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Chelsea Clinton touts mother's education plans

September 19, 2016   |  USA Today

Chelsea Clinton returned to North Carolina on Tuesday to lead discussions on her mother’s economic platform at Wake Forest University. Chelsea held a Women in Leadership panel with discussion focusing on building an economy that works for everyone in North Carolina.

“College affordability is a women’s issue. Higher education affordability is a women’s issue in the same way that economics is a women’s issue and the same way that childcare shouldn’t just be a women’s issue, but a family issue and an economic issue. All of these are connected,” she said.

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What I learned working at the Pentagon in the days after 9/11

September 19, 2016   |  Fast Company

Brett Eaton, associate vice president for Communications and External Relations, writes: “On September 11, 2001, I was working a low-level contract job at the Pentagon. In the aftermath of the attack that killed 184 people, I found myself thrust into a leadership position for which I was unprepared. Looking back 15 years later, here’s what that experience taught me…

1. Prepare as if you’re in charge
2. If you’re given a chance to lead, embrace it
3. Adapt, adapt, adapt

We tend to think of strong leaders as people with tremendous resolve, singular focus, maybe even stubborn to a fault. But this view diminishes leaders who excel because they strive to learn, improve, and grow alongside their teams. They roll with the punches. They’re fluid.”

The family of Sandra Bland reaches a remarkable settlement in wrongful death suit

September 19, 2016   |  The Slatest

In July 2015, the death of Sandra Bland became a central flashpoint in the national debate over race and law enforcement. Bland’s death painfully laid bare the potential consequences of petty, hostile policing and arbitrary incarceration. In part, the agreement requires the county jail to use electronic sensors to check on detainees, and to employ a nurse or emergency medical technician during all shifts. It’s unclear at this point how the provisions in the Bland settlement would be enforced, and whether the part about procuring more money for training is an ironclad requirement or something closer to a suggestion.

“I’m very intrigued by this. It’s a creative response,” said Kami Chavis, a professor at the Wake Forest School of Law and director of the criminal justice program there. “But we want there to be some enforceability and some accountability with regard to the improvements… If the agreement is breached, what will the penalties be?”

Media report for Sept. 10-16

September 19, 2016   |  WFU News & Communications

The Wake Forest News Media Report for Sept. 10-16 is now available online.

What is a life well lived? WFU institute wins $4.2M to study age-old question

September 14, 2016   |  Triad Business Journal

Professors at Wake Forest University are looking at what constitutes a life well lived.

Thanks to $4.2 million in funding, professors are studying eudaimonia (yoo-dye-mo-NEE-uh) – Aristotle’s term for “flourishing.” Their aim is to study the nature of human flourishing, as well as the institutions, attitudes and cultural practices that encourage it.

The Winston-Salem Journal also covered this story.

How important are extracurricular activities in college admissions?

September 14, 2016   |  The Huffington Post

Many students ask us how important extracurricular activities are in the college admissions process. It is fairly clear that academics are an important part of admissions, but which parts of the extracurricular story are actually important and how do you determine that?

Wake Forest was mentioned in this article in the section related to importance of work experience.

The CEOs of sorority row

September 14, 2016   |  The Atlantic

Despite negative stigmas associated with Greek life, affiliated women leverage their chapter experiences in the job search.

“Sometimes, depending on who you’re sitting in front of or who you’re on the other end of the phone from, they may or may not be a big fan of Greek life,” said Jessica Long, an assistant director in the Office of Personal and Career Development. At Wake Forest, 51 percent of women are affiliated with National Panhellenic chapters. “We encourage them to focus not on the social aspect of their Greek involvement.”

Undocumented student scholarship program expands beyond Charlotte to nation

September 14, 2016   |  The Charlotte Observer

The Golden Door Scholars program started in Charlotte by Red Ventures CEO Ric Elias is expanding this year to help high performing undocumented immigrant students nationwide get money for college. Scholarships will go to 50 undocumented students this fall, organizers said.

Among the students holding Golden Door scholarships is Wake Forest sophomore Katherine Juarez, who says the upcoming presidential election is adding to the uncertainty faced undocumented immigrants as they plan a future.

“It’s tough not knowing what this upcoming election will bring for me and my family, but seeing other Golden Door scholars graduate inspires me to stay focused,” Juarez said in a statement. “I would not be in college without Golden Door’s financial support, but the mentorship and career guidance is just as important.”

Media Report for Sept. 2-9

September 14, 2016   |  WFU News & Communications

The Wake Forest News Media Report for Sept. 2-9 is now available online.

Meet the parents who won't let their children study literature

September 6, 2016   |  The Washington Post

Forcing college kids to ignore the liberal arts won’t help them in a competitive economy. Parents are becoming more deeply engaged in nearly every aspect of their children’s lives, and it’s carrying over even to their choice of major.

“A lot of our students feel parental pressure to go into business, economics, medicine,” says Christy Buchanan, who heads the office of academic advising at Wake Forest, a traditional liberal arts college that recently announced new programs in biomedical sciences and engineering.

In today’s fast-changing global economy, the most successful enterprises aren’t looking for workers who know a lot about only one thing. They are seeking employees who are nimble, curious and innovative … The good jobs of the future will go to those who can collaborate widely, think broadly and challenge conventional wisdom – precisely the capacities that a liberal arts education is meant to develop.

“What we are constantly reminding parents is that the world is an incredibly dynamic place and what’s most important is for students to develop an entrepreneurial mind-set,” said Andy Chan, vice president of personal and career development at Wake Forest. “They need to think not just about the first job but a lifetime of jobs.”

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