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Allison McWilliams: The roles of the mentor

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 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.

Allison McWilliams

It is largely agreed-upon (though with some debate over the true nature of this relationship) that the term “mentor” first appeared in Homer’s “Odyssey,” when Telemachus was guided by Athena, masquerading as Mentor, in his quest to find his father, Odysseus. Over time, and as needs have changed, the role of the mentor has taken on many forms, including the master-apprentice model, the anointed successor/protégé model, the “sage on the stage,” the wise counselor, the role model, and the friend. With so many different ideas and visions of what mentoring can and should be floating out there, at times it can be confusing to know what, as a mentor, one is supposed to do to effectively perform these roles.

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University fall photography contest launches

The second annual “Fall in Love WFU” photography contest is open for submissions from faculty, staff and students. Photos should focus on the autumn beauty around the Wake Forest campus, which has been named the Most Beautiful College in the Fall.

The contest, which had more than 250 submissions last year, is run by The Media, a student-led organization.

To participate, email your photos to or upload your photos to your social media accounts using the hashtag #FALLINLOVEWFU2016 before Oct. 31.

From Nov. 1-14, a panel of judges will select the photos that demonstrate a high standard of professionalism and artistic ability.

The winner will receive a prize worth $200 with a signed thank-you card from Provost Rogan Kersh. The winning entry also will be printed on a vinyl banner to hang on the wall of Reynolda Hall overlooking Hearn Plaza.

The second-place finisher will receive a prize worth $100. The third-place finisher will receive a prize worth $50. All other finalists will receive prizes worth $10.


Seasonal flu shots to begin October 3

Flu Shots 2016 Event Calendar GraphicWake Forest University is sponsoring free flu shots for all faculty, staff and retirees. Spouses, partners and dependent children (at least 4 years old), who are enrolled in the University’s BlueCross BlueShield medical plan also are welcome, but not required to register.

Visit the Professional Development Center to register for your choice of dates, times and locations. Please bring your BlueCross BlueShield card to verify coverage, and talk to your primary care physician to see if the flu shot is right for you.

August 2016 comings and goings

See a list of employees joining and leaving the University in August 2016:

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September 2016 faculty milestones

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September 2016 staff milestones

See a list of faculty and staff milestones in September 2016:

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University offering class on responding to active shooter

In October, Wake Forest will offer an “Active Shooter Response (Run, Hide, Fight)” class. There are three opportunities to enroll.

The class, taught by Wake Forest Emergency Manager August Vernon and University Police Sergeant Lesia Finney, is offered through the Professional Development Center (PDC) Registration is through the PDC.

Times and locations available:

Thursday, Oct. 6, 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location: ZSR Library Auditorium 404

Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016 • 2 p.m.- 3:30 p.m.
Location: ZSR Library Auditorium 404

Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016 • 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location: ZSR Library Auditorium 404

The class stresses awareness, preparation and rehearsal, which are the keys to safety, according to the training.

WFU law school to host discussion on community/police tension

closetohomeA campus-wide discussion, “Close to Home: Comprehending Community/Police Tension in Charlotte,” will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. tonight, Sept. 28, in the Worrell Professional Center, Room 1312.

The event is free and open to the public. A live webcast will be available here.

A panel discussion from 5 to 6:30 p.m. focusing on recent events of police brutality and public unrest — including last week’s police shooting in Charlotte and the subsequent riots — will be followed by a student leadership roundtable and small group discussions. Light refreshments will be served.

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Crime update: Third arrest made in off-campus robbery

Today the Winston-Salem Police Department (WSPD) arrested a third and final suspect in connection with an armed robbery of Wake Forest students at their residence on Long Drive. Jimmy Farley Jr. now faces charges of robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Following his arrest, the WSPD said no other suspects are being sought in this matter.

The University announced to students, faculty and staff on Sept. 9 that students living in an off-campus house were robbed. Authorities ask that anyone with information regarding this incident contact the WSPD at 336-773-7700 or CrimeStoppers at 336-727-2800.

Wake Forest has taken several steps to respond to the incident, including directly offering assistance and resources to the affected students. Police have increased security and patrols on campus and in the surrounding area, including campus entrances, nearby neighborhoods, parking lots and areas of frequent student foot traffic. Students can request extra patrols for off-campus locations from WSPD at 336-773-7700.

Open forums today on Reynolds Gym Transformation

The Staff Advisory Council (SAC) and Student Government are sponsoring two open forums Sept. 27 on the extensive renovation of Reynolds Gym.  Students, faculty and staff are invited to both forums on the long-term project known as the Reynolds Gym Transformation.

Organized by Campus Recreation, both forums will be held in Pugh Auditorium, located on the second level of Benson University Center.  The forum sponsored by the SAC will be held at 12 noon.  The Student Government-sponsored forum will be held at 5 p.m.