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July 1, 2008

TRANSATLANTIC TIES: TEENS PRACTICE DIPLOMACY — Teenagers from Iceland, Tajikistan and Serbia will join high school students from 34 other countries for a U.S. Department of State-sponsored program at Wake Forest University June 28 through July 30.Designed to build connections between European and American youth and encourage civic activism, the program will draw 90 participants from former Soviet bloc nations, western European countries and the United States. Named in honor of America’s first diplomat, the “Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Initiative: Summer Institute for Youth” (BFTFI) is the only youth-oriented program funded by the State Department to focus exclusively on U.S.-European relations and to involve youth from all regions of Europe and Eurasia. This is the third year Wake Forest has hosted the program. “The program is an investment in future understanding,” said Allan Louden, associate professor of communication at Wake Forest and director of BFTFI. Students will live together in residence halls, participate in workshops addressing diplomacy-related topics, complete a community service project and visit Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. The program will include two groups of students. The Founders, 15 to 17 years old, arrivedon campus June 28. The Diplomats, 17 to 19 years old, will arrive July 5. Members of each group will stay with local area host families for one week while they are in Winston-Salem. For more information on the BFTFI, including a schedule and list of countries represented, go to

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

WFU POLICE DEPARTMENT EARNS ACCREDITATION — The Wake Forest University Police Department has been awarded full accreditation by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA).  Accreditation signifies that Wake Forest’s campus police department meets more than 200 IACLEA-designated standards covering such areas as administration, training and career development, patrol, crime prevention and investigation, evidence collection and management, and traffic operations.  Wake Forest was one of two agencies, along with the California State University-Northridge Police Department, which participated in a pilot program to test IACLEA’s accreditation process, including a rigorous on-site assessment conducted by an accreditation team.  Chief of Police Regina G. Lawson accepted the award on behalf of Wake Forest June 28 at the annual IACLEA conference in Hartford, Conn.

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

NEW SCHOLARSHIP HONORS OUTGOING DEAN — The Calloway School of Business and Accountancy at Wake Forest University has announced the establishment of the Jack E. Wilkerson Jr. Scholarship, which will be awarded annually to an undergraduate business major.  Wilkerson, dean of the Calloway School for the past 12 years, stepped down from the post June 30.  “Jack has always been totally focused on the student experience,” said Clay Small, a past chair of the Calloway School Board of Visitors.  “It became obvious that a scholarship in Jack’s name was the appropriate vehicle to recognize his many contributions to the school.”  Under Wilkerson’s leadership, the Calloway School has experienced significant growth and success, adding the fifth-year Master of Science in Accounting program in 1997; dedicating Kirby Hall, a $14 million, 57,000 square-foot building in 2004; and being ranked consistently among the top undergraduate business schools in the nation.  Wilkerson, who remains on the Wake Forest faculty but is taking a yearlong sabbatical, will be a visiting scholar this fall at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in Palo Alto, Calif.  Under a realignment of Wake Forest’s business schools, Steve Reinemund, former chairman and chief executive officer at PepsiCo, began July 1 as dean of the Calloway School and the Babcock Graduate School of Management.  He will also be Professor of Leadership and Strategy.

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

PROJECT HELPS AFRICAN GRANDMOTHERS RAISE AIDS ORPHANS — A group of Wake Forest University students returns this week from Tanzania, where they spent the past two weeks helping to build a house for grandmothers raising their grandchildren orphaned by AIDS.  The trip was sponsored by The Nyanya Project, created by Mary Martin Niepold, a lecturer in journalism at Wake Forest.  The non-profit agency trains the grandmothers, who are called “nyanya” in Swahili, to organize cooperatives and earn income through the sale of handmade crafts and agricultural products.  Niepold will return July 9 after traveling to Kenya to check on grandmother cooperatives she started there last year.

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

HIGH SCHOOL SCIENCE TEACHERS STUDY BIOTECHNOLOGY — Some high school teachers from the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools are getting a chance to update their knowledge of the rapidly advancing science of biotechnology during a summer workshop July 14- 25 at Wake Forest University.  “The Science Behind Biotechnology,” taught by Rebecca Alexander, associate professor of chemistry at Wake Forest, exposes teachers to high-level scientific research being done at Wake Forest while providing them with practical tools they can take back to use in their own classrooms.  During classroom sessions, the teachers discuss topical issues such as plastics and recycling, the forensic science made popular on TV shows like “CSI” and even the ethics of biologically engineered foods and stem cell research.  In the laboratory, the teachers learn hands-on activities they can replicate in their own classes such as creating models of cells by sewing fabric patches on pillows or isolating DNA from strawberries using household chemicals and cheesecloth.  Participants also get to visit the Piedmont Triad Research Park to see real-life examples of cutting-edge biotechnology at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine and the biopharmaceutical company Targacept.

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

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