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By Jacob McConnico
336.758.5237
March 29, 2006

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, mcconnjn@wfu.edu or 336-758-5237.

'PANDEMICS AND NATIONAL SECURITY' FOCUS OF WFU TALK — Dr. Tobi Karchmer, assistant professor of medicine in the department of internal medicine's infectious diseases section at the Wake Forest School of Medicine, will lead a discussion of "Pandemics and National Security" at 7 p.m. March 30 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, mcconnjn@wfu.edu or 336-758-5237.

SECREST SERIES CLOSES SEASON ON A HIGH NOTE — Internationally renowned, Armenian-Canadian soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian will close Wake Forest's Secrest Artists Series 2005-2006 season with a concert at 7:30 p.m. March 30 in Brendle Recital Hall. A pre-performance talk with Richard Heard, associate professor of music at Wake Forest, will be held at 6:40 p.m. in Scales Fine Arts Center, Room 201, adjacent to Brendle Recital Hall. Bayrakdarian is considered one of the foremost rising opera stars of today. Her voice is also featured on the Grammy Award-winning soundtrack of "Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers." Tickets are $16 general admission and $12 for non-Wake Forest students and senior citizens. Tickets are available through the University Theatre Box Office at (336) 758-5295.

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.

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, barretmb@wfu.edu or 336-758-5237.

SUMMIT HIGHLIGHTS UNIQUENESS OF MULTICULTURAL WOMEN — "Strength, Honor and Ethnicity" will be the theme of Wake Forest's third annual Sister's Inspirational Summit from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 1 in Benson University Center. The free, one-day summit will feature a keynote address by social activist and author the Rev. Marcia L. Dyson, a reception with music, dance and drama performances as well as workshops on minority health and nutrition, spirituality, empowerment and self-marketing. Women from several colleges across North Carolina are scheduled to attend. Women from the community are also invited to participate. Dyson's keynote address at 7 p.m. will be open to both men and women.

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

SYMPOSIUM TO ADDRESS MEDICAL ETHICS — The anniversary of Terry Schiavo's death this week has refocused attention on medical ethics questions surrounding end-of-life decisions. Those questions, and other overarching questions about quality of life and quality of care, will be addressed at Wake Forest's "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, walkercv@wfu.edu or 336-758-5237.

STUDENTS CUSTOM-PAINT DESKS FOR SCHOOLCHILDREN — Wake Forest students will paint desks from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. April 3 on Manchester Plaza to give to at-risk students at Old Town Elementary School. More than 30 elementary school students will each get a colorful, custom-decorated desk. The project, called D.E.S.K or Discovering Education through Student Knowledge, was started in 2003 by two Wake Forest students who, while tutoring at local schools, discovered that many students did not have a good place to do homework. In addition to desks, the Wake Forest students will provide chairs and school supplies. D.E.S.K. is co-chaired by Wake Forest juniors Parissa Jahromi and Innes Gamble. Each elementary school student will be matched up with a team, and the team will decorate the desk based on the child's interests. The teams represent more than 30 student organizations ranging from fraternities and sororities to the field hockey team and the marching band. The outdoor event will include music, games, prizes and an appearance by the Demon Deacon.

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

RELAX, LEARN ABOUT ZEN MEDITATION — Wake Forest will offer a free beginners or refresher workshop, "Introduction to Zen Meditation," at 7 p.m. April 3 in Benson University Center, Room 410. The course will be taught by Matthew Klein, a Bodhisattva teacher with the Kwan Um School of Korean Zen. Participants will learn about the interrelationship of body, breath and mind, work with the instructor to find a meditating position that works for them and practice the art of meditation.

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

STUDENTS 'START' AUCTION TO FIGHT HUNGER — Two Wake Forest art students and Students Working Against Poverty (SWAP) a hunger relief organization at Wake Forest, will hold a START (Student Art) auction to raise funds for Crisis Control Ministry in Winston-Salem at 7 p.m. April 7. The auction will take place at the Downtown Arts District Association Community Center during Winston-Salem's Gallery Hop. The event will include a reception and a silent auction featuring a variety of artwork donated by students from Wake Forest, Salem College and the North Carolina School of the Arts. The auction marks the first time that Wake Forest will be part of the Gallery Hop.

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


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