Stories this week at WFU

ARE COMPUTER NUMBER GAMES REALLY READING YOUR MIND? – There are several versions of the game that circulate on the Internet: the computer prompt asks you to type in a three or four digit number, reverse the numbers, subtract one from the other and magically it guesses your number. Is it a mind trick – or a math trick? Associate Professor of Mathematics Ed Allen says the answer is found in a simple mathematical solution – in this case, algebra. “These types of numbers games have been around forever,” says Allen. “The Internet adds graphics and glitz, but at their core they have a simple mathematical explanation.” Allen, an expert in combinatorics, teaches discrete mathematics and linear algebra, in addition to a course called “Explorations in Mathematics.” To arrange an interview with Allen, contact Sarah Mansell at manselss@nullwfu.edu or336-758-5237.

WFU DIVINITY SCHOOL DEAN TO SPEAK ABOUT BAPTIST HISTORY – Bill Leonard, dean of the Wake Forest Divinity School and professor of church history, will give the talk “Changing a Theology: Baptists, Salvation and Globalism Then and Now” at 11 a.m. Sept. 2 in Wait Chapel. The free, public lecture is part of the Divinity School Opening Convocation, which marks the start of the school’s fifth academic year. Leonard, an expert on church history and an observer of religious trends and issues, is the author or editor of 14 books, including the newly released “Baptist Ways: A History.” The book, released this summer by Judson Press, is a comprehensive history that traces significant aspects of the Baptist movement from the 17th through the 20th centuries. The talk is the first of this academic year’s “New Horizons in Religious Studies,” a lecture series created by the Divinity School and the religion department to highlight recent publications by faculty members. A book signing at the College Book Store, located next to Wait Chapel, is scheduled from noon to 1:15 p.m. For more information or to arrange an interview with Leonard, contact Jacob McConnico at mcconnjn@nullwfu.edu or 336-758-5237.

UNIVERSITY ACTIVITY FAIR SEPT. 3 – Student organizations from across campus will advertise their wares to students from 2-5 p.m. Sept. 3. The annual Student Activities Fair takes place on Magnolia Courtyard and will feature various student organizations including club sports, student media and religious groups. Entertainment is also scheduled. To arrange coverage, contact the News Service.

WAKE FOREST CELEBRATES ‘FOSTERING DIALOGUE’ YEAR – During the 2003-2004 academic year, Wake Forest will celebrate the theme “Fostering Dialogue: Civil Discourse in an Academic Community.” As part of the celebration, the university will host a number of events, lectures and performances designed to explore how free people with passionate interests and beliefs can communicate openly without turning dialogue into discord. A majority of the theme year events are free and open to the public. A calendar listing and additional theme year information is available on the Web at http://themeyear.wfu.edu. This is the university’s eighth theme year. To arrange coverage of theme year events, please contact Jacob McConnico at mcconnjn@nullwfu.edu or 336-758-5237.

CALLOWAY SCHOOL RECOGNIZED FOR ACCOUNTING, ENTREPRENEURSHIP – The newest listing of undergraduate business school specialties by U.S. News & World Report recognized the Calloway School of Business and Accountancy’s outstanding accounting program and dedication to undergraduate entrepreneurship. The school, which was ranked 21st overall, placed 15th in accounting programs and 16th in entrepreneurship. Two Calloway graduates were also recently honored with the gold and silver medals for performance on the CPA exam in North Carolina. National scores have not yet been announced. For more information on the Calloway School, contact Sarah Mansell at manselss@nullwfu.edu or 336-758-5237.

STUDY ABROAD: AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN — When Wake Forest senior Joel Cohen left for France for his fall semester, it marked the beginning of his fourth study abroad experience during his college career. The economics and political science major has already studied in England, Argentina and Brazil. More than 50 percent of Wake Forest students study abroad at least once, but studying abroad more than once is becoming increasingly common. “We see more freshmen who enter school with plans to study abroad,” says Leigh Hatchett, senior study abroad advisor at Wake Forest. She says students plan further in advance. They often study abroad during their sophomore year and then plan to fit in another semester or summer study abroad experience before they graduate. To talk with students who will spend the fall semester studying abroad—again, or to arrange an interview with Wake Forest’s director of international studies regarding this trend, contact Cheryl Walker at walkercv@nullwfu.edu or 336-758-5237.

UNIVERSITY OFFICES CLOSED FOR LABOR DAY – The News Service, along with most university administrative offices, will be closed on Sept. 1 for Labor Day.

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