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February 6, 2008

POST-SUPER TUESDAY ANALYSIS — Katy Harriger, professor and chair of the political science department, has been following the Democratic primary season closely.  The tight race between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton is revealing the appeal of each candidate to specific groups of voters.  Harriger can also talk about the political parties’ different methods of allocating delegates and the impact of younger voters in this election. John Dinan, associate professor of political science, will be looking at Super Tuesday’s results in light of Mike Huckabee’s role as a spoiler.  Dinan says Huckabee’s results, and particularly his ability to peel off conservative voters who would otherwise side with Mitt Romney, will have an impact on the length of the race for the Republican nomination.  Both Harriger and Dinan are available to talk about what happens next in the race to the White House and what role North Carolina voters might play.

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

MEDIA INVITED TO FOUNDERS’ DAY CONVOCATION — Members of the media are invited to attend Wake Forest’s 2008 Founders’ Day Convocation ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Feb 7 in Wait Chapel.  The event is free and open to the public.  Herman E. Eure, professor of biology and associate dean of the undergraduate College, who joined the faculty in 1974 shortly after earning his doctorate at Wake Forest, will deliver an address titled, “Using Our Past as a Road Map for Charting Our Future: The Evolutionary History of Wake Forest University.”  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 board of trustees member, who during his term as board chair, led the search for the university’s 13th president.  Special recognitions will also pay tribute to Wake Forest’s football team, which won the Meineke Car Care Bowl Dec. 29; the men’s soccer team, which won the 2007 College Cup Dec. 16; and the field hockey team, which reached the NCAA Final Four and placed seven athletes on the National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-Region lists.  Media seating for convocation will be reserved in the first and second rows on the far right side of Wait Chapel. Cameras may be set up along the stairways and balcony. It is recommended that media needing audio feeds arrive at the chapel no later than 4 p.m.

Contact:  Eric Frazier, fraziee@wfu.edu or (336) 758-5238.

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 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 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, barretpm@wfu.edu 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 lisa.snedeker@mba.wfu.edu 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 lisa.snedeker@mba.wfu.edu or (336) 758-3615

ANTHROPOLOGY MUSEUM LAUNCHES 'CULTURES UP CLOSE' FAMILY SERIES – Wake Forest’s Museum of Anthropology (MOA) will begin a new program series for families titled “Cultures Up Close.”  The series focuses on a different culture each month.  The series will begin Feb. 10 with “Chinese Calligraphy,” from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the museum.  Guest instructor Mona Wu will teach participants about Chinese New Year and the basics of Chinese calligraphy.  Intended for elementary school-aged children and an accompanying adult, each program includes a cultural learning activity and a related art project. 

Contact:  Cheryl Walker, walkercv@wfu.edu or (336) 758-6073

A NEW BAPTIST IDENTITY – Bill Leonard, dean of the Divinity School at Wake Forest, has returned from the New Baptist Covenant held in Atlanta last week.  While there he taught a course called “Covenant and Community: A New Baptist Identity for the 21st Century,” which used subjects brought up during the conference.  Billed as an issues-centered, non-partisan event, the conference drew more than 20,000 Baptists from across the country.  Dean Leonard is available to talk about the unique gathering, the themes that were discussed, and the potential for unity among Baptists following the meeting.

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


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