Media Mentions

The following Park Scholars, alumni, and faculty received media attention in recent weeks:

Remembering Tripp Polen ‘03

The Park Scholarships program community is saddened by the loss of William “Tripp” Donald Polen III, a member of the Class of 2003 and brother of Dr. Amy Polen Stallings ‘00.

Carrie Farley ‘00 Takes on the World of Project Finance

Carrie Farley ’00 arrived at NC State expecting to graduate as an engineer. But instead of sitting in front of a computer screen writing code, she’s traveling the world.

Park Scholar Media Mentions

The following Park Scholars and Park Scholar initiatives have received media attention in recent weeks:

Park Alumni and Leadership Coaches Afford Class of 2017 Perspective

Two days prior to the start of their junior year, the Class of 2017 took part in “Concepts and Models,” a half-day session that’s part of the Park Scholarships’ comprehensive Leadership Academy. Steve Barr and Paul Mulvey, professors in the Poole College of Management’s Department of Management, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship and former Park Faculty Scholars, led the session, which focused on self-awareness, personality, and communication styles.

Melanie (Andres) Conklin ’00 Discovers the Power of Writing, Earns Book Deal

It goes without saying that many authors follow unorthodox paths in life, not necessarily beginning in writing. J.K. Rowling was working for Amnesty International when she came up with the idea of boy-wizard Harry Potter. Diary of a Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney dreamed of being a newspaper cartoonist. Even Maurice Sendak, who famously penned Where the Wild Things Are, spent several years illustrating children’s books before he began writing his own. Melanie (Andres) Conklin ‘00, who recently signed a
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Tommy Vitolo ’00 Combats Climate Change – One Community at a Time

When Tommy Vitolo ‘00 is not identifying opportunities to reduce air pollution, carbon emissions, and electricity bills as an associate for Synapse Energy Economics, he’s writing legislation for local government to use green cleaning products and prohibit the sale of tobacco on educational campuses in his role as a Brookline Town Meeting member.

Michele Tam ’00 Moves Forward and Gives Back

posted 2013.04.08 Michele Tam ‘00 believes in giving back. As a member of the first graduating class of Park Scholars, Tam feels it is her duty to assist in finding the best candidates for the scholarship, a process that gets more competitive each year. Her continuing efforts with Park Scholarships have allowed her to stay connected with the program even though she now lives in Chicago. Upon her graduation from NC State, Tam accepted a position with Procter & Gamble (P&G) as
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Luke Zettlemoyer ’00 Named Assistant Professor at the University of Washington

Luke Zettlemoyer ‘00 joined the faculty in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington this fall. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Zettlemoyer will continue his research on artificial intelligence. During his time at NC State, Zettlemoyer was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, along with the Bitzer Creativity Award, the Undergraduate Mathematics Fellowship, and the Computer Research Association Outstanding Undergraduate Award. In addition, prior to his graduation, he co-authored ten peer-reviewed research
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Park Alumna Makes the Big Screen

Dr. Amy Stallings (2000) is featured in NC State’s new halftime spots. Just What The Doctor Ordered—that’s the title of one of NC State’s recent public service announcements. And when the University began searching for alumni to profile in its latest installment of the Achieve! Campaign, Dr. Amy Stallings fit the bill. A member of the first class of Park Scholars, Amy is now a pediatric resident at Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters in Norfolk, Va. While at NC
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