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March 12, 2009

GOSPEL CHOIR SINGS NATIONAL ANTHEM FOR NBA GAME IN NEW ORLEANS – During their spring break, 30 members of the Wake Forest Gospel Choir sang the national anthem at the New Orleans Hornets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder NBA game March 7.   They were invited to New Orleans by the mother of Hornets’ point guard and former Wake Forest player Chris Paul.  “It was a great experience!  The crowd was very responsive,” said Brittany Brown, president of the Gospel Choir and a Wake Forest senior.  The group also sang Sunday morning at the church Chris Paul attends in New Orleans.  Before leaving the city, the choir volunteered at the Second Harvest Food Bank in New Orleans.  The trip combines community service and performance.  They are making stops in Houston and Atlanta to perform at churches, retirement homes and a home for troubled teens.  The choir will return to campus Sunday, March 15.   If you would like to arrange an interview with members of the Gospel Choir, contact the News Service. 

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


STUDENTS SERVE OTHERS OVER SPRING BREAK – Wake Forest students are again working on service projects over spring break, March 7 – 15. Students are wielding hammers and saws to help Habitat for Humanity in Mount Pleasant, S.C., and New Smyrna Beach, Fla.; feeding the homeless at the D.C. Central Kitchen in Washington, D.C.; mentoring elementary and middle school girls through the Cool Girls Inc. organization in Atlanta, Ga.; and in New Orleans, La., volunteers 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.  Students will be available to talk about their experiences after they return.

Contact: Audrey Fannin, 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.


CLINIC HOSTS ‘ASK A LAWYER’ DAY – T he Wake Forest University Community Law and Business Clinic will host “Ask a Lawyer” day 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.


WAKE TV SELECTS FOUR REAGAN STUDENTS FOR NEW MENTORSHIP PROGRAM – WAKE TV, Wake Forest’s student-run television station, has selected four Reagan High School students to participate in its inaugural mentorship program.  Initiated and organized by Wake Forest senior Alex Saks, the mentorship program offers high school students interested in television or film the opportunity to learn from college students working with a university television station or with a university-sponsored film festival.  Area high schools were sent applications in early January, and participants were selected by a group of Wake Forest students.  This year, each of the four high school students selected was matched with a mentor from the Reynolda Film Festival, which is sponsored by WAKE TV.  Students will work alongside their mentors during the festival April 1-5.  “The primary focus of both WAKE TV and the Reynolda Film Festival is to serve the campus,” said Saks, “but it struck me that neither organization was doing any community service, and in light of our university’s motto, ‘Pro Humanitate,’ that didn’t seem right.”  Because both organizations require large time commitments from students, Saks believed a mentorship program was a good compromise.  “This way, we are able to reach out to local high school students while still getting our work done,” said Saks.  To arrange an interview with the students and mentors, contact the News Service.

Contact: Pam Barrett, or (336) 758-5237.

UNDERSTANDING PAKISTAN’S ‘SHARIA DEAL’ – Charles Kennedy, professor of political science and coordinator of the Middle East and South Asia studies minor, is available to help make sense of recent events in Pakistan. Pakistan has struck a deal allowing officials from the North West Frontier Province to implement Islamic law in exchange for an end to a violent two-year insurgency by local Taliban militants. Kennedy says a similar offer was made in the late 1990s. “It calls for speedy disposition of cases before the courts by appointing Islamic judges instead of magistrates.” At issue is the former state of Swat, a region nicknamed the “Switzerland of Pakistan,” which was popular with tourists until it was captured by the Taliban insurgency at the end of 2008. Kennedy says the claims that this significantly changes the legal system of Swat is being overstated intentionally by the provincial government, and that this act will have little effect on making Swat more amenable as a safe haven for extremists. “What is important is the symbolic significance of making a deal,” he says.

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


WFU LAW SCHOOL SPONSORS ‘DISCOVER LAW DAY’ – The Wake Forest Law School Admissions Office will host “Discover Law Day” March 16 in the Worrell Professional Center, Room 1312.  Anyone with an interest in law school, including high school students, is encouraged to attend.  Speakers will include law students, faculty and alumni.  The purpose of the event is to educate prospective students about preparation for law school, law-school life, the legal profession and the admissions process.  Attendees will have an opportunity to meet with law students, alumni, members of the faculty and law school administrators.  Additionally, they will have the opportunity to attend a law class, tour the law school, and receive information on admission standards and financial aid.  The event begins at 9 a.m. and will conclude at 12 p.m.  A continental breakfast and light lunch will be provided. To reserve your seat, please contact Debbie Walker at

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

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