Guest Post Archive

HELPS accepting applications for new class

 The following is a guest post from HELPS (Healthy Exercise and Lifestyle Programs) at Wake Forest:

Do you want to lose weight, but aren’t sure where to start? We can help! Our six-month weight management program is offered to full-time, permanent Wake Forest University employees free of charge. The program is known as HELPS (Healthy Exercise and Lifestyle Programs).

This program will go beyond healthy lifestyle modification, with a laser focus on weight loss. The program will offer a combination of weight loss strategies and techniques to help individuals reach their goals.

Applications are now being accepted for participation in our next group. Weekly group sessions will be held here on campus in the Health and Exercise Science Department in the Worrell Professional Center on Thursdays from 12 to 1 p.m.  We plan to start January 30, 2020.

Here are few highlights of the weight management program:

–Six months of weekly group sessions
–Geared specifically for weight loss
–Initial & six-month physical function assessments
–Initial & six-month DEXA total body composition scans
–Formal assessment and follow-up with a dietitian
–Weekly food diary evaluations and feedback
–Physical activity tracking & exercise guidance
–Specific quality nutrient guidelines
–Behavior modification & mindfulness

This program is designed for participants who meet the following criteria:

–Individuals with weight loss needs (BMI >27)
–Able to attend weekly sessions held weekly for an hour
–Able to commit to personal dietary and exercise changes
–Full-time, permanent Wake Forest University employee

If you are interested in participating or have questions, please contact Kayla DeLorenzo at or at 336-758-3486 for more information. Space is limited so please submit your application ASAP.

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Strategies for effective mentoring: Building Trust

Allison McWilliams

Allison McWilliams

Allison McWilliams is assistant vice president, mentoring and alumni personal & career development.  She writes occasional articles for Inside WFU.  This is her third for the fall 2019 semester.  In each, she shares observations and suggestions with faculty and staff from her professional experiences with students.

The most effective mentoring relationships are built on trust. As a mentee, I want a mentor who I can trust to keep my confidences, to show up and be present for me, and to have my best interests at heart, each and every time we meet. As a mentor, I want a mentee who I can trust to keep confidences as well, to show up prepared and ready to learn, and to do the work of mentoring and not to waste my time. These seem like small, basic expectations for any effective relationship. And, as anyone who has had a relationship go off the rails can attest, easier said than done.

One of the reasons that informal mentoring relationships are often more effective than formal ones is because the work of building the relationship, the work of building trust, has already be done. Think about any effective relationship you have, whether it’s a friendship, a professional relationship, a romantic relationship, or something else. What makes you value that relationship? Whether you call it that or not, it’s likely due to the trust that you have built with that other person, and which that other person has built with you.

So how do you build trust with someone you are mentoring (or managing, or supporting)?

Practice disclosure. As a mentor, my job is not to fire off questions at my mentee, demanding answers. Nor is it to uphold some illusion of perfection. Great mentors share their own stories, including challenges they have faced and places where they have struggled, as well as lessons learned along the way. In doing so, they demonstrate to their mentees that it’s ok to share their stories, too.

Keep confidences. When someone discloses something personal to you, make a promise to you and to them that you will keep their story confidential. Building trust doesn’t happen through the words that we say, it happens through the actions that we do. Be grateful that someone trusts you enough to give you their story. And repay that trust in kind, by keeping it.

Keep your commitments. Finally, a great way to build trust is to keep the commitments you have made to this other person to show up and be present for them. We know that the most effective mentoring match is the person who is willing to show up, consistently, over time. Be that person. This is a great way to role model effective relationship behavior, as well.

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Native American Awareness Month to be observed in November on campus

The following is a guest post from the Intercultural Center:

A month of Native American Awareness Month events and activities will begin Nov. 4 and continue until November 22 at Wake Forest.

Wake Forest’s Intercultural Center and the Native American Student Association have announced the detailed schedule on the center’s website. Kicking off the month will be the WFU Indigenous Land Acknowledgment which will honor the land on which Wake Forest University now resides and the land on which the original campus resided. There will be an unveiling of the plaque, representatives from the North Carolina Tribal Nations, as well as performances to honor the original inhabitants of the land.

This year’s keynote event will feature Shonda Buchanan. She is the author of five books, an award-winning poet and an educator. Shonda Buchanan is the daughter of Mixed Bloods, tri-racial and tri-ethnic African American, American Indian and European-descendant families who migrated from North Carolina and Virginia in the mid-1700s to 1800s to Southwestern Michigan. Black Indian, her memoir, begins the saga of these migration stories of Free People of Color communities exploring identity, ethnicity, landscape and loss.

Other events and activities planned for the month include the Pop Up Stations in the Pit sponsored by the Harvest Culinary Group; educational documentary screenings; and special topic in recognition of Native American Awareness Month and Trans Advocacy Week learning about Two-Spirit identities and experiences sponsored by the LGBTQ+ Center; and much more.

Details are available on the Intercultural Center site.

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Creative Exchange: Students showcase films in collaboration with IS

This is a guest post from Information Systems:

Information Systems Academic Technology has recently launched Creative Exchange, a new initiative designed to spark creative dialogue and community among our faculty, staff, and students. Every month, there is an informal conversation and lecture about a creative topic happening in our community.

Please join us this month, Friday, Oct. 25, at 10:30 a.m. in the ZSR Library Auditorium, for a showcase of student short films. These films will be produced earlier in the week by students during Academic Technology’s Halloween Film Festival. During the Film Festival, students will spend a full afternoon and evening scripting, getting equipment training, producing, and editing their very own spooky short film.

Last month, Creative Exchange was hosted by Craig Fansler, who described his work as a preservation librarian and demonstrated his working printing press and handmade books. Future Creative Exchanges will provide more opportunities to highlight the creative endeavors of our faculty, staff, and students, and further connections between members of our community. Please contact Brianna Derr ( if you have questions about Creative Exchange or if you are interested in presenting at an upcoming Creative Exchange. November’s Creative Exchange will be announced soon!

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Wake Forest Athletics refreshes its brand

The following includes excerpts from an announcement by Wake Forest Athletics that it has refreshed its brand:

The Wake Forest Athletics brand has a fresh, new look. The changes, while subtle, reflect an updated take on a brand that is rich in history and tradition. The new look is the result of a two-year partnership with Nike’s Global Identity Group (GIG) aimed at creating more consistency, helping Wake Forest capture new audiences in an authentic and meaningful way, and exploring ways to enhance the Demon Deacon brand on a national level.

Each year Nike invites an average of four schools to participate in the GIG process during which the Nike team conducts a comprehensive brand audit and design assessment and provides recommendations based on their findings. Wake Forest Athletics engaged in the partnership with Nike in the fall of 2017 in an effort to enhance its branding and create a more consistent look across all of its teams. Consistency is a key element in branding, and with varying shades of gold and differing font and number styles, the overall look of Wake Forest jerseys, merchandise, collateral, signage, and other items had become rather inconsistent over the years.

Additional information is available here.

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