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.
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.
An eighth grade social studies and English/language arts teacher at Carroll Middle School in Raleigh, N.C., Jessie Jordan Hathcock ’11 is carrying on a family legacy in education. Her mother, who lost her battle with breast cancer when Hathcock was four years old, was a public school teacher. Hathcock grew up hearing stories of her mother’s positive impact on their community, and decided to major in middle grades education at NC State.
In an opinion piece for the August 11, 2014 issue of Space News, Zack Hester ‘11 wrote, “While a manned Moon landing or an ambitious attempt at a first Mars landing would bring tremendous prestige to China, current human and robotic endeavors have brought sufficient world standing to China as a space power and serve its geopolitical objectives.”
Although Park Scholars’ backgrounds and interests are widely varied, many alumni have found a home at Deloitte. Deloitte provides audit, tax, consulting, enterprise risk, and financial advisory services for many of the largest companies in the world, including many of the Fortune 500.
While many are celebrating America’s Independence Day with cookouts and fireworks, Kathleen “Kat” Griffin ‘11 will board a plane bound for South Korea. The recipient of a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) grant, Griffin will spend the next year living with a host family and teaching English in a public, secondary school in an as-yet-unassigned South Korean city.
posted 2012.04.11 This spring, Park Scholars and alumni were named recipients of several distinguished national scholarships and fellowships. Congratulations to Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship recipients Richard Deans ‘13, Ian Hill ‘13, and Heidi Klumpe ‘13; National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellows Tyler Barry ‘09, Allie Landry ‘11, and Alex Schlegel ‘04; and Morris K. Udall Scholarship recipient Gretchen Stokes ‘13. Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships Richard Deans, Ian Hill, and Heidi Klumpe were awarded the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. The Barry M.
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posted 2011.10.14 This past summer, William Coe ‘14, Tyler Confrey-Maloney ‘13, Vincent Feucht ‘11, Jeb Fox ‘14, Luke Perkins ‘14, and Garik Sadovy ‘12 traveled to Belize for a two week experiential learning trip focusing on education, the economy, and the environment. The team consisted of an eclectic group of individuals, among them a pre-med philosopher, an English major, and future engineers representing areas including biological and agricultural, chemical, civil, and materials science engineering. The students developed the Central American
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posted 2011.09.19 This past summer, three Park Scholars held internships at East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine and immersed themselves in a unique clinical opportunity. Dr. Wiley Nifong, Andrew Miller, Mark Draelos, and Dr. Randolph Chitwood prepare for a surgical procedure. Mark Draelos ‘12 and Andrew Miller ‘13 worked in the East Carolina Heart Institute under Dr. Randolph Chitwood and Dr. Wiley Nifong. The students observed surgical procedures with Chitwood and learned about minimally invasive heart surgery techniques
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posted 2011.08.30 Shortly after graduating with a degree in biological sciences and a minor in international studies, Kimberly Spence ‘11 began her summer with Environmental Defense Fund. As the water resources and public policy intern in the Land, Water, and Wildlife Division in the organization’s Raleigh office, Spence conducted a research project to begin assessing the potential impact that natural gas drilling and the process known as fracking could have on North Carolina’s water resources. Spence’s project is a direct
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