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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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Morgan Barbre ‘19 and Cambray Smith ‘18 Network with Leaders in Global Women’s Health

In May, Morgan Barbre ‘19 and Cambray Smith ‘18 traveled to Copenhagen, Denmark as delegates to the fourth triennial Women Deliver global conference. With nearly 6,000 attendees representing more than 150 countries, this was the largest gathering on girls’ and women’s health and rights in the last decade.

Natalie Cooke ’10 and Kati Scruggs ’18 Team Up to Train Future Nutrition Educators

This academic year, a Park Scholar and an alumna teamed up to develop a series of training videos for aspiring nutrition educators. Natalie Cooke ‘10, Postdoctoral Teaching Scholar in NC State’s Department of Food, Bioprocessing & Nutrition Sciences and Program Director for A PACKed Kitchen – a satellite of the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle – received a DELTA Exploratory Grant to investigate the feasibility of 360° videos in training and evaluation for a community nutrition service-learning course. Kati Scruggs ‘18, a
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Educator Jezzette Rivera ‘10 Makes a Difference in South Texas Classrooms

As a freshman beginning her NC State career, Jezzette Rivera ‘10 anticipated pursuing a career in politics, law, and/or the nonprofit sector. She majored in criminology and political science with a concentration in law and justice, spent the summer following her freshman year interning with the League of United Latin American Citizens, and served as a House Intern with the North Carolina General Assembly throughout her junior year and the subsequent summer.

Lianne Gonsalves ’10 Receives Boren Fellowship to Support Public Health Initiatives in Ethiopia

posted 2012.05.21 Lianne Gonsalves ‘10 has received a David L. Boren Fellowship which will fund a year in Ethiopia. During her time in Africa, Gonsalves will immerse herself in language acquisition and a qualitative research project. Beginning in August, Gonsalves will study the Amharic language at Addis Ababa University. After two months, she will move from the capital to the rural Amhara region to begin her research project. Gonsalves will collect data on family planning practices and natural resource use by local
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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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Katie Starr ’11 Runs Philadelphia Marathon to Support Independent Living for Disabled Individuals

Running a marathon has been on Katie Starr’s bucket list ever since she became passionate about long distance races during her first year at NC State. As a member of Team Liberty, Starr recently completed her first marathon in Philadelphia where she ran to benefit the nonprofit organization Liberty Resources. Katie Starr ‘11 completes her first marathon as a runner on Team Liberty. Starr and her sister Kristen, a social worker in Philadelphia, have had many discussions about the complexities
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Claire Lucas ’13 Shapes the Future of Health Care as HOSA National President

The 125,000 members of the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) have a new national president – Claire Lucas ‘13, an industrial engineering major at NC State University. Lucas has already met with Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, and Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) to discuss health care issues – and she is only getting started. Claire Lucas ‘13 with Dr. Regina Benjamin, Surgeon General of the United States Public Health Service. As national president, Lucas plans
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Jessie Ritter ’10 Committed to Defending Wildlife and the Environment

Ever since she left her home in Illinois to pursue a degree in zoology at NC State University, Jessie Ritter ‘10 has been exploring different ways to protect animals and their environments. Jessie Ritter ‘10 outside the U.S. Capitol grounds. Ritter is currently working as part of a team at Oceana’s North American office in Washington, D.C. to pass national legislation protecting endangered sea turtles. In this role, she is involved in outreach to aquariums, sea turtle hospitals, and conservation
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