2014 January

Instant gratification of cell phone photos may be hard for toddlers

Toddlers love selfies: Parenting in an iPhone age — In a story about toddlers and cell phones, psychology professor Deborah Best tells Associated Press reporter Gillian Flaccus: “The instant gratification that smartphones provide today’s toddlers is ‘going to be hard to overcome.’ “They like things immediately, and they like it short and quick,” says Best. It’s going to have an impact on kids’ ability to wait for gratification. I can’t see that it won’t.”

MLK would have smiled at the sights at Gospelfest

Wake Forest University holds ninth annual Gospelfest:  In the Winston-Salem Journal’s coverage of Gospelfest, Meghann Evans writes: “If Martin Luther King Jr. had been sitting in Wake Forest University’s Brendle Recital Hall on Sunday afternoon, he would have smiled at the sight — people of various backgrounds and skin tones clapping their hands and tapping their feet to the gospel music. At least, that’s how Maeghan Livingston, likes to imagine King would have responded.”

Livingston is the president of the Wake Forest University Gospel Choir and a junior anthropology major. The Gospelfest was sponsored by Wake Forest’s Office of Multicultural Affairs and is part of a series of events celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy.

President Hatch offers thoughts for streamlining NCAA reform efforts

Streamlining the NCAA: In anticipation of the upcoming NCAA Convention on Jan. 15-18, Wake Forest President Nathan Hatch shares his hopes for streamlining the association in an op-ed piece printed in U-T San Diego.

“One idea is to leaven the board, which is principally university presidents, with a set of other distinguished individuals who can bring outside expertise and perspective. Second, I hope that governance reform will allow Division I to remain intact.…Third, the board must work to restore the membership’s trust in the governance structure and ensure better communication between decision-makers and those affected by the decisions. Fourth, the board needs to work to re-engage athletics directors in the work of the NCAA.…And most importantly, the board must reassert the core responsibility of its member institutions to student-athlete well-being and serious academic purpose,” writes Hatch.


‘Good marketers never rest,’ says retail expert

Christmas is over, so what’s next? More shopping: Associate Professor of Marketing Sheri Bridges says consumers are still buying after Christmas, though they’re focusing on needs rather than wants. “Good marketers never rest,” she told News & Record reporter Jonnelle Davis. “Before Christmas is over, they’re already working on the next sale. We have become very savvy shoppers. And so I think that what we need to do is wait and see what kind of bait — what kind of lure — the retailers are going to toss out to get us back in the stores. … They cannot afford to sit there with all that pretty merchandise on the shelf.”

An ‘awesome career services program’

The College Solution: Lynn O’Shaughnessy recently tackled the issue of post-graduate success in her blog, The College Solution. Her post encourages parents and their high school students to seek out meaningful employment statistics and to talk about these as part of the college decision-making process. She writes: “I am mentioning these conversations now because of a crowd-sourced report issued this year – A Roadmap for Transforming the College-to-Career Experience – that takes a critical look at college career services. The report, which was edited by Andy Chan and Tommy Derry, at Wake Forest University (which has an awesome career services program!), was the culmination of a conference hosted by Wake Forest that brought together 250 college administrators, professors, corporate executives and thought leaders.”

Read more about Wake Forest’s Office of Personal and Career Development here.