While working in career services at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business two years ago, Catherine Tuttle ’03 decided to start graduate school at NC State. After the first day of classes, Catherine had something to tell her husband. “I remember calling him and saying how great it would be at NC State everyday, working here and giving back,” she says.
Tuttle is doing just that as the new alumni career services coordinator for the Alumni Association. And she’s still a Wolfpack student, as she’s halfway through her coursework for her master’s in counseling. We sat down with Tuttle to talk about her desire to serve the university that she says gave her so much.
How she came to NC State: I came here because of First Year College. I didn’t know what I wanted to do, and the idea of declaring a major scared me. …I had so much fun as an undergrad. We had a huge snowstorm my freshman year, and I just remember sledding down Hillsborough Street and Dan Allen.
Her first impression of the university: I just remember how big it was. But I quickly learned you find a cohort. Joining a sorority helped.
When she’s not working: I’m back training for a half marathon. I like to run. And I do a lot of class work. I spend time with my husband, Marcus, an ’05 grad who loves NC State football, and my son, Jackson.
Her role here: What I like is that I wear three different hats. My first is as an individual counselor. I help alumni with their job searches. Another part is business development and employer relations. That’s working with companies and recruiters who are interested in hiring NC State alumni. So I end up on the phone with people who were in school when I was in school. There’s always a fun connection. The third part is creating resources that are accessible to alumni for a job search.
Why she’s Red and White for Life: This school has obviously done a lot for me. The connections I’ve made here have made my life better. I met my husband here. I’ll have two degrees from here. I want to give back and make a difference.