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WFU hosts first of three conferences on Meiji Restoration

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On January 30-31, Wake Forest University hosted “The Civil Wars of Japan’s Meiji Restoration & National Reconciliation: Global Historical Perspectives” the initial conference in a multiyear, tri-continental (North America, Europe and Asia) project to facilitate international and interdisciplinary discussions in advance of the 150-year commemoration of Japan’s Meiji Restoration.

The 1868 Meiji Restoration was a crucial moment in Japanese and modern world history. The samurai-dominated feudal regime was overthrown, and the new regime, advocating adoption of Western models, quickly revamped political, economic, military, religious, and social structures, transforming 250 semi-autonomous feudal fiefs into a unified nation-state. Within a few decades, Japan rivaled Western nations in military and economic prowess.

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Campus memorial service for Clayton Lane Bruntjen

A campus memorial service for Clayton Lane Bruntjen, a Wake Forest junior, will be held on Saturday, Feb. 28, at 2 p.m.in Wait Chapel.

A Wake Forest junior, Clayton died unexpectedly at his off-campus residence on Feb. 5. 

A funeral service was held in Illinois earlier this month.

Naming rights to Kevin Cox’s famous (and very busy) snow phone

 A message from the Wake Forest Fund

Like Punxsutawney Phil, the Wake Forest world anxiously waits for one man to rise on a snowy winter’s morn, poke his head out from wherever he lives and let us know whether we can sleep in or not. The very phone from which dreams are crushed or snow days granted exists because you chose to give. Since everyone knows his name, it’s about time Kevin Cox and his famous phone knew yours. Any gift made this month to the “Naming Rights for the Rest of Us” to support the Wake Forest Fund enters your name (or department/office name) into a drawing that may land your name on Kevin Cox’s telephone.

How, you ask? It’s easy. Make a donation to any designation of the Wake Forest Fund by Feb. 28 and your name could appear on Kevin’s phone, for a limited time — most likely a matter of minutes. But as everyone knows, internet photos are forever.

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WFU wins NAFSA award for excellence in international education

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Wake Forest University is among eight colleges and universities who will receive NAFSA’s 2015 Senator Paul Simon Awards for Campus Internationalization for excellence in international education.

Wake Forest and two other schools — Rice University and Virginia Commonwealth University, received the Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award for specific international programs or initiatives that contribute to comprehensive internationalization.

Mount Holyoke College, North Central College, University of Delaware, University of San Diego, and the University of Virginia received the 2015 Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization.

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Wake Forest Road traffic disruption this week

In order to install domestic water to the new Reynolds Gym addition, Facilities and Campus Services will be closing one half of Wake Forest Road at a time to run the new water line under the road.

The work began Monday morning, Feb. 23 and should be complete by Friday evening, Feb. 27. This work has been delayed by the freezing temperatures and weather during the past week.

Please observe the flagging company personnel as they help students and traffic maneuver through the work area.

Contact Ed Bullington at 336-758-3913 with any questions.

Arts Council campaign update

A message from President Nathan Hatch to Wake Forest faculty and staff:

All of us at Wake Forest University benefit from being part of Winston-Salem, the “city of arts and innovation.” One major factor behind this area’s vibrancy – and a cause that we hope you’ll join in supporting – is the Arts Council of Winston-Salem.

Wake Forest University officially comes to faculty and staff twice a year for major fundraising campaigns outside of our own development efforts: one is for the United Way, and the other is for the Arts Council. We hope you will take a moment to consider supporting the 2015 Arts Council Campaign by clicking on this link to make your own tax-deductible contribution.

I am pleased that Erica Still, Associate Professor of English, has agreed to join me in leading our campus Arts Council campaign this year. In accepting my request to give leadership to this effort, Erica stated in a particularly compelling way why she supports the arts in our community:

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Fun times at the Feb. 26th Women’s Basketball vs. Miami

B9bYEasCMAI_UgcThursday, February 26 the women’s basketball team will host Miami at 7 p.m. at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum. All WFU faculty and staff members and their families are invited free of charge when they show a Wake Forest University ID. There will be giveaways just for faculty and staff, in-game recognitions and performances by Wake Forest students.

For more information call Kathleen Hurley at 336-758-5011.

Visit Wake Forest Sports for more information about women’s basketball and follow @WakeWBB on Twitter.

Parking lot closures this week

The Office of Parking and Transportation shared the following parking closure information and provided parking recommendations/options for faculty and staff for Thursday and Friday, February 19 and 20.

Whenever parking lots are closed, the office recommends alternative modes of transportation such as carpooling, bicycles or mass transit to reduce the demand for parking during these times.

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Raper named director of University Counseling Center

Headshot-edited-darkerer-214x300James Raper has been named director of the University Counseling Center (UCC). Raper joined Wake Forest as a staff counselor in 2002 and has most recently served as the Center’s interim director.

Wake Forest University is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in the tradition of liberal learning — the improvement of both mind and character. The UCC’s mission is to encourage, support and assist students in this pursuit by providing a broad range of psychological, counseling and educational services to deal with personal, interpersonal, vocational and academic issues.

In addition to the free and confidential counseling provided to all WFU students, the Counseling Center also provides outreach programs and consultation services to students, faculty and staff; classroom teaching; and training for graduate students in counseling.

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Snow day resources available for optional remote classes

With potential snow days ahead, Information Systems has resources available to help faculty deliver content to students online, synchronously or asynchronously from home. All that is needed is a computer or mobile device and an internet connection. Faculty can deliver slides, videos, spreadsheets, images, or web pages and narrate using messaging, voice, or a webcam. Learners can participate by offering discussion and comments via messaging, voice, or webcam as well.

For more on how to run a dynamic, interactive, virtual class using VoiceThread, Show and Share, or WebEx, visit the faculty snow day resources page at go.wfu.edu/snowdaytech.