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By Jacob McConnico
336.758.5237
August 16, 2006

FRESHMEN MOVE IN — Approximately 1,126 new students will move into residence halls at Wake Forest University Thursday, Aug. 17. Students will begin arriving for move-in day around 8 a.m. Most residence halls for freshmen are located in the southern area of the Reynolda Campus, near Manchester Plaza. With activities ranging from computer distribution to New Student Convocation, freshman orientation will begin with move-in and continue until classes start Aug. 23. Graduate and professional school students also begin classes in August.

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

FUN FRESHMAN CLASS FACTS

  • Minority students account for 17 percent of Wake Forest's incoming class.
  • The new class represents 44 states and 14 foreign countries.
  • Twenty-two percent are from North Carolina.
  • Other top states represented are New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York and Virginia.
  • Eight percent are children of Wake Forest alumni.
  • Thirty-five percent of the students graduated within the top 5 percent of their high school classes.

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

WAKE FOREST CELEBRATES 50 YEARS IN WINSTON-SALEM — This year, Wake Forest celebrates 50 years in Winston-Salem, its home since a 100-mile move westward in 1956 from the town of Wake Forest near Raleigh. Although other colleges have moved their campuses, Wake Forest may well be the largest, most well-established institution to move such a substantial distance to a new home and continue operation under the same name. The move in 1956 placed Wake Forest a greater distance from its athletic rivals - N.C. State, UNC and Duke - and smoothed the way for the small college to grow into a nationally recognized university. Throughout the month of September, banners celebrating 50 years in Winston-Salem will be displayed on campus, along University Parkway and in downtown Winston-Salem. The university will mark the 50th anniversary of the move during Homecoming Weekend, Sept. 28-30.

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

10TH ANNIVERSARY OF THINKPADS AT WAKE FOREST — In the fall of 1996, Wake Forest was one of the first two universities in the country to provide ThinkPad computers to all incoming freshmen. From 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Aug. 17, the university will distribute the latest model, the T60, and a HP 4180 color printer to freshmen and transfer students. To trace the evolution of the ThinkPad at Wake Forest, each computer model distributed since 1996 will be on display in the Information Systems building. A special multimedia presentation focused on the 10th anniversary of the ThinkPad at Wake Forest will be shown to students and their parents as they pick up their new computers. Personal computer maker Lenovo has donated a ThinkPad cake for participants to enjoy, and the "ThinkPad Education Tour" bus will be parked outside the building. A technology tram, with a banner celebrating the 10th anniversary, will carry students from residence halls to the IS building. Jay Dominick, the chief information officer who implemented the ThinkPad program, will be available for comment in the IS building, Rooms 224 and 225.

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

COUNSELOR HELPS PARENTS DEAL WITH EMPTY NEST — The transition to college can be harder for the parents than the student, says Johnne Armentrout, assistant director of Wake Forest's counseling center. Helping parents understand the changes their freshmen will experience while encouraging them to focus on their own lives can help, says Armentrout. She will lead Wake Forest's "Parents' College Transition Session," a program for parents of freshmen. This year's program will be held from 7:15 - 9:30 p.m. Aug. 17. Wake Forest's counseling center has offered a program for parents as part of freshman orientation for the past 24 years. The program will focus on how the changes that occur as students develop and mature may affect their family relationships and provide practical tips on how to help families cope with the empty nest.

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

HATCH TO ADDRESS INCOMING FRESHMAN CLASS — Nathan O. Hatch, Wake Forest's 13th president, will address incoming students during New Student Convocation, which runs from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Aug. 18 in Wait Chapel. During the event, students will also hear from Deborah L. Best, dean of the College, and Paul N. Orser, dean of freshmen. A free picnic lunch for new students and their families on Hearn Plaza (main Quad) will follow the convocation. The Wake Forest Marching Band will provide music during the picnic.

Contact: Wake Forest News Service at (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, mcconnjn@wfu.edu or 336-758-5237.

CLASSES START AUG. 23 — Classes begin Aug. 23 in Wake Forest's undergraduate College, the Calloway School of Business and Accountancy, the Divinity School and the Graduate School. Other Reynolda Campus students — those in the School of Law and the Babcock Graduate School of Management — return to class Aug. 21. Freshmen move in Aug. 17 to start orientation, while most other undergraduates begin moving back the morning of Aug. 19.

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


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