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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.

Systems and Sustainability Education “Camp” – July 22-26

To thrive in a changing world, our kids need to think in systems… and act for a healthy future.
That’s why the Office of Sustainability was excited that Camp Snowball—a summer “camp” experience that brings together students, parents, educators, and business and community leaders in order to build everyone’s capacity for learning and leading in the 21st century — chose Wake Forest as a venue.
The purpose of Camp Snowball is to provide opportunities for communities and schools to learn how to enable their students to think deeply and critically and to achieve academically in order to become responsible, thoughtful citizens of the interconnected  world that they will inherit.
Who should attend:
Camp Snowball is designed for both individuals and teams. We encourage communities and school systems to put together diverse teams that include:
• Educators—Teachers and Administrators
• Students
• Parents
• School Board Members
• Community Members
• Business and Government Leaders
• Staff and Volunteers from Youth-Service Organizations
July 22-26, 2013
Wake Forest University
Winston-Salem, NC

LibraryThing launches faculty books collection

The recently created WFU.Faculty.Books collection on LibraryThing, is a community site for books and readers. It is an aggregate collection of books authored or edited by Reynolda campus faculty during 2011 and 2012; additional titles will be added throughout the summer.

Magnolias Project – Application OPEN

Magnolias Project — Sustainability Across the Curriculum

The Office of Sustainability invites you to enhance your teaching and engagement with sustainability issues by participating in the Magnolias Project May 15-16, 2013 on the Wake Forest campus.  No prior experience with sustainability-related issues in the classroom or in research is necessary, and faculty at all ranks and career stages are welcome!

This innovative approach to curricular change, modeled on the nationally renowned Piedmont Project (Emory University) and Ponderosa Project(Northern Arizona University), provides faculty with an intellectually stimulating and collegial experience to pool their expertise.  Faculty who would like to develop a new course module or an entirely new course that engages issues of sustainability and the environment are encouraged to apply.

Detailed information is available on the project’s webpage. Applications are due April 19, 2013. Participants will earn a $500 stipend.