College of Natural Resources
With four prominent College of Natural Resources (CNR) alumni within the Jordan family, it’s little surprise that the co-owners of Jordan Lumber Company of Mt. Gilead, N.C. wanted to give back to their alma mater collectively. In recognition of the strong ties that bind them to the college, former N.C. Lieutenant Governor Robert B. Jordan, III (’54), Jack P. Jordan (’63), Genie Jordan Ussery (’75), and Robert B. Jordan, IV (’84) established the Jordan Family Endowment for Natural Resource Innovation to support faculty and students.
Recent Grad Gives Back
NC State’s Paper Science and Engineering (PSE) program is well known for training stellar scientists and engineers in the field of paper science, and equally valued by students for its small size, approach to training and personal attention. The PSE program carries much clout — and promise — in the industry with a nearly 100 percent placement rate for PSE graduates. Opportunities like these and her respect for the education she received from the College of Natural Resources inspired graduate Mary Ellen May Johnson (’06) to pledge $15,000 to the PSE program — before she graduated.
Above Par, Naturally
Come Spring 2009, you will not have to strain to hear the golf claps ’round campus and on the greens of the new Arnold Palmer-designed golf course on Centennial Campus. NC State’s men’s and women’s varsity golf teams and coaches will no doubt cheer for their new, permanent home at the PGA-sanctioned Lonnie Poole Golf Course. But they won’t be the only ones applauding. The course also will serve as an ongoing research site for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ number-one ranked turfgrass program as well as living laboratory for the College of Natural Resources’ nationally recognized PGA Professional Golf Management program.
Momentous Achievements - College of Natural Resources
Pledges totaling $210,000 helped to establish the Dale Shepherd NC Christmas Tree Research Endowment… An anonymous donor’s deferred $1 million gift ($400,000 from the sale of real estate to fund Charitable Remainder Unitrust, plus the remainder of the donor’s assets via his will) provides funds for a professor and students to study and build an understanding of the various ways youth-oriented recreation and sports programs can contribute to a healthy lifestyle.
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