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An Interview with Dr. Kristin Murphy

Kristin Murphy, global competitive sales intelligence manager for SAS Institute and an alumna of NC State, has been actively involved with the Park Scholarships program for the past four years. At present she serves on three committees for the Park Scholarships program: the Advisory Committee, which provides important counsel to the director on the scholars’ academic enrichment activities; the Service Advisory Committee, which offers guidance to the staff in planning and evaluating scholars’ Civic Engagement Initiatives; and the Selection Committee, in which capacity
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Shaunis Mercer ’02 Sheds Light on Evolving Legal Career

Shaunis Mercer ’02 explored several majors before landing in NC State’s College of Management, where she completed a degree in business management. Although she concentrated in human resource management, Mercer said she enjoyed the diverse curriculum the college offered. Years later, when starting her own law firm, and in her current role overseeing juvenile defenders, she fully realized the value of her undergraduate coursework.

Class of 2014 to Present William C. Friday Award to Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst

North Carolina State University’s Park Scholarships Class of 2014 will present the 15th annual William C. Friday Award to Mr. Jim Whitehurst, president and CEO of Red Hat, the world’s leading provider of open source enterprise software. The award will be presented on Wednesday, March 26 from 5:30-7:00 PM in the Hunt Auditorium of the James B. Hunt, Jr. Library on Centennial Campus at North Carolina State University.

Anna Shope ’08 Embraces the Art and Science of Dentistry

During her time at NC State, where she completed an undergraduate degree in biological sciences in 2008, Anna Shope’s roles as a Park Scholar, member of Phi Beta Kappa, and philanthropy chair of Delta Zeta sorority cultivated her commitment to service. Reflecting on this period, she remarks, “My Park Scholarships experience has shown me how to be an independent, free-thinking, effective leader.”

Class of 2015 Leadership Academy Bridges Theory and Practice

On Monday, August 19 – two days prior to the start of their junior year – the Class of 2015 took part in an intensive half-day Leadership Academy at NC State’s Jane S. McKimmon Center.

Taufik Raharjo ’16 Participates in 2013 ACC Leadership Conference

Leadership and service are two of the pillars of the Park program and Taufik Raharjo ‘16 was fortunate enough to be able to investigate both during a weekend this spring.

Neal Robbins ’01 Returns to Raleigh to Join Department of Environment and Natural Resources Leadership Team

Neal Robbins ‘01 admits he has always chosen the path that seemed the most rigorous. That path has taken him from work as a manufacturing engineer to a position with Governor Pat McCrory’s administration.

Ryan Nilsen ’09 and Bryan Lopez ’13 Provide Leadership for Border Issues Trip

posted 2011.04.18 During spring break, Ryan Nilsen ‘09 and Bryan Lopez ‘13 worked with former Associate Vice Chancellor and Director of Student Health Services Jerry Barker to lead a University Scholars Program experience to Arizona and Mexico where students learned about border and immigration issues. Through a combination of backpacking in Saguaro National Park and conversations with people whose lives and work are shaped by the realities of our current immigration system, the group gained a deeper understanding of the
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Triangle Youth Leadership Conference Prepares High School Students to Spark Change in Their Communities

Over 70 high school students from across North Carolina took part in the second annual Triangle Youth Leadership Conference on the NC State University campus in November. Participants explored the topic of leadership through an array of sessions that ranged from small group discussions to workshops facilitated by NC State students. Claire Lucas ‘13 facilitates a session at the Triangle Youth Leadership Conference. Highlights of the conference included a keynote address by Dr. Tom Stafford, vice chancellor of student affairs,
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Stephanie Solove ’13 Completes Civic Leadership Academy

Stephanie Solove, a political science and communication major in the class of 2013, participated in the Civic Leadership Academy (CLA) sponsored by the Lou Frey Institute at the University of Central Florida. Solove, a native of Lake Worth, Florida, was selected from among student leaders throughout the state to take part in an intensive curriculum that focused on the intricacies of government, political parties and public policy making. The two-week program is designed to help prepare participants for careers in
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