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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Nicole Mack ’11 Explores African Culture During Semester in Ghana

Nicole Mack ‘11, a senior in mathematics education and statistics, recently spent a semester abroad studying in Ghana, the country of her ancestors. Her goal for the semester was to personally experience Ghanaian customs and culture, so that she could draw her own conclusions about what it means to be African. Mack took courses such as the History of Western Medicine, African Drumming, and African-American Literature. Beyond the classroom, she hiked across the countryside to familiarize herself with the land,
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Park Faculty Scholar Profile: Dr. Juliana Nfah-Abbenyi

Juliana Nfah-Abbenyi and John Griggs were appointed by the chancellor to serve as Park Faculty Scholars for the Class of 2013. In this role, the faculty oversee enrichment activities for the class and provide academic guidance for individual students. Nfah-Abbenyi is a professor in the Department of English. She received her doctorates from McGill University in Canada and the University of Yaounde in Cameroon. Nfah-Abbenyi teaches courses on postcolonial and world literatures, literary theory, and gender and women’s studies. “Professors
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Learning Lab II: The Effect of Federal Funding on the Quality of K-12 Education

Each fall, the sophomore class of Park Scholars travels to Washington, D.C. to study a leadership challenge facing our country. This year, the Class of 2013 focused on national education reform in the wake of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, reauthorized in 2001 as the No Child Left Behind Act. “Learning Lab II, in both its planning and execution, was a phenomenal and inspiring educational experience. It deeply widened my understanding of the education system in our country, and
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