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April 30, 2008

SHAKESPEARE FOR A DAY – Theater students from high schools across Forsyth County will gather for Shakespeare Day at Wake Forest May 1 from 9:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Fifty-four students from Atkins, Carver, East Forsyth, Glenn, Mount Tabor, North Forsyth, Parkland, Reagan, Reynolds and West Forsyth high schools will perform scenes from Shakespearean plays.  Wake Forest theater faculty and students will critique their performances and work with them individually.  The event will conclude with an evening performance of scenes from “Macbeth” “A Comedy of Errors,” and other plays.  James Dodding, the Wake Forest theatre professor who started Shakespeare Day for local schools 12 years ago, will also teach the students the mime scene from “Hamlet.”  Activities will be held in the Ring Theatre in Scales Fine Arts Center.  

Contact:  Cheryl Walker, or (336) 758-5237.


Members of the media are invited to cover Wake Forest University’s commencement ceremony at 9 a.m. May 19, featuring Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne as speaker.  Wake Forest News Service-issued parking passes and media credentials will be required to enter campus the day of the event.  To request parking passes for your news staff, contact the News Service as soon as possible.

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

JOB OUTLOOK STILL POSITIVE FOR MOST WFU GRADUATES — With the national economy slowing and financial markets jittery, a wide range of employers continue sending recruiters to meet Wake Forest graduates, reports William Currin, director of career services.  “Our total number of on-campus interviews is up about 9 percent, and the total number of organizations interviewing on campus is up as well,” Currin says.  Last year, 96 percent of Wake Forest graduates were employed or enrolled in graduate or professional school six months after graduation, and Currin expects that placement rate to hold up this year.  In a survey of about 1,000 job postings, Currin finds that nine out of 10 employers are still open to considering liberal arts majors, and seniors are getting jobs in such diverse fields as education, public relations, business management, financial services, accounting and consulting.

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

SENIOR STANDOUTS:  WHAT’S NEXT? —Wake Forest’s 2008 graduating class includes many remarkable students who have post-commencement opportunities that rival their already significant accomplishments.  Among the nearly 1,500 students who will receive degrees May 19 are:  a physics major, who is also a dancer and choreographer and will be touring with a dance company this summer; an offensive tackle who played in the Orange Bowl and Meineke Car Care Bowl, who will enter the Wake Forest University School of Medicine this fall; an economics major, who is heading to South Africa to work at a microfinance bank and started a nonprofit fund to help other students travel to Africa to work on development issues; a political science major (art minor) who won a national Scripps Howard award (and $10,000 prize) for his comic strip in the student newspaper; and a religion major who is the top-ranked amateur golfer in the world.  To arrange interviews with any of these seniors, contact the News Service.

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

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