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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

7/7/15
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Outstanding Young Alums

The NC State Alumni Association recognized two outstanding young alumni at its Evening of Stars gala. Award recipients Tony Caravano and Vansana Nolintha were Caldwell Fellows and both earned majors or minors in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. [...]

6/2/15
Image for story As Go the Tropics ...

As Go the Tropics ...

Alumna Sandra Harding (Ph.D., Sociology '94) asks a deceptively simple question: "Is life in the Tropics getting better?" But don't be fooled by the simplicity of that question: her quest for the answer, and her leadership as an economic sociologist, stand to change the world. [...]

5/26/15
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Where Diplomats Are Concerned

Gentry Smith (Political Science '83) speaks Arabic and has lived in Japan, Egypt and Burma — a long way from his hometown in Halifax County in eastern North Carolina, where both his parents were schoolteachers. [...]

5/14/15
Image for story Poet's First Book of Verse Wins Prize

Poet's First Book of Verse Wins Prize

NC State MFA alumna Noel Crook has achieved what felt like an unattainable dream: She is a poet, and a prize-winning one at that. Crook won the Crab Orchard Review First Book Award, a national prize providing up-and-coming poets with the opportunity to publish their first book. [...]

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. [...]