WAKE FOREST PREPARES PARENTS FOR COLLEGE TRANSITION
Hundreds of Wake Forest parents will examine their relationship with each other and their college freshman in a two-day workshop at the university starting today at 7 p.m. Helping parents understand the changes in both relationships can help ease the stress during the transition, says Johnne Armentrout, assistant director of Wake Forest’s counseling center and leader of the university’s “College Transition” program. Like many university orientation programs, it helps prepare parents for their child’s first year of college; but unlike most other programs, the Wake Forest workshop dedicates an entire day to nurturing the parents’ relationship. Armentrout calls it a marriage mini-retreat. The program concludes at 1 p.m. on Aug. 24. To arrange coverage of the program or an interview with Armentrout, contact the News Service.
UNDERGRADUATE CLASSES START AUG. 29
All undergraduates enrolled at Wake Forest and students enrolled in the Graduate School, Calloway School and Divinity School will start classes on Aug. 29.
HOW THE KYOTO PROTOCOL WILL AFFECT INVESTORS
If the United States buys into the Kyoto Protocol, U.S. companies could profit by selling their emission credits to other countries; but investors in those companies may never see the money, says Wake Forest Associate Professor of Accounting Doug Beets. “U.S. companies have the technology to reduce pollution that other countries don’t, allowing them to sell their credits internationally,” he says. “But since they are not required to account for that money on stockholder reports, companies can conceal potentially millions of dollars of pollution they have sold or used.” If the income was reported, Beets says, investors could figure out how much pollution the company was emitting, which could drastically affect investment decisions. An expert on accounting for pollution, Beets has researched how electric utility companies save, sell and buy emission allowances. His paper, “Accounting for Pollution: The Effects of Emissions Trading,” supports the inclusion of those figures in a company’s financial statement. To arrange an interview with Beets, contact the News Service.
NEW ART EXHIBIT OPENS, SHOWCASING REMBRANDT, PICASSO
From a 17th century etching by Rembrandt to a color linoleum cut by Picasso, selections from the Wake Forest art collections will be on exhibit beginning Aug. 24 in the Wake Forest Fine Arts Gallery. “Jewels in Our Crown: Treasures From the Wake Forest Art Collections” will showcase about 50 of the more than 1,300 works of art owned by the university. Curator Kathryn McHenry put the collection together to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the beginning of Wake Forest’s art collections. Twenty-five paintings, prints, sculptures, photographs and mixed-media works from the Student Union Collection of Contemporary Art will be included in the show. Begun in 1962, this collection includes the work of outstanding artists from the latter half of the 20th century, such as Robert Rauschenburg, Jasper Johns and Alex Katz.
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