Student-Athlete Services partnered with the WFU Student Government and the Office of Personal and Career Development to host its first annual Major/Minor Madness event on the evening of January 29 to help sophomore student-athletes with their major selection. The event featured a panel of upperclassmen speakers who spoke about their own majors, including some fellow student-athletes. Sophomores declared their majors during the first week of February.
The night after the Patriots won the Super Bowl, Student-Athlete Development hosted their own championship event: the 6th Annual Career Development and Networking Night. The night began with dinner, where over 250 student-athletes sat among experts in their industries of interest, asking questions and learning more about their backgrounds. Next, traditional networking took place with 35 employers, who were eager to share their internships, job shadow opportunities and full-time job positions with our student-athletes. Simultaneously, former student-athletes and Wake Forest alumni shared their professional experience and insight in our Career Exploration Room, offering our student-athletes the opportunity to learn more about their career paths and industry fields.
On February 10, female student-athletes, coaches, staff and administrators from Wake Forest University and Salem College came together to support females in sports on behalf of National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD). NGWSD celebrates the extraordinary achievements in girl’s and women’s sports and the positive influence athletic participation brings to their lives. Student-Athlete Development planned and hosted the collaborative event which included over 100 female representatives from both schools. The event kicked off with an autograph signing prior to the Wake Forest women’s basketball game against Georgia Tech at the Coliseum, where student-athletes signed autographs and interacted with fans. After the game, a clinic was hosted for local girls’ YMCA youth teams, which concluded with each team leading a cheer. The entire experience was a great representation of the power and influence of sports, as well as the talents and leadership of local student-athletes and their commitment to the Winston-Salem community.
The University hosted the “Dean’s List Gala” on February 22 to honor those who made the Dean’s List in either the spring or fall of 2018. This past fall, an impressive 122 out of 391 student-athletes (31.20%) earned Dean’s List honors! This compares to 27.9% of student-athletes last spring and 26.34% of student-athletes in the fall of 2017.