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Mindy Sopher  

Academic Advisor, visiting faculty member in the Department of Communication at NCSU; Former fraternity/sorority advisor at The University of Memphis, ODU, and NCSU

A Wittenberg (OH) and Bowling Green State University (OH) alumna, Mindy Sopher has a long history of working with college students at her alma maters, as well as Heidelberg College, Grove City College, Memphis State, Old Dominion, and NC State Universities. She now teaches Public Speaking (COM 110), Interpersonal Communication (COM112), and Nonprofit Leadership & Development (COM 466), while serving as an Academic Advisor in OASIS (Office of Advising, Support, Information and Services) at North Carolina State University! She also found some free time to teach Leadership History and Public Speaking courses at nearby Peace College. Volunteer service includes judging a few Greek awards now and then, mentoring a number of Peace College Leadership Studies majors, serving 2 terms as Kappa Delta Alumnae Association President and assisting with the Faculty Advising Development Committee on campus.

Early in her career, Mindy Sopher was a full-time fraternity/sorority advisor at The University of Memphis, Old Dominion University, and most recently at North Carolina State University. She has won numerous awards for her contributions to Greek Life, including a Distinguished Service Award from the Association of Fraternity and Sorority Advisors. She has been honored with top awards from Delta Upsilon and Sigma Nu national fraternities for her service to those organizations. The N.C. State Panhellenic Associations top award is called The Sopher Cup, a testament to the extraordinary respect the students feel toward her contributions to their community.

What really matters is that Mindy is a three-time breast cancer survivor, thanks to amazing medical professionals, friends, and family! Mindy is also deeply involved with her local Susan B. Komen Foundation Race for the Cure.

Mindy's research interests include small group communication, team building, and Community College Outcome Assessments. She has co-authored several publications for the National Initiative for Leadership and Institutional Effectiveness (NILIE) through NC State College of Education. She counts herself lucky to be asked to speak at various honor society, class and community programs, including CSLEPS Leadership Development Series programs on ethics and team building.

Her passions? Cheering for Western Pennsylvania's professional sports teams (Go Stillers!), leadership development, angels, college athletics, Ben & Jerrys ice cream, community service-learning, pursuing wisdom and justice, thinking like Leonardo DaVinci, making huge newspaper hats, struggling through Portuguese and Chinese languages, scrapbooking, African violets, and building the community. Mindy and her faithful bulldog, Queen Victoria, live in Raleigh, North Carolina. When shes not traveling for CAMPUSPEAK, she enjoys teaching non-profit development and participating various Student Life activities on behalf of her beloved Wolfpack.

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