The Power of Philanthropy
For Richard Rohrbaugh, giving to Fitts-Woolard Hall ensures the University’s legacy continues. “To me, it’s just a no-brainer because the facilities have got to keep up with the type of instruction we’re trying to give.”
When you generously donate your time, know-how and financial support, you help ensure that the next generation of engineers have access to the expertise and experience to thrive in the their fields.
As alumni or friends of NC State’s College of Engineering, you’ve already experienced the life-changing benefits of our work. You know why supporting the College of Engineering is so important. Your gift to the college can support scholarships, fellowships, professorships, academic programs, faculty research and other initiatives that are not typically supported through state appropriations.
Gifts to our endowment serve the college in perpetuity, providing valuable support year after year that builds over time. Schools with large endowments have a greater chance of luring top faculty and students with the professorships and scholarships the endowment supports. These top faculty and students are the backbone of a great college. Their impact is felt in the classroom, the laboratory and across the state and separates NC State Engineering from the competition.
Endowments are just one way to support the college. Planned giving — donations through wills or trusts — support the college and can create lifetime income for the donor or a loved one. Some planned gifts are eligible for estate tax deductions.
Whether an endowment or a planned gift, these ways of supporting the college stand as examples of the generosity of our loyal alumni that will inspire each new generation.
Enhancing Our 21st-Century Infrastructure
Fitts-Woolard Hall is the next step in the move of the college to Centennial Campus. The approximately 225,000 gross-square-foot, four-story structure will provide much needed space for labs and classrooms, offering even more of our students access to state-of-the-art facilities for biomanufacturing, advanced manufacturing, rapid prototyping and more. With their “yes” vote on the Connect NC bond in March 2016, North Carolina voters gave us a start toward making it reality. Your support will help us finish what they began.
Links for a Lifetime
Our community of engineering and computer science alumni — 58,000 strong — fuels the economy of North Carolina. They make an impact far beyond the state’s borders, too, serving at the highest levels of Fortune 500 companies and the U.S. Army, leading tech-industry upstarts and even claiming a Nobel Prize.
As lifelong members of the Wolfpack, they carry their NC State connections everywhere they go, reinforcing the bonds between their alma mater and the countless industries they touch.
Keep your close ties to the College of Engineering through social media.
Filling the Gap
Relocating the College of Engineering to NC State’s Centennial Campus has been a University priority for years, and by 2010, six of the its nine academic departments had made the move. A fourth engineering building seemed just over the horizon.
But with a shift in the long-established state funding model for university facilities and the effects of a recession that began in 2008, plans for a fourth building were delayed.
So, the College took a bold step, making a commitment to help finance construction of the fourth building through private fundraising, a new model for North Carolina but one that NC State would need to adopt to further its academic mission.
“It was imperative that we carry on with this momentum,” said Dr. Louis Martin-Vega, dean of the College. “
Alumni give to Fitts-Woolard Hall to invest in North Carolina’s future
In the more than a year since the University broke ground on the new Fitts-Woolard Hall on Centennial Campus, construction is more than 70 percent complete, with an opening date expected for June 2020. This state-of-the-art structure will house the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering (CCEE); the Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering; and the dean’s administrative offices. Upon completion, the College will be closer to its goal of being fully united on Centennial Campus. Get to know more about two alumni who have supported the project and why they see supporting the building as a priority.
Alumnus and donor Ralph Edwards has a passion for the impact of study abroad. His experience in 1959 while a student instilled in him a love of travel and photography.
“That experience changed me,” said Edwards, who settled in Atlanta, Ga., with his wife, Ree.
The Ralph and Ree Edwards Study Abroad Scholarship the couple established within the College and recently furthered with a significant gift helps engineering undergraduate students take the kind of impactful spring or summer study abroad trip that Ralph Edwards took.
All they ask of the scholarship recipients is that they try to attend an annual dinner in the fall with the couple in Raleigh to share their experiences and that they have fun.
And take pictures.