Red & White for Life
Coming to a big university like NC State can be a challenge, especially for
students who come from a close-knit small town like Pembroke,
N.C. For Marcus Hunt ’02, ’04 MS,
’07 PHD, it was a drastic change,
but his decision to enroll at NC
State proved to be the right one.
That’s because Marcus took hold
of opportunities at NC State and
reached out to other students who
might be going through the same
thing he was. He got involved
in a Native American students’
organization and served on the
Union Activities Board, helping
plan programs for Native American
students. He organized events on
Move-in Day to help new students
get acclimated. As he reached out to help others in his community,
he became involved in the larger community of NC State.
It’s people like Marcus who make NC State a home to students of
all backgrounds and cultures. That’s something Chancellor Randy
Woodson has championed, taking steps to make sure we have a
diverse faculty committed to inclusion, collaboration and respect.
Like a lot of our alumni, Marcus didn’t stop reaching out when
he graduated. He comes back to campus to serve on the university’s
American Indian Advisory Council, representing alumni of Native
American heritage. And he’s been a president of the Native American
Alumni Society, one of the Alumni Association’s constituency groups.
What we try to do in those groups and others—like the Black Alumni
Society and Alumni Entrepreneurs—is bring folks together to create
opportunities for networking, mentoring, and sharing experiences
as well as just having fun. Because we’re all part of a family—the
Wolfpack family. We welcome a diverse population of students and
keep those students connected after they graduate—and that’s part
of what makes us Pack Strong.
Benny Suggs ’ 69
Alumni Association Executive Director
NAME: Marcus Hunt ’02, ’04 MS, ’07 PHD
HOMETOWN: Pembroke, N.C.
MAJOR: Engineering and textiles
WOLFPACK CONNECTIONS: As a student,
president of NC State’s Society of Native
American Culture and member,
American Indian Society of Engineers
and Scientists; cellist in the Raleigh
Civic Symphony, based at NC State.
Past president, Alumni Association’s
American Indian Alumni Society.
CAREER: Senior scientist at Chemours
in Fayetteville, N.C., overseeing quality
control. Previously a materials engineer
at Hewlett-Packard. As a post-doctoral
researcher at Oak Ridge National
Laboratory, studied how to make
carbon fibers from plastic grocery bags.
Has taught chemistry at Fayetteville
A POWERFUL PENNANT . . . My mother was a
guidance counselor and took students for
college visits. [When I was] 8 or 9, she
went to NC State and brought back some
souvenirs. I distinctly remember a red
felt pennant. I had that on my wall. When
I was a senior in high school, a recruiter
from [the College of] Textiles came and
she had some really cool demonstrations.
I was convinced.
REACHING OU T . . . I relocated to a very
different environment at NC State [from
my hometown]. I was in shock. Some of
it was being away from my family. But I
got involved. We helped other [Native
American] students move in. My best
friend to this day is someone I helped
acclimate to campus. My mom jokes that
I didn’t find out I was Native until I went
to NC State. I wasn’t involved in cultural
activities. I knew I was Native American,
but I didn’t internalize what that meant.
FAVORITE WOLFPACK MEMORY . . . Preparing
food for the powwow. It was always on
a Saturday, and Friday night we had an
awards banquet. After the banquet we
would get together at someone’s house.
We’d go to Sam’s to buy food. I remember
cutting up chickens, rolling out the fry
bread dough. The powwow was a huge
social event as well as a cultural event.