Stories this week at WFU

ECON EXPERT: WHAT TAYLOR’S RESIGNATION MEANS FOR WEST AFRICA – Sylvain Boko, an associate professor of economics at Wake Forest, says although active United States intervention is necessary to begin the humanitarian, political and economic rebuilding of Liberia, foreign military intervention should be used cautiously. “U.S. authorities are correct to let the regional military force take the lead of any peacekeeping operations, but they must be careful not to underestimate the seriousness of the situation.” Boko, author of “Decentralization and Reform in Africa” and a native of Benin, West Africa, says it remains to be seen if former Liberian President Charles Taylor’s resignation and dramatic departure from the country will pave the way for economic recovery in the West African region. “The region must offer conditions and incentives to attract private investors, rebuild the infrastructure and take advantage of its rich resources in order to restore economic stability.” To arrange an interview with Boko, contact Sarah Mansell at or 336-758-5237.

SUMMER SMOOTHIES SHOULD BE MORE THAN JUST A SNACK – In these dog days of summer, a sweet and cool smoothie can be the perfect treat to beat the heat, but a Wake Forest nutrition expert cautions against using it as a snack between meals. “The smoothie is a great source of many vitamins, minerals and fiber, but it is also loaded with calories,” says Gary Miller, an associate professor of health and exercise science. “I recommend eating it as a light lunch or sharing one with a friend for a snack.” Miller is available for interviews about summer and back-to-school nutrition. To arrange an interview with Miller, contact Sarah Mansell at or 336-758-5237.

WAKE FOREST WELCOMES 1,009 FRESHMEN TO CAMPUS –Beginning at 8 a.m. on Aug. 20, Wake Forest freshmen will start moving into their residence halls. Orientation activities for the 1,009 new college students kick off later in the day with meetings with residence hall advisors and a social. Students will move in all day, but most arrive in the morning. Vendors will be set up on the lawn between Johnson and Bostwick residence halls offering storage items and other dorm room essentials. Most freshmen will move into residence halls on the south side of campus near the Magnolia Courtyard, providing excellent photograph opportunities. To arrange coverage, contact Sarah Mansell at or 336-758-5237.

THINKING ABOUT THE THINKPAD – First-year students will pick up their new IBM ThinkPad computers and color printers from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Aug. 20 in the university’s Information Systems Building, Rooms 224 and 225. This year, the ThinkPads are lighter than previous models, weighing in at 6.6 pounds. To arrange coverage, or for information about the new model, contact Sarah Mansell at or 336-758-5237.

GOING HOME TO AN EMPTY NEST— Parents of freshmen all across the country will be going home to either an empty house or a quieter one, after dropping off their new college student this fall. Johnne Armentrout, assistant director of Wake Forest’s counseling center, says although it is a tough transition for the student, this time can be especially hard for parents. She leads a “College Transition” program for parents each fall during freshman orientation. The program addresses topics like marriage enrichment, the typical freshman experience and the changing parent/child relationship. It begins Aug. 21 at 7 p.m. To arrange an interview with Armentrout, contact the News Service.

FRESHMEN COME EARLY TO VOLUNTEER— Before they register for classes at Wake Forest, a group of freshmen will take part in a four-day “urban plunge.” S.P.A.R.C. (Students Promoting Responsibility and Action to the Community) is a program designed by the Office of Volunteer Services to show students first-hand the important role that community service plays in the life of the university. The incoming students will work with several community programs. For a schedule of volunteer activities, contact Cheryl Walker at or 336-758-5237.

NEW STUDENTS HEAR FROM THE PRESIDENT – First-year students will hear a message from Wake Forest president Thomas K. Hearn, Jr. during new student convocation Aug. 21. The event will be held in Wait Chapel from 12:30-1:45 p.m., after a concert from the chapel carillonneur. An honor assembly, where students will learn about the university’s honor code and various honor councils, will follow. To arrange coverage, contact the News Service.

NEW BRICK WALKWAY HIGHLIGHTS CAMPUS CONSTRUCTION – Students returning to campus will have a new brick walkway on which to stroll around the Quad. The walkway project began last summer with the Wait Chapel portion of the Quad and continued this summer on the portion in front of Reynolda Hall. Approximately 200,000 bricks were used for the project, and crews have installed new planters, railings, expanded seating areas and improved drainage as part of the project. An approximately 600-pound, bronze rendering of the university’s seal is set in the brick in front of Reynolda Hall. For more information, contact the News Service.

CLASSES BEGIN – Classes for the fall semester begin Aug. 27 for undergraduate students and students in the Graduate School of Arts and Science, Divinity School and Calloway School of Business and Accountancy. The Babcock Graduate School of Management will start classes for its full-time program Aug. 18. The Wake Forest School of Law begins classes Aug. 25.

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