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Jun 10, 2013

Gusler’s Gusto

First-generation college student Gus Gusler switched his major from engineering to political science during the turbulent 1960s, and served as NC State's student body president. These days, in addition to running his entertainment law office, he owns and operates the Players Retreat, where he worked as a cook during those undergraduate years. 

Apr 15, 2013

Interdisciplinary Studies Student Earns Prestigious Udall Scholarship

Caroline Hansley of Hendersonville, a junior majoring in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in agroecology and social entrepreneurship, has received the prestigious Morris K. Udall Scholarship for the 2013-14 academic year. 

Mar 21, 2013

On-Campus Pantry Seeks to Feed the Pack

The college diet portrayed by popular culture consists of ramen noodles, hopes and dreams. Thanks to NC State’s new food pantry, Feed the Pack, much more nutritious food is now available to the NC State community. 

Jan 7, 2013

Sitting Pretty with Simply Sitting

CHASS alumna Ginny Hager (Communication '08) started babysitting when she was 13. She has continued to hear from parents who struggle to find trustworthy, dependable sitters. So this entrepreneur created Simply Sitting, a service that connects families to the best babysitters in their area. 

Nov 7, 2012

Institute for Nonprofits Director Named Entrepreneur of the Year

NC State University's Office of Technology Transfer recently honored Mary Tschirhart as Entrepreneur of the Year. Professor Tschirhart was recognized for her contributions related to promoting social entrepreneurship and building a culture of entrepreneurship at NC State. She is director of NC State University’s Institute for Nonprofit Research, Education and Engagement and a professor of Public Administration. 

Oct 26, 2012

Hope is Not Lost, It’s Wearable

For pediatric cancer patients, hope is not lost. Student entrepreneur Jessica Ekstrom has founded Headbands of Hope to help fund cancer research and spread hope to all girls. For every headband purchased, one is given to a girl with cancer and $1 is donated to the St. Baldrick's Foundation to fund life-saving childhood cancer research. 

Oct 2, 2012

Entrepreneurial Students Win Competition

Three NC State students took top honors at the statewide UNC Social Business Plan Competition for the nonprofit they created, Pennies 4 Progress. No small feat, considering there were 31 teams competing from all 17 schools in the UNC system who were challenged to develop business solutions to pressing local and state issues. Pennies 4 Progress won the $2,500 prize to put toward their business, along with free mentoring from TiE Carolinas and the North Carolina Small Business Development Center. 

Sep 21, 2012

Student Entrepreneur Learns True Meaning of Support

English major and ballet dancer Suzanne Matthews is adding "business entrepreneur" to her list of descriptors. After inventing tights that are specially made to support ballet dancers' ankles, Matthews received the Judges’ Choice award in the Lulu eGames’ Arts Feasibility Study Challenge. She is using her winnings to cover a provisional patent, which she wrote herself, for Soutenu Tights. 

Jul 22, 2012

50 Days, 50 Meals

Two NC State students are traveling the world this summer. Austin Simmons and Andrew Vanover have organized their adventure around food: through "50 Days, 50 Meals," they want to share a meal with a different stranger every day, and in so doing, "hear their stories, hear their perspectives on various topics, and learn from different cultures." 

Jun 10, 2011

Humanities and Social Sciences Alumni: Doc Hendley

As founder of Wine to Water, an international aid organization that provides clean drinking water in impoverished countries, Doc Hendley (Communication, ’04) has used his understanding of communication theory to build trust with tribal authorities and governmental leaders. Hendley was named as one of CNN's Top Ten Heroes of the Year.