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By Jacob McConnico
January 13, 2005

WFU PROFESSOR AVAILABLE TO COMMENT ON TRIP TO ADVISE IRAQI ELECTION ADVOCATES — Allan Louden, Wake Forest University political communication expert, is available to speak with the media about his recent visit to Amman, Jordan to teach young, Iraqi election advocates how to prepare for the general assembly elections in that country Jan. 30. Louden said the group was focused on unifying the people of Iraq to form a nation of voters. "They were focused on unity — not differences," Louden said. "There was no way of telling which were Shiite and which were Sunni Muslims — both may have been present — but it was not an issue." During the four-day seminar, participants learned about the democratic voting process through mock press conferences, political debates and elections. Contact Louden directly at 336-758-5408 or

Contact: Maggie Barrett, or 336-758-5237.

FILM FORUM TO FEATURE FILM AND TV ACTOR PAT HINGLE — Wake Forest University will host a film forum centered on film and television actor Pat Hingle Jan. 15 and 16 in Benson University Center's Pugh Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. Hingle lives in Wilmington and has been in more than 110 motion pictures and numerous television shows since the early 1950s. Curtis Gaston, visiting lecturer in communication, organized the forum. It is co-sponsored by the communication department and the film studies program, which debuted in the fall of 2004. Two films featuring Hingle will be screened Jan. 15 in Pugh Auditorium: "The Road to Redemption" at 2 p.m., and "Splendor in the Grass" at 4 p.m. Hingle will view and comment on selected scenes from movies featuring him at 1 p.m. Jan. 16 in Pugh Auditorium. A second screening of "Splendor in the Grass" will follow at 4 p.m., during which Hingle, Gaston and Winston-Salem Journal film critic Mark Burger will provide commentary.

Contact: Maggie Barrett, or 336-758-5237.

WAKE FOREST, WSSU COMMEMORATE MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY — In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Wake Forest University and Winston-Salem State University will co-host an invitation-only dinner and a public performance titled "Performing the Dream" on Jan. 17. The performance, which will include musical performances and a guest speaker, will be held in the Kenneth R. Williams Auditorium at Winston-Salem State at 7 p.m. Admission to the performance is free.

Contact: Pam Barrett at or 336-758-5237.

CHAIRMAN, CEO OF EMERSON TO DELIVER BABCOCK LECTURE — David N. Farr, chairman and chief executive officer of Emerson, will deliver the Babcock Leadership Series lecture, "The Path to Leadership," at 2 p.m. Jan. 19 in Room 1312 of the Worrell Professional Center at Wake Forest University. The lecture is free and open to the public. Emerson is a global company that brings together technology and engineering to provide innovative solutions to customers in industrial, commercial and consumer markets.

Contact: Dusty Donaldson, or 336-758-4454.

AS FILM 'COACH CARTER' HITS THEATERS, THE REAL COACH KEN CARTER DOLES OUT HARD-HITTING ADVICE AT WFU — Following the opening weekend of Paramount's film "Coach Carter," starring Samuel L. Jackson, former high school basketball coach Ken Carter will speak at Wake Forest at 8 p.m. Jan. 19 in Benson University Center, Room 401. Coach Carter, famous for locking his undefeated, state play-off bound basketball team out of the gym and forcing them to hit the books and "rise as a team," will speak on "Average is Just Not Good Enough. PERIOD!" Using his own experiences at Richmond High School in Richmond, Calif., Carter believes it is possible for one person to take a stand — no matter how unpopular — to make positive changes. Tickets are $15 general admission and $10 with Wake Forest ID. Media are welcome to attend. Videotaping is permitted during the first 10 minutes of the lecture. Interviews can also be arranged.

Contact: Pam Barrett at or 336-758-5237.

ISRAELI PRIEST, NOBEL PEACE PRIZE NOMINEE TO SPEAK AT WFU — The Rev. Elias Chacour, a Palestinian-born Israeli citizen and priest in the Melkite Catholic Church, will discuss "Building Peace on the Desktops of Students" at 1 p.m. Jan. 22 in Wake Forest University's Wait Chapel. A book signing will follow the free, public lecture. Chacour, who has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize three times (1986, 1989 and 1994), has been an international ambassador for Middle East peace through non-violence for more than 30 years. He is president and founder of Mar Elias Educational Institutions, a school for young people from a variety of faith traditions in Ibillin, a small Arab village in the Galilee region of Israel. Chacour's talk is sponsored by the Wake Forest University religion department, Divinity School and Centenary United Methodist Church. For more information about the event, call 336-758-5120.

Contact: Jacob McConnico, or 336-758-5237.

WAKE FOREST HOSTS 7th ANNUAL MLK BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT — The 7th Annual MLK Invitational Basketball Tournament will be held Jan. 22 in Reynolds Gymnasium on the Wake Forest campus. Intramural teams from North Carolina A&T State University, Winston-Salem State University, Johnson C. Smith University, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte are scheduled to participate in the tournament. Games begin at 1 p.m. Admission is free.

Contact: Pam Barrett at or 336-758-5237.

WFU CELEBRATES THE YEAR OF THE ROOSTER — Wake Forest will celebrate the year of the rooster with costume, crafts, food and games at its sixth annual Chinese New Year Festival Jan. 26 from 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. in Reynolds Gym, Room 201. Organizers expect the festival to top last year's attendance of 700. At 1 p.m., the festival will feature performances of a Chinese wedding ceremony, the traditional lion dance, martial arts demonstrations and a children's dance. The event is free and open to the public. Chinese food items will be available for a small charge. Media are invited to attend the event. Media are also encouraged to attend a dress rehearsal for the performers at 6 p.m. Jan. 25 in Reynolds Gym. Interviews with organizers can also be arranged.

Contact: Pam Barrett at or 336-758-5237.

'HE'S HIRED!' APPRENTICE WINNER SPEAKS ABOUT SUCCESS — Bill Rancic, winner of NBC's first season of the hit reality show "The Apprentice," will speak at Wake Forest at 8 p.m. Jan. 26 in the Benson University Center, Room 401. Rancic, who is promoting his new book, "You're Hired: How to Succeed in Business and Life from the Winner of 'The Apprentice,'" will speak about his time on the show, his business and the secret for his personal and professional success. A book signing will be held following the lecture. Media representatives are invited to attend a media session at 7:30 p.m.

Contact: Pam Barrett at or 336-758-5237.

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