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2012 Highlights: Mentoring

Wake Forest junior Jawad Wahabzada takes his documentary film global.

Weaving education, entertainment

Jawad Wahabzada (’14) finds balancing schoolwork and the global promotion of his documentary “Children of Kabul” a challenge, but says taking courses you love and connecting with a good mentor can make a difference.

Ray Kuhn celebrates his 70th birthday with a reunion of his former undergraduate and graduate lab students.

Infectious mentoring

More than 30 of Ray Kuhn’s former students, plus their spouses or significant others, gathered in Clemmons last month to celebrate their mentor’s 70th birthday and their shared experiences as his research partners. Kuhn’s work as a mentor has grown a close-knit group that spans generations.

Samantha Yaussey talks about her anthropology research into the early people of North Carolina.

URECA: supporting undergraduate research

Undergraduate research has been a cornerstone of Wake Forest’s commitment to academic excellence. Now the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (URECA) Center provides student grants and administrative support for mentored, undergraduate research and encourages high-quality programs of great impact.

Senior resident adviser Ethan Groce (right) helps Brad Keck ('13) and his parents, Tom and Becky, with the move into Polo Residence Hall.

Lead where you live

When Ethan Groce (’13) came to Wake Forest, he wanted to be a leader. So, in addition to becoming a President’s Aide and taking an active role in Student Government, he decided to follow in the footsteps of someone he admired and respected: his resident adviser.

Carlos Fletcher, a high school student participating in the Wake Me! mentoring program, prepares food with Campus Kitchen, a community service organization.

Waking up teens

Participants in Wake Forest’s new mentorship pilot program, WAKE ME!, learned the importance of college preparation and the value of pro humanitate.

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Student + mentor = innovative cancer research

Presenting research to the largest gathering of cancer professionals in the world is an unusual opportunity for an undergraduate student. Junior Katherine Sams got to do it thanks to the mentor she met in her first-year seminar.

People gather at the networking event.

Wake Forest Connects

Politicians aren’t the only ones in Washington, D.C. emphasizing the important intersection between jobs and higher education. The Offices of Personal and Career Development and Alumni Relations hosted Wake Forest Connects, an event gathering more than 130 members of the Wake Forest community in the D.C. metro area.

Vice President for Personal and Career Development Andy Chan with members of the Class of 2012 (photo credit: D.L. Anderson for The Wall Street Journal)

Wall Street Journal features WFU

The Wall Street Journal prominently featured Wake Forest for its national leadership in making personal and career development a mission-critical component of the college experience. The article, “Colleges Get Career-Minded”, appeared the day after commencement.

Ron Dimock

Beyond the Books: Brains and mussels

Wake Forest has a long history of close, mentoring relationships between faculty and students. It’s an opportunity to explore the liberal arts, tie scholarship and research and create the teacher-scholar ideal. For biology professor Ron Dimock, mentoring comes naturally during hours in the lab — going beyond the books.

Allison McWilliams, director of the Mentoring Resource Center

Learning outside the classroom

Almost every university has a mentoring program — independent initiatives hosted by campus life or student development. Wake Forest is one of the first higher education institutions in the nation to adopt a campus-wide model.