James Kiwanuka-Tondo has served as one of two Chancellor-appointed Park Faculty Scholars for the graduating Class of 2016. In this role, he and his counterpart, Derek Aday, have guided their class in developing enrichment activities and advised individual students on academic matters. Kiwanuka-Tondo’s connection with the Park Scholarships program, however, began long before the Class of 2016 entered NC State.
Earlier this semester, Alton Russell ’14 presented his capstone project for his self-designed major in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in global health and sustainability. Russell, a Wilmington, N.C. native, began his undergraduate career as an engineer. He quickly settled on an industrial engineering degree with a certificate in healthcare systems; however, during his sophomore year Russell decided that he wanted to complement his studies with a second major.
During her time at NC State, Jessica Hooks ‘03 volunteered a minimum of 16 hours per month as a crisis hotline operator. This experience afforded her perspective on the range of issues with which individuals from all walks of life must learn to cope, and heightened her interest in community wellness. After earning a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences, Hooks went on to complete a master’s in genetic counseling from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro in 2005.
Brian Tavener ‘04 did something very unusual for an NC State alumnus: he turned blue. Tavener has been a member of the Blue Man Group, an international spectacle in which three people dress in bald caps, blue black costumes and makeup, for more than six years.
Meagan Gentry ’14 is participating in an internship with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Research Triangle Park, N.C. She works with a group in the Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards on the continued development of statistical mapping software, BenMAP, which is used for modeling and monitoring the effects of air quality policy changes.
As an undergraduate, Kayla Anderson ‘09 recognized that her experiences as a leader of the NC State dance team taught her strength and provided her with the opportunity to do what she loved while making friends and contacts. What she did not envision at that point was how her interest in dance would later evolve into a career.