Stories this week at Wake Forest University
June 8, 2010
‘JUST-IN-TIME HIRING’ GOOD NEWS FOR COLLEGE GRADUATES STILL LOOKING FOR JOBS — Because companies and organizations are making more “just-in-time” hiring decisions, the summer hiring season looks brighter for new college graduates who are still looking for a job. Instead of hiring for what they think they will need in the future, employers are hiring more for what they need right now, says Ladd Flock, Director of Career Services at Wake Forest. That means two things for job-seekers: they need to keep in close touch with their college career centers this summer to be aware of new openings, and they need to respond immediately when a job is posted. New college graduates need to be ready for opportunities that will come up in the summer months, Flock says. Some employers, who made a few hires earlier in the year are coming back to campuses looking for additional job candidates as they get funding for positions.
ADVANCING RACE RELATIONS THROUGH ART — The Transforming Race project brought Wake Forest art students and local high school students together to create art that addresses issues related to racial identity and diversity. The completed works of art—from a quilt to an oversized mixing bowl to a large box with images lit by a black light—will be shown June 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Liberty Arts Center at 526 North Liberty Street in downtown Winston-Salem. For the past month, participants in the Transforming Race project have been working together in pairs to examine racial attitudes, personal experiences, and the overall relevance of diversity. David Finn, professor of art at Wake Forest, worked with the students to get needed materials and provided some advice, but he says the art came directly from the discussions between the high school and college students. He did instruct the students not to make the works too abstract, or their audiences wouldn’t get the messages they were trying to convey. After the June 10th exhibition, the works will travel to high schools throughout Forsyth County for display during the upcoming academic year. The pieces will also be shown at the university’s START Gallery in Reynolda Village. The project was funded by the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts’ ACCORD Initiative in cooperation with the City of Winston-Salem’s Human Relations Department.
FORMER FEDERAL RESERVE ECONOMIST TELLS LAWMAKERS TO SLOW DOWN—As lawmakers begin meeting this week to mull over legislation aimed at averting another financial crisis, a former Federal Reserve economist cautions that such sweeping reform could have serious unintended consequences. “This is very ambitious and hugely complicated legislation that is being done very fast,” says Robert Bliss, who is now a professor at Wake Forest University Schools of Business. “Some of the changes are positive, but others could create bigger problems than the ones they are trying to solve.” Rather than trying to pass such sweeping legislation with an eye toward the November election, lawmakers would be better off taking more time to seek expert opinion. Bliss said lawmakers would benefit from bringing in more business and economic experts to advise them rather than approaching the legislation as a political issue. It also is important to take the reform’s worldwide implications into account, he says.
Ellen Sterner Sedeno