Nearly 1,200 high school students from 35 states will be in Winston-Salem to compete in the National Earlybird Forensics Tournament on Sept. 17-19. Competitions will be held at Wake Forest, North Forsyth High School and Mount Tabor High School. Through team and individual events, students will give over 2,000 individual speeches and compete in nearly 800 rounds of debate. The tournament is hosted by the Wake Forest University Debate Team each year. Allan Louden, associate communication professor and director of Wake Forest’s debate program, can answer questions about the tournament. He will be at North Forsyth on Saturday and Wake Forest on Sunday. For a complete schedule visit www.wfu.edu/indexv.html~debate.
Hendrie Weisinger, a psychologist and anger management expert, will discuss “The Power of Positive Criticism” at 2 p.m. on Sept. 17 in the Worrell Professional Center, Room 1312. Weisinger is the first speaker of this year’s Babcock Leadership Series, which is a series of free and public lectures on current business issues. Weisinger’s book on the subject, “Emotional Intelligence at Work: The Power of Positive Criticism,” is among several he has written. Weisinger teaches as part of the executive and MBA programs at UCLA, Cornell University, and several other universities. He is also a consultant for governmental and professional organizations and Fortune 500 companies. To arrange an interview, call 758-5030.
Wake Forest’s basketball team and head coach Dave Odom will be leading the charge in the annual “Run With the Deacs” on Sept. 24 at 4 p.m. The on-campus 5K to raise money for the Brian Piccolo Cancer Fund Drive is open to the public. Piccolo was a Wake Forest football player whose career with the Chicago Bears was cut short by cancer. This fall marks the 20th year of the student-initiated cancer drive in Piccolo’s memory. To date, the event has raised over $435,000 to support the research and treatment of cancer through Wake Forest’s Comprehensive Cancer Center. Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity is co-sponsoring the event. Entry fee is $10. Participants will receive a T-shirt and be eligible for prizes. For more information, call 758-5921 or 758-5622.
Wake Forest Art Professor Margaret Supplee Smith and Winston-Salem writer Emily Herring Wilson are the authors of “North Carolina Women: Making History,” a new book commissioned by the North Carolina Division of Archives and History to fill a void in the state’s historical coverage. A copy of the book has been placed in every middle school and high school library in the state through a gift from Wachovia Bank, N.A. In addition to such well-known figures as Queen Elizabeth I and Virginia Dare, the book covers a multitude of other women who influenced the making of North Carolina. For more information about a Sept. 26 book signing or to schedule an interview with the authors, call the News Service.
Nadine Strossen, president of the American Civil Liberties Union, will speak on “Cyberliberties, Free Speech and Civil Liberty on the Internet” at noon on Sept. 22 in the Worrell Professional Center, Room 1312. The National Law Journal has twice named Strossen one of the “The 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America.” Vanity Fair and Working Woman Magazine have listed her among the country’s most influential women. In addition to her ACLU work, Strossen is a law professor at New York Law School. She has written, lectured and practiced extensively in the areas of constitutional law, civil liberties and international human rights. The lecture is free and open to the public.
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