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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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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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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.

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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Fresh Food Network delivers local foods to campus

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Do you ever wish you could buy more local produce, meats or dairy, but simply don’t have time to make it to the farmer’s market?

Fresh Food Network, launched last semester, is an entirely student run e-commerce venture making it easier for members of the Wake Forest community to buy local and organic foods.

To purchase items, visit www.FreshFN.com to see what’s fresh around town and place your order anytime from Sunday evening through Thursday at 10 p.m. Choose whether you will pick up your order on Thursday or Friday (Note: Orders placed after Wednesday at 5 p.m. will be available for pick up on Friday).

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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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Founders’ Day Convocation

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Each year, the Wake Forest family gathers for the Founders’ Day Convocation to observe the University’s founding in February of 1834. Wake Forest will hold Founders’ Day Convocation on Thursday, Feb. 19, at 4 p.m. in Wait Chapel.

The Medallion of Merit, the highest honor bestowed by the University, will be awarded at the event. Faculty awards in the areas of advising, teaching and service will also be presented. Three seniors will read their winning orations, and a senior video honoring the Class of 2015 will be screened.

The Office of the Provost will be hosting a reception following the Convocation in Scales Fine Arts Center, Lower Lobby.