Last spring, mathematical business major Christine Briere coordinated Wake Forest student participation in VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance), a program supported by United Way of Forsyth County. Briere, a senior from Norcross, Ga., says that most of the volunteers were accounting students taking their first tax class, but there were also a few law students who participated.
“In total last spring, Wake Forest students volunteered over 730 hours and helped to complete over 500 tax returns for low-income Winston-Salem families,” says Briere. “United Way partner, Experiment in Self-Reliance estimates that Wake Forest students’ efforts saved the community over $100,000 in tax preparation fees!” Last year, VITA brought over $3.5 million back to Forsyth County in tax refunds.
The symposium, Ebola: At Home and Abroad, held Feb. 12-13 demonstrated the importance of a liberal arts education. Even though Ebola is a virus, attendees learned that to effectively respond to the outbreak requires knowledge of history, economics, law, bioethics, as well as biology, medicine and other disciplines. Prior to the symposium, associate teaching professor Pat Lord’s virology students studied the Ebola virus to prepare background knowledge and a quiz made available online.
On the first night of the symposium, with more than 125 undergraduate, graduate, and medical students, professors, staff, and community members present, Assistant Professor of History Nate Plageman began by challenging everyone to stop thinking of Africa as “one-dimensional.” He highlighted assumptions about race that permeated Ebola news coverage.
The United Way of North Carolina recognized companies and organizations from across the state that have demonstrated commitment and support to their community through local United Way involvement. Businesses, professional and non-profit organizations, governmental entities, healthcare and educational institutions – large and small – are nominated to receive a Spirit of North Carolina award because they are champions of change, raise their voice to share the story of their community, volunteer their time and expertise, and invest resources.
Of the forty-two Spirit of North Carolina awards, Forsyth County organizations received the highest number of awards for the second year in a row with eleven awards. Aladdin Travel and Meeting Planners, BB&T, City of Winston-Salem, Deere-Hitachi, First Community Bank, First Tennessee Bank, HanesBrands Inc., Pepsico, Reynolds American Inc., Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, and Wake Forest University were all recognized for their valuable community involvement and their support of United Way of Forsyth County.
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.
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.
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.
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.