Stories this week at Wake Forest

New University Venture with IBM

Wake Forest will hold a press conference on Friday, Nov. 21, to announce a new collaboration between Wake Forest and International Business Machines Corp. The announcement will be made at 10:30 a.m. in Benson University Center’s Pugh Auditorium. Wake Forest and IBM will outline a new project to share their expertise in making innovative use of computers in the classroom with other colleges and universities.

Gov. Hunt to Present Young Citizen Awards

North Carolina Governor James B. Hunt will present the 1997 Hunt Young Citizen Awards on Saturday, Nov. 22. Ninety-five high school students from counties across the state will attend the ceremony. The awards honor high school students, one from each county, who have excelled as leaders in their communities.

Thanksgiving: History of a Holiday

Ed Hendricks, chair of Wake Forest’s history department, can trace the development of the Pilgrims’ first Thanksgiving feast in 1621 into an important national holiday. In 1789, George Washington proclaimed the first national day of Thanksgiving, says Hendricks. But, it didn’t become an official annual holiday until 1863, when Abraham Lincoln declared that the nation “set apart and observe the last Thursday of November as a day of Thanksgiving and praise.” Call the News Bureau to arrange an interview.

Enjoy the Meal, Don’t Overindulge

Turkey, gravy and dressing are among those tempting Thanksgiving treats we pile onto our plates. And, it’s the piling that spells trouble on Thanksgiving, said Gary Miller, a Wake Forest assistant professor who specializes in nutrition. “You can eat all the stuff, just not too much of each thing,” said Miller of the health and exercise department. “Thanksgiving is a time we tend to eat a little more-just be sensible about your food choices and portions.” Miller suggests eating white meat, which is lower in fat than dark meat. Another good choice are sweet potatoes, which are low in fat and packed with carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. Bake the sweet potatoes, avoid using butter and top with marshmallows as an added treat. He also suggests finding recipes for gravies and dressings that are lower in fat and avoiding calorie-packed dips and toppings. Call the News Bureau to arrange an interview.

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