The Goodnight Scholars Program Hosts Derreck Kayongo – co-founder of The Global Soap Project and 2011 CNN HERO – at NC State

RALEIGH, October 6, 2015 – The Goodnight Scholars Program ( at NC State has announced the sponsorship of “The Goodnight Scholars Program Presents: Derreck Kayongo.”

The event will take place on Monday, November 2, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. in the Talley Student Union Stewart Theatre on NC State’s Main Campus. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. The event will be free and open to the public.

“We are excited to welcome Derreck Kayongo to campus for our first speaker series event of 2015-16,” said Allison Medlin, director of the Goodnight Scholars Program. “Mr. Kayongo is a true hero and influential advocate for vulnerable populations around the world. We hope he will inspire our students, and the wider campus community, to recognize the incredible difference that even one person with a vision and tenacity can make!”

Derreck KayongoFor “The Goodnight Scholars Program Presents,” Kayongo will reveal the powerful, and often unthinkable, experiences that transformed him from a child refugee in Africa to one of the most respected leaders in the non-governmental organization (NGO) world. In 2009, Kayongo and his wife Sarah started The Global Soap Project: an NGO that repurposes partially-used soap from hotels into new soap for needy populations suffering from poor sanitation access. The Global Soap Project produces 30,000 bars of soap per week and has donated over half a million bars of soap to over 20 countries including Kenya, Haiti, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Kayongo’s efforts led to him being recognized as a Top 10 CNN HERO in 2011.

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The Office of Undergraduate Admissions hosted its first weeklong Native Education Forum in June for prospective students to learn what a college education could do for them.

Twenty-four high school students made it through the selective application process and attended the forum. Aside from receiving one hour of college credit, they also benefitted from one-on-one advising from students and admissions counselors on how to stand out in the college search process.

“We had strong support for this event,” said Undergraduate Admissions Assistant Director Ronnie Chalmers. “College Board, NC State Advising Corps, The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid and the Office of Undergraduate Admissions provided great information about college choice and the enrollment process. Also each student met with an admissions counselor to discuss areas of academic improvement and provide assistance with their college search.”

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