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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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Melanie (Andres) Conklin ’00 Discovers the Power of Writing, Earns Book Deal

It goes without saying that many authors follow unorthodox paths in life, not necessarily beginning in writing. J.K. Rowling was working for Amnesty International when she came up with the idea of boy-wizard Harry Potter. Diary of a Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney dreamed of being a newspaper cartoonist. Even Maurice Sendak, who famously penned Where the Wild Things Are, spent several years illustrating children’s books before he began writing his own. Melanie (Andres) Conklin ‘00, who recently signed a
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Tommy Vitolo ’00 Combats Climate Change – One Community at a Time

When Tommy Vitolo ‘00 is not identifying opportunities to reduce air pollution, carbon emissions, and electricity bills as an associate for Synapse Energy Economics, he’s writing legislation for local government to use green cleaning products and prohibit the sale of tobacco on educational campuses in his role as a Brookline Town Meeting member.

Park Alum Pedals in Pursuit of Passions

Tommy Vitolo (2000) volunteers with Buscyle, where public art becomes public transportation. By day, Tommy Vitolo (2000) spends his time working on scalable optimal and suboptimal methods to solve real time point-to-point ad hoc network problems. What does that mean? Math, and lots of it. Specifically, operations research, the focus of his Ph.D. track at Boston University. So what does Tommy do for fun? For the past few months, he’s been welding, grinding, drilling, and most importantly, pedaling. The last
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