2009 July

Katina Parker (’96) brings gang violence to film

A free screening of filmmaker Katina Parker’s (’96) documentary “Peace Process” will be held at the Forsyth County Library on Fifth Street in Winston-Salem on Wednesday, August 5, and Saturday, August 8, at 10 a.m. The story follows a teen poet, Jabril, through an informal intervention program during which he is trained to interview other teens, former gang members, journalists, artists and community activists who have been affected by gang violence. “Peace Process” is showing as part of the National Black Theatre Film Festival, and a Q&A with Parker, who directed the film and co-wrote the screenplay, will be held after the screenings. More information, including a trailer, is available on the Facebook Peace Process fan page.

Ross Smith (’82), debate director, dies unexpectedly

Ross K. Smith (’82), the award-winning director of debate who led Wake Forest University’s debate team to a national championship in 2008, died unexpectedly July 19 in Winston-Salem.  He was 54.

A guestbook has been created on the university Web site at http://www.wfu.edu/wowf/guest/smith/index.php

Donors who wish to give in memory of Ross Smith may do so online. Under “Gift Designation” choose “other” and indicate in the comment field that you wish to give to the Ross K. Smith Debate Fund. https://alumni.wfu.edu/giving

Opening Doors

Whether through a scholarship, grant, or endowed teaching position, the generous support of benefactors has opened doors and opened minds for generations of Wake Forest students and faculty. Be inspired by some of their stories here.

Marshburn (MD ’89) blasts into space

Astronaut Tom Marshburn (MD ’89) finally got into space on July 15. He is aboard the space shuttle Endeavour, which lifted off en route to the international space station after several days of weather delays.

Marshburn, of Statesville, NC, was selected in 2004 to be a NASA astronaut. He completed his Astronaut Candidate Training in 2006. This included scientific and technical briefings, intensive instruction in Shuttle and International Space Station Systems, physical training, T-38 flight training and water and wilderness survival training. The Endeavour mission will deliver the Japanese-built Exposed Facility (JEM-EF) and the Experiment Logistics Module Exposed Section (ELM-ES) to the International Space Station.

Country doctor, dying breed

James Lambert (’74, MD ’78) often starts his workday at 4 or 5 a.m., with a one-mile walk from his home to his office. He walks to exercise, to think and to evade. Lambert has to evade. If patients see his car parked out front, they come in, and his marathon day becomes a sprint. Lamber, 56, has been practicing medicine in and around Wayne and Duplin counties since 1981. He treats people who’ve known him since he was knee-high to a grasshopper. He cares for their children and grandchildren. He makes house calls. In an age when medical conglomerates rule, he is a country doctor, and part of a dying breed.

Miles and miles of paddling

Matthew Trump (’05), a graduate student in the Wake Forest biology department, will compete in the world’s longest marathon canoe race beginning July 20. The Yukon 1000 Canoe and Kayak Race consists of paddling 1000 miles on the Yukon River starting in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada, and ending at the Alaska Pipeline Bridge on the Dalton Highway in the middle of Alaska. This is the first year that the 1000-mile race has been held, and Trump says his canoe has a decent chance of winning, at least in his division.