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Caldwells on the Road

Since summer began we’ve heard from Caldwells travelling to six of the continents – Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North and South America are all hosting our students. We haven’t heard from anyone in Antarctica yet. In addition we have some wonderful Caldwells on campus busy with Summer Sessions. We’ve set the first Caldwell dinner seminar for Sunday, August 23 from 5-7pm in the Talley Ballroom. We can’t wait to hear your stories!

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Vecinos at Mexican Consulate

Caldwell Fellows Summer: Vecinos Program

Caldwell Fellows welcome 8 students from our partner University, UPAEP, in Puebla, Mexico for a month of Global Leadership Development . 8 Caldwells. 8 students from Mexico. 5 weeks. 2 countries. In the photo the entire group meets with the Mexican Consulate in Raleigh.


Full Vecinos group

Caldwell Fellows with their learning partners from Puebla, Mexico and Raleigh Councilwoman Kay Crowder. (Click on photo above to expand.)

And below at HQ Raleigh with NCSU alumni Jay Dawkins and Saul Flores (and HQ’s Allison Sutton, sister of alumn, Kate Sutton.)

Vecinos at HQ

Wilderness 2015

Wilderness 2015 is in the books

17 current Caldwell Fellows and 5 leaders returned yesterday from their nine day adventure in Southern Utah. We haven’t heard all of the stories yet, but to read about the past 30 years of Wilderness adventures, get “Pushing Boundaries” by Dr. Jerry Barker! The book is available for $20.00 on Amazon, Lulu Press and from Jerry Barker. If you’d like to learn more about obtaining your copy, contact

Wilderness 2015

Seniors 2015

Getting Ready for a Caldwell Summer!

With the academic year over the Caldwell Fellows celebrated the end of classes with a picnic on April 24th at Pullen Park, and honored the Class of 2015 with a Senior Recognition Breakfast on May 8th at J.C. Raulston Arboretum. On May 9th SATELLITE Camp begins with 54 students from high schools around NC visiting our campus and learning about STEM majors. Caldwells will service as camp counselors. On May 10th 20 Caldwells will embark on the annual Wilderness Experience – this year to southern Utah. Soon after another 10 will head to Mexico for Summer Session 1 and the Vecinos Program. Many more will begin internships, further studies and personal and professional self-development programs. The Caldwell office will be open all summer and we encourage our students to keep in touch, send postcards and come in when you are close to campus. We will be busy planning an exciting Fall semester.

Annie and Fatima

Shreye on Selection Day

Welcome the Class of 2018

Heartfelt thanks to the interviewers and all the volunteers who took part in Selection Day 2015. It is a difficult process and we deeply appreciate your time and expertise. Congratulations to all sixty semi-finalists who participated in the interviews. We are pleased to announce the Class of 2018 consisting of 26 new Fellows. Pictures and more information to come in the next few days!

Zach Allen

Andrew Arden

Cameron Bright

Hannah Broders

Kristin Caddick

Amanda Crawford

Sumner Dudick

Dania Farawi

Joseph Farley

Sam Fedeler

Eryn Feeney

Jess Hansen

Laura Hebard

Akshatha Kiran

Sam Linville

Daniel Marulanda

Adora Nsonwu

Shrikar Nunna

Kaitlin Perkins

Ashley Rabuck

Kyle Rogers

Kelsey Shevlin

Zach Small

Kevin Smartt

Abel Walker

Kelsey WardAnnie and FatimaKimani and Tyler SD15

Sept 2014 dinner

Caldwell dinner November 23

Our next Caldwell Fellows dinner seminar, continuing the theme of The Heart of the Matter, is set for Sunday, November 23! Check your newsletter for details. For this dinner we will be hosting faculty invited by the Caldwell students to share in our discussions.

Sept 2014 dinner

Caswell and Andi close the shack

Thanks to all who donated to Shack-a-thon!

Caswell and Andi close the shack

NC State’s effort to raise money for Habitat for Humanity of Wake County was a great success going many $1000’s over the goal of $37,500. The Caldwell Fellows team contributed over $5800.00 of that coming in third place. For over 15 years Shack-a-thon has been an annual tradition with the Caldwell Fellows and earning a spot in the top third of fundraisers over all. This year the fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity of Wake County took over over the NC State brickyard from September 21-27. Current Caldwell students, families and alumni helped construct the Caldwell shack on Sunday, September 21 and Fellows lived in it all week selling raffle tickets and raising awareness about the need for safe homes for Wake County residents. Thanks to all who contributed money, time, skill and energy to promote this great cause!

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Caldwells in Ethiopia

Caldwells in Ethiopia

Seven current Caldwells, one alumn, one Caldwell staffer, and one NC State Music professor spent all or part of Summer Session 2 in Ethiopia. The Caldwell students collaborated with Cherokee Gives Back (based in Raleigh and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) and their local Addis partners, and worked in various capacities in Addis Ababa for three weeks while also absorbing the culture of this beautiful country. After their work in Addis concluded the session continued with an eight day journey through northern Ethiopia, visiting amazing geographical and architectural wonders. Vistas that rival the Alps and the Grand Canyon and Niagara Falls, some of the oldest churches, castles and monasteries in the world, fascinating cultural traditions, and warm and welcoming people made this an incredibly rich experience for all the participants. The travelers were Matt Anderson, Megan Broders, Daniel Buchenberger, Jillian Hendryx, Jen Murphy, Hannah Osborne, Rajan Singh, Shelley Smith, Jonathan Kramer and Liz Holt. 

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