Regular readers of this blog may recall a series of stories we did last year on former student leaders at NC State. We wrote a story about Eric Moore, the first African-American elected to be president of the Student Senate. We wrote a story about Eddie Knox, who served as student body president before later going on to become the mayor of Charlotte, N.C. We even wrote a story about Eric Plow, who ran for student body president as a joke.
All of it relied on the Student Leadership Initiative, an effort by NCSU Libraries to document the efforts of student leaders at NC State through the years and record their memories of their time on campus. The collection includes hundreds of video oral histories, biographical essays and digitized images.
The project will take center stage during this week’s celebration of homecoming at NC State. A new exhibit based on the project, “Leading the Pack: Student Leaders at NC State,” opened this week at D.H. Hill. And NCSU Libraries will host a panel discussion at 4 p.m. Thursday in the Mountains Ballroom at the Talley Student Center. The exhibit and panel discussion are free and open the public.
The panel discussion will be moderated by Tony Caravano, who served as student body president from 2003-2005, and will include the following speakers:
- Ron Spivey, student body president from 1981-82.
- Kelly Hook, student body president from 2010-11.
- Kate Sterling, the first female student body president, 1970-71.
- Smedes York, former NC State basketball player and former mayor of Raleigh.
- Harold Pettigrew, student body president from 2000-01.
- Molly Masdeo, current senior class president.
The discussion between current and former student leaders will explore how NC State fosters leadership and challenges students to make positive change.