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Lory Stabolepszy’s (’87) lifetime love of Wake Forest began when she first arrived at Mother, So Dear as a transfer student during her junior year of college.
hen I first looked at colleges, I had looked in the Southeast and even at Wake Forest but ended up at St. Lawrence University in New York. By my sophomore year I was ready for a change and, as a biology major, was attracted to Wake Forest due to, in part, the strong biology program. Before transferring I had actually never even visited campus and in the days before
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having widespread Internet access, my only piece of information on Wake Forest and the biology program was a brochure! I still remember calling my parents saying, ‘I’m going to go to Wake Forest next year.’ It was one of the best decisions I ever made.” Over the next two years, Stabolepszy thrived at Wake Forest and finally felt like she had found her niche. “My professors expected a lot from me but at the same time, I was extremely
supported. I loved the environment because of the ease with which people interacted and the passion and commitment that everyone shared—we were all at Wake for a reason. When I look back at Wake Forest, it is such a well-rounded place. You can really find your niche.” Stabolepszy’s connection to Wake Forest Athletics began when she joined the women’s club soccer team in 1985, prior to Wake Forest fielding its first NCAA Division I women’s soccer team in 1994. “Being a biology major, I had a lot of labs. I loved being a part of the club soccer team because, at the end of the day, it was an outlet for me. Also, being a transfer student, it was a great opportunity to meet people.” Upon graduating from Wake Forest in 1987, Stabolepszy went on to earn a master’s in Healthcare Business Management from George Washington University. After working in health care for 13 years, Stabolepszy became an Associate Athletic Director at George Mason University. It was here that she came to understand the impact that athletic fundraising has on studentathletes saying, “Working at George Mason, I saw student-athletes get the opportunity to pursue their dreams because of an athletic scholarship. Without that scholarship, many of them would not have been able to afford a college education.” While at George Mason, Stabolepszy also had first-hand experience with the challenges a college athletic department faces. “It’s very difficult to be competitive with the bigger schools when you have limited resources and a small alumni base. It becomes important to invest in things like facilities and program enhancements in order to stay competitive.” Armed with this first-hand knowledge, Stabolepszy sought to make a difference for Wake Forest Athletics by making a generous
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