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Taylor Rhodes with her laptop

Apr 28, 2020

An Extraordinary Opportunity in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Taylor Rhodes came to NC State as a Spring Connect student and took part in Student Transition Enrollment Advising and Mentoring (STEAM), a program to make higher education more accessible to rural students interested in majors related to agriculture. She then became the first-ever recipient of the Gordon Family Farm-to-Philanthropy Program scholarship established through a transformational gift from alumni Joseph and Deborah Kapp Gordon. 

Oct 23, 2019

Donor Spotlight: Joe and Debbie Gordon

STEAM was created in 2013 as part of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ multipronged Farm to Philanthropy effort. Initiated by a gift from Joe and Debbie Gordon and supported by additional donors, the program expands access to the university. 

Katelyn Thomas stands in front of an ag sprayer

Oct 2, 2018

‘What Can I Do To Be Marketable?’: Bayer CropScience’s Katelyn Thomas

Katelyn Thomas, one of the first graduates of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences' STEAM program and recipient of a number of CALS scholarships, has leveraged her student internships into a rewarding career at Bayer CropScience. 

Jul 17, 2017

STEAM Program’s First Class Graduates

In May, Katelyn Thomas proudly donned her cap and gown as one of the first graduates of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences' STEAM Program, a unique transfer pathway for students from rural areas and a part of the Gordon Family Farm-To-Philanthropy Initiative funded by donors Joe and Debbie Gordon. 

Feb 28, 2017

Growing a Future

Thanks to the STEAM Program, Katelyn Thomas was able to pursue her passion for agriculture during her time at NC State and after graduation. 

Dec 12, 2016

The One Who (Almost) Got Away

After a summer program on campus and a year at Sampson Community College, Susan Jones is now a junior in CALS, thanks to the Student Transfer Enrollment Advising and Mentoring program. 

Nov 2, 2016

Private Support Helping Hatch Success

With support from Joe and Debbie Gordon, the STEAM Program offers rural students a range of routes to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.