NC State’s Alumni Association honors students who excel both in and out of the classroom. Each year, the Mathews Medal program recognizes graduating seniors who have served NC State as student leaders, made significant contributions to the university and created a lasting legacy. Three of the five 2019 recipients are Humanities and Social Sciences students:
Jonathan T. Carter graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science. As editor-in-chief of the Technician for two years, he transformed the way NC State students consume information. He focused on digital delivery and sought ways to make campus coverage more inclusive. Managing a staff of 95, he not only embraced change but held student leaders and governing organizations more accountable. Last fall, Carter presented to the Associated Collegiate Press/College Media Association’s annual convention about newsroom leadership.
Before becoming editor-in-chief, Carter served as news editor for the Technician. He also participated in the NC State Mock Trial Team and was a member of the marching band and jazz ensemble.
Victor Eduardo graduated with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy. During his time at NC State, he created a more inclusive community. He joined the GLBT Center’s volunteer, internship and practicum program during his first week on campus.
He earned the Chancellor’s Creating Community Award by working with the Gay-Straight Alliance database and calling North Carolina high schools to determine if they had GLBT support groups. His team created a how-to brochure for launching a group and provided additional resources.
After the passage of House Bill 2, Eduardo jumped into action and mobilized a team of students to locate gender-inclusive, single occupancy bathrooms on campus. He was voted Leader of the Pack in 2017 and received the Nathaniel and Blanche P. Browder Scholarship.
Adam Skrzecz graduated with bachelor’s degrees in history and political science. Committed to service, he stepped into a number of leadership roles during his time on campus. He served as senator and deputy student body treasurer in NC State’s student government. He also chaired the Student Media Board of Directors, which oversees the university’s radio station and newspapers.
As a member of the Interfraternity Council Tailgate Committee, Skrzecz worked to ensure student safety during tailgating. He also served as student representative on the Council for Undergraduate Education and the University Harrelson Fund. He received funding from the John W. Pope Research Award for his undergraduate research and will attend the University of North Carolina School of Law this fall.
The Mathews Medal has been awarded to 54 NC State students since 2006. The program is named after Walter J. Mathews, a dedicated, devoted and involved alumnus who embodied the ideals of the award.