They may not live close to NC State anymore, but that didn’t mean there wasn’t plenty of Wolfpack spirit to go around when alumni groups gathered recently in Portland and Seattle.
About 40 alumni gathered last week at the aptly named Raleigh Park in Beaverton, Oregon for a picnic that featured barbecue flown in from Kings Barbecue in Kinston and biscuits provided by Pine State Biscuits. Attendees were even able to order extra barbecue to take home.
Melissa Shampine ’07 of the Alumni Association staff talked with the group, led by Andy Oberhofer ’95, ’98 MS, ’04 PhD., about serving as unofficial Wolfpack ambassadors by representing the university at local college fairs and telling Oregon high school students about all the good things happening at NC State.
Shampine reports, though, that some of the alumni seem to have forgotten what summers can be like in North Carolina. The temperature was in the 70s for the picnic at Raleigh Park. “I actually heard a few people say that it was hot,” she says.
A group of about 25 NC State alumni in the Seattle area had their first officials meeting last week. The group, led by Ryan Hester ’02, met at the Polar Bar in the historic Arctic Club Hotel in downtown Seattle.
The group is planning events to watch Wolfpack football games, get together to do volunteer work and have socials after work.