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Political event to be held on campus March 13

This message was emailed by Communications and External Relations to students, faculty and staff on the evening of March 12:

Former President Bill Clinton is planning to visit the Reynolda Campus tomorrow (March 13) to campaign for his wife, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

President Clinton is expected to attend a Get Out the Vote event at 3:45 p.m. on Sunday in the Wake Forest University School of Law Professional Center Library. The event is open to the public; however, space is limited and access is not guaranteed. Doors will open at 3:00 p.m.

The event is organized by the Hillary Clinton campaign.

Traffic on and around the Reynolda Campus is expected to be heavy Sunday afternoon. Due to the number of visitors anticipated, the University encourages students, faculty and staff not planning to attend the event to avoid the area around Worrell Professional Center throughout the afternoon.

Nominations for Campus Sustainability Awards being accepted

This is a guest post from the Office of Sustainability:

Nominations for the Campus Sustainability Awards are now open! Students, faculty and staff who have demonstrated or initiated successful sustainable practices on campus are eligible. Nominate yourself or someone else as a Champion of Change in one of the following categories:

–Resource Conservation
–Academics and Engagement
–Service and Social Action
–Bright Ideas

Nominations will be evaluated based on demonstrated ways the nominee has advanced the Wake Forest campus sustainability goals, measurable impact among constituents and other criteria. To learn more about the award categories, winning criteria and previous winners, click here:  http://sustainability.wfu.edu/get-involved/champions-of-change/.

To nominate yourself or someone else, complete the online nomination form by 5 p.m. on March 28. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on April 22.

Aging Re-Imagined symposium begins March 17

The symposium “Aging Re-Imagined” brings leading scholars, artists, medical professionals and researchers together at Wake Forest who will share insights on four key ideas that inform how we age, and how we think and feel about aging: Mobility, Mind (including memory), Mortality, and Meaning.

The symposium begins March 17 at 4 p.m. with a presentation by and Q&A with Liz Lerman, a famed choreographer known for her work with multi-generational ensembles to dispel the idea that dance is only for youth.

Following the keynote by Jay Olshansky at 6 p.m., the aging symposium resumes on March 18 at Bridger Field House with a full schedule of speakers and presentations. More information can be found here.

“Aging Re-Imagined” came about because of associate professor of dance Christina Soriano and her work teaching dance to people living with Parkinson’s Disease. As a member of Wake Forest’s Translational Science Center (TSC), she is one of many faculty from the biochemical, physiological, psychological, behavioral disciplines and the arts whose goal is to improve functional health in aging through research and academic training programs. Continue reading »

Global Wake Week set for March 14-18

This is a guest post from the Office of the Provost:

Wake Forest will be celebrating Global Wake Week on March 14-18. Enjoy a week filled with activities, films, food trucks, games and more as we prepare for the SACSCOC on-site visit. This educational week for faculty, staff and students will celebrate our past global successes and will launch the University’s 10-year Quality Enhancement Plan for strengthening Global Wake Forest, “Transcending Boundaries: Building a Global Campus Community.”

 Faculty and staff are invited to celebrate this week by participating in all of our programming and by enjoying a special dinner in the new Sutton Center in Reynolds Gym on Tuesday, March 15 from 5-6:30 p.m. To RSVP for this event, please visit http://rsvp.events.ua.wfu.edu/global-wake-forest-hygge-dinner/. Limited seating is available.

Events calendar for Global Wake Week

Save the date: Staff Appreciation Picnic to be held June 9

Wake Forest hosts its annual Staff Appreciation Picnic at the Waterfall Field on campus on Wednesday, June 24, 2015.

Wake Forest’s annual Staff Appreciation Picnic at the Waterfall Field in 2015

The University’s 2016 Staff Appreciation Picnic will be held from June 9 at BB&T Field.  The Staff Advisory Council and the Office of Wellbeing are organizing the event, which is free and open to all Reynolda Campus staff.  The picnic will take place from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The picnic’s theme will be “Olympics at the Stadium.”  In addition to American lunch favorites, the picnic will feature Italian, Mexican and Japanese food.

As with previous staff picnics, shuttles will be available to provide transportation to staff wanting to attend.

More information will be announced at a later date, including how to register for the picnic.

Staff Advisory Council to meet March 9

The Staff Advisory Council (SAC) will meet March 9 at Farrell Hall’s Broyhill Auditorium.  Open to all staff, the meeting will run from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The featured speakers will be Mur Muchane, associate vice president for information technology and chief information officer, and Emily Neese, associate vice president for strategy and operations.

Staff who attend the meeting will be eligible to win three coupons for free drinks from Campus Grounds, the coffee shop on Hearn Plaza.

At last month’s SAC meeting, Richard Woollen won tickets to a men’s basketball game.

 

Milam, Kersh: Changes ahead for University’s laptop program

This is a post for faculty and staff from Executive Vice President Hof Milam and Provost Rogan Kersh:

In the mid-1990s, Wake Forest earned our reputation as a leader in academic technology by supplying laptops and a suite of professional software to every student. Unlike two decades ago, Wake Forest is no longer limited to a single platform or brand of laptop in order to meet our commitment to technology in teaching and learning. It is clear that personal technology preferences are often established well before first-year students arrive on campus, as seen with the increasing number of students bringing a laptop or tablet with them to campus.

In response to these changes, WakeWare, a new Wake Forest laptop program, will allow students to purchase a competitively priced Dell or Apple laptop from among several model options designed to support academic work. Planning for this change has been developed over the past 18 months with presentations to and input from the College Faculty, CIT, Finance Advisory Committee, Campus Life Advisory Committee, and student focus groups.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Current students who have a University-issued laptop will continue to receive uninterrupted support at The Bridge, the University’s information technology service center located in the Z. Smith Reynolds library.
  • Beginning in fall 2016, incoming undergraduate students will no longer receive a University-issued laptop. Their options include purchasing a WakeWare laptop or bringing their own laptop to campus. Those receiving merit or need-based financial aid through Wake Forest may apply for a technology grant for the purchase of a WakeWare laptop.
  • The Bridge will be staffed to support laptops purchased through the WakeWare program, as well as University-issued laptops belonging to current students, faculty and staff.
  • Information on laptop models and specially negotiated pricing through the WakeWare program will be available online in May 2016. Current students will have the opportunity to purchase through the program up until they graduate.
  • The University-owned faculty/staff computer program will not be affected by this change to the student program. Annual evaluation of appropriate hardware options for faculty and staff will continue to be the responsibility of IS.
  • Faculty and staff will have the opportunity to purchase a laptop for personal use on the WareWare site.

Please visit the WakeWare website at wakeware.wfu.edu for answers to frequently asked questions regarding this exciting new program. The site will be updated as additional details become available.

Rogan Kersh, Provost

Hof Milam, Executive Vice President

Wellbeing Office to recognize staff and faculty champions

This is a guest post from the Office of Wellbeing:

Dimension Champions (2)As part of the THRIVE initiative, the Office of Wellbeing is seeking to recognize individual faculty and staff who excel as champions in one of the eight dimensions of wellbeing: emotional, environmental, financial, intellectual, occupational, physical, social and spiritual.

The Dimension Champion award was developed to recognize and highlight the work of faculty and staff that promotes and develops a culture of wellbeing within the Wake Forest community.  Dimension Champions were first recognized in 2015.

Nominate yourself, friend or colleague.  Nominations are open until March 22.

HES Department settles into new home at Worrell Center

A Wake Forest student walks past the new Health and Exercise Science addition to Worrell Professional Center on Tuesday, February 23, 2016. The addition has research labs and classrooms.

The Health and Exercise Science (HES) Department has more room to stretch and grow, thanks to a new addition to the Worrell Professional Center.

The 29,000-square-foot addition, which opened this semester, houses state-of-the-art research space, classrooms, and academic and administrative offices. The facility includes a two-story entry into the HES suite at the ground floor alongside Carroll Weathers Drive, making it easily accessible for students, faculty, staff and visitors.

HES department chair Michael Berry said faculty input into the building’s design was integral in developing the collaborative space.

“Functionality was the key,” Berry said. “We didn’t gain that much square footage, but the layout and design is making all the difference which is fantastic for our department in all respects.”

The functional aspects include four dedicated classrooms and modern lab spaces for the 150 HES majors and 18 graduate students. Students also now have a lounge and comfortable living room-style spaces perfect for studying or socializing. The faculty who lead research teams – many of which are nationally renowned – also have dedicated lab space whereas before labs were shared between teaching and scholarship. Though the flow of the building is separate from the law school, the HES wing is connected to the existing Worrell building through an interior hallway. Continue reading »

Allison McWilliams: Why feedback matters

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 her third for the spring semester.  In each, she shares observations and suggestions with faculty and staff drawn from her professional experience with students.

20111010mcwilliams4344While there are many strategies and tools that mentors use as part of any effective mentoring relationship, all great mentoring conversations are built around two core practices: asking great questions and giving great feedback. These are two sides of the same developmental coin that help students grow into mature, thoughtful, reflective adults who can process and synthesize information, seek out differing viewpoints, and make effective choices and decisions.

Giving effective feedback can be a particularly challenging part of the mentoring conversation. All of us, at some point, have been on the receiving end of poorly-worded or poorly-delivered feedback, and it does not feel good. Those experiences make most of us hesitant to offer advice and guidance to others. But this is exactly what effective mentors can and should do. It is a gift of the mentoring relationship to help someone learn from her successes and her failures, so that she can build on those lessons for the future.

Why is GOOD feedback important?

  • It prevents small issues from becoming unmanageable problems
  • It builds trust in relationships
  • It promotes personal and professional growth
  • It clears up misunderstandings
  • It is a way to acknowledge and recognize skills, contributions, and accomplishments

The best feedback is:

  • Don’t wait two weeks to tell someone where they have fallen down, or where they have excelled. The best feedback is delivered in or as close to the moment as possible.
  • Objective and behavior-based. Effective feedback provides concrete behaviors as examples. Telling someone “You’re awesome!” does not help that person, nor does “You’re not meeting my expectations.” Provide concrete behaviors as examples of the actions you would like to see repeated or changed in the future.
  • Focused on the other person’s development. Effective feedback always has the other person’s best interests at heart. Check yourself first: is this about a personal grudge or because you really want to help the other person improve?

 In addition to hearing great feedback from their mentors, learning how to ask for and effectively respond to feedback are skills that all of our students should develop. Encourage your students to seek out feedback on a regular basis and help them to reflect on the lessons they are learning along the way..