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Return from the Wilderness

Twenty-three Caldwell Fellows students and seven leaders (six Caldwell alumni and Jerry Barker) returned Sunday and Monday from trips to the Lost Coast of northern California and the western portion of the Mountain-to-Sea Trail in North Carolina. Two teams of 8 plus 5 leaders tackled west coast sand and water, while a team of 7 and 2 leaders in NC ascended and descended their mountainous trail. Challenges, both mental and physical, and plenty of fun were experienced by all. The CA group brought an actual buoy signed by all back to the Caldwell office as a souvenir! Check the Caldwell Fellows Facebook page for more stories. As soon as the Wilderness groups returned Dr. Janice Odom and eight Caldwells and two of our Caldwell coaches left for Spain for three weeks on the Camino de Santiago de Campostelo.

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Class of 2016 crop

Congratulations, Class of 2016!

On Friday morning, May 6, the Caldwell Fellows Class of 2016 was recognized for their completion of the program at a breakfast at the McKimmon Center attended by their families, special guests and endowers. They shared plans for summer trips, research and internships, graduate school, full-time jobs and fifth years at NC State. Even though they have officially graduated from the Caldwell Fellows three-and-a-half year program, we look forward to welcoming them back again and again as Caldwell Fellows alumni.

Matthew Anderson
Jocelyn Barahona
Megan Broders
Marc Celestini
Bethany Faulkner
Graham Freels
Thomas Harris
Molly Hass
Kevin Eguiluz Hernandez
William Holland
Josiah Keilson
Sean Kramer
Samuel Loomis
Halle Mangrum
Meredith Martin
Ravyn Njagu
William Pfitzner
Dan Thomas Oliver
Julia Rao
Erin Roberts
Shrey Satpathy
Rajan Singh
Tianna Soto
Brooke Wilner
Annie Wilt
Shealynn Womble

20th Anniversary of SATELLITE Camp

SATELLITE (Science and Technology Enriching Lifelong Leadership in Tomorrow’s Endeavors) is a non-profit organization run by students from NC State, and is an initiative of the Caldwell Fellows. It is designed to introduce students from rural North Carolina high schools to science and technology related educational and career paths through a five-day retreat on the NC State campus each May. Approximately fifty high school sophomores experience a wide array of demonstrations, lectures, and hands-on laboratory experiments with the assistance of professors and currently enrolled students from across NC State’s campus.

Calling all past SATELLITE Co-Directors and Counselors! 2016 is SATELLITE’s 20th year of hosting high school students from North Carolina!  As part of the program goals SATELLITE wants to reconnect with past SATELLITE volunteers. Please complete this form to subscribe to annual updates about the program!  

Also, to celebrate an amazing 20 years past volunteers will be invited to attend the SATELLITE Camp Banquet on Tuesday, May 10. Invitations will be emailed to anyone who completes the google form. 

You can reach SATELLITE Co-Directors Jacob Lineberry and Kevin Kauffman at with any comments or questions. 

Class of 2019 to be announced Thursday

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.

Chelsea Abad Engineering
Emmanuel Amu Engineering
Peyton Anderson Humanities and Social Sciences/Management
Hussain Arif Engineering
Rebekah Barker Humanities and Social Sciences
David Batson Engineering
Leah Block First Year College
Charles Blum Engineering
Kasey Boger Agriculture & Life Sciences
James Cahoon Engineering
Emily Carberry Engineering
Carl Colglazier Humanities and Social Sciences/Engineering
Abrielle Cozart Humanities and Social Sciences
Zachary Crawford Engineering
Sarah Dawod Sciences
Susan Donaldson Engineering
Seth Ellington Education/Management
Andrew Escobar Engineering
Ethan-Cole Evans Engineering/CHASS
RaeDiance Fuller Engineering
Sarah Gundy First Year College
Ulises Gutierrez Engineering
Madison Hendrick Humanities and Social Sciences
Rhett Hissam Design
Noah Johnson Engineering
Isabelle Keim Sciences/CHASS
Nikki Knapp Design
Jacob Krzyzewski Engineering
Nathaniel Laughner Agriculture & Life Sciences
Thu Le Engineering
Lindsay Leonard Engineering/Natural Resources
Kristen Lovell Engineering
Amith Mandavilli Agriculture & Life Sciences
Fara Marin Sciences
James Maxwell Natural Resources
Tony Menachery Management
Nikole Miller Education
Tiffany Moore Engineering/CHASS
Chelsea Nagy Engineering/CHASS
Michael Parisher Agriculture & Life Sciences
Robert Prince Engineering
William Reese Sciences
Caitlin Rogers Engineering
Samantha Saunders Textiles
Bradley Schmidt Engineering
Jacob Sebastian Humanities and Social Sciences/Engineering
Patrick Seebold Natural Resources
Jeen Shaji Management
Jaclyn Shor First Year College
Sidney Smith Agriculture & Life Sciences
Amanda Speer Textiles
Katherine Stubbs Natural Resources
Meghana Subramaniam Engineering/Management
Leanh Ta Engineering
Michael Tran Engineering
Danielle Wheeler Engineering
John Taylor Willis Humanities and Social Sciences/Management
Mary Clarke Worthington Humanities and Social Sciences/Sciences
Mengyu Yuan Management
Olivia Zalecki Humanities and Social Sciences/Management

Shack sign 2015


Longstanding support and Leadership

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:


Caldwells in Boston 2015

Caldwells in Boston

17 Caldwell Fellows and Dr. Odom travelled to Boston last week for Fall Break learning and exploring. Visits to Harvard and MIT, historical sites and cultural events were the highlights. And joining the current Caldwells were over a dozen Caldwell Fellows alumni, some of whom hosted the group at their work sites including a morning at an elementary school observing and teaching (with Patrick White, alum, pictured), and a large architectural firm. Other alumni travelled from nearby cites and states to join in the fun.
The Caldwell students and alumni enjoyed dinner together at Harvard on Saturday night. A rich and meaningful time was had by all.

Habitat service learning team

Learn to Serve * Serve to Lead * Lead to Serve

The fall semester is an intense time for the sophomore class of Caldwell Fellows. All 26 sophomores are enrolled in the 3-credit Caldwell seminar on leadership. They delve deeply into the theory and practice of “servant leadership” and serve several hours per week on a service-learning team in the Raleigh community. These teams are the ‘lab’ experience where students practice and learn the hard work of making an impact: “leadership for social change.” Pictured above are the four members of the sophomore class, and their Teaching Assistant/Team leader, working on the 2015 Habitat for Humanity service learning team. Visiting a Habitat housing site in Raleigh are, from left, Laura Hebard, Dan Oliver (TA from Caldwell senior class), Jess Hansen, Kyle Rogers, and Sam Fedeler.

Shack sign 2015

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Successful Shack-a-thon 2015

Update: Shack-a-thon 2015 has ended and the Caldwell team raised over $5000 for Habitat!

Shack-a-thon is underway and the Caldwell Fellows are determined to raise a lofty goal of $10,000 for affordable housing. Please join us! Here is the link to donate today!

Since 1998 NC State students have contributed to housing Wake County community members through Habitat for Humanity with a unique effort called Shack-a-thon. Caldwell Fellows have been involved since the beginning and have placed 2nd or 3rd in this friendly competition each year.  This Fall 23 student groups will construct a temporary “shack” home on the NC State brickyard to raise awareness of the need for affordable housing in Wake County. Build day 2015 is Sunday, September 20. During the following week Fellows will man their shack 24 hours a day and continue to fundraise. The shacks will be “whacked” on Saturday morning, September 26th and all donations must be in by the following week to count for the contest.


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