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By Jacob McConnico
February 2, 2005

'RAGIN' CAJUN' JAMES CARVILLE TO GIVE CONVOCATION ADDRESS – Members of the media are invited to attend Wake Forest's Founders' Day Convocation, featuring James Carville, Democratic strategist and co-host of CNN's "Crossfire," at 11 a.m. Feb. 3 in the university's Wait Chapel. The event is free and open to the public. Carville will not be available for interviews. During convocation, the university will recognize the field hockey team, which won its third consecutive NCAA Championship in 2004; the men's soccer team, which won the ACC regular season title; and Wake Forest senior Rebecca Cook, who was recently named a Rhodes Scholar. The Medallion of Merit, the university's highest award for service, will also be presented. Media seating for convocation is reserved in the second row on the far right side of Wait Chapel. Cameras may set up along the right stairway and balcony. Media needing audio of the event should arrive at the chapel no later than 10:45 a.m. Media may park in Lot Q, located along Wake Forest Road across from the rear of Wait Chapel.

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

WHAT WE WANT FROM SUPER BOWL ADS – "We're looking for something that gets us talking around the water cooler on Monday morning," says Associate Professor of Business Sheri Bridges of this Sunday's Super Bowl advertisements. "Budweiser and Bud Light have achieved this consistently over the years." Bridges, an expert on branding and advertising, is available for comment on Sunday's commercial contest.

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

WFU STUDENTS ORGANIZE BENEFIT CONCERT FOR TSUNAMI RELIEF FUND – The Wake Forest University Tsunami Relief Committee, a group made up of students, faculty and staff, have organized a benefit concert to raise money for the American Red Cross Tsunami Relief Fund. The public event is scheduled for 8 p.m. Feb. 5 in the university's Wait Chapel. During the concert, the Wake Forest dance team, as well as student a cappella groups Innuendo and Demon Divas, will perform. Wake Forest students will face off in a "rappers' showdown." University President Thomas K. Hearn Jr. will open the event and Marcia Cole, executive director of the Northwest North Carolina chapter of the American Red Cross, will speak. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $5 at the Benson University Center Ticket Office and the Chaplain's Office or at the door for $7. Interviews with student organizers are available. For tickets or information, contact the Benson University Center Ticket Office at 336-758-4265 or Gayle Hartgrove in the Chaplain's Office at 336-758-5210.

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

ANALYZING DELTA'S BOLD FARE STRUCTURE OVERHAUL – Frederick H. deB. Harris, a professor of managerial economics and finance at Wake Forest's Babcock Graduate School of Management, is available to discuss the wisdom, timing and issues resulting from Delta Airlines' restructuring of rules concerning lifting restrictions on Saturday night stays. Harris, an expert in pricing tactics and capacity planning, has worked with airlines for more than 20 years. His research focuses on the application of capacity-constrained pricing models. He benchmarks the pricing, order-processing, and capacity-planning functions of large companies against state-of-the-art techniques in yield management. His research collaborations, consulting and executive training have included work with numerous services, manufacturers, investment banks and other financial services companies in the United States, Australia and Europe with special attention to pricing strategy and tactics against low-cost discounters, including airlines.

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

WFU PROFESSOR, STUDENTS HELP LOCAL RESIDENTS FILE TAXES – Millions of dollars up for grabs, unclaimed in Forsyth County because taxpayers aren't aware of credits available to them. Now, the people who need that money back the most have a place to turn for help. Yvonne Hinson, associate professor of accountancy in Wake Forest's Calloway School of Business and Accountancy, and Wake Forest accounting students started offering free tax-filing assistance to local residents on Feb. 1 at the Goodwill Industries building at 2701 University Parkway. The Wake Forest site will operate every Tuesday in February and March from 4 - 6 p.m. The site operates as part of the Forsyth Working Families Partnership, a group of local non-profit organizations that helps low-income residents take advantage of tax credits by preparing their tax returns and showing them how to use the refunded money to build assets or buy a first home. Last year, the Wake Forest group assisted approximately 132 residents and returned between $40,000 and $50,000 in earned income tax credits and more than $110,000 in total refunds to local taxpayers. It is estimated that $12 million in unclaimed tax credits are available to Forsyth County residents.

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

VIOLIN VIRTUOSO JOSHUA BELL PERFORMS AT WFU – Grammy Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell will perform with his 1732 Stradivarius at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12 in Wait Chapel as part of the university's Secrest Artists Series. Bell, who has earned the rare title of classical music superstar, is well known for his work on "The Red Violin," which earned the 1999 film an Academy Award for best soundtrack. Concert tickets are $25; $20 senior citizens and non-Wake Forest students; and $5 for children under 12. Tickets are available at the Theatre Box Office in Scales Fine Arts Center weekdays from noon to 5 p.m. or by calling 336-758-5295. The Wake Forest Student Union will also hold two free screenings of "The Red Violin" at 8:30 p.m. Feb. 7 and 9 in Pugh Auditorium. Media are invited to attend Joshua Bell's rehearsal prior to the concert or to tape the first 10 minutes of the concert.

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

WFU AND CANCER SERVICES PRESENTS BENEFIT CONCERT – Wake Forest's Department of Music and Cancer Services Inc. of Winston-Salem will co- sponsor a benefit concert featuring renowned opera singer Diane Thornton. In her first local concert since becoming cancer-free, Thornton will perform with pianist Ruskin Cooper at 3 p.m. Feb. 13 in Brendle Recital Hall. Thornton is performing the concert in appreciation for the support she received from Cancer Services during her own cancer diagnosis and treatment and is dedicating the performance to her friend, artist and activist Elsie Dinsmore Popkin, who died Jan. 8 from complications during cancer treatment. Admission to the concert is free. Donations to Cancer Services will be accepted at the door, and all proceeds will benefit local cancer survivors and their families.

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

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