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Provost’s Newsletter – November 2013

Please see our November 2013 installment of the Provost’s Newsletter for exciting news and happenings within the University. To submit information to be included in the next installment, contact Samantha Perrotta at

THIS THURSDAY! Thursdays at Byrum in the Welcome Center


The Office of the Provost


The Office of Undergraduate Admissions

invite faculty and staff

Thursdays at Byrum Center

October 24, 2013

Wine and Cheese Reception 4:00-4:30 p.m.

Program 4:30-5:00 p.m.


Neil DeVotta (Associate Professor, Politics and International Affairs) will analyze the rise in countries that are neither fully democratic nor fully authoritarian and the strategies adopted by political elites that ensure such soft-authoritarianism.


Phoebe Zerwick (Lecturer, English) will screen and discuss portions of The Story of My Life, a multimedia documentary that tells the stories of six intellectually and developmentally disabled adults in photography, visual art and spoken and written word.



Journeys to Success Speaker: Valeisha Butterfield-Jones, Thursday, September 26

On Thursday, September 26th, The Office of Multicultural Affairs will be hosting it’s Journeys to Success Speaker: Valeisha Butterfield-Jones at 7:00 pm in ZSR Auditorium 404.


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OPCD highlighted in New York Times Magazine

By KIM MCGRATH Office of Communications and External Relations

A College to Career orientation session for first-year students ends symbolically — the career journey is as unpredictable as the path of a paper airplane, so follow your academic interests.

A College to Career orientation session for first-year students ends symbolically — the career journey is as unpredictable as the path of a paper airplane, so follow your academic interests.

At Wake Forest, career development is more than just helping students find their first job after college. The “College-to-Career” community encourages and supports students from their first days on campus as they begin thinking about their academic interests and personal passions.

A New York Times Magazine story, published online Sept. 13 and in print on Sept. 15 in the education issue, prominently features the University’s Office of Personal and Career Development.

In the article, Andy Chan, vice president of the Office of Personal and Career Development, describes his chief strategy: “to create a kind of ecosystem where everyone has a vested interest in helping our students be prepared for life and for careers and for work.”

This innovative approach to career development makes Wake Forest a significant contributor to the national conversation on the cost of college and the return on this investment, and this feature story highlights our success.

Read “How to Get a Job With a Philosophy Degree.”

Wake Forest joins semester online to offer for-credit online courses to top undergraduate students worldwide

After a vote of the College faculty this week, Wake Forest joined the Semester Online Consortium, the first-of-its-kind program to offer for-credit undergraduate courses through a consortium of top-tier universities.

Semester Online offers rigorous, small, online, for-credit courses in real time, to qualified college students from anywhere in the world. Wake Forest joins the Semester Online growing roster of nationally renowned colleges and universities including Boston College, Brandeis University, Emory University, Northwestern University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Notre Dame, and Washington University in St. Louis.

In spring 2014, Wake Forest will offer its first Semester Online course, Introduction to Bioethics, which will be taught by professor of biology Carole Browne. The course will examine contemporary issues in bioethics, including responsible conduct in research, implications of technological advances in biology, environmental issues, and controversies in health care and medical practices.

“Wake Forest’s time-tested model of education, defined by a highly personal approach and a focus on educating the whole person, is characterized by small classes and a tight-knit community,” said Wake Forest Provost Rogan Kersh. “We have engaged in an ongoing campus-wide dialogue about how Wake Forest might best utilize online tools and other technological innovations to effectively enhance our high-touch, face-to-face educational experience. Semester Online is the first online program that is able to offer this level of engagement to our students and faculty.”

The full news release announcing the new initiative is posted on the Wake Forest news site, as well as answers to frequently asked questions.