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Author, filmmaker Jose Vargas to speak in Benson Center

Pulitzer Prize-winning author and filmmaker Jose Vargas will speak at Wake Forest on Thursday, Nov. 3 at 6 p.m. in Benson University Center’s Pugh Auditorium. The event is part of the Wake Forest’s ‘Journeys to Success’ speaker series.

Vargas’s work centers on the changing American identity. He is the founder of Define American, a nonprofit media and culture organization that seeks to elevate the conversation around immigration and citizenship in America and #EmergingUS, a multimedia news platform that focuses on race, immigration and the complexities of multiculturalism.

The event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 5 p.m. for Wake Forest University community members with a WFU ID and at 5:30 p.m. for the public.

Dedication set Nov. 4 for Intercultural, LGBTQ, Women’s Centers

New offices for Wake Forest’s Intercultural, LGBTQ and Women’s Centers will be dedicated on Nov. 4 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at Benson University Center.  The offices opened last summer on the third floor of Benson Center, but a dedication ceremony had not been held until now.

Remarks from Provost Rogan Kersh and others will begin at 3:15 p.m. in the third-floor rotunda of Benson Center.  Afterward, all are invited to visit the centers’ new spaces on the east side of Benson Center.

Barbee Myers Oakes, chief diversity officer, said the event is an opportunity for the campus community to hear information about new programs, listen to remarks by students and center directors, and hear about the centers’ plans to enrich the community shared by students, faculty, staff and others.

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.

Secrest Artists Series presents Savion Glover

Savion_Glover3Tony Award-winning tap dancer and choreographer Savion Glover brings his unprecedented talents and creativity to Wake Forest on Nov. 10.  His performance will be presented by the Secrest Artist Series.

Doors will open at 7 p.m. in Wait Chapel.  The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Ticket information is available here.  The show is free to Wake Forest students, faculty, staff and retirees with their University ID.

Due to the popularity of this performance, the Secrest Artist Series encourages people to arrive early for the best seating selection.

A pre-performance talk will be led by Nina Lucas, chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance and artistic director of the Wake Forest dance company.

For more information, call  336-758-5757.

Crime Alert: Student reports being struck in face on Hearn Plaza

This message was emailed to students, faculty and staff on Oct. 30:

A female student reported to University Police that she was struck in the face by two men as she walked alone on Hearn Plaza at approximately 2 a.m.  Oct. 30.

The University Police Department is investigating.

No serious injury was reported.  Student emergency technicians checked the student. She declined additional treatment.

She told police that she left Zick’s on Hearn Plaza shortly before it closed and began walking south on a Hearn Plaza sidewalk. Police estimate the time as being around 2 a.m.

At one point, three men were walking behind her.  Two of the men spoke briefly to her as she continued walking.  One punched her in the face several times.  Another slapped her one time.  The men immediately ran away and she continued toward the southern section of campus.

Accompanied by a friend, she came to the University Police office in Davis Residence Hall at 3:49 a.m. to report the incident.

At the time of this message, no suspects had been located as University Police searched campus.

Authorities ask that anyone with information about the incident contact the University Police at 336-758-5911 or use University Police’s Silent Witness process.  The LiveSafe app may also be used.

Wake Forest Office of Communications and External Relations

Wondering about the weather? Check out WeatherSTEM

If you are wondering what kind of weather to expect this weekend, you can get your answer in detail thanks to WeatherSTEM stations on top of the Miller Center and the scoreboard at BB&T Field. They were installed earlier this year.

The WeatherSTEM stations use a combination of weather instruments and sensors to take environmental measurements and offer frequently updated details on temperature, humidity, the heat index, barometric pressure and much more.

Each station includes a sky camera, with one directed toward Kentner Stadium, Farrell Hall and Wait Chapel, while the other camera is directed across BB&T Field.

Anyone with access to the internet can visit the web sites for the weather stations located at the Miller Center and BB&T Field.  Each web site– and–has a link to the other. The links are labeled “WEATHERSTEM UNITS” and can be found at the top right side of the sites.

The stations also offer information through Facebook and Twitter accounts, which are updated through automation.  On Facebook, the accounts are identified as Wake Forest Weatherstem and Wake Forest Football Weatherstem.  On Twitter, the stations can be followed @WakeForestWxSTEM and @WFUFootballWxSTEM.

WeatherSTEM also offers apps for ios and Android.

The weather stations were obtained from WeatherSTEM in Tallahassee, Fla.  The company describes itself as providing “an integration of weather stations, collected and distributed atmospheric data and STEM-based curriculum for grades K-12.

In addition to its safety applications, WeatherSTEM also provides an online library of educational materials.

To learn more:

–Visit the University’s WeatherSTEM stations.

–Download a WeatherSTEM mobile app

–Follow the social media accounts for the University’s weather stations.

Message from President Hatch: Wake Will Lead

This message was emailed by President Hatch on Oct. 27:

Dear Wake Forest alumni, parents, and friends / students, faculty, and staff,

During Homecoming Weekend in 2013, we celebrated the launch of Wake Will: The Campaign for Wake Forest with the belief that alumni, parents, and friends would rally behind our vision of preparing students to lead lives that matter. We planned to invest a total of $600 million in the Reynolda Campus by 2018.

More than 50,000 of us have made a financial gift to Wake Will. We funded 300 new scholarships, 327 new student aid funds, endowed ten new faculty chairs, created 30 new funds supporting academic departments, and enabled the renovation of the core of the Wake Forest campus and given rise to vital new facilities.

Wake Will has fueled impressive momentum for our University:

  • The current U.S. News rankings mark 21 consecutive years among the top-30 national universities, a top-5 ranking for our commitment to undergraduate teaching, and we are first among national universities in the proportion of students who earn academic credit while studying abroad.
  • This fall, we welcomed the Class of 2020 to campus – joining the most competitive and diverse student body in Wake Forest history. These students will benefit from new international, joint-degree, and cross-school programs that create opportunities to transcend the boundaries of campus, culture and academic discipline.
  • We have enhanced our ability to produce champions on and off the field with new athletic facilities and support for our student-athletes.
  • Our schools of business, divinity, and law are realizing the benefits of new and renovated physical spaces, support for faculty, and new sources of student aid.
  • Wake Forest is the only top-30 institution to offer for-credit career development courses to all students, resulting in 98.5% of graduates employed or accepted into graduate school within six months of graduation – and prepared for a lifetime of career changes.

I share the following news with great gratitude for what we have accomplished together: our Wake Forest community has donated more than $625 million, exceeding our original Wake Will campaign goal two years ahead of schedule.

The future for Wake Forest is bright, the possibility of what we can achieve is unbounded, and the responsibility we owe to future generations of Wake Foresters weighs heavy. Over the past three years, I have been asked on numerous occasions to answer the question inspired by our campaign, “What, exactly, will Wake do?”

Our current trajectory allows me to answer with great confidence, Wake Will Lead.

Wake Will Lead by investing in our signature strengths and emerging opportunities that prepare students to thrive in an unpredictable and dynamic world. When applied to our personal model of education, these signatures reflect closely held Wake Forest traditions, yet evoke questions only answered by innovation and an investment of philanthropic resources. How can Wake Forest enhance our ability to:

  • Ensure every student has a meaningful, mentored educational experience?
  • Prepare students for jobs that don’t yet exist?
  • Educate students in important new fields of study, offered in dynamic new locations?
  • Help students transcend the boundaries of geography, culture, and personal circumstances?
  • Prepare students for the inevitable and everyday tests of leadership and character?
  • Prepare worthy professionals with a commitment to serve their congregations, customers and clients, as well as their industries and communities?

 Wake Will Lead provides answers to these questions and promises Wake Forest will claim a leadership position in signature strengths and emerging opportunities.

Each dean and campus leader – to include those leading the undergraduate college, the graduate school, professional schools, campus life, Reynolda House and athletics department – has accepted the challenge to identify how they will lead in their respective fields as we seek to invest $400 million beyond our original goal in the Reynolda Campus by 2020. By raising a total of $1 billion in a decade, Wake Will Lead us into a new era where philanthropy can fuel Wake Forest’s aspirations and reduce our dependence on student tuition.

I am enthusiastic about what a commitment to lead makes possible for our community of learning and grateful for your continuous support. Please join me in celebrating our promising future.


Nathan O. Hatch

Updated information regarding Clinton campaign event

This message was emailed to students, faculty and staff Oct. 27:

For today’s (Oct. 27) Hillary Clinton campaign event at the Coliseum, organizers have set aside a designated entrance on the East Side of the Coliseum’s Main Lobby for Wake Forest students, faculty and staff.  In addition, inside the Coliseum, there will be a designated space for Wake Forest students, faculty and staff.

Special transportation arrangements for Wake Forest students, faculty and staff have been made, too.  The Hillary Clinton campaign has made arrangements for buses to shuttle Wake Forest students, faculty and staff to and from the campaign event to be held at 2 p.m. today.  Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and First Lady Michelle Obama will be at the event.  Doors will open at approximately 11 a.m.

Starting at 10:30 a.m. in Parking Lot P (east side of Wait Chapel), buses will begin taking students, faculty and staff to the coliseum.  The buses will continue transporting campus community members from the campus to the Coliseum until the event begins.

After the event, people returning to campus can board buses at the same Coliseum location where they had been dropped off earlier.

Anyone attending the event is encouraged by the Clinton campaign to RSVP.

The Clinton campaign has announced that people should expect airport-style security at the event.  Prohibited items include homemade signs, placards, umbrellas, large bags, alcohol, weapons or noisemakers.  No food or drinks are allowed inside the event. Water will be provided.

Thousands of people are expected to attend the event.  Traffic in the Coliseum area will be heavy today.

Statement from Wake Forest University:  As an educational institution, Wake Forest is committed to promoting the free exchange of ideas, which includes providing a forum for speakers who express a wide variety of political views.  The University’s tax-exempt status, however, requires that it not engage in any political campaign activity, which means the University is prohibited from endorsing or opposing any candidate for public office. Wake Forest takes its obligation in this regard very seriously.  This event does not represent an endorsement by Wake Forest of any candidate for public office.

Presidential Chairs support, retain outstanding faculty

A Wake Forest Presidential Chair supports recruiting and retaining faculty who are both outstanding researchers in their field as well as dedicated teachers.

President Nathan Hatch announced the Presidential Chair initiative in 2012 – an initiative made possible through Wake Will: The Campaign for Wake Forest. The initial goal to establish 10 chairs has been met.

“An endowed chair is an enduring tribute to the person who established it and is the highest academic award that can be bestowed on a faculty member,” Hatch said. “Our Presidential Chair program seeks to reward, retain and recruit those teacher-scholars who most embody the ideals that Wake Forest has for faculty: brilliant and committed scholars who have a profound ability and commitment to teach and mentor students.”

For the first $1 million donated to each Presidential Chair, the University matches those funds to provide additional support for faculty. Four of the 10 chairs have been named to faculty.

  • The Rubin Chair of Jewish and Israeli Studies – established by Mike (MALS ’13) and Debbie (MAEd ’83, MALS ’05) Rubin of Winston-Salem. Debbie, a trustee, worked as a counselor in the University Counseling Center for several years; held by Professor Barry Trachtenberg, department of History.
  • The Andrew Sabin Family Foundation Presidential Chair in Conservation Biology – established through the family foundation of Wake Forest parent Andrew Sabin (P ‘17) to support environmental programs around the world; held by Professor Miles Silman, department of Biology.
  • The Thomas W. Smith Foundation Presidential Chair in Business Ethics – supports a faculty member committed to the exploration of the relationship between business, government and society; held by Jim Otteson, executive director of the BB&T Center for the Study of Capitalism, School of Business.
  • The Inmar Presidential Chair of Analytics at the School of Business – established by the Winston-Salem-based company that is known for operating intelligent commerce networks; held by Jeffrey Camm, Associate Dean of Business Analytics, School of Business
  • The Donna A. Boswell Presidential Chair of Health Care Innovation – established by Boswell (’72, MA ’74), a university trustee, to promote teaching and scholarship that fosters a more comprehensive understanding of the political and economic factors that promote innovation in health care and health care delivery.
  • The David C. Darnell Presidential Chair in Principled Leadership – established by Bank of America as a retirement gift to Darnell following a 36-year career.
  • The William T. Wilson, III, Presidential Chair for Business Law – established by Wilson, a 1980 law school graduate who is a local attorney best known for his work in commercial real estate.
  • The Katherine and Dickerson Wright Presidential Chair in Computer Science and Entrepreneurship – established by Wake Forest parents who were founding partners of the Office of Personal and Career Development. Kathy, a University Trustee, serves on the Wake Will Campaign CORE Committee and the Wake Will Campaign California Bay Area Regional Committee.
  • The Burchfield Presidential Chair of Political Economy – established by Bobby Burchfield (’76), a former vice chair of the board of trustees and a prominent Washington, D.C., attorney
  • The Larry J. and LeeAnn Merlo Presidential Chair for Communications and Entrepreneurship – established by the Merlos, Wake Forest parents. As president and CEO of CVS Health, Larry has taken strong steps in his organization’s commitment to public health.

Changes in campus parking, traffic flow this week

This message was emailed to students, faculty, staff on Oct. 26:

Some changes in campus parking and traffic flow will occur this week as the University celebrates Homecoming.

Changes scheduled:

Thursday, October 27

  • Gulley Drive will close at 6 a.m.  It will reopen Saturday, October 29.
  • Nearby Lots E and J will be available for faculty/staff parking.
  •  Lots M and W1 will close at 2 p.m. Vehicles will not have access to those lots after 2 pm.  A portion of Lot W2 (20 spaces) will be closed.
  •  Lot P will be closed.
  • The upper portion of Davis Field will be available for faculty/staff parking, but those vehicles must be out of the area by 5:30 p.m.

Thursday and Friday, October 27 and 28

  • Lots B, C and N will be closed both days.
  • Upper area of Davis Field available for faculty/staff parking.

Friday, October 28

  • Lot F will close at 3 p.m.
  • Twenty spaces in Lot W2 will be closed from 7-11 a.m.

For locations of lots, consult the University parking map.