University Scholars Program News

AME_LogoThis link will open in a new windowAnnouncing the Alex Miller Endowment for the University Scholars Program

Did you know that 2014 is the 35th anniversary of the University Scholars Program? And that former Director Alex Miller led the program for 28 of those 35 years (1985-2013)? This year, in honor of these milestones, we created the Alex Miller Endowment for the University Scholars Program. To contribute to this endowment, and support the work of the University Scholars Program, visit Thank you for your support!


36hoursNew York Times "36 Hours in Raleigh" Features Two Businesses Owned by USP Alumni

Raleigh was once again in the national spotlight in The New York Times' feature on "36 Hours in Raleigh."This link will open in a new window  Included in the list of must-visit Raleigh attractions and businesses were two owned by USP alumni.  First on the list was Lumina Clothing Company, owned by Barton Strawn '10. Around the corner from Moore Square in downtown Raleigh, Lumina features American-made men's wear, including "selvage denim, mustard-colored twill chinos, cotton camouflage-printed ties."  If you can't make it to the Raleigh store, Lumina runs a robust online store as well: link will open in a new window.  Encouraging the next generation of designers and entrepreneurs, Barton has given tours of Lumina for current University Scholars in Forum.

Next up, Bida Manda, Raleigh's most exciting new restaurant owned by USP alum Vansana Nolintha, together with his sister Vanvisa.  In less than two years, Bida Manda, which features cuisine from their home country of Laos, has become one of the top reviewed restaurants in Raleigh.  If your travels bring you to Raleigh, do not miss this unique gem of a restaurant, and make sure to tell Vansana and Vanvisa hello from us!  To learn more, visit link will open in a new window.

Spring 2014 Scholars Forum Speaker Highlights
Now in its the 35th year, the University Scholars Program continues to bring exceptional speakers, musicians and films to the Scholars Forum Series.  This semester, we're excited to feature:

  • Jodi Cobb: Stranger in a Strange Land: Join veteran National Geographic photographer Jodi Cobb on a whirlwind retrospective of her distinguished career, spanning the social and cultural milestones of four decades of global history. Co-sponsored by the Union Activities Board.
  • Jayne Huckerby: Inaugural Director of the Duke International Human Rights Clinic at Duke University, Jayne Huckerby will discuss human rights advocacy around the world.
  • Chris Marlow: What if Doing Good was Simple?: Justice advocate Chris Marlow will discuss his nonprofit, Help One Now, which has raised almost $3 million to help alleviate extreme poverty. 
  • Mandolin Orange: Mandolin Orange is a bluegrass duo composed of Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz, both native North Carolinians. Andrew and Emily utilize guitars, mandolin, and fiddle to create music that is at the same time new and timeless. 
  • Ella Bertram & Friends: When folk singer and guitarist Ella Bertram is joined on stage by Jennifer Curtis on violin, Robbie Link on bass, Chris Roszell on banjo and Nathan Golub on pedal steel, it promises to be an afternoon of music you won’t want to miss!
  • Rebecca Ryan: "Elizabeth Keckley: Thirty Years as a Slave and Four Years in the White House": Rebecca Ryan, Executive Director of the Historic Hillsborough Commission, tells the fascinating story of Elizabeth Keckley's life, from her birth into slavery, to her famous friendship with the First Lady of the United States, Mary Todd Lincoln.
  • 2014 Harrelson Lecture:  Joe Klein: Joe Klein is TIME's political columnist and author of six books, most recently Politics Lost. His weekly TIME column, "In the Arena," covers national and international affairs. In 2004 he won the National Headliner Award for best magazine column.
  • Girl Rising: Girl Rising uses powerful storytelling to deliver a simple, critical truth: Educate Girls and you will Change the World. Shown in conjunction with the 2014 NC Literary Festival.
  • Deborah Blum: Deborah Blum is a Pulitzer Prize-winning science journalist: a columnist for The New York Times, a professor of journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a blogger for Wired. She is also the author of books including The Poisoner's Handbook and Ghost Hunters.

A printable flyer for the Spring '14 Scholars Forum Series is available hereThis link will open in a new window.  For more information about Scholars Forum, click here.

Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants
The National Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is requesting applications for its 2014-2015 Study Abroad grant program. Both members of Phi Kappa Phi, as well as non-members, are eligible to apply. Phi Kappa Phi will award 50 study abroad grants of $1000 each, including one specifically designated to be awarded to a current NC State student.

Eligible undergraduates for all grants are those who have at least a 3.75 cumulative GPA. Applicants must have been accepted into an accredited study abroad program by April 1, 2014. The study abroad program must begin between May 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015. Applications should be submitted directly by the student to Phi Kappa Phi headquarters and must be submitted by April 1, 2014. Additional eligibility requirements, as well as application forms, are available at: link will open in a new window

Creative Artist Award: Deadline March 26
Deadline to Enter: Wednesday, March 26 at 12 PM

The ARTS NC STATE Creative Artist Award will recognize original work in music, dance and theatre, created by NC State students. Each winner will receive a $500 cash prize, and the selected works will be performed in 2014-2015 by the appropriate ARTS NC STATE performing arts program. This award is open to any currently enrolled, full-time NC State University student.

Rules and Entry Form: link will open in a new window

Attention Juniors: Apply for the Golden Chain Society
The Golden Chain Society is a senior honor society that recognizes the extraordinary contributions of up to 12 outstanding rising seniors each year. Founded in 1926, it is the oldest organization of its kind at North Carolina State University. To date, there are 1120 links in the Chain, including former Governor James B. Hunt, Jr., legendary basketball coach Everett Case, President Emeritus of the UNC System, William C. Friday, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Henry Hugh Shelton and NC State’s Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame Coach Kay Yow. Induction into The Golden Chain Society is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a rising senior at North Carolina State. Links in the Golden Chain Society come from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines, but they hold certain traits in common.

The application can be found hereThis link will open in a new window. Please pay close attention to the additional forms that must be emailed. (Letter of Recommendation, Resume, Creative Page-(Optional)). All application material is due by no later than 5PM on March 19th and induction will be held on April 12th at 2PM.

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