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Book group

Next Caldwell Summer Bookclub Meeting Aug 5

From Neel Mandavilli and the Caldwell Summer Book Club team:

The Caldwell Summer book club invites you to join us in reading our final book for the summer, Abraham Verghese’s Cutting for Stone.
We will be meeting August 5, at 6:00pm in D.H. Hill Library’s Presentation Practice room to discuss the book. The discussion will be followed by a casual dinner at Mitch’s Tavern on Hillsborough street at 7:30pm.
We request the pleasure of your company on this occasion to share enjoyable time amongst current fellows and fellow alumni. If you cannot physically attend the discussion, feel free to email your thoughts on the book to, to be shared during the discussion.
Neel Mandavilli
Caldwell Class of 2015



Jr Retreat

Wolfpack Welcome Week

Visit with current Caldwell Fellows and the Program Director, Janice Odom, during Wolfpack Welcome Week! We will host an information session on Tuesday, August 19 from 11:00am-12:00pm in Witherspoon Student Center Room 201. Hear about this unique program available only to first year students at NC State, learn how to apply, and most important – ask us questions!


An unlikely teacher

Read about Caldwell alumn, Patrick White, in this story from the NC State Alumni Blog.


Growing up in Greenville, N.C., Patrick White was struck by how hard his mom worked as a middle school science teacher. So when he went off to study chemistry and math at NC State, he had no interest in teaching as a possible career.

“I thought the last thing I would do was be a teacher,” he says. Read more

Justin sews

Caldwell Alumn: Project Runway Grand Finale

We are so proud of our Caldwell alum, Justin LeBlanc, who made it to New York Fashion Week and the Grand Finale of Project Runway on October 17th! Read the story in the NC State Alumni Blog!

Our amazing Justin LeBlanc, Caldwell class of 2008, was on Project Runway which began Thursday, July 18 at 9pm on Lifetime. Justin is now on the faculty at the NC State College of Design. He is pictured at left on a study abroad trip during his time as a Caldwell student. Read more and see more pictures on the NC State Alumni blog! And in the NC State Bulletin. And the News and Observer!

Justin LeBlanc Caldwell Class of 2008

Shack Last shift

October 5 is the last day to donate toward Caldwell Fellows Team Shack!

The shacks are down but it’s not too late to donate. The Caldwell Fellows Team has been toggling between 1st and 2nd place this week. Our position is not secure. Donations can be made until October 5 so please help keep us on top! If you haven’t made your donation yet – do it now! Thank you!!

Donate today!

Build day on Sunday was fun and attended by current Fellows, alumni of the program and Caldwell families! Here’s a video just for fun. Since the inception of Shack-a-Thon, Caldwells have consistently placed in the top three for organizations raising the most funds for Habitat for Humanity. The competition has become more fierce as Colleges have gotten involved with their own shacks.

Please make an online donation to Habitat that will be credited to the Caldwell shack. Here is the donation link! Thank you!

Shack in mannedRyan at Shack

Wolfpack Welcome Week!

Caldwell Fellows Information Session! Incoming Freshman can learn about the opportunity to become a Caldwell Fellow, NC State’s only scholarship and leadership development program to which you can apply after admission to NC State. Attend the information session at Titmus Theater in Thompson Hall from 11:00am-12:00pm on Tuesday, August 20. The director of the Caldwell Program and current Fellows will be there to give an overview of the program and the application guidelines.

Book group

Tues. Aug. 13 Last meeting Caldwell Community Summer Book Club!

The Last meeting is set for Tuesday, August 13 – Citizenship Papers/ Location: Presentation Practice Room at D.H. Hill Library (located on the first floor in the Learning Commons) at 6 pm. Then at 7:30 continue the conversation at Mitch’s tavern on Hillsborough St. All welcome even if you have not read the book!

An invitation for Caldwell Fellows and alumni:
The Caldwell summer reading group is in full swing but it’s not too late to join the fun! Three readings were selected…all connected to the theme “Doing Okay, in Light of Things Not Always Going Well” (following our ‘Doing Better at Doing Good’ theme of the last academic year).

The readings include a novel, a book of essays, and a personal life account with reflections.

Here are the rules of the group
1. You can read any or all of the books.
2. You can come to the gathering, whether or not you have read all of the
3. You can read the books, no matter where you are…a nice way to ‘connect’ with the community. Send us an email sharing your thoughts even if you can’t come to the meeting.
Here are the books.

- Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail – Cheryl Strayed
- The Elegance of the Hedgehog - Muriel Barbery
- Citizenship Papers - Wendell Berry (the topic for August 13)

Wherever your summer takes you, we invite you join our community in this shared learning experience. Literature knows no physical boundary.

Sincerely Yours,
The Caldwell Summer Book Club Steering Committee (Neel Mandavelli, Jake Thompson, Cam White, Megan Chesser, Sam Dennis, Janice Odom)