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May 18, 2010

Flying High

When the world's most fuel-efficient commercial airliner was introduced late last year, it was only fitting that an NC State alumnus was on hand to celebrate alongside industry leaders. Zachery Jones ('08), said his accomplishments in the workplace can be directly attributed to the educational opportunities he found at NC State. 

Mar 9, 2010

Leading by Example

An athletics fundraiser, professor emeritus and agribusiness leader have received the prestigious Watauga Medal for distinguished service to NC State. Kenneth M. "Charlie" Bryant, Dr. Hou-min Chang and H. Frank Grainger received NC State's highest nonacademic honor at the Founders' Day Dinner, held Monday, March 8. 

Feb 9, 2010

Making a Connection

The massive earthquake that struck Haiti on Jan. 12 devastated the country, leading to an estimated 150,000 deaths. Now, an NC State alumnus and Haiti native has employed his talents to help people get in touch with friends and loved ones using social networking technology. 

Oct 27, 2009

Animated Alumni

Animation entrepreneurs Jason ('97) and Michael ('99) Carpenter believe NC State's College of Design is the "greatest place ever," and the two brothers credit the College for giving their careers a successful start. 

Oct 13, 2009

Keeter Time

Friday’s Red Rally event signifies more than the beginning of another season of NC State basketball – it’s a time for the NC State community to rally together and support one of its own. Former walk-on and four-year letterman Brian Keeter (’99-’02), who endeared himself to Wolfpack fans through hard work and a knack for piling up the points late in NC State victories, plans to return to campus for the first time since a December 2008, single-car accident that left him paralyzed from the waist down. 

Oct 5, 2009

On the Rise

If you watch Grey’s Anatomy or Ghost Whisperer, chances are you’ve heard the music of Kyler England (’98). Since her days as a Caldwell Fellow, England has flourished in the alternative rock music scene in Los Angeles and was named one of Music Connection’s Hot 100 Unsigned Artist of 2007. Her songs from her latest album, Simple Machine—her fifth studio release—have popped up on numerous TV shows and earned her a spot as a finalist for Indie Acoustic Project’s 2008 Best Female Songwriter. She’s also a member of The Rescues, a band that the California-based Easy Reader independent newspaper described as the “first Indie supergroup.” 

Sep 14, 2009

Cousins Who Serve

First Lieutenant Christopher Young has never needed to write a letter to the parents of one of his Marines, explaining why their son won't be coming home from Afghanistan. And that's why the former NC State football player from Raleigh was recently awarded the Bronze Star for bravery – protecting his platoon during a hellacious month in Afghanistan's southern Helmand Province. Some of the support Young received while in the field came from a squadron of Cobra attack helicopters – just like the one his cousin, Captain Drew Wimsatt, was flying over the region. Wimsatt, a defensive end for the Wolfpack from 2000-02, has completed several tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, and recently sent NC State head football coach Tom O'Brien, a former Marine officer, a flag that Wimsatt kept in the cockpit of his helicopter. 

Aug 24, 2009

Building a Legacy

Legacy Lunch welcomes new students who are making NC State a family tradition. Attendees enjoy a break on move-in day with a barbecue lunch, music by NC State’s Marching Band, the Power Sound of the South and participate in a special "pinning" ceremony with their relatives. 

Jun 29, 2009

Making Your Career Recession-Proof

Last fall, as the country skidded into a deep economic recession, Rebecca Swanson read a panicky e-mail from an NC State alumnus. "He was a middle manager and in a heartbeat he had been laid off," Swanson said. "He had no job, no skills that were in demand, and two kids to support. So he turned to his school for help." 

May 4, 2009

Forever NC State

On the eve of NC State's spring graduation exercises, we sat down with former North Carolina governor – one of the newest members of the university's "Forever Club" – James B. Hunt ('59) to find out just what NC State means to him, and how being a part of the Wolfpack family has made a difference in his life for the last half century.