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August 30, 2006

AUTHOR TO SHARE STORIES ABOUT N.C. WOMEN WORKERS Roxanne Newton, author of the forthcoming book “Women Workers on Strike: Narratives of Southern Women Unionists,” will deliver the lecture “The Fabric of Hope and Resistance: North Carolina Women on Strike” at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 30 in Tribble Hall’s DeTamble Auditorium at Wake Forest University. The event is free and open to the public, and is made possible by a grant from the Humanities Forum of the North Carolina Humanities Council and Wake Forest’s Women’s and Gender Studies Program. Newton’s lecture, which will be held in celebration of Labor Day, will cover women’s accounts of labor issues in North Carolina from the General Textile Strike of 1934 to strikes in 1999 and 2001. Newton is also director of humanities and fine arts at Mitchell Community College in North Carolina. Her book will be published by Routledge in October 2006. For more information about the lecture, call (336) 758-3758.

Contact: Maggie Barrett, barretmb@wfu.edu or (336) 758-5237.


WAKE FOREST MAKES BLACK ENTERPRISE MAGAZINE’S TOP 50 LIST – Black Enterprise magazine has named Wake Forest to its list of “50 Top Colleges for African-Americans.” Wake Forest is ranked 22nd on the list, which appears in the magazine’s September issue. The following factors were considered in the rankings: black student graduation rate, the average survey score of the school’s academic and social environment, total black undergraduate enrollment, black undergraduate students as a percentage of total undergraduates and ranking on the 2004 Black Enterprise Top Colleges list.

Contact: Cheryl V. Walker, walkercv@wfu.edu or (336) 758-5237.


CRISIS/HOSTAGE NEGOTIATION: WAKE FOREST EXPERT AVAILABLE TO COMMENT – Randall G. Rogan, an expert on the communication and analysis of crisis/hostage negotiation, is available to speak to the media about the complexities involved in the profession of crisis/hostage negotiation, the focus of “Standoff,” a new, fictional television series from the Fox Broadcasting Company. Rogan, professor and chair of communication at Wake Forest, has worked with the FBI and was a member of the team of analysts that helped identify the Unabomber. In the spring semester of 2005, Rogan taught the course “Communication, Terrorism and Hostage Negotiation” at Wake Forest. Rogan, who plans to watch “Standoff,” said he hopes the series will realistically depict the difficulties and challenges various law enforcement officers must manage

when striving to facilitate a peaceful end to a high-conflict, potentially lethal situation. “It would benefit the general public to learn about the reality of crisis/hostage negotiation,” Rogan said. “Too often, this aspect of law enforcement is inaccurately portrayed and glamorized in films and made-for-TV movies.”

Contact: Maggie Barrett, barretmb@wfu.edu or (336) 758-5237.


ONE OF NEWSWEEK’S 12 BEST LIVING PREACHERS TO SPEAK AT WFU The Rev. Dr. Fred B. Craddock, Bandy Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Preaching and New Testament at Emory University, will give the sermon “God Opens Our Ears” in Wake Forest’s Wait Chapel at 11 a.m. Sept. 5. Craddock, director of the Craddock Center in Cherry Log, Ga., has been listed by Newsweek and other publications as one of the best living preachers in America. With impressive academic credentials that include delivering the Lyman Beecher Lectures at Yale University and a pastoral career as a minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) serving churches in Tennessee, Oklahoma, and Georgia, Craddock is perhaps most loved for his folksy style, delivering the hardest truths of the Gospel with humor and flair. His appearance at Wake Forest is offered as part of a new series titled “Worship in Wait,” which seeks to bring a variety of distinguished preachers from diverse traditions to Wait Chapel. Craddock’s visit is also part of the university’s new “Voices of Our Time” guest speaker series, which brings some of the most distinguished and renowned experts to campus to explore timely issues.

Contact: Jacob McConnico, mcconnjn@wfu.edu (336) 758-5237.


WAKE FOREST CELEBRATES 50 YEARS IN WINSTON-SALEM This year, Wake Forest celebrates 50 years in Winston-Salem, its home since a 100-mile move westward in 1956 from the town of Wake Forest near Raleigh. Although other colleges have moved their campuses, Wake Forest may well be the largest, most well-established institution to move such a substantial distance to a new home and continue operation under the same name. The move in 1956 placed Wake Forest a greater distance from its athletic rivals – N.C. State, UNC and Duke – and smoothed the way for the small college to grow into a nationally recognized university. Throughout the month of September, banners celebrating 50 years in Winston-Salem will be displayed on campus, along University Parkway and in downtown Winston-Salem. The university will mark the 50th anniversary of the move during Homecoming Weekend, Sept. 28-30.

Contact: Cheryl V. Walker, walkercv@wfu.edu or (336) 758-5237.


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