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By Jacob McConnico
March 22, 2006

'THE ENERGY POLICY CONUNDRUM' — Sylvain Boko, associate professor of economics at Wake Forest University, will lead a discussion of "The Energy Policy Conundrum" at 7 p.m. March 23 in Scales Fine Arts Center, Room A102. This event is free and open to the public. It is part of Winston Salem's Great Decisions 2006, a six-week citizens forum on current foreign policy issues, sponsored by Wake Forest's Center for International Studies.

Contact: Jake McConnico, 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. The event, which will include 14 booths highlighting four different American Indian tribes from the four compass points, will feature a mythical story from each of the tribes. Craft activities, music and food will also be offered.

Contact: Pam Barrett, 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 or contact one of the dance marathon chairs: Jillian MacDonald at; Sebastian Ehreiser at; or Matt Hammer at Advance interviews and media coverage during the event can be arranged.

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

SPORTS TEAM FANATICS AND BUSINESS — According to research by three Wake Forest students, sports team fanatics, those die-hard devotees to a particular team or teams, are an ideal consumer base. "Fanatics are passionate about their teams," said Adam Alterman, one of the students who worked on the project. "They spend exponentially more to involve themselves with their teams than regular fans or spectators." Alterman, along with Josh Hemphill and Naequan Jones, studied the relationship between sports team fanatics and business as part of their class work for a course on consumer behavior offered through the Calloway School of Business and Accountancy last fall. They studied what qualities define a sports team fanatic, what drives people to become sports team fanatics and what businesses, from bars to television networks, could do to better serve this important consumer base. Sports Business Radio, a nationally-syndicated sports-talk radio show, will feature an interview with Alterman about the research at 3 p.m. March 25 on Sports Byline USA, a network broadcast by 200 radio stations and on Sirius Satellite Radio channel 122. Podcasts of Sports Business Radio are also available through iTunes.

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

STUDENT GOVERNMENT BRINGS CARNIVAL TO CAMPUS — From 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 30, Wake Forest's Davis Field will be the site of the Student Government Carnival. The free event will feature free mechanical rides, games, prizes, entertainment and arts and crafts. It is open to all students, faculty and staff and is sponsored by Wake Forest Student Government. Advance interviews with event organizers and media coverage during the event can be arranged.

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

TEACHING ARTISTS THE ART OF BUSINESS — To teach emerging artists how to turn artistic passion into a living, Wake Forest will host the first Self-Employment in the Arts (SEA) Conference in the Southeast from 8:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. April 1 at Reynolda House, Museum of American Art, followed by a reception from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA). Organized by the university's Office of Entrepreneurship and Liberal Arts, Reynolda House and SECCA, the conference will bring students and emerging artists together with successful artists and business professionals to discuss how to pursue a successful career as an independent artist. The conference will feature more than 30 professionals from various fields including the visual, performing and literary arts, arts-related business, arts management, law and accountancy. Performance Artist and entrepreneur Tim Miller will be the keynote speaker. Panelists will include actress Rosemary Harris; novelist John Ehle; Gerald Freedman and Dale Pollock of the N.C. School of the Arts; and others. SEA was created by North Central College in Illinois through a grant from the Coleman Foundation. The first conference was held in Chicago in 2000. The public is invited to attend, but registration is required. Cost is $35, $30 for students and Reynolda House members. To register, call Reynolda House at (336) 758-5900.

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

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