awareness plays in cultural competence, and best practices for creating inclusive spaces. Each participant left the Institute with a personal action plan to continue to strengthen their skills, and they also reported significant increases in their confidence and ability to manage complex discussions around difference, empathize with others, among other measures of intercultural competence according to a pre- and post-test administered by Dr. Villalba.

“What I find most impactful about the Institute is that faculty and staff now have more tools and skills at their disposal to improve interactions with students, shape campus departments, and create programs,” said Villalba. “Their willingness to challenge themselves to be more inclusive and aware as educators is a great model for our campus community and hopefully will inspire others to do the same.”

The Institute is a part of the Dean of the College’s “Maximizing Inclusivity + Minimizing Apathy (MIMA)” professional development series for faculty and staff. MIMA offers skills-based workshops in the fall semester and awareness/theoretical sessions in the spring. This October, faculty and staff can look forward to a session that addresses the complex mental health concerns of students on campus. The session is co-sponsored by the Learning Assistance Center, University Counseling Center, and Office of Academic Advising. For more information, contact Jose Villabla at villalja@nullwfu.edu.

Allison McWilliams: Setting the stage for belonging

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

Allison McWilliams

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 fall semester.  In each, she shares observations and suggestions with faculty and staff drawn from her professional experience with students.

The desire to belong, to be part of a tribe or a social group of like-minded people, is part of the human condition. This fascinating piece details an ongoing study into the effects of belonging on well-being, and the powerful yet simple intervention to help individuals, in particular college students, navigate through those tough times when they feel excluded, alone, or overwhelmed. That intervention? Storytelling. The simple act of reflection, sharing, and framing has a dramatic impact on individuals’ abilities to identify their experiences as normal and connected to others’ experiences as well. And those impacts are far-reaching: “the intervention increased subjects’ happiness, improved their health and reduced cognitive activation of negative stereotypes for several years after the initial intervention.”

Storytelling is a key strategy that effective mentors use, both to share their own experiences and to elicit the stories of their mentees, as well. As this new school year starts, you may observe students who are struggling to fit in or to find their place. You may find students who are struggling with the “imposter syndrome,” that feeling of “I don’t belong here,” or “Someone made a mistake letting me in here,” or “I’m a complete fraud.” You know what’s so fascinating about the imposter syndrome? Everyone, unless you are a complete narcissist, suffers from it at one point or another. The very thing that makes us feel so excluded and alone (“I don’t belong here”) is actually something that connects us to other people (“I’ve also felt that way”).

So, how can you help your students who may be struggling with these feelings of isolation and doubt? One way is to engage with them in the act of storytelling. Normalize their experiences by sharing stories about when you have experienced similar feelings, what you did to overcome them, and what you learned from that experience. Create a safe space for sharing, ask them to reflect upon what they are feeling and why, and help them to identify some tools that they can use to work through this time. Should you feel that the student needs additional help, introduce them to the great folks at the Counseling Center.

The desire to belong is a universal feeling that cuts across class, race, gender, age, experience levels or other qualities that may otherwise divide us. Simply by being a listening and compassionate ear, you can support students’ health and long-term well-being in powerful and impactful ways.

LGBTQ Center increases facilitators for Safe Zone Program

This is a guest post from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion:

June 2016 Safe Zone Facilitators

Safe Zone facilitators at Wake Forest

This summer Wake Forest’s LGBTQ Center welcomed a new cadre of facilitators to their Safe Zone Program, increasing the volunteer support to 19. The facilitators represent various administrative and academic departments across the university and bring a wealth of experience, including intercultural competence, understanding of LGBTQ issues, and a commitment to facilitation and dialogue.

Since its inception in the Spring of 2012, approximately 1,000 members of the Wake Forest community have completed the Safe Zone training program. This academic year the Center will introduce a new curriculum, advanced workshops, and a lunch and learn series that will offer education around special topics such as transgender identities, LGBTQ History at WFU, intersectionality, among others developed by Kayla Lisenby, Program Coordinator for the Center.

“Safe Zone is important because it dispels misconceptions and answers questions about how people can support members of the LGBTQ community,” said Lisenby. “Our new facilitators greatly expand our capacity and better positions the Center to offer programs, resources, and services that enhance the skills and support for members of our community.”

For a list of upcoming Safe Zone Workshops and for updates about LGBTQ Center programs and offerings, visit the WFU Professional Development Center website or the LGBTQ Center website and subscribe to the Center list serv. Departments and campus organizations are also encouraged to reach out to the Center to request personalized trainings for their group.

Staff and faculty interested in becoming a Safe Zone faciliator should email the Center at lgbtq@nullwfu.edu, and members can stay updated on new developments and happenings by following the Center on social media @LGBTQWFU

The complete list of Safe Zone facilitators and the departments they represent is below:

–Celina Alexander, Assistant Director, Intercultural Center
–Glenn Bergesen, Administrative Assistant, College Development
–Zach Blackmon, Residence Life Coordinator,  Residence Life and Housing
–Christie Dalton, Assistant Director of Development and Alumni Relations, University Advancement
–Elizabeth Dam-Regier, Manager of Project Office,  Human Resources
–Susan Garcia, Graduate MS Clinical Counseling & Addiction
–Fahim Gulamali, Assistant Director of Student Engagement and Programming, Pro Humanitate Institute
–Kayla Lisenby, Program Coordinator, LGBTQ Center
–Colleen Lofton, Program Coordinator, Women’s Center
–Sarah Magness, Residence Life Coordinator, Residence Life and Housing
–Angela Mazaris, Director, LGBTQ Center
–Shannon McKinney, Academic Counselor, Office of Academic Advising
–Tracy Mills-Howell, Learning Specialist, Information Systems
–Carol Ann Moore Harris, Administrative Coordinator, University Advancement
–Kaitlyn Ruhf, Assistant Director, Special Events Athletics
–Shelley Sizemore, Director of Academic Programs and Community Engaged Research,  Pro Humanitate Institute
–Erica Still, Associate Professor, English
–Rolisa Tutwyler, Business Manager and Liaison to Executive Director, Pro Humanitate Institute
–Matt Williams, Director of Communication, Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Staff Advisory Council meeting set for Sept. 8, staff invited

This is a guest post from Staff Advisory Council President Sarah Wojcik-Gross and Vice President Jennifer Abbinett:

Friends,

We are excited to announce that the 2016-2017 Staff Advisory Council meetings have been scheduled, and will be starting with a bang on September 8, where we will welcome Sophia Bredice and Mike Greco, from the Information Systems Department.  They will speak on two huge initiatives currently being rolled out, WakeWare and Software@WFU.

The meeting will be held in Z. Smith Reynolds Library, fourth floor auditorium.

It is our goal to build on the wonderful foundation that was already built for us and work to reinvigorate staff surrounding our purpose and initiatives.  One noted change is the date and time that we will be meeting each month.  The 2016-2017 SAC meetings will be held the second Thursday of every month from 9  to 10:30 a.m.  Our hope is that we are able to bring speakers to our meetings that you want to hear from, and to learn more about the exciting events and initiatives happening at Wake Forest. We look forward to a wonderful year and hope that you will join us! As always, non-SAC members are welcome to attend the meetings.

Please do not hesitate to contact us (sac@nullwfu.edu) with your concerns and ideas.  We want to hear from you!

Staff Advisory Council to meet Sept. 8

This is a guest post from Staff Advisory Council President Sarah Wojcik-Gross and Vice President Jennifer Abbinett:

Friends,

We are excited to announce that the 2016-2017 Staff Advisory Council meetings have been scheduled, and will be starting with a bang on September 8, where we will welcome Sophia Bredice and Mike Greco, from the Information Systems Department.  They will speak on two huge initiatives currently being rolled out, WakeWare and Software@WFU.

It is our goal to build on the wonderful foundation that was already built for us and work to reinvigorate staff surrounding our purpose and initiatives.  One noted change is the date and time that we will be meeting each month.  The 2016-2017 SAC meetings will be held the second Thursday of every month from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Our hope is that we are able to bring speakers to our meetings that you want to hear from, and to learn more about the exciting events and initiatives happening at Wake Forest. We look forward to a wonderful year and hope that you will join us!

As always, non-SAC members are welcome to attend the meetings.
Please do not hesitate to contact us (sac@nullwfu.edu) with your concerns and ideas.  We want to hear from you!

Parking, traffic information for Aug. 26 freshman move-in

Wake Forest hosts move-in day for first year students at the south campus residence halls on Friday, August 21, 2015. Julia Reed ('19), from Tampa, moves into Bostwick.

Freshman move-in, 2015.

This information was emailed on behalf of Residence Life and Housing to faculty and staff on Aug. 19:

Wake Forest will welcome a new freshman class on Friday, Aug. 26, when new student move-in begins at 8 a.m. For faculty and staff scheduled to be on campus that busy morning, the University has recommendations for where to enter campus and park.

On Aug. 26, the University asks that faculty and staff enter campus through the Polo Road entrance. New students and their families will be encouraged to enter campus via the University Parkway and Reynolda Road entrances.

Traffic is expected throughout the day and will begin around 7 a.m. as families arrive for move-in. Due to the increased traffic, faculty and staff seeking to park on campus are encouraged to arrive on campus early. The Hearn Plaza lots will be available for faculty and staff parking. However, the University asks that faculty and staff avoid parking on South Campus (Lots E, F, G and J) and in Lots Q and W1/W2 to allow parking for our new students and their families.

Faculty and staff may park in the lots on either side of Long Drive, near Winston-Salem First Church and Polo Road.  A shuttle bus will provide transportation to and from those lots and campus from 7 a.m.-6 p.m.

The University will continue to run the Gray Line shuttle that will be operating on an on-call demand service on Aug. 26.

Additionally, the University will welcome back returning students on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 27 and 28. Faculty and staff will not be able to park in Hearn Plaza lots (Lots A, B, C, M, N, P) as those will be entirely reserved for move-in.  Faculty and staff are also asked to avoid Lots Q, R and Z to allow our returning students a smooth move-in.

To aid with traffic management, the University asks that departments instruct vendors to assist by not delivering to campus until after noon on Aug. 26; vendors are asked to park only in designated parking spaces and to utilize dumpsters for trash. Delivery vehicles larger than a box truck should not plan to enter campus on Aug. 26 due to limited parking and increased traffic. Deliveries taking place on Aug. 27 and 28 should expect slower travel due to limited parking and increased traffic as well.

VeriCite pilot continues for 2016-17

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This is a guest post from the Learning Management System Team:

The Information Technology Executive Committee  has approved an extended pilot of VeriCite for the 2016-2017 academic year. VeriCite is a cloud-based service that helps to verify the originality of student work. It also can help to facilitate proper citation techniques and paraphrasing skills when used as a tool to enhance instruction through student reflection.

The Sakai Learning Management System Team has received multiple requests from faculty for this type of service. We have decided to pilot VeriCite because it was designed to easily integrate into Sakai. If faculty choose to participate in this pilot, students submit their paper through the assignment tool within their Sakai course. VeriCite automatically generates an “originality report” to the student and faculty.

How to Participate in the VeriCite pilot: The pilot is open to any Wake Forest faculty teaching a course in the Sakai learning management system utilizing the assignment tool during the Fall 2016 or Spring 2017 semester. Please go to the following URL (http://pdc.wfu.edu/events/2541/) to register for the workshop Building a Student Culture of Academic Integrity: The Role of Anti-Plagiarism Software.

Workshops are scheduled for Aug. 24 and 25. To learn more about the pilot visit go.wfu.edu/vericite. If you have any questions regarding this pilot please email LMSTeam@nullwfu.edu.