Stacy Poindexter Owen, ’94, ’97 MS, is a die-hard NC State fan who happens to work at Wake Forest University, where she is director of business admissions. With the Wolfpack preparing to play at Wake Forest this Saturday, we talked with Owen by email about what it’s like to live and work in enemy territory while she continues to support NC State.
How would you describe Wake Forest’s fans? Wake Forest fans are a good bunch — except when playing NC State, I’m one of them! While they don’t have Wolfpack gusto, they are even-keeled, polite and ever-optimistic.
Your prediction for this weekend’s game? Without question, NC State! My prediction: 35 to 14.
Can you recommend any good restaurants or sports bars for Wolfpack fans traveling to the game? I’ve never had a bad meal at the Village Tavern — it’s a great spot for lunch, dinner or Sunday brunch. Fourth Street is home to a number of local favorites.
What’s your favorite memory from your days at NC State? Camping out for tickets my freshman year to see Rodney Monroe, Chris Corchiani, and Tom Gugliotta play in Reynolds Coliseum was thrilling. My brother and I were at NC State together — those years were a highlight of a lifetime.
Do you keep any NC State paraphernalia in your office at Wake Forest? Both of my diplomas are on the wall, and a framed picture of Jim Valvano is on my desk. I will always admire his enthusiasm, passion and ‘never give up’ attitude.
If it were up to me, I’d paint the walls red and require that people sing the fight song when they cross the threshold, but I really like my job and don’t want to risk it!
Several years ago, I bought a brick in the Donor Plaza at the Dorothy and Roy Park Alumni Center and “gave” it to my brother and dad for Christmas. We have four degrees among the three of us, and I framed the photo that NC State sent after it was engraved. It’s a great conversation piece!
— Jeannene Lang