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Alumni Admissions Forum 2014

On Friday, June 27, 2014, alumni and their high school aged children will have the opportunity to attend the annual Alumni Admissions Forum. The program will include details about the college search process, submitting a competitive application, financial aid and scholarships, and a tour of campus. Most of the sessions will address the college search and admissions process in general, but the day will begin with a WFU specific session.

Co-hosted by the Admissions Office and the Office of Alumni Services, this has been a popular event in the past for alumni families. The forum is targeted to rising high school sophomores and juniors; however, high school students of all grade levels are welcome.

We hope you can join us. To register, or for more information, please visit

Young Alumni Professional Development Series, Part 2

The second Young Alumni Professional Development Series was April 3rd from 5:30-6:30pm in Farrell Hall on Wake Forest’s campus. Matthew Phillips led the group in a discussion about business ethics, and how we can grow not only in our understand of how to recognize ethics, but also follow through on them. Read more below, and click on the link to see a video of the presentation and accompanying slides. There is also an “additional resources guide” that many will find helpful.

Business Ethics: Philosophy, Psychology, and Profit
Matthew Phillips (’00, ’06 JD), Professor in WFU School of Business

“We’ve known for years that the mantra, just do the right thing, isn’t a good enough foundation for ethical decisions. Actually, we are hard-wired for poor decisions, particularly under stress of being productive and valuable at work. Come learn how to use intuition and an ethical decision process to hold on to principle and profit.”

A PDF of the  handout from the presentation is available here.

SAVE THE DATE – Next Presentation in the Series
Part 3, May 1st – This is Your Brain on Stress: Tips & Tools for Letting Go and Moving Through

Please reach out to if you have any questions!

Dining with the Deacs, Spring 2014

On Sunday, March 23rd, four Wake Forest alumni couples hosted students in their homes for a wonderful meal and meaningful conversation. Each dinner had eight upperclassmen in attendance that were able to learn from the wisdom and experience of each alumnus around a specific topic, as they shared about their journey from college to career and beyond!

“The best part about hosting Dining with the Deacs is getting to know Wake Forest and it’s students, as it exists today. The diversity of students, and the culture of the school have changed dramatically over the years, and it is exciting to see! All but one of our guests had studied abroad, so we had a continuous conversation that spanned the entire globe in politics and commerce. Each student was super bright and well mannered. We hope to host again soon as it is a great way to connect with our alma mater, and give back to students!” – Alumni Host 

Thanks to our gracious hosts for this event! We couldn’t do it without you, and the impact these dinners have on students cannot be measured.
The Joy of Participating in the Global Economy: Ed (’83, ’90 MBA) and Anita Kinnier
Faith in the Marketplace: What Does Vocation Look Like: Steve (’80, MBA ’82, P ’15) and Molly (’82, MA ’15, P ’15) Lineberger
Balancing Personal and Professional Goals After College: Dave (’99) and Shelley (’00, JD ’03) Holden
Money or Morals? Making Ethical Decisions: Dr. Joel (’84, P ’17) and Shirene (’84, P ’17) Gentry

Some feedback from students on the value of “Dining with the Deacs”:

  • “The hosts were great with lots of knowledge and experience they were very willing to share with us specifics about the topic and their career.”
  • “Conversation with alumni and students you have never met was the best part… the alumni were energetic, interested in us, and extremely enthusiastic about Wake Forest!”
  • “I liked how I was able to relate to and discuss the topic with the host and guests, even though we came to it from different angles and viewpoints.”
  • “My hosts were wonderful mentors. The topic and conversations were intellectually stimulating, and a great opportunity to network with the WFU community.”

Interested in being a “Dining with the Deacs” host for the 2014-2015 school year? Please reach out to .

The 1:1 – Alumni and Juniors

On Wednesday March 19th, 20 Wake Forest alumni joined together on campus to be a part of a brand new initiative put on by the Office of Alumni Services, OPCD, and Campus Life. The intent of this program was to help 20 WFU Juniors engage in the “Reality of Networking,” in the supportive environment of alumni interested in investing personally and professionally in their career development. Dr. Allison McWilliams (’95), director of the WFU Mentoring Resource Center, helped facilitate and guide the networking reception, and allowed for greater intentionality and purpose.

Thanks to our alumni volunteers for this event! We couldn’t do it without you.

Some Feedback from Students about the impact of Alumni at “The 1:1″:

  • “I got to practice networking, which I had never done before, with WFU alumni which is unique to networking with anyone else.”
  • “The event definitely surpassed my expectations. The alumni were very easy to talk with, and they genuinely seemed to care about my interests and future.”
  • “I learned not to be afraid to approach Wake Forest alumni to speak with them about my own personal and career journey.”
  • “This program was really enjoyable, and so helpful as I received positive feedback and advice from alumni I spoke with, helping me feel more confident.”

“The 1:1″ will continue to be a program that connects current students one on one with alumni around a particular context, and the hope is to have a 1:1 event for each undergraduate class at least once a school year.

If you would be interested in serving as an on campus alumni contributor in the 2014-2015 school year, or bringing something like this to your local alumni club, please reach out to .

Connections and Conversations

On April 4 – 5, 2014, alumni will have a chance to reconnect and engage with their fellow Wake Foresters in current topics and events relevant to our University.  Hosted by the Z. Smith Reynolds Library and the Office of Alumni Services, this intimate alumni weekend was designed as a relaxed and informal way to extend the exciting conversations taking place at reunions, Homecoming and Wake Forest club events.

The inaugural Connections & Conversations will be a series of discussions regarding wellbeing, a major priority for Wake Forest.  It is also your chance to exchange ideas with Provost Emeritus Edwin Wilson, current Provost Rogan Kersh, Vice President Penny Rue and many other talented teacher-scholars in a beautiful campus setting.

We hope you can join us.  To register, or for more information, please visit

Young Alumni Professional Development Series, Part 1

The first Young Alumni Professional Development Series was March 6th from 5:30-6:30pm in Farrell Hall on Wake Forest’s campus. Allison McWilliams led the group in a discussion around mentoring, and how it is a benefit to everyone! Read more below, and click on the link to see a video of the presentation and accompanying slides.

Building a Mentoring Network for Personal and Professional Success
Allison McWilliams (’95), Ph.D., Director of WFU Mentoring Resource Center

“What is the difference between mentoring and other developmental models? What does effective mentoring look like? Come to this session and learn the answers to these questions and develop a plan of action to grow YOUR network, including: identifying key people, resources and tolls you can use for network-building, and how being a strong mentor to others can pay off for you.”

SAVE THE DATES – Upcoming Presentations in the Series
Part 2, April 3rd – Business Ethics: Philosophy, Psychology and Profit
Part 3, May 1st – This is Your Brain on Stress: Tips & Tools for Letting Go and Moving Through
Part 4, June 5th – Your Financial Journey: The Stuff You Wish You Had Learned

Please reach out to  if you have any questions!