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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. 

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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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:



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.