Stories this week at WFU

HEARN, OTHER PRESIDENTS TO DISCUSS ALCOHOL ISSUES — First lady Mary Easley will bring together presidents, chancellors and counsels from 40 college campuses across North Carolina on Sept. 24 for the North Carolina Presidents’ Summit on Alcohol Use & Abuse. As part of the summit at the Executive Mansion in Raleigh, Easley has asked presidents and chancellors to sign a commitment statement in support of addressing excessive college drinking and its consequences. Wake Forest president Thomas K. Hearn Jr. and others will speak at a 12:30 p.m. press conference at the Executive Mansion. The summit aims to share the research findings, recommendations and implications of a national report called “A Call to Action: Changing the Culture of Drinking at U.S. Colleges.” The event is sponsored by Wake Forest; the Governor’s Institute on Alcohol & Substance Abuse; the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services; and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. For more information, contact Kevin Cox in the News Service at 336-758-5237 or Ferris Morrison of the Governor’s Institute on Alcohol & Substance Abuse in Raleigh at 919-990-9559, extension 228.

VICTOR FRANKL’S GRANDSON TO LECTURE/LEAD WORKSHOP — Alex Vesely, grandson of famous psychologist Viktor Frankl, is visiting Wake Forest Sept. 18-19. Frankl, the author of “Man’s Search for Meaning,” founded the existential psychology known as logotherapy, which emphasizes the importance of value and meaning as prerequisites for mental health and personal growth. Vesely will discuss “Viktor Frankl’s Legacy: Man’s (and Woman’s) Continued Search for Meaning” at 4 p.m. today in Tribble Hall’s DeTamble Auditorium. From 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. today, Vesely will lead a workshop on “Logotherapy: Helping Clients Find Meaning in Their Lives” for area counseling professionals. To arrange coverage of either event or an interview with Vesely, contact Cheryl Walker at walkercv@nullwfu.edu or 336-758-5237.

ACCOUNTING STUDENTS AMONG BEST IN THE NATION — Graduates of Wake Forest’s Calloway School of Business and Accountancy rank second in the nation for their performance on the May 2002 CPA exam, the most recent scores available. Since the Calloway School started offering a master’s degree in accounting in 1997, this marks the third year they have placed second, and they have been first every other year. Wake Forest students also received the best two scores among North Carolina students for the May 2003 exam. For more information, contact Sarah Mansell at manselss@nullwfu.edu or 336-758-5237.

AUTUMN LEAVES COLOR FORECAST — If this year’s plentiful rain combines with frosty nights in the next few weeks, the North Carolina autumn color display may be tremendous, says William K. Smith, Babcock Professor of Botany. But, he cautions that no studies have proven that these factors definitely create more spectacular fall leaves. In a good growth year like this, trees are healthier and produce more leaves, he says. That will potentially make this year’s display better than last year’s. He can explain how cold nights and clear days of fall can also affect the leaf pigments that create the beautiful purples, oranges, yellows and reds this time of year. Smith studies leaf structure and has done extensive research on how plants respond to harsh environments. To arrange an interview, contact Cheryl Walker at walkercv@nullwfu.edu or 336-758-5237.

EXPERT DISCUSSES SIMILARITIES OF MENTAL ILLNESSES — George Graham, Wake Forest’s first A.C. Reid Professor of Philosophy will defend his theory that every mentally ill person is ill in the same general way at his lecture titled, “What’s the Matter with Mental Illness” Sept. 19 at 4 p.m. in Tribble Hall’s DeTamble Auditorium. Widely published and the winner of numerous teaching honors, Graham’s interest in mental illness was sparked by experiences during the Vietnam War while he was an aide in the psychiatric unit of a hospital. To arrange an interview with Graham, contact Pam Barrett at barretpm@nullwfu.edu or 336-758-5237.

SPEAKER TO UNVEIL LOCAL AFRICAN-AMERICAN LABOR HEROES — Robert Korstad, author of “Civil Rights Unionism: Tobacco Workers and the Struggle for Democracy in the Mid-Twentieth-Century South,” will present a lecture at Wake Forest based on his book Sept 22 at 6 p.m. in Scales Fine Arts Center, Room A102. In his lecture, titled “Like Being Reconstructed: The Legacy of Labor and Civil Rights Activism in 1940s Winston-Salem,” Korstad contends that the defeat of civil rights unionism continues to limit civil rights efforts for economic equality today. To arrange an interview with Korstad, contact the News Service at336- 758-5237.

SCULPTOR TO SHOW MARBLE SHOES AT SHOE REPAIR SHOP — The windows of Huggins Shoe Repair (formerly Hines Shoes) on West 4th Street in downtown Winston-Salem will be the site of sculptor David Finn’s inaugural showing of nine marble shoes he calls “Ghosts.” Finn is associate professor of art at Wake Forest, where he teaches sculpture. The exhibition kicks off with an informal opening at the windows of Huggins Shoe Repair at 211 West Fourth St. on Sept. 26 from 4:30-6 p.m. The marble shoes, some with fanciful bows, flowers and ribbons will be on display until Oct. 30. The shoes are cut from solid chunks of pure white marble. To contact Finn, call 336-758-5077 or email him at finndt@nullwfu.edu. Photographs are posted at www.wfu.edu/~finndt.

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