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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. 

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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



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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!

Justin LeBlanc, Jared Milrad, and Vansana Nolintha, along with other Caldwell Alumni (Jaclynn Szwagiel, Emilea Burton, Tony Caravano)

A Caldwell State of Mind

As the 2013-2014 year drew to a close, we gathered for a final group dinner seminar at the end of March. We hosted a panel of three Caldwell Alumni who had taken the spirit and ethos of the Caldwell Program, and John T. Caldwell himself, beyond their time at NC State. Many more Caldwell alumni were present to share their experiences with the new class of Caldwells (2017) and the current classes of 2014, ’15 and ’16.

Justin LeBlanc, Jared Milrad, and Vansana Nolintha have been working on projects that have embodied the impact that the Caldwell Program encourages. Continue reading

Team 2 2013 Wildernss

Watch the Wilderness video!

Last month we welcomed back both teams of Wilderness adventurers! Team 2 consisted of Kimani Hall, Amanda Marshall, Hillary Spangler, Cam White, Jessica Neville, Andelica Gonzales, DT Oliver, Jenna Pye, and three leaders including Jerry Barker, Brian Ingram and Paul Mobley. Wilderness Team #1 members (pictured except for those who went on to other destinations) were Lydia Allen, Ann Margaret Dietrich, Thomas Harris, John Mitchell, Kaitlyn Oppenheim, Will Pfitzner, Julia Rao, Rajan Singh, Brian Schuster, Alan Sheridan, and team leaders, Ethan Lineberger and Robert Horner. All reported an amazing experience in the Sierra Nevadas and something they will long remember. They tackled many days of hiking, climbing, cooking, eating and sleeping out of doors in high altitudes and below freezing temps at night. Team members transitioned straight into summer school, study abroad and work. Ann Margaret, Alan and Brian from Team 1 were Class of 2013 graduates and all are moving or have already moved out of state to start careers in Tennessee, California and Michigan respectively. Team 2 graduates Hillary Spangler, Cam White and Jessica Neville are starting advanced degrees and service work.

Watch a 3 minute video by Jerry Barker!

Wilderness Team #1 returns



Congratulations to Alan Sheridan and Neil Shah, award winners.

Four North Carolina State University engineering students received Outstanding Senior Awards at the 2013 College of Engineering Annual Awards Banquet on May 8. Two are Caldwell Fellows!

With award category and major:

Leadership – Alan Sheridan, Computer Science
Scholarly Achievement – Neil Shah, Computer Science
The awards are presented each year to outstanding seniors who are nominated by their academic departments.

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Congratulations Class of 2013

Congratulations to the Caldwell Fellows class of 2013. We will recognize the seniors at a luncheon at the NC State Arboretum on Friday May 10. Immediately after graduation many of the seniors will embark on one of two Wilderness trips this year to the Sierra Nevada mountains and/or help facilitate the SATELLITE Camp right here on NC State campus. The annual camp introduces fifty high school students from around NC to majors and career options in Science and Technology.

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Two Caldwell Fellows Scholars have received graduate research fellowships from the National Science Foundation. Brinda Monian, is a chemical engineering and biochemistry major, a Goldwater Scholar and a member of the University Honors Program. Neil Shah is a computer science major and a member of the University Honors Program. (Brinda is pictured lower right, Neil in middle).

And Brian Schuster (pictured on left) was recognized in the New Faces of Engineering – College Edition. Brian is using his engineering skills to advance renewable fuel production and develop a versatile sole technology for outdoor and military footwear.


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Announcing the Class of 2016

Twenty-five outstanding NC State freshmen have joined the Caldwell Fellows as the Class of 2016. They will be greeted by current fellows at a welcome reception this Friday evening. Learn more about them here.


Matt Anderson

Matthew Anderson is from Asheville, NC and attended Asheville High School. Matt is majoring in Economics with a minor in Math.



Jocelyn Barahona

Jocelyn Barahona is from Durham, NC and attended Durham School of the Arts. Jocelyn is majoring in Architecture.



Megan Broders

Megan Broders is from Wake Forest, NC and attended Wake Forest Rolesville High School. Megan is majoring in Polymer & Color Chemistry and Textile Engineering.



Marc Celestini

Marc Celestini is from Toronto, Ontario, Canada and attended Cardinal Gibbons High School. Marc is majoring in Computer and Electrical Engineering with a minor in Spanish.


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Kevin Eguiluz Hernandez

Kevin Eguiluz Hernandez is from Cary, NC and attended Apex High School. Kevin is majoring in Chemical Engineering and Economics.



Bethany Faulkner

Bethany Faulkner is from Indian Trail, NC and attended Union Academy Charter. Bethany is majoring in Graphic Design.



Graham Freels

Graham Freels is from Rutherfordton, NC and attended RS Central High School. Graham is majoring in Aerospace Engineering and Material Science and Engineering.



Thomas Harris

Thomas Harris is from Greensboro, NC and attended Northwest Guilford High School. Thomas is majoring in Forestry.



Molly Hass

Molly Hass is from Raleigh, NC and attended William G. Enloe High School. Molly is majoring in Food Science with a minor in Spanish.



Will Holland

William Holland is from Winston Salem, NC and attended Mount Tabor High School. Will is majoring in Chemical Engineering and Economics.



Josiah Keilson

Josiah Keilson is from Cary, NC and attended Cary Christian High School. Josiah is majoring in Management with a minor in Art and Design.



Sean Kramer

Sean Kramer is from Kinston, NC and attended North Lenoir High. Sean is majoring in Computer Science and Philosophy.



Sam Loomis

Samuel Loomis is from Cary, NC and attended Cary High School. Sam is majoring in Physics and Math with a minor in Cognitive Science and Theatre.



Halle Mangrum

Halle Mangrum is from Greensboro, NC and attended Northwest Guilford. Halle is majoring in English with a minor in Spanish.



Meredith Martin

Meredith Martin is from Norwood, NC and attended South Stanly High School. Meredith is majoring in Elementary Education.



Ravyn Njagu

Ravyn Njagu is from Graham, NC and attended North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. Ravyn is majoring in Biological Sciences.



Dan Oliver

Dan Oliver is from Drexel, NC and attended Freedom High School. Dan is majoring in Statistics with a minor in Economics.



Will Pfitzner

Will Pfitzner is from Mount Airy, NC and attended Mount Airy High School. Will is majoring in Biomedical Engineering.



Julia Rao

Julia Rao is from Chapel Hill, NC and attended Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill. Julia is majoring in Mechanical Engineering.



Erin Roberts

Erin Roberts is from Arden, NC and attended TC Roberson High School. Erin is majoring in Textile Technology – Fashion and Textile Design.



Shrey Satpathy

Shrey Satpathy is from New Delhi, India. Shrey is majoring in Nuclear Engineering and Physics.



Rajan Singh

Rajan Singh is from Summerfield, NC and attended Caldwell Academy. Rajan is in First Year College.



Tianna Soto

Tianna Soto is from Apex, NC and attended Apex High School. Tianna is majoring in Psychology and Spanish Language and Literature with a minor in International Studies.



Brooke Wilner

Brooke Wilner is from Kinston, NC and attended The Epiphany School. Brooke is majoring in Aerospace Engineering and Philosophy with a minor in Classical Studies.



Annie Wilt

Annie Wilt is from Jacksonville, FL and attended Paxon School for Advanced Studies. Annie is majoring in Polymer & Color Chemistry with a minor in Textile Engineering.



Shealynn Womble

Shealynn Womble is from Charlotte, NC and attended Mallard Creek High School. Shealynn is majoring in Middle Grades / Language Arts & Social Studies Concentration.