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August 22, 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. 

FUN FRESHMAN FACTS —

  • 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, fannin@wfu.edu 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 Hatch.

Contact: Eric Frazier, frazieef@wfu.edu or (336) 758-5237.

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR FOCUSES ON FOOD – Wake Forest students who enroll in Angela King’s First-Year Seminar, “What We Eat,” will be introduced to weightier concerns than avoiding those extra pounds known as the “freshman 15.”  King, senior lecturer in chemistry, wants students to examine how modern agricultural and food industry practices affect the safety and nutrition of the foods people eat, the social and economic conditions of those who produce and consume them and the health of the environment.  “The overall goals of the course are to develop the analytical and critical thinking skills of students and their ability to express their opinions and ideas,” King says.  “By choosing this topic as the framework for the class, all students can relate to it, bring some food-centered experience to the discussion table and will hopefully leave with an increased awareness about the impact of choices they make regarding what they eat.” The course aims to take students  beyond their familiar experiences with grocery shopping and dining to consider complex food issues like small-scale agriculture versus corporate farming and the relationship between food costs and controlling pollution.  Through a variety of texts, from the 1906 classic, “The Jungle,” by Upton Sinclair, to the 2001 bestseller, “Fast Food Nation,” by Eric Schlosser, students will survey how the American food industry and diet has changed over decades and discuss such issues as portion sizes, advertising, wages paid to farm and food processing workers and the impact of using fossil fuels to fertilize crops and transport food across long distances.  Beyond the classroom, students will gain real-world experiences by volunteering with local agencies that prepare and serve food.

Contact: Eric Frazier, frazieef@wfu.edu or (336) 758-5237.

RELIGION AND THE SIMPSONS:  SURPRISING SPIRITUALITY —

What do the Simpsons, professional wrestling and romance novels have to do with religion?  More than you might expect, according to Lynn Neal, assistant professor of religion at Wake Forest.  Neal draws some surprising correlations between popular culture products and the religious lives of their devotees.  Neal will teach a first-year seminar course this fall which will encourage students to question how popular culture is influencing individual spirituality, religious vitality and American culture.

Contact:  Audrey Fannin, fannin@wfu.edu or (336) 758-4393.

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, walkercv@wfu.edu 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.    

 

FRESHMEN COMPETE IN CAMPUS-WIDE SCAVENGER HUNT — 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 in an event called “Pros vs. Joes.”  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, walkercv@wfu.edu 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.  Classes began Aug. 20 for 81 new full-time students in the Babcock Graduate School of Management.  Students enrolled in the evening programs in Winston-Salem and Charlotte begin classes Aug. 27.  The new MBA Executive Fast-Track program students start classes Aug. 24.  The Babcock School’s one-year master’s degree in management program began classes July 16 with 16 students.  First-year students at the Wake Forest School of Law began 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, walkercv@wfu.edu or (336) 758-5237.


Wake Forest freshmen move into their residence halls on Thursday, August 23, 2007.  Ashley Reeves waits outside Luter Residence for the doors to open.
Wake Forest freshmen move into their residence halls on Thursday, August 23, 2007. Ashley Reeves waits outside Luter Residence for the doors to open.
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