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April 29, 2009

OBAMA’S FIRST 100 DAYS John Dinan, associate professor of political science, says Obama’s major achievement in his first 100 days as president has clearly been passage of the $787 billion economic stimulus package.  He says it’s too early to judge other initiatives such as health care reform, climate change and union organizing legislation.  Dinan says the 100-day benchmark harkens back to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who oversaw the passage of 15 major pieces of legislation during his first few months.  “It’s admittedly an artificial measure,” Dinan says, “but it recognizes that presidents are often at the peak of their power at the beginning of their administration.”  Dinan is available to discuss other initiatives and trends of Obama’s first hundred days as president.

Contact: Audrey Fannin, fannin@wfu.edu or (336) 758-5237.

SHAKESPEARE FOR A DAY – Theater students from high schools across Forsyth County will gather for Shakespeare Day at Wake Forest April 30 from 9:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Fifty students from Atkins, Carver, East Forsyth, Glenn, Mount Tabor, North Forsyth, Parkland, Reagan, Reynolds and West Forsyth and Winston-Salem Preparatory Academy high schools will perform scenes from Shakespearean plays.  Wake Forest theater faculty and students will critique their performances and work with them individually.  Warm-ups begin at 10 a.m. and offer good photo opportunities.  The event will conclude with an evening performance of scenes from “Hamlet” “Romeo and Juliet” and other plays. James Dodding, a Wake Forest theatre professor, started Shakespeare Day for local schools 13 years ago.  Activities will be held in the Ring Theatre in Scales Fine Arts Center.  

Contact:  Cheryl Walker, walkercv@wfu.edu or (336) 758-5237.

TWO STUDENTS NAMED TO USA TODAY ACADEMIC TEAMS — Patrick Nelli, a Wake Forest senior, was one of 20 students named to the first team of USA Today’s 2009 All-USA College Academic Team, which honors students for outstanding intellectual achievement and leadership.  Yan Zhao, also a Wake Forest senior, was named to the third team.  They are both featured in the April 29 issue of USA Today.   The first team winners each receive $2,500. The teams were selected by a panel of judges from hundreds of students nominated by colleges and universities across the United States.  Nelli, a physics major from Gastonia, was recognized for his research on ultrasound devices used to break up blood clots in stroke and heart attack victims.  Zhao, a biology major from Nashville, Tenn., was recognized for organizing a benefit concert for Chinese earthquake relief.  

Contact:  Cheryl Walker, walkercv@wfu.edu or (336) 758-5237.

BETTER BEAN COUNTERS:  WFU GRADS BEST ON CPA EXAMS — For the fourth consecutive year, graduates of Wake Forest’s Calloway School of Business and Accountancy have achieved the highest passing rates in the nation on the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam. According to results compiled by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) for the 2007 exam, the most recent scores available, Wake Forest graduates led all first-time candidates by achieving a passing rate of 82.86 percent.  By comparison, among all candidates taking the 2007 exam, just 9.4 percent passed all four sections on their first try. Since the Calloway School began offering a master’s degree in accounting in 1997, its graduates have achieved the top national ranking seven times and placed second in the nation three times for candidates passing all four sections of the test on their first attempt. “These results are a tribute to the hard-working students who complete our rigorous accounting course work,” said Yvonne Hinson, PriceWaterhouseCoopers Faculty Fellow and associate professor of accountancy who directs the Calloway School’s undergraduate and graduate accountancy programs.  “Our emphasis on small class sizes, personal instruction and professional internships prepares our graduates to excel in their careers, from the CPA exam to the real-world situations they will face beyond.”

Contact: Eric F. Frazier, frazieef@wfu.edu or (336) 758-5237.

WFU EXHIBIT OF CUBAN ART TO OPEN IN NEW YORK CITY  — On May 20, Linda Howe, associate professor of Romance languages at Wake Forest, will see more than two decades of research and work come to fruition when “Cuban Artists’ Books and Prints: 1985-2009” debuts at the Grolier Club of New York on the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution.  Designed by Wake Forest students, faculty and staff in collaboration with numerous professionals, the exhibition will feature more than 100 pieces, including handmade, limited-edition books by the bookmaking cooperative Ediciones Vigía and other objects created by 13 contemporary Cuban painters, sculptors, photographers and printmakers.  The exhibit will run through Aug. 1. More than 200 Wake Forest students, faculty and staff worked on the project.   Many of them traveled with Howe as part of Wake Forest’s summer academic program at the University of Havana to help Vigía Press translate and fabricate the books and work with schoolchildren.  In conjunction with the opening at the Grolier Club, Howe will also participate in the symposium “Cuban Artists’ Books” at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) at 1 p.m. May 20 and present a lecture on the exhibit at the Grolier Club at 6 p.m. May 21.  In August, the exhibit will make its campus debut at Wake Forest’s Charlotte & Philip Hanes Art Gallery, and then it will begin traveling to galleries nationwide. 

Contact: Pam Barrett, barretpm@wfu.edu or (336) 758-5237.

A CONVERSATION ON DIVERSITY IN LEGAL EDUCATION Blake Morant,deanof the Wake Forest School of Law and Kurt Schmoke,dean of theHoward University School of Law will lead “A Conversation on Diversity in Legal Education” at 1:30 p.m. April 30, in the Innovation Lab (Room 3209) at Worrell Professional Center on the Wake Forest campus. Theevent is co-sponsored by the Wake Forest School of Law and the Provost’sOffice.

Contact: Lisa Snedeker, snedekll@wfu.edu or (336) 758-5719.

VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN TO DELIVER COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS — Vice President Joe Biden will deliver Wake Forest’s 2009 commencement address and receive an honorary doctor of laws degree in an outdoor ceremony on Hearn Plaza at 9 a.m. May 18.  Biden will be the first sitting vice president to deliver a commencement address at Wake Forest.  The event is reserved for graduates and their guests.  It is not open to the general public.  Members of the media who wish to cover the ceremony must obtain credentials for admission.  Extensive security measures will be in place that day, so parking and other logistical procedures will be tightly controlled.  Detailed instructions will be communicated at a later date.

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Contact: Eric Frazier, frazieef@wfu.edu or (336) 758-5237.


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