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April 18, 2007

SERVICE TO BE HELD TO REMEMBER VICTIMS OF VT SHOOTING – An interfaith memorial service to remember the victims and families of the Virginia Tech shootings will be held at 7:30 p.m. April 18 in Wait Chapel.  The Chapel will be open at 6 p.m. for prayer and meditation.  At the request of the chaplain and other organizers, no flash photography will be permitted inside Wait Chapel during the service and television cameras must remain on the stairway landing on the right side of the chapel.  Television crews are asked to conduct interviews outside of the chapel.  A candlelight processional with 32 people carrying candles will take place at the conclusion of the service.

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

WAR CRIMES FOCUS OF GREAT DECISIONS LECTURE – George Walker, a professor in the Wake Forest University School of Law, will lead a discussion of “War Crimes” at 7 p.m. April 19.  The free, public lecture will be held in Wake Forest’s Scales Fine Arts Center, Room A102.  In the forum, Walker will discuss how the creation of the International Criminal Court has established a new venue for investigating and prosecuting war crimes, despite a lack of U.S. participation. He will address whether the non-participation of the United States weakens the power of the ICC, and the challenges faced by the ICC in punishing war criminals.  This is the fifth 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 www.wfu.edu/greatdecisions.

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

STUDENTS CUSTOM-PAINT DESKS FOR SCHOOLCHILDREN Wake Forest students will paint desks from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. April 19 on Manchester Plaza to give to at-risk students at Old Town Elementary School.  More than 40 elementary school students will each get a colorful, custom-decorated desk.  Called D.E.S.K or Discovering Education through Student Knowledge, the project was started in 2004 by two Wake Forest students who, while tutoring at local schools, discovered that many students did not have a good place to do homework.  D.E.S.K. is co-chaired by Wake Forest students Kendra Armstrong and James Bacon.  Each elementary school student will be matched up with a team, and the team will decorate the desk based on the child’s interests.  The teams represent student organizations ranging from fraternities and sororities to the field hockey team and the marching band.  The event will include music, games and prizes.

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

A TASTE OF OPERA AT WFU Wake Forest’s Opera Workshop Class will present a free concert, “Mozart & Topsy-Turvy,” at 8 p.m. April 19.  Students will perform scenes from Mozart and Gilbert & Sullivan operas, including “The Magic Flute,” “Don Giovanni,” “The Marriage of Figaro,” “All Women Do It,” “Iolanthe” (The Peer and the Peri), “The Mikado” (The Town of Titipu), “Patience” (Bunthorne’s Bride) and “The Gondoliers (The King of Barataria).

Contact:  Pam Barrett, barretpm@wfu.edu or (336) 758-5237.

POPULAR A CAPPELLA GROUP PERFORMS ‘BIG’ CONCERT Wake Forest’s student a cappella group Chi Rho will hold its 15th annual “Big Concert” at 8 p.m. April 21 in Wait Chapel.  The free concert is open to the public and will feature the release of the group’s eighth CD, “Here is What I Know Now.”  Chi Rho is a Christian men’s a cappella ensemble that is well known on campus and throughout the Triad for its tight harmonies and powerful lyrics, songs and testimonies.  Last year’s concert drew a crowd of more than 1,200.  The group has performed at events for churches, schools and organizations, including The White House, Habitat for Humanity, Major League Baseball games and The National Cathedral.  In May, they will perform internationally for the first time at a concert in Taize, France.

Contact:  Pam Barrett, barretpm@wfu.edu or (336) 758-5237.

FIRST FEMALE BAPTIST SEMINARY PRESIDENT TO SPEAK AT WFU The Rev. Dr. Molly Marshall, president of Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Shawnee, Kan., will speak at 11 a.m. April 24 in Wake Forest Wait Chapel.  Marshall, who serves as professor of theology and spiritual formation at Central Baptist, became the first woman president of a Baptist-affiliated seminary accredited by the Association of Theological Schools when she assumed office in January 2005.  This lecture is the final event in Wake Forest’s year-long “Worship in Wait” series, a monthly program that has brought distinguished preachers from diverse religious traditions to the university, and in the university’s “Voices of Our Time” series, which brings renowned experts to campus to explore timely issues.

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

WFU HOSTS ANNUAL SPRING DANCE CONCERT The Wake Forest Dance Company will highlight the works of 13 student choreographers at its annual spring dance concert at 7:30 p.m. April 26-28 and at 2 p.m. April 29 in the MainStage Theatre in Scales Fine Arts Center.  Featuring 44 dance company members, the event will feature a variety of ballet, modern, musical theater and jazz works choreographed by Wake Forest seniors, including a modern dance about Hurricane Katrina.  Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students, senior citizens and children.  Tickets are available at the door or by calling the Wake Forest Theatre Box Office at (336) 758-5295 between noon and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Contact:  Pam Barrett, barretpm@wfu.edu or (336) 758-5237.


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