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 Stephen Edwards.

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