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Author: Lauren Kirkpatrick

Dec 6, 2011

Alum Serves As One of Wake County’s Newest Assistant DAs

As a new assistant district attorney in North Carolina’s capital, Win Bassett ‘07 intends to serve the citizens of Wake County by administering justice fairly on their behalf. The Virginia native initially came to Raleigh as a Park Scholar to pursue a double major in computer and electrical engineering at NC State. Given his love for… 


Dec 5, 2011

Using Photography To Serve the Less Privileged

Two undergrads took up their cameras to brighten the season and provide the less fortunate with professional family portraits. 

Nov 16, 2011

Dean Braden in Scientific American

CHASS Dean and Professor of Psychology Jeff Braden was called upon for his expertise in human nature for a column in Scientific American  about the Penn State child sexual abuse scandal. In a guest post written by Piedmont Laureate Scott Huler, Braden and other psychologists weigh in about why people hesitate to intervene when confronted… 

Nov 16, 2011

“ACC Road Trip” Host Comes to Town

An unpaid internship at Turner Sports evolved into a 14-year career doing on-air promotions for Tommy Kane (Comm '93). The former basketball player returned to campus to film "ACC Road Trip," his award-winning show that highlights campus football culture. 

Nancy Snow and Christina LaCanfora

Nov 16, 2011

Paying it Forward

Christina LaCanfora (Comm and Sociology '07) was so grateful for the scholarship support she received from the Department of Communication that she’s replenished the fund twice. “It feels fantastic to know that you are making it a little easier for a student to finish a degree by reducing the stress of money,” says LaCanfora, 25. She received the Nancy and Melinda Snow Scholarship and has since donated to the scholarship, with her employer, ExxonMobil, matching her donation three to one. 

Laura Lunsford

Nov 15, 2011

Laura Lunsford: Why I Give

Laura Lunsford (BS ’88, PhD ’07, Psy) is assistant professor of Psychology at University of Arizona South. She is the former director of NC State’s Park Scholarships program. Lunsford created an endowment at NC State to support graduate students in the Department of Psychology. Discover why she gives. 

Nov 9, 2011

Dean for a Day Contest Underway

The annual Dean for a Day contest is underway. A student takes on the dean's responsibilities, attending to the business of the college. Meanwhile, Dean Braden follows the student's schedule. He goes to class, studies at the library, and gets reminded about what it's like to walk in a student's shoes. Stay tuned! 

Nov 7, 2011

Students Head to DC to Ask, ‘Who’s Responsible for the Message?’

Park scholar Joshua Chappell was among a group of students who spent their fall break in Washington, D.C., analyzing the media’s impact on the dissemination of information in the United States. Chappell, who’s majoring in Chemical Engineering and minoring in Spanish and Business Administration, called the trip “informative and rewarding. I learned a lot from… 

Nov 1, 2011

Helping Soldiers Talk the Talk

Several years ago, the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures received a grant to teach ROTC students five critical languages: Arabic, Chinese, Persian, Russian and Urdu. That grant launched Project Gold, an intensive summer program that helps prepare future leaders to understand both the languages and the cultures of the places they're going. 

Feb 8, 2011

Hangin’ Around with Zach Galifianakis

From Hillsborough Street to Hollywood, actor Zach Galifianakis has captivated audiences with his quirky comedic performances. In an interview with NC State University’s Dave Pond, Galifianakis reflected on his time as a Communication major. He shared memories of time spent on Hillsborough Street, class with his favorite professor— two-time Department of Communication Outstanding Teacher Jim Alchediak—and …