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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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May Park Enrichment Grants Awarded

The Park Enrichment Grant committee made the following awards to Park Scholars who submitted proposals by the May 30 deadline.

Jessica Hooks ’03 and Landra Cunningham ’03 Stretch Service Muscles through SchoolYogaRocks

During her time at NC State, Jessica Hooks ‘03 volunteered a minimum of 16 hours per month as a crisis hotline operator. This experience afforded her perspective on the range of issues with which individuals from all walks of life must learn to cope, and heightened her interest in community wellness. After earning a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences, Hooks went on to complete a master’s in genetic counseling from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro in 2005.

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.

November Park Enrichment Grants Awarded

The Park Enrichment Grant committee made the following awards to Park Scholars who submitted proposals by the November 1 deadline.

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.”

Jacob Rutz ’14 Studies Soil and Social Issues with the WWOOF Program

Jacob Rutz ’14 has a passion for soil. He aspires to be both a farmer and a community food organizer in the future, and wants to teach others about creating global sustainability and organic farming processes. Rutz was able to combine these passions by joining the Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) program in two locations in South Africa this past summer.

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.

Service Raleigh Makes Splash in Triangle

posted 2013.03.27 A total of 1,600 University and community volunteers registered to participate in the annual Service Raleigh event. They began the day with a celebration on theNC State campus, where Raleigh City Councilmember Russ Stephenson and NCState Student Body President Andy Walsh delivered opening remarks. Volunteers then took part in 60 service projects with partner organizations throughout the greater Raleigh area. Projects ran the gamut, from delivering donated food to recipient agencies with the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle to distributing brochures to
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Service Raleigh Addresses Community Needs

posted 2012.03.28 A total of 2,000 volunteers registered to participate in the annual Service Raleigh event on March 24. University and community volunteers began the day with a celebration on the NCState campus and then spread across central North Carolina to participate in over 70 service projects. Teams built compost bins, cleared hiking trails, sorted donated furniture, assessed the conditions of neighborhood sidewalks, and restored natural habitats for wildlife and scientific research. Organizations that hosted projects this year included the American
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