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MOA welcomes new academic director

Wake Forest new faculty headshots, Thursday, August 13, 2015. Andrew Gurstelle.

Guest post from the Museum of Anthropology:

With the beginning of the fall semester at Wake Forest University, the Museum of Anthropology is very excited to welcome Dr. Andrew Gurstelle as academic director. Andrew is an anthropologist interested in the history and archaeology of West Africa. This interest intersects with museums and heritage in the Atlantic African diaspora, and how African peoples and objects are represented in museums throughout the world. In particular, his research explores how partnerships between international and community museums might be the key to safeguarding African cultural landscapes.

Since 2011, Andrew has been the Director of the Savè Hills Archaeological Research Project—an archaeology and oral-history project investigating the Shabe Yoruba kingdom in the Republic of Benin. Over the course of the project, interest in the research’s findings grew into a collaborative effort between archaeologists, local historians, and school teachers. The project culminated in an exhibition of archaeological findings as part of the 2015 Shabe Cultural Festival. Andrew has also conducted archaeological research in Ghana, Togo, and the Midwest United States.

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President Hatch: CARE Team available

President Hatch sent a message to faculty and staff Sept. 30 regarding the University’s CARE Team. (A separate message was sent to all students.)

Dear Wake Forest Faculty and Staff:

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.

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August 2015 comings and goings

See a list of employees joining and leaving the University in August 2015:

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Love My Library event set for Oct. 2

Tim Pyatt, Dean of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library at Wake Forest University, poses for a portrait in the library atrium on Thursday, August 27, 2015.

Tim Pyatt, new dean of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library, will be formally introduced to the Wake Forest community and others at the “Love My Library” event Oct. 2 at 1 p.m. in the library’s atrium.

Remarks will be presented by Pyatt, Provost Rogan Kersh, Provost Emeritus Ed Wilson, former faculty member Jenny Puckett and John Cooper of the library’s Council of Advocates. Refreshments will be served.

Pyatt joined Wake Forest as dean of the library in August. Previously, he served as the Dorothy Foehr Huck Chair and head of the Eberly Family Special Collections Library at Pennsylvania State University.

September 2015 staff milestones

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Being Here: Salaam series of events underway on campus

ALL WFU BannersA series of events known as “Being Here: Salaam” is underway at Wake Forest in September and early October.

The “Being Here: Salaam” project began Sept.  21 at Hanes Art Mezzanine Gallery in Scales Fine Arts Center with an exhibit of photographs by Todd Drake featuring Imam Khalid Griggs, associate chaplain, and other Muslims–many from North Carolina.  The exhibit, which draws from Drake’s “Muslim Self-Portrait” series, will continue until Oct. 9.  In that exhibit, Griggs is the only member of the Wake Forest campus community featured.

This week, portraits of 12 Wake Forest Muslim students by Drake have been hung across campus on large banners in highly visible locations, such as the atrium at Z. Smith Reynolds Library.  On each banner, a student self-identifies in a particular manner.  For example, one banner reads “being here as a linguist,” while another reads, “being here as a scientist.”

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September 2015 faculty milestones

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Fleeson awarded the Carol and Ed Diener Award

Will FleesonThe Society for Personality and Social Psychology has awarded Professor of Psychology Will Fleeson with the Carol and Ed Diener Award in Personality Psychology. The Carol and Ed Diener Award in Social Psychology is designed to recognize a mid-career scholar whose work has added substantially to the body of knowledge to the social psychology field and/or brings together personality psychology and social psychology.

Fleeson will be honored at the annual convention in San Diego on January 28, 2016.

Two new associate deans and one new director join Dean’s Office

The new academic year has begun with two new associate deans and one new director in the Office of the Dean of Students led by Dean and Associate Vice President Adam Goldstein.

Tim Wilkinson joined the Office as associate dean for student engagement. In his role, Wilkinson will work with community members to strengthen support for student leaders, the events they plan and the risks they manage.

Wilkinson came to Wake Forest after a 10-year stint at Lehigh University where he was senior assistant dean of students/director of fraternity and sorority affairs. Recently, the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors announced Wilkinson as one of its 2015 individual award recipients. Annually, the organization recognizes outstanding contributions by its members. The award will be presented to Wilkinson in December.

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Allison McWilliams: Setting goals for growth and development

Allison McWilliams, director of mentoring and alumni personal and career development in the Office of Personal and Career Development, will write occasional articles in 2015-2016 for Inside WFU.  This is her second for the academic year.  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.

The transition from high school to college to after-college is also a transition from adolescence to adulthood. This is a key formative time in a young person’s life, when one discovers and explores personal beliefs, interests, values, strengths, and goals. Author and professor Jeffrey Arnett has coined the term “emerging adulthood” to describe this transitional phase of life. Mentors play an important role by helping students learn the tools and skills necessary to set goals, make decisions, and solve problems, and process what they are learning about themselves along the way.


 Effective mentoring conversations are goal-driven conversations. They are based on social psychologist David Kolb’s experiential learning model: first, the mentee identifies a challenge, a problem, or a decision to be addressed; second, working with the mentor, the mentee sets some concrete goals to pursue; third, she takes action towards accomplishing her goals; and fourth, and most importantly, she reflects on the lessons learned and how to apply those lessons in the future. The mentor’s role in this process is not to tell the mentee what her goal should be, or how to pursue it. Rather, the mentor is there to offer wise counsel and feedback, to challenge the mentee on her assumptions, and to be an accountability partner.

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