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IS offering support for Google 2-Step Verification

This is a guest post from Information Systems:

Stop by the Information Systems tent in the 3rd floor lobby of Benson on Wednesday, February 15th between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. and an IS support representative will assist you with setting up Google 2-Step Verification on your mobile device.

Here’s why!

  • Protects your privacy and data against hackers

  • Secures your Gmail and other Google login enabled apps

  • Takes less than 5 minutes of your time with an expert available to assist and answer questions

  • It’s free but the value is priceless

Provost Kersh: Convocation to be held Feb. 16 in Wait Chapel

This message was emailed to the University community, recently, by Provost Rogan Kersh:

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. Wake Forest will hold Founders’ Day Convocation on Thursday, February 16, at 4:00 p.m. in Wait Chapel.

We will award the Medallion of Merit, the highest honor bestowed by the University, to James Barefield, Professor Emeritus of History, and Herman E. Eure, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Biology. 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 2017 will be honored with a reflective video featuring student testimonials.

The Office of the Provost will be hosting a reception immediately following the convocation in the Green Room.

Best regards,

Rogan Kersh

Livestreaming planned for Maya Angelou Hall ceremony

A ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony for Maya Angelou Hall will be available for anyone to view through livestreaming on Feb. 17. It will be livestreamed at

The residence hall, which opened this semester, is named in honor of world-renowned writer, professor and civil rights activist Maya Angelou, who was Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest until her death in 2014.

The 3 p.m. ceremony will include remarks by Angelou’s grandson, Elliott Jones.  Legendary singer and songwriter Valerie Ashford Simpson will perform a musical tribute.

Wake Forest leaders–including President Nathan Hatch, Vice President for Campus Life Penny Rue, Maya Angelou Presidential Chair Melissa Harris-Perry, Dean of Residence Life and Housing Donna McGalliard and Chief Diversity Officer Barbee Oakes–will also speak at the event open to the Wake Forest community.

Full announcement available here.

Facilities/Campus Services launches staff recognition program

This a guest post from Facilities and Campus Services:

Facilities and Campus Services will launch its newly-created staff recognition program on February 13. “F&CS-elect” will recognize staff for demonstrating one or more of five values integral to the operations of the department.

The nomination process begins with a WFU colleague (faculty, staff or student) submitting a narrative about a Facilities & Campus Services staff member who has demonstrated an outstanding service or project, etc. The employee can be nominated for: efficiency, leadership, ethical behavior, customer focus, and/or teamwork. Points are awarded based on efforts/skills, and the summation of points will determine the level of award received.

The Facilities & Campus Services staff work diligently across the campus community to create, maintain, and service the campus for our faculty, staff, and students. Often their work is accomplished behind the scenes with very little impact to anyone’s day. This program encourages an on-going culture of recognition so that the critical work our staff performs can be commended and rewarded, on a continual basis.

Nominations can be submitted at any time on the F&CS website

Questions about the process may be directed to Janice Schuyler at or ext. 5679.

Vice President Rue to lead national student affairs organization

Penny Rue

Vice President for Campus Life Penny Rue has been chosen for the most distinguished volunteer leadership role in her field – Board Chair-elect of NASPA, the leading association for student affairs professionals.

Rue, who has broad responsibility for the safety and wellbeing of Wake Forest students and their education outside the classroom, has been a NASPA member and volunteer leader for 40 years. She is currently the Public Policy Division Chair of NASPA and has served on the Board of Directors since 2015.

At the organization’s annual conference in March, she will begin a three-year term – serving as Chair-elect (2017-2018), Chair (2018-2019) and then Past Chair (2019-2020).

Full announcement available here.

Office of Wellbeing: It’s time to nominate Wellbeing Champions

This is a guest post from the Office of Wellbeing:

It’s time to nominate your Wellbeing Champions!

The Office of Wellbeing is proud to recognize those within the Wake Forest Community who have embraced one of the eight dimensions of wellbeing: emotional, environmental, financial, intellectual, occupational, physical, social, and spiritual.

In order to do so, we need your help!

Our Dimension Champion awards go to faculty or staff members who best embody the spirit of wellbeing through their contributions to the Wake Forest University community. One champion is selected in each area. To nominate someone (or yourself) who you feel has worked to inspire a culture of wellbeing, visit and click on Dimension Champions.  A list of previous champions can be found on the Dimension Champions web page.

Nominations are open until Tuesday, March 7.

Women’s March co-chairs to be on campus Feb. 16 in Wait Chapel

The keynote event for Black History Month will be a panel discussion featuring the national co-chairs of the recent Women’s March in Washington, D.C.  Tamika Mallory, Linda Sarsour and Carmen Perez will participate in the moderated discussion in Wait Chapel on Feb. 16 at 7 p.m.

The discussion will be moderated by Melissa Harris-Perry, Maya Angelou Presidential Chair and executive director of the Pro Humanitate Institute.  She is also founding director of the Anna Julia Cooper Center.

The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Tickets can be reserved here.

In addition, the event will be livestreamed.

Their appearance will be one of many events and activities presented by Wake Forest’s Intercultural Center and the Black History Month Committee.  A detailed schedule is available online.

Other events and activities planned for February include an opportunity to have a conversation with Dr. Greg Ellison, author of “Cut Dead But Still Alive: Caring for African American Young Men,” a book; an address by Payton Head, who was the student government president at the University of Missouri during the 2015 campus protests; a dedication ceremony at Maya Angelou Residence Hall; and much more.

The keynote event is co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the Black History Month Committee, the Pro Humanitate Institute, Intercultural Center, Student Union, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Office of Personal and Career Development, Department of Communication, Black Student Alliance and Women’s Center.

SAC to hear presentations on Wake Downtown, poverty initiative

An update on the newly-opened Wake Downtown will be presented to the Staff Advisory Council on Feb. 9 by Rebecca Alexander, professor of chemistry and director of academic planning for Wake Downtown.

Other speakers will be David Coates and Allan Louden, who will speak about the “Making Wake Forest a Poverty-Free Space” initiative.  Coates is Worrell Professor of Anglo-American Studies and Louden is professor of communication and chair of the Department of Communication.

The Staff Advisory Council will meet at 9 a.m. in the fourth-floor auditorium in the Z. Smith Reynolds Library.  Staff are invited to attend.

Campus activity related to executive order on immigration

This is a message emailed by Provost Rogan Kersh and Vice President Penny Rue on Feb. 3 to students, faculty and staff:

To the Wake Forest community:

On Monday, President Hatch affirmed the University’s values in the wake of the recent executive order singling out political/social refugees and other immigrants from a list of seven majority-Muslim countries. In addition, President Hatch, along with many other university presidents and chancellors, this week signed a letter to Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly emphasizing the “chilling effect” of the Administration’s executive order “on the ability of international students and scholars to continue to see the U.S. as a welcoming place for study and research.” Wake Forest University leaders pledge our continued support for all our students, faculty and staff, particularly those potentially at risk of having their education disrupted by this and similar policies.

We continue to work with students as well as faculty and staff on campus who have personal or familial concerns about possible changes to immigration status, including the DACA policy.  Law School professor Margaret Taylor is coordinating this effort, along with José Villalba of the College Dean’s Office.

Through conversations across our community we understand that many seek to engage directly in activities consonant with our mission and values: educating ourselves and one another about ongoing developments and their implications, or extending assistance to those newly arrived in our city. This is an initial list of the many encouraging actions taking place on our campus and locally. We will continue to update the list at the Community in Progress website.

If you are interested in supporting recently-arrived refugees in Winston-Salem, information about ‘Every Campus a Refuge,’ and related opportunities, is available through Michaelle Browers in the Department of Politics and International Affairs and/or Sam Perrotta in the Provost’s Office. Michelle Voss-Roberts from the Divinity School and Alessandra Von Burg from the Department of Communication have joined in this effort — a testament to the cross-university nature of many related actions.

For those seeking to learn more about the administration’s executive order on immigration/ refugees, open discussions, led by faculty, staff and students are scheduled in the near future.

Today at 3 p.m. in Pugh Auditorium, a group of interdisciplinary faculty will host a forum on the administration’s refugee and immigration policy.

Next Wednesday, Feb. 8, our chapter of the national political-science honor society, Pi Sigma Alpha, will host a discussion focused on the President’s first 100 days in office, featuring faculty from the politics and international affairs department.

On Monday, Feb. 13, at noon, Law School faculty experts will discuss Trump Administration executive orders and other policies affecting immigration, climate change, and safety regulations in the 2nd floor courtroom of Worrell Professional Center.

Additionally, several campus groups are offering information and support:

Our Office of International Students and Scholars is also providing regularly updated information about the executive order’s apparent implications.  Contact Kelia Hubbard for more information.

SAFAR is a group of Wake Forest students, faculty, and staff committed to supporting refugees in the Winston Salem community. Rose O’Brien is the founding member, and sponsored Refugee Day last semester. She is the 2017 recipient of a Martin Luther King Building the Dream Award for this work.

The Social Justice Incubator in the Kitchin Hall lounge is a discussion/engagement space for students concerned about the executive order and impact on immigrant and refugee populations. Contact Chizoba Ukairo, student coordinator, or Marianne Magjuka.

There are several ways to get involved beyond our campus boundaries. Several local organizations support immigrants and refugees:

World Relief High Point

CWS in Greensboro

North Carolina African Services Coalition

New Arrivals Institute

Faith Action

The Center for New North Carolinians

We salute the many Wake Foresters who are taking initiative, and urge all of us to do the same. If you are organizing or are aware of related efforts to inform, discuss or assist, please send details to Matt Williams or either of us, for inclusion on the Community in Progress site.

The degree of engagement across and beyond campus emphasizes the care Wake Foresters are taking, on many fronts, to ensure that our learning community is preserved and that our core commitment to inclusion is exemplified during this difficult time.

Spiritedly yours,

Rogan Kersh                                                                                       Penny Rue
Provost and Professor                                                                       Vice President, Campus Life


Allison McWilliams: Owning (and sharing) your learning goals

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

Effective mentoring relationships are built around intentional action towards defined goals. Why should mentoring partners set goals? Mentoring goals help define expectations for the relationship and help define how you and your mentee will know when the relationship has been successful. Mentoring goals also provide a framework for the conversations that will take place during the relationship and for the work that the mentee will be doing.

For example, a student working on a research project might have as a goal, “Create a draft article to submit for publication by the end of the semester.” As the mentor, you can frame your mentoring conversations around the progress the student is making towards accomplishing that goal, stumbling blocks he or she encounters along the way, and how that goal connects to the student’s larger academic and career goals. This SMART goal also provides a timeline for the relationship – the end of the semester – and a measure of accountability, whether or not an article is completed.

Effective mentors facilitate their mentee’s ability to create, work towards, and achieve his or her goals. And, while the focus of any mentoring relationship should always rest squarely on the mentee, as a mentor you also should take the time to set learning goals of your own. What is it that you hope to accomplish during the course of this relationship? How will you learn and grow? Sharing your goals and your progress towards achieving them is another way that you role model behavior and provide an additional mentoring conversation opportunity. It also allows you to demonstrate the value of a adopting a growth mindset, the belief that innate talent and intelligence does not pre-determine our abilities to continue to develop, learn, and achieve throughout our lives.

If you’re struggling to come up with goals for your mentoring relationship, you can use the Mentoring Learning Outcomes and self-evaluations to identify one or more areas where you would like to see improvement for yourself. Each of the four Mentoring Learning Outcomes has four associated strategies which provide multiple opportunities for growth. For example, you may want to work on your ability to ask thought-provoking questions and practice active listening skills in your mentoring conversations. As you begin your mentoring relationship, share this goal with your mentee and ask for feedback on your progress. Effective mentors willingly disclose their own challenges and successes as appropriate to the mentoring relationship.