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NC State Names Holmes Hall After 1st African-American Graduate & ACC Athlete

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Today NC State changed the name of University College Commons to Holmes Hall in honor of Irwin Holmes, the first African-American to earn an undergraduate degree.

Holmes proudly walked across the graduation stage on May 29th, 1960, with a degree in electrical engineering in hand.

Not only was Holmes the school’s first African-American graduate, he was also the ACC’s first African-American athlete, playing tennis and running indoor track.

In 1960, Holmes became co-captain of the Tennis team, becoming the 1st African-American captain of a varsity team in ACC history.

Truly a remarkable story.

The legendary Tim Peeler broke it down in story form here.

 

Matthew is Publisher and Co-Owner of Pack Insider. He is also the Lead Pastor of The Point Church in Cary, NC.

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Go Get Your NC State Starbuck’s Coffee Mug!

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NC State is one of 30 Universities that Starbuck’s has partnered with for their “Been There Series” Campus Collection. You can see the mug above, and there are also Sparkle Tumblers.

You can find these mugs in 100 Starbucks locations within 20 miles of campus, as well as the Starbucks locations on campus.

On the mug, you will find Mr. Wuf, the Belltower, Carter-Finley Stadium, Howling Cow Ice Cream, Centennial Campus, Hunt Library, the Brickyard, Reynolds Coliseum and other NC State references.

The Coffee Mug is $12.95 and the Sparkle Tumbler is $24.95.

It looks like the mugs are available through June 25th, so you’ll have to grab yours soon if you haven’t already done so.

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NC State’s Katharine Berkoff Makes the Olympic Team for 100 Backstroke!

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NC State’s Katharine Berkoff secured herself a spot on the 2024 Olympic this week at the U.S. Olympic Trials. In the Finals, Berkoff came in 2nd in the 100 Backstroke, with a time of 57.91.

In the Semifinals, Berkhoff logged a time of 57.83, which is the 4th fastest time ever recorded.

Berkhoff is NC State’s 22nd Swimming & Diving Olympian, and the 4th from the Women’s Team.

Berkhoff leaves NC State with the school record in 50 Freestyle, 100 Freestyle, 100 Backstroke, 200 Medley Relay, 400 Medley Relay and 400 Free Relay.

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NC State’s Katharine Berkoff Likely Punched Her Ticket to the 2024 Olympics

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NC State’s Katharine Berkoff likely secured herself a spot on the 2024 Olympic this week at the U.S. Olympic Trials. In the Finals, Berkoff came in 2nd in the 100 Backstroke, with a time of 57.91. Typically the top two swimmers in each event are expected to qualify for the Olympic team.

In the Semifinals, Berkhoff logged a time of 57.83, which is the 4th fastest time ever recorded.

This past season Berkhoff returned to NC State for her final year of eligibility (Covid year), and won the ACC and NCAA Championship in 100 Backstroke, and was also named All-American in 50 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 freestyle relay and 400 medley relay.

Berkhoff is a 3-time NCAA Champion in the 100 Backstroke, and she also is an NCAA Champion in the 400 and 200 Medley Relay. At NC State, Berkhoff was a 30-time All-American and a 6-time ACC Champion.

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NC State Cheese Rolling Champ Abby Lampe Throws the 1st Pitch & Rolls the Cheese for the Durham Bulls

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NC State Graduate Abby Lampe won the Cooper Hill Cheese Roll in England for the 2nd time back at the end of last month. Today, she threw out the ceremonial 1st pitch at the Durham Bulls game, but she added her own flare. Most people simply try to get the baseball into the glove of the Catcher, but Lampe rolled the cheese to home plate first, and as it was on its way, she threw the baseball into the glove of the catcher.

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