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Brian Tavener ’04 Transforms from Wolfpack Red as a Member of the Blue Man Group

Brian Tavener ‘04 did something very unusual for an NC State alumnus: he turned blue. Tavener has been a member of the Blue Man Group, an international spectacle in which three people dress in bald caps, blue black costumes and makeup, for more than six years.

Matt Latrick ’06, Larry Moye ’08, and Kim Richards ’04 Find Home at Womble Carlyle

The Park Scholarship is the highest academic and leadership award at N.C. State, and a magnet for top high school students from across the country. For Womble Carlyle attorneys Matt Latrick, Larry Moye and Kim Richards, the Park Scholarship also was a launching pad for their current legal careers.

Laura Parham ’04 Has Her Fingers on GlaxoSmithKline’s PULSE

posted 2013.01.30 As a Park Scholar, Laura Parham ‘04 learned to value service to others. Her interest in humanitarian efforts has led her to Ethiopia to work for the Center for National Health Development (CNHDE) through GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). For Parham, the company’s PULSE program was a perfect fit. PULSE allows employees the opportunity to work with a non-profit or non-governmental organization for up to six months. In the process, GSK employees make a difference in communities while developing as leaders. Laura Parham in the city center of the Millennium Village
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Park Scholars and Alumni Receive Goldwater, National Science Foundation, and Udall Awards

posted 2012.04.11 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. Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships Richard Deans, Ian Hill, and Heidi Klumpe were awarded the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. The Barry M.
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Amanda Shumaker ’04 Creates Hope for Ukrainian Orphans

posted 2012.02.24 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.   “It is pure joy for our team when we can see that our efforts have kept even one of these precious
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Park Alumna Answers S.O.S

Deb Kull (2004) helps Vietnamese refugees find a place to call home. When Hurricane Katrina struck the gulf region in September 2005, Americans everywhere watched the events unfold on their televisions. This included Park alumna, Deb Kull, who followed the coverage from her residence at Oxford University. ”I kept thinking to myself, ’What can I do?’,” she remembers. And then the phone rang. It was the director of Boat People SOS (BPSOS), an AmeriCorps VISTA program that helps Vietnamese refugees
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Alumnus Seeks Excellence in Math and Science

Park alum and Excellence Fellowship recipient Mark Darby (2004) evaluates North Carolina schools. When Mark Darby (2004) entered the Education Research Methodology department in the School of Education at UNC-Greensboro last year, he did so with a unique distinction. The Shallotte native was among the youngest recipients of UNCG’s Excellence Fellowship, a $14,000 merit scholarship given to first-year doctoral students. Now in his second year of the Master’s/Ph. D. program, Mark has a research assistantship. But his focus is still
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Alumna, Scholar Win DHS Awards

Meg Andrews (2004) and John Kelly (2007) have been recognized by the Department of Homeland Security. Two Park Scholarship recipients have been recognized by the US Department of Homeland Security. Alumna Meg Andrews (2004) was named a Homeland Security Fellow; John Kelly (2007) was named a Homeland Security Scholar. The awards honor students who pursue science and technology innovations that can be applied to the Department’s mission. John is a junior majoring in Computer Engineering. He is a member of
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Park Director named Outstanding Young Alumna

Laura Lunsford was recognized at the NC State Alumni Association’s Evening of Stars. On November 5, the Alumni Association celebrated its first Evening of Stars—a new event designed to spotlight NC State alumni who’ve given back to their professions and their communities. Among the 16 alumni honored was Park Scholarships Director Laura Gail Lunsford (1988). Lunsford was recognized as the Outstanding Young Alumna for her efforts in building the Park Scholarships into one of the premier merit scholarship programs in
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Alumna Gives Breast Cancer Talk

Jenny Chang (2000) shared her story with the NC State campus as part of a Breast Cancer Awareness Month event. On October 19, Jenny addressed about 60 people in room 107 of Harrelson Hall. The former student body president’s message was simple: breast cancer can strike all ages. Jenny was 24 when she first noticed a small bump on her breast. She wasn’t worried—”Women this young don’t get cancer,” she thought—until a mammography revealed the unlikely diagnosis. Two years later,
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