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By Jacob McConnico
336.758.5237
March 1, 2006

'SLEEPING WITH THE DICTIONARY' AUTHOR AT WFU — Harryette Mullen, award-winning poet and author of "Sleeping with the Dictionary," is known for combining cultural critique with humor and word play in her writing. She will read from her work at Wake Forest University at 7 p.m. March 1. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be followed by a reception and booksigning.

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

RIVERRUN SHORT FILMS SHOWCASED AT WFU — The Wake Forest Student Union and the RiverRun International Film Festival will host a free film screening at 8 p.m. March 1 in Pugh Auditorium in Benson University Center. The event, which is open to the public, will feature short films from past festivals as well as a sneak preview of this year's festival. Films will include a mix of narrative, documentary, student and animated shorts.

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

COOKING UP CREATIVITY AT WAKE FOREST — During March, Wake Forest is hosting "COOK IT UP — A Creativity Forum," an interactive series of events designed to inspire participants to think about creativity and what it means to be creative. The series, which is free and open to the public, consists of events featuring open discussions centered on the nature of creativity led by Wake Forest faculty. As part of their coursework, students taking a class in creativity and innovation plan and execute each event, deciding what food to serve and how to serve it, as well as what kind of decorations and furnishings should be used to create the setting. The next two events take place at 6 p.m. March 2 and 12 in the common area of Luter Residence Hall. For more information on "COOK IT UP," call (336) 758-3383.

Contact: Maggie Barrett, barretmb@wfu.edu or 336-758-5237.

NO SANDY BEACHES FOR MORE THAN 100 WFU STUDENTS THIS SPRING BREAK — Instead of lounging at the beach, more than 100 Wake Forest students will break away from spring break tradition and sleep on cots in tent cities throughout the Gulf Coast. Five Wake Forest student organizations — the Volunteer Service Corps, the Reformed University Fellowship, Wake Forest Catholic Campus Ministry, the Baptist Student Union and the Lutheran Student Ministry — will spend spring breaks providing various types of disaster relief for victims of Hurricane Katrina. The students will help build storage sheds, clean up debris, sort food and clothing and tutor elementary-age students. All student groups will leave from the Wake Forest campus the morning of March 4. Most will return March 11. Interviews can be arranged.

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

SIXTEEN WFU STUDENTS TO HELP THE POOR IN NICARAGUA — During spring break, 16 Wake Forest students of different denominations will travel on a service trip with the Wesley Foundation of Wake Forest to Leon, Nicaragua. They will work with El Ayundante (The Helper), an interdenominational service organization in Nicaragua to help build classrooms and a retaining wall at a school, conduct Vacation Bible School sessions for children and work with special needs children. The Wesley Foundation at Wake Forest traditionally alternates between a domestic spring break service trip and an international trip. Last year, the group took students to Kentucky with the Appalachian Service Corps. The group will leave from Piedmont Triad International Airport March 4 and will return March 11. Interviews can be arranged.

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

'MARTHA IN LATTIMORE' TO PLAY AT RIVERRUN FILM FESTIVAL — "Martha in Lattimore," the documentary about Martha Mason, a Wake Forest graduate who has lived with the assistance of an iron lung for 57 years, will be screened at the RiverRun International Film Festival at 7 p.m. March 17 and 18. The film will be shown both nights at Centenary United Methodist Church, located at 646 W. Fifth St. in Winston-Salem. Two Wake Forest professors, Mary Dalton and Michelle Gillespie, worked on the film. "We have tried to show, at least to some degree, what a remarkable person Martha is by telling her story in the context of her daily life," Dalton said. This marks the first local screening of the final version of the film. Other Wake Forest graduates who worked on the film include George Reasner and Robert Costner. For information about the screenings and ticket sales, go to www.riverrunfilm.com.

Contact: Maggie Barrett, barretmb@wfu.edu or 336-758-5237.

COACHTALK: THE HIDDEN MESSAGE OF POST-GAME COMMENTS — Ever notice that whether their teams win or lose, coaches seem to say the same things? Wake Forest Associate Professor of Communication John Llewellyn says you are not imagining things. "After a while, if you listen to enough coaches, you begin to think you've heard it all," Llewellyn said. "The odds are you have." For nearly two decades, Llewellyn researched the professional vocabulary of NCAA Division I men's college basketball coaches for "Coachtalk," a chapter in the book "Case Studies in Sport Communication." He says there is a pattern in what winning and losing coaches say after each game that reveals respect for each other and the world of athletics. An expert on rhetoric, Llewellyn has experience talking with broadcast and print media. He is available for interviews about his research and to analyze coaches' comments during March Madness. Contact Llewellyn directly at llewelly@wfu.edu or (336) 758-4511.

Contact: Maggie Barrett, barretmb@wfu.edu or 336-758-5237.

WFU CELEBRATES EVERYTHING IRISH — Wake Forest will host the 9th Annual Wake Forest University Irish Festival from March 11 - March 17. Sponsored by the Wake Forest University Press, the event will open with its popular free Community Day from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. March 11 at Davis Field on the campus of Wake Forest. Past Community Days have drawn crowds of more than 3,000 people to enjoy Irish cultural activities, including music, dancing, storytelling, hurling and children's activities. The festival will continue at 7:30 p.m. March 15 with a free poetry reading and performance by Irish poet and musician Ciaran Carson and his wife, acclaimed Irish fiddler Deirdre Shannon. At 4 p.m. March 16, a free exhibit and discussion titled "Portals of Culture: An Exhibition and Discussion of the Dolmen Press Archive and Wake Forest University Press" will be held in the Z. Smith Reynolds Library's Rare Books Reading Room. The festival will conclude with "Irish Tales and Other Blarney," an evening of Irish storytelling on at 7:30 p.m. March 17 at Blessings Gallery located at 823 Reynolda Road in Winston-Salem. Admission is $5. Media are invited to all events. Interviews can be arranged by the News Service. Stories on all Irish Festival activities are available on the News Service Web site at www.wfu.edu/wfunews.

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


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