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Faculty, staff may register for mobile mammography unit

Wake Forest faculty and staff may register through the Professional Development Center for an appointment with the Novant Health Breast Center Mobile Mammography Unit, which will be on campus April 11.  It will set up near Scales Fine Arts Center and provide services between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

To register, visit the PDC website.

Limited scholarships are available to assist employees with no medical insurance.

The Novant Health Breast Center Mobile Mammography Unit is a 38-foot-long multi-functional coach that offers cutting-edge screening mammography services out in the community. The purpose of the program is to greatly increase access to mammography screening for women throughout the community.

Features include:

• Digital mammography technology
• All-female technologists
• Check-in and registration area
• Private changing room with separate clinical exam room
• Privacy and comfort of a traditional screening center with the convenience of a fully functioning mobile unit

Step out onto Manchester Plaza for National Walking Day April 5

This is a guest post from the Office of Wellbeing:

The Office of Wellbeing will be celebrating National Walking Day April 5 on Manchester Plaza from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bring your walking shoes and join us in making laps around Manchester Plaza.

Come learn about how walking benefits you and why it’s important to Move More and Move Often!  Thrive t-shirts or water bottles to the first 50 people.  We hope to see you there.

All participants will be entered to win one of four Nike gift cards.

Allison McWilliams: Facilitating Reflection

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

Effective mentoring relationships incorporate intentional reflection throughout, encouraging mentees to think deeply about their experiences. Facilitating reflective thinking is one of our four Mentor Learning Outcomes and encourages mentors to routinely ask thought-provoking questions that seek deeper meaning and help the mentee to become more self-aware of strengths and growth opportunities. Effective mentoring conversations and relationships are based on the experiential learning model: learning through reflection on action. It is not enough to just have an experience; to learn from it, we must take the time to process the what, so what, and now what questions:

  • What? What just happened?
  • So what? How do I feel about what just happened? What did I learn from it?
  • Now what? What do I do with that new knowledge in the future?

As we approach the end of the academic year, look for opportunities to engage your mentees in reflective conversations about your relationship, about the semester and the year, and about what comes next.

Just as it is important to be intentional about the beginning of any mentoring relationship, it is equally important to be intentional about how you bring it to closure. Don’t just let a mentoring relationship fizzle out. Take some time to reflect on what you have accomplished together, what you each have learned from the relationship, what you each are grateful for, and how you will use the knowledge gained in this relationship in the future. Celebrate what you have done together! And, take the time to acknowledge that your relationship is now shifting to something new.

The end of the academic year, like any ending, can be a source of excitement, relief, anticipation, and worry. This is a great time to talk to students about how they are feeling about this transition, what they have learned over the course of this semester and year, and how they are feeling about what comes next. Some possible questions:

  • What was the best part of this semester/year? What was most challenging and why?
  • What did you learn about yourself this semester/year? How will you use that new knowledge in the future?
  • When you think about what comes next, how are you feeling? Why do you think that is?

Great mentors help us to think deeply about our experiences. Perhaps more importantly, they help us to make connections between past experiences, present learning, and future application.

Fit for Business 5K takes the fight to cancer

This is a guest post from the School of Business:

Students at the Wake Forest University School of Business have planned all semester for the second annual Fit for Business 5K. The run/walk will be held April 1, and the course begins and ends at Farrell Hall. Proceeds will benefit Take the Fight to Cancer, a non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of cancer patients and their families.

“We selected Take the Fight to Cancer because one in two people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes,” said accounting major Krissy Wang (BS ’18). “This organization gives patients an edge against cancer by providing informational and emotional support. Fighting cancer is fighting for humanity, which aligns with our School’s Pro Humanitate viewpoint.”

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CARE Team presentation to be made on April 4

A presentation about the University’s CARE Team will be made April 4 at Reynolda Hall, Room 301.   Faculty, staff, students and others are invited to the presentation, which will run from 2 to 3 p.m.

Registration is available through the Professional Development Center.

The overview about the team will be presented by August Vernon, the University’s emergency manager, and Sarah Tooley, case manager for the team.

Formally known as the Campus Assessment, Response, and Evaluation (CARE) Team, it “serves the University community by evaluating and responding to disruptive, troubling, or threatening behaviors brought to the attention of team,” according to its website.

Wake Forest EMS team to participate in April 1 training event

This announcement was emailed to students, faculty and staff on March 30:

The Wake Forest Emergency Medical Services (EMS) team will participate April 1 in a mass casualty drill at the LJVM Coliseum.

The drill will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Mountain Dew parking lot at the Coliseum.  It is intended to provide hands-on training in the event of a serious accident or on-campus emergency.

The Wake Forest EMS team is a student-run organization with student volunteers who respond as emergency medical technicians (EMTs) to 911 medical calls 24/7 during the academic year.  This academic year, it’s already responded to about 300 calls.

In this highly visual event, the students will be dispatched to a simulated incident and will practice how to call for additional resources to assist them. The student EMTs will be unaware of what the incident is until the training occurs April 1 and will conduct themselves as though a mass casualty incident has happened.

Patients with varying degrees of simulated injuries will be part of the training event. Student EMTs will practice treating injuries, as well as setting up a triage system to evaluate patients and determine the order of treatment of patients.

The University Police Department, the Winston-Salem Police Department, the University’s Student Health Service, the Winston-Salem Fire Department and the Forsyth County EMS will participate in the drill.

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Proposals funded: Gross, Zeyl, Macosko, Von Burg, Ballard

Congratulations to Grey Ballard, assistant professor of computer science, whose proposal entitled “Parallel Tensor Decomposition for Massive Data” has been funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and by (subaward/subcontract from) Sandia National Laboratories (WFU funding agency.

Congratulations to Ron Von Burg, assistant professor of communication, whose proposal entitled “Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute-2017” has been funded by the U.S. Department of State.

Congratulations to Michael Gross, assistant professor of chemistry, whose proposal entitled “CAREER: Processing High Surface Area, Nanostructured Ceramic Scaffolds at High Temperatures via In-Situ Carbon Templating of Hybrid Materials (Cayuse 17-00050” has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Congratulations to Jed Macosko, associate professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “ Searching for the Function of Centrioles” has been funded by the Discovery Institute.

Congratulations to Clifford W. Zeyl, professor of biology, whose proposal “Evolutionary Consequences of Experimental Transfer into Yeast Populations of an Animal Transposon (Cayuse 17-0010)” has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

School of Business selects alumnus to deliver hooding keynote

Anil Rai Gupta, chairman and managing director of Havells India, will offer the Wake Forest University School of Business graduate hooding ceremony keynote address on Sunday, May 14.  Gupta is an alumnus of the School of Business.

The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. in Wait Chapel.

Havells is one of the largest makers of industrial and household electrical products in India. Gupta took the company global in 2007 with the purchase of Sylvania in Europe and South America, one of the biggest overseas acquisitions by an Indian company.

More details are available here.

2017 Thrive Dimension Champion Awards to be presented

This is a guest post from the Office of Wellbeing:

We cordially invite faculty and staff to join your colleagues and the Office of Wellbeing for the 2017 THRIVE Dimension Champion Awards Celebration.

It will be held at 3:30 p.m. April 4 in Reynolda Hall’s Green Room.

President Nathan Hatch and Vice President for Campus Life Penny Rue will speak at the start of the event.

Please RSVP at:

Faculty Books: January/February 2017 updates

January 2017

Dalton, Mary M. (Communication). The Hollywood Curriculum: Teachers in the Movies, 3rd rev. ed. Peter Lang. January 2017.

Dalton, Mary M., & Laura R. Linder, Eds. (Communication). Screen Lessons: What We Have Learned from Teachers on Television and in the Movies. Peter Lang. January 2017.

 Gladding, Samuel T. (Counseling). Counseling: A Comprehensive Profession, 8th ed. Pearson. January 2017.

McMullen, Patrick R. (Business). A Visual Approach to Statistics with R. [self-published]. December 2016.

February 2017

 Gendrich, Cynthia M., & Stephen Archer. (Theatre & Dance). Theatre: Its Art and Craft, 7th ed. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. February 2017.

Harnois, Catherine E. (Sociology). Analyzing Inequalities: An Introduction to Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality Using the General Social Survey. SAGE. February 2017.

 Jones, Eric E., & John L. Creese, Eds. (Anthropology). Process and Meaning in Spatial Archaeology: Investigations into Pre-Columbian Iroquoian Space and Place. University Press of Colorado. January 2017.

Kellett, Lucas C., & Eric E. Jones, Eds. (Anthropology). Settlement Ecology of the Ancient Americas. Routledge. September