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WakeUnited: Keslar strives to help others succeed

This is the fifth of a series of pieces written about Wake Forest community members who are committed to WakeUnited, the United Way campaign at Wake Forest.

Vicki Keslar, Executive Assistant in the Wake Forest University Office of Personal and Career Development, Thursday, May 19, 2011.

Vicki Keslar’s drive to help others succeed is clear, not just through her work at the Office of Personal & Career Development (OPCD), but also through her involvement in WakeUnited.

As operations manager for OPCD at Wake Forest, she helps students find meaningful careers that reflect their values and allow them to become involved members of the community.

Through her investment in WakeUnited, Keslar works to support the success of all who live in Forsyth County.

“It all goes back to community and the responsibility of each of us to do what we can to continue improving it, not only for ourselves but for our neighbors as well,” Keslar says.

She feels fortunate to live and work in a community that understands how the United Way supports local agencies that help people in need.

“The United Way provides hope for the people in our community who, often, do not feel like there is any left,” she says. “They provide opportunities that have seemed unlikely or impossible.”

Keslar has been involved with the United Way since she started working at Wake Forest University in 2009; this is her third year as a member of the Women’s Leadership Council. She sees the university’s support of the United Way as a “natural overlap” with its vision of shaping ethically informed leaders to serve humanity.

It is an opportunity to take our university’s spirit of Pro Humanitate and broaden it beyond our campus,” she explains. “It is the support from our fellow Wake Forest friends that make such important investments in our community possible.”

The 2016 WakeUnited campaign encourages faculty and staff to pledge support for United Way and its critical mission in the community. A personalized pledge link has been sent to your email, or you can make your pledge at

Allison McWilliams: (Re)Setting Expectations

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 fourth and final for the fall semester.  In each, she shares observations and suggestions with faculty and staff drawn 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.

Each year about this time a particular sense of stress combined with excitement combined with worry moves across our campus. There are only so many days left in the semester. There are finals to take and final papers to submit. There are travel plans to coordinate. There is either excitement or dread about going home for an extended period of time, or about not having a home to go to. There is the relief of a semester finally (almost) behind us, and perhaps some excitement about what next semester may bring. That transition piece, in particular, is something that I love about the academic year: at the end of each semester we get the chance for a re-set, to start anew with new expectations and goals. Nothing else in life is really like that (which is one of the reasons that the transition from college to career can be so jarring for our students), and it is a perk of which we all should take full advantage.

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Annual Wake Forest Artisans’ Fair to be held Dec. 2

This is a guest post from organizers of the annual Wake Forest Artisans’ Fair:

It’s time for the annual Wake Forest University Artisans’ Fair to be held on Friday, Dec. 2 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. in Benson University Center, Room 401. Thirty vendors will show and sell their handcrafted products which include jewelry, woodworking, stitchery, pottery, baked goods, stained glass, etc.


Table built with wood from Reynolds Gym

An exciting new feature to the annual event are items made by Facilities and Campus Services from recycled Wake Forest products! Palmer/Piccolo bed frames have been converted into Adirondack-style chairs, flooring from Reynolds Gym has been transformed into a table, and wooden trivets are designed from the beloved magnolia trees. Products will be on display as silent auction items (some with minimum pricing), with bids taken until 4 p.m. At the close of the event, those with the highest bids will be notified of their winning bids and arrangements made for item pickup. Proceeds from these items will benefit the United Way.

Looking for a special gift? Then check out these vendors!

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Wake Forest’s TLC program offered in January

This is a guest post from the Health and Exercise Science Department:

therapeutic-lifestyle-imageAre you looking to live a more healthy and active lifestyle? If so, TLC is for you!

Unlike our Weight Management Program (also being offered in January), TLC is not a weight loss program. TLC is designed to develop a healthy and active lifestyle utilizing exercise and education programs. Weekly meetings are held to develop behavioral strategies for the management of physical activity and healthy eating. TLC is a three-month program that will meet on Mondays from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. here on campus in Worrell Professional Center, Room 1162.

Here are few highlights of the Therapeutic Lifestyle Change program:

–Three months of weekly group sessions
–Geared toward healthy lifestyle modifications (not weight loss)
–Initial & three-month assessments
–Formal assessment and follow-up with a dietitian
–Weekly food diary evaluations and feedback
–Physical activity tracking & exercise guidance
–Behavior modification & mindfulness

This program is designed for participants who meet the following criteria:

–Anyone wanting to live a healthy more active lifestyle
–Able to attend weekly sessions held on Mondays at 11:30 a.m.
–Able to commit to personal dietary and exercise changes as needed
–Permanent WFU Employee

If you would like to participate in the Therapeutic Lifestyle Change program, please contact Andrea Cox at or 336-758-5853 for more information or to sign-up. Space is limited.

President Hatch: A message about CARE

This message was emailed from President Hatch to faculty and staff on Nov. 2.  A similar message was emailed to all students.

At Wake Forest University the Campus Assessment, Response and Evaluation (CARE) Team is a vital resource for all students, faculty, and staff in the community.  The CARE Team is available for any community member who is worried about a student, colleague, or any individual that is connected with our campus.  Knowing more about the role of this important resource is a good way to help support the wellbeing of all members in our community.

Our CARE Team assesses, responds to, and provides ongoing evaluation of disruptive, troubling, or threatening behaviors brought to the attention of the team. The CARE Team’s actions are focused on connecting people in need of help with support services. As a result of these connections, individuals are more likely to find themselves feeling better about their work and relationships and more aware of the resources and personal support available to them.

Campus safety and personal wellbeing remain core values at Wake Forest, and you play an important role in bringing this commitment to fruition.  Early identification and communication of behaviors of concern is vital to maintaining the health of our community.

I encourage each of you to listen to your students and colleagues and pay attention to those around you. We want Wake Forest to be a welcoming and supportive community – a place in which we all feel comfortable expressing care and concern for each other.

If you become aware of disruptive or threatening behaviors, or are concerned about someone affiliated with the university, I ask that you contact any CARE Team member office or send a message to Please note that if you are concerned about the possibility of imminent violence, you should immediately contact University Police (911 from a University land line or 336-758-5911 from a cell phone). Or, you may call the Winston-Salem Police Department (911 from a cell phone or off-campus land line).

Once contacted, our CARE Team acts discreetly to assess the reported behavior(s) and provide an appropriate level of support. For more information about the CARE Team, including contact information, team composition, and descriptions of behaviors of concern, please visit

Thank you for your assistance in assuring that our campus remains a safe place for all members of the community to live, learn, and work together in the spirit of Pro Humanitate.


Nathan O. Hatch

Allison McWilliams: Building your EQ through mentoring

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 third for the fall semester.  In each, she shares observations and suggestions with faculty and staff drawn 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.

Research has argued that emotional intelligence, or EQ, can matter up to twice as much as both IQ and expertise in predicting career success. Sounds important, doesn’t it? So what is it and how do you do it? In short, EQ is your ability to recognize and understand emotions in yourself and others and your ability to use this awareness effectively to manage your behavior and relationships. More specifically, EQ has four components:

  • Self-awareness: your ability to recognize your emotions and mood and how it impacts others
  • Self-management: your ability to manage your impulses, moods, and to think before acting or reacting
  • Social awareness: your ability to gauge accurately the emotions of others through listening and observing
  • Relationship management: your ability to build rapport, build networks, inspire trust

The great news is that the four key components of EQ are all key components in effective mentoring relationships. To be an effective mentor it is important that you have a deep understanding of self and a honed ability to develop trusting, empathetic relationships with others. By engaging in mentoring relationships, you will continue to develop these skills over time. Effective mentors are always in learning and self-development mode. Effective mentors understand that they are not perfect but a work in progress, constantly looking for ways that they can grow and develop their skills, abilities, knowledge, and talents. Effective mentors share successes as well as failures, create safe spaces for sharing and risk-taking, practice listening and respond well to feedback. As a bonus, by doing so, you role model EQ to your mentees, as well.

Try a few of these tips to develop your EQ:

  • Pay attention to your emotional, verbal, and physical responses. Write down your responses to different work and life experiences. What patterns do you start to notice over time?
  • Practice not responding. The next time you have the urge to jump in argue a point, try taking a step back. What were you going to say and why? How does it feel to sit one out? What was the result of you not making yourself heard?
  • Seek out feedback. Ask a trusted friend or colleague to observe you in different situations and to give you feedback on how you engage with others and how you manage your own responses. Try to resist the urge to defend yourself, but simply listen and ask questions for clarification, and then reflect on what you heard.

Allison McWilliams: The roles of the mentor

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 fall semester.  In each, she shares observations and suggestions with faculty and staff drawn 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.

Allison McWilliams

It is largely agreed-upon (though with some debate over the true nature of this relationship) that the term “mentor” first appeared in Homer’s “Odyssey,” when Telemachus was guided by Athena, masquerading as Mentor, in his quest to find his father, Odysseus. Over time, and as needs have changed, the role of the mentor has taken on many forms, including the master-apprentice model, the anointed successor/protégé model, the “sage on the stage,” the wise counselor, the role model, and the friend. With so many different ideas and visions of what mentoring can and should be floating out there, at times it can be confusing to know what, as a mentor, one is supposed to do to effectively perform these roles.

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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 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 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,

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 library:

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


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


–Download a mobile app. To log into the app, enter 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 or 336-758-4357 (HELP).