In April 1995, Wake Forest launched a major technology initiative that has brought national attention to the university for its innovative use of computers and the Internet. Exactly four years later, Yahoo! Internet Life Magazine honors the university for its use of technology by ranking Wake Forest third among “America’s 100 Most Wired Colleges.” In a special list of the “Top 5 Liberal Arts Schools,” Wake Forest is ranked first. Rankings were based on four main criteria: hardware, academics, free services, and miscellaneous services. The May issue of the magazine arrived this week at newsstands.
Global environmental issues and ways to help the environment will be the focus of an Earth Day celebration on April 22 beginning at 3:30 p.m. on Magnolia Court (next to Benson University Center). The event will feature music, an environmental poetry reading and booths dedicated to environmental issues and concerns, such as recycling, global warming, the oceans and cultural and biological diversity. The event is free and open to the public.
Innovative uses of technology in teaching will be showcased at Wake Forest’s Tech Fair ’99 on April 22 at 4 p.m. in the Information Systems Building, Room 224. The annual event features presentations by university faculty. Student Technology Advisors (STARS), who have assisted in creating new high-tech teaching tools, will accompany several of the professors. Visitors to the tech fair will also get a look at next year’s ThinkPad 390, which will be distributed to freshmen and juniors in the fall.
On April 24 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Wake Forest will host a bone marrow drive at Benson University Center in memory of Amanda Edwards. The Wake Forest University student died in 1997 while awaiting a bone marrow transplant. Organized by a student at the Wake Forest School of Medicine in cooperation with student organizations on the Reynolda campus, the goal of the drive is to increase the number of potential bone marrow donors in the National Bone Marrow Registry by at least 100. Volunteers must be between the ages of 18 and 60 and in good general health. The simple screening procedure involves having two vials of blood drawn. For more information or to interview student leaders involved with the drive, contact the News Service at 758-5237.
Sameul T. Gladding, director of Wake Forest’s graduate counseling program, won the Professional Leadership Award from the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES). Gladding, who specializes in the use of creative arts in counseling, is a nationally known figure in the counseling profession. He has written numerous textbooks, including “Counseling: A Comprehensive Profession.” In addition, the university’s counseling program won the 1999 Robert Frank Outstanding Program award from ACES.