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CALS Alumni and Friends

Catch up on college news, learn about upcoming events and stay in touch with other graduates.

Welcome Home

We are glad that you are visiting. We hope you can take a few minutes to catch up on the news of the college and learn about our upcoming events.

We also hope you stay in touch. Our students are interested in learning more about their alumni, so we welcome you to submit suggestions for stories, as well as brief announcements about professional achievements.

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CALS Alumni for Student Success

The CALS Alumni and Friends Society and CALS Academic Programs have partnered to connect our large and dedicated alumni base to the college through the CALS Alumni for Student Success (CASS) program. The initiative will serve two purposes: to develop an alumni recruiting network and to provide career coaching for students. 

  • Recruiting – Alumni will serve as a point of contact in their area for prospective CALS students by attending local events to promote CALS to schools and community groups.
  • Career Coaching – Alumni will be matched with a current CALS student to develop a one-on-one relationship, supporting the student with information, advice and encouragement as the student works toward a defined career goal. Alumni career coaches will also take part in career networking events and informational panels hosted by CALS Career Services.

Alumni, sign up here for recruiting or career coaching:

Students, sign up here to receive coaching:

Program Contacts

Support the CASS Program

Make a gift to support the CASS Program and enhance student success in the classroom and beyond.

Contact CALS Alumni and Friends Society

Phone: 919-515-7222
Fax:  919-515-5274

CALS alumna posing with Mr. and Mrs. Wuf at Tailgate.
CALS alum interact and pose for a photo with Mr. and Ms. Wuf during an alumni get together at the farm and dairy on Lake Wheeler Road. Photo by Marc Hall

CALS Alumni and Friends Society Advisory Board

Board Members

NameCompanyTitleGraduationBoard Role
Chad BentonBASF CorporationR&D Associate Portfolio Manager’05President
Lakean ByrdSouth Johnston High SchoolAgriculture Education Teacher’13Vice President
Nicole YoungbloodNorth Carolina State UniversityExtension Agent‘16Secretary
William B. Upchurch Jr.NC Tobacco Trust Fund CommissionExecutive Director’91Immediate Past President
John AbbottSyngenta Crop Protection, LLCNA Head of Regulatory and Stewardship‘84Member
Jennifer BadgerFood LionCategory, Merchandising, and Pricing Analyst II‘16Member
Collin BlalockCollin’s Produce LLC

AgCarolina Farm Credit

Loan Officer
Travis BurkeNC State Administration – ExtensionEmeritus’82, ’87, ’02Member
Gwen ClarkRetiredFormer agricultural education teacher‘86Member
Ashley CollinsNorth Carolina Peanut Growers AssociationChief Executive Officer’05Member
Karen FishelFurnitureland South, Inc.Executive Director of Human Resources ‘91Member
Leslie FuquaySyngenta Crop Protection, LLCTechnical Expert | Statistical Analysis – Field Program & Equivalency Assessment – Global Seeds Product Safety‘84, ‘95Member
Bonnie JamesWal-Mart FoundationPharmacist’09, ’13Member
Lendy JohnsonNC Farm Bureau Foundation, Inc.Director of Organization’06, ’11Member
Kyle MayberryThe Biltmore CompanyDirector of Agriculture‘16, ‘18Member
Aaron MesserBayer Crop ScienceArea Business Manager‘02Member
Josh Monahan1 in 6 SnacksOwner/Operator‘17Member
John PattersonCape Fear Farm CreditSenior Vice President & Chief Relationship Officer‘98Member
Casey ReynoldsTurfgrass Producers InternationalExecutive Director‘00, ‘03, ‘13Member
Caitlin RivordAviagenQuality Assurance Data Manager‘14Member
David M. SaravitzWilliams MullenAttorney & Partner‘86Member
Rebecca ScottAgHiresRecruiter‘16, ‘18Member
Katelyn StackCarolina Farm CreditLoan Officer‘17Member
Jacob TraverseCenter for Truth in SciencePresident, CEO’01, ’05, ‘06Member
Brandon WilliamsHelena Agri-EnterprisesProduct Manager‘14Member
Daniel PooleNorth Carolina State UniversityProfessorFaculty Advisor – Agriculture
TBDNorth Carolina State UniversityFaculty Advisor – Life Sciences
TBDNorth Carolina State UniversityFaculty Representative – Agricultural Institute
Beth FarrellNorth Carolina Department of AgricultureAgriculture Program Specialist’02NCDA Representative
Bryant SpiveyNorth Carolina State UniversityCounty Extension Director’93, ’01Faculty Advisor – Life Sciences
Duncan McSorleyNorth Carolina State University CALS Student‘24Student Representative
Ishani PatelNorth Carolina State UniversityCALS Student‘24Student Representative
Kelly WrightNC State University Alumni AssociationAssistant Director of Constituency EngagementNC State Alumni Association
Kim AllenNorth Carolina State UniversityInterim Associate Dean and Director of Academic ProgramsDean’s Office Representative