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Allison McWilliams: Setting goals for growth and development

Allison McWilliams, director of mentoring and alumni personal and career development in the Office of Personal and Career Development, will write occasional articles in 2015-2016 for Inside WFU.  This is her second for the academic year.  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.

The transition from high school to college to after-college is also a transition from adolescence to adulthood. This is a key formative time in a young person’s life, when one discovers and explores personal beliefs, interests, values, strengths, and goals. Author and professor Jeffrey Arnett has coined the term “emerging adulthood” to describe this transitional phase of life. Mentors play an important role by helping students learn the tools and skills necessary to set goals, make decisions, and solve problems, and process what they are learning about themselves along the way.


 Effective mentoring conversations are goal-driven conversations. They are based on social psychologist David Kolb’s experiential learning model: first, the mentee identifies a challenge, a problem, or a decision to be addressed; second, working with the mentor, the mentee sets some concrete goals to pursue; third, she takes action towards accomplishing her goals; and fourth, and most importantly, she reflects on the lessons learned and how to apply those lessons in the future. The mentor’s role in this process is not to tell the mentee what her goal should be, or how to pursue it. Rather, the mentor is there to offer wise counsel and feedback, to challenge the mentee on her assumptions, and to be an accountability partner.

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New wellbeing project launched

A new wellbeing project is open to students, faculty and staff.  It is called Move More. Move Often.  This is a research program (IRB# IRB00022164)

To apply, visit  Application period will continue through Oct. 6.

It is designed as an eight-week step challenge to encourage individuals to increase their daily physical activity.  Using Fitbit activity trackers, participants can monitor their daily steps and activity.  Throughout the eight-week challenge, participants can access performance incentives, receive supplemental resources and materials, as well as discounts.

Participants will be required to attend a one-hour orientation session.   A Fitbit will be provided to participants.  Participants may also use their own Fitbit, instead.

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Wilkinson receives Early Career Award

Wake Forest new faculty orientation photos, Thursday, August 12, 2010. Betina Wilkinson, Political Science.

Betina Cutaia Wilkinson, assistant professor of politics and international affairs, recently received the inaugural Early Career Award given by the Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) Latino/a Caucus. She received the award at the MPSA Conference in Chicago.

Wilkinson, who was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and immigrated to the U.S. at the age of six, received her doctoral degree from Louisiana State University in 2010. Her research and teaching interests include race and ethnicity, Latino/a politics, race and media, public opinion and immigration policy.

Besides receiving an Early Career Award, Wilkinson is an American Political Science Association Minority Fellow and a Southern Regional Education Board Doctoral Scholar. She is also the author of several journal articles and book chapters. Her forthcoming book, “Partners or Rivals? Power and Latino, Black and White Relations in the 21st Century,” will be published by University of Virginia Press.

Wake Will Picnic to be held Sept. 25

The Wake Will Picnic will be held for students, faculty and staff on Sept. 25 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Magnolia Patio (Reynolda Hall).

The free picnic, a celebration of Wake Will: The Campaign for Wake Forest, will offer an update of how the the most successful capital campaign in Wake Forest history is creating opportunity and strengthening the future of Wake Forest.

For Wake Forest staff working at University Corporate Center, a shuttle will offer rides from the doors of UCC  to Parking Lot C, next to Reynolda Hall, until 2 p.m.

Flu shots scheduled for October

Wake Forest is sponsoring free flu shots for all faculty, staff and retirees. Spouses, same-sex domestic partners and dependent children enrolled in the University’s Blue Cross Blue Shield medical plan are also welcome, but not required to register.  All are asked to bring their Blue Cross Blue Shield card to verify coverage.  It is also suggested that people check with their primary care physician to see if the flu shot is right for them.

To register for a free flu shot, visit the Professional Development Center website. Shots are offered at various times from Oct. 5-14.

Employee of the Year nominations sought

Guest post by Human Resources:

Each year, we present two staff Employee of the Year awards to individuals who have gone above and beyond in their dedication to the University community.  As a faculty or staff member, you are invited to submit your nominations by Wednesday, October 7.  All staff employees who work at least 1,000 hours annually with five or more years of continuous University service are eligible for nomination.

Staff Advisory Council representatives will review the nominations and select the two recipients.  These recipients will be recognized with a plaque and $1,000 award at the Staff Rewards & Recognition Luncheon on Nov. 10.  A campus-wide dessert reception also will honor these recipients, and we hope you will join the celebration on Nov. 10 at 4 p.m. in the Green Room of Reynolda Hall.

Please contact HR at 336.758.4700 or with any questions.

For Faculty and Staff- Homecoming Events – September 23-26

unnamedThe following is a list of Homecoming events for Wednesday-Saturday, Sept. 23-26:


  • Movie on the Quad:Remember the Titans– 8 p.m. Hearn Plaza


  • Bonfire & Pep Rally– 7 p.m. Davis Field (Cheer & Dance Teams, the Spirit of the Old Gold & Black, Coach Clawson, the Deacon – all scheduled to appear!)

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WakeUnited campaign kickoff Sept. 29

Guest post by Allison McWilliams, chair of WakeUnited and director of mentoring and alumni personal & career developing in the Office of Personal and Career Development:

Members of the Wake Forest community are cordially invited to participate in the WakeUnited Campaign Kickoff on Tuesday, Sept. 29, in the Reynolda Hall Green Room during the Provost’s Happy Hour for faculty and staff. WakeUnited is the University’s annual campus campaign, which runs during the month of October, to benefit the United Way of Forsyth County.

The Unbroken Circle – a musical group featuring Wake Forest faculty, staff, and students – will launch the event at 4 p.m. WakeUnited chair Allison McWilliams, Provost Rogan Kersh, and President Nathan O. Hatch will have brief remarks about the campaign at 4:30 p.m. Afterward, enjoy food and beverage and fellowship with colleagues.

The United Way brings together local organizations, agencies, and individuals to work together for the benefit of all in Forsyth County.

You can donate directly to the United Way to support its community-wide efforts to:

  • Raise the local high school graduation rate
  • Decrease chronic homelessness
  • Increase financial stability
  • Increase access to health care and quality of life.

You can also give to the non-profit, human service agency of your choice through United Way of Forsyth County.

This year’s WakeUnited campaign features weekly drawings for raffle prizes and a participation competition to name the 2016 Pro Humanitate Institute/Office of Wellbeing United Way Champions.

For more information about the WakeUnited campaign, visit

Rahman’s new book formally launched with New Delhi event

A new book by Associate Professor of History Raisur Rahman was formally launched by the Hon’ble Vice President of India Hamid Ansari at a function in New Delhi, India.  The book is titled, “Locale, Everyday Islam, and Modernity: Qasbah Towns and Muslim Life in Colonial India” and published by Oxford University Press.

The book launch was followed by a discussion led by the former chief election commissioner of India and the former president of a New Delhi-based university.

Wake Forest was a co-sponsor of the event, which was well attended and widely covered by national news media in India.

Rogan speaks about terrorism at recent conference

randy.rogan.300x175Randy Rogan, professor of communication and senior associate dean in the College, recently spoke at the World Summit on Counter-Terrorism in Herzliya, Israel, on the topic of individual engagement in violent extremism (lone wolf phenomenon).

The International Institute for Counter Terrorism’s 15th International Conference: World Summit on Counter-Terrorism addressed the terrorism challenges currently faced by the international community.

The conference was held Sept. 7-10. More than 1,000 top decision-makers; defense, intelligence and police officials; prominent academic scholars; and security industry leaders from more than 60 countries took part.