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April 9, 2008

AND… ACTION!… FESTIVAL FEATURES FILMS AND FILMMAKERS —  Wake Forest University will host its inaugural Reynolda Film Festival April 11-13.  The festival offers college and graduate student filmmakers an opportunity to showcase their work, network with other aspiring filmmakers, be encouraged in their filmmaking and be rewarded for their creativity, say organizers.  The festival will feature screenings of 30 films of all lengths by filmmakers from 10 different countries and lectures and panel discussions by notable film industry experts.  Both the films and lectures will highlight various filmmaking categories including narrative, documentary, animation, international and experimental.  The festival is sponsored by WAKE TV, the university’s student-run television station.  A complete schedule of events can be found at http://groups.wfu.edu/Wake-TV/Reynolda%20Film%20Festival.html

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

WAKE FOREST REMEMBERS VIRGINIA TECH ONE YEAR LATER – At noon April 16, Wake Forest University’s carillon will chime 32 times in honor of the 32 students and faculty who died in the tragic Virginia Tech shootings a year ago.  An image of the Virginia Tech ribbon will be projected on the front of Wait Chapel beginning at sundown April 15 through the evening of April 16. Wake Forest’s Davis Chapel in Wingate Hall and the Christian Meditation Room and Interfaith Meditation Room in Benson University Center, will be open all day April 16 for prayer and reflection.

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

FLINT KNAPPING AND TRIBAL DANCES, BOY SCOUTS LEARN NATIVE AMERICAN CULTURE – The Old Hickory Council of the Boy Scouts of America and the Museum of Anthropology are sponsoring a Native American Day April 12 from 1 to 4 p.m. for local Scouts of all ages. This afternoon at the Museum will feature Native American dancing, music, and singing; hands-on activities including toli, atlatl throwing, and flint knapping; and, merit badge assistance.  More than 100 Boy Scouts are expected to attend.  Call the News Service for more details.

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

POPE WILL BE WELL RECEIVED IN U.S., PREDICTS SOCIOLOGIST – “With the exception of a small minority of people, Pope Benedict XVI will be warmly received by American Catholics during his upcoming visit,” said David Yamane, assistant professor of sociology and the author of several books on the Catholic Church in America.   “One reason many American Catholics are able to look up to him even as they disagree with him is that they do not orient their Catholic identity to the magisterium in Rome. They are Catholics on their own terms.”  He says that even though Pope John Paul II had a better reputation as a public figure, “a good showing in the U.S. will help to bolster his image as a shepherd rather than a guard dog.”

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

GREAT DECISIONS CITIZENS’ FORUM TO ADDRESS LATIN AMERICA– Peter Siavelis, associate professor of political science, will discuss “Latin America: the Next U.S. President’s Agenda” at 7 p.m. April 10 in Scales Fine Arts Center, Room A102.  The talk is part of Great Decisions 2008, a six-week citizens’ forum on current foreign policy issues.  The Great Decisions Series is a national foreign policy education program sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association.  Founded in 1918, the FPA is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, nongovernmental educational organization that strives to educate Americans about the significant international issues that influence their lives. For more information about the Great Decisions Series, visit www.wfu.edu/greatdecisions.

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

WAKE FOREST’S PROJECT NICARAGUA EXPANDS REACH TO AFRICA – A group of students from Wake Forest University’s Babcock Graduate School of Management is traveling to Africa this summer and taking a seminar model being used to help small business owners in Nicaragua. The idea is the brainchild of Sylvain Boko, the Zachary T. Smith Associate Professor of Economics at Wake Forest. Boko traveled to Managua, Nicaragua, over spring break with a group of Babcock students and faculty at the invitation of Babcock School Dean Ajay Patel.  He went to observe them teaching their business skills seminar as part of Project Nicaragua, which reaches out to aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners in the economically deprived area. With funding from the university, Boko will head to his native Benin along with five Babcock students and two faculty members, Patel and Sherry Moss, associate professor of organizational studies.  The group plans to take the business seminar model that is beginning to yield results among attendees in Nicaragua and transport it to Benin, which similarly struggles with poverty.

Contact:  Lisa Snedeker at lisa.snedeker@mba.wfu.edu or (336) 758-3615

TWO WAKE FOREST JUNIORS WIN NATIONAL DEBATE TITLE –Wake Forest University juniors Seth Gannon and Alex Lamballe won the National Debate Tournament April 1 at California State University in Fullerton, Calif.  Gannon, a junior from Atlanta, and Lamballe, a junior from Nashville, Tenn., defeated a team from Dartmouth College in the final round of the competition to win the national title.  The National Debate Tournament win is Wake Forest’s second in the history of the 62-year-old tournament.  In 1997, the Wake Forest team of Brian Prestes and Daveed Gartenstein-Ross won the championship.

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


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