Dear Scholarship Alumni/ae, Alumni/ae, Students, and Friends of Wake Forest,
Thank you for visiting the WFU scholarship alumni/ae website. This record honors the achievements of Wake Forest University scholarship recipients. We are very proud of our alumni/ae and we hope this website will enlighten and inspire current and future students and scholarship recipients. The site is organized by decade of graduation year. Reading these professional and personal narratives will remind any visitor that Wake Forest produces intelligent, talented, and successful alumni/ae fostered by the opportunities of the various scholarship programs and especially by the people of Wake Forest University.
Thank you to all scholarship alumni/ae for continuing to submit announcements and updates. GO DEACS!
Dr. Thomas O. Phillips (’74 BA, MA ’78) Director, Wake Forest Scholars Program
Amanda Tingle Admin Assistant, Wake Forest Scholars Program
Amber Jolley Graduate Assistant, Wake Forest Scholars Program
Natalie Z. Cvijanovich (’88, Carswell)
After graduating from Duke University School of Medicine, Natalie moved to Salt Lake City, Utah to begin residency in general surgery. Natalie enjoyed surgery, but discovered the specialty of pediatric critical care during the course of her residency. She decided to change paths and began residency in pediatrics, followed by subspecialty training in pediatric critical care. Natalie then moved to Oakland, California, where she was offered a position at Children’s Hospital and Research Center Oakland. She has been on staff there since 2001, and also holds a clinical appointment at University of California San Francisco School of Medicine. Natalie has had the opportunity to collaborate on several research investigations, including studying gene expression patterns in pediatric sepsis. Out of this work has grown an interest in the role of zinc homeostasis in critically ill children. Natalie has also been fortunate to be a member of several Operation Smile teams, traveling to Morocco, India, Paraguay, Cambodia, and Peru. Operation Smile is an organization that offers cleft lip and palate repairs to children and adults in developing countries. These missions are a great opportunity to see the world and interact with wonderful people from all over the world. On the mission to Cambodia, Natalie’s sister Alexandra, a graduate of Wake Forest University School of Medicine and a general pediatrician in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, was the pediatrician for the team, and they got to celebrate her birthday together in Phnom Penh and saw the magnificent temples of Angkor Wat. Natalie’s son, Noah keeps her busy and entertained too. Heis an avid soccer player, has a great sense of humor, and loves ACC basketball. Natalie thinks back on her days at Wake Forest with fondness and many happy memories. She says, “The breadth and quality of courses that were available to us as students there, and the caliber of professors was excellent. I think the emphasis on a true liberal arts education was very valuable.”