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Caldwell Finalists Announced

Congratulations to the finalists who will move on to interviews 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 look forward to meeting them on Selection Day!

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


Tenth Annual Caldwell Gala

Register now!

Please join us for the tenth annual Caldwell Gala on Saturday evening, February 20, at CAM Raleigh 409 W. Martin St in downtown Raleigh. 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. Dust off your tux or suit and don your lovely evening wear, we’re having a party!

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.

Inspired? Here’s how to Attend the Gala:

Go to  for on-line ticket purchase.

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.

Fellowbration2015AlumniStudent price $25; Alumni Association members $40; all other $45. On February 14 the price for EVERYONE goes to $50 until registration closes February 18. No tickets sold at the door.


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

Tyrek raffle

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.


Tyrek raffle


The Greater Good

Sunday, August 23, 2015 –

First Fall 2015 dinner
The first Caldwell dinner of Fall semester. It was great to see everyone, catch up on summer adventures, and introduce the theme, events and projects for the new year!

Wolfpack Welcome Week

Welcome Wolfpack Freshman!

Two Wolfpack Welcome Week Caldwell Fellows information sessions this week brought out a great number of interested freshman. Thanks to the twenty plus current Fellows who were there to answer questions and tell about their experiences as Fellows! If you missed the sessions, look for other Caldwells right here on the Community page or visit our office in Pullen Hall!Wolfpack Welcome Week

Class of 2016 Retreat Fall 14

Wolfpack Welcome Week Freshman Information Sessions!

On Monday, August 17 at 10:00am-11:00am and 11:00am-12:00pm, during Wolfpack Welcome Week, the Caldwell Fellows will be in Witherspoon Student Center Room 201 to introduce you to an opportunity to develop your leadership potential and serve the local community. First year students are invited to apply in January for the Caldwell Fellows program. Talk to the director and current Fellows during two back to back sessions from 10:00am to noon.

Class of 2016 Retreat Fall 14