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By Jacob McConnico
April 5, 2006

CALLOWAY GRADUATES RANK FIRST IN NATION ON NEW CPA EXAM — Graduates of Wake Forest University's Calloway School of Business and Accountancy rank first in the nation for their performance on the 2004 Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam, the most recent scores available from the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA). This spring marks the first time the NASBA has announced results since the exam was reformatted in 2004. All Wake Forest graduates took the exam as first-time candidates who had already received or were pursuing Master of Science degrees in accountancy from the Calloway School. They rank first in the nation on each of the exam's four sections: financial accounting and reporting (86.1 percent passing rate); auditing and attestation (88.6 percent passing rate); business environment and concepts (94.1 percent passing rate); and regulation (79.5 percent passing rate). Since the Calloway School began offering the master's degree in 1997, Wake Forest candidates have ranked first in the nation on the exam for five years and second in the nation for three years. "This has become a proud tradition at Wake Forest," said Lee Knight, director of the Calloway School's accountancy program and Hylton Professor of Accountancy. Knight says the exam was reformatted to better test the skills required of CPAs in today's workplace. "The new exam places more emphasis on research, communication and critical thinking skills," Knight said. "The computerized format requires technology skills also necessary for success in the quickly evolving field of accountancy."

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

DEBATE TEAM PLACES SECOND AT NATIONAL DEBATE TOURNAMENT — A Wake Forest debate team placed second in the nation at the 60th National Debate Tournament held March 24 - 27 at Northwestern University, marking the second time Wake Forest has reached the finals for the national championship. The university won the national title at the tournament in 1997. On the way to the final round, Wake Forest's top team of Jamie Carroll and Brad Hall defeated teams from colleges and universities across the nation, including top-seeded teams from Harvard and Emory, as well as a team from the national defending champion, Northwestern. In the end, Carroll and Hall were defeated by the Michigan State University team that won the championship. Two other Wake Forest teams also qualified for the tournament. "Three teams is the maximum any school can send to the tournament and only six schools receive that privilege," said Allan Louden, associate professor of communication and director of debate at Wake Forest. "The last time Wake Forest sent three teams was 2002." Wake Forest debate has a history that dates back to 1835, the year after the university was founded. The program has produced numerous top debaters, and Wake Forest is among a small number of schools that has qualified the most often for the National Debate Tournament's finals. Wake Forest has had final four finishes at the tournament in 1957, 1993, 1994 and 1995.

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

MINISTER, DRAMATIST BRINGS MARTYRS TO LIFE — Al Staggs, a critically-acclaimed performance artist and Baptist minister, will bring martyrs Deitrich Bonhoeffer and Oscar Romero to life in two one-man plays at Wake Forest University April 6. At 11 a.m. , Staggs will perform "The View from the Underside: The Legacy of Deitrich Bonhoeffer." He will portray Bonhoeffer as he struggled with his allegiance to God and country while awaiting execution for plotting to kill Adolf Hitler. At 7 p.m. he will present "Oscar Romero: A Martyr's Homily" and will portray Romero, the archbishop of San Salvador who was assassinated in 1980 for speaking out on behalf of the poor and against the country's civil war. Both performances will be held in Wait Chapel and are free and open to the public.

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

GREAT DECISIONS LECTURE TURNS FOCUS TO EUROPE, TURKEY — Helga Welsh, associate professor of political science at Wake Forest, will lead a discussion of "Turkey: On Europe's Verge?" at 7 p.m. April 6 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. Welsh is one of the leading experts on European integration and the democratization of central Europe.

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

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