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October 1, 2008

BANKERS, ACADEMICS TO DISCUSS FINANCIAL CRISIS — Wake Forest will host a panel discussion, “Exploring Today’s Financial Crisis:  Business, Politics, Ethics and You,” at 4 p.m. Oct. 3, at Scales Fine Arts Center’s Brendle Recital Hall.  Theevent is free and open to the public.  Banking executives and academics will address the root causes of the nation’s current financial crisis and how it is affecting taxpayers, investors, bank customers, small business owners and job seekers, among others.  Other topics will include leadership in times of crisis, what is in store for the economy and the political and ethical implications of potential courses of action.  Banking industry panelists will be John Allison, chairman and chief executive officer at BB&T Corp. and Reggie Imamura, managing director at PNC Bank.  Panelists from Wake Forest University will be Sheri Bridges, associate professor of marketing at the Calloway School of Business and Accountancy; David Coates, professor of political science; and Alison Snow Jones, associate professor at the School of Medicine’s Program in Bioethics, Health and Society.  Moderators will be Bill Marcum, associate professor of finance at the Calloway School and Rob Nash, associate professor of finance at Wake Forest’s Babcock Graduate School of Management.  To promote informal dialogue among the panelists, a moderator-led question-and-answer format will be employed.  The two-hour session will include time for questions from the audience.  Dean of Business and Professor of Leadership and Strategy Steve Reinemund will offer opening and closing remarks.

Contact: Eric Frazier, or (336) 758-5237, or Lisa Snedeker, or (336) 441-0027.


2008 ELECTION SOURCES AVAILABLE — Wake Forest faculty members are available to comment on the 2008 election, including Thursday’s vice-presidential debate. Experts are available from a wide range of areas, including political science, debate, religion, law and business, covering topics such as campaign ads, presidential debates, health care, banking, political scandal and young voters. Visit for a searchable list of experts and issues.

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


GOLF TOURNEY TO RAISE MONEY FOR CANCER RESEARCH — “Birdies for Brian,” a new event to raise funds for the Brian Piccolo Cancer Drive, will be held Oct. 4 at Tanglewood Park. Theta Chi and the Interfraternity Council are hosting the golf tournament. Taylor Donner, a Wake Forest junior, says his fraternity is doing so because “every person in the community has either known someone who had or has cancer, or has had it themselves. These Brian Piccolo events are great for raising money for cancer research because each event really does try to get the entire campus involved.”

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

‘THE SCANDALOUS GOSPEL OF JESUS’ AUTHOR TO SPEAK — Peter Gomes, Plummer Professor of Christian Morals at the Harvard Divinity School and Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church of Harvard University, will deliver the sermon, “Wise Words for Smart People,” at 7 p.m. Oct. 5 during Worship in Wait at Wake Forest’s Wait Chapel. Gomes will also lecture on “Beyond This Learned Ministry” at 11 a.m. Oct. 6 in Wait Chapel. Both events are free and open to the public.  Gomes’ most recent book is “The Scandalous Gospel of Jesus: What's So Good About the Good News?” Two of his previous books, “The Good Life: Truths That Last in Times of Need” and “The Good Book: Reading the Bible with Mind and Heart,” were on The New York Times best-seller list. The goal of Worship in Wait is to respond to contemporary issues within the context of ecumenical worship.

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

NYANYA PROJECT RAISES FUNDS FOR AFRICA AIDS RELIEF — The Nyanya Project, a nonprofit agency founded by Wake Forest faculty member Mary Martin Niepold to help African grandmothers raise their grandchildren orphaned by AIDS, will host a fund-raising event from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Oct. 10 at the University of North Carolina’s School of the Arts in the Main Theatre of the ACE Cinema Complex.  The event is open to the public, and donations will be accepted for admission.  The event will feature a film documentary produced by UNCSA School of Filmmaking students, who accompanied Niepold to Tanzania this summer.  Students who participated will also give personal accounts of the trip, and items made by the grandmothers will be available for purchase.

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

FEDERAL RESERVE OFFICIAL TO SPEAK ON MORTGAGE CRISIS — John Duca, vice president and senior policy advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, will present a free public lecture, “Making Sense of the Housing and Mortgage Crisis,” at 4 p.m. Oct. 15 in Carswell Hall’s Annenberg Forum, Room 111. The talk will address current developments in the housing and mortgage markets, including factors behind the boom and bust in the housing market and the role of non-prime mortgage products.  He researches macroeconomics, finance, money, credit, labor markets, housing and banking. At the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Duca currently co-leads the macroeconomics group, leads the financial side of the macroeconomic research group and co-edits its Working Paper series. His major policy work includes numerous briefings and presentations on the U.S. economy and financial markets.  The lecture is sponsored by the Wake Forest economics department and the Social Science Research Seminar.

Contact: Pam Barrett, or (336) 758-4144.

20 YEARS OF PROJECT PUMPKIN MAGIC — Nearly 2,500 children from 40 community agencies have been invited to participate in Wake Forest University’s “Project Pumpkin,” a Halloween celebration from 3 – 6 p.m. Oct. 28 on Hearn Plaza between Wait Chapel and Reynolda Hall. The theme for this year’s event is “20 Years of Magic,” an anniversary celebration with a fantasy theme. Wake Forest students have been visiting participating agencies to interact with the children before they arrive on campus, and to help the children create decorations for Hearn Plaza. Interviews and morning show segments with Project Pumpkin organizers and participating agency representatives can be arranged. At the event, media representatives must check in at the media table in front of Wait chapel to receive a press kit and find out which children cannot be photographed.

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

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