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Author: Lea Hart

William O'Brien sits on a wall at NC State's campus in a red Wolfpack polo.

Aug 30, 2021

A Lifetime of Commitment

William O’Brien ’81 created his legacy and boosted NC State’s through his work as an alumnus, volunteer and donor. He’s honoring his experiences with the Caldwell Fellows program by creating a new endowment through planned and current use gifts that will continue serving Caldwell Fellows far into the future. 

The Fitches on the equator at Museo de Sitio Intinan, Quito, Ecuador.

Jun 7, 2021

Paving the Way for Adventures

Higher education has helped lifelong learners Jane and Johnny (‘76) Fitch enjoy successful careers followed by retirement travel. By giving back to NC State and other institutions, they hope to provide students with extraordinary, well-rounded experiences of their own. 

Sydney Floryanzia in a sunny garden

May 11, 2021

Home Is Where the Pack Is

Though Sydney Floryanzia ’21 originally wondered if NC State was too close to home, she found numerous opportunities to grow and expand her horizons as a chemical engineering major, thanks to private support. 

Dhuru Patel portrait in graduation gown

May 3, 2021

A Healthy Pursuit

With scholarship support, College of Sciences senior Dhuru Patel embraced a range of academic, extracurricular and service opportunities that cemented his decision to pursue a medical career and his determination to give back. 

Mervyn Kowalsky

Apr 26, 2021

Shaking Up Earthquake Research

The Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering’s Mervyn Kowalsky channels distinguished professorship funding to support students and their work to address structural engineering challenges. 

exterior shot of the GLBT center doors with the pride flag with raised fist hanging

Mar 22, 2021

New Fund Will Support Students Through the GLBT Center

A gift from NC State friend Bill Spitz seeds the Dream Fund, which the center staff can use to aid students who face financial hardship, particularly after coming out. 

exterior of Poe Hall

Sep 15, 2020

Donor Support Boosts Access and Inclusion for Master of Arts in Teaching Program

Scholarships provided thanks to the College of Education Excellence Fund are helping a more diverse group of students prepare to make an impact through the teaching profession. 

Students, faculty and staff planting along a road in Princeville

Jun 23, 2020

Teamwork that Addresses Flooding Challenges

Philanthropy supports the work of NC State’s Coastal Dynamics Lab, which helps communities recover from events such as hurricanes and plan for a better future. 

Robert Handfield portrait

May 19, 2020

Meeting the Demand for Supply Chain Expertise

As COVID-19 creates a surge in demand for certain products, there's also a demand for experts to help us understand the global supply chain. Robert Handfield, executive director of the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative and the Bank of America University Distinguished Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management at NC State University, shares his knowledge across industries and trains the next generation of supply chain experts. 

Abby Scheper in front of the Rocky Mountains

May 5, 2020

Graduating without Regrets

Being a Park Scholar has given Abby Scheper the opportunities and the confidence to lead and serve while excelling as a philosophy major with three minors.