2009 December

Students receive ACC scholarships

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Juniors Rachel Baxter (left) of Tempe, Ariz., and Vanessa Van of Beijing, China, have received ACC-Inter-Institutional Academic Collaborative Scholarships to study abroad in the spring.

Media contact: Kerry King, 336.758.5237

What’s taking so long to close Guantanamo?

President Obama plans to move a number of terrorism suspects to Thomas Correctional Center in Illinois. But before prisoners can be moved, a nervous Congress must agree to house the detainees on American soil. Wake Forest University Assistant Professor of Political Science Will Walldorf says the debate over Guantanamo should be a larger debate about U.S. human rights policy.

“I think the President will get the votes he needs, but the move will likely cause vigorous debate that will be important for America’s human rights policy going forward,” says Walldorf. “The U.S. wants to change our Bush-era image but moving prisoners from the Guantanamo detention center is only a small first step in untangling a very complex and muddled human rights policy since 911.”

Walldorf is an expert in U.S. foreign policy and human rights. His recent book,  “Just Politics: Human Rights and the Foreign Policy of Great Powers,” was recently named Best Book in International Security by the International Studies Association. He is available for interviews over the holiday recess.

Media contact: Kerry M. King, kingkm@nullwfu.edu or (336) 758-5237

Happy holidays? Have realistic expectations

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Professor and Chair of Counseling Samuel Gladding (’67, MAEd ’71) is no Scrooge, but he is on a mission to redefine what it means to be “happy” during the holidays. Gladding, a licensed professional counselor with a specialty in family counseling, says research shows that it is the pressure to be happy that often leads to sadness and even depression during the holidays.

That’s why he’s challenging the traditional view of happy holidays by pointing out that the higher our expectations, the less likely we are to actually be happy. He shares five tips for more realistic holiday expectations and a redefinition of what it means to have a happy holiday season.

Media contact: Ellen Sterner-Sedeno, 336.758.5237

Students spend winter break on service trips

Twenty-one students are spending winter break on service trips abroad. Ten are headed to Santarem, Brazil, in cooperation with Amizade volunteer programs, to build afterschool centers for children. Eleven are headed to Calcutta, India, with the City of Joy program to work with Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity to serve the poor. Students leave for their destinations on Dec. 27 and return Jan. 12.

Media Contact: Kerry M. King, kingkm@nullwfu.edu or 336.758-5237

Law alumnus plays key role in settlement

Alumnus David C. Smith (’81, JD ‘84) played a key role in a 13-year class-action lawsuit against the federal government that recently resulted in a historic $3.4 billion settlement for American Indians.

Happy Birthday, Beethoven!

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On the anniversary of Beethoven’s birthday (Dec. 16, 1770), the popularity of his music endures. Professor of Music David Levy, a Beethoven scholar and the author of “Beethoven: the Ninth Symphony” (Yale University Press 2003), says Beethoven, like Shakespeare, was a “superb craftsman.”

Media contact: Kerry King, 336.758.5237

Teddy Aronson explores the world

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Teddy Aronson has gained a greater understanding of the people, culture and food of the Middle East while studying in Amman, Jordan, this semester and writing a food journal for Campus Kitchen. He is a junior English major from Essex Falls, N.J.

Media contact: Kerry King, 336.758.5237

Atala’s research featured on ’60 Minutes’

It sounds like science fiction, but you name the body part and chances are that Dr. Anthony Atala, director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, is trying to grow one. Watch the report on “60 Minutes.”

Men’s soccer in College Cup semifinals

Second-ranked Wake Forest, advancing to the College Cup for the fourth straight year, takes on third-ranked Virginia in the national semifinals Friday afternoon. The game will be shown live on ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN360.com beginning at 5 p.m.

A work of art

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Students hurrying through the Benson University Center on their way to class might not fully appreciate that they’re also walking through an art gallery.

Down one hallway, Pablo Picasso’s L’Ecuyere (1960) hangs near Roy Lichtenstein’s Hopeless (1965). Down another hall, students can ponder the social implications of Famous Last Words: The Death of a Poet (Robert Colescott, 1989) or Heaven is Worth it All (Howard Finster, 1984).

Or contrast the realistic style of Ron Kleeman’s bright red fire truck (The Four Horsemen and the Soho Saint, 1976 alongside Ellsworth Kelly’s abstract image (Colored Paper Image XVI (Blue Yellow Red), 1976) and Jasper Johns’ Flags (1967-68).

A short walk through Benson is a journey through fifty years of contemporary art, made possible by a unique educational experience. Every four years since 1963, students, accompanied by faculty mentors, have gone to New York City to purchase art for the Student Union Collection of Contemporary Art — thought to be the only university art collection in the country developed by students.

Media contact: Kerry King, 336.758.5237