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September 20, 2006

WFU, WORLD BANK INSTITUTE COLLABORATE ON COURSE Wake Forest University economics students are getting an inside look at the challenges World Bank officials face in the fight against global poverty. Mary McNeil, senior operations officer with the World Bank Institute (WBI), will teach the course titled “Economic Growth and Development” with Sylvain Boko, Zachary T. Smith Associate Professor of Economics at Wake Forest. WBI is the unit of the World Bank that teaches communities and organizations in developing countries how best to use resources to address specific sociopolitical and economic situations causing widespread poverty. Boko will meet regularly with the class and, occasionally, he will be accompanied by McNeil, who earned her bachelor’s degree at Wake Forest in 1978. McNeil will also occasionally join the class by videoconference. World Bank officials and individuals engaged in WBI programs will also connect with the class via videoconference. So far, videoconferences have been planned to link students to communities in Ghana and the Philippines. On Nov. 3, students will connect with an African Local Government Association meeting, which will involve mayors of cities located in eight developing African nations. Boko, a native of Benin, West Africa, and McNeil hope the exposure to various speakers will give students a better understanding of why poverty is an enduring problem around the world, and why money alone does not solve it. “There is a lot more to poverty than a lack of money,” Boko said. “Poverty and economic development are linked to how institutions that govern people use resources, specifically, whether those institutions use resources efficiently and in a way that benefits most, if not all, citizens.”

Contact: Maggie Barrett, or (336) 758-5237.

WFU TO HOLD ‘CONVERSATION WITH SANDRA DAY O’CONNOR’ – Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor will visit Wake Forest Sept. 21 to participate in “A Conversation with Sandra Day O’Connor” at 4 p.m. in Wait Chapel. The event will follow an interview format in which a professor will ask O’Connor questions about her life as a legal professional. Wake Forest law students will also have an opportunity to ask O’Connor questions. Sponsored by the Wake Forest School of Law, the lecture will serve as the university’s Constitution Day event and is one of the university’s new “Voices of Our Time” events, which brings renowned experts to campus to explore timely issues. The event is open to members of the Wake Forest community, the law community and invited guests.

Contact: Pam Barrett, or (336) 758-5237.

‘JESUS, THE BIBLE, AND HOMOSEXUALITY’ – The Rev. Dr. Jack Rogers, professor of theology emeritus at San Francisco Theological Seminary, will discuss his new book “Jesus, the Bible, and Homosexuality: Explode the Myths, Heal the Church” at 7 p.m. Sept. 21 in the lower auditorium of Wingate Hall. The event is free and open to the public. In his book, Rogers makes a biblical case for equal rights for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. A self-described evangelical, who also wrote the book “Confessions of a Conservative Evangelical,” Rogers writes in his latest book: “I had never really studied the issue of the status in the church of people who are homosexual. I opposed homosexuality reflexively – it was just what I thought Christians were supposed to do. However, studying this issue in depth for the first time brought me to a new understanding of the biblical texts and of God’s will for our church … I changed my mind initially by going back to the Bible and taking seriously its central message for our lives.” Sponsors of the event include the Office of the Chaplain, the religion department, the Divinity School, Wake Forest’s Pro Humanitate Center and Presbyterian (USA) Campus Ministry. For more information, contact (336) 758-5248.

Contact: Jacob McConnico, or (336) 758-5237.

THEOLOGIANS COBB, SUCHOCKI TO LEAD STEELMAN LECTURES – John B. Cobb Jr., founder of the Center for Process Studies at Claremont School of Theology in California, and Marjorie H. Suchocki, director of the Process and Faith Program of the Center for Process Studies, will present the Margaret A. Steelman Lecture Series at Wake Forest Divinity School Sept. 23. The free, public lectures are scheduled for 10 a.m. in Wingate Hall, Room 202. Suchocki will present the first lecture, “John the Evangelist as a Process Theologian,” and Cobb will present the second lecture, “Paul the Apostle as a Process Theologian.” Cobb, who established the Center for Process Studies at Claremont in 1973, is one of the leading voices of Process Theology in the United States. Suchocki, a professor emerita at Claremont, is a frequent collaborator with Cobb. She has been director of the Process and Faith Program since 2001 and is a former vice president of academic affairs and dean at Claremont. Her work on violence has been recognized as making a major impact on American theology.

Contact: Jacob McConnico, or (336) 758-5237.

STUDENTS ‘HIT THE BRICKS’ FOR BRIAN PICCOLO, CANCER RESEARCH – Teams of seven to 15 students, representing fraternities, sororities, a variety of student organizations and freshman residence halls are competing in a long-distance run around Wake Forest’s Hearn Plaza (main Quad) from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 28. The students will relay a baton around the brick oval surrounding the Quad throughout the day, competing in two categories – total distance and most money raised. The event concludes at 7 p.m. with a symbolic final lap to fight cancer. Luminaries will light the Quad to honor cancer victims and survivors. Prizes will be awarded to the winning teams for the most laps and the most money raised as well as a raffle drawing of additional prizes from the Wake Forest College Book Store. This is an extremely visual event, perfect for television stations or print outlets looking for stand-alone art.

Contact: Wake Forest News Service at (336) 758-5237.

BESTSELLING AUTHOR, WFU ALUM PLANS APPEARANCES SEPT. 28-30 New York Times bestselling author and Wake Forest graduate Emily Giffin will take part in several public and private events at the university between Sept. 28 and 30, including book signings, discussions and informational sessions for students. Giffin, a 1994 graduate of Wake Forest who now lives in Atlanta, is the author of three books, “Something Borrowed,” “Something Blue,” and her latest, “Baby Proof,” which was released in June. She will participate in a private event for students from 11 a.m. to noon Sept. 28 in the university’s Career Services department. The event is designed to give information to students who might be interested in a career in writing and publishing. Giffin will hold a discussion and book signing in the Rhoda K. Channing Room in Wake Forest’s Z. Smith Reynolds Library from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 28. The event is free and open to the public, and all of Giffin’s books will be on sale at the event. From 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 28, Giffin will speak to English, history and pre-law students at a private reception. Giffin will lead a free, public discussion and question-and-answer session at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 29 in the main lounge on the first floor of the university’s Reynolda Hall. At 10:30 a.m. Sept. 30, Giffin will participate in a book signing on Hearn Plaza (main Quad) in front of the College Bookstore. All of Giffin’s books will be available for purchase at the bookstore. For more information, contact the Wake Forest library at (336) 758-4931 or the College Bookstore at (336) 758-5145.

Contact: Jacob McConnico, or (336) 758-5237.

WAKE FOREST CELEBRATES 50 YEARS IN WINSTON-SALEM On Sept. 29, Wake Forest will mark the 50th anniversary of its move to Winston-Salem. Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines, Wake Forest President Nathan Hatch and Clifton Truman Daniel, grandson of President Harry S. Truman, who attended the groundbreaking for the new campus in 1951, will speak at a 5:30 p.m. ceremony on Hearn Plaza. A 1950s-style swing band will perform beginning at 4 p.m. Earlier in the afternoon, Ed Hendricks, professor of history at Wake Forest, will give a talk explaining “Why Wake Forest Moved to Winston-Salem” at 1:30 p.m. in Room 204 of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library. Members of the class of 1956, the last to graduate on the old campus, will be inducted into the university’s Half-Century Club that morning. From 2:30 to 5 p.m., historical photos from the 1940s, 50s and 60s will be on display in the Wake Forest University Archives on the sixth floor of the library. In 1956, Wake Forest moved 100 miles westward from the town near Raleigh where it was founded in 1834. 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. Banners celebrating 50 years in Winston-Salem are displayed on campus, along University Parkway and in downtown Winston-Salem.

Contact: Cheryl V. Walker, or (336) 758-5237.


Researchers and others in the biotechnology and bioethics fields are grappling with questions like, “What are the challenges to commercializing biotechnology research?” and “Do bioethics act as a restraint or an opportunity for biotechnology?” On Sept. 29, media are invited to attend “Biotechnology: Innovation, Funding & Ethics,” a two-session conference organized by Wake Forest that will include two panel discussions featuring experts who will address these and other issues. Featured speakers and panelists will include Steve Burrill, CEO of Burrill & Company; Clifton Leaf, senior editor at large of Fortune magazine; Arthur Caplan, chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and director of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania; as well as several panelists from Wake Forest’s Babcock Graduate School of Management, School of Law, School of Medicine and Comprehensive Cancer Center. The first session, “From Bench to Bedside: Accelerating the Transfer of Academic Research from the Laboratory to the Marketplace” will be held at 9 a.m. “Contemporary Issues in Bioethics” will begin at 1 p.m. Both free, public sessions will be held in Pugh Auditorium. For detailed conference information visit The event is offered as part of the university’s “Voices of Our Time” series.

Contact: Concette Grillo, or (336) 758-5421.

GOOD GRIEF! IT’S CHARLIE BROWN – “Peanuts” lovers will have the rare opportunity to see more than 46 original drawings from Charles M. Schulz and dozens of other “Peanuts” memorabilia at Wake Forest’s Charlotte and Philip Hanes Art Gallery Oct. 7 - Nov. 15. The exhibit “Charles M. Schulz: His World in Art and Objects” will kick off with a history of “Peanuts” given by author and Schulz historian Derrick Bang at 6 p.m. Oct. 7 in Scales Fine Arts Center Art Department Room 102. At 7 p.m., the gallery reception will feature live music and an appearance by Snoopy performed by Judy Sladky. Other exhibit events will include “Comic Art vs. Fine Art,” a lecture with artist Tom Everhart at noon Oct. 18 and “A Conversation with Jeannie Schulz” at 3 p.m. Oct. 28. The museum will offer extended hours during the exhibit and can arrange a limited number of school field trips. For museum hours, contact (336) 758-5585. For full story, visit

Contact: Pam Barrett, or (336) 758-5237.

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