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February 17, 2010

COMMEMORATING THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE SIT-INS - Fifty years ago, on Feb. 23, 1960, white students from Wake Forest University joined students from Winston-Salem State University to protest segregated lunch counters in downtown Winston-Salem. The 50th anniversary of the sit-ins will be observed during a program at Wake Forest on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 11 a.m. in Wait Chapel. The program is part of the Divinity School’s Worship in Wait series. George Williamson, a 1961 graduate of Wake Forest, was one of the white Wake Forest students who participated in the sit-in; he will offer reflections on his experience as one of the protesters. Also, Dr. Brad R. Braxton, ordained Baptist minister, Biblical scholar and teacher of preaching, will deliver the message, “The Danger of an Incomplete Transformation.” The program is free and open to the public.

WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY ACCOUNTING GRADUATES NUMBER ONE, AGAIN - For the fifth consecutive year, graduates of the Wake Forest University Schools of Business accountancy program 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 for the 2008 exam, the most recent scores available, Wake Forest graduates, without advanced degrees, led all first-time candidates by achieving an overall passing rate of 89.74 percent. By comparison, among all candidates taking the 2008 exam, just 7.8 percent passed all four sections on their first try. Since the business school began offering a master’s degree in accounting in 1997, its graduates have achieved the top national ranking eight times and placed second in the nation three times for candidates passing all four sections of the test on their first attempt.

SEN. BAYH’S RETIREMENT SHAKES UP OUTLOOK FOR 2010 - Sen. Evan Bayh, a two-term Democratic senator from Indiana, announced this week that he would not seek re-election. Joshua Putnam, a visiting professor of political science at Wake Forest University who studies elections, says Sen. Bayh is clearly unhappy with the Democratic Party. He predicts his seat will go to a Republican. “My first thought was Sen. Bayh would rather retire and hand over his seat to a Republican than switch parties…similar to what happened with Zell Miller in Georgia. As of right now, I see Democrats hanging on by the skin of their teeth to majorities in the House and Senate.” Putnam says Democrats are up against a wall, but that the theme for those exiting Congress, whether Democrat or Republican, is that their constituents “are fed up with how government is working. It is not just a bad year for Democrats, but a bad year for incumbents in Congress.”

MAKING SENSE OF THE CENSUS - Wake Forest University sociologist Ana Wahl can explain the 2010 U.S. Census and why it matters. In mid-March census forms will be mailed or delivered to households across the country. Wahl can address what’s new with the 2010 census, why fewer people may complete this year’s survey, and how she uses census data in her research and teaching. “The welfare of our communities depends on an accurate census count,” Wahl says. The bad economy, concerns about privacy and frustration with government will likely undermine participation, she says, but an innovative marketing campaign to raise awareness will help. “One positive development is that the 2010 census forms will be provided in Spanish, which we hope will generate a higher response rate from a population that is typically undercounted.”

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