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Alumni, So Dear

The Senior Summit: Navigating What’s Next

On Tuesday, October 28th, eight Wake Forest alumni joined together on campus to be a part of a new initiative put on by the Office of Alumni Engagement and the Office of Personal and Career Development (OPCD). The intent of The Senior Summit: Navigating What’s Next was to help 30+ seniors engage in this process in the supportive environment of alumni interested in investing personally and professionally in their career development while sharing a meal. Thanks to our alumni volunteers for this event! We could not do it without you.

– Non-Profit/Service: Alana James (’09)
Director, Community Planning and Investment at United Way of Forsyth County,
– Technology: Tommy Minta (’08, MS ’11)
Solutions Engineer at Genesys,
– Financial Services: Robert Bloomer (’07)
VP, Compensation Segment Manager at BB&T,
– Medicine/Healthcare: Dr. Matt Cline (’04, MD ’09)
Emergency Physician for Forsyth County EMS,
– Law/Government: Charlie McCurry (’05, JD ’08)
Commercial Broker at Commercial Realty Advisors,
– Marketing/Advertising: Donna Cauble (’07, MBA ’14)
Sales & Marketing Analyst at BB&T Capital Markets,
– Fine Arts Administration: Anna Marie Carr (’11)
Development & Marketing Manager at The Children’s Museum,
– Entrepreneurship: Ben Marsh (’03)
President of BNLB Construction,

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

  • “This event definitely made me feel better about the process of figuring out what is next. I particularly enjoyed what one alum had to say about each student who graduates from here having a really valuable liberal arts education and that it really will get you somewhere in the world outside Wake.” – Class of 2015 participant
  • “I loved all of the pieces of advice given at the end of the evening to the entire group. I was at the technology table, but what the alum from the law table had to say about taking a chance on who you are as a person, and being true to what is important to you, really resonated with me.” – Class of 2015 participant
  • “The event as a whole was really wonderful… I did not want it to end! I took to heart in particular two pieces of advice that had a big impact on my table: “take blame when it’s probably not your fault. Give credit when it’s probably because of you.” “Take the first step to try. Don’t be afraid to fail.” – Class of 2015 participant

The Senior Summit 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 2014-2015 school year, or bringing something like this to your local alumni club, please reach out to .

Darling Deacon: Rose Parrish Lettieri

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.


This week’s Darling Deacon is seven-month-old Rose Parrish Lettieri, daughter of John (’04) and D’Ann Grady (’04) Lettieri. Rose is modeling the adorable Wake Forest dress that she wore to Festival on the Quad and the football game against Army.  With a fan this cute cheering them on, it’s no surprise that the Deacs won the game.  We hope Rose and her family will continue to cheer us to victory!

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 . Photos should incorporate Wake Forest in some way for publication.

Navigating Your {Personal, Professional & Career} Life After College

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The Office of Personal & Career development is launching a great resource for alumni on October 28, 2014.  Are you a recent graduate, young professional, or thinking about a possible career transition? Enroll in our 4-week long, free short course as we explore several key topics:

- Building community
- Defining your brand
- Understanding what employers want
- Determining your next career step

Through this online course format, a new module will be introduced each week and we will include advice and commentary from experts, online resources and tools, and opportunities for participant discussion and networking. You can go at your own pace, complete as many or as few modules as you would like, and have unlimited access to the resources within the course once the course is complete. This is a free, not for credit course available to all WFU alumni. Enroll and create your account.

Course Facilitator: Lauren Beam, Assistant Director for Mentoring and Alumni Personal & Career Development,

Fall 2014 Junior Men’s Dinner – October 7

On Tuesday, October 7th, nearly 20 students gathered for the Junior Men’s Dinner. This program is a collaboration between the Alumni Office and the WFU Mentoring Resource Center. The dinner facilitates discussion with Wake Forest alumni around topics including paths to success, work/life balance, and navigating the transition from college to post-college life.

What impact does this type of program have on the Wake Forest Community?

“A lot of what the alum at our table said strongly resonated with me, especially the part about defining success through the impact you have on those around you. As I pursue a science/health related career, I eagerly anticipate getting the chance to offer my skills and services to those in need.”
- Class of 2016 Participant

“I was skeptical about going at first, but I am so glad I did. Looking back at the handout the alum gave us, I realize how valuable the advice is and that it is applicable to everyday life, in and beyond my time at Wake. I think the most telling part of the evening, from our table’s perspective, was as our group was leaving, we wished it was not over.”
-Class of 2016 Participant

“It was my pleasure to get together with these students, who are squared away and have some bright futures ahead of them. I admired how they desire to make impact, as most young men are not thinking through that ideal at their stage of life. I challenged them to consider the older and wiser men that they can continue to connect with.”
-Evan Taylor (’08)

Thanks so much to our Fall 2014 facilitators!
Coleman Team (’09), Partner, Linville | Team
McFall Pearce (’09, MBA ’16), MBA student at WFUSB
Van Nguyen (’08), Research Coordinator, Womble Carlyle
Ira Williams (’99), Assistant VP, Allegacy Federal Credit Union
Evan Taylor (’08),  Regional Security Coordinator, BB&T

If you would be interested in participating in one of these dinners on campus in the future, or hosting something similar in your local WFU Alumni Club, please reach out to , in the Office of Alumni Engagement.

Fall 2014 Junior Women’s Dinner – September 30

On Tuesday, September 30th, 20 junior women gathered for the fourth installment of the Junior Women’s Dinner. This program is a collaboration between the Office of Alumni Engagement and the Office of Personal & Career Development (OPCD). The dinner facilitates discussion between WFU students and alumnae. Topics include paths to success, work/life balance, and navigating the transition from college to post-college life.

What impact does this type of program have on the Wake Forest Community?

“The advice at the end of the discussion definitely helped me re-evaluate how I think of my future career. Most likely I will end up in a slightly different industry or in a different part of the country that I hadn’t imagined before.”
-Class of 2016 Participant

“I felt inspired by the wise advice of the women and their encouragement about trusting yourself and your feelings.”
-Class of 2016 Participant

“I was honored to be asked to serve as an alumni facilitator. When I was an undergraduate student, I know events like this helped prepare me for life after college. I am hopeful that this dinner helped reinforce the fact that the Wake Forest community does not end at graduation. I am incredibly thankful for the support of fellow Demon Deacons in my career and I believe the best way to honor that legacy is to do the same in return.”
-Katharine Williams (’09)

Thanks so much to our Fall 2014 facilitators!
Katharine Williams (’09, MBA ’15), Assistant Director, WFU Sports
Cierra Raleigh (’10), Account Coordinator, Mullen Advertising
Ashley Phipps (’08, MA ’09), Coordinator, WFU Employer Relations
Dustie Lanier (’06), Campaign Director, United Way
Shelley Holden (’00, JD ’03), Fundraising Professional

If you would be interested in participating in one of these dinners on campus in the future, or hosting something similar in your local WFU Alumni Club, please reach out to , in the Office of Alumni Engagement.

Class of 2018 Move-In Day

20100819movein2831The Class of 2018 will soon be arriving to campus! And what better way to begin inspiring the idea of Pro Humanitate with our new Deacons than by demonstrating it in our own actions! The Alumni Office is coordinating a volunteer opportunity for Triad Alumni to engage with the arriving Class of 2018 and our transfer students. We invite you, our area alumni, to join us in welcoming these students and their families into our Wake Forest family.

There are opportunities to welcome new students on Thursday, August 21 and Friday, August 22. For more information, please visit the Winston-Salem Club page.