Forty years ago, Wingate Junior College's administration made a bold decision: to give every student the opportunity to spend 10 days in London, free of charge. Hundreds of sophomores took them up on the offer that first year. Four decades later, W'International is still going strong, though the destinations on offer have change dramatically. Students now spend Christmas break and part of May in Singapore, Estonia, Ireland, Brazil and many other destinations every year. It was a study-abroad vision that has given many a Wingate student a global perspective they might not have gotten otherwise. Also in this issue, learn about international students who have chosen to study at Wingate, and the perspective they have brought to campus.
Dr. Robert Supernaw was presented with a blank slate in the early 2000s and created a highly successful pharmacy school. Now on the cusp of retirement, he can look back with a sense of pride at what the school, and the University, has become.
Takayhlia "TK" Cornish is nothing if not determined. The strong-willed recent Wingate graduate enhanced her natural smarts with a drive to succeed that has led her to medical school this fall.
Dr. Melissa Sweetman has spent the past two years designing and implementing a Doctor of Occupational Therapy program at Wingate. Now she's finally ready to start training new OTs.
Garrett Kendall spent a few years as an athletic trainer before returning to Wingate to get his physical therapy degree
Dr. Karen Friel plans major curricular changes and a focus on community service over the next few years.
Thanks to Wingate's Biology Department and her own perfectionist tendencies, Shana Hayes nears dream of earning physician assistant degree.