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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.

Christina HammockAlumni Spotlight: USP Alum Christina Hammock '01 Selected as NASA Astronaut

Congratulations to USP Alum Christina Hammock '01, who is one of 8 individuals recently selected for the NASA astronaut training program.  Christina, a double major in Electrical Engineering and Physics, is currently serving as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Station Chief in American Samoa.  She has previously worked as a scientist in Alaska, Greenland, and Antarctica.  Soon, however, she'll be back in the states to begin her next great adventure: two years of training with NASA in Houston.  As part of NASA, Christina may do research on the International Space Station, or participate in the first human mission to an astroid or Mars.   To learn more about Christina, read a recent alumni articleThis link will open in a new window and watch her "In Their Own Words" videoThis link will open in a new window for NASA.

"Thanks for all that you do for the USP!  It definitely enriched my life while I was at NC State."
Christina Hammock