Hear the Howl
Summary: Welcome to the NC State Alumni Association's podcast, Hear the Howl. For years, NC State magazine's staff has dedicated itself to telling compelling stories about the university. We have captured stories of alumni, students, and faculty and their achievements, discoveries, and contributions to making the world a truly extraordinary place. Hear the Howl continues that tradition of rich storytelling by enabling listeners to hear some of our subjects interviewed, go behind the scenes of our magazine stories or go more in depth than the pages of the magazine sometimes allow.
Documentary filmmaker David Hambridge '09 found the source for his first feature-length documentary in Kenya, following the last male northern white rhinoceros and the caretakers who protected him until his death in 2018.
Lisa Withers, a PHD student in the public history program, is no architect — but she is all about buildings and spaces around North Carolina. For the last year, she's been searching for sites that appeared in the Green Book, a publication designed for African-American travelers during the Jim Crow era. Photo credit: Linda Fox/North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.
Hannah Skillestad knew early on that her future was in food and the conquests associated with it. She won a Jell-O-eating contest as a kid. And as a student at NC State, the now-program assistant in Annual Giving took home the title in a pancake-eating competition put on by Owen Hall. However, no victory tasted as sweet--or, in this case, as savory--as the one she captured back in June at Cary's Pimento Cheese Festival. There, she was crowned champion and self-proclaimed Little Miss Pimento Cheese 2019.
Courtney Simpson, the senior director of student support services programs at NC State, found a valuable sense of community after graduation. Learn how the Black Alumni Society (BAS) has played a major impact in her life and how it became one of the Alumni Association's strongest constituency groups, as they celebrate their 40 year anniversary this year, connecting some 15,000 members.
Donald Moore is in his 18th year as president and GM of Minor League Baseball's Greensboro Grasshoppers. Such a long tenure proves he knows how to sell a ticket to get people to First National Bank Field. He does it with the help of man's best friend. On this episode, Moore talks about what made him introduce the black Lab Miss Babe Ruth, pictured here, to Grasshoppers' fans and why he carries on her legacy with bat dogs at the ballpark.
Jim Prim spent his early days at NASA training astronauts for Project Mercury. He went on to serve as a crew integration engineer for the lunar module in the historic Apollo 11 mission in 1969. As we celebrate the 50-year anniversary of the U.S. putting the first man on the moon, this episode features Prim talking about working with astronauts and the time he even played one on television.
Determined would be an understatement to describe Jean Driscoll, executive director of development for the College of Design. Born with spina bifida and having used a wheelchair for the last 30 years, learn how Driscoll's determination lead her to earn 12 Paralympic medals, two Olympic medals and compete in eight Boston Marathons.
The Flu pandemic of 1918 has always been somewhat of a forgotten moment in U.S. history. But a graduate public history course and its students at NC State did everything they could the past couple of years by taking on a project to make sure that changes. In this episode, Claire Du Laney, the project's curator, tells us what the class found essential to the creation of a virtual exhibit about the Spanish flu at State College.
A lot from the 1983 national championship season is still fresh in Tommy DiNardo's mind. As the team's only walk-on player, he had a front-row seat to the Cardiac Pack's magical run that year. In this episode, we explain how being a part of that team has led DiNardo to solidifying a spot alongside of one of his heroes, Dr. J.
Join us as we take a tour of the Randleigh Dairy Heritage Museum that opened last spring. The museum offers an inside look at the process of how milk gets from the barn to the brickyard, producing products such as Howling Cow milk, egg nog and ice cream.
An NC State news release in 1979 said this of longtime agronomy professor Walton C. Gregory: "Gregory still braves ocean crossings, mountain climbs and forays through dense, tropical jungles to search for superior genes for use in breeding a still better peanut." Part of that search led Gregory in the 1950s to use radiation and develop what is forever known as "the Atomic Peanut."
As the new Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom earned $700 million in its first weekend of release, it's clear that dinosaurs have always captured our imagination. Mary Schweitzer, a professor of biological sciences at NC State takes us behind the scenes of her BIO 230 class that uses a more hands-on approach, which she calls the "Science of Studying Dinosaurs."
Back in the 1930s, NC State started its own tradition of pitting freshmen against sophomores. It began as a kind of capture the flag, but turned into a contest not that different from soccer. Only in this contest, you could use your hands.
As we prepare to pay tribute to the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I with a ceremony at the Bell Tower tomorrow, learn just how the Bell Tower came to be by listening to episode 3 of our Hear the Howl podcast.
Richard Longland spends his days in his lab getting lost in the stars. There, he explores how reactions in a star's core produce elements.