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Inaugural ‘Lifelong Learning’ event: Q & A with David Lubin

David Lubin

A guest post by Madeline Stone, Wake Forest News and Communication Intern

World War I marked the beginning of a period when a soldier could be severely injured in battle and still survive. In his research on art and World War War I, Charlotte C. Weber Professor of Art David Lubin discovered the work of Anna Coleman Ladd, an American sculptor who began creating prosthetic facial masks for disfigured soldiers.

Ladd’s work became the inspiration for “Flags and Faces: The Visual Culture of America’s First World War,” Lubin’s upcoming book. His findings have been featured in recent weeks in the Washington Post and on NPR’s All Things Considered.

On Oct. 27, Lubin will present “Behind the Mask: World War I, Plastic Surgery, and the Modern Beauty Revolution,” the inaugural Lifelong Learning lecture at 7:30 p.m. at the Byrum Center Auditorium. The lecture will address facial disfigurement, and the subsequent transformation in beauty standards for women, as evidenced by movie star photography, the growth of the makeup industry, and the advent of beauty pageants such as Miss America.

This event is free and open to the public.

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Exercise your intellectual wellbeing

roz.tedford.200x300A guest post by Roz Tedford, director for research and instruction, and politics and international affairs liaison, Z. Smith Reynolds Library

We are bombarded with information every day. Some is important, some is interesting and some is simply noise. Taking time to attend to the important and interesting bits while filtering out the noise is both healthy and important. It is also the foundation of intellectual wellbeing.

Eleanor Roosevelt said “I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift would be curiosity.” Curiosity is the very heart of intellectual wellbeing. It is not about knowing anything in particular, it is about being open to learning new things no matter where you are – in a class, at dinner with a new friend or watching television when you can’t sleep. So click that interesting link online and read that book that catches your eye.

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Develop your personal spiritual wellbeing through mindfulness

tim.auman.300x175A guest post by Chaplain Tim Auman

If there is a secret to spiritual wellbeing, it is this: when we are present, when our attention is fully in the moment, our lives are deepened and transformed.

The idea of developing mindfulness in the midst of our crazy, chaotic world, might be perceived as dubious. Think about the number of distractions that characterize most of our lives. We have emails to read, texts to send, pictures to post on Facebook. It seems that every academic year leads to an exponential increase in the distractions that occupy our minds, and absorb our attention, energy and exuberance for life.

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The Arnett and Buckley ‘Top 10 Ways to Get Social at WFU’

rolling.the.quad.300x175A guest post by Kathy Arnett, director of the Student Union and James Buckley, director of the Benson University Center

Social wellbeing is the result of our positive and regular interactions with others in a variety of settings. Studies have shown that development and sustenance of our relationships is vital to happiness.

Contrary to pop-culture-fueled perceptions, social interaction isn’t just for kids anymore. In fact, the older you are, the more you need it.

Below is the Arnett and Buckley “Top 10 Ways to Get Social at WFU” where faculty and staff can enjoy some time with each other and with students. Think about your top 10 and get busy being social.

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Break out of your rut, try something new

Fitness4A guest post by Director of Campus Recreation Max Floyd

Being born and raised in Alaska, our family used to have to travel a long way to visit relatives. Every other summer we would drive the Alaska Canadian highway, the AlCan, to see friends and family in Oregon and even Mississippi. At the start of the AlCan, when it used to be all gravel, there used to be a sign we would read before setting off. It said something like this, “Choose your ruts, for you are going to be in one for the next 2,000 miles.”

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Free online personal finance tools for faculty and staff

tom.benza.300x175A guest post by WFU’s Associate Director of
Student Financial Aid Tom Benza

Wake Forest Student Financial Aid believes that everyone can benefit from additional financial literacy and one of our goals is to help people make informed financial decisions. Our office exists to assist and counsel students on the intricacies of financial aid, but we also offer one-on-one financial counseling sessions with a financial aid counselor, financial workshop presentations to student groups, campus-wide educational programing, and a comprehensive online tool called CashCourse  that provides  a wealth of financial education resources.

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Saving for retirement: What are your numbers?

Bethany.Fay.150x200A guest post by WFU’s Director of Compensation and Benefits Bethany Fay

Everyone knows that saving for retirement is important but not everyone knows how to start saving and how much to save. While people’s confidence in their retirement savings plan has increased over the past few years, many do not know how much they need to save for their golden years.

About 36% of people have less than $1,000 in savings and investments that could be used for retirement, not counting their primary residence or defined benefits plans, and 60% of people have less than $25,000 according to Employee Benefit Research Institute.

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Give yourself permission to play

paints.300x175A guest post by James Raper, interim director, University Counseling Center

In many cultures playing or being childlike gets a bad rap. Sure it’s cute and sweet when my four year-old (with his dimples) is doing it, but for an adult, it can simply feel silly and a waste of time to intentionally engage in play.

Yet as many of my clients in the University Counseling Center know, I’m a big fan of play (to which the crayons and Play-Doh within arm’s reach of my couch attest). As I learned early on both in my own counseling and graduate training, it can be helpful to think of the “kid” part of us as being the part that holds our most authentic feelings. Thus as we allow ourselves to play, a door to self-awareness is opened. And similar to intellectual awareness, the more emotionally aware we learn to become, the more empowered we are to make choices that are best for our wellbeing.

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