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Point Foundation Scholar Kyle Vey Travels to Washington
Dedicated NC State sophomore and GLBT Center staff member selected to meet the Bidens

Kyle Vey, a sophomore in biomedical and mechanical engineering, is avidly involved in the GLBT Center, the GLBT Community Alliance, and Student Government here at NC State. In addition to his involvement on campus, he is a recipient of the nation's largest LGBTQ based scholarship, the Point Foundation Scholarship. The Point Foundation empowers promising LGBTQ students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential, despite the obstacles often put before them, to make a significant impact on society.

Kyle Vey with Dr. Jill Biden

Photo: Kyle Vey with Dr. Jill Biden

Kyle was recently selected as one of the representatives from the Point Foundation to attend a reception with Vice President Joe Biden, his wife Dr. Jill Biden, and many of the highest-ranking LGBTQ officials in the Obama administration. The reception aimed to bring together emerging LGBTQ leaders in the United States so they could inform one another about the efforts going on across the country. Additionally, the gathering included speeches from both of the Bidens, who assured the young leaders that their determination and hard work has not gone unnoticed, and that is key in ensuring equal rights for LGBTQ individuals.

Every year Kyle is required to perform a project benefitting the LGBTQ community as part of his scholarship. Last year he spoke to several classes at NC State about the anti-gay marriage amendment to the North Carolina constitution. This year he is planning to work with homelessness in the youth LGBTQ community. In the future, Kyle plans to speak to high school students across the southeastern United States about the challenges facing LGBTQ individuals in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields with his Point Mentor, Dr. Ana Carneiro of Vanderbilt University.

OIED News & Notes
Save the Date: 125th Anniversary Sisterhood Dinner
Mon Feb 25, 2013
McKimmon Center
Time TBA
Join the Council on the Status of Women and OIED in this annual celebration of the contributions of women at NC State.
This year's dinner features outstanding alumna and Chair of the NC State Board of Trustees, Barbara Mulkey, Chairman and Founder of Mulkey Engineers & Consultants.
Opportunities for Staff & Faculty in the Women's Center
Chocolate Festival - This year will mark the 9th year we have sponsored a Chocolate Festival to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research. The event will be part of Parents' and Families' Weekend on Friday, November 9th. We need volunteers to solicit donations of chocolate and items for the silent auction.

WolfPACKS (Programming for Adult Caregiving Knowledge and Support) - This is a new group that meets on the first Thursday of each month. As the name implies, it is a space for staff and faculty who are caring for an adult in their lives to meet and talk about the issues they are facing, find resources and support one another. The group meets in the Walnut Room (4th floor) of Talley Student Center from 12:00 - 1:00 PM. Bring your lunch and we'll provide some drinks and cookies.

Yoga - The Women's Center offers two sessions of yoga. The session on Thursday evenings, (5:30-6:45PM) is open to staff, faculty, and students and meets each week through November 15. The Wednesday noon session (noon - 1:00 PM) is just for staff and meets each week through November 14. Both sessions are Relaxation yoga and can be joined at any time. There is a one-time registration fee of $20 which covers all sessions.

Sit 'n Stitch - This informal group meets each Tuesday at 5:30 in the Women's Center - Room 322, Harrelson Hall. Bring your knitting, crochet, cross-stitch, etc. and join us. Beginning in October, we will be making scarves and hats that will be donated to the Women's Shelter in December.

If you would like more information on any of the programs above, contact Lois Crowe.