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WFU a United Way ‘Spirit of North Carolina’ award winner

United Way logoThe 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.

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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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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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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

freshfoodnetworkGuest post by junior Jake Teitelbaum

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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