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sPark 2016 Schedule Overview

On April 1-2, 2016, about 150 Park Scholars, alumni, faculty, families, and friends came together on the NC State campus for the first biannual sPark.

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Friday, April 1 – 5:30-9:00 pm
Mountains/Piedmont Ballroom, Talley Student Union
2610 Cates Avenue (see campus map)

  • 5:30-6:30 pm – Check-In and Welcome Reception
  • 6:30-8:00 pm – Dinner and Event Kickoff with sPark Keynote
    • Dr. Ricky Bloomfield ‘02, Hospitalist and Director of Mobile Technology Strategy, Duke University Health System and CEO, G-Whizz! Apps
  • 8:00-9:00 pm – Optional Networking Social at WXYZ Bar, Aloft Hotel, 2100 Hillsborough Street

Saturday, April 2 – 8:00 am-8:00 pm
Duke Energy Hall, James B. Hunt, Jr. Library
1070 Partners Way (see campus map)

  • 8:00-9:00 am – Continental Breakfast (and Late Check-In)
  • 9:00-10:00 am – What’s Your sPark?
    Park Scholars and alumni share their passions, TED-style

    • Daniel Mellinger ‘07, Senior Staff Engineer/Manager, Qualcomm Research Philadelphia
    • Casey Sokolovic ‘19, Founder, Help Them LAST – Love A Sea Turtle
    • Allison Hauser ‘05, Executive Director, Girls on the Run NYC
    • Avi Aggarwal ‘16, NC State Chapter President, National Alliance on Mental Illness
    • Tomás Carbonell ‘02, Associate, Van Ness Feldman PC
  • 10:15-11:45 am – Get Fired Up
    Panel discussions on topics ranging from healthcare to civic service

    • A Climate of Collaboration: Perspectives on Sustainable Behaviors and Technology in Response to Climate Change (panelists: Tomás Carbonell ‘02, Logan Dawson ’12, Jeremy Diner ’08, Dr. Ben Gaddy ’07, Annie Lopez ’17, and Gretchen Stokes ’13)
    • Food Security (panelists: Dr. Natalie Cooke ’10, Becky Dobosy ’14, Cat Harward ’17, and Dr. Bob Patterson)
    • Healthcare: What’s your Point of View? (panelists: Dr. Ricky Bloomfield ’02, John Campbell ’10, Alyssa D’Addezio ’14, Sammi Fernandes ’17, and Brian McKearney ’11)
    • Women in Science & Engineering (panelists: Dr. Courtney Fox ’10, Lauren Frey ’17, Daniel Hoag ’03, and Casey Sokolovic ’19)
  • 12:00-1:30 pm – Lunch
  • 1:30-2:45 pm – Take Action: ‘How To’ Sessions
    You’re sure to gain a new skill or two here

    • How to Apply Human Centered Design to Your Life (presenters: Joe Bond ’15, Wade Colburn ’14, and Brian Gaudio ’13)
    • How to Become an Education Advocate (presenters: Dr. Matt Campbell ’05, Nation Hahn, Jessie Jordan Hathcock ’11, and Ashley Lawson ’18)
    • How to Influence Government (presenters: Frank Hill, Neal Robbins ’01, and Andriy Shymonyak ’15)
    • How to (Re-) Invent Your Career (presenters: Chasta Hamilton Calhoun ’07, Mitch Danforth ’07, and Kyle Held ’09)
  • 3:15-3:45 pm – Now What Do I Do?
    • Jones Loflin, Speaker/Trainer/Author, Helping Others Prepare for Excellence Inc.
  • 3:45-5:00 pm – Focus on Park Scholarships: Past, Present, and Future
    A time for insights and discussion about the program
  • 5:30-8:00 pm – Happy Hour, Dinner, and 20th Anniversary Celebration
    Celebrate with us at NC State’s beautiful Lonnie Poole Golf Course!

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