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27 Jun 2014

Derek Aday Makes Splash as Park Faculty Scholar

Derek Aday serves as one of two Chancellor-appointed Park Faculty Scholars for the Class of 2016. In this role, he and his counterpart, James Kiwanuka-Tondo, guide their class in developing enrichment activities and advise individual students on academic matters.

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26 Jun 2014

Globe-Trotting Educator Kathleen Griffin ‘11 Receives Fulbright Grant

While many are celebrating America’s Independence Day with cookouts and fireworks, Kathleen “Kat” Griffin ‘11 will board a plane bound for South Korea. The recipient of a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) grant, Griffin will spend the next year living with a host family and teaching English in a public, secondary school in an as-yet-unassigned South Korean city.

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06 Jun 2014

Shaunis Mercer ’02 Sheds Light on Evolving Legal Career

Shaunis Mercer ’02 explored several majors before landing in NC State’s College of Management, where she completed a degree in business management. Although she concentrated in human resource management, Mercer said she enjoyed the diverse curriculum the college offered. Years later, when starting her own law firm, and in her current role overseeing juvenile defenders, she fully realized the value of her undergraduate coursework.

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15 May 2014

The Park Class of 2014: Highlights

The Park Scholarships program is proud of its recent graduates in the Class of 2014. These newest additions to the Park alumni roster have dedicated themselves to improving society through scholarship, leadership, and service.

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07 May 2014

NC State’s Standout Scholars

As a high school senior with excellent test scores and top grades, Karli Moore faced a tough choice when it came time to pick a college. It didn’t help that she was accepted by every institution she applied to, including Ivy League schools Harvard and Dartmouth.

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27 Feb 2014

Recent Park Graduates Give Back through AmeriCorps

Two recent Park alumni, Mary Charles Hale ‘13 and Alyson Harding ’13, have spent the past several months participating in AmeriCorps, a federal government-run program which provides services in nonprofit organizations, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country. We caught up with them to find out about their experiences as AmeriCorps members working with two very different program communities.

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27 Feb 2014

Georgia Davis Brown ’06: A Park Scholar in Pack Athletics

Sitting in her guidance counselor’s office, high school senior and star athlete Georgia Davis Brown ‘06 looked over the blank application before her – and slid it back across the desk to her counselor, incredulous that she had what it took to be selected for a Park Scholarship.

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30 Dec 2013

Meagan Gentry ‘14 Embraces Interdisciplinary Interests with EPA Internship

Meagan Gentry ’14 is participating in an internship with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Research Triangle Park, N.C. She works with a group in the Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards on the continued development of statistical mapping software, BenMAP, which is used for modeling and monitoring the effects of air quality policy changes.

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30 Dec 2013

Jeremy Diner ‘08 Charts a Course to a Career in Sustainable Development

Jeremy Diner says the highlight of his undergraduate career at NC State was learning about some of the world’s biggest problems and, as an Environmental Technology major, gaining hands-on skills that could solve these problems. His academic advisor, Dr. Robert Bruck, inspired Diner to pursue the path of an environmentalist.

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30 Dec 2013

Tomás Carbonell ’02 Champions Clean Air and Environmental Defense

Tomás Carbonell ’02 plays an important role in the well-being of our environment. While many people are satisfied with turning off the lights upon leaving a room, or taking the time to separate recyclables into the proper bins, Carbonell’s position with the Washington, D.C. office of the Environmental Defense Fund puts him on the front lines of clean air legislation.

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19 Dec 2013

Park Scholarships Names Class of 2018 Semifinalists

The Park Scholarships program at North Carolina State University has selected 286 Semifinalists for the Class of 2018. Candidates were selected from a talented pool of nearly 1,700 applicants based on outstanding accomplishments and potential in scholarship, leadership, service, and character.

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31 Oct 2013

Jacob Rutz ’14 Studies Soil and Social Issues with the WWOOF Program

Jacob Rutz ’14 has a passion for soil. He aspires to be both a farmer and a community food organizer in the future, and wants to teach others about creating global sustainability and organic farming processes. Rutz was able to combine these passions by joining the Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) program in two locations in South Africa this past summer.

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31 Oct 2013

Anna Shope ’08 Embraces the Art and Science of Dentistry

During her time at NC State, where she completed an undergraduate degree in biological sciences in 2008, Anna Shope’s roles as a Park Scholar, member of Phi Beta Kappa, and philanthropy chair of Delta Zeta sorority cultivated her commitment to service. Reflecting on this period, she remarks, “My Park Scholarships experience has shown me how to be an independent, free-thinking, effective leader.”

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30 Oct 2013

Class of 2014 Creates New Endowment to Support Park Enrichment Grant Program

Whether known as GRASPs (Grants for Research, Artistic & Service Projects) or, in more recent years, as PEGs (Park Enrichment Grants), enrichment grant funding has aided hundreds of Park Scholars in pursuing professional and personal experiences that fostered their development in scholarship, service, leadership, and character. These funds, established in 1998, have provided support for scholars to launch new leadership and service initiatives at NC State and in the larger community, participate in internships and conferences, and study in locations throughout the world, among other endeavors.

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25 Oct 2013

Park Scholars Reflect on Summer Internships at Brody School of Medicine

Each summer Park Scholars are given the opportunity to explore the world of medicine through the Brody-Park internship. The internship, coordinated by the Park Scholarships program, allows students to shadow physicians, residents, and medical students at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. Internship participants receive funding through the Park Enrichment Grant program.

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18 Oct 2013

Justin Hills ’14 Conducts Childhood Cancer Research at St. Jude

Justin Hills ‘14 recently completed the Pediatric Oncology Education (POE) program at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. The eleven-week program affords the opportunity for sixty students from across the country to interact with scientists and physicians in their related departments. As a senior in biology with a concentration in human biology, Hills plans to attend medical school after graduation.

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18 Oct 2013

Allison Nolker ‘13 Inspires Young Musicians with Birdsong Studies

“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” – Maya Angelou

Allison Nolker ‘13 is currently a master’s student at NC State studying zoology with concentrations in anthrozoology and bioacoustics. Nolker, who has had a lifelong interest in animals and human-animal interactions, piloted the accelerated dual bachelor’s/master’s program in zoology.

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03 Sep 2013

Kayla Anderson ‘09 Helps Dancers Live Out Their Dreams

As an undergraduate, Kayla Anderson ‘09 recognized that her experiences as a leader of the NC State dance team taught her strength and provided her with the opportunity to do what she loved while making friends and contacts. What she did not envision at that point was how her interest in dance would later evolve into a career.

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03 Sep 2013

Ben Darnell ’02 Makes Connections throughout the Tech Industry

There is a modern adage that many students who are entering college today will graduate into jobs that don’t exist yet. The same could be said of Ben Darnell who, subsequent to completing his undergraduate degree in computer science from NC State in 2002, launched his career at Google – a company that was founded mere weeks after Darnell began college in 1998.

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13 May 2013

Wade Colburn '14 Spends Semester Circumnavigating the Globe

As I sit here in my typical spot aboard the MV Explorer, I am reflecting on the last and most recent port of Morocco. It is hard to believe that this journey is near its end. It has provided me an extraordinary opportunity to travel all around the world with some of the most incredible people I have ever met in my life.

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10 Apr 2013

Learning Lab I: Energy Innovation in North Carolina

The Class of 2016 met with individuals in Boone, Pittsboro, and Raleigh to gain a deeper understanding of leadership through exploring the theme of energy innovation in North Carolina. Students interacted with leaders across the state currently involved with developing conventional and alternative energy solutions.

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08 Apr 2013

Michele Tam '00 Moves Forward and Gives Back

Michele Tam ‘00 believes in giving back. As a member of the first graduating class of Park Scholars, Tam feels it is her duty to assist in finding the best candidates for the scholarship, a process that gets more competitive each year. Her continuing efforts with Park Scholarships have allowed her to stay connected with the program even though she now lives in Chicago.

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27 Mar 2013

Service Raleigh Makes Splash in Triangle

A total of 1,600 University and community volunteers registered to participate in the annual Service Raleigh event. They began the day with a celebration on the NC State campus, where Raleigh City Councilmember Russ Stephenson and NC State Student Body President Andy Walsh delivered opening remarks.

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10 Feb 2013

Jordan O'Mara '07 and Jason Wong '06 Discuss Red Hat

To be successful in a company like Red Hat, the world’s leading provider of open source technology, one needs passion, and neither Jordan O’Mara ‘07 nor Jason Wong ‘06 is short on that. The two Park Scholar alumni have done very well in pursuing their passions for intellectual property and communications.

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31 Jan 2013

Park Scholarships Hosts Class of 2017 Finalists

The Park Scholarships program at North Carolina State University named 105 Finalists for the Class of 2017.

Approximately 200 NC State alumni who comprise the Park Scholarships Selection Committee conducted interviews for 264 Semifinalists in early January. The Semifinalists were chosen from a record number of over 1,600 applicants.

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21 Dec 2012

Park Scholarships Names Class of 2017 Semifinalists

The Park Scholarships program at North Carolina State University has selected 264 semifinalists for the Class of 2017. Candidates were selected from a talented pool of over 1600 applicants based on the four foundations of the program: scholarship, leadership, service, and character.

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13 Dec 2012

Caroline Ellington '13 Conducts Textile Research in Germany

Caroline Ellington ‘13 recently completed a research internship in Aachen, Germany. The internship, sponsored by UROP International, consisted of 40 students from the United States and Canada and involved individual research projects and intensive German language instruction. As a senior in textile engineering with a concentration in product development, Ellington developed biocomposite yarns from renewable, raw materials.

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21 Nov 2012

Donny Katz '07 Increases Transportation Efficiency at Home and Abroad

Donny Katz ‘07 is a man on the move, but it’s more for our benefit than his own. Katz has a passion for getting people where they need to be safely and efficiently. He recently completed his Ph.D. in civil engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology and his previous role as a research assistant had him analyzing the effects of airline depeaking at hub airports.

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06 Nov 2012

Learning Lab II: Putting People at the Center of Politics

The Class of 2015 visited Washington, D.C. to explore the impact that an average citizen can have on policy-making decisions at the federal level. Through focusing on areas including the media, advocacy, and the legislative process, students gained a deeper understanding of how citizens can influence their government.

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16 Oct 2012

Remembering the Legacy of William Friday

The Park Scholarships community joins many around the state and nation in mourning the loss of one of the program’s first and most loyal friends, William C. Friday, who passed away on October 12. Friday served as president of the University of North Carolina system for 30 years, and he later played a key role in the founding of the Park Scholarships.

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15 Oct 2012

Carl Smith '16 Begins Nuclear Career in Elementary School

Carl Smith ‘16 distinctly remembers his first video game. What intrigued Smith most about The Simpsons Road Rage game was the fact that it featured a nuclear power plant. After learning about how nuclear plants generate significant amounts of electricity, Smith became fascinated by radiation and all of its properties — at the age of eight.

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02 Oct 2012

Brandon Carlisle '13 Co-Authors Paper on Ovarian Cancer Detection

Brandon Carlisle ‘13 is second co-author of a paper published in the journal Analytical Chemistry. An abstract of “Systematic Comparison of Reverse Phase and Hydrophilic Interaction Liquid Chromatography Platforms for the Analysis of N-linked Glycans” by Walker SH, Carlisle BC, and Muddiman DC, can be found on PubMed, among other databases.

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01 Oct 2012

Park Alumni Society Hosts First Reunion

The Park Alumni Society (PAS) welcomed nearly 100 alumni back to NC State for the inaugural Park Alumni Reunion. Alumni traveled from locations such as California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Texas to attend the weekend.

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21 Sep 2012

Class of 2013 Prepares for Future at Rocky Mountain National Park

The Class of 2013 traveled to Rocky Mountain National Park this fall for their senior retreat. The seniors participated in thought-provoking activities that addressed the transition from their roles as Park Scholars to alumni. Discussions incorporated topics such as making contributions to their communities and maintaining connections with the program and NC State.

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04 Sep 2012

Hayley Stowe '14 Committed to Battling Cancer

“I watched a dear friend of my family fight melanoma for six years,” says Hayley Stowe ‘14. “That experience shaped my goal to be an oncologist and make a difference in the lives of people battling cancer.”

Stowe, a biological sciences major with a concentration in human biology, traveled to El Remate, Guatemala during her first year at NC State. While working in a medical clinic on an alternative service break trip sponsored by the Center for Student Leadership, Ethics, and Public Service, Stowe met a local medicine woman named Doña Maria. Doña Maria spends her time traveling throughout the country introducing Guatemalans to herbal remedies to combat a host of illnesses. This trip to Central America reinforced Stowe’s desire to enter the world of medicine.

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20 Aug 2012

Alyson Harding '13 Gains Archaeology Experience in Nevis, Palau, and Washington, D.C.

Alyson Harding ‘13 has taken full advantage of her summers since becoming a Park Scholar.

Harding recently returned from Micronesia where she participated in the Island Archaeology Program. While in Palau, she worked with a team to conduct an archaeological dig at a cemetery on the Rock Islands. The site, known as Chelechol ra Orrak, is approximately 3,000 years old and is one of the oldest known cemeteries in the Pacific Islands. Harding’s daily responsibilities included organizing the lab, wet screening in the field, and excavating trenches. Information gathered from Chelechol ra Orrak is fundamental to understanding the lives of the Pacific Islands’ earliest residents.

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19 Jul 2012

Park Faculty Mentor Profile: Roger Narayan

As a professor in the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University, Roger Narayan has built a career based on medical applications research while guiding his students to advance the field of engineering.

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06 Jun 2012

Anne Watson '12 Uncovers Buried Interfaces of Organic Thin-Film Transistors

Anne Watson ‘12 has been investigating how certain organic materials play a role in devices including solar cells and transistors. Funded by a Park Enrichment Grant this past spring, Watson has been able to examine a system of locally constructed thin-film transistors composed of all-polymer materials that are cost-effective and environmentally friendly.

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18 Apr 2012

Inspired by Work in Dunn Lab, Justin Hills '14 to Conduct Research in Ghana

Garnered by his commitment to disband misconceptions about public health and promote knowledge in that field, Justin Hills ‘14, a biological sciences major with a concentration in human biology, has been named a participant of the Minority Health International Research Training (MHIRT) Program. Hills will spend 12 weeks this summer in Kumasi, Ghana through the MHIRT Program.

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11 Apr 2012

Park Scholars and Alumni Receive Goldwater, National Science Foundation, and Udall Awards

This spring, Park Scholars and alumni were named recipients of several distinguished national scholarships and fellowships. Congratulations to Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship recipients Richard Deans ‘13, Ian Hill ‘13, and Heidi Klumpe ‘13; National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellows Tyler Barry ‘09, Allie Landry ‘11, and Alex Schlegel ‘04; and Morris K. Udall Scholarship recipient Gretchen Stokes ‘13.

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09 Apr 2012

Park Scholars Investigate Economic and Environmental Sustainability with North Carolina Leaders

Learning Laboratory I is an experience that allows Park Scholars to study leadership through the exploration of an issue facing the state of North Carolina.

The Class of 2015 traveled to sites in Chatham, Surry, and Wake Counties to learn about the impact community colleges and small businesses have on North Carolina in the areas of economic and environmental sustainability, along with the challenges that leaders in these areas are facing.

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27 Feb 2012

Dylan Cawthorne '14 Works with NC State Faculty to Determine Path

As an environmental engineering major, Dylan Cawthorne ‘14 knows he would like to like to work with an engineering consulting firm after graduation. However, he has yet to decide if he wants that job to be on the technical or policy side of environmental engineering. Cawthorne is also uncertain if he wants to focus on promoting sustainability in water consumption, waste flow, or renewable energy sources.

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24 Feb 2012

Amanda Shumaker '04 Creates Hope for Ukrainian Orphans

According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), 65,000 of Ukraine’s 9 million children live in orphanages, shelters, and boarding schools run by the government. Over the last decade, the number of children living in Ukrainian institutions has doubled; this high rate of child abandonment is attributed to factors such as poverty, unemployment, and substance abuse.

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23 Feb 2012

NC State Team Receives Top Awards at Walt Disney Imagineering Competition

Brian Gaudio ‘13 and Kyle Thompson ‘13 were among four NC State students to win first place and best of show awards at the Walt Disney Imagineering ImagiNations Design Competition in February. Now in its 21st year, ImagiNations is a competition created by Walt Disney Imagineering to promote careers in creative fields and provide university students with the opportunity to gain design experience.

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18 Oct 2011

Learning Lab II: The Media's Effect on the Dissemination of Information

The Class of 2014 spent their fall break in Washington, D.C. analyzing the media’s impact on the dissemination of information in the United States. In light of events such as the WikiLeaks scandal and the national healthcare debate, the class was interested in exploring the responsibility assumed by the media in providing news to the American public.

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14 Oct 2011

Park Scholars Design Service-Learning Experience in Belize

This past summer, William Coe ‘14, Tyler Confrey-Maloney ‘13, Vincent Feucht ‘11, Jeb Fox ‘14, Luke Perkins ‘14, and Garik Sadovy ‘12 traveled to Belize for a two week experiential learning trip focusing on education, the economy, and the environment.

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30 Sep 2011

From Zurich to Austin: Kathleen Powers '05 Leaves Corporate World for the Classroom

Whenever Kathleen Powers ‘05 used to introduce herself as someone who worked in the tax field, she inevitably received a barrage of questions about personal income tax returns. Ironically, the former PricewaterhouseCoopers tax manager has never even completed her own tax return; however, she has audited the books of countless corporations over the course of her career in Switzerland.

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16 Aug 2011

Park Faculty Scholar Profile: John Griggs

John Griggs has been a faculty member at NC State University for over two decades and currently serves as a teaching assistant professor and coordinator of classroom instruction in the Department of Mathematics. Along with Juliana Nfah-Abbenyi, a professor in the Department of English, Griggs serves as a Park Faculty Scholar for the Class of 2013.

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27 Jul 2011

Krystal Smith '14 Leads Volunteer Teams in Haiti

After meeting Pastor Leon Dorleans, field director of Haiti Outreach Ministries, during a campus talk on post-earthquake relief efforts in Haiti sponsored by the University Scholars Program, Krystal Smith ‘14 immediately decided she was going to spend her summer making a difference.

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21 Jul 2011

Travis Miles '07 Studies Climate Change in Antarctic Circle

After living through over half a dozen major hurricanes while growing up in Hawaii and North Carolina, Travis Miles ‘07 decided he wanted to spend his life exploring the atmosphere and the oceans. This past year, Miles spent several months in Antarctica to investigate how climate change impacts ecosystems on the frozen continent.

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31 May 2011

Peace Corps Volunteer Sara Lane '01 Coordinates Sustainable Practices in Malawi

After growing up on a dairy farm in Caswell County, Sara Lane ‘01 now finds herself nearly 8,000 miles away from home in eastern Africa. Along the way, Lane completed degrees in agricultural business management and agricultural extension as a Park Scholar at NC State. She went on to pursue a master’s degree in broadcast journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Lane later worked as a producer with CNN until she decided to trade her office in New York for more modest surroundings in rural Malawi.

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26 May 2011

Park Scholars Launch Soccer Tournament to Raise Funds for Cancer Research

Kelly Cox ‘13, Josh Knight ‘13, and John Miller ‘13 have spent the better part of the last year turning an idea into a reality. In the process, the students landed sponsors, applied for status as a nonprofit organization, and recruited students to play in the inaugural Red and White Soccer Classic tournament they organized this spring – all in the name of cancer research.

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05 May 2011

NC State Belltower to Shine Red for Garik Sadovy '12

On Friday, May 6, the NC State Belltower will be bathed in red to celebrate the recent accomplishments of Park Scholar and University Honors Program student Garik Sadovy ‘12. Sadovy was named a recipient of the David L. Boren Scholarship by the National Security Education Program (NSEP) and the Morris K. Udall Scholarship by the Udall Foundation.

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26 Apr 2011

Park Scholarships Class of 2015 Announced

North Carolina State University is pleased to announce that 45 exceptional young women and men have been named to the Park Scholarships Class of 2015. The sixteenth class of Park Scholars was selected from over 1,300 applicants by the Park Scholarships Selection Committee, comprised of more than 200 Park Scholar and NC State alumni from across the country.

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18 Apr 2011

Ryan Nilsen '09 and Bryan Lopez '13 Provide Leadership for Border Issues Trip

During spring break, Ryan Nilsen ‘09 and Bryan Lopez ‘13 worked with former Associate Vice Chancellor and Director of Student Health Services Jerry Barker to lead a University Scholars Program experience to Arizona and Mexico where students learned about border and immigration issues. Through a combination of backpacking in Saguaro National Park and conversations with people whose lives and work are shaped by the realities of our current immigration system, the group gained a deeper understanding of the human and legal complexities of life on the border.

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08 Apr 2011

Park Faculty Scholar Profile: Dr. Gerry Elkan

Gerry Elkan received his Ph.D. in microbiology from Virginia Tech and joined the NC State University faculty in 1958. While he technically retired from NC State in 1994, Elkan has remained extremely active in the areas of teaching, research, and mentoring.

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06 Apr 2011

Service Raleigh Involves 2,000 Volunteers

Approximately 2,000 students, alumni, and community members took part in Service Raleigh this spring. The one-day service initiative allows participants to serve their community and encourages individuals to continue volunteering throughout the year.

Now in its 14th year, Service Raleigh was responsible for generating over 6,000 hours of community service to benefit residents of the greater Wake County area.

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04 Apr 2011

Garik Sadovy '12 Named Udall Scholar

The Udall Foundation is pleased to announce that 80 students from 61 colleges and universities have been selected as 2011 Udall Scholars. Among them is Garik Sadovy ‘12 from Wake Forest, North Carolina. Sadovy is working towards a major in materials science and engineering and a minor in environmental science. He is a Park Scholar and a member of the University Honors Program. Sadovy serves as president of Tau Beta Pi, a national professional engineering society.

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30 Mar 2011

Marycobb Randall '12 Receives Mathews Medal

While at NC State, Greenville, North Carolina native Marycobb Randall ‘12 has excelled in her studies in the Poole College of Management and has had a significant impact on campus during her time as an undergraduate.

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21 Mar 2011

Chris Carr '12 Presents Paper on Autism Spectrum Disorders

Chris Carr ‘12 recently presented a paper entitled Autism Candidate Genes via Mouse Phenomics at the 2011 AMIA Summit on Translational Bioinformatics (TBI 2011) in San Francisco, California. The summit involved a range of lectures and panels that highlighted the latest developments in biomedical informatics research and clinical care. Carr’s submission was selected as one of the top for TBI 2011, and is eligible for inclusion as an open-access publication in the Journal of Biomedical Informatics.

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15 Feb 2011

Park Faculty Scholar Profile: Dr. Jocelyn DeVance Taliaferro

Jocelyn DeVance Taliaferro is one of two Park Faculty Scholars for the Class of 2014. She provides guidance for the class along with her colleague Jim Martin, a professor in the Department of Chemistry. The faculty members were selected by the chancellor to work with the class during their four years at NC State University.

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08 Feb 2011

Vinnie Feucht '11 Receives Scholarship to Focus on Sustainable Poverty Reduction in Africa

Vinnie Feucht ‘11 is the recipient of a scholarship to participate in ThinkImpact’s Innovation Institute this summer in Africa. The Innovation Institute is an opportunity for students to live in rural African communities, learn about social entrepreneurship, and work collaboratively with community members to develop social products and services that can be managed and sustained locally.

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06 Feb 2011

Ryan Neely '09 Involved in Climate Change Research in Greenland

After graduating from NC State with a degree in physics, Ryan Neely ‘09 headed west to pursue his next degree. As the Earth System Research Laboratory – Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (ESRL/CIRES) graduate fellow at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Neely is pursuing his Ph.D. in atmospheric and oceanic science. CIRES is a joint institute of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the university.

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24 Jan 2011

Park Scholarships Finalists Announced

NC State University has named 105 Finalists for the Park Scholarships Class of 2015. These Finalists were selected following a review of more than 1,300 applications and interviews with a select group of Semifinalists in January.

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20 Nov 2010

Park Faculty Scholar Profile: Dr. Bob Grossfeld

Bob Grossfeld is one of two faculty members appointed by the chancellor to serve as a Park Faculty Scholar for the Class of 2012. He works with Dr. Steve Barr, a professor in the Department of Management, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship, to provide guidance for class enrichment activities and advise individual students on academic matters.

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18 Nov 2010

Claire Lucas '13 Shapes the Future of Health Care as HOSA National President

The 125,000 members of the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) have a new national president – Claire Lucas ‘13, an industrial engineering major at NC State University. Lucas has already met with Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, and Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) to discuss health care issues – and she is only getting started.

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01 Nov 2010

Nicole Mack '11 Explores African Culture During Semester in Ghana

Nicole Mack ‘11, a senior in mathematics education and statistics, recently spent a semester abroad studying in Ghana, the country of her ancestors. Her goal for the semester was to personally experience Ghanaian customs and culture, so that she could draw her own conclusions about what it means to be African.

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22 Oct 2010

Park Faculty Scholar Profile: Dr. Juliana Nfah-Abbenyi

Juliana Nfah-Abbenyi and John Griggs were appointed by the chancellor to serve as Park Faculty Scholars for the Class of 2013. In this role, the faculty oversee enrichment activities for the class and provide academic guidance for individual students.

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04 Oct 2010

Theresa Amerson '01 Mentors Park Scholars and Alumni Seeking Careers in Medical Field

As part of her problem-based learning curriculum in the M.D. Program for Integrated Learning at the Drexel University College of Medicine, Meghan Craven ‘09 was required to gain practical experience by working with a primary care physician for six weeks. She needed to look no further than fellow Park alumna Theresa Amerson ‘01, an internist at Boylan Medical Associates in Raleigh.

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04 Oct 2010

Jasmine Flood '12 Inspires Young Artists

Jasmine Flood ‘12 spent her summer working as an art instructor for the City of Greenville’s Famous Artists Camp. Her duties included coordinating creative projects influenced by well-known artists and art movements for children ranging in age from 5-13.

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27 Sep 2010

Drew Boyuka '11 Gains Experience at Microsoft Research Asia in China

Drew Boyuka ‘11 spent his summer in Beijing at the Microsoft Research Asia lab. While in China, he worked on distributed query processing and scheduling in a cloud-computing environment designed to improve the efficiency of large data centers such as those affiliated with Microsoft, Google, and Amazon.

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26 Aug 2010

ShoeManity Provides Footwear to Residents of the Dominican Republic and Haiti

Caldwell Fellow Kevin Miller (‘13) and Park Scholars Brian Gaudio (‘13), Alex Lombardi (‘13), and Claire Lucas (‘13) joined NC State students Drew Brisley (‘12) and Caitlin McCombs (‘13), along with members of the Raleigh community in collecting more than 2,000 pairs of shoes in conjunction with Soles4Souls, a nonprofit organization that coordinates shoe distribution to those in need around the world…

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19 Aug 2010

Lauren Wall '08 Creates Smiles and Transforms Lives

As a program coordinator for Operation Smile, Lauren Wall ‘08 organizes medical missions in developing countries to provide children with free surgeries to treat facial deformities, such as cleft palate and cleft lip. Although her primary territory includes Brazil, Venezuela, and Ecuador, Wall’s work has recently taken her to India and Bolivia.

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18 Aug 2010

Bryan Peele '12 Intertwines Research and Service

Bryan Peele ‘12 is passionate about using his mechanical engineering training to serve others. During his first semester at NC State, Peele began undergraduate research with his Park Faculty Mentor, Dr. Richard Gould, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, to create a solar-powered cooler to transport vaccines in developing countries.

He went on to spend a summer at the University of Hawaii at Manoa through the National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates program, where he worked with researchers to develop a computational model that predicts the effect of storm surges on shipping containers.

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18 Aug 2010

Park Faculty Scholar Profile: Dr. Clifford Griffin

Clifford Griffin, a University of Rochester Ph.D. and a former National Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace, is an associate professor of political science in the School of Public and International Affairs and a Park Faculty Scholar for the Class of 2011.

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18 Aug 2010

Park Scholarships Welcomes Fifteenth Class of Park Scholars

This fall, the fifteenth class of Park Scholars arrived on campus at NC State University. The class was selected from over 1,300 individuals who submitted their applications by last year’s November 1 deadline. Over 200 Park Scholarships and NC State alumni, faculty, and friends of the program participated in the selection process.

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10 Aug 2010

Andre Waschka '13 Works With Landmine Victims in Croatia

Andre Waschka ‘13 has spent the last two summers working with landmine victims in the Croatian town of Rovini on the Adriatic coast. The camp, coordinated by the Norwegian People’s Aid Foundation and the U.S. Department of State, provides activities designed to boost self-esteem, expose children to cultural and athletic opportunities, and introduce participants to others who experience similar physical and psychological problems.

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21 Jul 2010

Garik Sadovy '12 Performs in Sing for the Cure at Carnegie Hall

Garik Sadovy ‘12 took the stage at Carnegie Hall this summer and sang bass as a guest performer with the choir Resounding Harmony. His performance was part of an event entitled Sing for the Cure – a joint project involving Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the Turtle Creek Chorale.

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10 Jul 2010

Lianne Gonsalves '10 Awarded Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Venezuela

Earlier this summer, the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced that Lianne Gonsalves ‘10 was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Venezuela. Gonsalves is one of over 1,500 American citizens who will travel abroad for the 2010-2011 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

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19 May 2010

Natalie Cooke '10 Recognized for Work with Community Nutrition Project

Natalie Cooke ‘10 was recently featured in Perspectives Online, the magazine of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, for her work in the Raleigh community. She served as head community liaison for a partnership involving NC State University and the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle where she coordinated student-led cooking and nutrition classes in Wake County.

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19 Apr 2010

Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Speaks to Park Scholars

The General H. Hugh Shelton Leadership Center and Park Scholarships program sponsored a talk by General Hugh Shelton entitled “The Role of the U.S. Military and Cabinet-level Agencies with Perspectives on Afghanistan, Iraq, and Haiti.” Shelton is the 14th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and an alumnus of NC State University.

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31 Mar 2010

Class of 2013 Engages Leaders on Outer Banks Erosion

The Class of 2013 spent several days on the North Carolina coast in March exploring a leadership challenge facing the state – the erosion of the Outer Banks. During the field experience, Park Scholars engaged with politicians, engineers, and researchers to learn about the environmental, economic, political, and cultural issues connected to this coastal problem.

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30 Mar 2010

Joy Tongsri Receives Award for Excellence

Joy Tongsri, Park Scholarships associate director, was selected to receive the 2010 Award for Excellence for the NC State University Chancellor’s Unit. She was selected from a field of outstanding employees who contribute greatly to the university.

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26 Mar 2010

2,300 to Volunteer for Service Raleigh 2010

More than 2,300 volunteers will complete over 95 projects in Raleigh on Saturday, March 27 as part of the 13th annual Service Raleigh. John Leshney, Senior Vice President of Development for The V Foundation for Cancer Research, will be the keynote speaker at the morning kickoff that begins at 7:30 am on Harris Field on NC State University’s campus.

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15 Mar 2010

Special Olympics North Carolina President and CEO Named William C. Friday Award Recipient

Keith L. Fishburne, President and CEO of Special Olympics North Carolina, has been selected as the 2010 recipient of the William C. Friday Award, presented by the Class of 2010 Park Scholars at NC State University. Mr. Fishburne will be honored for his efforts to improve the lives of children and adults with intellectual disabilities at a special event at the NC State McKimmon Center on Wednesday, March 24, 6:00 pm, where he will present a talk on his work with Special Olympics North Carolina.

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03 Mar 2010

North Carolina State University Selects Fifteenth Class of Park Scholars

North Carolina State University has named 53 Park Scholars for the Class of 2014. These exceptional young women and men were selected based on their potential in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. The Park Scholarship is valued at $80,000 for residents of North Carolina and $135,000 for students from other states.

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21 Feb 2010

Krispy Kreme Challenge Raises $50,000 for North Carolina Children's Hospital

A total of 6,000 runners took to the streets of Raleigh on Saturday, February 6 to take part in the annual Krispy Kreme Challenge. In one hour, brave participants ran two miles to the Krispy Kreme store on Peace Street, consumed a dozen doughnuts and ran an additional two miles back to the NC State campus. The event generated a record $50,000 which will be presented to the North Carolina Children’s Hospital.

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30 Nov 2009

Rebekah Jewell '12 Named Director of Community Outreach with Center for Student Leadership, Ethics and Public Service

In her new role as Director of Community Outreach with the Center for Student Leadership, Ethics and Public Service, Rebekah Jewell ‘12 will be responsible for educating her fellow NC State students about community issues, promoting volunteer opportunities to address those issues, and chairing the Community Outreach Programming Committee – a group that plans and executes programs to link students with nonprofit agencies in Raleigh.

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25 Nov 2009

John Crews '07 Wins Philadelphia Marathon

John Crews ‘07 crossed the finish line in the Philadelphia Marathon in 2 hours, 17 minutes and 15 seconds. His time, a personal best, qualifies him for the 2012 Olympic Trials. Crews’ success in Philadelphia is one in a series of wins – including the Raleigh Marathon and Keybank Vermont Marathon.

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24 Nov 2009

Park Profile: Jezzette Rivera '10

Jezzette Rivera ‘10 was recently featured as part of the Community of Scholars series on the North Carolina State University website. To learn more about Rivera’s experiences as president of Mi Familia, co-chair of Service Raleigh and participant in a study abroad program to Guatemala, visit: http://www.ncsu.edu/featured-stories/community-of-scholars/nov-2009/jezzette-rivera/index.php

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12 Nov 2009

Park Scholars Help Create "Cinderella" Magic at Centennial Campus Middle School

Three times a week, Park Scholars Jessica Ritter ‘10, Elyse Smith ‘10, Michael McKnight ‘12, Brian Carter ‘11, Christina Ritter ‘12, Jamie Myers ‘12 and Kelly Quesnel ‘13 lend a hand with the vocals, acting and dance sequences to help prepare Centennial Campus Middle School students for their upcoming production of “Cinderella.”

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14 Oct 2009

Class of 2012 Travels to Washington, D.C. to Explore Impact of Foreign Policy on the Overseas Image of the United States

Each year, second-year Park Scholars spend their fall break in Washington, D.C. analyzing a national issue as part of a unique learning experience which extends well beyond the classroom. This October, the Class of 2012 focused on exploring answers to the following question: “How is the image of the United States overseas affected by our foreign policy?”

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02 Oct 2009

Senior Park Scholars Retreat to Grand Canyon National Park

During their senior year, the Class of 2010 had the opportunity to experience one of the natural wonders of the United States which encompasses over a million acres of stunning terrain. The class carried on the Park tradition of selecting one of America’s national parks as the setting for their senior retreat and spent three days in the Grand Canyon.

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04 Nov 2008

Season of Giving Back

Park Scholars and alumni will travel to Honduras this holdiay season bringing good cheer and health. Read and learn how you can participate.

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