Jennifer Bumgarner, a Wake Forest University senior, was one of 20 students named to USA Today’s tenth annual All-USA College Academic Team, which honors students for outstanding intellectual achievement and leadership. The winners are profiled in today’s edition of USA Today. They will also attend an awards ceremony in Arlington, Va., on Feb. 26. Each will receive a cash award of $2,500. The team of 20 was selected by a panel of judges from 983 students nominated by colleges across the country. Outstanding individual scholarship or intellectual achievement, and leadership roles in activities on or off campus were the most important criteria for the judges. Bumgarner is a Hickory native. She will return to Winston-Salem over the weekend and will be available beginning Sunday afternoon for interviews.
As the new millenium approaches, computers’ influence upon learning may be one of the most frequently discussed issues among administrators and teachers in schools, colleges and universities. A number of educators will be coming to Wake Forest next week to continue that discussion at the First Annual Congress on the Impact of Technology Upon Learning. The university’s International Center for Computer Enhanced Learning (ICCEL) will host the event March 1-3. ICCEL’s Craig Runde says the conference is drawing those who “want to see how technology makes a difference in education and how they should invest” their schools’ resources in it. For interviews, contact Kevin Cox in the News Service at 758-5237.
According to Robert Bullard, author of “Dumping in Dixie: Race, Class and Environmental Quality,” poor and minority communities are home to a disproportionate share of the nation’s environmental hazards. Bullard, who directs the Environmental Justice Center at Clark Atlanta University, will speak on “Environmental Justice” at Wake Forest on Wednesday, March 3, at 3:30 p.m. The free, public lecture will be held in Benson University Center’s Pugh Auditorium. Bullard will be available for interviews March 3.
Latina writers Cristina GarcÌa and Rosario FerrÈ will be the featured panelists for events at Wake Forest and the Forsyth County Main Library on Monday, March 1. The Wake Forest program, “Who is the Writer, How Does She Write and What Does She Write,” will begin at 4 p.m. in the Scales Fine Arts Center, Room 102. The Forsyth County Library program, “Narratives of Bicultural Identity,” will begin at 7:30 p.m. FerrÈ, considered one of Puerto Rico’s leading novelists, won critical praise for her first novel in English, “The House on the Lagoon.” GarcÌa’s 1992 book, “Dreaming in Cuban,” was nominated for the National Book Award. The events are sponsored by the Year of Globalization and Diversity, the English and Romance languages departments, the Multicultural Affairs office, the American ethnic studies program and the N.C. Humanities Council.
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