Twenty-five outstanding N.C. State freshmen have been named the Caldwell Fellows Class of 2019. These exceptional students were selected on the basis of their outstanding character, leadership potential, scholarship and their dedication to service.
Update: the 10th annual Caldwell Fellows Gala on Saturday evening, February 20, at CAM Raleigh was amazing. With well over 250 guests it was the biggest and best ever.
Ten years ago a feisty and determined team of Caldwell Fellows imagined a Benefit Gala to celebrate the Caldwell Community and to draw our common attention to a cause outside ourselves. And then they did it. The Caldwell Gala has since become a beloved tradition, sometimes formal, sometimes less-so, but always a ‘Fellowbration.’ In the spirit of that original event, we return this year to a ‘dress-up’ (black-tie preferred) occasion.
In addition to the important work of reconnecting with the mission and rich relationships of our Caldwell community, this year’s evening will benefit Habitat for Humanity. All contributions above the ticket cost will go directly to the Caldwell 2016 Shackathon fund which will support the NC State commitment to build a block of 11 homes in southeast Raleigh. The Caldwell Fellows Alumni Community anticipate working closely with our current Fellows in hands-on work to raise the funds . . . and the frames, of these homes. Receipts for the donation portion of the ticket will be provided by Habitat soon after the Gala.
What to Expect:
6:30 – 7:30 pm
The evening will launch with a champagne reception especially for alumni and friends of the program with event hosts, Chancellor and Susan Woodson, Jim and Barbara Goodmon and Vansana Nolintha.
7:30 – 9:00pm
Current Fellows will arrive at 7:30 pm (a ‘Gala Bus’ will bring them from campus) and a buffet of heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served, prepared by Bida Manda, owned by our own Caldwell alumn, Vansana Nolintha. We will enjoy music and creative opportunities for interacting with memories and impact stories of the program. There will be areas designated by decades of the program to help connecting with classmates and friends and make life easier for those of us who prefer a smaller group within a big event. (We honor all MBTI types here!) Wine and beer will be available at cash bar.
8:15 – 8:30pm
A short program will highlight our goals for support of Habitat and share some exciting news about our program.
8:30 – 10:30pm
Enjoy time with Fellows and as the evening unfolds, a menu of music will offer inspiration to those inclined to dance, a progression from mellow to lively.
It is rumored that some Caldwell talent will emerge as the evening progresses. There are always creative surprises in store.
Photo by Jillian Clark Photography
Photo by John Joyner
Update: Congratulations to the finalists who were interviewed during Selection Day on February 20. We had many wonderful applicants and we applaud each one for their involvement in the NC State community and their interest in the Caldwell program ideals. The following sixty students (listed with their College designations) exhibited through their essays and videos that they have a passion for servant leadership, academic excellence, and “thinking big.” We enjoyed meeting them on Selection Day. The 25 new members of the class of 2019 will be announced on Thursday, February 25.
|Peyton Anderson||Humanities and Social Sciences/Management|
|Rebekah Barker||Humanities and Social Sciences|
|Leah Block||First Year College|
|Kasey Boger||Agriculture & Life Sciences|
|Carl Colglazier||Humanities and Social Sciences/Engineering|
|Abrielle Cozart||Humanities and Social Sciences|
|Sarah Gundy||First Year College|
|Madison Hendrick||Humanities and Social Sciences|
|Nathaniel Laughner||Agriculture & Life Sciences|
|Lindsay Leonard||Engineering/Natural Resources|
|Amith Mandavilli||Agriculture & Life Sciences|
|James Maxwell||Natural Resources|
|Michael Parisher||Agriculture & Life Sciences|
|Jacob Sebastian||Humanities and Social Sciences/Engineering|
|Patrick Seebold||Natural Resources|
|Jaclyn Shor||First Year College|
|Sidney Smith||Agriculture & Life Sciences|
|Katherine Stubbs||Natural Resources|
|John Taylor Willis||Humanities and Social Sciences/Management|
|Mary Clarke Worthington||Humanities and Social Sciences/Sciences|
|Olivia Zalecki||Humanities and Social Sciences/Management|
We are pleased to share the following article featuring NC State University Board of Trustees Chair, Jim Owens. We are grateful for his generosity and belief in the Caldwell Fellows.
“Owens has been generous to many NC State programs over several decades through outright and planned giving. His recent investments include endowing a Caldwell Fellows scholarship in honor, Jim said, of John Caldwell, NC State’s chancellor during his time as a student, and in recognition of the Caldwell program’s inspiring community service and international outlook.”
For the complete article:
Our long time friend and supporter of the Caldwell Fellows program, Dr. Burton F. Beers, Sr., passed away on January 30. He was a passionate educator and led a full and fascinating life. Many of our Caldwell alumni as well as a current Caldwell Fellow have been funded by his endowment. He maintained correspondence with them over the years. You may read more about Dr. Beers here. He will be missed.