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1. sexual assault (better education and reporting procedures);
2. campus safety (keycard access to classroom buildings);
3. insufficient numbers and status of women on the faculty (hiring and promot-
ing more women);
4. sexism and “chilly” climate (more education for employees on sexism and
sexual harassment);
5. salary inequity (monitor faculty salaries, explore a merit-based salary policy);
6. inflexible tenure clock (resetting the tenure clock from five to eight years);
7. lack of a child-care facility; and
8. paid maternity leave.
With regard to all employees, the University held its first Employee Recognition Day
in April.
The Office of Public Affairs won twelve awards in the 1996 District III com-
munications competition of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Edu-
cation (CASE), the most by any college or university among the nine participating
southeastern states. Especially noteworthy were awards for excellence in media place-
ments, periodicals, and publications to promote the Year of the Arts and a special
merit award for the University’s homepage on the Internet. In the spring, the office
won six medals in the national Circle of Excellence program.
Paul Brown, news director at WFDD, received a first-place award for radio
enterprise reporting from the Associated Press for the story “R. J. Reynolds Tobacco
Workers,” which aired on National Public Radio (NPR) “Morning Edition” and on
member station WFDD. Reported and produced by Brown, the story profiled tobacco
workers and the stresses under which they lived as the tobacco industry experienced
increased governmental scrutiny and attacks.
Charlene Curtis, formerly an assistant coach at the University of Connecticut, was
named Head Women’s Basketball Coach in June 1997. She was Wake Forest’s first
African American female coach and came with outstanding credentials. She replaced
Karen Freeman, who resigned to join the WNBA’s Charlotte Sting as an assistant
Jeff Zinn replaced Ian Crookenden as Men’s
Tennis Coach, and Chris Turner resigned as Wom-
en’s Soccer Coach after three years with a record of
31–26–3. He was replaced by Tony da Luz, who had
successfully coached the women’s soccer team at
the University of San Diego. Stan Cotton became
the new “Voice of the Deacs,” after Mac McDonald
resigned to take a similar job at the University of
The football team did not do well but won
two more games than in the previous season for
a record of 3–8. The highlight of the season came Stan Cotton
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