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Arnold Palmer Day 2015

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On Monday, April 13th, The Traditions Council hosted it’s fourth annual Arnold Palmer Day, which was a tremendous success. In the Council’s goal to be able to fund a legacy scholarship, the group sold over 400 t-shirts and gave away over 1200 Arnold Palmer tallboys, courtesy of Arizona Iced Tea. The Council held it’s first ever “Arnold Palmer Chug-a-thon: Race for the Green Jacket” with the winner taking away a Masters green jacket. The Traditions Council is so thankful for the effort and time spent from members of the Office of Alumni Engagement, Athletics and Advancement in making Monday’s event a part of Wake Forest memories that students will never forget. Check out the Traditions Council Facebook page HERE for a picture album from Arnold Palmer Day 2015. Go Deacs!

Are you a student who would like to be involved with the Traditions Council, and fun events like Arnold Palmer Day in the 2015-2016 school-year? If so, please reach out to Stephen Edwards.

Dining with the Deacs

image (10)On Sunday, March 22nd, Dr. Dan Beavers (’01) and his family hosted a group of 7 seniors in their home for a “Dining with the Deacs”! Throughout the schoolyear, Wake Forest alumni partner with the Office of Alumni Engagement in hosting students in their homes for a wonderful meal and meaningful conversation. Each dinner provides a way for students to learn from the wisdom and experience of each alumnus, as they share about their journey from college to career and more.

Daniel Headshot“When I learned about Dining with the Deacs, I knew I wanted to be involved because it would be a great chance to give back to the Wake Forest community that was so generous to me when I was a student, and I am so blessed to be in a position where I can pay it forward. These seniors are all about to enter a very exciting phase of life, and it was great hearing their plans and imparting a bit of wisdom my wife and I have. I absolutely recommend being a Dining with the Deacs host, and we hope to do it again in the future!” – Dr. Dan Beavers (’01)

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

Olivia Headshot“As both the daughter of an alumnus (Dan Whitener ’84) and being a student over 9 hours away from home, I welcome opportunities to connect with alumni and grow my local family (not to mention the amazing home-cooked meal!). Having timeto gather with fellow seniors, some of whom I met freshman year and others I had only seen walking across the Quad, to discuss life after graduation was encouraging and nostalgic. It was amazing to hear the various paths the other students are headed on, but also comforting to hear from our hosts that we do not have it all figured out right now! The Beavers were an excellent example of encouraging one another in personal and professional interests, an embodiment of the Deacon spirit.” – Olivia Whitener (’15)

Chester Headshot“Attending Dining with the Deacs gives students a great opportunity to talk with older Deacs about life after college. Connecting with alumni who live in Winston-Salem is also a chance for students to get off campus and connect, as students love being welcomed into a home, which is pretty unusual to find while classes are in session, and I am not back in Florida with my family (my mom, Cindy Bedell ’78, got me hooked on the Deacs). The Beavers were such great hosts, and we enjoyed hearing about their loves and what they love about Wake Forest!” – Chester Bedell (’15)

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. Interested in being a “Dining with the Deacs” host for the 2015-2016 school year? Please reach out to Stephen Edwards.

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Darling Deacon: Charlie Winter

pennantIn the Alumni Office, we love seeing the demon deacon children of alumni! (Or pictures of alumni when they were little deacons themselves.)

And we figured we weren’t the only ones. We will be featuring “darling deacons” here on Alumni, So Dear. It’s a chance for alumni parents to share with the Wake Forest community pictures of their children in all of their Black & Gold gear. We’re happy for alumni to take a walk down memory lane and send in any childhood Wake Forest photos of themselves, too.

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This week’s Darling Deacon is seven-month-old Charlie Winter, son of Aaron Winter (’02) and Susannah Rosenblatt (’03) and grandson of Faye Setzer Rosenblatt (’67).  Charlie proudly sports his old gold and black and looks forward to making his first visit to campus soon with his parents!

We are excited to share another darling deacon soon.

Would you like to be considered for darling deacon of the week? Email your photo and the names of those pictured, your name and class year, and any other related information to alumni@nullwfu.edu. Photos should incorporate Wake Forest in some way for publication.

The Junior Juncture: Navigating Decisions

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On Wednesday, March 18th, seven Wake Forest alumni joined together on campus to be a part of a new initiative put on by the Office of Alumni Engagement. The intent of The Junior Juncture: Navigating What’s Next was to help over 40 juniors navigate the important “juncture” of junior  year, where decisions about internships and career path can feel super daunting! This dinner provides a supportive environment of caring alumni in seven career paths that were eager to invest in these students both personally and professionally. We could not have pulled off this impactful program without these alumni volunteers:

— Non-Profit Sector: Katie Wolf (’13), Assistant Director at Hanes Art Gallery
— Technology: Jon Wright (’08), Project Manager at Beacon Technologies
— Financial Services: Walt Reece (’12), LDP Associate at BB&T Banking
— Medicine/Healthcare: Dr. Locke Glenn (’05), Assistant Medical Director at Novant Health
— Law/Government: Chad Brown (’01, JD ’06), Partner at Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice
— Marketing/Advertising: Meg Miles (’13), Account Executive at CCL Branding
— Entrepreneurship: Becca Atchison (’03), Owner at Rebecca Rose Events

“As a recent graduate, I vividly remember the pressure I felt as a Junior to find the perfect summer internship and the stress that the process placed on my already academically loaded shoulders. During my search, I found that some of the best advice (regarding both internships and surviving the search) came from my older peers; knowing they had successfully navigated the waters gave me permission to take a deep breath and remember that in one way or another, things would work out. It was my hope that by participating in the event, I would be able to provide the same reassurance to the students at my table! As an alum who has remained in the Winston-Salem area, I cherish opportunities such as this to give back to University that gave me so much during my time there.” – Meg Miles (’13)

Some Feedback from Students about the impact of connecting with alumni:

  • It definitely made me feel a lot more confident in my job search and career process. I also think that it made me a lot more appreciative of Wake Forest and its alumni because alumni really want to help you succeed. I think this is unique and would not necessarily happen at a big state school.  – Class of 2016 participant
  • I appreciated the idea of just focusing on the very next step. Junior year can be overwhelming with options and future planning, but just focusing on the next step helps keep perspective and moving forward. – Class of 2016 participant
  • I expected to network with alumni and be given advice, but I didn’t expect the alums to be so personable! They gave extremely relevant advice since they were undergrads not too long ago, and they answered all of our questions honestly.  – Class of 2016 participant

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image4The Junior Juncture will continue to be a program that connects current students with alumni around a particular career track.

If you would be interested in serving as an on campus alumni contributor in the 2015-2016 school year, or bringing something like this to your local alumni club, please reach out to Stephen Edwards.

 

Darling Deacons: Lilly and Anna Grace McCullough

pennantIn the Alumni Office, we love seeing the demon deacon children of alumni! (Or pictures of alumni when they were little deacons themselves.)

And we figured we weren’t the only ones. We will be featuring “darling deacons” here on Alumni, So Dear. It’s a chance for alumni parents to share with the Wake Forest community pictures of their children in all of their Black & Gold gear. We’re happy for alumni to take a walk down memory lane and send in any childhood Wake Forest photos of themselves, too.

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This week’s Darling Deacons are 2 1/2 years old Lilly and three-month-old Anna Grace McCullough, daughters of Devin (’02) and Claire Boyette (’03) McCullough .  Lilly and Anna’s grandfather is Douglas Boyette (MD ’75).  We are happy to see them already embracing their Wake Forest roots and look forward to them continuing to cheer on the Deacs in black and gold!

We are excited to share another darling deacon soon.

Would you like to be considered for darling deacon of the week? Email your photo and the names of those pictured, your name and class year, and any other related information to alumni@nullwfu.edu. Photos should incorporate Wake Forest in some way for publication.

Darling Deacon: Liam Mancuso

pennantIn the Alumni Office, we love seeing the demon deacon children of alumni! (Or pictures of alumni when they were little deacons themselves.)

And we figured we weren’t the only ones. We will be featuring “darling deacons” here on Alumni, So Dear. It’s a chance for alumni parents to share with the Wake Forest community pictures of their children in all of their Black & Gold gear. We’re happy for alumni to take a walk down memory lane and send in any childhood Wake Forest photos of themselves, too.

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This week’s Darling Deacon is four-month-old Liam, son of Patrick and Jenny Darneille (’03) Mancuso.  Liam is pictured in his Wake Forest finest with his mom and fellow alumna Eve Tannery (’03).  We hope he is always surrounded by fellow Demon Deacons!

We are excited to share another darling deacon soon.

Would you like to be considered for darling deacon of the week? Email your photo and the names of those pictured, your name and class year, and any other related information to alumni@nullwfu.edu. Photos should incorporate Wake Forest in some way for publication.