Alumni Association honors outstanding volunteers

September 19, 2011
By Bill Krueger

One is a network leader who helps alumni in the Tampa Bay area stay connected to NC State. One is a leader on the Young Alumni Council who has helped build connections between alumni and students. One is a group of active alumni who have dramatically increased the number of Alumni Association members in their eastern North Carolina county.

They were all recipients this weekend of awards from the Alumni Association for their efforts as volunteer leaders for the association. Benny Suggs ’69, executive director of the Alumni Association, presented the awards at the NC State Alumni Volunteer Leadership Conference at the Park Alumni Center.

ryan-dejongRyan DeJong ’05 was honored as the Richard Bartelt Volunteer of the Year for his work with the geographic network in the Tampa Bay area. Since assuming a leadership role with that network, DeJong has used Facebook to communicate with alumni in the area, has recruited volunteers to help represent NC State at local college fairs and staged events ranging from community service projects to comedy shows to bring area alumni together.

adambennyAdam Compton ’09 was honored as the Constituency Group Volunteer of the Year for his work on the Young Alumni Council. As the leader of  the council’s Campus Connections Committee, Compton has put together six events that partner alumni with students to talk about future careers. Compton has also been an active leader of the Wake County Network and stepped in temporarily to help the Alumni Association steer its student ambassadors program and STAT (Students Today Alumni Tomorrow) while a staff position was vacant.

bennylallaLeaders of the network in Beaufort County, North Carolina, were honored for their tremendous efforts to recruit new members to the Alumni Association. Networks were challenged this year to increase their numbers by 10 percent, but Beaufort County experienced a 79 percent increase. The group hosts parties to watch Wolfpack football and basketball games, get area alumni involved in community service projects and gets a big crowd each year for the Wolfpack Freshmen Welcome.

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