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November Park Enrichment Grants Awarded

The Park Enrichment Grant committee made the following awards to Park Scholars who submitted proposals by the November 1, 2016 deadline.

Class of 2019 Explores Challenging Dynamics between Political Campaigns and the Media

In October the Class of 2019 traveled to Washington, D.C. for the Learning Lab II experience, designed to allow sophomore Park Scholars to develop a critical understanding of a nationally-relevant topic by interacting with leaders immersed in that issue. The class chose to examine how leaders balance ethics and efficacy when navigating the relationships between political campaign organizations and the media—a particularly relevant topic in the context of the contentious 2016 presidential election.

Gerald Elkan Aids Hundreds of Park Scholars in Pursuing High-Impact Experiences

NC State faculty have played a critical role in the Park Scholarships program since its inception 20 years ago, but few faculty members have been involved with the program as heavily or in as many ways as Dr. Gerald H. Elkan, professor emeritus of microbiology.

Mental Illness in the Criminal Justice System: A Panel

The Park Scholarships Social Justice Speaker Series presents: Mental Illness in the Criminal Justice System: A Panel Wednesday, November 16, 2016 6:30-8:00 pm NC State University Poe Hall, Room 216 Free and open to the public.

Erika Gutierrez ’09 Unites Clinical Research, Policy, and Humanitarian Work

Following is one of 28 first-person alumni profiles that were compiled in a photo book for the Park Foundation Trustees in September 2016. Each alumnus was ask to share highlights of his or her path from receiving the Park Scholarship to the present day.

Matthew Campbell ‘05 Inspires Next Generation of Mathematics Educators

Following is one of 28 first-person alumni profiles that were compiled in a photo book for the Park Foundation Trustees in September 2016. Each alumnus was ask to share highlights of his or her path from receiving the Park Scholarship to the present day.

Meteorologist Kelly Mahoney ‘03 Forecasts Weather for a Changing Planet

Following is one of 28 first-person alumni profiles that were compiled in a photo book for the Park Foundation Trustees in September 2016. Each alumnus was ask to share highlights of his or her path from receiving the Park Scholarship to the present day.

Christian Fuda ‘18 Strides into the Field of Product Design

Unconventional as it might seem, an ocean-damaged pair of shoes spurred Christian Fuda’s passion for industrial design. When Fuda ‘18 was a rising high school junior, he revived his saltwater-logged sneakers by hand-painting them. This project evolved into a hobby—and eventually a small business, Fuda Customs—as his classmates and others took notice and began to place orders for paint jobs for their shoes. As committed to function as he is to form, Fuda conducted research and identified techniques to prevent
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Alina Creamer ‘20 Prepares for a Future in Space

While some rising college freshmen spend their summers working as lifeguards, restaurant waitstaff, or camp counselors, Alina Creamer ‘20 went a different route: she interned with NASA.

Park Scholar Media Mentions

Quite a few Park Scholars and alumni received media coverage in recent weeks: Michael Ian Cedar talked with Chasta Hamilton Calhoun ’07 about reinvention as part of his blog, “The Legacy of You.” Hamilton Calhoun owns Raleigh-based Stage Doore Dance. She, along with Mitch Danforth ’07 and Kyle Held ’09, led a presentation on this same topic during the first biannual sPark in April 2016.     Following the fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte earlier this
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