Inside WFU Archive

Virtual Sunrise Easter Service to be streamed live from Wait Chapel

The University and the School of Divinity are inviting all interested to join a Virtual Easter Sunrise Service on Sunday, April 12.

Hosted by Jonathan Walton, dean of the School of Divinity, the broadcast will begin at 7 a.m. and will remain available for viewing after the initial showing.

It may be viewed from the School of Divinity’s Facebook page.

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Mentoring in action: Mentoring as connecting

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

This spring I am exploring four distinct roles or strategies that mentors can put to use in their mentoring relationships, depending on the needs and the goals of their mentee: teaching, advising, providing wise counsel, and connecting. Great mentors always stay mentee-focused: keeping the mentee’s needs in front of them, and adjusting accordingly. And, great mentoring relationships are always about forward progress towards defined learning goals: mentoring happens in action.

In this post, I would like to look at one of the best, and actually one of the easiest roles that mentors perform for and with their mentee: that of the connector. Especially in this moment where we all perhaps feel a bit disconnected from one another, mentoring relationships – both virtual and in-person – can help to bridge this gap. Great connectors see the value in network-building, both for themselves and for others.

We used to think of mentoring as finding that one person who could be the be-all, end-all, supporter, champion, and developer. This is no longer an acceptable practice, for several important reasons. First, it limits the access to mentors and to opportunities. Only those seen as “high potential” or somehow “worthy” of mentoring receive it. Second, it limits the perspectives that any one mentee receives, which can lead to dangerous power imbalances and an insular way of viewing the world. And third, it unfairly burdens particular mentors with the work of mentoring, especially women and mentors of color. Today’s best practice of mentoring encourages all individuals to seek out broad, diverse networks of support which can guide, develop, and provide access to opportunities.

Effective mentors think about how they can connect their mentees to other people, to resources, and to opportunities which will serve their mentee’s goals. When your mentee presents you with a challenge or a need, ask yourself: Am I the person to help them to work through this, or can I connect them with someone else who is better suited to do that work? It’s not about passing the buck. It’s about being of value by broadening your mentee’s network and supporting the work that they want and need to do.

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Wake Forest recognized for exemplary personal, career development

Wake Forest has been awarded the 2020 National Career Development Association’s (NCDA) Exemplary Career Center Program Award. The award recognizes a career center program for their commitment to thoughtful, innovative and effective initiatives that support career development.

Under the vision of President Nathan Hatch and leadership of Vice President, Innovation and Career Development Andy Chan, the University has become the national model for creating a college-to-career community designed to help students prepare for a lifelong career journey, not just a first job after college.

After 2008 during the Great Recession, when many colleges and universities cut funds for career development, Wake Forest invested. Under Chan’s direction, the University’s new Office of Personal and Career Development set out to prepare students to launch careers in less than ideal economic conditions.

“Though students often have a career and life vision, we know that over a person’s lifetime crises happen that may involve job insecurity. Our most important work in career development is to prepare students for whatever economic environment they may face,” Chan says. “It’s easy to get a job in a good economy when the wind is behind your sails, but sometimes the wind changes direction.”

The entire story is available here.

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Virtual drop-in wellbeing coaching offered to faculty, staff, students

The following is a guest post from the Office of Wellbeing:

The Office of Wellbeing now offers virtual drop-in wellbeing coaching free of charge to better serve Wake Forest University students, faculty, and staff. As someone with a busy schedule, it’s important to take time for your personal wellbeing.

These 30-minute sessions can help those who are looking to establish routines, overcome new obstacles, enhance self-care practices, or develop short-term goals for personal success and holistic wellbeing. Our wellbeing coaches are here to support you. See our website for more information and to register for an appointment.

The coaching is offered to students, faculty, staff associated with Reynolda Campus undergraduate and graduate programs.

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Miki Felsenburg

The following announcement was emailed to faculty and staff on April 6 by Wake Forest Communications and External Relations:

We are saddened to announce that Miki Felsenburg, professor emeritus in the School of Law, died March 20.

Burial occurred at a Boulder, Colorado, cemetery.  A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.  When a service is announced, details will be posted on Inside WFU.  An obituary appeared in the Winston-Salem Journal on April 5.

She joined the law faculty in 1994 and continued to practice law for the Forsyth County Public Defender’s Office for some time.  Professor Felsenburg was one of the longest-serving members of the Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research (LAWR) group at the time of her 2012 retirement. She taught legal writing along with Appellate Advocacy, and courses at the School of Business before her retirement.

Wake Forest offers support and counseling services for all students, faculty and staff.  The Counseling Center may be reached at 336-758-5273, the Chaplain’s Office at 336-758-5210.  For faculty and staff, there is also the Employee Assistance Program at 336-716-5493.


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