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August 20, 2008

CLASS OF 2012 ARRIVES ON CAMPUS — Members of the media are invited to cover freshman move-in day at Wake Forest University Aug. 21.  Residence halls open at 8 a.m., and faculty, staff and upperclassmen will be on hand to help freshmen and their families unload vehicles and carry personal belongings inside. Most residence halls for freshmen are located on the south side of campus along Gulley Drive and Jasper Memory Lane.  University Stores will set up a satellite sales location under a large tent on Manchester Plaza near Gulley Drive to more conveniently offer many supplies that freshmen need, ranging from laundry bags and mattress covers to computer surge protectors and printer ink cartridges. The best opportunities for interviews with freshmen and their families will be in the morning.  News Service staff will be available beginning at 8 a.m. to escort media inside residence halls.Marked media vehicles may park along Gulley Drive, where most move-in activities will take place.  The university plans to welcome 1,204 freshmen from 44 states and 12 foreign countries.  About a quarter of the incoming class is from North Carolina.  Freshman orientation activities, ranging from computer distribution to New Student Convocation, will continue until classes begin Aug. 27.

LAPTOP COMPUTER DISTRIBUTION — Freshmen will pick up their laptop computers and color printers from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 21 in the Information Systems building, Rooms 224 and 225. A shuttle bus will carry students from their residence halls to the IS building. Students and their families are invited to attend a reception at the Information Systems building featuring a visit from The Demon Deacon and a performance by the Wake Forest marching band.

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

HOW PARENTS CAN BE HELPFUL WITHOUT HOVERING — When children leave home to begin college, parents often need help making the transition, according to Johnne Armentrout, assistant director of the Wake Forest Counseling Center. For the past 17 years, Armentrout has led a “Family Relationships in Transition” program for parents of first-year students during orientation. She helps parents understand some of the changes freshmen will experience and makes suggestions on how to encourage their children without being too intrusive. “Too much parental involvement can make freshmen less confident in the choices they are making,” Armentrout says. “It is important for parents to let them have some freedom to make their own mistakes.” Armentrout will be available for interviews from 9:30 a.m. – noon during the freshmen move-in Aug. 21, but other interview days/times can also be arranged.

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

ROTC CADETS TAKE ‘FRESHMAN CHALLENGE’ — Wake Forest’s new Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps students and their parents begin orientation activities at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 22 at the military science department located in the Information Systems building.  The following morning, at 6:30 a.m. in Kentner Stadium, the new cadets will have their first Army physical fitness test and will be issued their uniforms and equipment the morning of Aug. 25.  The “Freshman Challenge” will begin at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 26 at The Vineyard Camp near Mt. Airy.  The cadets will complete a high ropes course and engage in several other activities such as rappelling and rock climbing.  Members of the media are invited to attend. An awards ceremony for returning juniors and seniors and a contracting ceremony, during which new cadets will take an oath of service, will be held at 3 p.m. Aug. 28 at the ROTC department offices located in the Information Systems Building.

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

FRESHMAN READING ASSIGNMENT FOCUSES ON YOUNG VOTERS — Each year, incoming freshmen at Wake Forest are assigned a reading with a message further explored by a high-profile speaker during orientation. This year the students were assigned “Millennials Talk Politics: A Study of College Student Political Engagement,” published by The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE). Wake Forest was among the dozen colleges and universities participating in that study. Kathleen Hall Jamieson, a nationally known scholar and commentator on politics and the media, will discuss trends in the 2008 election cycle and why they matter at 8 p.m. Aug. 22 in Wait Chapel. “Given the upcoming election, we wanted to bring someone to campus who could speak to the political transformations taking place, particularly as they relate to college-age students,” says James Ford, associate professor of religion and chair of the Orientation and Lower Division Advising Committee. Jamieson is director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, co-founder of, and an author, co-author or editor of 15 books, including “Dirty Politics: Deception, Distraction and Democracy.” The lecture is not open to the public, but members of the media are invited to attend.

Contact: Audrey Fannin, or 336-758-4393.

OLYMPIC IMITATION: NEW STUDENTS TEAM UP FOR FUN — They might not be ready for the Olympics, but Wake Forest’s incoming freshmen will show off their athletic skills in the “Pros vs. Joes” contest Aug. 25. During orientation, “professionals”, including Wake Forest coaches and athletes, will take on the new student “regular Joes” at 24 stations scattered around campus. Students will arrive at Kentner Stadium at 6:45 p.m. From 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. teams of freshmen will compete in as many challenges as they can. They will play against the varsity volleyball team, swing bats in the home run derby and kick soccer goals with the coaches. The event is sponsored by Wake Forest’s Campus Recreation, Residence Life and Housing and Student Development departments. Contact the News Service for a complete schedule.

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

UNDERGRADUATE CLASSES START AUG. 27 — All undergraduates enrolled at Wake Forest and students enrolled in the Graduate School, Calloway School and Divinity School will start classes Aug. 27. The Wake Forest School of Law and full-time students in the Babcock Graduate School of Management begin classes Aug. 25.

DOES EVERY VOTE COUNT? — Voting and its quagmires have heavily influenced politics in the 21st century.  In his timely fall course for freshmen, “The Mathematics of Voting,” Jason Parsley, assistant professor of mathematics, introduces students to such mathematical principles as “Arrow’s Impossibility Theorem,” which indicates that if three or more candidates are running, there is no “fair” system for deciding a winner.  The course will examine the strengths and weaknesses of various voting systems in use, including plurality rule, instant runoff voting, approval voting and the Electoral College.  Students will also discuss current election topics such as the debates over electronic voting machines and felon disenfranchisement.

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

FRESHMEN SEEK SUSTAINABLE ENERGY — As high gas prices and national energy policies continue to dominate the news and the presidential campaigns, a first-year seminar called “Seeking Sustainable Energy” encourages freshmen to decide for themselves which energy options the nation should pursue.  “History has many examples of civilizations that rose and thrived using unsustainable resources and then collapsed when the resources were exhausted,” says Dilip Kondepudi, Thurman D. Kitchin Professor of Chemistry, who is teaching the course for the first time.  “When resources become insufficient, political conflicts and wars ensue.  Therefore, it is imperative that we base our global economy on resources that are sustainable.”  Students will review the historical relationship between economic growth and energy consumption and consider current energy resources, environmental impacts, and the role of technology, innovation and public policy in forming their conclusions.

Contact: Eric Frazier, or (336) 758-5237.

RELATIONSHIP WITH CHINA IS FOCUS OF FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR—The Olympic games in Beijing are providing television viewers with their most extensive look ever inside China.  That nation’s recent rapid development has prompted much speculation about future relations with China, but most people lack a broad, historical context for understanding Chinese-Western relations.  “Encountering the Other: Cultural Contact, Conflict and Confluence Between China and the West,” is a multidisciplinary course for freshmen which aims to provide that context by looking at cross-cultural exchanges between China and the West since the 16th century.  “China is no longer a distant country on the other side of the globe,” notes Yaohua Shi, assistant professor of East Asian languages and cultures.  “It directly impacts people’s daily lives from the things they buy at Wal-Mart to the mortgage rates that they are able to secure from their banks.”

Contact: Eric Frazier, or (336) 758-5237.

MAKING SENSE OF POLITICAL CHANGES IN PAKISTAN Charles Kennedy, professor of political science at Wake Forest University, can put President Pervez Musharraf’s resignation Monday into perspective.  He can explain the events leading up to his resignation and what this will mean for Pakistan’s relationship with the United States and the ongoing war on terror. Kennedy is a former director of the American Institute of Pakistan Studies, and remains on the board of directors of that organization as well as the Kashmir Study Group. He is author of several books and articles on Pakistan including his most recent book, “Government and Politics in South Asia” published this week. Other books include “Pakistan: 2005,” “Pakistan at the Millennium,” “The Kashmir Dispute at Fifty: Charting Paths to Peace,” and “Islamization of Laws and Economy: Case Studies on Pakistan” among many others. He published a chapter titled “Pakistan’s Anti-Terrorism Regime” in “New Perspectives on Pakistan: Contexts, Realities and Visions for the Future.” Kennedy travels frequently to the region and is available to discuss the current state of affairs in Pakistan.

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

COFFEE SHOP PERKS UP LIBRARY— Dramatic renovations made to the Z. Smith Reynolds Library during the summer include renovated study rooms with staircases leading to new second-level seating areas, a Starbucks coffee shop and new meeting rooms.  Work began in May to renovate the 5,900-square-foot area at the front of the library.  The lower level of the space to the left of the front entrance will house a Starbucks coffee shop, expected to open by the end of September.  The large study space to the right of the entrance will be completed in late August.  After talking with library directors across the country, Lynn Sutton, director of Wake Forest’s Z. Smith Reynolds Library, decided it would be important to have a coffee shop in the renovated space.  “Coffee shops have become common in university libraries,” Sutton said.  “Instead of leaving the library for a study break, students can stay in the building and have more of their needs met.”  The 23-foot ceilings in the two study spaces allowed for the construction of two mezzanines, which add another level of about 2,000 additional square feet.  In addition to the main study rooms, the renovated space at the front of the library will include three new meeting rooms for small groups, a graduate student lounge and new bathrooms.

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

WAKE FOREST LAW STUDENTS SHOW MEANING OF PRO BONO — To encourage a commitment to community service and later legal pro bono work as lawyers, the law school dedicates time during its five-day orientation program to a community service project. On Aug. 20 and 21, the entering class, in addition to faculty and staff, will work together to help build Habitat for Humanity houses in Winston-Salem.  Law students will work in shifts from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. both days.

Contact: Ann Gibbs,, prior to August 20 for more information.

WAKE FOREST MBA STUDENTS TAKE TEAM-BUILDING TO THE RAPIDS — To encourage team-building, the Babcock School dedicates time during its five-day orientation program to put their newly learned team-building skills to the test at the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte.  On Thursday, Aug. 21, the entering full-time Winston-Salem MBA class, in addition to faculty and staff, will spend the morning doing a ropes course and the afternoon on the water at the center.  On Friday, Aug. 22, the Charlotte evening program class of 2010 will spend the afternoon navigating the rapids at the center.  Also on Friday in Winston-Salem, there will be a panel discussion on the “Challenges & Benefits of Living the Ethical Life” at 9 a.m. in the Graylyn Conference Center and MBA students will participate in a "Community Plunge" by volunteering at various sites around the community in an effort to give back to the place they will call home for the next two years.

Contact: Lisa Snedeker, or (336) 441-0027.

Press Contacts:

Eric Frazier
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

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