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By Jacob McConnico
336.758.5237
March 15, 2006

IRISH FESTIVAL CONTINUES WITH POETRY, STORYTELLING — The annual Wake Forest Irish Festival continues March 15-17 with a poetry reading, a discussion of the Dolmen Archive and storytelling. A free poetry reading and performance by Ciaran Carson, one of Ireland's most famous poets, and his wife, Irish fiddler Deirdre Shannon, will be held at 7:30 p.m. March 15 in the Charlotte & Philip Hanes Art Gallery in Scales Fine Arts Center. At 4 p.m. March 16, the Dolmen Archive will be formally introduced at a free exhibit and discussion in the Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Rare Books Reading Room. The festival will conclude with "Irish Tales and Other Blarney," an evening of Irish storytelling at 7:30 p.m. March 17 at Blessings Gallery, 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.

'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. 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.

HORSING AROUND — Wake Forest's equestrian team will host the Sixth Annual Intercollegiate Horse Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 19. Riders from about a dozen universities, including Virginia Tech, North Carolina State University, Duke University and Elon University, are expected to compete. The event will be held at Riverpoint Farm in Advance. Wake Forest's equestrian team travels several times a year to horse shows where the horses and equipment are provided by the host school. Wake Forest hosts one competition each year. Contact the News Service for directions.

Contact: Cheryl Walker, walkercv@wfu.edu or 336-758-5237.

NATIVE AMERICAN FAMILY DAY HIGHLIGHTS FOUR TRIBES — Families can enjoy a free event highlighting mythical stories from American Indian culture at the Native American Family Day at Wake Forest's Museum of Anthropology from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. March 25. Admission is free. The event, which will include 14 booths highlighting four different American Indian tribes from the four compass directions — north, south, east and west, will feature a mythical story from each of the tribes. Craft activities, music and food will also be offered.

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

WFU STUDENTS 'WAKE 'N SHAKE' TO FIGHT CANCER — Students will fight cancer as they dance the night away at Wake Forest's first Wake 'N Shake Dance Marathon from noon to midnight March 25 in Reynolds Gym. The event will raise money for the Brian Piccolo Cancer Fund, which supports the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. Students hope to raise at least $45,000. The general public is encouraged to participate as dancers or sponsors. Registration is $15, and dancers are asked to raise funds through individual sponsorships. The event will feature a variety of activities, including games, competitions, group line dancing and guest speakers. For information about participating, visit www.wakenshake.com or contact one of the dance marathon chairs: Jillian MacDonald at macdjm3@wfu.edu; Sebastian Ehreiser at ehresh3@wfu.edu; or Matt Hammer at hammmj3@wfu.edu. Advance interviews and media coverage during the event can be arranged.

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

TREK TO WAKE FOREST PLANNED — Alumni, students and others associated with Wake Forest University will gather soon on the school's old campus in the town of Wake Forest, where the university was founded in 1834. The gathering will be held 50 years after the graduation of the last senior class to complete their studies on the old campus. Events are planned for March 31 and April 1 in Wake Forest. Highlights of April 1 include campus tours, convocation in Binkley Chapel and meals in Gore Gym (now called the Ledford Center). Nathan O. Hatch, president of Wake Forest, and Ed Wilson, provost emeritus of Wake Forest, will speak at the chapel April 1. The old campus is now home to Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. In the summer of 1956, the university moved to its Winston-Salem campus.

Contact: Kevin Cox, coxkp@wfu.edu or 336-758-5237.

WFU EVENT TO EXPLORE MEDICAL ETHICS — To explore current ethical issues in medicine and overarching questions about quality of life and quality of care, Wake Forest will host the "Medical Ethics Symposium" April 2 in Benson University Center from 2 to 5 p.m. The event, which is free and open to the public, will bring together experts from the fields of law, medicine, philosophy and religion to discuss topics such as medical decisions at the beginning and end of life, the debate over national health coverage and the relationship of pharmaceutical researchers and manufacturers to medical treatments. Nearly a third of students entering Wake Forest as undergraduates express interest in health professions, according to Tom Phillips, director of the scholars at Wake Forest and organizer of the event. Approximately 10 percent end up going to medical school after they graduate and another 10 percent or so will enter other health fields. "It's a fact of life that we graduate a large number of students who become health professionals," Phillips said. "It is a timely opportunity to raise questions about the ethics they will employ when they become professionals." The schedule of speakers and topics is available from the News Service.

Contact: Cheryl Walker, walkercv@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? John Llewellyn, a communication professor at Wake Forest, 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.


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