NC State’s Outstanding Young Alumna: Jess Ekstrom
NC State's Alumni Association names and celebrates an outstanding young alumnus each year during the university's Evening of Stars gala. Jess Ekstrom (communication '13), founder of Headbands of Hope, earned the honor for 2017.
At the WHO, Alum Aims to Remove Barriers Across the Globe
After discovering a passion for international relations, diplomacy and development at NC State, alumna Lianne Gonsalves entered the real world looking for a way to put it all together. And she has. Working as a technical officer at the World Health Organization, Gonsalves studies how to better connect young people with information and services related to their sexual and reproductive health.
Alumna Barbara Goodmon Honored With Watauga Medal
Humanities and Social Sciences alumna Barbara Goodmon is one of four 2017 recipients of the Watauga Medal, NC State’s highest nonacademic honor, given during the annual Founders’ Day celebration.
Alumna’s Cookbook Celebrates Food of Eastern North Carolina
Before she built a hugely successful farm-to-table restaurant in Kinston, N.C., and became the star of a PBS documentary series on her life in the kitchen and as the mother of two young children, alumna Vivian Howard dreamed of becoming a food writer.
Fulbright Winner to Explore Passion for Inclusive Learning in Colombia
After double-majoring in psychology and Spanish languages and literatures, recent graduate QuiAnne' Holmes has developed a passion for promoting equity in the classroom. Holmes, who graduated in May, will explore her interests further when she starts a Fulbright teaching assistantship in Colombia later this year.
Headbands of Hope Fosters Fashion and Design for Childhood Cancer Patients
At Headbands of Hope, for every headband sold, a headband is given to a child with cancer. Jess Ekstrom, founder of Headbands of Hope, was inspired to start the organization as a college student at NC State. Jess Ekstrom, communication alumna, featured.
Communication Alumna Danielle Deabler Brings Next Generation of Listeners to NPR
Welcome to Generation Listen — a new old-fashioned way to enjoy National Public Radio and the brainchild of alumna Danielle Deabler (Communication '93).
Alumna’s Novel Being Transformed into Amazon TV Series
Last summer, author and NC State alumna Therese Fowler added a new title to her resume: TV producer. After being invited to Savannah, Georgia, for the filming of a new Amazon Studios pilot, Fowler watched as Christina Ricci and a cast of supporting actors played out scenes inspired by Fowler’s latest book, “Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald.” Amazon has since ordered a full season of “Z: The Beginning of Everything,” a bio-series based on Fowler’s 2013 New York Times bestseller.
John D. Hall Sets the Stage for the Miami City Ballet
This month, the Miami City Ballet will perform the Shakespeare classic, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Communication alumnus John D. Hall won’t be on stage, but his work as the ballet’s production and lighting director will play a central role.
Alum Makes His Mark in Sports, Fashion and Pop Culture Branding
During his days as a student at NC State, Patrick Joyce (Poli Sci '98) spent hours under the guidance of track coach Rollie Geiger, learning lessons on running, leadership and life. He continues to apply those lessons as director of licensing and brand development for IMG, which represents some of the world’s biggest sports figures, fashion icons, companies and events.