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August 15, 2007

CLASS OF 2011 ARRIVES ON CAMPUS — Wake Forest expects approximately 1,130 incoming freshmen will arrive on campus Aug. 23.  Students will begin moving into their rooms at 8 a.m.  Most residence halls for freshmen are located on the south side of campus near Manchester Plaza.  Wake Forest staff and students will help freshmen and their families unload vehicles.  With activities ranging from computer distribution to New Student Convocation, freshman orientation activities will continue until classes begin Aug. 29. 


  • Minority students make up 16 percent of Wake Forest’s incoming class
  • Forty-five states and 10 foreign countries are represented
  • Twenty-two percent are from North Carolina
  • Thirty-seven percent graduated within the top 5 percent of their high school classes

ROTC CADETS FACE ‘FRESHMEN CHALLENGE’ — Wake Forest’s new Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps students and their parents begin orientation activities Aug. 24 at the military science department located in the Information Systems building.  In the early morning on Aug. 25, the new cadets will have their first Army physical fitness test at Kentner Stadium, and will be issued their uniforms and equipment the morning of Aug. 27.  The “Freshmen Challenge” will be held Aug. 28 at The Vineyard Camp near Mt. Airy.  The cadets will complete a ropes course and engage in several other activities such as rappelling and rock climbing that offer good photo opportunities. Contact the News Service to arrange coverage of any ROTC activities.

Contact:  Audrey Fannin, or (336) 758-5237.


FRESHMAN PROGRAM SPARKS VOLUNTEERISM — Before they register for classes at Wake Forest, a group of freshmen will spend four days volunteering in the Winston-Salem community.   S.P.A.R.C. (Students Promoting Responsibility and Action to the Community) is a program designed by the Office of Volunteer Services to show students first-hand the important role that community service plays in the life of the university.  From Aug. 19 to 23, the freshmen and several returning student leaders will volunteer at local agencies such as Habitat for Humanity, Second Harvest Food Bank, the Ronald McDonald House, Winston-Salem Stream Clean and many others.  For a schedule of volunteer activities, contact the News Service.

Contact:  Audrey Fannin, or (336) 758-5237.


WFU FRESHMEN CONFRONT ISSUES OF FAITH AND SCIENCE — Kenneth Miller, a nationally recognized professor of biology at Brown University and author of “Finding Darwin’s God,” will speak to Wake Forest’s incoming freshmen about religion, science and evolution during an orientation lecture in Wait Chapel Aug. 26.  Freshmen read three articles by Miller over the summer and will discuss them in small groups prior to the lecture.  “Our hope is that Dr. Miller’s lecture will serve to model the intellectual environment these students are entering through a topic that is front and center in our society,” says Jay Ford, associate professor of religion at Wake Forest.  Although the event is not open to the public, members of the media may arrange to attend the lecture or interview Miller during his visit by contacting the News Service by Aug. 24.  Miller has been one of evolution’s foremost defenders on the national stage, writing, lecturing and commenting for the media on the scientific evidence for evolution and refuting the doctrines of creation science and intelligent design.  He previously spoke at Wake Forest in 2005 during an academic symposium that was part of the inauguration of President Nathan O. Hatch.

Contact: Eric Frazier, or (336) 758-5237.



PARENTS AND THE EMPTYING NEST — When children leave home to begin college, parents often need help making the transition, according to Johnne Armentrout, assistant director of the Wake Forest Counseling Center.  For the past 16 years, Armentrout has led a “Family Relationships in Transition” program for parents of first-year students during orientation.  She helps parents understand some of the changes freshmen will experience and makes suggestions on how to encourage their children without being too intrusive.  “Too much parental involvement can make freshmen less confident in the choices they are making,” Armentrout says. “It is important for parents to let them have some freedom to make their own mistakes,” she says. If parents find themselves particularly worried about their children’s safety in the wake of the tragedy at Virginia Tech, Armentrout suggests parents try to talk with friends, relatives or counselors, but to avoid focusing too much on those worries when talking with their freshmen.  She will be available for interviews from 9:30 a.m. - noon during freshmen move-in Aug. 23, but other interview days/times can also be arranged.

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

COMPUTER DISTRIBUTION — Freshmen will pick up their R60 ThinkPad computers and color printers from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 23 in the Information Systems building, Rooms 224 and 225.  A shuttle bus dubbed the “technology tram” will carry students from their residence halls to the IS building. 


PROS VS. JOES— New Demon Deacons can win prizes and meet new people in a co-ed Amazing Race-style event Aug. 27.   Groups of first-year students will compete with athletic coaches, student-athletes, staff and faculty at 24 stations scattered around campus.  They will kick soccer goals with assistant women’s soccer coach Skip Thorp, compete with the varsity volleyball team and engage in various other contests while gathering the answers to Wake Forest trivia questions.  Wake Forest President Nathan O. Hatch will be challenging participants on the basketball court in Reynolds Gymnasium.   The event begins at 6:30 p.m. and teams must complete all tasks by 8:45 p.m.

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


UNDERGRADUATE CLASSES START AUG. 29 — All undergraduates enrolled at Wake Forest and students enrolled in the Graduate School, Calloway School and Divinity School will start classes Aug. 29.  The Wake Forest School of Law and full-time students in the Babcock Graduate School of Management begin classes Aug. 20.


PARENTS CAN EASE NEW SCHOOL TRANSITION FOR K-12 CHILDREN — Moving to a new school can be difficult for children, but parents can help ease the transition, according to Donna Henderson, professor of counseling at Wake Forest and co-author of "The Handbook of School Counseling.” “The transition from one school to the next is a point at which children have more opportunities for trouble," said Henderson, whose family moved more than a dozen times before she graduated from high school.  First, demystify it, she said.  “Let the child know what to expect,” she said. "Don't tell them horror stories about your own experiences.”

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



WAKE FOREST LAW STUDENTS SHOW MEANING OF PRO BONO—To encourage a commitment to community service and later legal pro bono work as lawyers, the law school dedicates time during its five-day orientation program to a community service project.  On Aug. 15 and 16, the entering class, in addition to faculty and staff, will work together to help build Habitat for Humanity houses in Winston-Salem. The program is organized through the Public Interest Law Organization, a Wake Forest student group that works to emphasize the importance of serving the community as part of a lawyer's professional commitment.   Law students will work in shifts from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. both days.

Contact:  Linda Taylor, or (336) 758-5719.

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