They came from as far away as Texas and New York. They came from Charlotte, Fayetteville and the Outer Banks. They came representing lawyers, Caldwell Fellows, Park Scholars, entrepreneurs and African-Americans. And they all have one thing in common — they are all alumni of NC State.
They came to the Park Alumni Center today to strengthen their connection to NC State, and learn how to help other alumni renew their connections to their alma mater.
They are volunteer leaders of various alumni networks around the country or constituency groups such as the Black Alumni Society or the Young Alumni Council. They are back on campus for the Alumni Volunteer Leadership Conference being held today and Saturday.
“Welcome to Wolfpack County,” Benny Suggs, executive director of the Alumni Association, told a room of 30 people who are attending the Alumni Volunteer Leadership Conference today and Saturday. “I want to welcome you home.”
Suggs, a retired Navy admiral, told the crowd how the alumni magazine and alumni networks helped him stay connected to NC State as he moved throughout his career. “It’s been a part of my fabric for a long, long time,” he said.
Judi Grainger, a past president of the Alumni Association board of directors, welcomed the group “to your home, the Park Alumni Center.”
Grainger introduced the newest member of the Alumni Association family, a large stuffed wolf named “Howl” who will be traveling to Alumni Association events.
She also thanked the volunteers for helping extend NC State’s reach to alumni, many of whom had lost touch with the university. “Thank you,” she said, “for bringing them back to us.”