From Rio to Raleigh
Olympic swimmer Ryan Held is comfortable dealing with pressure. His strength was tested at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil, where he and fellow teammates brought home a relay gold medal. His strength was tested again as he completed an internship at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Private support for NC State athletics helps shape the college experience for student-athletes like Held, who recently graduated from the College of Natural Resources.
Distinguished CNR Alumnus of the Year: Zac Guy
A former Pulp and Paper Foundation Scholarship recipient, Zac Guy was named the College of Natural Resources' 2018 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year. Since graduating in 2001, Guy founded Appalachian Antique Hardwoods, the largest grossing reclaimed and recycled wood products company in the world.
Caldwell Fellows Think Big about Leadership
A gift from program alumnus Jeff Williams will ensure life-changing experiences at the Center for Creative Leadership for future Fellows.
Giving Back, Together
College of Natural Resources graduating senior Alex Hight and her mother, Clark, are establishing a scholarship in their shared discipline of paper and science engineering.
Supporting Those Who Have Served
NC State alumnus Jeffrey Wright, a former officer in the U.S. Navy, has established an endowment to support the growing efforts of Military and Veteran Services, as well as a $100,000 challenge grant to encourage other gifts.
Widening the Trail He Followed
Sam Cook, an NC State alumnus and staff member at the College of Natural Resources, supports the college’s recruitment of forestry students from underrepresented groups through his philanthropy and mentorship.
Personal Statement: Jeremy Gray
Former football player Jeremy Gray ventured from a small town in Alabama to compete for NC State. Now, the College of Natural Resources alumnus and Opelika native is looking to give back to his community and state with a run for legislative office. He hopes to be the next state representative for Alabama's District 83.
CNR Alumni Spotlight: Deanna Metivier
Deanna Metivier, a 2016 College of Natural Resources ecosystem assessment alumna, is an assistant environmental scientist at Burns and McDonnell, a full-service engineering, architecture, construction, environmental and consulting firm. Scholarships like the Chancellor’s Leadership Scholarship, Phillip B. Jackson Memorial Scholarship, Edwin F. Conger Academic Scholarship and Joseph J. Jarvis Endowed Scholarship supported her journey from student to professional.
CNR Student Spotlight: Chris Cohrs
With support from the CNR Student Assistance and Enrichment Fund, forest management major Chris Cohrs attended the Society of American Foresters’ annual conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and gained valuable networking and professional development opportunities.
CNR Student Spotlight: Celeste Kathleen
Senior Celeste Kathleen recently presented research at the Association of Science and Technology Centers annual conference in San Jose, California. Kathleen, who works full-time at Marbles Kids Museum in downtown Raleigh, said support from CNR's Student Assistance and Enrichment Fund helped her travel west – and helped her "shatter self-doubt and realize that I have things to bring to the table."