Stories this week at Wake Forest


Wake Forest is one of the first organizations in North Carolina to implement the American Heart Association’s Public Access to Debfribrillation program, or PAD. Through the program, Wake Forest is training key staff members and students to use automated external defibrillator (AED) machines, which are designed so non-medical personnel with only a few hours of training can operate. Wake Forest will have six AED machines placed on campus. The small, portable machines will be in several University Police squad cars, the Student Health Service and with other groups undergoing the training. A training class involving CPR instruction and using a mannequin for defibrillation will be held on Friday, March 17, beginning at 1 p.m. in the Oak Room of Reynolda Hall. Reporters are invited to cover the class.


Wake Forest continues its Irish Festival celebration with a performance by the Selkie Celtic Music Band at 7:30 p.m. on March 16 in Carswell Hall’s second floor reading room. The band will perform “The Struggle for Freedom in Ireland, in Music and the Spoken Word.” On St. Patrick’s Day, Wake Forest student Krista Duran will perform on the Celtic harp, and SOUL, a women’s acapella group, will perform Irish music on the steps of Wait Chapel at 4:15 p.m. The celebration’s final event is a Community Day at the Reynolda House on March 18 from noon to 3:30 p.m. The Community Day will feature food, music, games and children’s activities. Festival events are sponsored by the Wake Forest University Press, the premiere publisher of Irish poetry in North America. All of the events are free and open to the public.


John R. Searle, the Mills Professor of Philosophy of the Mind and Language at the University of California at Berkeley, will present “Rationality in Action” at 3 p.m. on March 28 in the Benson Center’s Pugh Auditorium. Known for his work on the relation of the mind to the brain and on artificial intelligence, Searle has hosted his own BBC series on “Minds, Brains and Science.” The event is free and open to the public. To interview Searle, please contact the News Service at 336-758-5237.


Water is especially important as the weather gets warmer and people are spending more time outside exercising and doing other activities. It’s a “wonder substance,” said Gary Miller, an assistant professor of health and exercise science who specializes in nutrition. “Water is the most important nutrient in our body,” he said. Every single system in our body depends on water to maintain proper function. Water regulates body temperature, removes wastes, carries nutrients and oxygen to cells, cushions joints, removes toxins, and helps to dissolve vitamins, minerals and other important functions. To interview Miller, call the News Service at 336-758-5237.


Wake Forest alumni and students are preparing for a three-day visit to the town of Wake Forest, carrying into the 21st century a tradition of making pilgrimages to the historic campus where the university was founded in 1834 and remained until 1956. The celebration of the university’s heritage will be held March 31-April 2. Most of those attending the event will be alumni who completed their studies on the university’s original campus, which is now occupied by a Baptist seminary unaffiliated with the university. Students are expected to travel to the “old campus” by bus on Sunday morning, April 2. The buses will leave Wake Forest’s Winston-Salem campus and arrive at the “old campus” in time for a church service, a luncheon and tours.


Members of Wake Forest’s faculty are available for media interviews about the race for the presidency. Faculty from the university’s politics and communication departments can offer insight into topics ranging from candidate image to voter behavior. Please contact the News Service at 336-758-5237 to arrange an interview.


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