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sPark: A Park Scholarships Symposium

On Friday, April 6-Sunday, April 8, approximately 100 students, alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and selection committee members converged at the StateView Hotel on NC State’s beautiful Centennial Campus for sPark 2018 — the Park Scholarships second biannual leadership and networking symposium. It was a weekend exemplifying the four pillars of scholarship, leadership, service, and character; bringing together individuals from all stages of life and career to ‘find their sPark’. Chancellor Randy Woodson joined attendees on Friday night to kick-off the
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Minimizing “Dirty Smoke”: Richard Ezike ‘05 Shifts Gears from Engineering to Policy

Richard “Memie” Ezike ‘05 can trace his interests in environmentalism and the public good back to a specific moment in his childhood. One day when he was 7 years old, he watched as a tractor trailer rumbled through the apartment complex where he lived in Johnson City, Tenn., spewing black smoke from its exhaust tailpipe. Contemplating the negative effects this “dirty smoke” had on the air he and his neighbors were breathing, Ezike knew he wanted to do something to
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Class of 2017 Discusses STEM Challenges with National Leaders

The Learning Lab II experience is designed to allow sophomore Park Scholars to develop a critical understanding of a national issue – selected by the class during their freshman year – by interacting with leaders immersed in that issue. In October the Class of 2017 traveled to Washington, D.C. to examine how leaders in the public and private sectors tackle complex challenges surrounding the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) from both domestic and international perspectives.