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Farewell Class of ’24

As we bid adieu to the class of 2024, read about what their plans are for post-college.

Class of 2024 at the Park Alumni Center on Centennial for the senior breakfast.

Throughout the last four years of academic and personal championship, the Caldwell  Fellows class of 2024 has finally crossed the finish line of their undergraduate studies, marking the beginning of their new lives outside of NC State University. We are proud to congratulate these graduating seniors on their accomplishments and perseverance, for triumphing the ups and downs of life, and for embodying the mission and vision of the Caldwell Fellows Program – to create the next generation of global-minded leaders. 

Many of our seniors participated in a Caldwell Fellows photoshoot to commemorate their time in the program and to create a final lasting memory with their fellow fellows. Meet them below!

Jake Parrott.

Jake Parrot

Jake graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. He is an exceptionally well-rounded individual who immersed himself in several aspects of campus life, from living in the Arts Village (an on-campus housing sector dedicated to young artists), to his involvement with the marching band group, NCSU Power Sound of the South. Jake’s commitment to his discipline and studies even led him to the honorable position of representing NCSU at an International competition for seismic design hosted by the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI). Jake gained a broad perspective and cultural enrichment through the support of our program by exploring Washington, DC with his peers, performing in England with the NCSU marching band, and even investing in a personal French horn. Jake will go on to work as a Bridge Designer at Gannett Fleming engineering firm in Raleigh NC, and he hopes this experience will help him align his energy to pursue a Masters Degree in Structural Engineering, through which he aims to further his impact on the field.

Lauren Mond.

Lauren Mond

Lauren graduated with a degree in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Integrative Physiology and Neurobiology! Throughout her undergraduate experience, she has developed and displayed her leadership-oriented personality, through experiences such as participation in the Campus Conversations Project, Hillel, and University Ambassadors. Her passion for healthcare even manifested in her role as a Teaching Assistant for the Open Door Clinic’s Service Learning Team, where she dedicated three years to making a tangible impact on the lives of others. Lauren strove to become the globally-minded member of our program that she is today, even embarking on a transformative journey to Croatia alongside another fellow, Divia, where she explored international healthcare practices and broadened her understanding of global health dynamics. These experiences, coupled with her academic achievements and community involvement have equipped Lauren with a robust foundation as she embarks on her next chapter: a gap year as an ophthalmic technician for North Carolina Retina Associates, while she simultaneously prepares for medical school.

Jameson Wolf.

Jameson Wolf 

Jameson graduated with two degrees, in both English rhetoric and Professional Writing. She brings a wealth of experience and a passion for community engagement to all of her endeavors, including her service as the editor-in-chief of Technician, the student newspaper, during her senior year. Jameson is an exceptional person who dedicated her time and efforts to fostering meaningful dialogues on campus, where she served as the co-director of the Campus Conversations Project for a year, even continuing to contribute through volunteer work even after her tenure. Through the support of this program, she was able to partake in fond experiences, including backpacking in the snow-covered landscapes of Washington state, and visiting the Center for Creative Leadership in NC. 

Now poised to embark on a new chapter in Boston, Jameson’s aspirations are twofold: to either engage in a service year, or delve into the world of publishing. Armed with a robust skill set and a deep-rooted commitment to making a positive impact, she is prepared to bring her unique perspective and unwavering dedication to whichever path she chooses.

Bhavana Veeravalli.

Bhavana Veeravalli

Bhavana graduated with a degree in Graphic and Experience Design, through which she developed the skills required for a lifelong creative career. Her impact extended far beyond the classroom, where she became deeply involved with The Movement Peer Educators, an organization dedicated to ending Intimate Partner Violence. Through peer education, community collaboration, and advocacy efforts, Bhavana worked tirelessly to create a safer environment on campus and in surrounding communities.

Within the program, her involvement with our SATELLITE program (our summer camp that serves to bring STEM education and insight to underprivileged youth) showcased her versatility and leadership capabilities. Starting as a counselor during the challenging times of the pandemic in 2021, Bhavana’s dedication shone through as she navigated through different roles. Progressing to co-director of operations in 2022 and eventually assuming the role of director of operations in the summer of 2023, she demonstrated remarkable growth and commitment to the program’s mission.

Among her cherished memories with the Caldwell Fellows, Bhavana fondly recalls her experiences working on SATELLITE and the joyous moments shared during the Caldwell Fellows Showcase. As her undergraduate journey is coming to an end, Bhavana eagerly anticipates one final adventure with her fellow Fellows: embarking on the Camino de Santiago. This last hurrah promises to be a fitting culmination of her transformative journey, marked by learning, leadership, and lasting friendships.

Evan Dadson.

Evan Dadson

Evan Dadson graduated with a degree in Statistics and Mathematics! His strength and perseverance brought him to this formidable pinnacle of academic achievement. Throughout his time at NC State University, Evan’s experiences within the Caldwell Fellows Program have profoundly shaped his outlook on life and his aspirations for the future. His academic pursuits were complemented by engaging in various leadership and service roles, including his work as a course collaboration leader for the Data Science Academy and a participant in undergraduate research.

Through the Caldwell Fellows program, Evan’s involvement in service-learning initiatives truly defined his college experience. Serving with the Habitat for Humanity team and embarking on transformative trips to Hoonah, Alaska, and Colorado, Evan gained invaluable insights into community partnership and the importance of listening to diverse perspectives. The Alternative Spring Break trip to Hoonah, Alaska holds a special place in Evan’s heart, as it allowed him to immerse himself in the culture of the Tlingit community and contribute to educational initiatives. These experiences have not only broadened Evan’s horizons but have also deepened his sense of empathy and understanding.

Now, Evan prepares to pursue a Ph.D. in Geospatial Analytics at NC State, and he looks forward to continuing his journey of growth and exploration. 

Divia Batish.

Divia Batish

Divia graduated with a degree in Human Biology and a minor in Global Health, through which she aims to develop her passion for public health and servant leadership. Both on campus and off, she displays stellar character and commitment to the values of the Caldwell Fellows. As a dedicated research assistant for the GenX Exposure study for over three years, Divia has honed her skills and deepened her understanding of health issues. 

Through our program, she was able to engage in a travel abroad experience,where she volunteered in a hospital in Croatia alongside another fellow. This experience helped her to deepen her understanding of global health issues and what it means to lead by serving, a fundamental pillar of our program. 

Yet, beyond academic and professional achievements, Divia treasures the relationships she has forged within the Caldwell Fellows community. Whether celebrating joyful moments or providing support during times of loss, the bonds formed with her peers are cherished memories that will endure for a lifetime. As she prepares to embark on the next chapter of her journey, Divia’s sights are set on Washington, D.C., where she plans to immerse herself in health policy work before pursuing a master’s degree in Public Health.

Brodie Smith.

Brodie Smith

Brodie graduated with two degrees, both bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and in Science, Technology, and Society. He has thrived during his time at NC State University, engaging in various roles and pursuits,such as serving as a Student Ambassador for the Alumni Association and a Director for SATELLITE Camp. 

A highlight of Brodie’s undergraduate years was embarking on a transformative Mayventure Trip across Portugal and Spain with the Caldwell Fellows. This immersive experience broadened his horizons and solidified his appreciation for diverse cultures and perspectives. Additionally, Brodie’s time at the Center for Creative Leadership further honed his leadership skills and equipped him with valuable insights for his future endeavors. Throughout his journey, the Caldwell Fellows Program has remained a cornerstone of support, enabling Brodie to explore his passions and develop meaningful connections.

Looking ahead, Brodie harbors a deep-seated desire to continue championing equitable educational access. While he aspires to contribute to this cause in various capacities, he is particularly drawn to the prospect of working for NC State in University Advancement. With his unwavering dedication and diverse experiences, Brodie is poised to make a meaningful impact on the university community and beyond.

Luke Caplice.

Luke Caplice

Luke graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, through which he hopes to further the field of renewable energy. Throughout his undergraduate experience, Luke immersed himself in several aspects of life, including working in power electronics research, working as a TA for the Caldwell Fellows Neighbor-to-Neighbor service project, starting a co-op with Duke Energy Renewables, leading a college ministry group, and avidly supporting NC State football.

Outside the classroom, Luke’s adventurous spirit has led him to explore the wilderness of the Bridger Teton National Forest with fellow Caldwell peers, forging lasting relationships and unforgettable memories.

Luke is a bright individual with an equally bright future who is poised to make great change in his discipline and the world at large. 

Kyle Denning

Kyle graduated with a degree in Business Administration, with a focus on Information Technology. His journey in the Caldwell Fellows program and NC State at large has been nothing short of transformative, shaping not only his academic and professional pursuits but also fostering lifelong friendships and a supportive community that he built along the way. From his role as a Videographer for NC State Football to serving as a class TA for the Caldwell Sophomore seminar, Kyle consistently showcased his dedication and commitment to excellence. Kyle’s involvement in intramural sports and participation in the Chancellor’s Leadership Development Program further underscore his multifaceted talents and leadership capabilities.

Through the support of the Caldwell Fellows Program, Kyle has had the opportunity to explore new horizons, visiting captivating destinations such as Wyoming, Washington DC, Boston, Portugal, and Spain. These experiences have helped foster a sense of global mindedness and depth that shines through his character even in his day-to-day living. 

As Kyle embarks on his professional journey as a Data Analyst for KPMG in Atlanta, he carries with him not only a robust skill set and academic achievements but also a profound sense of gratitude for the opportunities afforded to him by Caldwell Fellows. With a spirit of optimism and anticipation, he looks forward to embracing the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead while treasuring the memories made and the moments yet to come.

Zayne Perkins.

Zayne Perkins

Zayne graduated with a degree in Biological Oceanography with minors in Naval Science, Zoology, and Biological Sciences.Throughout his college journey, he has shone as an example of excellent character and dedication to hard work and service. 

Active engagement marked Zayne’s undergraduate years, from involvement in the Marine Science Club to serving as a midshipman in the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corp. Notably, his four-year commitment to the SATELLITE camp and participation in the Mayventure trip to Portugal and Spain in 2023 stand out as cherished memories within the Caldwell Fellows program.

With a commissioning as an officer in the U.S. Navy on the horizon, Zayne is poised to pursue a career in either aviation or oceanography, reflecting his passion for service and exploration. His journey exemplifies the transformative impact of community support and diverse experiences offered by the Caldwell Fellows program.

James Kurdi.

James Kurdi

James graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering, with a minor in Biotechnology. Through his time at NC State and in the Caldwell Fellows program, he embraced diverse experiences, engaging in undergraduate research across multiple departments and programs,and dedicating himself to community service with organizations like Urban Ministries, Food not Bombs, the Muslim Student Association, and the Light House project. His personal and spiritual journey included a pilgrimage to Medina and Mecca along with a wilderness trip to Olympic National Park in Washington.

James plans to embark on a Ph.D. study in Bioengineering at Georgia Tech, where he aims to develop his understanding of the discipline and his ability to make change within it. With aspirations to return to NC after graduate school, James’s journey exemplifies a balance between academic pursuit and personal values.

Ben Arden.

Ben Arden

Ben Arden’s journey from uncertainty to clarity showcases the transformative influence of mentorship and opportunity. As an undergrad at NC State, his participation in the Caldwell Fellows Program ignited his passion for law, guiding him towards a career path he hadn’t previously considered. Through this program, Ben explored various avenues and honed his skills, notably during an internship at the Supreme Court of North Carolina. Now, he eagerly looks forward to attending the University of Minnesota School of Law, armed with purpose and experience, ready to contribute meaningfully to the legal field.

Adam McIntosh.

Adam McIntosh

Adam graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, with a minor in statistics. He leaves college with a wealth of experiences and achievements, made possible through his commitment to excellence, and through the support of his peers and community both in and out of the Caldwell Fellows program. During his time at NC State, he was active in competitive programming teams, he took on leadership roles in the Raleigh Wesley Foundation, and he worked in both NCSU IT and at SAS. Adam’s Caldwell journey provided him with cherished memories, from traveling to Portugal to serving as a SATELLITE summer camp counselor. Inspired by the program’s emphasis on honesty, compassion, and thinking big, he reflects on the invaluable lessons in life and leadership gleaned from Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) sessions, service learning projects, and dinner seminars. As he embarks on his career at SAS in the Triangle, Adam is poised to apply his diverse skills and values to make a meaningful impact in his professional and personal pursuits.

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