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Author: Lisa Coston Hall

The belltower on a cloudy day

Sep 22, 2020

Need-Based Scholarship Initiative Gets $5 Million Boost

NC State's Extraordinary Opportunity Scholarship Initiative is gaining momentum via $2.5 million gifts from alumnus Steve Angel and an anonymous donor, bolstering a matching-funds pool to inspire others. 

Bells on the bed of a truck

Aug 18, 2020

A Welcome Week for Bells

The Memorial Belltower enjoyed a Wolfpack Welcome Week of its own, and we got a peek. Twenty-three more bells arrived on Aug. 11 as part of the ongoing completion and restoration project — including the very smallest bell that bears the signature Wolfie and measures just over 6 inches in diameter. 

a crane prepares to lower a bell into the belltower

Jul 6, 2020

At Long Last, Bells

For a century, NC State's majestic and beloved Memorial Belltower has been missing something: bells. In June, that began to change. Learn more about the historic moment and the process leading up to it. 

Esmira Poladova does the wolfie in front of a campus building in her cap and gown

May 12, 2020

Through the Darkness to Shine a Light

To become the first in her family to earn a degree, Esmira Poladova persevered through tragedy and challenges and, as an NC State senior, even became an advocate for other underresourced students. 

The memorial belltower stands amidst a construction site

May 12, 2020

Here’s the Latest: What’s Going on Inside that Belltower Fence?

While most of campus has been quiet, construction has continued on the Memorial Belltower completion and restoration project, at a slow-but-steady pace with adherence to applicable COVID-19 government guidelines. 

portrait of Jeff Dugas

Apr 28, 2020

Lessons Distilled, From Sports Medicine to Sanitizer

At NC State, Jeff Dugas '90 learned about problem solving, leadership, service and more, and he has built on the experience as a successful orthopedic surgeon and distillery co-founder. 

Belltower cornerstone

Apr 21, 2020

Two Moments in NC State Time, Encapsulated at the Belltower

This spring’s graduating class has the first opportunity to contribute to a new Belltower time capsule, to be dedicated a century after the first such observance. 

Kalysha Clark sits in front of a window

Feb 25, 2020

Stepping Out Front

Kalysha Clark Wall is a proud two-time alumna of NC State who's now a high school teacher impacting the next generation. As the first member of her immediate family to attend college, she traveled a road that wasn't always smooth, but the journey helped her find her voice as an advocate for other students in need of support. The Lexington native wants you to understand their struggles. 

two workers stand on scaffolding near the clockface and eagle engravings of the belltower

Dec 17, 2019

Gels and Liquids and Poultices, Oh My: How the Belltower Got a Little Brighter

If the Memorial Belltower looks different after the removal of scaffolding, your eyes aren't deceiving you. Workers have undertaken a multistep process to pull out dirt and impurities, leaving a visibly brighter, more radiant surface, but this phase is more than cosmetic. 

fireworks next to the belltower

Nov 12, 2019

Extraordinary Expectations Exceeded

NC State has surpassed its historic Think and Do the Extraordinary Campaign goal of $1.6 billion, but we’re not stopping there — we’re building on our momentum to achieve even bolder transformation.