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.
Alumna’s Bee Downtown Goes to Ghana
Leigh-Kathryn Bonner is bringing her "beesness" to Ghana to empower women and promote sustainability.
Student’s Startup Helps Teens Tap into Creative Gifts
Over the last four years, Nate Myers has trained high school students in photography, videography and music production at the Boys and Girls Club of Wake County afterschool program. Working with teens largely from low-income households, Myers mentored students through multimedia projects with themes often promoting social change. Now, through his startup — the Malkuta Project — Myers is expanding the afterschool model to the broader community.
Student Startups Win Awards at eGames
Two startups founded by Humanities and Social Sciences students took home awards Thursday at the 2016 Lulu eGames at NC State's Talley Student Union.
Creating a Buzz on and off Campus
Senior Leigh-Kathryn Bonner created quite a buzz with the nonprofit she founded - literally. Bonner’s organization Bee Downtown has over 120,000 bees in various observation hives and has recently partnered with Burt’s Bees to open the state’s largest observation hive at Durham's American Tobacco Campus.
English alum’s many hats: chef, TV star, commencement speaker
Chef, restaurateur, TV star and NC State English alum Vivian Howard served up a great speech during NC State's winter graduation ceremonies.
From Wolfpack Red to Blue Man Group Blue
Brian Tavener (Communication, ‘04) did something very unusual for an NC State alumnus: he turned blue. Tavener, a former Park Scholar, has been a member of the Blue Man Group, an international spectacle in which the performers dress in bald caps, blue-black costumes and makeup, for more than six years. Blue Man Group performances are regularly seen across the country and around the world.
NC State Students Bring Nonprofit’s Work to Life
Two Communication students volunteered their skills and talents to a local nonprofit. Zach Swann and Cameron McCarty have created a video to help PLM Families Together tell the story of moving families from homelessness to places of stability and hope.
MSW Alum Raises Awareness of Birth Defects
Kayte Thomas (MSW 2013) is a recent graduate of the master's of social work program. In addition to being a mother, she is also a national award-winning advocate and a published researcher on the education and prevention of birth defects.
COM Grad Gives Student Commencement Address
Communication major Jessica Ekstrom delivered an inspired and moving student address during NC State University's spring 2013 commencement exercises.