Stories this week at WFU

By Jacob McConnico
July 26, 2006

SECOND SUMMER SCHOOL SESSION TO END, FRESHMEN MOVE IN AUG. 17 — Wake Forest University's second summer session ends Aug. 9. The approximately 1,126 new students in the university's freshman class will move into residence halls beginning at 8 a.m. Aug. 17. Freshman move-in and orientation at Wake Forest is a unique event that offers something for the entire family. During orientation, a process that spans six days, new students will receive their laptop computers and color printers; attend a variety of receptions; hear from university President Nathan O. Hatch; meet with resident advisors; enjoy a picnic on Hearn Plaza; learn about Wake Forest traditions; see a theatre department performance; sample food from Winston-Salem restaurants; have dinner with their academic and student advisers; register for classes; and share a late night snack with classmates. Parents of incoming students also have the opportunity to participate in informational sessions that focus on handling the transition to parenting a college student. For a full Wake Forest orientation schedule, visit the orientation web site at:

Contact: Wake Forest News Service at 336-758-5237.

INTERNSHIP PROGRAM SENDS STUDENTS, GRADS INTO COMMUNITY — Eleven Wake Forest students, including five 2006 graduates, five rising seniors and one Divinity School student, are participating as interns in a summer program emphasizing civic engagement. The program sends the students to work four days a week at a variety of local nonprofit agencies and congregations on important projects. The participants spend one day a week on campus in training, and hear from influential local leaders like Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines, Wake Forest President Nathan O. Hatch, members of the Winston-Salem City Council, clergy from various faith communities, Wake Forest faculty who have been actively engaged in public life, executive directors of local non-profit agencies and business leaders. The students are working with the Winston-Salem Youth Arts Institute, Communities Helping All Neighbors Gain Empowerment (CHANGE), the Maya Angelou Research Center on Minority Health, Green Street Methodist Church, the Darryl Hunt Project for Freedom and Justice, Crisis Control Ministries, and Non-Profit Connections, among others. The program runs through July 31. Students in the program will make a final report on their summer projects from 8 a.m. to noon July 31 in Wingate Hall.

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

PARENTS CAN EASE NEW SCHOOL TRANSITION FOR CHILDREN — Moving to a new school can be difficult for children, but parents can help ease the transition, according to Donna Henderson, professor of counseling at Wake Forest and co-author of "The Handbook of School Counseling." "The transition from one school to the next is a point at which children have more opportunities for trouble," said Henderson, whose family moved more than a dozen times before she graduated from high school. First, demystify it, she said. "Let the child know what to expect," she said. "Don't tell them horror stories about your own experiences."

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

INCOMING STUDENTS FOCUS ON PLAY 'AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE' — Arthur Miller's adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's late 19th Century play "An Enemy of the People" will get close scrutiny this fall by incoming Wake Forest University students. Students have been asked to read and reflect on the play and its central question — how does an ethical individual defy a corrupted majority? — as part of the university's annual summer reading program. A Sunday afternoon theater performance called "Wake World" during orientation will raise a number of themes found in the play, and students will have an opportunity to discuss the play during dinner with faculty advisors and advising groups that night. The Wake Forest theatre department will be featuring "An Enemy of the People" in its fall schedule. A list of questions to consider, and a copy of the play have been sent to incoming students. Wake Forest's summer reading program seeks to provide a common text for incoming students in an effort to address the social and intellectual changes taking place in their lives.

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

HOW TO BUY A GOOD PEDOMETER — According to a recent study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, the least expensive pedometers, costing around $1.50, are unreliable. By scanning the inventory of a large sporting goods store, consumers will notice that the step-counters can cost as much as $99. But Gary Miller, Wake Forest associate professor of health and exercise science, said you don't have to break the bank to get an accurate piece of equipment. "It is difficult to figure out which ones are the best, but generally speaking, an accurate pedometer costs around $20," he said. "We use pedometers in this price range for our research studies." Miller said that while cheap pedometers may not count steps accurately, they can be useful in another way. "Some people may like to wear an inexpensive pedometer as a way to remind themselves to fit more activity into their day," he said. "For them, the number of steps is not as important as the fact that they make an effort to remember to take more steps on a daily basis."

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

KEEP YOUR COOL WHEN EXERCISING IN THE HEAT — Summer is here and that means more people will take their workouts outside. Jim Ross, program director of Wake Forest University's Healthy Exercise & Lifestyle ProgramS (HELPS), said even the most fit gym rat should be wary of the dangers of heat stroke and take steps to prevent it. "You can die from heat stroke," Ross said. "A non-fatal case of heat stroke makes you susceptible to it again because you ruin your hypothalamus, the part of your brain that regulates body temperature." Ross said anyone who wants to take their workouts outside should follow these four basic steps:

  • Let your body adjust to exercising in the heat by working out at a lower intensity for the first one or two weeks.

  • Stay hydrated. To find out how much water you should drink, Ross said weigh yourself before and after working out. For every pound you lose, drink one pint of water. Ross said that water — not sports drinks — is what most people should drink.

  • Work out during the coolest time of the day, which is just before the sun rises in the morning, not after 5 or 6 p.m.

  • Wear as little clothing as possible so that sweat can evaporate, which is how your body cools itself. Also, wear light-colored clothing that reflects the sun's rays, and wear moisture-wicking clothing designed to remove perspiration from the skin. "This type of clothing will help the person feel drier than cotton clothing would, as cotton absorbs perspiration and makes the clothing feel heavy," Ross said.

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