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November 24, 2009

Holidays Don’t Have to be Happy

Samuel Gladding is no Scrooge, but he is on a mission to redefine what it means to be “happy” during the holidays. As a licensed professional counselor with a specialty in family counseling and chair of the Department of Counseling at Wake Forest University, Gladding says research shows that it is the pressure to be happy that often leads to sadness and even depression during the holidays. To arrange an interview, contact: Kerry King, or (336-758-5237).

Lighting of the Quad, Dec. 1, 7 p.m. Hearn Plaza

An inter-faith holiday celebration featuring music, singing, speakers and refreshments. Students decorate the plaza with a live evergreen tree, greenery and lights. (336) 758-4549

Holiday Choral Concert: 7:30 p.m., Dec. 3

The concert will be a fundraiser for the Concert Choir’s Italy tour scheduled for March. In 2007, the ensemble toured Austria, performing internationally for the first time in its 60-year history. The group’s second international tour will include performances in Rome, Anzio and Assisi. The holiday program will feature choral anthems and traditional music for the season. Also performing on the program will be the Collegium Vocal Ensemble, the Clarinet Choir and the Wake Forest Chorale. Brian Gorelick will be the conductor. He is associate professor of music and director of Choral Ensembles, the Concert Choir and the Collegium Vocal Ensemble. The admission charge for the concert will help cover the choir’s travel expenses in March. Tickets will be on sale at the door. To reserve tickets, call the Department of Music at 336-758-5364. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students; admission is free for Wake Forest students with identification.


45th Annual Christmas Lovefeast, Dec. 6, 8 p.m. Wait Chapel

Popular event featuring the largest single traditional Moravian lovefeast in North America. Guest speaker will be Dr. Bill Leonard, dean of the Wake Forest University School of Divinity. Chaplain Tim Auman will conduct the service. Luminaries will encircle Hearn Plaza. Donations accepted for the Chaplain’s Emergency Fund. (336) 758-5210

Press Contacts:

Kerry King
(336) 758-6084

Ellen Sterner Sedeno
(214) 546-8893

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