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Think and Do Campaign Coming to an Extraordinary Close

As the five-year Think and Do the Extraordinary Campaign nears its end, we’re thinking back on all of the extraordinary stories we’ve been honored to tell. Below are just a few of them. Click “Read More” to also hear Chancellor Randy Woodson discuss the campaign during his 2021 Fall Address.

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Chancellor Randy Woodson and the Henry family cut the ribbon dedicating the Henry Square and reopening the Memorial Belltower.

A Hundred Years and a Thousand Words

Photos of the Memorial Belltower’s reopening and the dedication of Henry Square help tell the story of this Hallowed Place on NC State’s campus. 

Nyawira Nyota and Lynda Nyota pose in Talley Student Center.

Scholarship Benefiting Wolfpack Families Continues to Grow

The Employee Dependent’s Tuition Scholarship can provide up to $2,000 annually to all dependents of current full-time employees who have been successfully admitted to the university as first-degree undergraduate students and meet regular academic requirements. The scholarship is helping more employees’ children to earn their degrees from NC State while serving as a “thank you” for employees’ hard work. 

NC State Chancellor Randy Woodson announces the creation of the Wilson College of Textiles.

Wilson College of Textiles Honors an Extraordinary Gift and an Extraordinary History

An extraordinary gift from Fred Wilson Jr. (’61), of High Point, and the Wilson family celebrates three generations of Textiles alumni and makes Wilson College of Textiles the second named college at NC State. 

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Extraordinary Opportunity: Rachel Cherry

After receiving the Extraordinary Opportunity Scholarship, Rachel Cherry ’22 found the freedom to explore a new major and an exciting new job opportunity — most importantly, the support gave her the motivation to work harder with confidence in her future. 

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It Still Takes a Village

A new scholarship is helping an increasingly diverse group of educators prepare for increasingly diverse classrooms. Students all across North Carolina will benefit as a result. 

Sam Cook smiles next to a tree

Widening the Trail He Followed

Sam Cook, an NC State alumnus and staff member at the College of Natural Resources, supports the college’s recruitment of forestry students from underrepresented groups through his philanthropy and mentorship. 

new nc state foundation board chair mike constantino and his wife lori

New NC State Foundation Chair is Leading by Example

Helping NC State students is a deeply personal endeavor for Mike Constantino. The recipient of financial aid himself, Mike has spent his career and, now, retirement paying it forward. 

Dr. Harald Ade stands in his lab.

For Ade, Professorship Fuels Growth

Harald Ade, Goodnight Innovation Distinguished Professor, is grateful for the resources his professorship provides and says that these positions not only boost faculty research — they retain and attract the brightest minds. 

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

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 even became an advocate for other underresourced students. 

Kalysha Clark sits in front of a window

Stepping Out Front

As the first member of her immediate family to attend college, two-time alumna Kalysha Clark Wall 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. 

Asa Augustin

Engineering a Passion for Service

Asa Augustin graduated in 2019 with an engineering degree — and a commitment to helping others — thanks to extraordinary experiences in the Goodnight Scholars Program. 

Caldwell Fellows group with CCL staff

Caldwell Fellows Think Big About Leadership

A gift from program alumnus Jeff Williams will ensure life-changing experiences at the Center for Creative Leadership for future Fellows. 

John Dunn sitting on a truck’s tailgate

Smoothing the Bumps in the Road

Donor support for NC State students reaches beyond scholarship funding. The Student Emergency Fund, administered by the Division of Academic and Student Affairs, is helping students meet essential needs and easing unexpected burdens to keep them on the track to success. 

Mu Omicron alumnae posing for a picture at homecoming in 2015

Lighting the Torch for Future Students

Five NC State alumnae have created a scholarship in honor of the 45th anniversary of the founding of the Mu Omicron chapter of Delta Sigma Theta. 

Julie Swann speaking at a podium

All Systems Go

From her active research on pandemic disease spread to leadership as the head of the Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, A. Doug Allison Distinguished Professor Julie Swann thinks beyond boundaries and puts solutions into action to build a better world. 

Kaylie Kirkwood

A Chemical Chain Reaction

Scholarship support gave chemistry alumna Kaylie Kirkwood more time to work in the lab of David Muddiman, which led to the publication of her first paper, attendance at national conferences and her next adventure: pursuing a Ph.D. at NC State. 

Cecil C. Bozarth III poses for photo.

Honoring a Life of Connections

Colleagues in Poole College of Management came together to create a scholarship in memory of Cecil C. Bozarth III, a beloved and dedicated professor of supply chain management who passed way in the spring of 2018. 

Bruce Keene and Clarke Atkins

The Heart of the Matter

Professors Clarke Atkins and Bruce Keene came to NC State from the University of Wisconsin 30 years ago. Thanks to the Jane Lewis Seaks Distinguished Professorship in Companion Animal Medicine, their careers and research in the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Cardiology Service have remained linked. 

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Extraordinary Game Day Experiences: Jacob Malone

Jacob Malone ’18, an alumnus who double majored in economics and political science, was a four-year national Army ROTC Scholarship recipient and a regular color guard member during his time at NC State. 

Three alums discuss the importance of philanthropy at Red & White Night.

Philanthropy Helps ‘What If’ Become ‘What Is’ for 2013 Graduates

KeJuan Weaver, Hillary Spangler and Andrew Miller have turned "what if" into "what is" since graduating from NC State in 2013. See how this impressive group of alumni has embraced Think and Do. 

The belltower on a cloudy day

Need-Based Scholarship Initiative Gets $5 Million Boost

NC State’s Extraordinary Opportunity Scholarship Initiative (EOSI) was greatly benefited recently via $2.5 million gifts from alumnus Steve Angel and an anonymous donor. These incredible contributions have bolstered EOSI’s matching-funds pool, inspired others to give and impacted numerous students all across campus. 

Elin Gabriel taking notes at a panel

Women Giving Back, Together

Wolfpack Women in Philanthropy works to engage women across disciplines, generations and giving levels in support of NC State. As part of that mission, they’re helping share information about the Women’s Center Survivor Fund. 

NC State gateway

Extraordinary People, Extraordinary Places

Brick by brick, past generations built the NC State you know today. With your support, we’re raising cutting-edge facilities on that foundation. 

Conductor in PPE with physical-distanced music class.

Music Students Band Together for Day of Giving

During the rescheduled 2020 NC State Day of Giving in September, students worked hard to channel funds to the Department of Music by winning social media challenges. 

Growing a Future

Thanks to the STEAM Program, Katelyn Thomas was able to pursue her passion for agriculture during her time at NC State and after graduation. 

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Partnering to Combat Student Housing Insecurity

Grants from the NC State University Foundation are supporting development of a Host Homes Program, which will match students facing homelessness or housing insecurity with members of the community willing to open their homes. At the same time, an interdisciplinary partnership with Professor Tom Barrie in the College of Design is exploring what it might look like to provide housing on or near campus. 

2019-2020 e5x Recipient Katie Lawson

Blending the Technical and the Creative

NC State scholarship recipient Katie Lawson channels passions for engineering, entrepreneurship and more into activities that range from research in neural synchrony to Baja racing team business development.