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Congratulations Class of 2015 Interns

Monday, July 6th, 2015

Bridge_EmilyWe sent off our graduating interns from the Class of 2015 with hearty congratulations on their outstanding achievements.

Bridget Keeler graduated with a major in economics with a minor in environmental studies. After working as the campus dining intern for ARAMARK her sophomore year, Bridget studied sustainability abroad and returned to serve as a Greeks Go Green intern for the 2014-2015 academic year. She is working at Aramark headquarters in a one-year management program, Accelerate to Leadership.

Her reflection on her internship: My time with the office allowed me to further explore my interest in sustainability, and made me realize that my career path points toward the sustainable business sector. Working in the office provided me with invaluable information and experience, and I am very grateful for the guidance that was provided by Dedee and Hannah.

Araceli Morales-Santos graduated Cum Laude with a major in biology with a minor in Spanish. Araceli served as a Campus Garden intern in fall 2014 before going abroad in spring 2015.  She earned a Fulbright Scholarship and will be an English teaching assistant in Brazil.

Her reflection on her internship: As an intern with the Office of Sustainability I gained valuable work experience and career tools that I will carry with me everywhere I go. Moreover, I was impressed at the level of professionalism that this internship offered and expected from each of the interns. What I most appreciate from my experience with the Office of Sustainability is the regular check-ins…[the] constructive criticism was helpful for me because professionally, it has helped me grow. As an intern, I also enjoyed all work and time spent in the garden. There is nothing more special than heading to the garden on a warm afternoon with a nice breeze and getting your hands and feet dirty harvesting and talking to the volunteers about their day and interest in gardening. I can’t thank the Office of Sustainability enough for offering me the opportunity to have this wonderful experience. 

Emily Pence graduated Cum Laude with a major in mathematical business and minor in French. Emily served as a Greeks Go Green Intern for five consecutive semesters.

Her reflection on her internship: I am so thankful to have been able serve as an intern for the Office of Sustainability over the past few years. My internship has helped me grow into a more thoughtful, dynamic and professional individual, and has provided me with an opportunity to learn from and work alongside some of the most passionate and devoted members of the community. It has been such a rewarding experience to have been on a team with students who come from such diverse backgrounds, yet who share a similar commitment to stewardship and environmental sustainability. Looking back on my time at Wake Forest, my internship has been one of the most valuable and formative experiences I have been fortunate enough to have; it will be one that will stay with me as I enter the next chapter of my life. 

mcMacaela Seward graduated with a major in biology and was commissioned with distinction as a Second Lieutenant in the US Army Chemical Corps. Macaela served as the Sustainability in Dining intern for the 2014-2015 academic year. She will begin training at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri. In the fall she will be moving to South Korea to be the Chemical Officer for an Assault Helicopter Battalion.

Her reflection on her internship: My experience as the Sustainability in Dining Intern was eye-opening. Being sustainable as an individual is very different than at a corporate level, and it was incredibly interesting to learn how sustainable practices are implemented. In my internship I learned all about what food purchases are made and how we select vendors, as well as being able to run a project of my choosing and helping to prepare the STARS 2.0 review. It has been a great experience being the Dining Intern, and I will certainly be able to apply the skills I’ve learned in this internship – time management skills, creativity, resilience, tenacity – to the future.

Natalie Solomon graduated with a double major in psychology and religious studies with a concentration in Religion and Public Engagement. Natalie served as a Campus Garden Intern in the spring of 2015. She will begin a five year journey to earn a Doctorate in Psychology from Stanford Consortium in the fall.

Her reflection on her internship: Recently in the garden, the strawberries came up and I felt a profound sense of fulfillment and happiness. My internship has deepened my understanding of therapeutic resources. I have really loved that my internship included a physical component, that of literally gardening, and that my internship in the garden highlighted that the body and mind are the vehicles for pain, pleasure, and prayer. I have completed my Religion and Public Engagement Concentration on this fluidity of the inner and outer components of a person, much informed and influenced by my work in the garden. The garden has helped me to literally ground what I am learning in class and intern meetings, as well as provide a therapeutic outlet.  This is a resource that was very rewarding to share with others. I honestly felt like my work in the garden reconnected me with the therapeutic resources of the outdoors that were central to my childhood in rural Southern Africa. My internship in the garden has provided me with a wider perspective and deeper understanding of sustainable agriculture, components of education, stewardship to the Earth, and benefits of the outdoors.

We wish all of our former interns who graduated with the Class of 2015 a fond farewell:

Jack Sypek, energy conservation intern with Facilities and Campus Services, graduated Magna Cum Laude with a major in biology.

Elena Dolman, staff writer, graduated Magna Cum Laude with honors in English.

Shoshanna Goldin, former Sustainable Community Development intern, graduated Magna Cum Laude with honors in interdisciplinary studies – global health.

Maegan Olmstead, former Communications and Outreach intern, graduated with a major in communications.

David Song, former Campus Garden intern, graduated with a major in biology.

Nicky Vogt, former Campus Garden intern, graduated Magna Cum Laude with a major in politics and international affairs with double minors in Spanish and psychology.

Congrats Class of 2012 Interns!

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Congratulations to our graduating interns from the Class of 2012. We look forward to watching them grow into sustainability professionals.

Carrie Stokes graduated Cum Laude with a double major in Anthropology and Religion and an Environmental Studies minor. She also earned honors in the Religion department. After graduation, Carrie will remain at the university where she will serve as the Wake Forest Fellow in the Humanities Institute. She served as the Earth Day intern for 2011 and as one of two Campus Garden interns this year. Additionally, she worked on the development of the campus Green Guide and assisted with the collection of data for the campus sustainability assessment.

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Congratulations 2011 Interns

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Congratulations to our graduating interns from the Class of 2011. As they move on to greener pastures, so to speak, we look forward to watching them grow into polished sustainability professionals.

Frannie Speer graduated Summa Cum Laude with a major in Economics and a minor in Entrepreneurship. After graduation, she moved to Charlotte to work for Wells Fargo in investment banking. Frannie served as the Choose to Reuse campaign intern. Her reflection on her internship: I really enjoyed sharing the knowledge I learned as an intern with my friends and family.  Watching people I care about begin to recycle, use a reusable bottle, and take other actions to reduce their waste was extremely rewarding.

Caitlin Brooks graduated Magna Cum Laude with a major in Anthropology and a minor in English. Caitlin will stay on as the first-ever Wake Forest Fellow for the Office of Sustainability. Caitlin served as the Communications and Outreach intern. Her reflection on her internship: I really enjoyed collaborating with landscaping services to draft the Campus Tree Care Plan and then to host the first campus Arbor Day celebration. Seeing the project through from conception to celebration was so rewarding.

Josh DeWitt graduated Magna Cum Laude with a major in Business and Enterprise Management and a concentration in Corporate Social Responsibility from the Schools of Business. After graduation, he moved to Texas to work as a Marketing Analyst with PepsiCo/FritoLay. Josh served as a Green Team program development intern. His reflection on his internship: Sustainability is more than just a few choices that you make for your life; sustainability is a lens that alters the way you perceive the world.

Shayna Egan graduated with a major in Health and Exercise Science and minors in Spanish and Latin American Studies. She will pursue a graduate degree in her field next year. Shayna served as an EcoReps intern. Her inspirational quote: We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. – Winston Churchill

Jenny King graduated with a major in History and a minor in Environmental Studies. She is off to work as a community educator for a ranch in Wyoming for the summer. After that, the world is her oyster. Jenny served as the first-ever Game Day Recycling intern and she pioneered the first Green Graduation Pledge program at Wake Forest. Her inspirational quote: In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks. -John Muir

Katherine Sinacore graduated with a major in Biology and a minor in Environmental Science. She will continue her studies at the University of New Hampshire where she will pursue a graduate degree in the School of Forestry. Katherine served as a Green Team program development intern. Her reflection on her internship: One of the most memorable moments from my internship was after giving a presentation to Green Team captains about all the actions they can take to make their offices/departments more sustainable. Watching the captains have their ah-ha moment and realize their potential was inspiring.

Jackie Staiger graduated with a major in Business and Enterprise Management and a minor in Global Trade & Commerce from the Schools of Business. After graduation, she moved to Texas to work as a Marketing Analyst with PepsiCo/FritoLay. Jackie served as the Marketing intern, concentrating her time on developing and implementing the Think Green Thursdays outreach program. Her reflection on her internship: Our sustainability intern group was an extremely diverse group of people from every major possible. I truly enjoyed getting to know everyone and learning about sustainability through so many different lenses.

Congrats Class of 2010 interns!

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Congratulations to the Class of 2010!The Office of Sustainability proudly announces the graduation of its first class of interns. Eight of the eleven 2009-2010 interns graduated with the class of 2010 on 17 May in the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Their contributions to the inaugural year of the Office of Sustainability are greatly appreciated and we wish them happiness and success in their future endeavors.

Biology major, Andrew Collins, will take up a post as a New York City Teaching Fellow in Brooklyn this fall where he will teach high school biology. Collins helped develop the Tree Policy Care Plan during his Spring 2010 tenure with the office.

Kyle Grochmal studied Finance and Middle Eastern studies during his four years at the university and graduated Magna Cum Laude on 17 May. He plans to work in financial services.  Grochmal credits improved professional interpersonal skills to his internship with the Office of Sustainability.

Ashley Edwards, a double major in biology and Spanish, will join the ranks of Wells Fargo in the Investment Banking division. Edwards, who graduated cum laude in May, reflected fondly on her time with the Office of Sustainability. “I most enjoyed watching change happen on campus, even though it happens slowly. I think the students’ opinions on sustainability are starting to mature and many students seem to be catching on,” she said.

Political science major and Outdoor Pursuits guru Kathleen Pritchard will follow her passion for outdoor exploration out West this summer. She will work as an outdoor educator and trip leader for Seattle-based teenagers looking to explore their region. After this “adventure,” Pritchard will fly to Argentina to teach English for 6 months or a year. Pritchard graduated Magna Cum Laude in May and eventually wishes to attend law school where she will specialize in either environmental or humanitarian law.

Michelle Dietz will take her experience as a BS student in Biology and a minor of chemistry and environmental science to the civil service this summer as an intern for the Food and Drug Administration. After this concludes, she will look to the fields of environmental policy or conservation for future employment. Michelle worked hard to compile the first ever Campus Green Guide for the university that will be distributed to incoming freshmen this fall.

English major Anna Williams graduated magna cum laude with honors in May, a year ahead of her class. Williams will pursue a law degree at Baylor Law in Waco, Texas starting this fall with the goal of working in the field of Humanitarian Advocacy. Williams says that by far her favorite experience as a sustainability intern was “working with Dedee who is a wonderful, fantastic human being.”

Biology major Wesley Johnson will head to New Zealand this February to pursue a masters degree in Environmental Management at the University of Auckland. Johnson, who graduated cum laude, worked tirelessly throughout his senior year to make this year’s Earth Day fair a success. Following his study down under, Johnson will teach high school biology in Mississippi with Teach for America.

History major and Environmental Studies and Journalism minor, Jordan Brewster joined the staff for the Spring semester and was instrumental in pulling together the Earth Day Festival activities on campus this year.

Caitlin Brooks, Outreach and Communications Intern