Stories this week at Wake Forest

Professors, Students to Read for Hunger Benefit

As part of Writers Harvest, a nationwide literary benefit for hunger relief, professors and students from Wake Forest University will read poetry and prose at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, in Scales Fine Arts Center, Room 102. Arranged by Wake Forest poet-in-residence Jane Mead, the local event will raise money for the Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina.

Shopping for a Church?

For some, the act of going to church has taken on the characteristics of a trip to the shopping mall. Today’s religious consumers are less interested in such “brand names” as Baptist or Methodist and are willing to drive miles from their homes for the church that offers the programs, worship and atmosphere they like. Bill J. Leonard, dean of the new divinity school at Wake Forest, said that the number of religious Americans who consider themselves “unaffiliated” when it comes to denominations is growing even in the South.

Co-author of “One Minute Manager” Will Lead Babcock Seminar

Ken Blanchard, co-author of the “One Minute Manager” book series, will lead a seminar titled, “Mission Possible: Creating World Class Organizations,” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, at the Embassy Suites Hotel Conference Center in Greensboro. The seminar is sponsored by the Institute for Executive Education of the Babcock Graduate School of Management. To register, call 1-800-873-3451. For more information, call the institute at 910-759-5111.

Web Offers Hassle-free Christmas Shopping

Consumers can shop at home this Christmas with help from the World Wide Web, according to Ananda Mitra, an assistant communication professor. Computer shopping eliminates the hassle of crowded malls and offers 24-hour service since “online” stores never close. However, Mitra said computer shopping has its drawbacks, especially with security matters. Protecting credit card numbers is one concern, so consumers should avoid putting these numbers online or shop companies that offer alternatives to this practice. Also, Mitra said companies that traditionally reach customers by mail-order catalogs may not have all their products on their web site.

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