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Reunion of Caldwell Mexico trip alumni

Since 2008 an annual service-learning trip to Mexico over spring or summer breaks has been a rich part of the Caldwell Fellows program.

From Puebla, to Atencingo and now to Guanajuato and Pozos, we have lived and worked in the communities of family members of our Fellows and with exemplary leaders in the work of serving and empowering others.

Eighty + Caldwell alumni have been on a cross-cultural learning experience to Mexico and this July we send another ten.

All Mexico Program Alumni are invited to join this year’s class of Mexico program fellows for an evening of celebration, reunion and sending forth of this year’s class of ten Fellows at the beginning of their Mexico program experience.

Sunday evening

July 9th, 5:30pm

Mitch’s Tavern, 2426 Hillsborough St, Raleigh

We promise a spirited evening of Mexican cuisine and shared reflection on the impact of your Mexico experience in your life today.

Register now! www.alumni.ncsu.edu/CaldwellMexicoTrip

THINK BIG Visioning Event June 8

Bill ’87 and Melinda ’88 Nussey invite you to join
Caldwell Fellows Director Janice Odom,
Director Emeritus Gerald Hawkins
and Triangle-area Caldwell alumni and friends for….THINK BIG
Strategic Visioning Workshop
Designed to look back at the program’s first 50 years and explore the possibilities for the next 50 years as we seek to lay the groundwork for future Caldwell Fellows at NC State. 

Thursday, June 8
5:30 p.m. Arrival | 6 – 8 p.m. Workshop

The J.C. Raulston Arboretum
Ruby McSwain Educational Center
4415 Beryl Road | Raleigh

Registration is required by June 5 | Space is limited
$20 per person | Includes dinner and drinks |
Business casual attire

Questions? Contact Janice Odom, Director of the Caldwell Fellows, at janice_odom@ncsu.edu, or Jenny Royer, Director of Development, at jennyroyer@ncsu.edu

Caldwell Application is now closed

Update: the application is now closed. Good luck to the applicants!

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The Caldwell Fellows Application is open to class of 2020 applicants. Please see the ‘Apply’ page of our website.

The Caldwell Fellows of N.C. State University is a community that “strives to be good people doing good in the world.” Our dedication to servanthood, leadership, personal and communal growth inspires us to positively impact the world around us. The annual scholarship is comprised of two parts, allowing Fellows to focus on both academic excellence and personal growth. If you are in your first full year at N.C. State, are a full time student, have at least a 3.25 GPA, and strive to grow and make a difference in the world you belong with us. For more information, visit our apply page which includes criteria, FAQ’s, a short video and the link to the application.

Caldwells Finish First in Shack-a-thon

Donations toward our shack were accepted until October 3 and put us at #1 status for fundraising with $7993.00 raised! Go to this link to see the results of this wonderful effort to provide homes in Raleigh for 11 families (the NC State Build-a-block campaign.)

Watch a time lapse video by Caldwell Fellow, Jacob Sebastian, of the construction of the shack. 

Here’s what happens when the candidates for the biggest job in the land debate about a very important local subject!

shack-2016-pic1Sunday, September 18 began several weeks of fundraising for a worthy cause – building a block of Habitat homes in Raleigh! This effort is coordinated by NC State. 40 teams built shacks on Sunday, and lived in them Monday through Friday of that week 24/7 to raise funds and awareness. The Caldwell Fellows have always been in the top three in fundraising and #1 in 2016.

Citizenship

CITIZENSHIP:   The word evokes a wide range of feelings and images.

 

What does it mean to us?  A community with the privilege of higher education.  A diverse community in the US, a part of the global community of 2016.  A community of thoughtful people, discerning our ethical base within a major election year.  Individuals within a democracy.

 

Where we go with our program theme this year will depend on what you bring to the table.  Our dinner team has already been at work, musing how to structure experiences that will evoke our expanded and deepened perspective. They have already teased our thought with the theme launch video at dinner last Sunday and with copies now in hand for us all of the US Constitution.

 

Your involvement  and honest perspective is urged.

Such is the work of democracy.  Let’s live it out, shall we..?

 

Make note, if you haven’t already, of fall dinner dates; all are Sundays in Talley.

Sept 18  Special time – 6:00 – 8:00pm;

October 23 and November 20 both 5-7pm.

Interested, alumni? Let us know a week ahead of the dinner so we can include you!

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 www.watersecuritynetwork.org/research/transboundary-water-security/

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

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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.

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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.