As Wake Forest prepares to celebrate the Virtual Conferring of Degrees on Monday, May 18, at 7 p.m., along with the achievements of the Class of 2020, we also pause to recognize and honor the outstanding careers of our retiring faculty and staff members.
This distinguished group of leaders, colleagues, mentors and friends includes 43 retiring faculty and staff members “who represent nearly 1,000 combined years of service,” according to the Human Resources website.
The entire list of 2019-’20 retirees is here.
In a Psychology Today blog this week, Allison McWilliams offers observations on how people are responding and adjusting (or not) to today’s “normal” as our world addresses the dramatic changes brought on by COVID-19.
“We are all, it seems, seeking a bit of normal these days. We wonder when things will get back to normal. We wonder what a ‘new normal’ will look like,” writes McWilliams, assistant vice president, mentoring and alumni personal & career development.
In the piece, she makes suggestions for “ways that we might emerge from this moment and hold onto some lessons, so that perhaps whatever ‘normal’ looks like in the future, it actually is better than what we had before.”
A brief summary of her suggestions include the following:
- Be willing to work differently
- Uphold and maintain the relationships that matter
- Stop striving for (and expecting) unrealistic expectations of success
- Pay attention to your health
- Shut down and reboot
The entire Psychology Today piece is available here.
(Allison McWilliams is also a frequent contributor to Inside WFU, where she often writes on various topics related to mentoring.)
In lieu of holding the University’s annual Staff Appreciation Picnic, the Staff Advisory Council (SAC) has donated $25,000 to the Wake Forest Crisis Response Fund.
Organized by the SAC and in partnership with the Office of Wellbeing, the picnic originally had been planned for June 2 on Manchester Plaza. It has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Established in late March, the fund is intended to help students, faculty, staff and contract employees facing personal hardship due to COVID-19. Efforts are underway to raise $1 million for the fund.
Donations to the fund may be made directly or through Wake Forest payroll deduction. To donate via payroll deduction, donors can use this form, and manually enter their deduction gift. It is important to enter “Crisis Response Fund” as the designation in the “Other” section.
More details are available on the fund’s website.
The Office of Civic & Community Engagement (OCCE) has, recently, announced the winners of its 2020 Service Awards in student, faculty and staff, and community partner categories.
The OCCE Service Awards recognize students, faculty, staff, and members of the community who have successfully and effectively worked to create meaningful social change around a particular issue, either on campus or in the Winston-Salem community.
Dani Parker-Moore, assistant professor of education, was given the Faculty Service Excellence Award. It is presented to faculty that represent the Pro Humanitate Teacher-Scholar ideal through their service to the broader community. According to OCCE’s announcement, “As the executive director of the Wake Forest Freedom School, Parker-Moore has applied her researched best practices into life-changing programs for underserved students in Winston-Salem.”
Dwight Lewis, associate athletic director for community and alumni relations, received the Michael G. Ford Servant Leadership Award. It is intended to recognize a staff member who carries on the legacy of servant leadership demonstrated throughout Ford’s life, professionally and personally. OCCE’s announcement states that “Lewis has worked tirelessly to cultivate Wake Forest student-athletes into both civic and community leaders throughout his time with the Demon Deacons, providing endless service opportunities in the spirit of Pro Humanitate.”
OCCE presented its Community Partner Service Award to Mia Parker, parental involvement coordinator at Kimberly Park Elementary School.
The following student awards were given:
- Christman Award; Grace Yucha, senior
- Change-Maker Award; Alexander Holt, senior
- Junior Service Excellence Award; Lilly Parker
- Sophomore Service Excellence Award; Kate Pearson
- First-Year Service Excellence Award; Jayden Brown
Wake ‘N Shake, the University’s largest student-run philanthropic event, received the Student Organization Service Excellence Award.
More information about the awards is available here.
If you’ve got rhythm and want to join others at Wake Forest in an innovative class project this week, now is the time to jump in and share in the fun.
Music department lecturer John Beck is inviting faculty, staff and administrators to record a brief video of themselves banging out a rhythm and share it with him for inclusion in a drumming class’s project. In other words, Beck wants to share a “call and response” imitation video in which students see and hear cameo appearances by faculty, staff and administrators playing their simple rhythm responses back to the students.
Beck explains how easy it is to participate in a video called “You Play a Rhythm–I Play it Back Video.”
It’s recommended that any participants watch the video, first, before recording their response. The video demonstrates the rhythm or rhythms participants will play.
Smart phone recordings should be uploaded by April 24 to the Graduating Student Drumming Project Folder.