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Nov 13, 2023

Podcast: Military and Veteran Services With Nick Drake

On this episode of the NC State Philanthropy Podcast, we’re joined by Nick Drake, director of NC State’s Jeffrey Wright Military and Veteran Services, to discuss how private support enables our military-affiliated students to Think and Do. 

American flags placed on the Court of North Carolina

Sep 18, 2023

NC State University Foundation Grant to Help Fund Veterans Memorial and Garden

The new campus feature, made possible by a grant from the NC State University Foundation, will be located near the Memorial Belltower at Henry Square to further honor our nation’s service members. 

NC State Army ROTC members on the Court of North Carolina

Apr 5, 2022

NC State Moves up in 2022-23 Military Friendly Rankings

NC State has earned a top 10 spot in Military Friendly’s national Military Friendly Schools rankings for 2022-23, rising from ninth place the previous year to sixth place. Jeffrey Wright Military and Veteran Services is a key part of a universitywide effort to recruit and support military-affiliated students. 

Nick Drake standing in front of a display case with several items of military artifacts and other memorabilia.

Mar 15, 2022

Extraordinary Difference: Nick Drake

Nick Drake is director of NC State’s Jeffrey Wright Military and Veteran Services, as well as a veteran himself. With help from the university’s Think and Do the Extraordinary Campaign, he leads the initiative supporting others in making the transition from the military to college graduation and beyond. 

The Memorial Belltower on Veterans Day

Nov 23, 2021

NC State Honors Veterans in a Big Belltower Way

The university’s annual Veterans Day ceremony was doubly special this year because it also marked the 100th anniversary of the laying of the World War I memorial’s cornerstone. 

Roxanne Reed with her working dog and a chicken outside of a barn

Dec 10, 2019

Veterans on the Farm

The number of military veterans taking part in the North Carolina Farm School, an annual NC State Extension program that helps new and aspiring growers learn more about agriculture, is on the rise. The program, which has been supported by individual donors and groups like the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission, is aimed at increasing sustainable and economically viable farms in the state. 

eight student veterans posing on a mountain

Dec 3, 2019

Connecting Veterans with Community

NC State offers a variety of resources and services to support those who have served our country, and donors support many of those efforts. 

Student Will Beam and Nick Drake meet at the Military and Veteran Services suite

Jun 25, 2019

NC State Hosts Conference for Military-Affiliated Students and Veterans

As a regional site for the Student Transition Resource Initiative for Veteran's Education (STRIVE) conference, NC State recently served 378 participants, a total nearly equaling last year’s attendance for all four regions. The university continues to strengthen its community of military-affiliated and veteran students through the Military and Veterans Services Center. Private support, like that from NC State University Foundation Board member Jeff Wright, is helping the center become self-sustaining. 

Smithfield and CALS leadership with donation check

Mar 12, 2019

Smithfield Foods Supports Soldier to Agriculture Program

The Smithfield Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Smithfield Foods Inc., has given $200,000 to help support NC State's Soldier to Agriculture Program, a partnership between the Agricultural Institute and the career center at Fort Bragg. 

Nick Drake standing in front of a display case with several items of military artifacts and other memorabilia.

Nov 9, 2018

Supporting Those Who Have Served

NC State alumnus Jeffrey Wright, a former officer in the U.S. Navy, has established an endowment to support the growing efforts of Military and Veteran Services, as well as a $100,000 challenge grant to encourage other gifts.