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April 16, 2008

SEN. HILLARY CLINTON TO VISIT WAKE FOREST – Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton will speak at Wake Forest April 18 at 6 p.m. in Wait Chapel.  The doors will open at 4 p.m.  The Clinton campaign, which announced the event April 15, describes it as a “Conversation with Sen. Hillary Clinton and Dr. Maya Angelou.” Angelou is Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest. The event is free and open to the public, according to the campaign.  Additional details for Clinton’s visit will be provided by the Clinton campaign later this week.  Wake Forest President Nathan O. Hatch extended an invitation in 2007 to all Democratic and Republican presidential candidates. Clinton is the first to appear at the university since the invitation was made.  “Wake Forest welcomes all candidates in the race for the presidency. We are pleased to offer Wait Chapel, where many voices have been heard though the years, in keeping with Wake Forest's tradition of free and open expression of ideas,” Hatch said.  The media contact for the Clinton campaign is Carly Lindauer, Communication Director for Hillary for President - North Carolina,, or (603) 785-0807.

WAKE FOREST CELEBRATES EARTH DAY AND SUSTAINABILITY WEEK— As part of Wake Forest University’s first Sustainability Week, April 21 – 25, students will give away painted recycling bins, sell re-usable water bottles, and encourage the campus community to commit to simple lifestyle changes that are more sustainable.  At 11:15 a.m. April 21, Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines will present a proclamation declaring Sustainability Week in Winston-Salem during a kickoff celebration in the Fresh Food Company, Wake Forest’s main dining facility in Reynolda Hall.  The week’s events, intended for Wake Forest students, faculty and staff, have been organized by students enrolled in “Social Values, Sustainability and Entrepreneurship,” a class taught by Dilip Kondepudi, Thurman D. Kitchin Professor of Chemistry, and Herman Rapaport, Reynolds Professor of English.  The students have worked with ARAMARK, Wake Forest’s food service provider, and with the university’s Facilities Management staff to organize the week’s activities.  To raise awareness for sustainability, ARAMARK will begin using “to-go” materials made from biodegradable materials in place of Styrofoam.  Facilities Management will display electric golf carts that could replace the gas-powered ones currently used on campus.  “Green” cleaning supplies used on campus will also be on display. Volunteer art majors have painted the university’s standard blue recycling bins with eco-friendly paints for students to pick up.  Students can also choose to custom paint their own from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. April 22 (Earth Day) and 1 – 3 p.m. April 23.  For a more detailed schedule and additional information, visit

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

CAMPAIGN MESSAGES AND THE IMPORTANCE OF DEBATE — Regarding debates and their importance in the primaries, Associate Professor of Communication Allan Louden was quoted in USA Today about tonight’s debate between Democratic presidential candidates in Philadelphia. “I don’t think an Obama could have happened … absent the Internet and absent this kind of exposure in debates,” Louden is an expert on political campaigns and debates. He posts debate analysis on, a Web site devoted to encouraging lively analysis of political debates.

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

YOUTH ENGAGEMENT IN ELECTION – Katy Harriger, professor of political science and co-author of the book “Speaking of Politics,” can comment on the level of engagement college students and other young people have in the 2008 presidential election.

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

DANCE CONCERTS CELEBRATE NATIONAL DANCE WEEK — Two dance concerts will be featured at Wake Forest University in celebration of National Dance Week.  The Spring Dance Concert, featuring the choreography of Wake Forest students, will be held at 7:30 p.m. April 24-26 and 2 p.m. April 27 in the MainStage Theater.  The concert, titled “Going Green,” will feature environmentally-conscious compositional and philosophical concepts. Tickets are $10 and $5 and are available at the door or through the Theatre Box Office at (336) 758-5295.  The second concert, titled “Petitions,” will be held at 7:30 p.m. April 30 in the MainStage Theatre.  It will highlight Wake Forest students and professional dancers performing the choreography of Christina Tousles Soriano and will launch the tour of Soriano’s CTS Dance Company.  Admission to the “Petitions” concert is free.  Morning show segments with dancers and advance interviews can be arranged.

Contact: Pam Barrett, or 336-758-5237.

PULITZER-PRIZE WINNING POET TO READ AT REYNOLDA HOUSE — W.S. Merwin, considered by many the greatest living American poet, will read from his work at 7 p.m. April 22 in Babcock Auditorium at Reynolda House Museum of American Art.  A reception and book-signing will follow the reading.  In a career spanning five decades, Merwin, 81, has published more than 20 collections of poetry and received numerous literary prizes, including the Pulitzer Prize in 1971 and a National Book Award in 2005 for “Migration,” a volume of his selected poems.  A longstanding and outspoken commentator on environmental issues, Merwin now lives in Haiku, Hawaii, where he writes and cultivates a famous collection of rare palm trees.  Admission to the event is free, but due to limited seating will be by reserved ticket only on a first-come, first-served basis.  For tickets, call Reynolda House at 758-5150.  The event is being made possible through collaboration among Wake Forest’s Dillon Johnston Writers Reading Series, the North Carolina School of the Arts and the Kenan Writers’ Encounters series, a project of the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts.

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

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