Seniors selected as new Wake Forest Fellows

Ten seniors have been selected to serve as Wake Forest Fellows for the 2013-2014 school year:

Lindsay Schneider will be in the Office of the Dean of the College, James O’Connell in the Office of the President, Paige Bosworth in the Office of Investments, Laura Chin in the Office of Information Systems, Benjamin Magee in the Office of Personal and Career Development, Frances Fisher in the Office of the Provost, Katie Wolf in the START Gallery; Brad Shugoll in the Office of Student Life; Sarah Sebton at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and Lauren Suffoletto at the Z. Smith Reynolds Library.

Julie Huggins/Old Gold & Black

Julie Huggins/Old Gold & Black

Implemented in 2009, the Wake Forest Fellows Program provides a one year full-time employment contract for students in various offices at the university.

In addition, students receive a mentorship with faculty and staff in their respective offices. Most of the fellows are excited about giving back to the university.

“I’m certainly interested in using the skills I’ve gained over the past four years in a professional setting. But more than that, I’d like to take a year to give back to a university that has given me so much,” James O’Connell said. The fellowship will help students with future career prospects.

“I hope to continue to strengthen the important connection and open communications between students and the Office of the Dean of the College,” Lindsay Schneider said.

“I cannot wait to learn more about higher education and how such a great university operates on a day to day basis as I am interested in pursuing a career within education policy.”

Fellows engage in various projects and tasks depending on their respective offices. Laura Chin has some specific plans for her time with Information Systems. “A project I hope to initiate is a campaign for external hard drive and cloud service usage to help students, faculty, and staff retain invaluable data for both accessibility and risk management,” Chin said.

Katie Wolf hopes to gain more recognition for her office. “As a Studio Art major, Art History Minor, I have not only attended exhibitions and events at the START Gallery, but I have shown and sold my own work as well,” Wolf said. “I know what a great experience that was for me as a student, and I plan to make the mission of the gallery more known and utilized by Wake Forest students.”

Frances Fisher strives to promote well-being.

“Of course as the Office of the Provost Fellow, I am thrilled at the opportunity to be part of such an energized, intelligent team,” Fisher said. “I have always had a passion for fitness and inner well-being, which is why I am excited to align my interests with Provost Kersh’s wellness initiative. Furthermore, I am also excited to view Wake Forest through a different lens and truly understand how the university works to create a dignified, harmonious and inviting community.”

The transition from student to staff will be quite a change, but the seniors are ready for the challenge.

Sarah Sebton hopes to use her experiences in healthcare issues and research to leverage working under the CEO’s office at Wake Baptist Medical Center.

“Of course, working in such a prestigious office in one of the Triad’s best hospitals will be a challenge, but I’m very excited to get started,” Sebton said.

The Wake Forest Fellows will assume their new offices this summer.


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