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Jazz concert Friday to benefit Habitat for Humanity

300x175.20100727.hall1132Wake Forest security officer Patricia Hall loves smooth jazz, and she loves Habitat for Humanity. She has organized and produced a jazz concert, “Jazz at the Bistro With Chip Shearin,” to be held on Friday, March 27 at the Winston-Salem Hotel & Spa. (3050 University Parkway) A portion of the ticket money will go to Habitat. The cost is $10.

“I love Habitat. I have to include Habitat whenever I do something,” Hall, a Habitat homeowner, told writer Lynn Felder in a recent interview for the Winston-Salem Journal.

In 2012, she traveled to El Salvador for nine days with Habitat for Humanity helping build a home for a family living in substandard conditions.

Nine Wake Foresters honored for CORE certification

IMG_3348 Nine Wake Foresters from across campus have completed the requirements for the Professional Development Center’s CORE Certification program.

On Friday, Feb. 13, the 2015 CORE Honorees were recognized for their achievement at a luncheon held at Graylyn International Conference Center.  In attendance were supervisors and colleagues who have provided guidance and support to the honorees as they attended classes and workshops focused on personal, professional and community development.

2015 CORE Honorees are:

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CER, WFU Magazine recognized for award-winning work

Members of the news media turned out in force to hear speaker Jill Abramson.

Members of the news media turned out in force to hear speaker Jill Abramson.

When The New York Times abruptly fired former Executive Editor Jill Abramson just five days before she was scheduled to address Wake Forest University graduates, members of the Communications and External Relations (CER) team established a proactive communications strategy, developed a media relations plan, and provided access and support for news media.

Abramson delivered a timely and meaningful lesson in “resilience” for the Class of 2014 and their families… not to mention those around the world watching through the lenses of the 50+ top-tier media present for the ceremony or via the dozens of outlets who streamed the event online.

In recognition of their efforts, CER received an Award of Excellence in the Media Relations category from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) for “Commencement Speaker Drama? Getting it Right in the National Spotlight.”

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Neal wins second ‘Under Forty’ award

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CER staff members Kevin Cox, Katie Neal, Brett Eaton and Bonnie Davis attended the Feb. 19 awards ceremony.

The Triad Business Journal has named Katie Neal (’03), executive director of news and communications, to its annual list of “40 Leaders Under Forty.” She was recognized at a ceremony in Greensboro on Feb. 19.

The awards honor 40 remarkable individuals, all under the age of 40, who have distinguished themselves in their careers as well as in their communities.

Neal was recognized for overseeing media relations for Dr. Maya Angelou’s memorial service in Wait Chapel; spearheading the University’s strategy and response to widespread media attention when journalist Jill Abramson was fired by The New York Times only five days before commencement ceremony; and leading efforts within the Junior League of Winston-Salem to enhance the membership experience.

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January 2015 staff milestones

Lacy R. Watson, a maintenance technician at Graylyn, has been a part of the Wake Forest community for 25 years. Below is a list of other staff members celebrating milestones this month.

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December 2014 comings and goings

See a list of employees joining and leaving the University in December 2014:

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WakeUnited: Live United Matt Williams

matt.williams.300x175OPCD’s associate director for marketing and communications, Matt Williams, is a graduate of Project Blueprint, a leadership development program sponsored by the United Way that increases the participation of individuals from under-represented groups on nonprofit and community boards. Participants receive training and support to drive change in these organizations where diverse perspectives and experiences are needed and valued.

“I graduated from Project Blueprint in 2012 and found it incredibly helpful,” says Williams. “I received instruction on strategic and financial planning, diversity and inclusion, operational processes and more. The experience introduced me to other citizens seeking to use their strengths to serve and familiarized me with organizations working to eradicate many challenges within our community.”

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November 2014 comings and goings

See a list of employees joining and leaving the University in November 2014:

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December 2014: Faculty and staff milestones

Annemarie Buwalda, a faculty assistant in the law school, is celebrating 25 years at Wake Forest! See the complete list of faculty and staff milestones for December 2014.

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November 2014 staff milestones

Elide Vargas, administrative coordinator in Politics and International Affairs, is celebrating her 30 year milestone this month. See the complete list of faculty and staff milestones for November 2014.

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