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Making a Difference

Bolstered by an exceptional education and valuable real-world experiences, College of Natural Resources alumni leave our halls ready to work hard to drive innovation and tackle global challenges that affect us all. They are leading the way in fields like sustainability and conservation, paper science, recreation and tourism, public policy, business, law and environmental science.

Our alumni go far, but many also stay near. They are making North Carolina a better home for all its residents by driving three of the state’s top five industries: forestry, wood products, and tourism and golf.

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The College of Natural Resources is a small community on a big campus. Our faculty, staff and students are a family who learn and solve problems together, support one another and build networks that span the world and last a lifetime.

After you graduate, you remain a valued part of our community. By giving your time, talent and resources to the college, you can support our important work, especially in developing the next generation of natural resources leaders.

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Meet #NCState20 graduate Alyssa Stroker. 👋  Alyssa graduated from the college in May 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in @ncstateprtm and a concentration in sustainable tourism. She earned her minor in outdoor leadership.

Alyssa took her passion for outdoor recreation from #NCStateCNR to Longwoods International, where she works as a research analyst in the travel and tourism industry. 

"My extreme passion for outdoor recreation led me to the parks, recreation and tourism management (PRTM) major, and through these courses, my curiosity in the tourism field and sustainable development piqued. The PRTM tourism courses covered introductory content exploring the foundation of the tourism industry and services, as well as topics that discussed global challenges of mass tourism. This variety of tourism avenues excited me to gain a deeper understanding of the tourism field."

Learn about the impact she is making by visiting the "Alumni and Friends" section of the news link in our bio.

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Congratulations to Dr. Erin Seekamp, an @ncexttourism specialist and professor in #NCStateCNR, who is the first woman in the college to receive the @ncstatealumni Distinguished Graduate Professorship Award. 🎉

“It’s a great recognition to demonstrate how much of my time and energy I spend mentoring graduate students. Being able to see the successes of all the students who I’ve mentored and watched their growth and development after they leave NC State and become their own catalysts for change is just tremendous for me."

Get to know Erin by visiting the "Honors and Awards" section of the news link in our bio.
Our graduates strive to protect nature, whether it be through conservation or in Katie Kolcusky's case, geospatial analytics in the form of geographic information systems (GIS). Thanks to her classes in the college, this #NCState22 graduate is on her way to working as a solution engineer at @esrigram. 

"While GIS is a very technical field, it is still very important to have good design skills. With GIS, you are often designing maps or applications to visualize the information. In order to display the information appropriately, it is important to design themes and visuals that make sense with the topic. I believe I bring design elements to the table that make my projects user-friendly and interesting.

While pursuing my bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences, I developed a passion for GIS. I found that GIS allowed me to have a deeper understanding of the projects I worked on which allowed for better solutions and decision making. The great part of being in the GIS field is that it can apply to so many other topics such as health, defense, and many more so I am always learning. My main GIS-related interest is anything related to environmental sciences still, more specifically climate change and the conservation and preservation of national parks and lands." 

Best of luck in the future, Katie!