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Jonina Wrenn in front of mountains in Peru

Sep 29, 2020

Park Profile: Jonina Wrenn ’20

Park Scholar alumna Jonina Wrenn came to NC State because of how welcomed she felt by the university and the Park Scholarships program. Now, she's taking what she learned from both and sharing it with future Park Scholars in this informative Q&A. 

Brielle Papalia standing in front of greenery

Aug 18, 2020

Meet Wilson College of Textiles Young Alumna Brielle Papalia ’15

Brielle Papalia, a young alumna of the Wilson College of Textiles from Kernersville, is part of her family’s fourth generation to enter the textile industry. Now an assistant product development manager at Gap Inc. in New York, she stays connected as a Wilson College of Textiles regional representative for the Northeast, mentoring, growing the alumni network, promoting the alumni foundation and keeping alumni up to date on current events at the college. 

Ellison Lambert posing in front of a statue

Aug 4, 2020

Five Questions with Ronald McDonald House Events Coordinator Ellison Lambert

NC State alumna Ellison Lambert '19 recently shared how the College of Natural Resources and experiences through its enrichment fund prepared her for a career as events coordinator with the Ronald McDonald House. Lambert also is former president of Students for University Advancement. 

Courtney Oswald doing the wolfie outside of Under Amour headquarters

Aug 4, 2020

Meet Wilson College of Textiles Alumna Courtney Oswald

After experiencing the Summer Textile Exploration Program (STEP) program as a high schooler, Courtney Oswald chose the Wilson College of Textiles and never looked back. The ITT Roger Milliken Centennial Scholarship set Oswald on her path to a career at Under Armour. 

Meredith McKague posing front of giant letters spelling out inter textile

Jul 10, 2020

Meet Young Alumna Meredith McKague

Wilson College of Textiles, and the North Carolina Textile Foundation Scholarship, helped prepare Meredith McKague '14 for a career with Carter's children's clothing company. As an alumna, McKague stays connected with the college as a donor and volunteer. 

Cap and Gown

Apr 21, 2020

Alumni Can Honor and Support Graduating Students

NC State's class of 2020 is experiencing a much different final semester than they expected. The Alumni Association is inviting alumni to welcome these new graduates into the Alumni Pack by sharing video messages of encouragement and advice. 

Kalysha Clark sits in front of a window

Feb 25, 2020

Stepping Out Front

As the first member of her immediate family to attend college, two-time alumna Kalysha Clark Wall traveled a road that wasn't always smooth, but the journey helped her find her voice as an advocate for other students in need of support. 

Indira Gutierrez working alongside Mary Haskett and Sarah Wright as well as an additional student researcher

Jan 14, 2020

An Opportunity Multiplied

Need-based scholarship support, as well as resources from TRIO and Pack Essentials, helped Indira Gutierrez ’19 develop into a scholar, researcher and advocate dedicated to helping others. 

Jan 7, 2020

Paul Burke ’17 Engineers His Own Path

Paul Burke '17, a Centennial Scholar and grandson of "Red and White Song" composer J. Perry Watson, reflects on how NC State's Wilson College of Textiles helped him prepare for a career at Cisco Systems. 

Cassia Lewis with her parents at graduation

Dec 17, 2019

A STEP Above: Young Alumna Cassia Lewis ’13

Through participating in the Summer Textile Exploration Program (STEP), a residential program for rising high school seniors, second-generation Wilson College of Textiles alumna Cassia Lewis '13 became eligible for — and received — a full-ride, Duke Kimbrell (Parkdale)-sponsored Erlanger Merit scholarship. She now lives on the West Coast, serving as director of business development for fabric manufacturer Swisstex Direct.