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By Jacob McConnico
April 19, 2006

ARTISTIC METAPHORS FOR DIALOGUE, COLLABORATION — Kitty Amos, associate professor of Christian education and spiritual formation in the Wake Forest University Divinity School, and Susan Borwick, professor of music at Wake Forest, will discuss "Pathways for Peace: Using Artistic Metaphors for Dialogue and Collaboration" at 4 p.m. April 19 in the Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Room 204. The program explores how traditional religious and spiritual artistic metaphors allow people to listen and look anew at critical issues and challenges facing the world, offering a universal language for dialogue and collaboration as they seek a just, peaceful and sustainable future.

Contact: Jake McConnico, 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 19 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 outdoor event was originally scheduled for April 3, but was postponed because of rain. Called D.E.S.K or Discovering Education through Student Knowledge, the project 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 event will include music, games, prizes and an appearance by the Demon Deacon.

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

THE 'MAGIC' BEHIND PAT WILLIAMS — Pat Williams, co-founder and senior vice president of the NBA team the Orlando Magic, will talk about his entrepreneurial experiences at Wake Forest at 6 p.m. April 19 in Benson University Center, Room 401. The lecture is free and open to the public. A graduate of Wake Forest, Williams will also receive the first Wake Forest Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award at an invitation-only banquet co-hosted by the Office of Entrepreneurship and Liberal Arts and the E-Society. The award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated entrepreneurial spirit, creativity, achievement and social responsibility and will serve as an inspiration to students, faculty and staff. Media are invited to attend the lecture and awards ceremony.

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

'THE UNITED NATIONS: POST-SUMMIT OUTLOOK' — Robert Griffiths, associate professor of political science at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, will lead a discussion of "The United Nations: Post-summit Outlook" at 7 p.m. April 20 in Scales Fine Arts Center, Room A102. This event is free and open to the public. It is the final event 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.

STUDENT CHOREOGRAPHY HIGHLIGHTED — The Wake Forest Dance Company will present its annual spring dance concert at 7:30 p.m. April 20-22 and at 2:30 p.m. April 23 in the MainStage Theatre in Scales Fine Arts Center. The concert will feature ballet, modern, tap, musical theater, and jazz works choreographed by Wake Forest seniors and performed to a variety of music selections by artists ranging from Kanye West to Astor Piazzolla. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students, senior citizens and children. Tickets are available at the door or at the Wake Forest Theatre Box Office at (336) 758-5295 between noon and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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

'APPRENTICE' STAR TO GIVE PUBLIC TALK — Kwame Jackson, the runner-up on the first season of NBC's "The Apprentice," will speak at Wake Forest at 5 p.m. April 22 in Greene Hall, Room 145. The event is free and open to the public. Jackson, who is now the chairman and co-founder of the private investment firm Legacy Holdings LLC, will talk about "Economic Empowerment." Jackson's visit is presented by the Wake Forest Multicultural Male Caucus and the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Jackson is a 1996 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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

MORE THAN 300 DISABLED CHILDREN TO ATTEND KIDSFEST — More than 300 children who attend The Children's Center for the Physically Disabled and The Special Children's School in Winston-Salem will attend Wake Forest's inaugural spring festival, "KidsFest 2006: The Sky's the Limit" from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. April 23 on Manchester Plaza (formerly Magnolia Court). The event is not open to the public. The free festival will feature entertainment and a variety of age- and ability-appropriate activities specifically for children with disabilities and their families. Activities will include carnival games, oversized lawn bowling, fishing for prizes, a cakewalk, face painting and entertainment from various campus groups. Media are invited to attend. Interviews with KidsFest organizers and agency representatives can be arranged. Media representatives must check in at the media table on Manchester Plaza behind Reynolda Hall to receive instructions on which children may be photographed.

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

HOLOCAUST VICTIMS REMEMBERED — For 24 hours, the lives of victims of the Holocaust will be honored at Wake Forest. Students, faculty and staff will read the names of Holocaust victims at a 24-hour Holocaust Remembrance Service beginning at 6 p.m. April 24 until 6 p.m. April 25. The reading will be held in front of Wait Chapel and is free and open to the public. The Wake Forest Interfaith Council will hold an opening ceremony at 6 p.m. that will include prayers and readings from different faiths. A series of photographs and artwork will also be on display to serve as reminders of the atrocities suffered by victims of the Holocaust.

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

FORMER VIRGINIA GOVERNOR MARK WARNER TO DELIVER WFU COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS — Mark Warner, a Democrat who served as Virginia's governor from 2002 to 2006, will deliver the 164th commencement address at Wake Forest at 9 a.m. May 15. Warner will address Wake Forest's approximately 1,500 graduates during an outdoor ceremony on Hearn Plaza (the Quad). The ceremony is not open to the public. The Wake Forest News Service will be distributing information regarding media arrangements for commencement soon. Parking passes and media credentials will be required for all members of the media. To arrange coverage of the event by your organization, contact Jacob McConnico at or 336-758-5237.

WHO ARE THE GRADUATES? — While the university is busy preparing for Mark Warner's May 15 commencement address, the approximately 1,500 Wake Forest graduates who will hear Warner's speech are busy preparing for their next step in life. As commencement nears, the News Service can connect media with members of the graduating class who have inspiring or unusual stories. Among those students who will march during the ceremony: two students who created a unique theater production that incorporates magic and illusion and a Rhodes Scholar.

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

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