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Caldwell Fellows

Welcome to a new undertaking… This is a site created by current Caldwell Fellows and alumni both for Caldwell Fellows and the community touched by the program. Our goal is to enhance connections between current Caldwell Fellows, alumni and supporters by telling the constantly evolving story of The Caldwell Fellows program. We believe that through the retelling of stories past, and stories still being written, we can continue to develop and fulfill the distinguished history of the program for generations to come. Please enjoy our stories.

Mar 14th, 2013

America’s still thirsty for biodiesel, but where are all the algae farms?

Brian Schuster, Class of ’13 A number of companies growing algae for large-scale biodiesel production have received large investments in the past few years. Oil companies Exxon Mobil, BP, Chevron, and Valero have followed one after the other in forming strategic partnerships with these startups. Even Bill Gates has hopped on the bandwagon, but where […]

Sep 25th, 2011

The Familiar Feeling of Moksha

By Ariel Fugate As hundreds of people bathe around me, though the water below stays murky, a mysterious clouded brown, my mind’s eye clears. I have made it to the Ganges, India’s holiest river. A place of mediation and prayer in a country of busy streets of honkers, cows and offers of Chihuahua bobble heads. […]

Jul 11th, 2011

From where I stand

Today, Saul Flores (2011) started an e-mail chain on our Caldwell listserv. It’s been such an excellent thread and is a cool way to hear what some of us are up to this summer. From where I stand I can see the laugh lines of the Himalayas. When my eyes close I can hear the […]

Jun 21st, 2011

On the Edge…Literally (in the Bavarian Alps!)

The adventure to the Bayerische Alpen began with an evening in München like no other. I caught a train headed east with a couple I had never met before in order to stay overnight in München before heading to Berchtesgaden on Saturday morning. Rather than taking the U-Bahn (subway) from the main train station to […]

Jun 21st, 2011

I’m nuts for startups

Jeff Huber, Class of 2011 I must be crazy. This summer I decided to buck the more traditional molds of summers full of gallivanting, researching or interning and try something that was in many ways none of those and in others all of them. I decided to start a company.   The top 5 facts: […]

May 22nd, 2011

A Caldwell India Summer

May 22, 2011 Sunday morning Cup of tea and the Times of India. Half a world away from my usual coffee and Raleigh News and Observer. It is my third morning in Delhi, and there is now some familiarity to this place. Twelve of us are finally all here, our arrivals spread over several days […]

Apr 15th, 2011

How Immigrants Can Save Rural America, 3 of 3

This is a part of a series. By Ariel Fugate, Class of 2012 Post 3 of 3: As part of my self-design degree, I have learned to think as a sociologist. Sociologists often break down successful progression and vitality of a community into an abundance of several forms of capital, one of the most foundational […]

Apr 13th, 2011

How Immigrants Can Save Rural America, 2 of 3

This is a part of a series. By Ariel Fugate, Class of 2012 Post 2 of 3 Anyone who has spent a decent amount of time in a rural area can observe tension between the local population and immigrants, a foreign, usually Spanish-speaking population – the “speak English” bumper stickers and symbolic laws mandating public […]

Apr 10th, 2011

How Immigrants Can Save Rural America, 1 of 3

A Call to Action for Rural Community Planners and Rural Citizens By Ariel Fugate, Class of 2012 This is a part of a series. Post 1 of 3. One month ago I was fortunate to go with a group of Caldwell Fellows to Mexico. Where “Caldwell trips” differ from any other trip is the chance […]

Apr 9th, 2011

The Girl Effect

by Alex Martin, class of 2011 On Thursday night, I went to a benefit dinner for a campus organization that many Caldwell Fellows founded called Bricks Breaking Boundaries.  It is a response to the call for action in this year’s common reading initiative, “Half the Sky.”  In the book, the authors reveal that human sex […]

Mar 31st, 2011

My Name Is – Caldwell Fellows Mexico Video

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Mar 26th, 2011

Sometimes, People Listen

By Patrick White, Class of 2011 I’ve been on the NCSU Club Swimming team for the past four years and an officer for three.  Throughout my experience on the team, I have always been impressed with the club’s level of acceptance for GLBT members.  Usually, being part of an athletic environment can be extremely challenging […]

Mar 26th, 2011

Selection Day

Click here to see video on what makes the Caldwell selection day happen.    

Mar 26th, 2011

A Note About Fundraising

Written by Brian Onorio A friend of mine approached me, one afternoon, inquiring if I had been a Caldwell Fellow. Informing him that I had been, he told me that each of the members of the Board of Directors of the Alumni Association, of which he is a member, were asked to dig deep and […]

Executive Coaches

Mar 26th, 2011

Executive Coaches

  A core component of the Caldwell Fellows sophomore seminar is professional and leadership development through executive coaching, or what we fondly refer to as our “life coach” experience. The coaching aspect of the course is the brainchild of executive coach Dr. Tom Sappington who enlisted volunteer coaches through his professional network.  Formerly a VP […]

Mar 26th, 2011

The Power of Nature

Interviewed and Written by Brian Ingram Photo by Cameron Martindell Robert Horner, like many of us, is working towards his own goals for success. Robert received a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and a B.A. in Science, Technology, and Society from NC State in 2007. He will finish his graduate degree this spring with a Masters […]

Caldwells in China

Mar 26th, 2011

Caldwells in China

By: Mark Menesses For five weeks last summer, a group of twenty-four Caldwell Fellows traveled across the vast country of China and immersed in the Chinese culture through interaction and service with its people. Finding ourselves in a cultural context far separated from that of Raleigh, we were able to uniquely reflect and grow in […]

Mar 26th, 2011

Gerald Hawkins

Written by Sam Dennis Central to the purpose of the Caldwell Fellows program is growth. We are taught to challenge ourselves to improvement through personal development, professional development, and development of our leadership skills. While these goals are apparent to the current Fellows,  I recently had the chance to talk with Dr. Gerald Hawkins, the first […]

Chocolate in Belize

Mar 24th, 2011

Chocolate in Belize

By Brian Schuster, Class of 2013 Our project to build a solar drying house and fermentation boxes for the Toledo Cacao Growers’ Association (TCGA), an organization that sells cacao for chocolate production, has given me a new way of looking at my own endeavors in the States.

Mar 24th, 2011

El Salvador

By Kejuan Weaver, Class of 2013 It was hot everyday. I went to bed in sweat. Showers only helped to get the accumulated sand, dirt and dried concrete off of my skin. Yet, this was part of my spring break experience. Although this is easily the most focused memory I have, what I did while […]

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