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By Guest Blogger and Student TAPPI President, Patrick Leasure

From September 11-13, the NCSU Pulp and Paper Foundation set record numbers for attendance during the Annual Meeting and Career Fair. On Wednesday, students had the opportunity to talk to a variety of companies from the industry, including suppliers, paper companies, and chemical companies. The career fair just demonstrated the growing diversity within the industry.

Dean Mary Watzin with PSE StudentsOn Thursday, the Pulp and Paper Foundation had great success at the annual meetings that ended with an exquisite banquet. The food was delicious and graduating seniors were recognized for their hard work. It was also a great opportunity for students to meet the new dean, Mary Watzin, and hear from keynote speaker Phil Riebel of Two Sides US.

On Friday, what is known to students as the “Foundation Week” ended with a Golf Tournament and Games at Lonnie Poole. Students and industry members alike had fun competing on the course.

From all of the students, I would like to say thank you to everyone who contributed towards another successful foundation week. It was another year that I will never forget. We look forward to the 60th anniversary of the Pulp and Paper Foundation in 2014.

Save the date for our 60th annual foundation week, September 10-12, 2014.

Fall 2013 Freshman Class