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In July 2014, Raleigh resident Neil Ramquist – a 1989 NC State graduate with a degree in industrial engineering – will climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, the tallest free-standing mountain in the world. But he won’t be doing it alone.
Ramquist will be joined on the expedition by his 10-year-old son Charlie. “Around the age of 2 or 3,” Ramquist says, “Charlie was diagnosed with a rare inflammatory disease called eosinophilic esophagitis (EE), which simply put means he’s actively allergic to almost all foods.”
Eosinophilic esophagitis is a disease in which the body produces an excess of esophageal eosinophils – a type of white blood cell – causing chronic inflammation, tissue damage and potentially permanent scarring in the throat and upper gastrointestinal tract.
Ramquist and his son are members of Team Climb for EE (Team Kili) – a diverse group of individuals including adolescents and adults diagnosed with EE, relatives and family friends of those affected by EE, as well as doctors, college students and outdoor enthusiasts, all hoping to raise money and awareness for the disease through the CURED Foundation.
Next summer, Team Kili will travel to Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa. Before beginning the 37-mile hike, Ramquist, Charlie and the rest of the group will spend a few days volunteering at a small orphanage for children.
For many of the climbers diagnosed with EE, preparations for the trip have already started. “This will require a lot of physical training, and we’re going to be dealing with a lot of dietary restrictions,” says Ramquist, who manages a team specializing in green energy development for Siemen’s Power Transmission & Distribution, Inc. “Currently, there are only eight foods my son can eat, such as turkey, chicken, sweet potatoes, cucumbers, carrots and tomatoes. A handful of the kids going, however, can only have formula.”
“As a protective dad, the idea of my 10-year-old son doing something like this is nerve-racking,” Ramquist says. It was ultimately the enthusiastic “You should go for it!” from his wife, who started a local EE support group in Raleigh, that convinced Ramquist to submit his and Charlie’s applications for the Climb for EE expedition.
Ramquist is grateful that the trip has given his family “an avenue to talk more about what we’re going through.” “Now,” he says, “we’ve accepted the disease, and we’re trying to figure out how to handle it. We don’t want Charlie to feel like a victim, but I also don’t think he understands what it will be like for the rest of his life – especially the medical aspects like the cost of formula and dealing with insurance companies.”
Additionally, Ramquist worries about Charlie’s matter-of-fact outlook. “Charlie asked me the other day, ‘I wonder what will be the first thing I’ll eat when we find a cure,’” Ramquist says. “For someone who can barely eat anything, he loves going out to dinner. He’ll walk around smelling what people have ordered, and then rate which foods he thinks would taste the best.”
Charlie was first hospitalized when he was three months old, and it’s been an uphill battle since for him, his parents and his older sister. “We fed him milk supplemented with formula every three hours, day and night. It was a very intense period – a lot of time and effort spent trying to get him to grow,” Ramquist says. Charlie’s symptoms, such as difficulty swallowing and inexplicable abdominal pain, persisted for a few years until he received his official diagnosis. “The only way to confirm EE is through an endoscopy and a tissue biopsy of the esophagus,” says Ramquist.
“We’re incredibly fortunate that Charlie’s pediatrician was really young and had just learned about EE during his residency,” he says. “Most doctors who graduated from medical school more than 10 or 15 years ago have little to no experience with EE and often misdiagnose it as other gastrointestinal disorders. The diagnostic process for Charlie – though it seemed like forever at the time – was much quicker than it is for a lot of kids.”
Shortly thereafter, Ramquist and his wife found out about the leading facility in research on EE, the Cincinnati Center for Eosinophilic Disorders (CCED) of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. “We elected to participate in one of their clinical trials on allergy testing,” says Ramquist. “Once we finished the trial and had an idea of which food antigens Charlie’s system could and couldn’t handle, we started the long and challenging process of gradually introducing a single food – we’re currently working on watermelon – and then waiting to see how he physically reacts to them.”
This trial-and-error process, combined with endoscopies and biopsies every 3-4 months, is common among patients with EE. The medication regimen for EE generally includes steroids, which coat the esophagus, and antacids. So far, there is no cure, but Ramquist hopes the money raised by the Climb for EE expedition will make a difference.
“This disease is really starting to impact adults as well as children, and it’s increasing significantly in prevalence. We need to raise money, and we need to spread awareness,” Ramquist says. If Team Kili reaches their fundraising goal, they’re hoping to give the CURED Foundation a check for approximately $200,000. “That would be one of the largest donations CURED has ever received, and 100 percent of the funds are applied to research for eosinophilic disease.”
Donations can be made directly through the CURED website. Contributions from corporate sponsors, individual donors, and equipment sponsors can be designated for a specific climber through the Climb for EE team support site.
Hervasio Guimaraes de Carvalho made news when he decided to leave Brazil to study at NC State. He made even bigger news a couple of years later when he earned his PhD from the university.
The Technician took note of de Carvalho registering for graduate studies in nuclear engineering in 1952. The student newspaper described de Carvalho as “the key man in Brazil’s peacetime development of atomic engineering.” The paper said that de Carvalho planned to return to Brazil after earning his PhD to operate a pilot atomic reactor.
De Carvalho was quite accomplished before arriving at NC State. He had already earned two doctorates and worked as a professor at the University of Recife and the University of Brazil. He had been elected a Fellow in the Brazilian Academy of Sciences and, immediately before coming to NC State, had served as assistant counsel to the scientific director for the newly created National Research Council of Brazil.
Although de Carvalho earned his PhD in nuclear engineering from NC State, he spent much of his time working as a research associate in the Institute for Nuclear Studies at the University of Chicago. In his thesis, (”Total Cross Sections of 208-Mev and 315-Mev Protons for Light Elements”) de Carvalho expressed his appreciation for professors at the University of Chicago before thanking NC State professors Clifford Beck, Raymond Murray and A.C. Menius for their assistance.
But on this day in 1954, de Carvalho became the first student in the world — yes, the world — to complete the requirements for a doctorate in nuclear engineering, according to an account in The News & Observer. He was also the first person to ever earn a PhD from NC State’s physics department. A photo showed him standing atop NC State’s nuclear reactor with Beck, head of the Physics Department.
The newspaper account said that de Carvalho flew to Chicago after completing his work so that he could join his family, but that he planned to return to NC State in June to receive his degree.
Brian Schuster, a Caldwell Fellow at NC State, has been nationally recognized as one of the New Faces of Engineering for his work in chemical engineering. The National Engineers Week Foundation gives the award through the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). “It feels good (to be recognized),” says Schuster. His list of accomplishments in the field of chemical engineering is lengthy.
In his four years at NC State, Schuster was vice president of industry relations for the AIChE chapter at NC State, an honors fellows liaison for the Quad Area Council, an event leader for the North Carolina Science Olympiad, committee chair to the Engineers’ Council at NC State and a recipient of the AIChE freshman recognition award. He also was a member of the University Honors Program.
Schuster will graduate later this month, but he is already in Michigan working as a processing engineer at American Process, a company that specializes in developing new technologies to create ethanol fuel that don’t compete with food supply. As if this wasn’t already an accomplished resume, Schuster is excited to begin graduate work at Stanford. “That’s more of a point of excitement for me these days,” he says.
Schuster is taking an online course to finish his degree at NC State. He will finish his undergraduate career with a degree in chemical engineering and a concentration in honors molecular science, he says. Schuster spent most of his undergraduate years doing research.
“I did research with several different professors,” he says. Schuster started his research career the summer before even beginning school at NC State through the RISE program, which teaches incoming freshman about undergraduate research in the sciences. “Then, I applied for the North Carolina Biotechnology Center research grant and got that,” says Schuster. “I did research on bacterium that converts plant materials into ethanol directly and published research on bioenergy research. I also researched enzyme effects on iron.”
In 2011, Schuster took an alternative spring break trip to Belize, a trip that focused on long-term development in that country. He also dedicated his three other spring break trips to Habitat for Humanity programs.
The Caldwell Fellows program is an intensive leadership-development scholarship program that was created by the Alumni Association to honor the legacy of Chancellor John T. Caldwell.
The Alumni Association is honoring 21 NC State professors with the 2013 Faculty Awards for their outstanding work in the classroom, in the laboratory and in the field. We talked (via email) with some of the recipients about their work and the keys to being a successful professor.
Today we’re visiting with Robert Borden, a professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering in the College of Engineering. Borden is one of three professors being recognized for Outstanding Extension and Outreach.
What prompted you to become a professor? I really enjoy learning new things, and sharing this with others. It turns out that is exactly what a researcher and teacher does, so it was a great fit for me.
What are the keys to being a successful teacher/professor? Learning to communicate effectively is critical to being a successful teacher and researcher. To do this, you must first identify the critical concepts, and then focus on these ideas. When working with students, I push them to figure out the main conclusions BEFORE they start writing a report. When they do this, the final product is much more concise and easy to understand. The same goes for my own work. When preparing for a new course, I have to first decide what my students really need to know about a topic. Once I understand that, it is much easier to effectively communicate these ideas to students.
What gives you the greatest satisfaction as a professor? Meeting with former students who come back to visit after being away from NCSU awhile. It is truly wonderful to visit with them, hear how things are going, and know you had a little part in their success. I have been teaching long enough now, that some of my first students are starting to show up with their own kids, checking out colleges and planning for the future. What a wonderful experience. Red & White for Life!!!
John Earnhardt was surrounded by farmers as a boy growing up in Salisbury, N.C. “I was just a little country boy who knew how to milk a cow,” he says.
So, naturally, he assumed he would be a farmer when he grew up. Earnhardt once told someone he planned to have the biggest farm around, never mind that he didn’t have much land or money at the time.
Fortunately, Earnhardt also happened to be pretty good at math and science. So his interest was piqued one Sunday when one of the visitors to the church was an engineer. It sounded like interesting work to Earnhardt.
So when he arrived at NC State, Earnhardt was ready to become an engineer. Being from a small town, Earnhardt was struck by how big the campus was when he arrived in 1959. “It was big, although not compared to now,” he says.
Earnhardt, who now serves on the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Advisory Board for the College of Engineering, says engineers still relied on slide rules in those days. While he appreciates the technological advances made with computers, Earnhardt says something was lost when the slide rule was replaced. “You had to think through problems,” he says. “You had to talk with other people, collect the best thinking.”
Today, Earnhardt’s old slide rule hangs on a wall in his house in Mooresville, N.C. — an unfamiliar artifact to his children and grandchildren.
Earnhardt went on to graduate in 1963 with a degree in chemical engineering. One of his faculty advisers suggested that he consider pursuing graduate degrees, but Earnhardt was ready to get to work.
He ended up working for DuPont for 32 years at nine different locations. One of his first projects was helping develop the commercial process to make Nomex, a fire-resistant material, available for market. After retiring from DuPont, Earnhardt started his own environmental management consulting company. He’s also an accomplished bass singer in a barbershop quartet. His group, known as You Kids Get Off My Lawn!, finished 14th in the world championships in Florida in January.
Earnhardt returned to the Park Alumni Center today for the 50th reunion of the Class of 1963. About 130 alumni, family and friends will spend today and tomorrow revisiting some old haunts and seeing some new facilities like the James B. Hunt Jr. Library on Centennial Campus. Head football coach Dave Doeren is scheduled to speak at tonight’s Class of 1963 banquet. On Saturday, Chancellor Randy Woodson will speak at a luncheon welcoming new members into the Forever Club and the weekend’s festivities will end with a barbecue dinner at Vaughn Towers.
Earnhardt, permanent president of the Class of 1963, loves what NC State has become in in the 50 years since he graduated. “I’m proud of the work that comes out of here,” he says, “and the people I meet from here are all good people.”
Earnhardt says some of his classmates will be shocked to see how much the campus has grown over the past five decades. He says they will be impressed with what they see.
“I’m looking foward to the whole thing,” he says. “This school’s done so much for me.”
There was a time when cutting classes essentially was not an option for students at NC State. It was no different from high school, in that class attendance was compulsory.
That is until a group of engineering students set out to change that in 1939, following a period of student unrest over how Chancellor J.W. Harrelson treated them. “Sensitive to outside criticism, and determined that he knew what was good for the students even when they did not, Harrelson promoted policies at the college that many students compared to high school or military regulations,” according to North Carolina State University: A Narrative History, by Alice Elizabeth Reagan.
So on this day in 1939, the Student Welfare Committee went on record as “being heartily in favor” of a proposal by Tau Beta Pi, an engineering honor society, to establish something known as a Dean’s List at State College, according to an account in the Technician. The Dean’s List would recognize all juniors and seniors with a cumulative average of a “B” or better, and exempt them from the rule requiring compulsory class attendance. (There were apparently rules in place that allowed for a limited number of class cuts for all students, regardless of their scholastic standing.)
But the proposal needed the approval of the faculty before it could go into effect.
The proposal made sense to B.R. Van Leer, who was then dean of the School of Engineering: “I have always looked upon the Engineering School as an institution of higher learning and not as a penitentiary. It has always seemed to me that after a man has been here for two years, if he does not have enough sense to attend his classes regularly, we are spending our time trying to educate some rather worthless material.”
B.R. Van Leer, second from left, with engineering students in 1937 (Photo courtesy of Historical State)
Apparently Van Leer’s colleagues in the faculty agreed, as they approved the proposal about five weeks later, saying that students who maintained an 85 average would be placed on a new Dean’s List and allowed unlimited class cuts.
Students may have been surprised when they heard Harrelson’s take on the shift. “This new ruling should not affect State College scholastically,” he said in the Technician, “and I believe that it is a very good thing because I do not think that all college men should be subjected to high school regulations.”
Katharine Stinson was a teenager in 1932, a young woman with dreams of flying airplanes. She was working at the Raleigh airport when she got to meet her idol, Amelia Earhart, who was flying through the area for a promotional tour.
“I told Miss Earhart I wanted to be a pilot, but she said just being a pilot wouldn’t be enough to make a living,” Stinson said in a 1998 NC State magazine article. “She said I should study aeronautical engineering.”
Photo by Simon Griffiths. It originally appeared in the Spring 1998 issue of NC State magazine.
Stinson heeded her hero’s advice and came to NC State as a junior to study engineering. She was, in fact, the first woman to graduate from the university’s engineering program, in 1941.
Stinson went on in 1942 to become the first female engineer hired by the Civil Aeronautics Administration, today known as the Federal Aviation Administration. But over the years, different dates have been listed as her hiring date. University records indicate that Stinson was hired by the CAA on this day in 1942. (See Editor’s Note below)
Regardless of her exact hiring date, Stinson saw her work at the CAA as a way to fulfill her dream. “I never thought about the fact that I was the only woman, because I never saw any women,” she told NC State magazine in 1998. “That may sound funny, but I just wanted to be a good engineer.”
Stinson worked for the agency for more than three decades before retiring in 1973. She died in 2001.
Editor’s Note: Historical State, an online archive maintained by NCSU Libraries, cites today’s date in 1942 as the day Stinson was hired by the Civil Aeronautics Administration. Multiple sources suggest she was hired on an unspecified date in 1941. A clipping from the Feb. 1, 1942, issue of The News & Observer, though, has a photograph of Stinson seated in her office at the CAA building in Washington, D.C., indicating she had started work at the CAA before this day in 1942.
The Krispy Kreme Challenge has special meaning for David Spencer.
Spencer’s son, Andrew, was born on Feb. 5, 2007. When he was just 5 weeks old, Andrew was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect and his parents were told to take him immediately to N.C. Children’s Hospital in Chapel Hill. “Don’t stop to get gas,” they were told.
The surgery was a success, but Andrew struggled to breath without a ventilator. The family didn’t leave the hospital to return home to Clayton, N.C., until mid-May, and Andrew needed the help of a tracheostomy to breath until his first birthday. Since then, Andrew has been fine. He plays soccer and t-ball, loves to swim and recently started taking karate lessons.
David and Jessica Spencer
“They saved my son’s life,” says Spencer, a 2002 NC State civil engineering grad who works as a senior traffic engineer for the town of Cary, N.C.. “He wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for them.”
Spencer will run in the Krispy Kreme Challenge for the fourth time this Saturday. He first ran the race in 2009, when Spencer and his wife, Jessica, (and a small group of friends) wore t-shirts bearing Andrew’s picture. The race raises money for the N.C. Children’s Hospital.
Spencer was convinced he completed the challenge in less than an hour in 2009, but the official time indicated otherwise. “Some sort of conspiracy,” he says with a laugh. Since then, Spencer has run the race as a “casual” entrant, someone who is not trying to polish off a dozen doughnuts in the middle of a five-mile race. “I learned my lesson,” he says. “I didn’t get sick, but it’s an awful feeling.”
But Spencer does still try to eat at least six doughnuts. His approach is to “squish” three together and then “attack” the stack.
David and Andrew Spencer
Spencer hopes to participate in the challenge for years to come. One day, perhaps, Andrew will run alongside him in the race. It’s an event that Spencer has come to love.
“One, it benefits the Children’s Hospital, and that’s really important to us,” he says. “Two, I’m an NC State grad. And, three, I like doughnuts. And I do like to get out and run. You combine all those things and it’s a fun event.”
The 9th Annual Krispy Kreme Challenge will be run at 8:30 am on Saturday. About 8,000 runners are expected to participate in the Challenge, which involves a five-mile run from NC State’s Bell Tower to the Krispy Kreme in downtown Raleigh and back. The twist is that runners have to stop at the Krispy Kreme and eat a dozen doughnuts before completing the second half of the race. To complete the challenge, runners must finish the race (and the doughnuts) in less than an hour. The event began in 2004 as a dare between a few NC State students, and raises money for the N.C. Children’s Hospital.
NC State University, the Wolfpack Club and the Alumni Association will recognize some of NC State’s greatest stars tonight at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary, N.C., honoring 18 alumni and friends of the university for their professional and personal accomplishments and their continuing support of NC State, the Wolfpack Club and the Alumni Association.
The honorees at the 9th Annual NC State Evening of Stars are:
COLLEGE DISTINGUISHED AWARD RECIPIENTS
Tommy Bunn ‘66, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences: Bunn, president of the U.S. Tobacco Cooperative, has spent more than 45 years in the tobacco industry. He got his start growing tobacco on his family farm, then went on to work for 21 years as executive vice president of the Leaf Tobacco Exporters Association and the Tobacco Association of the United States. He also worked in the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the N.C. Department of Agriculture, and was a charter member and chairman of the Golden Leaf Foundation Board of Directors.
Charlie Stuber ‘65 PhD, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences: For more than 35 years, Stuber held a joint appointment as a genetics professor at NC State and a research geneticist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service. Stuber then came out of retirement to return to NC State in 2006 to develop and direct the Center for Plant Breeding and Applied Plant Genomics. The USDA Agricultural Research Service named him the Outstanding Scientist of the Year in 1989 and inducted Stuber into their Science Hall of Fame in 1989.
Steven Schuster ‘73, College of Design: Schuster is the founding principal of Clearscapes, a full-service architectural design firm in Raleigh. Under Schuster’s leadership, Clearscapes has been recognized with more than 75 design awards and worked on such notable projects as the Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh, the Haw River Ball Room, the Raleigh Convention Center and the Contemporary Art Museum. Schuster is also a national leader in the historic preservation community. He serves on the Board of Visitors at NC State.
Robert Bridges ‘70 MED, College of Education: Bridges taught sixth grade and then high school in Wake County before becoming principal at Crosby-Garfield Elementary School. He then went on to work in Wake County’s central office as a director, assistant superintendent and deputy superintendent before becoming the superintendent in 1984. After five years leading the state’s second largest public school system, Bridges went on to become provost at St. Augustine College in Raleigh, and then worked as an education and management consultant and chaired the N.C. Advisory Commission on Raising Achievement and Closing Gaps.
Stephen Angel, ‘77, College of Engineering: Angel is chair, president and CEO of Praxair, Inc., a Fortune 300 company that ranks as the largest industrial gases producer and distributor in North and South America, with sales of $11 billion in 2011. Before joining Praxair, Angel spent more than two decades at GE, most recently as general manager of the company’s $2 billion power equipment business. He serves on the board of directors of the U.S.-China Business Council and PPG Industries, and is a member of the Business Roundtable, the Business Council and the U.S.-Brazil Forum.
Jimmy Clark ‘74, College of Engineering: Clark is the owner and president of Guy M. Turner, Inc., a diversified company that is a leader in the handling and moving of the heaviest equipment in the fields of rigging, machine tool installation, crane services and specialized transportation. The company has 12 offices in the United States and Canada. Clark serves on the NC State Board of Trustees, as well as on the board of directors for the NC State Alumni Association and the Engineering Foundation. He previously chaired the NC State Board of Visitors.
John Edmond ‘87, College of Engineering: While earning his PhD in material sciences and engineering, Edmond teamed with other graduate students and young faculty on some promising silicon carbide research. Upon graduation, the group co-founded what became CREE Inc., one of the world’s top LED manufacturers. Today, Edmond is director of advanced optoelectronics for the Durham-based company, which makes energy-efficient LED lights, lighting components and semiconductor products.
Susan Warren Rabon ‘82, College of Humanities and Social Sciences: Rabon is a member of the N.C. Utilities Commission, which regulates the rates and services of all of the state’s public utilities. Rabon, who received her law degree from the University of Virginia, has also worked as a clerk in the N.C. Court of Appeals, as special counsel and then chief of staff for the N.C. Department of Justice, and senior assistant for administration in the office of the governor. She has previously served on the NC State Board of Visitors.
Kevin Beasley ‘79, Poole College of Management: Beasley, a CPA, is a partner-in-charge of tax practice at the Raleigh office of Grant Thornton, one of the Big Six international accounting firms. He previously worked at Arthur Anderson, where he rose to the position of partner and earned a spot in the inaugural class of the NC State Accounting Hall of Fame.
Ray Tanner ‘80, College of Natural Resources: Tanner, a former All-ACC baseball player at NC State, was named athletics director for the University of South Carolina last year after spending 25 years as a collegiate head baseball coach, including nine years as the head coach at NC State. Under Tanner’s direction, the baseball team at South Carolina won two NCAA Division I Baseball Championships and made six appearances in the College World Series. Tanner has been named National Coach of the Year three times.
Sung Won Lee, ‘60 MS, ‘67 PhD, College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences: After earning his graduate degrees at NC State, Lee returned to his native South Korea to lead the S-Oil Corporation to success as the third largest oil refinery in Korea. He also served as chairman of two South Korean chemical companies. But his passion is downhill skiing, and his family built Korea’s oldest and largest ski and snowboard resort, which will host alpine skiing events for the 2018 Winter Olympics and 2018 Winter Paralympics. Lee is founder and president of the Asian Ski Federation, former vice president of the Olympic Council of Asia and honorary president of the Korean Ski Association.
Michael Fralix ‘00 PhD, College of Textiles: Fralix is the president and CEO of [TC]2, a company that develops next generation supply chain technologies such as 3-D body scanners used in product development for apparel and equipment, made-to-measure clothing, clothing size and style recommendations and body shape analysis.
Dr. Laura Rush ‘97 DVM, College of Veterinary Medicine: Rush began her career as a registered nurse, specializing in the care of cancer patients, before going to vet school. Following graduation, she joined the faculty at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine and headed a laboratory funded by the National Institute of Health that focused on cancer research in dogs and humans. Rush now works as vice president and associate medical director for GSW Worldwide, a healthcare marketing firm where she helps develop marketing strategies for healthcare companies.
WOLFPACK CLUB AWARD
Nora Lynn Finch, Ronnie Shavlik Award: Finch was a pioneer for collegiate women’s athletics, serving as the ACC’s first female assistant athletics director and negotiated the first women’s basketball tournament television contract with CBS. At NC State, Finch served as head volleyball and softball coach, associate head coach for women’s basketball, and assistant, associate and senior associate athletics director. She is currently the ACC’s associate commissioner for women’s basketball operations and senior women’s administrator. She has been inducted into the National Women’s Sports Hall of Fame.
ALUMNI ASSOCIATION AWARDS
Ryan DeJong ‘05, Outstanding Young Alumnus: DeJong, chief operating officer of FIRM Consulting Group, has led the Tampa NC State Alumni Network since 2007. As network leader, DeJong has aggressively promoted his alma mater and the Alumni Association. He recruits and manages volunteers to staff local college fairs and plans many types of group activities for his fellow Tampa Wolfpackers.
Sherice Nivens ‘98, Outstanding Young Alumnus: Nivens, cardiac sales manager for Intuitive Surgical, is a member of the PAMS Alumni and Friends Advisory Board and a founding member of the Dean’s Circle. She served as the keynote speaker for the 2009 Department of Chemistry graduation ceremony and the 2010 Society of African American Physical and Mathematical Scientists annual banquet.
Bill Collins ‘54, ‘61 MS, Meritorious Service Award: Collins, a world renowned expert in tobacco field production, was a Philip Morris Professor in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences for 28 years. Since retiring in 2005, Collins joined the CALS Office of College Advancement as senior director of development. He is a former member of the board of directors of the Alumni Association.
Judi Grainger ‘72 MS, Meritorious Service Award: Grainger served as president of the Alumni Association board of directors in 2011 and served for a total of 14 years on the board. She also serves on the NC State Board of Visitors, the College of Education Advisory Board and the board of directors of The State Club.
Everett Case engineered unprecedented success for NC State men’s basketball for 18 years while he was head coach. He brought an up-tempo style to a game that had largely been relegated to the half court. And he helped promote the sport in new ways, vaulting the Wolfpack and the ACC to the top of the basketball world.
And it was on this day in 1964 that what many consider the golden age of NC State basketball came to an end, when the coach they called “the Old Gray Fox” stepped down as the program’s head coach due to health reasons. Case would die two years later after an extensive battle with cancer.
During Case’s tenure, the Wolfpack went 377-134 and won 10 conference championships. He won six championships at the annual Dixie Classic, a tournament that was his brainchild. And he coached seven All-Americans — John Richter, Vic Molodet, Lou Pucillo, Bobby Speight, Ronnie Shavlik, Sam Ranzino and Dick Dickey.
Here’s how the 1965 Agromeck summed up Case’s achievements: “There is little doubt Everett Case’s contribution in filling the basketball program with glamour, exhilarating competition, and high-principled sportsmanship is indirectly responsible for the great success in the sport shared by many teams in North Carolina and the South.”
Case was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., in 1982, and into the NC State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2012 as an inaugural member.