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Caldwells in Mexico

Caldwells in Guanajuato and Pozos

For our second summer abroad program in 2016 seven Caldwell Fellows, along with Director, Janice Odom, and Melissa Edwards Smith from Global Training Initiative at NC State, are immersed in the rich and vibrant culture of Mexico and the beautiful colonial-era city of Guanajuato, Mexico.  Declared a UNESCO world heritage site, it is one of the most picturesque cities in Mexico. The students are spending the first three days in the historic center absorbed in the acclaimed architecture, food, music, art and dance. On July 8 they move to the small town of Minerale de Pozos to experience homestays with families in Pozos who help draw their livelihood from the hospitality they provide to the guests to their community. While living with local families the students will also engage in hands-on work toward the ongoing project of bringing the infrastructure for water supply to homes in the community of Pozos.  This effort is a project of the International Water Security Network

Guanajuato Tour


Tenth Annual Caldwell Gala

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

The CF arrivalThe current Caldwell Fellows as they arrived on the Gala bus.

Photo by John Joyner

CaldwellGala2016-71Let’s dance.


In Memoriam: Dr. Burton Beers, Sr.

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.


Stone soup group

Service Learning

On November 12 over three dozen Caldwells and Dr. Odom helped to host Stone Soup, a benefit for Urban Ministries, held in Talley Student Center. The event included a “soup cook-off” and pottery sale drawing in hundreds. Urban Ministries is an interfaith organization that strives to alleviate the effects of poverty in Wake County by meeting people’s basic needs for food, shelter and healthcare, providing services that promote self-sufficiency, and building awareness of the issues of poverty within the larger community. One of our six sophomore class service learning teams is partnering with Urban Ministries this semester, and along with them over half of the current Caldwell Fellows assisted as volunteers for the successful event. Many of them are pictured here.

Selection fun 2015

Caldwell Selection Day

On Saturday, February 21 sixty semi-finalists were interviewed for the Caldwell Class of 2018. We congratulate these students who participated in the day-long event and will be announcing finalists later this week:

Serene Ahmad
Muhammad Ali
Zach Allen
Victoria Amaral
Andrew Arden
Brendan Boyle
Cameron Bright
Hannah Broders
Andrew Burns
Kristin Caddick
Amanda Crawford
Kelsey Downs
Sumner Dudick
Michaela Fallon
Dania Farawi
Joseph Farley
Sam Fedeler
Eryn Feeney
Iman Fisher
Kaanchee Gandhi
Jerry Gonzales
Henry Gregory
Alex Grobman
Farah Hamouda
Jess Hansen
Laura Hebard
Sierra Holderman
Lainey Indermaur
Akshatha Kiran
Veronica Lavelle
Sam Linville
David Marsh
Daniel Marulanda
Catie Mason
Ridge Mazingo
Will Mayo
Tracie Miner
Adora Nsonwu
Shrikar Nunna
Kristine Ongchuan
Samantha Pace
Kaitlin Perkins
Prayag Pershad
Ashley Rabuck
Molly Riddick
Kyle Rogers
Chloe Shevlin
Kelsey Shevlin
Zachary Small
Kevin Smartt
Haleigh Spangler
Emily Sugg
Ben Sword
Mary Katharine Valchar
Abel Walker
Kelsey Ward
Karl Widney
Jackson Williams
Olivia Williams
Eleanor Ting-Yu

Class of 2016 Retreat Fall 14

Class of 2016 Junior Retreat

The Junior Class (Caldwell class of 2016) reconnected for a September weekend at Aqueduct Retreat Center. There was time for work on personal statements and resumes and reviewing strengths and goals, and time for enjoying musical talents of current Caldwell and visiting alumni, who came to share not only their experiences since graduating, but some tunes as well!

Music 2 at retreatMusic at retreat