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March 5, 2009

CALLOWAY SCHOOL RISES TO 14TH IN BUSINESSWEEK RANKING – BusinessWeek magazine ranks Wake Forest University’s Calloway School of Business and Accountancy 14th on its 2009 list of the top 50 undergraduate business schools in the United States.  The magazine announced its fourth annual ranking of “The Best Undergrad Business Schools” Feb. 26.  Wake Forest tied for first place in academic quality and showed strong positive momentum, improving its overall rank by seven spots over 2008.  “This achievement is a strong testament to the dedication of former dean Jack Wilkerson and the faculty of the Calloway School,” said Dean of Business Steve Reinemund.  To calculate its ranking, BusinessWeek compiles surveys of about 85,000 senior business majors and more than 600 corporate recruiters.  The ranking considers median starting salaries for graduates and the number of graduates each program sends on to top MBA programs.  The composite ranking also uses an “academic quality score” that BusinessWeek calculates for each undergraduate school by combining SAT scores, faculty-student ratios, class size, the percentage of students with internships and the number of hours students spend on class work each week.  BusinessWeek’s complete 2009 ranking of the best undergraduate business schools is available in the March 9 issue, on newsstands now, and at  The Calloway School offers a bachelor’s degree with majors in accountancy, business and enterprise management, finance and mathematical business, as well as a master’s degree in accountancy.

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


STUDENTS PREPARE TO SERVE OTHERS OVER SPRING BREAK – Wake Forest students are again preparing to work on service projects over spring break, March 7 – 15. Students will pick up hammers and saws to help Habitat for Humanity in Mount Pleasant, S.C., and New Smyrna Beach, Fla.; feed the homeless at the D.C. Central Kitchen in Washington, D.C.; mentor elementary and middle school girls through the Cool Girls Inc. organization in Atlanta, Ga.; and in New Orleans, La., volunteers will continue with the Hurricane Katrina relief effort. These activities are coordinated through the Wake Alternative Break program, which began 13 years ago at Wake Forest. The program allows students to serve the community, meet people, have fun and experience a different kind of spring break.

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


CLINIC HOSTS ‘ASK A LAWYER’ DAYS The Wake Forest University Community Law and Business Clinic will host “Ask a Lawyer” days from noon to 3 p.m. March 18.  Entrepreneurs, whether nonprofit or for-profit, who lack access to other professional services and are located in the Triad can receive assistance free of charge.  Participants can speak to a third-year Wake Forest School of Law student and receive business consulting.  To schedule an appointment, contact the CL&BC at(336) 631-1953.  For more information, visit

Contact: Lisa Snedeker, or (336)758-5719.


FIZZ AND PHYSICS:  PUB TALK PEERS INSIDE THE HUMAN BODY – Jed Macosko, assistant professor of physics at Wake Forest, will present “The Cell Story:  Take a Virtual Voyage to Discover the Secret World Inside Your Cells” at 6 p.m. March 10 at Foothills Brewing Co., 638 W. Fourth St., in Winston-Salem.  The free presentation features 3-D computer animations depicting what goes on inside the 10 trillion cells in the human body and simple explanations of the work performed by molecular “robots that march along nanoscopic “highways.”  “When people see what’s inside a cell, they can understand what’s going on,” Macosko says.  “In much the same way that Jacques Cousteau showed audiences rarely seen places beneath the sea, computer animations based on accurate scientific data allow us to explore the microscopic world inside our bodies.”  Macosko will also explain how his research in biophysics is helping in the fight against cancer, Alzheimer’s and Lou Gehrig’s disease.  The event is part of the Science Café series, co-sponsored by Reynolda Gardens of Wake Forest University; Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society; and SciWorks, the Science Center and Environmental Park of Forsyth County.

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

ARTS AND SCIENCES GET COZY AT CREATIVITY SYMPOSIUM – Leading visionaries and practitioners in the arts, humanities, sciences and business will gather March 18-20 at Wake Forest University for “Creativity: Worlds in the Making.”  Part symposium, part festival of the imagination, the conference combines individual and panel presentations with innovative performances, a gallery exhibition and participatory working sessions, all with an emphasis on crossing disciplinary boundaries to spark innovation.  Featured guests include author and social entrepreneurship advocate David Bornstein; interdisciplinary performance pioneer Meredith Monk; acclaimed scientist, writer and entrepreneur David Edwards; award-winning filmmaker Abigail Child; world-renowned astrophysicist Josh Frieman; and “creative campus” leader Emil Kang.  Individual story ideas abound within the schedule of more than 50 short sessions packed into the conference.  Examples of sessions with direct relevance to the Piedmont Triad include “The Arts as a Tool for Community Involvement,” featuring four Piedmont Triad community arts professionals; “The Piedmont Triad Creative Economy:  A Center of Excellence in Design,” featuring Margaret Collins, director of creative enterprises and the arts for the Piedmont Triad Partnership; and “Building Blocks:  Four Anxious and Undisciplined Hybrids Consider Creativity,” featuring academic professionals and practicing artists from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

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


HISTORIAN CHALLENGES POPULAR VIEW OF LINCOLN Is the popular notion of Abraham Lincoln as the Great Emancipator—a civil rights champion 200 years ahead of his time—historically accurate, or was the real man inextricably a product of the culture, politics and realities of his day?  Paul Escott, Reynolds Professor of American History at Wake Forest University, challenges romanticized, out-of-context views of Lincoln in his new book, “‘What Shall We Do with the Negro?’ Lincoln, White Racism, and Civil War America.”  The book, which takes its title from a headline that appeared in The New York Times in 1862, is published by the University of Virginia Press.  “A more accurate portrait shows a president who placed a higher priority on reunion than emancipation, who showed an enduring respect for states’ rights, who assumed that the social status of African Americans would change very slowly, and who offered major incentives to white Southerners at the expense of blacks,” Escott says.  “He was progressive in his day, but not a 21st century egalitarian.  One of the things I try to show by analyzing his policies is that he was more concerned about preserving the Union and being conciliatory toward Southern whites than about improving the social status of black Americans.”  Escott has taught Civil War and Reconstruction history for 34 years and is the author or editor of 13 books.  He is available to discuss the ideas in his book, as well as the frequent references to Lincoln that have appeared in the popular media during Barack Obama’s presidential campaign and the run-up to the 200th anniversary of Lincoln’s birthday.

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


WFU LAW SCHOOL STUDENTS BRING HOME TROPHY IN NATIONAL FAMILY LAW COMPETITION –  A team of Wake Forest University School of Law students won the Gabrielli Family Law Moot Court competition at Albany Law School over the weekend of March 7-8.  Missy Hanna, Rich McPherson and Caroline Payseur are the national family law champions after beating out teams from 21 law schools.  The prize for the Gabrielli competition is the Steuben bowl, a silver trophy that will reside in a trophy case at Worrell Professional Center for the next year.

Contact: Lisa Snedeker, or (336)758-5719.

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