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Notable Alumni

With more than 34,000 alumni – two thirds of whom live in North Carolina – our alumni are quite a force across the state and around the world. You are our judges, social workers, novelists, actors, political leaders, explorers, historians, psychologists and philosophers. You number among our finest thinkers, researchers, writers, entrepreneurs, artists and leaders.

Whether you’re working in the business arena, the classroom, the home, the hospital, the courthouse, the trenches or any of the myriad settings imaginable for our alumni, know we’re proud to call you ours.

Here are selected stories about some of the college’s notable alumni. You can also read about those who have earned our Distinguished Alumni award, catch up on our alumni features, and read the latest alumni e-newsletter.

Recent stories about notable alumni

4/24/15
Image for story Seeking Optimal Outcomes for Children with Autism

Seeking Optimal Outcomes for Children with Autism

The brains of autistic girls appear to be wired more normally than those of autistic boys — and that can be both a blessing and a curse, according to Kevin Pelphrey (Psychology '96), the Harris Professor at Yale University and director of Yale's Center for Developmental Neuroscience. [...]

3/2/15
Image for story Alum's Think and Do Response To Children's Cancer

Alum's Think and Do Response To Children's Cancer

Through Headbands of Hope, Jessica Ekstrom (Communication '13) embodies NC State's Think and Do approach to addressing challenges, even those faced by little girls who have cancer. [...]

12/22/14
Image for story English alum's many hats: chef, TV star, commencement speaker

English alum's many hats: chef, TV star, commencement speaker

Chef, restaurateur, TV star and NC State English alum Vivian Howard served up a great speech during NC State's winter graduation ceremonies. [...]

10/29/14
Image for story Marrying Humanities with Science and Technology

Marrying Humanities with Science and Technology

Meet Bob Geolas (Multidisciplinary Studies '87), president and CEO of the Research Triangle Foundation. and the newest Humanities and Social Sciences Distinguished Alumnus. [...]

10/8/14
Image for story Alums Get in the Game (Shows)

Alums Get in the Game (Shows)

Our alumni get in the game. Literally, in some cases. Tensie Taylor ('09 Communication) appears on Wheel of Fortune this week; Josh Hager pulled in prize money as a contestant on Jeopardy last week. [...]

7/28/14
Image for story A Passage From India: Lessons From An International Student's Journey

A Passage From India: Lessons From An International Student's Journey

In a column for the Chronicle of Higher Education, CHASS alumna Rajika Bhandari (Ph.D., Psychology '98) remembers her transformative experience of coming to study in the United States. [...]

7/11/14
Image for story Four Join CHASS Advisory Board

Four Join CHASS Advisory Board

NC State's College of Humanities and Social Sciences has welcomed four new members to its Board of Advisors. All are NC State alumni; three of the four are alumni of CHASS. [...]

7/4/14
Image for story Chris Hondros is Remembered, Celebrated at DC Event

Chris Hondros is Remembered, Celebrated at DC Event

NC State alumni, friends and family gathered at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., to remember Chris Hondros (English '93), the NC State alum who was killed on April 20, 2011, while on assignment for Getty Images in Libya. [...]