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April 4, 2007

RESCHEDULED DEATH PENALTY LECTURE TO BE HELD APRIL 4 Sister Helen Prejean, author of “Dead Man Walking,” will speak at Wake Forest University at 7 p.m. April 4 in Wait Chapel.  The event was rescheduled due to travel delays from inclement weather.  Prejean’s lecture will be followed by a question-and-answer session and booksigning.  The event is part of President Nathan O. Hatch’s new “Voices of Our Time” speaker series and is free and open to the public.  Media interested in covering the event must arrive by 6:45 p.m.  A limited number of audio connections are available.  Cameras may set up on the balcony stairs or on the right front row facing the podium.

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

‘MEXICO:  NEIGHBOR IN TURMOIL’ – Luis Roniger, Reynolds Professor of Latin American Studies in Wake Forest’s political science department, will lead the discussion “Mexico:  Neighbor in Turmoil” at 7 p.m. April 5.  The free, public lecture will be held in Wake Forest’s Scales Fine Arts Center, Room A102.  The talk will focus on the recent presidential elections in Mexico and how the close vote will impact the new Mexican administration’s policies.  Roniger will address the question of whether Felipe Calderon can successfully reform Mexico’s policies on energy, trade and border security and strengthen relations with the United States.  This is the third lecture in Winston Salem’s Great Decisions 2007, a six-week citizens forum on current foreign policy issues.  The series is sponsored by Wake Forest’s Center for International Studies.  The Great Decisions Series is a national foreign policy education program sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association.  For more information about the series, contact Yomi Durotoye, the series coordinator, at (336) 758-1910 or visit

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

CHARLIE ROSE TO MODERATE GLOBAL ECONOMY DISCUSSION – Wake Forest will host a panel discussion moderated by Emmy Award-winning journalist Charlie Rose at 4 p.m. April 10, featuring four top executives who represent a mix of global businesses:  satellite communications, computer technology, banking and branded apparel marketing.  The discussion, “Jumping the Sun:  Creating Competitive Advantage in an Increasingly Flat World,” will address what American business and higher education must do to remain competitive in today’s rapidly changing global marketplace.  The event will be introduced by Sen. Richard Burr and will include panelists:  Charlie Ergen, founder, chairman and chief executive officer of EchoStar Communications/DISH Network; John Medica, former senior vice president of the consumer product group at Dell Inc.; Ken Thompson, president and chief executive officer of Wachovia Corporation; and Eric Wiseman, president and chief operating officer of VF Corporation.  Media are invited to attend, but seating must be reserved.

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

ATWOOD TO DISCUSS AWARD-WINNING BOOK – Craig D. Atwood, the John Comenius Visiting Professor of Moravian Studies and director of public theology in the Wake Forest Divinity School, will discuss his award-wining book “Community of the Cross:  Moravian Piety in Colonial Bethlehem” at 4 p.m. April 11 in Wingate Hall, Room 202.  The book, released in 2004 by Pennsylvania State University Press, reveals the deep connection between life in Bethlehem, Pa., and the religious symbolism of controversial German theologian Nicholas von Zinzendorf, whose provocative adoration of the wounds of Jesus was an essential part of private and communal life.  It shows that it was the Moravians’ liturgy and devotion that united the community and inspired both its unique social structure and mission effort.  The free, public lecture is part of the “New Horizons in Religious Studies” lecture series, which was created by the Divinity School and the religion department to highlight publications by faculty members.

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

ACCOUNTING STUDENTS CRUNCH NUMBERS FOR START-UPS Wake Forest University students are helping entrepreneurs at start-up companies make the connection between good ideas and sound financial practices through a class taught in the university’s Calloway School of Business and Accountancy.  The course, “Accounting and Financial Management for Entrepreneurs,” is an elective within the Calloway School’s Master of Science in Accountancy program.  Teams of graduate accounting students enrolled in the course began consulting in January with six companies to provide financial analysis and to develop spreadsheet tools to make financial projections.  Three of the companies are local biotechnology companies.  The remaining three include a software company in California’s Silicon Valley, a theater production company started by Wake Forest students and a nanotechnology company based in Greensboro.  “A goal of the course is to help students and the entrepreneurs they are helping identify what it takes to make a successful pitch for venture capital and what role an accountant plays in that pitch,” said Terry Baker, associate professor of accountancy, who teaches the course.

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

FESTIVAL FOR KIDS WITH DISABILITIES Wake Forest will host KidsFest 2007, the second annual spring festival for local children with disabilities, from 2 – 5 p.m. April 15.  More than 450 children from The Children’s Center for the Physically Disabled, The Special Children’s School and other local organizations have been invited to the outdoor event on the university’s Manchester Plaza.  The event will feature age- and ability-appropriate activities for the children and their families.  It is not open to the public.  More than 20 Wake Forest student organizations will sponsor activity booths such as oversized lawn bowling, musical chairs, face painting, fishing, storytelling and an Easter egg obstacle course.  The Demon Deacon, Wally the Warthog, Ronald McDonald, the Chick-Fil-A Cow and the North Carolina School of the Arts "Academy of Clowns” will make appearances at the festival.  Six giant, inflatable activities, including a wheelchair-accessible inflatable with a flat bottom onto which a wheelchair can roll, will be featured this year.  KidsFest was created by the student group HOPE (Helping to Overcome Physical Expectations).  HOPE is a volunteer liaison organization and mentoring program between Wake Forest students and students at The Children’s Center and the Special Children’s School.  Student volunteers provide weekly one-on-one mentoring for children to promote the academic, social and emotional development of each child.  Media must check in at the media table near Reynolda Hall, along the Benson University Center parking circle, to find out which children cannot be photographed.

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

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