Our Alumni Make Us Proud
You are our nation’s creators, problem solvers, policy leaders, counselors, concerned and involved citizens, thinkers and do-ers. You understand the power of your degree and you live out its promises with purpose. We are so proud to number you among our alumni. Please connect with us, keep in touch and share your news with us.
As Go The Tropics...
Alumna Sandra Harding asks a deceptively simple question: “Is life in the tropics getting better?” Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of that question: her quest for the answer, and her leadership as an economic sociologist, stand to change the world. Harding, vice chancellor and president of Australia’s James Cook University, chairs the State of the Tropics, a first-of-its-kind partnership with 12 research institutions around the globe.
Poet's First Book of Verse Wins Prize
Noel Crook says she grew up in a family where “poets were like gods.” “It would have seemed almost heretical to say I wanted to be one,” says Crook, a Texas native. Fast forward to today, and Crook has achieved what felt like an unattainable dream: she is a poet, and a prize-winning one at that. Her first book, “Salt Moon,” has been published by Southern Illinois University Press.
Seeking Optimal Outcomes for Children with Autism
The brains of autistic girls appear to be wired more normally than those of autistic boys — and that can be both a blessing and a curse, according to Kevin Pelphrey, the Harris Professor at Yale University and director of Yale’s Center for Developmental Neuroscience. Pelphrey is the principal investigator on a five-year, $15 million grant from the National Institutes of Health that is investigating why autism is more prevalent in boys than in girls.
‘Third culture kid’ Tuyen Truong grows from curious student to researcher, Army lieutenant
Tuyen Truong has never shied away from asking the tough questions. The recent NC State graduate's eagerness to confront and explore new ideas led to award-winning research her senior year and now, a career in the U.S. Army.
Distinguished Alumni Award Winners
Since 1990, the college has recognized distinguished alumni who are celebrated for their career achievements, community engagement and service to NC State. These individuals are representative of our highly accomplished graduates: individuals who serve their communities through diverse paths.
Distinguished Alumni Award Winners
Gentry Smith (Political Science ’83)
Gentry Smith speaks Arabic and has lived in Japan, Egypt and Burma — a long way from his hometown in Halifax County in eastern North Carolina, where both his parents were schoolteachers. Meet the director of the Office of Foreign Missions at the State Department.
Past recipients of this honor include:
- 2016 Gentry Smith, B.A. Political Science, 1983
- 2015 Vivian Howard, B.A. English, 2000
- 2014 Bob Geolas, B.A. Multidisciplinary Studies, 1987
- 2012 Susan Rabon, B.A. Political Science, 1982
- 2011 Nora Shepard, MFA Creative Writing, 2005
- 2010 Susan Carter, B.A. Political Science, 1981
- 2009 Jack L. Cozort, B.A. Liberal Arts, 1972
- 2008 Dick Carr, B. A. English, 1970
- 2007 Perry Safran, B.A. Political Science, 1972
- 2006 Ralph E. (Benny) Suggs, B.S. Psychology, 1969
- 2005 Barbara Goodmon, M.A. Liberal Studies, 2000
- 2004 Terry Gannon, B.A. History, 1985
- 2003 Sandra Harding, Ph.D. Sociology, 1994
- 2002 Julia T. Wood, B. A. Communication, 1972
- 2001 Gordon Smith, III, M.A. Rural Sociology, 1974
- 2000 Ann B. Goodnight, B.A. Political Science, 1968
- 1999 Sylvia A. Adcock, B.A. English, 1981
- 1998 Ronald E. Spivey, Jr., B.A. Political Science, 1982
- 1997 Larry D. Barbour, B.A. Political Science, 1971
- 1996 Pamela Denning, BA. Social Work, 1982
- 1995 Michael Pedneau, B.A. Political Science, 1973, M.P.A. 1975
- 1994 Philander D. Chase, B.A. History, 1965
- 1993 Peaches Gunter Blank, B.A. Political Science, 1973, M.P.A, 1974
- 1992 A. Leslie Cox, Jr., B.A. English, 1972
- 1991 William T. Kretzer, B.A. History, 1986
- 1990 Burley B. Mitchell, Jr., B.A. Political Science, 1966