Senior Banquet – A Bittersweet Evening

Senior Banquet

Celebrating Seniors

The highly anticipated Paper Science and Engineering Senior Banquet was once again a major success! On April 25th, 2019 the department hosted the event at the NC State University Club to honor the seniors’ graduation in May and December 2019. Families, friends, faculty and staff were welcomed to honor the seniors and all the students’ accomplishments thus far.  The support of everyone makes this evening a success, and Georgia -Pacific aided in the great celebration by donating to cover the seniors meals.  Thank you for your continued support of our students and programs. The night kicked off with a social hour and then a sit-down dinner allowing for plenty of mingling and reflections on the past years of college life; a bittersweet combination of excitement for new beginnings and a time for some goodbyes.  Kat Santoro, a graduating Senior expressed “The banquet was a great way to celebrate a ll that we have accomplished through our time at NC State. Something I’ll miss about the program will be the unique sense of family. Even though the paper industry is a wonderful community, there’s no other environment like the one in the PSE program.”

Let “Freeness” Ring

As always, significant entertainment was provided from the faculty and staff and the seniors by way of their infamous “skits”. They provided comedic relief with plenty of playful mockery and friendly joking. Towards the end of the evening each senior was recognized on stage, given their senior gift, and allowed to ring the Freeness Bell. The Freeness Bell is an NC State Senior Banquet tradition made from a Canadian Standard Freeness Tester. We love seeing students keeping traditions alive by all of the Senior Banquet festivities.  Finally, Kable Young was awarded the “Most Congenial Senior” honor by his fellow classmates.

Records are Meant to be Broken – 81% Senior Class Pledging

This year we had a special recognition of Mrs. Pat Hill at the banquet. Pat Hill retired this past year, but had a huge impact on all of these students in their years in the program. To the students, Pat was known as the woman behind all the emails encouraging them to sign up for interviews, but everyone knew she did so much more. Each fall she coordinated all the company visits to come give all students the opportunity to interview for intern, co-op and full-time positions. Our ability to provide students with so many opportunities is a fundamental part of our program and Pat Hill played an integral part in making this possible. As a result of the efforts from the NC State Day of Giving and with donations from the graduating seniors, two $2500 annual scholarships were made in the name of Pat Hill. With this effort the graduating class broke the record for most class participation to give back to the PSE program, with 81% participation! We are truly honored to have such dedicated faculty as well as students who recognize this dedication and are willing to give back and honor them.

Service Oriented Leaders Ready to Make an Impact

We are so proud of all our graduating seniors and this class will be so missed! Many of these students have served as TAPPI officers, members of the Pulp and Paper Student Advisory Committee, College of Natural Resources Student Ambassadors and so much more. We know their dedication will not stop after graduation and we will see them back at NC State PSE events for years to come. They have jobs across the industry with a variety of mills and suppliers. Their dedication to their studies and their pride in the program has helped develop the program into what it is today. We can’t wait to see all they will accomplish in their post-grad years. Congratulations Class of 2019!

By guest blogger Allison Hellwig