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January 30, 2008


Allan Louden, associate professor of communication at Wake Forest University, can provide expert commentary and post-debate analysis for tonight’s (Jan. 30) Republican debate.  The debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif., will be the final debate among Republican presidential candidates before Super Tuesday.  Louden can also provide commentary on the Democratic debate on Jan. 31 in Los Angeles. Both debates will be broadcast on CNN.  He is an expert on political debates and political campaigns and advertising.  He posts debate analysis on, a Web site devoted to encouraging lively analysis of political debates created by Wake Forest’s Director of Debate Ross Smith.  Louden has provided expert commentary and debate analysis for USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, MSNBC, Newsweek and a wide range of other national media outlets.  He also served as Elizabeth Dole’s debate coach during the 2002 U.S. Senate race and has published papers on such topics as “Audience Recall of Issues and Image in Political Debates.”  Louden is available today or tonight and can be reached at (336) 406-8451.

Contact:  Cheryl Walker, or (336) 758-6073

BIOLOGY PROFESSOR’S CONVOCATION SPEECH WILL EXAMINE THE EVOLUTION OF WAKE FOREST—Herman Eure, professor of biology and associate dean of the undergraduate College, will deliver Wake Forest’s 2008 Founders’ Day Convocation address during a ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 7 in Wait Chapel.  The event is free and open to the public.  In his speech titled, “Using Our Past as a Road Map for Charting Our Future: The Evolutionary History of Wake Forest University,” Eure will draw upon his teaching of evolution to trace the historical events, people and core values that have produced the university as it exists today.  Such remarks are timely and relevant as Wake Forest works toward completing a long-range strategic plan begun in 2006.  Eure joined the faculty in 1974 after earning his doctorate in biology from Wake Forest and has compiled a distinguished record of service and received numerous awards. Also during the ceremony, a number of annual teaching, research and service awards will be presented, including the Medallion of Merit, Wake Forest’s highest award for service to the university. This year’s recipient is Winston-Salem attorney Murray C. Greason Jr., a Wake Forest graduate and longtime Wake Forest Board of Trustees member.  During his term as board chair, he led the search for President Nathan O. Hatch, who took office in 2005.

Contact:  Eric Frazier, or (336)758-5238

STUDENTS AUCTION ART TO RAISE FUNDS TO FIGHT POVERTY —Students Working Against Poverty (SWAP), a student-run organization at Wake Forest, is holding its third annual “stArt Student Art Auction” at 7 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Downtown Arts District Association’s (DADA) Community Center, 526 N. Liberty St., Winston-SalemArt work by Wake Forest students and professors will be sold to benefit Crisis Control Ministry.  Food and wine will be available, and a string ensemble will provide music.  The event wraps up a series of activities known as “kNOw Poverty Week,” designed to raise public awareness and offer students and community residents concrete ways to help.

Contact:  Eric Frazier, or (336)758-5238

A NEW BAPTIST IDENTITY – Bill Leonard, Dean of the Divinity School at Wake Forest, will attend the New Baptist Covenant in Atlanta Jan. 30 – Feb. 2.  While there he will teach a course on “Covenant and Community: A New Baptist Identity for the 21st Century.”  The course is being carried by 15 other divinity schools and seminaries and will be taught using subjects brought up during the conference.  Baptists across the nation have been struggling with issues such as the role of women, ministering to gay and lesbian parishioners and maintaining traditional holdings such as colleges and hospitals.  Under the theme of “Unity in Christ,” participants will address topics such as peace and justice, poverty and diversity.  Speakers include former presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton; Tony Campolo, founder of the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education; and Marian Wright Edelman, founder of the Children's Defense Fund.  Billed as an issues-centered, non-partisan event, the conference is expected to draw as many as 20,000 Baptists from across the country.  Dean Leonard is available to talk about the gathering, the themes to be discussed, and President Jimmy Carter’s role as a Baptist leader.

Contact:  Audrey Fannin, or (336) 758-4393

WEDDING EXHIBIT OPENS AT ANTHROPOLOGY MUSEUM — “Ties that Bind: Wedding Customs from Around the World,” a new exhibit showcasing wedding costumes from different cultures and exploring the role weddings play in different communities, will run Jan. 25 through May 3 at Wake Forest’s Museum of  Anthropology.  The exhibit was developed by Lydia Dorsey, a senior anthropology major at Wake Forest, under the instruction of Beverlye Hancock, the museum curator.  It includes traditional outfits and other items from the Hmong culture in Thailand, the Maasai culture in Kenya and many other cultures around the world.  The exhibit shows how weddings and the connections they create are essential to social stability and continuity.

Contact:  Cheryl Walker at or (336) 758-6073

RENOWNED PERCUSSIONIST TO PERFORM AT WAKE FOREST, GIVE FREE MASTERCLASS — Dame Evelyn Glennie, the first person in musical history to successfully create and sustain a full-time career as a solo percussionist, will perform as part of a collaborative partnership between Wake Forest’s Secrest Artist Series and the Winston-Salem Symphony.  “An Evening with Evelyn Glennie,” the first of three concerts featuring Glennie and the Winston-Salem Symphony, will be held at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 9 in Wait Chapel.  Tickets are $30/$20 and are available by calling 758-5295.  Two other concerts will be held at the Stevens Center at 3 p.m. Feb. 10 and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12.  For tickets to these performances, call 725-1035 ext. 201.  Glennie will also give a masterclass at Wake Forest from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 9 in Brendle Recital Hall.  The class will feature two high school students and two college students from North Carolina: Christian Covington, West Forsyth High School; Nate Tucker, NCSA; Jason DeCristofaro, Brevard College; and Mariana Poole, Elon University.  Admission is free to observers. 

Contact: Pam Barrett, or 336-758-5237

BEST-SELLING AUTHOR DAN HEATH TO SPEAK AT MARKETING SUMMIT — Get a date.  Get a job.  Change the world.  “These are three clear cases where you need a sticky idea, and I’m going to tell you how to be more effective in all three,” says Dan Heath, the New York Times best-selling author who will speak at the 18th annual Wake Forest Marketing Summit Feb. 8.  Heath will speak at 11 a.m. in Brendle Recital Hall in Scales Fine Arts Center.  Heath is the author of “Made to Stick:  Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die,” a book he co-wrote with his brother, Chip Heath.

Contact:  Lisa Snedeker at or (336) 758-3615

MBA STUDENTS RISE TO THE MARKETING CHALLENGE — Some of the nation’s top business schools will participate in the student-run Wake Forest Marketing Summit’s 36-hour case competition, Feb. 7-9.  Schools represented include Brigham Young University (Marriott), Duke University (Fuqua), Northwestern University (Kellogg), Pennsylvania State University (Smeal), University of Virginia (Darden), University of Washington (Foster), University of Wisconsin-Madison and Wake Forest University (Babcock).   In the case competition, teams consisting of four to seven MBA students must develop a marketing plan to solve a real-world challenge faced by the sponsor.  Last year, Motorola challenged MBA students to develop a plan to market its new Q handset to small- and medium-sized U.S. companies.

Contact:  Lisa Snedeker at or (336) 758-3615

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