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Recent Park Graduates Give Back through AmeriCorps

Two recent Park alumni, Mary Charles Hale ‘13 and Alyson Harding ’13, have spent the past several months participating in AmeriCorps, a federal government-run program which provides services in nonprofit organizations, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country.

Allison Nolker ‘13 Inspires Young Musicians with Birdsong Studies

“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” - Maya Angelou Allison Nolker ‘13 is currently a master’s student at NC State studying zoology with concentrations in anthrozoology and bioacoustics. Nolker, who has had a lifelong interest in animals and human-animal interactions, piloted the accelerated dual bachelor’s/master’s program in zoology. Her current research focuses on the evolution of bird songs, particularly mockingbirds.

Steven Mazur ’13 to Help Revitalize Detroit as Venture for America Fellow

Early in his undergraduate career, Steven Mazur ‘13 noticed something unsettling — most high school students did not realize their own potential to serve as agents of change.

Harvard Bound Ian Hill ’13 Combines Science and Service

From the Triangle to Mexico, Ian Hill ‘13 has been pursuing his love of science and service to others.

Class of 2013 to Present William C. Friday Award to Principal Chief Michell Hicks

posted 2013.03.15 The Class of 2013 will present the 14th annual William C. Friday Award to Michell Hicks, Principal Chief of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation. The award presentation is open to the public and will be held on Monday, April 15, 2013 at 5:30pm in the Hunt Auditorium of the James B. Hunt Jr. Library on Centennial Campus. Hicks is the leader of the only federally-recognized Native American tribe in North Carolina. Since his election to the role of Principal Chief
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Class of 2013 Raises Over $35,000 to Sponsor Habitat for Humanity Home

  Habitat for Humanity of Wake County staff member Missy Hatley clearly remembers the day last year when she was contacted by Richard Deans ‘13, chair of the Class of 2013 legacy committee. Deans explained that his class planned to raise $35,000 to help a family build a home in the Triangle. When the group of 45 seniors was discussing ideas for their legacy project, it was decided their efforts would have a broader impact on the community. As a result,
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Caroline Ellington ’13 Conducts Textile Research in Germany

posted 2012.12.13 Caroline Ellington ‘13 recently completed a research internship in Aachen, Germany. The internship, sponsored by UROP International, consisted of 40 students from the United States and Canada and involved individual research projects and intensive German language instruction. As a senior in textile engineering with a concentration in product development, Ellington developed biocomposite yarns from renewable, raw materials. As petroleum continues to become scarcer, the environment could potentially be affected in a variety of ways. A lack of petroleum could
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Brandon Carlisle ’13 Co-Authors Paper on Ovarian Cancer Detection

posted 2012.10.02 Brandon Carlisle ‘13 is second co-author of a paper published in the journalAnalytical Chemistry. An abstract of “Systematic Comparison of Reverse Phase and Hydrophilic Interaction Liquid Chromatography Platforms for the Analysis of N-linked Glycans” by Walker SH, Carlisle BC, and Muddiman DC, can be found on PubMed, among other databases. Carlisle, a biological sciences major with a concentration in human biology, began exploring undergraduate research opportunities near the end of his freshman year. He connected with David Muddiman of the
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Class of 2013 Prepares for Future at Rocky Mountain National Park

posted 2012.09.21 The Class of 2013 traveled to Rocky Mountain National Park this fall for their senior retreat. The seniors participated in thought-provoking activities that addressed the transition from their roles as Park Scholars to alumni. Discussions incorporated topics such as making contributions to their communities and maintaining connections with the program and NC State. “The trip truly reunited us as a class,” says senior retreat committee co-chair John Miller ‘13. “I loved being able to renew my friendships and discuss future
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Alyson Harding ’13 Gains Archaeology Experience in Nevis, Palau, and Washington, D.C.

posted 2012.08.20 Alyson Harding ‘13 has taken full advantage of her summers since becoming a Park Scholar. Harding recently returned from Micronesia where she participated in the Island Archaeology Program. While in Palau, she worked with a team to conduct an archaeological dig at a cemetery on the Rock Islands. The site, known as Chelechol ra Orrak, is approximately 3,000 years old and is one of the oldest known cemeteries in the Pacific Islands. Harding’s daily responsibilities included organizing the
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